Consumer Technology


  • 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.

  • China's incredible shrinking factory Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    HUIZHOU, China, April 17- Eight years ago, Pascal Lighting employed about 2,000 workers on a leafy campus in southern China. Cankun, an appliances factory in southern China featured in the documentary Manufactured Landscapes, had more than 22,000 manufacturing employees in 2005, according to its annual report. Some Hong Kong- owned factories in southern China...

  • Why the EU is suspicious of Google's Android Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    An employee demonstrates a Motorola Moto E Android smartphone in the Lenovo pavilion at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on March 3, 2015.

    Android is now the most popular phone OS in all but a few European countries.

  • April 15- SanDisk Corp forecast a steeper-than-expected fall in full-year revenue and said it plans to cut jobs to reduce costs, as the data storage products maker struggles to meet demand for its flash-based memory products. Shares of SanDisk, which makes products for cloud computing and datacenters as well as for smartphones and other mobile devices, fell 6...

  • *EU sends Google antitrust charge sheet over shopping searches. *Google says its products foster competition, help consumers. It also started another antitrust investigation into the Android mobile operating system, a key element in Google's strategy to maintain revenues from online advertising as people switch from Web browser searches to smartphone...

  • Attention mall cops: Chinese firm acquires Segway Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 4:05 PM ET
    Tourists on Segways zip across the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol.

    Fans, hold on to your palm pilot. Xiaomi-backed Chinese firm Ninebot acquired iconic scooter maker Segway.

  • LONDON, April 15- China's Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max smartphones on Wednesday, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. Huawei, a major player in the telecoms network equipment market, ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units,...

  • China's Huawei shows smartphone credentials with P8 launch Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    LONDON, April 15- China's Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 smartphone on Wednesday, a device that stacks up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. Huawei, a major player in the telecoms network equipment market, ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units, giving it a...

  • Intel's shares rose 3 percent to $32.42 in after market trading. Intel has been lagging behind rivals such as Qualcomm Inc and ARM Holdings Plc- the British company behind the processor in Apple's iPhone 6- in the fast-growing smartphone market. Intel forecast current-quarter revenue of $13.2 billion, plus or minus $500 million.

  • Netflix brings 'Daredevil' to visually impaired Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 4:12 PM ET
    Netflix's Daredevil.

    Netflix series 'Daredevil' will have the option of audio narration. It's a victory for advocacy groups.

  • Why Apple Watch won't be overnight hit: Analyst Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 9:38 AM ET
    A shopper touches the screen of an Apple Watch in New York.

    There are many reasons to be optimistic about the Apple Watch being a "big category," but don't expect it overnight, analyst Gene Munster tells CNBC.

  • Why Apple is likely to boost watch production soon Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 7:29 AM ET
    Shopper looking at an Apple Watch

    Apple is likely to quickly ramp production of the Apple Watch after strong pre-orders outstripped limited supply, some Wall Street analysts said.

  • Hollywood’s robots in the real world Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 1:28 AM ET

    Robots aren't just for movies, but are now helping us with our daily routines. CNBC looks at how film favorites ended up on this side of the screen.

  • Misidentified as a mistress, techie can sue mag Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 6:28 PM ET
    Sergey Brin and wife Anne Wojcicki attend the 23 and Me Spit party at the IAC Building in New York.

    Woman mislabeled as mistress of Google co-founder sues People magazine for libel. New York judge determined case will move forward.

  • Serial returns? Adnan Syed’s story gets a spinoff Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    “Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed” picks up where Serial’s podcast left off. On April 13th, this bi-weekly spinoff will air its 1st episode.

  • Apple: We won't have enough smartwatches at launch Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 9:35 AM ET
    Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, speaks during the Apple Spring Forward event in San Francisco.

    Apple said on Thursday demand for its new smartwatch would exceed supply when the gadget hits stores on April 24.

  • Apple Watch isn't the only gadget out this week Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:08 AM ET
    Apple CEO Tim Cook debuts the Apple Watch Sport during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

    Here are five other new devices and services targeting your wallet.

  • SEOUL, April 7- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd expects January-March profit to be its highest in three quarters, beating expectations and suggesting that the tech giant is on track for an earnings recovery ahead of the launch of new flagship smartphones. Operating profit likely reached 5.9 trillion won in the first quarter, the South Korean manufacturer said on...

  • Apple Watch launch hit by patent issue Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 9:13 AM ET
    Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch

    Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue.