Consumer Technology


  • Bloomberg challenged by new messaging system Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 1:38 AM ET

    Eight of the world's largest investment banks will Monday launch their most ambitious assault on Bloomberg's grip on daily communications, the FT reports.

  • Dimon visits White House amid settlement talks Tuesday, 1 Oct 2013 | 2:08 AM ET
    Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Negotiations between JPMorgan Chase and U.S. officials to resolve allegations the bank mis-sold mortgage securities in the run-up to the financial crisis are focusing on how credit and blame will be distributed in any settlement, people familiar with the matter say, the FT reports.

  • Apple's iOS 7 leaves users swooning (literally) Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 8:37 AM ET
    Apple iOS7 on the iPhone 5s

    Apple's new iOS 7 software is apparently making some people seasick on solid ground. Experts say the sharpness of the screen and the motion of the icons may be partly to blame.

  • New iPhone not so tough, Galaxy even worse: Study Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | 2:40 PM ET
    The new iPhone 5S with fingerprint technology is displayed during an Apple product announcement.

    Users may find something lacking in the new iPhone compared with last year's model: They could break more easily.

  • UK retailer Tesco launches cut-price tablet Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | 11:52 AM ET

    U.K. supermarket giant Tesco launched its attempt to tap into the tablet computer market and boost its online shopping and download services Monday when it unveiled its £119 ($190.95) "Hudl".

  • Peeling back the layers of Apple's new iPhone 5S Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    The new iPhone 5S with fingerprint technology is displayed during an Apple product announcement.

    Following are some of the key components for the iPhone 5S and their makers that have been identified so far.

  • EU faces hard decisions after German election pause Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 | 2:33 AM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has insisted the EU’s work has not been put on hold until Germans go to the polls on Sunday.

  • Inflight Wi-Fi sometimes more vital than legroom Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 | 1:00 PM ET
    Wifi more sought after than legroom on airline flights?

    An industry survey of airline Wi-Fi users finds some of them want a connection so badly, they'd give up access to the lavatory to get it.

  • Cellphones are now essentials for the poor Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | 12:24 PM ET
    Ethel Brown relies on her cellphone to stay connected with potential employers.

    The cellphone has become one of the most popular communication technologies in the world, so many people view it as more of a necessity.

  • Wal-Mart to offer new iPhone at a discount Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | 12:22 PM ET

    Consumers can get new iPhones at a discount at Wall-Mart and trade in their older models for an even better deal, reported a news portal Cnet.

  • EU plans to end roaming fees to hit telcos from 2014 Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | 4:27 AM ET

    European plans to scrap mobile roaming charges leave telecoms companies facing the prospect of wafer-thin profit margins, analysts said.

  • LinkedIn to welcome teen users ahead of share sale Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 2:22 AM ET
    The LinkedIn Corp. logo.

    LinkedIn is lowering its user age limits this week, in a move that is unlikely to help it overtake social network rivals such as Facebook.

  • 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.