Consumer Technology


  • 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...

  • Angry Birds maker to tailor games in Chinese market Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:56 PM ET

    Finland's Rovio will start tailoring its Angry Birds mobile games to the Chinese market as it aims to step up business in the world's most populous country.

  • UPDATE 1-InterDigital loses another round in patent fight Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    InterDigital had sued phone maker Nokia and ZTE Corp over patents used in the phones. Since the suit was filed, Nokia's handset business was purchased by Microsoft Corp. Microsoft was pleased with the decision, said spokesman David Cuddy.

  • Great Scott! A flying DeLorean phone case? Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    A Japanese toy company created an iPhone 6 case of the DeLorean car from "Back to the Future," according an article in Mashable.

  • Who's dominating the mobile-chat space now? Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:49 PM ET
    The Facebook “Like” and the WhatsApp logos are displayed in this photo.

    One year after Facebook paid a whopping $19 billion for WhatsApp, who's winning the mobile-chat race? This ex-Google exec weighs in.

  • BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest...again Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 7:48 AM ET
    Ryan Seacrest

    BlackBerry is reviving a legal battle against a startup co-founded by Ryan Seacrest.

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Sony Corp aims to boost operating profit 25- fold within three years by growing its camera sensors and PlayStation units, its chief executive said, outlining a strategy that could see the company exit the cut-throat TV and smartphone sectors. Sony would instead focus its spending on more profitable businesses such as camera sensors, videogames...