Consumer Technology


  • TOKYO, Aug 29- SoftBank Corp is to offer a Sony Corp smartphone for the first time, selling the upcoming Xperia handset both in Japan and through subsidiary Sprint Corp in the United States, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28- Apple Inc invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones. Apple's typically cryptic invitation read: "Wish we could say more."

  • LONDON, Aug 28- British chipmaker CSR, which makes technology used in headphones and speaker docks, said it had rejected a takeover approach from Microchip Technology Inc, sending its shares up as much as 27 percent.

  • Telecom Italia, Telefonica bid for Vivendi's GVT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    Telecom Italia and Telefonica made rival offers for Vivendi's Brazilian unit GVT as the battle over Brazil's telecoms market ramped up.

  • Mark Cuban takes on Snapchat with new messaging app Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 6:43 PM ET
    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban talks about the inspiration behind Cyber Dust, a new messaging app he helped create.

  • Camera-makers shares jump on surveillance interest Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:25 PM ET
    A Digitally Ally camera on a police motorcycle

    A surge in interest in makers of security cameras drove shares of such companies higher, with heavy volume in particular seen in Digital Ally.

  • Invest in making your smartphone smarter? Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:13 AM ET
    From left: TouchPico, Interactive projector, and Zcan, scanner mouse

    Start-ups are taking your smart devices to the next level, including an 80-inch touchscreen projector and a mouse that can scan anything.

  • US stocks open higher; S&P 500 at 2,000 points Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks are opening higher as investors welcomed the latest corporate deal news, sending the Standard& Poor's 500 index back above 2,000.. Burger King rose 2 percent after confirming that it would buy Tim Hortons of Canada. Best Buy slumped 5 percent after profits plunged at the consumer electronics store chain as more customers buy products online.

  • Hoverbike Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    The CNBC crowd has spoken and chose Hoverbike drone as Tech Crowd leader, which soon hopes to be the first manned flying motorcycle.

  • Best Buy sales slip spooks Wall Street Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    RICHFIELD, Minn.— Best Buy's shares fell Tuesday after the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer reported a revenue shortfall in the second-quarter revenue, as people increasingly shop online. Best Buy said its second-quarter net income fell 45 percent from a year earlier, when it benefited from a $229 million legal settlement.

  • OSLO, Aug 21- Microsoft has agreed to install Opera Software's Internet browser on low and mid-market mobile phones it inherited from Nokia, potentially putting Opera Mini on another 100 million phones year.

  • Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:10 AM ET
    The Apple logo is displayed at the Upper West Side Apple store in New York.

    Apple's stock touched a new high, reflecting renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit competition and expand the technological hit factory.

  • Panasonic Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and others, seeking niche business opportunities to offset a downturn in demand for their consumer electronics, are touting automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields that ensure constant conditions to produce high-quality vegetables all year-round.

  • Vote now: Would you ride a flying motorcycle? Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:02 AM ET
    From left: Hoverbike and Skully AR-1

    Start-ups are innovating the way bikers easy ride, including these two ideas currently being crowdfunded: a hoverbike and a smart helmet.

  • OwnPhones wireless 3–D printed headphones Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 11:30 AM ET
    Ownphones 3D printed custom earbuds.

    The votes have been tallied and the CNBC crowd has spoken: OwnPhones has become the latest Tech Crowd leader of the week.

  • Is going on vacation becoming too much work? Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    Taking a little time off this summer? The email avalanche is so dreadful that some workers might consider skipping vacation altogether.

  • Not so smart? Bank deposits by phone Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    Using a mobile banking app to make a deposit may be convenient, but it can delay access to those funds by a week or more.

  • Lights on, lights off: Beware the smart house! Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Your appliances know you’re not home – who else does?, asks Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee.

  • Smartphone 'kill switch' law passes in California Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 4:11 PM ET
    Blackphone, a security optimized smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2014.

    A bill that requires all new smartphones sold in California to come loaded with a "kill switch" passed the legislature.

  • Trivago ads cashing in with 'creepy' TV pitchman Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 9:54 AM ET
    Tim Williams

    A metasearch travel website is expanding its audience with an offbeat ad campaign, Skift reports.