May 26, 2014

Easier-to-use retro cellphones making a comeback

They fit into the smallest pocket, their batteries last all week, and their screens don’t shatter when you drop them: old-school Nokias, Ericssons and Motorolas are making a comeback as consumers tired of overly complicated smartphones go retro. Handsets like the Nokia 3310 or ...

May 24, 2014

Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan after complaints

Microblogging site Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to “blasphemous” and “unethical” content to be stopped. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block ...

Study to ask: Do mobile phones hurt teen brains?

May 20, 2014

Study to ask: Do mobile phones hurt teen brains?

British researchers are launching the largest study yet to investigate whether using mobile phones and other wireless gadgets might affect children’s brain development. The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones project will focus on cognitive functions such as memory and attention, which continue ...

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

May 17, 2014

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

The technology titans behind the top two smartphone platforms in the world called a truce Friday in a long-running patent war. “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the companies said in a ...

Samsung chairman stable after hospitalization for heart attack

May 12, 2014

Samsung chairman stable after hospitalization for heart attack

Samsung Electronics Co. Chairman Lee Kun-hee was hospitalized in stable condition at a Seoul hospital Sunday after suffering a heart attack, the company said in a statement. Lee, 72, was rushed to a hospital near his home in central Seoul late Saturday after experiencing ...

May 3, 2014

Google is sued for abuse of market power

Google has been sued for allegedly abusing its market power by forcing makers of handheld devices that use its Android operating system to also provide its applications. Google’s requirements that manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics adopt less popular applications in order to use consumer ...

Apple, Samsung infringed patents

May 3, 2014

Apple, Samsung infringed patents

A jury has awarded Apple $119.4 million, far less than it demanded, in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smartphone features — and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung’s patents. Friday’s ...

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Apr 28, 2014

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Two U.S. Supreme Court cases about police searches of mobile phones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal, or is it an American’s virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine ...

'Cuban Twitter' texts were overtly political

Apr 9, 2014

'Cuban Twitter' texts were overtly political

Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages conflict with claims by the Obama administration that the program ...