Consumer Technology


  • Gift Guide: Lots of tablet choices, oh my! Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Time for a tablet? People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has.

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- Japan's loss-making Sony Corp plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years. Having lost ground to nimbler rivals like Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in consumer electronics, Sony...

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- Japan's loss-making Sony Corp said it's targeting a near 70 percent jump in revenue for its electronic devices division over the next three years, even as it warned further restructuring is in store for its TV and smartphone units. The ambitious plan to hoist revenue at the division housing its growing image sensor business, to between 1.3 trillion...

  • *Investors pump $48 million into nano-technology company. TEL AVIV, Nov 24- An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world's most dynamic consumer industries. The company has raised $48 million from two rounds of funding, including...

  • Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone? Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    Sales of high-end Samsung and Apple phones remain robust, but demand for budget phones is growing. About a third of the smartphones sold in the U.S. between July and September cost less than $200, up from 18 percent a year ago, according to tech research firm IDC. A top-end phone costs $600 to $700 at full price, before the subsidies some phone companies offer in...

  • Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price. Processors are slower, yet that's not so noticeable for basic tasks such as email, Facebook and weather checks. But those come with a price tag starting at about $650.

  • Even 'Big Hero' movies still need heart: Disney Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 2:22 PM ET
    Image from Big Hero 6 by Disney

    Technology may rule the box office, but a good movie still needs a strong plot and characters, one Disney technician told CNBC in an interview.

  • Mon Dieu! Europe mulls Google break-up Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group's power.

  • Tips on getting deals during Black Friday blitz Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Brace yourself for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. Sure, stores have been pushing discounts on holiday merchandise since Halloween, but experts say Thanksgiving weekend still lives up to the hype of serving up the largest breadth of the season's bargains from TVs to clothing. He says consumer electronic deals are better on Thanksgiving or Black...

  • Bezos will offer Post to Kindle owners for free Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 AM ET
    The Washington Post sign is displayed on the newspaper’s building in Washington, Aug. 6, 2013.

    Jeff Bezos bridged Amazon and Washington Post with a deal that offers Kindle owners free Post access for six months, reports New York Times.

  • UPDATE 1-Best Buy profit beats estimates as costs fall Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    Nov 20- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, reported a better-than-expected profit as cost cutting paid off and revenue increased after seven quarters of decline. Best Buy shares were up nearly 10 percent in heavy trading before markets opened. Best Buy has removed layers of management, cut jobs, shut stores and boosted cash reserves...

  • Have home or baby monitor? Change the password now! Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:53 AM ET
    Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard.

    Experts have a message for anyone with webcams, baby monitors and home security cameras: change your password now.

  • Surprise holiday hit: The ultra high-def 4K TV Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:59 AM ET
    Toshiba Ultra HD 4K televisions on display at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 2014

    Consumers are expected to spend nearly $2 billion on ultra high-def 4K TVs this year. But are they worth the high price tag this Christmas?

  • Police chief: Very strong risk of City cyberattack Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 AM ET
    A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014.

    There is a very strong likelihood that Islamist terrorists will launch a cyberattack, the head of the City of London police warned. The FT reports.

  • JOHANNESBURG/ DUBAI, Nov 19- Bharti Airtel's planned disposal of mobile phone towers in Africa will see it sell masts in Tanzania to Helios Towers, while units in Malawi will go to Eaton Towers, a person with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday. The Tanzania sale will include about 1,000 towers, said the source, who declined to be identified because the deal has...

  • Nokia revives brand with launch of iPad lookalike Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:26 AM ET
    Nokia N1

    Nokia has unveiled a new tablet - its first device since it sold its handset unit to Microsoft - but the Finnish company is not manufacturing it.

  • Shutterfly bought app on 'Shark Tank' buzz: CEO Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:09 AM ET
    Shuttlerfly bought mobile app GrooveBook.

    Shutterfly bought GrooveBook after the company's mobile app went viral following its debut on "Shark Tank," said CEO John Housenbold.

  • HELSINKI, Nov 18- Finland's Nokia launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer on Tuesday which is designed to rival Apple's iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its ailing phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. "With the agreement with Microsoft, as is customary, we have this transition and we can't do smartphones...

  • Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet. The device will be manufactured by Taiwan- based Foxconn, which makes Apple's handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership...

  • *Sony has struggled with weak smartphone sales. TOKYO, Nov 18- Sony Corp aims to lift its movie entertainment revenues by more than a third in the next three years, its chief executive said on Tuesday as the loss-making consumer electronics firm tries to counter flagging smartphones sales. Investors are also watching for signs that Sony's restructuring under...