Consumer Technology


  • Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 12:50 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Sept 28- When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world.

  • Tough luck, NSA: New iPhone locks out spy agency Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 2:04 PM ET
    Shoppers looking at new iPhones at an Apple store in New York

    The new, post-Edward Snowden smartphone is the first that will disrupt American spying, the New York Times reports.

  • Gadgets for the road: Best of the new travel tech Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    There are new inventions out there to solve some of the oldest problems for business travelers.

  • Minimum wage battle split to the industry level Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    Fewer than 10,000 workers could get the new minimum raise adopted by the Los Angeles City Council.

  • Constant phone calls allowed on European flights Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    BERLIN— European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights.

  • BEIJING/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 26- Intel Corp said it will pay as much as $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in two mobile chipmakers with ties to the Chinese government, in the hopes of catching up in a smartphone chip industry dominated by rival Qualcomm Inc..

  • New Apple phone screwed up? Here's your fix Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 6:49 AM ET
    A customer looks at the new iPhone 6 Plus after it went on sale along with the iPhone 6 at the Apple Omotesando store in Tokyo, Sept. 19, 2014.

    Apple released a workaround for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who reported a drop in cell service and the inability to use the fingerprint reading.

  • Facebook: Wi-Fi drone the size of 747 coming soon Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 4:31 PM ET
    The Facebook logo is reflected against source code on the screen of a computer in this photo illustration.

    The Facebook drones are on their way, and we're not talking about bored friends who send out Candy Crush Saga invites, NBC News reports.

  • Review: Samsung Alpha big on design, short on tech Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone. It will cost $200 with a two-year service contract, or $613 without one.

  • BlackBerry showed off the new device at events in Toronto, London and Dubai. The smartphone, which has a large touchscreen and a modified version of the company's well-known keyboard, comes to market as the phones of BlackBerry's rivals all converge on a tall, rectangular profile.

  • BlackBerry unveils Passport, its latest smartphone Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    BlackBerry's hope is that the Passport will appeal to the elite smartphone user that its brand used to own as it stakes its future on becoming a provider of secure enterprise software.

  • Image of Asia: Reselling iPhones in mainland China Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    In this photo by Andy Wong, scalpers try to resell iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices to people leaving an Apple Store in Beijing. Apple's latest smartphones have yet to arrive on the Chinese mainland but are available in Hong Kong.

  • BlackBerry set to launch Passport amid turnaround Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    BlackBerry is set to launch an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport, as it embarks on potentially the most critical phase of its long turnaround.

  • TORONTO, Sept 24- BlackBerry is set to launch an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on Wednesday, as it embarks on potentially the most critical phase of its long turnaround. "BlackBerry is still fighting for survival.

  • The man who made $50 million ditching Kickstarter Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Video-game developer Chris Roberts speaks during a press event at the Game Developer’s Conference in 2012.

    'Star Citizen' game designer Chris Roberts has pulled off a crowdfunding coup: making $50 million without paying Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

  • Votes in: Crowd wants ring on finger Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 9:09 AM ET
    From left: Elemoon smart bracelet and MOTA SmartRing

    Apple Watch wants to lead the luxury wearable device market, but a smart ring on Ingiegogo wants to take wearables to the next level.

  • Game on! When Microsoft will launch Xbox One in China Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 6:56 AM ET
    A man walks past the Microsoft Xbox One logo during a media event ahead of the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

    Microsoft has set Sept. 29 as the new launch date for its Xbox One game console in China, the U.S. software giant said on Tuesday.

  • Apple: We're not shutting down Beats Music service Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:32 AM ET
    Beats headphones are sold in an Apple store in New York.

    Why would Apple plan to shut down Beats Music, as a TechCrunch headline reports? Answer: It’s not.

  • Microsoft delays launch of its Xbox One in China Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 6:51 AM ET
    Boxes of Xbox One devices at the Xbox One Gaming Tournament on November 23, 2013 in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

    Microsoft has delayed the launch of its Xbox One game console in China, but said it would be released by the end of the year.

  • Samsung may launch first Tizen phone in India Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 3:18 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday.