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Consumer Technology


  • Apple Maps may finally get this big fix: Report Friday, 22 May 2015 | 11:49 AM ET
    Google Maps App

    Apple could be adding public transportation directions to its mapping app, according to 9to5Mac, which cited unnamed sources.

  • BlackBerry to buy up to 12 mln shares for cancellation Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 6:15 PM ET

    May 21- Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd said it plans to buy back 12 million shares, sending its stock up nearly 2 percent in extended trading in the United States. BlackBerry said it would buy the shares, representing about 2.6 percent of its outstanding public float, over the Nasdaq Stock Market or on the Toronto Stock Exchange, subject to approval.

  • Lily: The world’s first throw-and-shoot camera Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:54 PM ET
    Lily Camera

    SV Angel-backed Lily camera, the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera, is looking to disrupt the camera industry.

  • May 21- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, helped by strong demand for smartphones and large-screen TVs. Best Buy said its revenue growth in the United States was driven by sales of mobile phones bundled with billing plans by telecom carriers. Best Buy's revenue from the United...

  • LG unveils 'wallpaper' TV, as thin as a sticker Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:33 AM ET
    LG Wallpaper screen

    LG Display unveiled its 'wallpaper' TV that is no thicker than a sticker at an event in South Korea, reports NBC news.

  • Welcome to ‘The Matrix’? Theme park with VR twist Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:49 AM ET
    The Void

    Put your headsets on and get ready! A startup called “The Void” plans on taking video-gaming junkies to a whole new dimension.

  • SEATTLE, May 20- Microsoft's plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren't interested. Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.