Computing and information technology

FILE - In this April 24, 2019, file photo a Walmart associate works at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, N.Y. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, May 16. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 16, 2019 - 7:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart delivered a mixed bag in the first quarter, beating Wall Street expectations on profit, but revenue fell short. The nation's largest retailer posted another quarter of same-stores sales growth Thursday, while e-commerce sales soared. There are challenges ahead, however, as...
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FILE - This Friday, March 10, 2017, file photo shows the WhatsApp communications app on a smartphone, in New York. WhatsApp says a vulnerability in the popular communications app let mobile phones be infected with sophisticated spyware with a missed in-app call alone. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)
May 14, 2019 - 3:25 pm
Spyware crafted by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a flaw in the popular WhatsApp communications program to remotely hijack dozens of phones without any user interaction. The Financial Times identified the hacking group as Israel's NSO Group, which has been widely...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2018, file photo the Intel logo appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Intel has revealed another hardware security flaw that could affects millions of machines around the world. The chipmaker said Tuesday, May 14, 2019, that there’s no evidence of bad actors exploiting the bug, which is embedded in the architecture of computer hardware. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 14, 2019 - 3:06 pm
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel has revealed another hardware security flaw that could affects millions of machines around the world. The bug is embedded in the architecture of computer hardware, and it can't be fully fixed. "With a large enough data sample, time or control of the target system's...
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FILE- In this May 31, 2018, file photo customers enter the Apple store in New York. The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 14, 2019 - 6:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers can pursue a lawsuit complaining that iPhone apps cost too much, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, adding to Apple's woes that already include falling iPhone sales and a European investigation. The lawsuit could have major implications for the tech giant's handling of...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif.. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday May 14, 2019, it's opening a privacy focused engineering center in Munich, Germany, in its latest move to beef up its data protection credentials. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
May 14, 2019 - 5:40 am
LONDON (AP) — Google opened a privacy focused engineering center in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, its latest move to beef up its data protection credentials as tech companies' face growing scrutiny of their data collection practices. CEO Sundar Pichai said the Silicon Valley tech giant is expanding...
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 07, 2019 - 8:44 pm
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google announced new privacy tools Tuesday intended to give people more control over how they're being tracked on the go or in their own home, part of a broader effort by big tech companies to counter increasing scrutiny of their data collection practices. The company...
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May 07, 2019 - 4:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Debt collectors will be able to start contacting borrowers via text and email under new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rules released Tuesday are an update to debt collection regulations enacted in the 1970s, which never took into account...
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Developer Jesus Suarez wears Google Glass glasses waits for the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 07, 2019 - 4:16 pm
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Google conference in California (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Google says it's working to overhaul its Chrome browser to let users limit the number of tracking cookies that follow you around. The privacy-focused announcement from Google comes as tech...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo shows the Google Assistant, which includes an "interpreter mode" that enables some of Google's smart home devices to work as a translator, at the Google display area at CES International in Las Vegas. Google Assistant has made for a name for itself in a voice technology market once dominated by Amazon and Apple. Google is expected to announce updates to its voice assistant and smart home products Tuesday, May 7, at its annual developers conference. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
May 06, 2019 - 8:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Google launched its now distinctive digital assistant in 2016, it was already in danger of being an also-ran. At the time, Amazon had been selling its Echo smart speaker, powered by its Alexa voice assistant, for more than a year . Apple's Siri was already five years old...
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company's annual conference for software developers Monday, May 6, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 06, 2019 - 3:59 pm
Microsoft has announced an ambitious effort it says will make voting secure, verifiable and subject to reliable audits. Two of the three top U.S elections vendors have expressed interest in potentially incorporating the open-source software into their proprietary voting systems. The software kit is...
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