Consumer Technology


  • 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.

  • Hacker harasses sleeping toddler via baby monitor Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 11:03 AM ET

    A hacker virtually entered a sleeping 2-year-old's room when he hacked into the child's baby monitor. This is not the first such incident involving wireless baby monitors.

  • Can 'Iron Man' star turnaround HTC's fortunes? Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 3:20 AM ET
    Actor Robert Downey (L) Jr.and the comic book character Iron Man ring the opening bell in celebration of 'Iron Man 3' at the New York Stock Exchange on April 30, 2013 in New York City.

    Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has launched a $1 billion global ad campaign with a commercial featuring U.S. film star Robert Downey Jr., in the hope of turning around its fortunes.

  • Is an Apple, China Mobile tie-up imminent? Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 8:27 PM ET

    The stars may finally be aligning for a long-awaited deal between Apple and China Mobile that could help the iPhone maker claw back lost ground in its most important growth markets.

  • Owner of email service Snowden used faces arrest Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 11:56 AM ET
    A cardboard mask of Edward Snowden on the ground at a protest against the PRISM surveillance program, which Snowden leaked.

    The owner of an encrypted email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, said he has been threatened with criminal charges for refusing to comply with an order to turn over information about his customers.

  • Facebook story bumping to show you what you missed Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 12:40 PM ET
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Zuckerberg on Thursday unveiled a new look for the social network's News Feed

    Facebook wants to make it easier for users to see stories that they may have missed previously in their day by now using story bumping.