Just days after Amazon announced it was working on delivery drones, Google reported it has been quietly acquiring robotic companies to make its own futuristic vision come to life. In just the past six months, the giant has bought seven such businesses.
Google is calling it a "moonshot" program.
According to a report in The New York Times, the company's focus is on manufacturing, rather than consumer, technologies.
Andy Rubin, who built Google's Android software, is directing the robot project.
"Rubin's efforts on Android were very real and very successful," said CNET senior editor Scott Stein.
"This is entering science fiction territory, where who knows what will happen," he added.
—By CNBC's Christina Medici Scolaro
Computer shipments to retailers are estimated to end the year much lower as consumers spend more time on smartphones and tablets.
Shipments of desktops and laptops (whether they run on Windows, Mac or other operating systems) are expected to show a decline of more than 10 percent, the most dramatic drop ever, according to research firm IDC. Shipments dropped about 4 percent last year.
"It's like newspaper subscriptions," said CNET Editor-in-Chief Paul Sloan. "They're just going to keep going down. Mobile is growing; tablets are growing."
Although no tablet on the market can entirely replace a personal computer, he said, the ones available are fine for what most users do with them.
A new start-up company has launched a Bluetooth low-energy connect card device that can store a number of swipeable cards, such as credit cards, gift cards and membership cards. Coin is a nonrechargeable device with a battery life of two years and can be used anywhere that regular credit cards are accepted.
Coin is tapping into the market by appealing to people's need for organizing and keeping track of the various cards that are in their possession into a single storage media.
According to the developers of Coin, users can load their cards on to the device's mobile app by using the card-swipe dongle that connects to their smartphone or tablet. Once the cards are loaded, the user no longer needs the mobile app or their smartphone for the Coin to work, unless they want to manage, add or delete existing cards.
Consumers can choose the card they want to use for a particular transaction by just tapping a button on the device's digital screen.
Retailers are getting more creative and competitive for the holidays, with more online stores popping up and social media covering the action.
Jesse Draper, CEO of multimedia company Valley Girl, advises that you don't go shopping without checking out these sites:
Amazon Price Check: You can scan the price tag, snap a photo or type a product in and find the best price for anything.
Snapette: It's a fashion app that's perfect for shoppers who wait for the last minute and don't have time for shipping. It tells you about deals nearby and offers directions to the stores, and gives secret sales codes and editor's recommendations.
Shopkick: This app scans nearby stores for great deals and kicks you back points that you can redeem for gift cards. It offers rewards just for walking in to a store.
Whichever way you shop on line, don't forget to pay attention to shipping!
In its latest attempt to survive, BlackBerry has announced another shake-up—this time at the executive level.
For the first time since he was named acting CEO three weeks ago, John Chen is showing senior management the door. Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben will leave the company.
BlackBerry also announced that Brian Bidulka is being replaced as CFO but will remain in an advisory role until the end of the year.
During the past few months, BlackBerry announced that it would lay off 40 percent of its staff, or about 4,500 employees.
Microsoft officially launched the Xbox One on Friday in the United States and said it will retail for $499.99, $100 more than Sony's newly released PS4. This next generation console includes a built-in Kinect system, a Blu-ray Disc player, a wireless controller, one chat headset, an eight-core x86 processor, wireless networking connectivity and a HDMI cable.
Microsoft said on Saturday that more than 1 million Xbox One consoles have been sold worldwide since their midnight launch.
The company said that surpasses first-day sales of the Xbox 360, the previous-generation model that went on sale eight years ago.
Google is attempting to enter the physical world with its new Wallet card. It isn't a credit card, it's a prepaid debit card that can be used to spend money already in a person's Wallet balance.
Not everyone thinks it's Google's greatest idea.
Jennifer Jolly, host of USA Today's "Tech Now" said, "Google's time, energy and money would be better spent fixing the issues that have made Google Wallet—and [near-field communication] in general—so slow to set the mobile world on fire."
Jolly said Google could have focused on many other fixes to the current system, which include security, timing and education.
Yahoo added another $5 billion to its buyback program, sending shares higher once again as investors wait to see the results of the Internet giant's recent investments.
"This stock has done tremendously well. ... This largely reflects the significant stake in [Chinese Internet company] Alibaba Group as well as substantial buyback activity over the last number of years," said Scott Kessler, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ.
"The reality is, if you look at Yahoo and its financial performance, growth has been lacking and tremendously difficult to find on a consistent basis," Kessler said.
A new Microsoft CEO has yet to be named, and its unclear when one will be announced, but the incoming executive faces some serious challenges when Steve Ballmer departs, especially when it comes to mobile devices, according to one tech expert.
"We've got a commitment to make sure that the next CEO is the right person for the right time for the company we both love, and we share a commitment that Microsoft will succeed as a company that makes the world a better place," Microsoft's founder, Bill Gates, said of Ballmer at the shareholder meeting.