Consumer Technology


  • Mon Dieu! Europe mulls Google break-up Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group's power.

  • Tips on getting deals during Black Friday blitz Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Brace yourself for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. Sure, stores have been pushing discounts on holiday merchandise since Halloween, but experts say Thanksgiving weekend still lives up to the hype of serving up the largest breadth of the season's bargains from TVs to clothing. He says consumer electronic deals are better on Thanksgiving or Black...

  • Bezos will offer Post to Kindle owners for free Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 AM ET
    The Washington Post sign is displayed on the newspaper’s building in Washington, Aug. 6, 2013.

    Jeff Bezos bridged Amazon and Washington Post with a deal that offers Kindle owners free Post access for six months, reports New York Times.

  • UPDATE 1-Best Buy profit beats estimates as costs fall Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    Nov 20- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, reported a better-than-expected profit as cost cutting paid off and revenue increased after seven quarters of decline. Best Buy shares were up nearly 10 percent in heavy trading before markets opened. Best Buy has removed layers of management, cut jobs, shut stores and boosted cash reserves...

  • Have home or baby monitor? Change the password now! Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:53 AM ET
    Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard.

    Experts have a message for anyone with webcams, baby monitors and home security cameras: change your password now.

  • Surprise holiday hit: The ultra high-def 4K TV Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:59 AM ET
    Toshiba Ultra HD 4K televisions on display at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 2014

    Consumers are expected to spend nearly $2 billion on ultra high-def 4K TVs this year. But are they worth the high price tag this Christmas?

  • Police chief: Very strong risk of City cyberattack Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 AM ET
    A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014.

    There is a very strong likelihood that Islamist terrorists will launch a cyberattack, the head of the City of London police warned. The FT reports.

  • JOHANNESBURG/ DUBAI, Nov 19- Bharti Airtel's planned disposal of mobile phone towers in Africa will see it sell masts in Tanzania to Helios Towers, while units in Malawi will go to Eaton Towers, a person with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday. The Tanzania sale will include about 1,000 towers, said the source, who declined to be identified because the deal has...

  • Nokia revives brand with launch of iPad lookalike Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:26 AM ET
    Nokia N1

    Nokia has unveiled a new tablet - its first device since it sold its handset unit to Microsoft - but the Finnish company is not manufacturing it.

  • Shutterfly bought app on 'Shark Tank' buzz: CEO Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:09 AM ET
    Shuttlerfly bought mobile app GrooveBook.

    Shutterfly bought GrooveBook after the company's mobile app went viral following its debut on "Shark Tank," said CEO John Housenbold.

  • HELSINKI, Nov 18- Finland's Nokia launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer on Tuesday which is designed to rival Apple's iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its ailing phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. "With the agreement with Microsoft, as is customary, we have this transition and we can't do smartphones...

  • Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet. The device will be manufactured by Taiwan- based Foxconn, which makes Apple's handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership...

  • *Sony has struggled with weak smartphone sales. TOKYO, Nov 18- Sony Corp aims to lift its movie entertainment revenues by more than a third in the next three years, its chief executive said on Tuesday as the loss-making consumer electronics firm tries to counter flagging smartphones sales. Investors are also watching for signs that Sony's restructuring under...

  • NYC plan would replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said LinkNYC, a plan proposed by a group of companies working together under the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 17- Upcoming bracelets with technology from Intel Corp and design cues from fashion brand Opening Ceremony will connect the wearer with Facebook, Google and Yelp via an AT&T data plan without having to carry a smartphone. As well as lapis stones, obsidian and an 18 k gold coating, the devices include a sapphire curved screen on the inside of the...

  • Taxi-app Uber hitches a lift with Spotify Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:04 AM ET
    The Uber app on a mobile phone in Madrid, Spain.

    Uber has unveiled a new feature that will enable passengers to listen to their own Spotify playlists as they travel.

  • Facebook's big move into your work communication Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    Facebook is piloting an enterprise solution that helps employees collaborate, sources tell CNBC.

  • TAIPEI, Nov 17- Chips from Taiwan's MediaTek Inc were mostly passed over by the big phone brands a decade ago, with the likes of Nokia and Motorola commanding legions of in-house engineers who could advise on electronics and circuitry. Sparking the boom in budget smartphones is MediaTek, now a $23 billion go-to chip designer favoured by margin-conscious phone...

  • Review: HTC Re camera fun, but doesn't beat phones Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    KERHONKSON, N.Y.— Don't live your life through a screen. That's the premise behind HTC's new Re camera, which aims to let users document all of life's little moments and actually experience them, too, instead of watching through a viewfinder or a screen. But, at $199, is it good enough to replace your smartphone or digital camera?

  • BEIJING, Nov 14- Blackberry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen sees Asia as key to reviving the loss-making smartphone maker's fortunes but expanding in the region's biggest market China, where security data concerns are rife, is currently not a priority. Instead, the company is keen on expanding in India and Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and...