Consumer Technology


  • Would you buy the new low cost iPhone? Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 8:27 PM ET
    The Apple Flagship Store in New York City.

    Vote in our poll and let us know whether you think the low cost iPhone will it be a hit or not.

  • On eve of iPhone event, rumors reach fever pitch Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 11:42 AM ET
    Customers await the sales launch of the Apple Inc. iPhone 5.

    For the two new iPhones, look for a low price on one and fingerprint identification on the other. Plus new colors.

  • Verizon, AT&T top US airport connectivity survey Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | 9:47 AM ET

    A study of mobile reliability and speed at 50 major U.S. airports found a wide range of quality. Verizon and AT&T were the clear winners on the data side, according to RootMetrics.

  • Marketing dream goes live in 425 billion tweets Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 11:39 AM ET

    Social media analysis firm Topsy has indexed every tweet every sent, all 425 billion. Marketers can now comb through the social media world's version of the Dewey Decimal system.

  • Buy a book? Amazon to sell cheap digital copies Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 12:32 PM ET

    If you bought a real live dead-tree book from Amazon anytime between 1995 and now, you may be able to buy its e-book version for $2.99 or less. NBC reports.

  • Icahn mulls activist role in Switzerland's Nuance Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 10:35 AM ET

    Carl Icahn, the activist investor, has been building a stake in Swiss technology firm Nuance since April, and last week made a financial filing that signaled an intention to move from a passive to activist position in the company. The FT reports.

  • Your phone is blabbing your location to snoops Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 | 2:46 PM ET

    Everywhere you go, your phone is sending out signals that can be assembled to form a picture of your movements.

  • Mind-boggling! Transparent speaker runs on ions Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 10:37 AM ET
    The transparent ionic speaker, with parts labeled, above a laptop screen showing what it is playing.

    Harvard researchers have created a remarkable proof of concept device: a thin, transparent speaker powered by ions instead of electricity.

  • Google's love rectangle just got smaller: Report Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 9:27 AM ET
    Google co-founder Sergey Brin

    An employee at the center of a split between Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife has been removed from his orbit at the office, the New York Post reported.

  • Super-fast 4G set to spark mobile price war Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 10:32 AM ET
    Samsung Electronics' smartphone Galaxy S III

    Mobile network giants Vodafone and O2 rolled out their first 4G data services in the U.K. on Thursday, in a move which analysts said could spark a price war among rivals.

  • Verizon, Vodafone discuss possible $130 billion deal Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 5:58 AM ET

    Shares of U.K. telecom firm Vodafone surged 9 percent on Thursday after it confirmed discussions with Verizon Communications over its 45 percent stake in their U.S. joint venture Verizon Wireless.

  • Weird science: Stem cells make tiny human 'brain' Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 2:12 PM ET

    Scientists have turned human stem cells into pea-sized organs with a neural structure similar to that of a developing embryo.

  • Groupon mulls bid to muscle in on Amazon turf: WSJ Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Coupon purveyor Groupon is mulling the creation of a warehouse network for its physical goods business, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

  • Samsung 'Galaxy Gear' may ignite smartwatch wars Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 11:15 AM ET
    The Samsung Galaxy Experience at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2013 in Chicago City.

    The next year or two will be a battleground for the new device everyone's talking about—the smartwatch. And Samsung is hoping to get a jump on the competition. NBC reports.

  • Just how private are your phone calls and emails? Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 8:45 AM ET

    'Perfect privacy'? In Internet communication, that doesn't exist.

  • Can the new iPhone be both cool and cheap? Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 12:06 PM ET
    Are these the new iPhone C?

    Early in September, Tim Cook will step on to a blacked-out stage and unveil two quite different new iPhones: the iPhone 5S, an upgraded iPhone 5, and another, cheaper one that the rumor mill has dubbed the iPhone 5C.

  • Will China embrace the gold iPhone? Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 3:17 AM ET

    If Apple hopes to woo more Chinese by adding a glitzy coating - some call it champagne, some gold - to its next iPhone, it may be in for a surprise.

  • Where to find airport Wi-Fi for free or for a fee Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 11:15 AM ET
    Chicago's O'Hare International Airport

    As airlines and airports compete for travelers, every amenity helps to lure their business. While free Wi-Fi is a great perk it can be hard to find at some airports.

  • Cheaper rivals eat into Apple’s China tablet share Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 9:48 AM ET

    Apple has lost more than 40 per cent of its share of the Chinese tablet market over the past year to cheaper rivals with Android or other operating systems, led by Samsung Electronics.

  • Hey parents, your kids may be networking here Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 11:27 AM ET
    Ask.fm social media website

    An American kidnap victim's appearance on Ask.fm is drawing attention to the Latvian social hangout site where some kids go to torment each other. NBC News reports.