Consumer Technology


  • Car service app seeks to disrupt the disruptors Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 7:52 AM ET
    Green Tomato Cars enters the alternative taxi market in Washington, D.C., with eco-friendly, Wi-Fi equipped, app-dispatched cars.

    An eco-friendly car service seeks to take on the app-dispatched, ride-share companies.

  • Extinguished: 75% won't switch to Amazon Fire Phone Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 10:19 AM ET
    Amazon Fire smartphone

    Jeff Bezos is giddy about Amazon.com's first smartphone. He has some work to do to get consumers equally excited.

  • Mass production of Apple smartwatch to start in July Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 8:08 AM ET
    Attendees gather at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center in June in San Francisco.

    Taiwan's Quanta Computer will start mass production of Apple's first smartwatch in July, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • Could the next telco IPO come from Africa? Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 5:37 AM ET
    BlackBerry remains the most popular smartphone on the African continent.

    With stock markets overflowing with new offerings, Bassim Haidar, the founder of Channel IT Group, has indicated that his African telecoms company could be next.

  • TORONTO, June 18- BlackBerry Ltd reached a licensing deal with Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday that will let the Canadian smartphone maker offer some 240,000 Android applications from Amazon's app store on its lineup of BlackBerry 10 devices this fall.

  • SEATTLE, June 18- Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos unveiled a "Fire" smartphone on Wednesday equipped with a 3 D-capable screen and the ability to recognize objects, music and TV shows, hoping to stand out in a crowded field dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics.

  • Amazon's Fire smartphone comes with 3D display features Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    SEATTLE, June 18- Amazon.com Inc's "Fire" smartphone comes equipped with a 3 D-capable screen as widely expected, a feature intended to differentiate the latest entrant to the crowded mobile device market.

  • TORONTO, June 18- BlackBerry Ltd has agreed a licensing deal with Amazon.com Inc that will let the Canadian smartphone maker offer some 240,000 Android applications from Amazon's app store on its line-up of BlackBerry 10 devices this fall.

  • 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.