Consumer Technology


  • Oct 23- Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 13 percent in extended trading. "Given that certain Samsung designs that have come out recently are not using Synaptics touch ID products, we think that would probably be a real driver...

  • Oct 23- Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and adjusted profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 8.5 percent in extended trading. The company, which makes fingerprint ID and touchscreen chips for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's smartphones, reported an adjusted profit...

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations. Data belonging to the privately owned company's non-Chinese users will be moved in several phases to Amazon Inc servers in the United States and...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 21- Smartphone users won't recognise the name B2X, but if your battery dies or your screen breaks, the odds are that the company will be working behind the scenes when you seek a repair. "B2X is doing a nice job of stitching together what are all the very disparate processes that go into the aftermarket for mobile phone repair," said Michael Dominy,...

  • Oct 21- Magic Leap Inc, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in a funding round led by Google Inc.. Investors in the latest round included Qualcomm Inc, the world's No.1 mobile phone chipmaker, Andreessen Horowitz, KKR and Legendary Entertainment. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google,...

  • Vote in: A motion battery charger for the crowd Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    Two Kickstarter projects providing rapid charge power to iPhones battled it out. The vote is in and the crowd has spoken.

  • LONDON, Oct 21- British chipmaker ARM Holdings' predictions of improving smartphone demand and strengthening royalty growth met with a cool stock market response after it fell short of third-quarter revenue expectations on Tuesday. The company that provides the technology that powers the iPhone 6 pointed to Apple's booming sales, but investors will take...

  • Microsoft CEO on the cloud, inequality & spinoff Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:21 AM ET
    Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft has proven its potency in the cloud, and is one of three companies with the scale, resources, and know-how to dominate the market, CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC.

  • How to save, and even cash in, on airport parking Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    A little research can uncover deep discounts, freebies and even options to get paid for leaving your car while on vacation.

  • Tesla—the other one—nets a big crowdfunding win Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    A film still from the documentary “Tower to the People” shows how Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab may have looked on Long Island before his wireless transmission tower was torn down in 1917.

    The last remaining lab of "mad scientist" Nikola Tesla will open it doors to the public this summer after a fundraising campaign saved the site.

  • Rufus Cuff Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:55 AM ET
    Rufus Cuff Smart bracelet

    The crowd has spoken and chose the Rufus Cuff voice-controlled smart bracelet as the latest Tech Crowd leader.

  • FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc, warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases. FBI agents are generally able to access information stored on cell phones with a court order related to a...

  • Google Glass addiction? Doctors report first case Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    Apparently you can be a Google Glass addict, NBC News reports.

  • Google discloses Web encryption vulnerability Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 6:06 PM ET
  • Oct 14- Skyworks Solutions Inc, a supplier of radio frequency chips to companies such as Apple Inc, estimated fourth-quarter adjusted profit and revenue above its forecast, sending its shares up as much as 12.5 percent. Skyworks, whose chips connect smartphones and tablets to a telecom network, has been benefiting from higher demand from handset makers,...

  • The Indiegogo projects that will 'shock' you Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    Crowdfunding campaigns are taking wearables to the next level, including a habit breaking tracker and a voice controlled smart bracelet.

  • Leak an Apple product, pay $50 million fine Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 3:55 PM ET
    Apple store in New York.

    Details of Apple's non-disclosure agreements, which suppliers are not even allowed to acknowledge, have emerged in court filings by GTAT. FT reports.

  • How to get the vapors when you're on vacation Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    A man smokes an electronic cigarette in Miami.

    E-cig consumption is on track to pass regular cigarettes in a decade, but for now, rules on where you can smoke are often unclear.

  • The one thing guarding you from a bedbug apocalypse Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    Bedbugs have not gone away, they've just found new places to hide. But the answer to the problem might be closer than you think.

  • HELSINKI, Oct 10- Finland dropped out of the small group of euro nations with a full set of top credit ratings on Friday as Standard& Poor's cut its rating to' AA+' from' AAA', citing persistent economic growth problems. Finland has yet to return to its 2008 economic output levels after exports dwindled due to the euro zone crisis, problems at its mobile phone and paper...