Consumer Technology


  • TORONTO, June 18- BlackBerry Ltd is set to unveil a licensing deal with Amazon.com Inc that will allow the Canadian smartphone maker to offer about 240,000 Android apps from Amazon's app store on BlackBerry's new devices, according to sources.

  • Is this the world’s most important car company? Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 4:09 AM ET
    Tesla Model S electric car

    Electric vehicles are a tiny fraction of the global auto market, but Morgan Stanley already thinks Tesla may be the world’s most important car maker.

  • SEATTLE, June 18- Amazon.com Inc's newest mobile device, a smartphone that may sport a 3 D screen, is the retailer's latest attempt to exert its influence over the way consumers shop online. Analysts said Amazon has more opportunities outside the United States. "As the world shifts toward mobile, how do you make sure Amazon is front and center?"

  • New airline to fly business-class only to Paris Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 5:50 PM ET
    La Compagnie plans to begin service in July with one B757-200 plane.

    Pending approval from France and the U.S., La Compagnie aims to start service in July between Charles De Gaulle and Newark airports.

  • Why an Amazon smartphone could be a big bust Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    Amazon's smartphone move may turn out to be a big mistake, industry experts say.

  • HELSINKI, June 17- Finnish telecoms equipment company Nokia paid several million euros to criminals who threatened to reveal the source code for part of an operating system used in its smartphones some six years ago, Finnish TV station MTV said on Tuesday.

  • 'Bionic pancreas' astonishes diabetes researchers Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    A new medical device can automatically control blood sugar levels in diabetics, freeing patients from testing themselves. NBC News reports.

  • Is there a smartphone in Amazon's future? Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 8:04 AM ET
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

    Amazon is expected to introduce a smartphone this week, a long-rumored project that aims to close any remaining gap between impulse and buying. The NYT reports.

  • TORONTO, June 16- Parents struggling to get their children away from smartphones and tablets for meals, homework, exercise and other activities can arm themselves with new apps to remotely block access to the devices.

  • Hipmunk redesigns for younger travelers Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 8:32 AM ET
    Hipmunk app.

    Hipmunk is finding a slightly younger user base by mixing nontraditional results in one place with tried-and-true airlines and hotels.

  • GoPro's IPO prices at $21-$24 a share range Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 6:48 AM ET
    The GoPro Hero 3 with integrated WiFi is displayed at the 2013 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 9, 2013.

    GoPro, which makes wearable sports cameras and accessories, said it expected its initial public offering of shares to be priced $21 and $24 per share.

  • June 10- U.S. electronics retailer RadioShack Corp reported a much bigger-than-expected quarterly loss, hurt by higher promotions in its smart phones and tablets business and weak sales of consumer electronics. Shares of RadioShack, which reported its ninth straight quarterly loss, plunged about 22 percent in premarket trading.

  • Telcos battle to stifle Whatsapp march Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    WhatsApp may have shaken the telecoms industry to its core, putting the SMS text message in the shade. But Big Telecom is fighting back.

  • June 10- U.S. electronics retailer RadioShack Corp reported a bigger quarterly loss, hurt by higher promotions in its smart phones and tablets business and weak sales of consumer electronics. The company's net loss widened to $98.3 million, or 97 cents per share, in the first quarter ended May 3 from $28.0 million, or 28 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Facebook accidentally releases Snapchat competitor Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 5:13 AM ET

    Facebook looked like it was unveiling a Snapchat competitor until it removed its new photo- and video-sharing app from the iTunes store on Monday afternoon.

  • Uber a risky ride for passengers, states warn Saturday, 7 Jun 2014 | 12:11 PM ET
    A hotel employee pens the Uber Car door for a customer who uses the UBER car via a smartphone app to get around town rather than cabs in Washington, DC.

    Passengers using one of the taxi disruptor companies may not be covered by insurance if the driver gets in a wreck, some states advise.

  • Apple Inc, maker of iPhone smartphones, was not affected by the ruling by the Mexican Institute for Industrial Property against America Movil, Telefonica and Iusacell for advertising mobile phone subscriber plans with the name "iPhone" in the title. "Apple doesn't have a problem because they just sell telephones," another official at the IMPI said.

  • Twitter weighs online music acquisitions Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 6:07 PM ET
    The Twitter logo is displayed on the facade of the company's headquarters in San Francisco.

    Twitter has mulled deals worth billions of dollars as it seeks to add a music service to its offering, FT reported, citing sources.

  • Google offers new encryption tool, aimed at NSA Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    The National Security Agency's snooping is about to get more difficult. NYT reports.

  • Samsung cuts Google umbilical cord with 'Z' phone Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    Samsung Electronics on Tuesday is unveiling its first phone that uses propriety software, rather than Google Android.