Consumer Technology


  • GE's industrial Internet: A startup on steroids Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    The industrial Internet is using software to help streamline the lives of businesses. GE is one of the major firms looking to benefit.

  • How to get smartphone access when abroad Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    A guide that will help you if you're looking to use your smartphone while traveling out of your service area. Re/code reports.

  • Apple Pay, meet Google's new Android Pay Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:40 AM ET
    An Android sculpture stands in the lobby of Google I/O last June.

    Google will be announcing a new payments interface, to be called Android Pay, at Google's I/O conference in May.

  • SEOUL, Feb 26- Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for employees in South Korea for the first time in six years, after the world's biggest smartphone maker saw profits fall in the face of rising competition. The cost-cutting move is the latest by Samsung Electronics, which in January reported its first annual profit decline since 2011, as it lost market...

  • SEOUL, Feb 26- Samsung Electronics said on Thursday it will freeze its South Korean employees' wages in 2015 for the first time in six years, after the world's top smartphone maker suffered a fall in profits in the face of rising competition. The last time Samsung Electronics froze salaries was 2009 when the company reeled from the global financial crisis.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 25- Google Inc launched an initiative on Wednesday to make smartphones running its Android software more appealing to corporations, a move that could help extend the Internet company's reach into workplaces. Google said it is partnering with more than two dozen companies including Blackberry Ltd, Citrix Systems Inc, Box Inc..

  • Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. The 4 G model will cost $150 in the U.S., while the 3 G will go for $120, both without contract requirements. Motorola, which Lenovo Group bought from Google Inc. in October, has been trying to set itself apart from other phone makers by selling...

  • Lego to build on success of movie: CEO Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 6:57 AM ET

    Lego is determined to stay relevant to today’s tech-savvy children after its “fantastically successful” movie franchise, the CEO told CNBC.

  • NEW YORK— For this week's "Modern Family," producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices. The Associated Press spoke with series co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan about the thinking behind shooting with a smartphone and lessons learned. The episode, "Connection Lost," airs on ABC...

  • Why Spotify says it can take on Apple in streaming Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:07 PM ET

    Why Spotify isn’t nervous about competition from Apple.

  • New Pebble Watch shatters Kickstarter's records Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:45 PM ET
    Pebble Time Smartwatch

    Fans of the second-generation smartwatch couldn't hand over their cash fast enough.

  • Google Wallet and Apple Pay race for second place Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    The Google Inc. Mobile Wallet application for cardless payment is displayed on a smartphone screen.

    Apple Pay could see more of a challenge from Google Wallet as a result of this deal with wireless carriers.

  • What's different with the new feature, called Opera Max with App Pass, is that it is no longer confined solely to Opera browser users. Instead, App Pass works with any browser or mobile app that an Android phone user may choose to use. European and Asian operator Telenor will be the first partner with Opera and launch Opera Max with App Pass, testing it in some of the...

  • Top 10 wearable tech gadgets to watch in 2015 Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:26 AM ET
    Apple Watch

    With the launch of Apple Watch, this is expected to be the year wearables break through. Here are the 10 wearable tech toys worth watching.

  • JAKARTA/ WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The United States is pressing Indonesia to relax local-content rules it believes will handicap efforts of tech firms such as Apple to expand into one of the world's last big markets where demand for high-end smartphone has yet to really take off. "The United States shares these concerns, and strongly supports ensuring that...

  • Oil slide could trigger OPEC emergency meeting Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 1:38 PM ET
    A laborer works at Nahr Bin Umar oil field, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq.

    Members of Opec have discussed an emergency meeting if crude continues to slide, according to Nigeria's oil minister, the FT reports.

  • Is AI 'our biggest existential threat'? Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    The man who heads an organization devoted to boosting artificial intelligence research thinks fears about the technology are overblown.

  • Feb 20- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Google Inc of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers that use its Android operating system to make the search engine company's own applications the default option. Consumers claimed that Google required companies such as Samsung Electronics Co to favor Google apps such as YouTube...

  • Is this really the world’s first edible wearable? Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    Wearable tech has seen a surge in interest, with many tech giants preparing to unveil new products. But before the Apple wearable comes the... banana.

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Japan Display Inc is considering building a plant to supply smartphone screens for Apple Inc, which may shoulder much of the 200 billion yen investment, Japanese media said on Friday. Japan Display, formed in a government-backed deal in 2012 from the ailing display units of Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd, has endured a rocky spell since its...