Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’

U.S. 06/07/19, 02:19

High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real ...

UK, Japan mobile operators suspend Huawei 5G phone launches

Business 05/22/19, 10:32

British and Japanese mobile phone companies said Wednesday they're putting on hold plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from U.S. tech restrictions aimed at the Chinese company. Britain's EE and Vodafone and Japan's KDDI and Y! Mobile said they are pausing the launch of Huawei smartphones, ...

Anti-groping smartphone app highly popular in Japan

Tech 05/22/19, 06:36

A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains.The "Digi Police" app was originally issued by Tokyo police three years ago, but a function to scare off molesters was only added a few months ago. Since ...

China cuts taxes to spur chip makers in face of US pressure

Business 05/22/19, 05:56

China is cutting taxes on its fledgling software and integrated circuit industries as U.S. export controls threaten to handicap Chinese tech companies. The Finance Ministry's announcement Wednesday comes amid a spiraling tariff war with Washington over Chinese technology ambitions. Most smartphones, tablet computers and other electronics are assembled in China. But its ...

Huawei: US controls have ‘no impact,’ talking to Google

World 05/21/19, 04:14

The founder of Huawei expressed confidence that Washington's curbs on technology sales to the Chinese tech giant will have little impact and said on Tuesday, May 21, it is talking with Google about "emergency relief" for loss of services for its smartphone business. Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest maker of network ...

Using a smartphone to sound out sign of kids’ ear infections

U.S. 05/15/19, 13:11

Researchers have created a way for a smartphone to "hear" a warning sign of ear infections — fluid buildup behind the eardrum.If it pans out, parents might one day check their tots' ears at home simply using a phone app and "stuff you have around the house — paper, tape ...

Supreme Court allows lawsuit over iPhone apps

Business 05/13/19, 11:03

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that consumers can pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. New Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court's four liberals in rejecting a plea from Cupertino, California-based Apple to end the lawsuit over the 30% ...

California approves free phones, internet for foster youth

U.S. 04/25/19, 15:22

Young people in California's foster system will get free cellphones and internet access under a program approved Thursday that supporters say will bridge a digital divide.The California Public Utilities Commission passed the $22 million pilot program that will provide smartphones to more than 30,000 current and former foster youth between ...

Samsung delays folding phone launch after breaking issues

Tech 04/22/19, 13:29

Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $2000 folding phone after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday, but instead it will now run more tests and announce a new launch date in the ...

New Samsung handset: Innovation hinges on folding screen

World 04/16/19, 09:55

When Samsung said this year it would launch a smartphone with a folding screen, the big question was whether the innovation was something people actually wanted or needed.Is the Galaxy Fold a gimmick to help sell more smartphones in a slowing market or a true breakthrough that will change how ...

SKorean carriers switch on 5G networks ahead of schedule

Business 04/03/19, 22:59

South Korea's telecommunications carriers have turned on super-fast 5G mobile internet networks abruptly ahead of schedule in an attempt to ensure the country becomes the first in the world to launch the services.The carriers' 5G networks went live at 11 p.m. Wednesday, hours before U.S. carrier Verizon turned on its ...

To imagine the ‘5G’ future, revisit our recent wireless past

Tech 03/29/19, 09:23

The mobile industry is cranking up its hype machine for sleek new "5G" networks that it says will make your phone and everything else faster and wonderful. If you believe the marketing.But no one can really say how 5G will change your life; many of the apps and services that ...

Jury rules Apple owes Qualcomm $31M for patent infringement

Business 03/15/19, 16:36

A jury has decided Apple should pay $31 million in damages for infringing on patents for technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm that helps iPhones quickly connect to the internet and extend their battery life.The verdict Friday in a San Diego federal court follows a two-week trial that pitted ...

Report: Facebook data deals under criminal investigation

Business 03/13/19, 23:37

The New York Times reports that federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into Facebook's data deals with major electronics manufacturers.The newspaper says a grand jury in New York has subpoenaed information from at least two companies known for making smartphones and other devices, citing two unnamed people familiar with ...

Addiction counselor create app to fight drug overdoses

Health 03/09/19, 10:01

A former heroin user who is now an addiction counselor in suburban Chicago has created a smartphone app that aims to prevent drug overdoses. The Chicago Tribune reports that 41-year-old Lucien Izraylov's Harmredux app connects drug users with trained volunteers who will carry overdose-reversing medication to make sure they survive drug ...

Internet, intuition can help businesses spot next big thing

Business 03/06/19, 12:15

When small business owners want to divine what consumer spending trends will be months from now, their methods can be as sophisticated as internet analytics or as basic as plain old intuition.At Moriarty's Gem Art, co-owner Jeff Moriarty tracks searches on the jewelry company's website and on Google Trends, a ...

China’s Huawei set to unveil 5G phone with folding screen

Business 02/24/19, 03:28

China's Huawei is set to take the wraps off a new folding-screen phone, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market's dominant players, Apple and Samsung.The company on Sunday plans to unveil the device, which can be used on superfast next-generation mobile networks that ...

Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales

Tech 02/20/19, 03:07

Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump.The new models expected in San Francisco will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Samsung's first smartphone.Samsung is also expected to provide ...

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