Consumer Technology


  • TOKYO, April 25- Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp has raised its operating profit estimate for fiscal 2015 to 300 billion yen, or four times its previous estimate, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. Expectations for higher sales of display sensors used in mobile phones and the Playstation gaming console were the reason Sony raised its forecast, the...

  • Apple Watch goes on sale, but... Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:42 AM ET
    Apple Watch

    A new SurveyMonkey poll suggests consumers are still unsure whether they should shell out hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch.

  • April 23- Google Inc reported a 12 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by a 13 percent jump in the number of ads, or paid clicks, but missed lofty Wall Street expectations. Google's ad revenue has been pressured as more consumers access its online services on mobiles devices such as smartphones and tablets, where ad rates are typically lower.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- When Dallas mom Jan Valecka's twins hit that contentious tween age, the rite of passage she dreaded most was a relatively new one: when to get them cell phones. A quarter of U.S. 8- and 9- year-olds now have them, according to the 2015 Parents, Kids& Money survey by Baltimore money managers T. Rowe Price. And a new study from Pew Research Center discovered...

  • HONG KONG, April 23- Chinese telecom gear manufacturer ZTE Corp has published a letter accusing Huawei Technologies Co Ltd of copying its camera technology and threatened legal action, a sign that smartphone patent battles have begun in earnest in China. Patent battles among Chinese smartphone manufacturers are expected to rise in the wake of Qualcomm Inc's...

  • April 22- Texas Instruments Inc forecast current-quarter revenue below analysts' expectations, citing weak demand for its chips from communication equipment and consumer electronics markets and a strong dollar. TI forecast a profit of 60- 70 cents per share and revenue of $3.12 billion- $3.38 billion for the second quarter. Net income attributable to TI rose...

  • For millennials, banking is all about the apps Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:13 PM ET
    Apple Iphone sales

    A majority of the 4,371 respondents to a recent survey said a better app than the one their current bank offers would convince them to switch.

  • TORONTO, April 21- BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is launching a new certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. The initiative is being dubbed BlackBerry Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence. U.S. retailer Target Corp is still recovering from a major breach in...

  • April 21- Wireless chip maker Broadcom Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by strong sales of its WiFi and broadband chips to handset makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.. Broadcom forecast revenue of $2.10 billion, plus or minus $75 million, for the second quarter ending June 30. Broadcom's net income...

  • Chipmaker Broadcom's quarterly revenue rises 4 pct Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    April 21- Wireless chip maker Broadcom Inc reported a 4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong sales of its Wifi and broadband chips to smartphone makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Broadcom's net income rose to $209 million, or 34 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31 from $165 million, or 28 cents per share, a year...

  • This kitchen teaches you how to cook! Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 AM ET
    A Table for Living

    IKEA has revealed the kitchen of the future, which includes a build-in composting system, a transparent fridge and even a table that teaches you how to cook!

  • America’s highest paid CEO: It’s not who you think Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 8:26 AM ET
    Nick Woodman, founder and chief executive officer of GoPro Inc.

    It's 39-year-old Nick Woodman, the CEO of camera-maker GoPro. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • *Shares hit all-time high of 1,233 pence. LONDON, April 21- ARM Holdings, the British chip designer favoured by Apple, beat expectations for first-quarter profit thanks to demand for the iPhone 6, and said its royalties would grow as its latest technology is used in more smartphones. Shares in the Cambridge- based company rose to an all-time high of 1,233 pence...

  • Twitter expands direct messaging feature Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:01 PM ET

    Twitter announced that it will allow privates messages for all users internationally. The NYT reports.

  • Unplugged no more: Subways going digital Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 1:37 PM ET
    Woman using smartphone in subway

    Subways may no longer be digital black holes for riders, as many of the country's largest cities are working to bring cell service underground.

  • TOKYO, April 20- Sony Corp on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminum frame and a 5.2- inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations. Sony said the Xperia Z4 would be available in Japan around the middle of the year, though it did not provide a launch date, details on carrier...

  • TOKYO, April 20- Sony Corp on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2- inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its mobile operations. Sony said the Xperia Z4 would be available in Japan from the summer, though it did not provided details on launch dates, carrier partners or price.

  • Microsoft and Yahoo to alter search and ad deal Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:14 PM ET
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer smiles during a press conference at the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in San Francisco.

    A new deal between Microsoft and Yahoo will allow Yahoo to deliver its own search results. The New York Times reports.

  • Google's EU showdown offers openings to competitors Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    That appears to be the European Union's strategy to pursue Google in a competition dispute by choosing to push a narrow set of charges around its shopping service, while opening another investigation of Google's Android mobile phone software. In accusing Google of anti-competitive practices against rival shopping sites, the EU competition authority said...

  • 5 restaurant apps that turn the table on dining Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    Dining out may be a luxury, but new apps are going beyond GrubHub with everything from—chef and wine reviews to prepaying for meals.