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Consumer Technology


  • Apple updates MacBook Pro, cuts high-end iMac price Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:26 AM ET
    The new MacBook designed for a wireless world unveiled at the Apple event in Cupertino, Calif. on March 8, 2015.

    Apple is introducing an updated MacBook Pro and iMac and lowering the price for its top-end iMac.

  • Sector Snap: Taser and Digital Ally fall Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is showcasing a new wearable camera for police officers, and shares of rival body camera makers Digital Ally and Taser slumped. Panasonic's Arbitrator Body-Worn Camera weighs 4.6 ounces, is water-resistant and has eight hours of battery life. Panasonic announced the new camera on Wednesday and began showing it...

  • Will China’s Xiaomi make it in the US and Europe? Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:20 AM ET
    Xiaomi headquarters in Beijing, China

    Chinese smartphone giant, Xiaomi, is set to open its doors to U.S. and European consumers shortly.

  • COPENHAGEN, Denmark— Danish industrial designer Jacob Jensen, who gave ultramodern, minimalist forms to high-end products including consumer electronics and kitchenware, has died. Jensen belongs to Danish designers' golden era of the 1940 s and' 50 s, alongside Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and Poul Kjaerholm. Some of his works are now part of the...

  • Is your kid playing with your capex? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:02 PM ET

    Companies – even new ones – appear to be skipping out on capex, but that spending may just not get counted because your kid is playing with it, UBS said.

  • *Car companies use Nvidia's "supercomputer on a chip". DETROIT, May 14- It took Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia Corp the better part of a decade to gain acceptance as a global automotive supplier, a lesson for other technology firms hoping to make a similar transition from consumer electronics to car components. Nvidia had a thriving business in supplying...

  • In auction for RadioShack name, bid stands at $15M Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:57 PM ET
    Radio Shack

    The auction for bankrupt electronic retailer RadioShack's name and customer data will resume, despite objections.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 15 Quirky Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky

    This 6-year-old company culls ideas submitted to its website, and the best ones get made and sold in some of the world's biggest retailers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 6 Dropbox Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Arash Ferdowsi (left) and Drew Houston, co-founders of Dropbox

    An MIT grad invented this cloud file-sharing technology that has become a ubiquitous tool used by more than 300 million people worldwide.

  • Travel hubs hitch a ride on Apple Watch bandwagon Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Apple Watch apps

    Wearable technology, most notably in the form of Apple's pricy new watch, offers the promise of new tools for travel.

  • Navigating Web dating's rough shoals: eHarmony CEO Saturday, 9 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Internet dating

    Online daters, beware. The founder and CEO of the eHarmony online dating site has some warnings for would-be spouses.

  • STOCKHOLM, May 8- Swedish mobile telecom equipment maker Ericsson has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands against Apple over technology licence payments, Ericsson said on Friday. We are confident the courts in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair manner, "he added. Last year, smartphone maker...

  • MUMBAI, May 8- Alibaba Group Holding is in talks with India's Micromax Informatics to buy an about 20 percent stake in the smartphone maker, helping the Chinese e-commerce giant expand in one of the world's fastest growing markets for the devices, several people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The deal, if completed, would see Alibaba investing as much as...

  • Google's headquarters plan loses out to LinkedIn's Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 7:16 PM ET
    A rendering of an aerial view of Google's proposed North Bayshore campus in Mountain View, Calif.

    LinkedIn was awarded 1.5 million square feet to expand its offices, The New York Times reports.

  • Buying a used Tesla just got easier Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 3:56 PM ET
    A Tesla Model S charging.

    If you've been waiting for the right price on an electric vehicle, Tesla is tempting you to click "buy."

  • Apple Watch CNBC app.

    Apple's Watch has the lowest ratio of hardware costs to retail price across any Apple phone, according to research firm IHS.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp expects operating profit to more than quadruple this year, as strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts anchor a long-awaited turnaround after years of losses on TVs and mobile phones. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will jump in the year ending March 2016 to 320 billion yen.

  • Sony sees surge in profit on camera sensor sales Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 3:11 AM ET

    Sony said it expects operating profit to more than quadruple this fiscal year, boosted by strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp said it expects operating profit to more than quadruple this fiscal year, boosted by strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts as it seeks to turn around its loss-making mobile phone business. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will grow in the year ending March 2016 to 320...

  • Strategy Analytics declined to say how many handsets Samsung had shipped in China during the quarter, although it expected the South Korean company to return to the top three in the next one or two quarters following the launch of its flagship S6 and S6 edge models in April. It expects Apple to surpass Xiaomi to top the China market later this year on the strength...