Consumer Electronics


  • *Samsung Electronics to build chip plant in Pyeongtaek. SEOUL, Oct 6- South Korean IT giant Samsung Electronics plans to spend $14.7 billion on a new chip facility- its biggest investment in a single plant- leaning on its semiconductor business to bolster profits as its smartphone dominance wanes. But with the higher demand for mobile devices come increased...

  • Is this the end of your ‘dead cellphone’? Saturday, 4 Oct 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    A number of start-ups are creating unique portable gadgets to recharge your dead cellphone, but is the trend going against the curve?

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- Microsoft Corp is demanding $6.9 million interest from Samsung Electronics in a dispute over smartphone patent royalties, according to a lawsuit unsealed by a New York federal court on Friday. Microsoft is asking the court to rule that it did not breach a business collaboration agreement with Samsung, and that Samsung must pay interest on...

  • SEOUL, Oct 2- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's profit is seen weakening further in the third-quarter, underscoring the downturn in its market-leading smartphone business and piling pressure on the firm to deliver a revamped product lineup. Analysts and investors say Samsung's days of massive smartphone-driven earnings are over, as Apple Inc grabs the lion's...

  • *Apple denied existence of backdoors to ministry. BEIJING, Sept 30- The iPhone 6 will be sold in China from Oct 17, after rigorous regulator scrutiny led to Apple Inc reassuring the Chinese government that the smartphones did not have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies can access users' data.

  • GoPro too high too fast?   Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:29 PM ET
    GoPro too high too fast?

    Shares of GoPro are hitting an all-time high as the company announced its Hero4 camera lineup. The FMHR traders take their positions in the stock.

  • TORONTO, Sept 29- Even as BlackBerry pivots to focus more on software and services, the company that gained fame for its smartphones is not giving up on its handset business, two senior executives said.

  • Testing the iPhone   Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 11:36 AM ET
    Testing the iPhone 6

    Lauren Goode, Re/code senior reviewer, provides insight to the testing inside Apple's testing lab for iPhone 6 phones.

  • Analyst view of iOS 8 hassle & bendable phone   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 9:49 AM ET
    Analyst view of iOS 8 hassle & bendable phone

    How the issues with Apple's iOS 8 update, and the bendable iPhone 6 Plus could impact the stock, with Walter Piecyk, BTIG Research analyst.

  • Demand off the charts for iPhone 6: Pro   Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET
    Demand off the charts for iPhone 6: Pro

    Discussing "off-the-charts" demand at Apple, with Jim Suva, Citi director of investment research.

  • Liberty Global CEO ‘confident’ of Ziggo success Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 9:44 AM ET
    Merger M&A

    Liberty Global CEO Michael Fries is confident he will soon get approval for his Ziggo bid, but isn't interested in a deal with Vodafone.

  • Shame on RadioShack?   Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:32 PM ET
    Shame on RadioShack?

    RadioShack reported Q2 earnings showing a 20 percent drop in same-store sales. CNBC's Herb Greenberg shares his opinions on the company's press release.

  • Forget the iPhone, Apple has 2 bigger fish to fry Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 9:46 AM ET
    Apple store

    Everyone is waiting to see what Apple will unveil on Tuesday, but all the heat and light will focus on two major initiatives.

  • Telecom Italia, Telefonica bid for Vivendi's GVT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    Telecom Italia and Telefonica made rival offers for Vivendi's Brazilian unit GVT as the battle over Brazil's telecoms market ramped up.

  • Is bigger better? What iPhone buyers have to say Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    WeChat app on an iPhone

    Apple is widely believed to be launching it's new iPhone on Sept. 9, and there have been no shortage of rumors as to what the new phone will look like.

  • $12 million cool invention sets Kickstarter record Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:49 AM ET
    The Coolest Cooler can do it all.

    The Pebble Watch kickstarted the wearable device race, but it just lost its place as the biggest Kickstarter campaign ever, to a cooler project.

  • Best Buy revenue falls 4% as store traffic declines Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:06 AM ET
    Best Buy

    Best Buy reported profit that beat expectations, but revenue fell 4 percent due to lower traffic in its brick-and-mortar stores.

  • Google's biggest product hits and misses Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:23 AM ET
    Google co-founder Sergey Brin participates in a panel discussion in Mountain View, Calif., where Google Buzz was unveiled.

    Despite its wildly successful products, consumer feedback to Google technology has not always matched its grand ambition.

  • PlayStation 4 sales hit 10M in blow to Microsoft Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    Sony has sold over 10 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) devices, the company said on Tuesday, landing a major blow to rival Microsoft's Xbox One.

  • Smartphone 'kill switch' law passes in California Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 4:11 PM ET
    Blackphone, a security optimized smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2014.

    A bill that requires all new smartphones sold in California to come loaded with a "kill switch" passed the legislature.