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  • Nook Beats the Kindle: Barnes & Noble CEO Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 2:41 PM ET
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    In the battle of electronic book readers, the winner gives the most choice to consumers, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch told CNBC Monday.  That makes Nook better than Amazon's e-reader, the Kindle, he said.

  • Movie Fantasy Jobs Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 1:31 PM ET
    Movies have glamorized many occupations over the years. The films of Humphrey Bogart let viewers live vicariously as street-smart private eyes. James Bond made audience members imagine themselves as debonair, globe-hopping spies with exotic seductresses in every port of call. And Clint Eastwood’s westerns made people visualize themselves as the frontier’s messengers of bloody vengeance.What these films failed to do was accurately convey a picture of their main characters’ day-to-day finances. Wa

    CNBC.com considered how famous movie characters made their living. We found what their salaries would be in real life, then determined if they could really afford to live in that apartment, drive that car, or eat at that restaurant.

  • Inventions That Killed Businesses Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 4:35 PM ET
    The forward march of technology is both unforgiving and unstoppable. As it mercilessly weeds out the old in favor of the new, once beloved products and services become less favored by consumers, while others simply become obsolete.It’s always been this way. The horse and buggy was once the dominant means of travel for Americans, but once the automobile was invented formerly solvent buggy makers found themselves out of a job.This dynamic repeats itself whenever a new invention comes along that si

    What follows is a list of products and services that became so indispensable to consumers that they instantly lost interest in their previous favorites.

  • The 10 Biggest Videogame Movie Flops Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 12:05 PM ET
    There's no dancing around the fact that the vast majority of movies based on videogames stink. Absurd plotlines are attached to games that barely had a story to begin with -- and those rare games that do have a strong narrative typically see that jettisoned by filmmakers for a different story line. Being a bad movie isn't necessarily the kiss of death at the box office — need we remind you of Paulie Shore's cinematic career? Sometimes, however, the audience is just too smart to be fooled and the

    There are some familiar franchises on this list of the biggest game-to-movie stinkers, proving that even if a studio options a game with an enormous fan base, it can't assume those players will show up at the box office.

  • The Biggest Videogame Movie Hits Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 11:48 AM ET
    The history of financially successful videogame-to-movie conversions is a pretty short one. The list of critically successful conversions is even shorter. That doesn't mean there haven't been a few solid hits that got their start in the console world. Popular franchises tend to come with a built-in audience, and when Hollywood supplements that with a big star, it can be an immensely profitable venture — often spawning one or more sequels. Here are eight examples of gaming franchises that have ma

    The history of financially successful videogame-to-movie conversions is a pretty short one. Here are eight examples of gaming franchises that have managed to succeed on the big screen.

  • Pogue on Google Wallet     Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 1:30 PM ET

    With Google Wallet, the world's most popular search engine wants to manage your everyday financial transactions. All you need is a smart phone. But for now, only one device will do the trick. CNBC Contributor David Pogue reports.

  • The Best Selling Video Games of 2011 Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    September typically marks the beginning of the holiday season for the videogame industry. From this point through late November, publishers will release at least one potential blockbuster per week. Holiday sales make up roughly 40 percent of the overall industry revenue--and the year's biggest hits are born then. But as publishers prepare for the fourth-quarter battle, what better time to see what has been driving sales so far this year? So far things aren't shaping up well. Software sales are d

    Here's a look at the top 10 videogames through the end of August, based on U.S. sales (though when the year's over, expect several to be displaced).

  • Bang & Olufsen Pumps Up the Volume     Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 10:42 AM ET

    An outlook on luxury spending, with Tue Mantoni, Bang & Olufsen CEO.

  • Windows 8 Software Released     Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 3:47 PM ET

    Microsoft kicked off its developers conference Tuesday with a preview of its new Windows 8 operating system. CNBC's Brian Goode has the details.

  • Best Buy: Dot-Com Bust?     Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 5:12 PM ET

    The electronics giant is selling products from online retailers through its website in an effort to boost revenues, but is it too little, too late? CNBC's Herb Greenberg has the details.

  • Tech Titans: Dropbox     Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 4:45 PM ET

    Dropbox, one of cloud computing's hottest startups, allows you to store data remotely and access it from any device, with CNBC's Jon Fortt.

  • Apple's Rivals Fight the Giant With Connected TV Tuesday, 6 Sep 2011 | 5:09 AM ET

    The consumer electronics (CE) companies, from traditionally low-end LG to high-end Panasonic, are presenting connectivity as the new must-have experience in the living room.

  • Tech Giants Hope for Better Second Half in Europe Sunday, 4 Sep 2011 | 5:46 AM ET

    The consumer electronics market in Western Europe will recover in the second half of 2011 from the significant deterioration it witnessed in the first six months, when sales declined by 11.3 percent year-on-year, market research company GfK said in a new report.

  • With Glasses-Free Sets, Will 3D Take Off? Saturday, 3 Sep 2011 | 9:43 AM ET

    Technology companies are incorporating 3D technology into an ever-expanding array of devices, including camcorders, television sets and home cinemas. But the glasses still look nerdy and consumers have so far been reluctant to bring the technology into their homes.

  • Robocleaners, Tweeting Refrigerators: the Future Home Saturday, 3 Sep 2011 | 6:03 AM ET

    Ever wondered what your home might look like in 10 years’ time? Will it be cleaned by robots and run by computers? Will your fridge go online to allow you to discuss dinner plans with your spouse or instruct it to do the shopping?

  • 'Smart' TV War: First Salvos at Europe Tech Show Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 9:12 AM ET
    Visitors are reflected in glossy TV screens at Sony's booth at the 50th edition of "IFA" in Berlin at the 50th edition of "IFA" in Berlin, September 7, 2010. IFA, the world's largest consumer electronics and home appliances fair opens to the public from September 3 to 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

    With consumers increasingly turning to the web for entertainment, televisions which allow users to download shows off the Internet will be vying for attention at the IFA technology fair in Berlin this week as technology companies make a push into a potentially huge market.

  • Sony's Price Cut Game Plan     Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 2:50 PM ET

    Discussing the electronic giant's plan to slash the price of its PS3 gaming console, with Jack Tretton, Sony's Computer Entertainment of America president/CEO, and CNBC's Jon Fortt.

  • 10 Most-Hated Jobs Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 4:54 PM ET
    At one time or another, we have all known at least one person who has hated his or her job. That person may have suffered silently or vented constantly, but at the end of the day, there was no question that this person was truly unhappy with the thing that they spent at least 40 of their waking hours every week, for 51 weeks a year.The reasons for job dissatisfaction vary. Low pay, irregular hours and lack of a window to sit next to are all assumed to be culprits, and to be sure, they can all co

    Click ahead to see the ten jobs with the highest levels of employee unhappiness, according to data collected in 2011. The results may surprise you.

  • Consumer Price Index: CNBC Explains Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 11:34 AM ET

    Americans often check their receipts to make sure they've bought everything they need, and probably to see if what they paid this time is any different from the last trip. The government does the same with the Consumer Price Index. Here are the details. 

  • Electronic Stocks Spark Profits     Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | 9:54 AM ET

    Electronic and electrical equipment is off to a good start. A look at which companies are positioned to take off, with Daniel Holland, Morningstar.

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