Stocks rose Friday amid enthusiasm for Alibaba's market debut and relief over voting in Scotland.» Read More
Coffee, tobacco, and work can each prove addictive for some executives. But CNBC's Darren Rovell says the newest monkey on C-level backs is a video game, Brickbreaker. And the supplier is the exec's very own BlackBerry handheld.
Early buying interest is putting a firm foundation under stocks so far this morning. European stocks are moving up on earnings news, and Japan ended higher, comforted by comments that the Bank of Japan will move slowly with any further rate increases.
The battle between software giants Microsoft and AT&T rumbles on, as Microsoft prepares to defend itself in front of the U.S. Supreme Court against AT&T’s claim that its patent has been infringed. The outcome of this latest step, which rests on a technicality involving outsourcing, will be hugely significant in the case that will make the difference of billions of dollars to the software industry.
The Supreme Court is ready to hear from lawyers from Microsoft and AT&T as it considers a long-running patent dispute between the industry giants.
It was jarring seeing Kevin Harvick win the Daytona 500 in his Shell car. That's because I couldn't recall the last time I had seen a car with a gasoline company as a primary sponsor win a top-tier NASCAR race. I called up one of the best guys in the business, Andrew Giangola at NASCAR, to put his researchers to the test.
Shares of tech giant Microsoft fell on Friday after CEO Steve Ballmer said analysts' sales forecasts for the company's new Windows Vista operating system were "overly aggressive."
Mergers and would be-mergers, housing starts and producer prices could all influence the market today. Stocks look a bit weak on the opening after clinging to small gains yesterday that put the Dow at another record.
Microsoft is busy pushing its entertainment offerings. The tech company's new secret weapon in selling digital downloads to play on a cell phone or other devices is a new digital rights management technology called PlayReady. The upside for consumers: content purchased for one mobile device isn't limited to just that gadget. Users can register several devices to share content. This is a rather controversial approach, but could really catch on eventually.
Cities across the country are rushing to go wireless – it’s cheaper to install, cheaper for users than cable, much faster than dial-up and generally more cost-effective all around. Yet municipalities are running into opposition as they attempt to transform their cities into Wi-Fi hotspots.
Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios’ "Gears of War" leads the pack with 10 nominations at the 10th annual Interactive Achievement Awards Feb. 8.
As Cisco Systems rides the wave of surging demand for increased bandwidth as consumers digest more and more video online, some are wondering if the networking giant will tug the rest of the tech industry in the same direction. But as interviews with analysts this morning on CNBC showed, the so-called “Cisco Effect” is up for debate.
Internet search is undoubtedly one of the most useful tools out there, but it’s never been synonymous with entertainment. Microsoft is hoping to change this – and maybe even beat Google at it’s own game – by launching an interactive search engine that aims to be both functional and entertaining at the same time.
The ads feature a frumpy, uptight man who represents PCs, and his counterpart, a young hipster who represents Macs. Bill Gates does not like them.
If you’re someone who hates when it gets dark early, you’ll be relieved to know Daylight Saving Time is coming earlier this year. It starts on March 11th – nearly two weeks before the first day of Spring. But don’t do the happy dance, yet. Your PC doesn’t know, and neither do the computers that run the airlines or the trains or just about anything else.
Stocks in the U.S. are pointing lower this morning. The Fed's statement, important economic data and earnings could all drive the markets today. President Bush speaks on the economy on Wall Street and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson appears before Senate Banking on the Chinese currency issue.
Microsoft’s Vista operating system has barely been on store shelves for a few hours and online gamers, a potentially big faction of Vista users, already have cause for concern. CNBC’s Jim Goldman had the story from Silicon Valley.
Microsoft rolled out Windows Vista at retailers in 70 countries Tuesday, delivering a new computer operating system that aims to better manage the explosion of digital media andprotect users from the dangers of the Internet.
Microsoft Vista officially hits store shelves at midnight Monday, and that's leading to a lot of speculation as to what the release will mean for the world's largest software company. So what does this actually mean for Microsoft?
Okay--after five years in development and $6 billion spent, Microsoft is finally rolling out its new operating system at midnight tonight for consumers-as we've been telling you. So--will Vista “wow” consumers the way Microsoft promises it will? Brian Cooley of CNET.com, Jeremy Kaplan of PC Magazine and David Pogue of the New York Times...
Not to turn this into a home page for Microsoft's Vista--it does release tonight at midnight--but we thought you'd be interested in what Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had to say--as he talked with CNBC's Bill Griffeth about Vista and what lies ahead. Ballmer naturally stood by Vista--calling it a milestone that helps change the definition of the PC.