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Samsung ends smartphone phone production in China

Samsung Electronics said Friday it has ended the production of smartphones in its last factory in China.


Samsung folding phone to launch after screen problem delay

Samsung’s highly anticipated folding phone will go on sale Friday, after the original launch date was delayed by months because of embarrassing problems with the screen.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

GM hires Google to make infotainment system more like phones

General Motors is hiring Google to run key parts of its dashboard infotainment system, admitting that the tech firm can do a better job.


Apple buys Intel’s smartphone modem division for $1 billion

Apple snaps up Intel’s smartphone modem division for $1 billion as iPhone maker gears up for next generation of wireless technology.


Anti-groping smartphone app highly popular in Japan

A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains.


U.S. delay to Huawei ban gives tech sector time to adjust

The United States is delaying restrictions on technology sales to Chinese powerhouse Huawei in what it calls an effort to ease the blow on owners of its cell phones and …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Samsung, Verizon launch 5G phone, entry price is $1,300

Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s top seller of smartphones, released its first 5G model in the U.S. on Thursday, and early adopters and tech journalists visited Minneapolis to try it.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

UW researchers used smartphone to sound out sign of kids’ ear infections

UW researchers have created a way for a smartphone to ‘hear’ a warning sign of ear infertions in kids.


Samsung delays folding phone launch after breaking issues

Samsung is pushing off the public launch of its highly anticipated folding phone after reports that reviewers’ phones were breaking.


Front Porch: Husband upgrades to smartphone

Nothing can cause rising terror more – for a sweet technology troglodyte – than learning that your old flip phone has become obsolete and will no longer be supported by …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 3:56 p.m.

With slump in iPhone sales, have we passed Peak Smartphone?

Behind Apple’s news of weak iPhone sales lies a sobering truth: The tech industry has hit Peak Smartphone, a tipping point when everyone who can already afford one owns one …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

Mead School District smartphone app enhances communication with parents

The Mead School District has been using a smartphone app to keep connected with parents for the last two years.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

It’s not your imagination: Phone battery life is getting worse

If you recently bought a new flagship phone, chances are its battery life is actually worse than an older model.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Apple said to plan giant high-end iPhone, lower-priced model

Apple is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones later this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a …


Japan’s emoji creator saw nuance in images with communications

Despite their ubiquity, emojis started in 1998 with one man: A 25-year-old employee of mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo who created the first set of 176 in one month as …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Samsung says it aims to launch foldable smartphone next year

Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display but there are several …


How Apple plans to change the way you use the next iPhone

Apple Inc. plans to transform the way people use its next high-end iPhone by eliminating the concept of a home button and making other adjustments to a flagship device that’s …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant rolls out to U.S. phones after delay

The South Korean tech giant said starting Wednesday, users of the Galaxy S8 smartphones can speak in American English to their phones to turn on the flashlight, take a selfie …


Microsoft’s new, free iPhone app helps the blind see

The free Seeing AI app, available for iOS, can read out short snippets of text, describe people, identify products and currency denominations, and take a stab at identifying the objects …


Front Porch: Stefanie Pettit considers smartphone knowing it would put history at her fingertips

Today – June 29 – is the date in 2007 that Apple released its first generation iPhone – and, boy, have it and other smartphones exploded since.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle

Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.


Google opens ‘shortcuts’ to information, tools on phones

Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

Teens are wired but not as wasted

Teens have been riding a 10-year trend of reduced experimentation with drugs and alcohol. That’s the same decade that put smartphones and social media accounts into the hands of most …


Samsung needs its next phone to be a success. Here’s how it may lure you back.

Samsung is set to debut its next major smartphones on March 29. The new phones, expected to be called the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, are the company’s first …


Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

Samsung’s product showcase Sunday is notable for what’s missing: a new flagship phone. Instead, Samsung is spotlighting new Android and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy S8 smartphone – an …


Blaine County enforces ban on using smartphone while driving

A county in Idaho is enforcing a new ban on using smartphones while driving.


Google deal puts Africa on cusp of first smartphone plant

A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and …


Brooklyn raid yields more than $10M in fake smartphones

Police in New York City raided two warehouses in Brooklyn that yielded three arrests and the seizure of more than $10 million worth of counterfeit electronics.


William Brock: 12 is too young to have a smartphone

I’m officially ruining my daughter’s life by not buying her a smartphone at age 12. And I’m OK with that.


Report of different Samsung phone model exploding

A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded. The model is different from the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide.