Consumer Electronics


  • More headwinds ahead for Hewlett-Packard?     Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:34 PM ET

    Tim Bajarin, President at Creative Strategies, says the tech giant is is facing very strong competition in servers.

  • Want the best deal? Skip the turkey Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    You might want to skip the turkey and shop on Thanksgiving. —There are 86 laptops and tablets on deeply discounted specials at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and others on the holiday compared with just nine on Black Friday, according to MarketTrack. It also counted 36 video game system deals on Thanksgiving, and two on Black Friday.

  • Gift Guide: Lots of tablet choices, oh my! Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Time for a tablet? People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has.

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- Japan's loss-making Sony Corp plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years. Having lost ground to nimbler rivals like Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in consumer electronics, Sony...

  • Why Sony needs to 'go back to basics'     Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:24 AM ET

    Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst at Enderle Group, discussses Sony's progress in its restructuring plan and explains why the firm's content business could be its weakest link.

  • Sony: Resuscitation or reinvention?     Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 10:34 PM ET

    Bradley Gastwirth, CEO at ABR Investment Strategy, says Sony needs to resuscitate itself and should focus on the PlayStation to do so.

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- Japan's loss-making Sony Corp said it's targeting a near 70 percent jump in revenue for its electronic devices division over the next three years, even as it warned further restructuring is in store for its TV and smartphone units. The ambitious plan to hoist revenue at the division housing its growing image sensor business, to between 1.3 trillion...

  • Why mobile will be Sony's magic bullet     Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 7:34 PM ET

    Daniel Ives, Managing Director of FBR Capital Markets, says the Japanese consumer electronic giant needs be aggressive in building new content within the mobile space.

  • What to expect from Sony's investor briefing     Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    Ahead of Sony's investor briefing on Tuesday, Bill Fries, Co-Manager of Thornburg International Value Fund, explains his optimism for the electronics giant's turnaround plan.

  • *Investors pump $48 million into nano-technology company. TEL AVIV, Nov 24- An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world's most dynamic consumer industries. The company has raised $48 million from two rounds of funding, including...

  • Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone? Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    Sales of high-end Samsung and Apple phones remain robust, but demand for budget phones is growing. About a third of the smartphones sold in the U.S. between July and September cost less than $200, up from 18 percent a year ago, according to tech research firm IDC. A top-end phone costs $600 to $700 at full price, before the subsidies some phone companies offer in...

  • Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price. Processors are slower, yet that's not so noticeable for basic tasks such as email, Facebook and weather checks. But those come with a price tag starting at about $650.

  • Best Buy's profit nearly doubles     Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Best Buy posted unexpectedly strong earnings last quarter, but the chain still faces challenges ahead of the holiday shopping season.

  • 4K TV... too much high-def?     Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:44 AM ET
    Sony's 4K Bravia liquid-crystal-display television.

    Dan Ackerman, CNET section editor, says the low-cost 4K is interesting but it may be up to five years before the content providers can offer shows in super high-definition.

  • Tips on getting deals during Black Friday blitz Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Brace yourself for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. Sure, stores have been pushing discounts on holiday merchandise since Halloween, but experts say Thanksgiving weekend still lives up to the hype of serving up the largest breadth of the season's bargains from TVs to clothing. He says consumer electronic deals are better on Thanksgiving or Black...

  • Best Buy fights its way back     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    Has Best Buy turned itself around? After a strong Q3 beat, Marketfy editor Ron Insana, provides perspective on the company's growth.

  • UPDATE 1-Best Buy profit beats estimates as costs fall Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    Nov 20- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, reported a better-than-expected profit as cost cutting paid off and revenue increased after seven quarters of decline. Best Buy shares were up nearly 10 percent in heavy trading before markets opened. Best Buy has removed layers of management, cut jobs, shut stores and boosted cash reserves...

  • JOHANNESBURG/ DUBAI, Nov 19- Bharti Airtel's planned disposal of mobile phone towers in Africa will see it sell masts in Tanzania to Helios Towers, while units in Malawi will go to Eaton Towers, a person with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday. The Tanzania sale will include about 1,000 towers, said the source, who declined to be identified because the deal has...

  • HELSINKI, Nov 18- Finland's Nokia launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer on Tuesday which is designed to rival Apple's iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its ailing phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. "With the agreement with Microsoft, as is customary, we have this transition and we can't do smartphones...

  • Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet. The device will be manufactured by Taiwan- based Foxconn, which makes Apple's handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership...