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  • Appetite for new apps wanes for phone owners Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 1:25 PM ET
    A customer tries an Apple product at the company's Fifth Avenue store in Midtown Manhattan on April 22, 2014 in New York City.

    The trend is fueling mobile developers' concerns that their best days of growth are coming to an end.

  • 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.

  • Lenovo profit up 23 percent on mobile growth Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 10:25 PM ET

    BEIJING— Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Matt Cottle is one of a few known small business owners with autism, a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to comprehend, communicate and interact socially. NEW YORK— Amazon's new credit-card processing device and mobile app is designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

  • US indexes open higher; Amazon gains, Macy's drops Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher as global markets overcame a contraction in Japan's economy. Amazon rose 3 percent after the online retailing giant introduced a credit-card processing device designed to help small businesses accept payments through smartphones and tablets.

  • 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.

  • Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

  • 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.

  • Vote now: Which wild 3-D idea would you fund? Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 9:35 AM ET
    From left: OwnPhones 3D earbuds and CreoPop 3D Pen

    The 3-D market is projected to reach $175 billion by 2020. Startups are crowdfunding some wild ideas, including 3-D pens and earbuds.

  • Smartphone 'kill switch' bill passes in California Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    A California bill that would require cellphone makers to install a “kill switch” to render stolen devices inoperable has passed the state legislature.

  • The amazing deals most consumers are overlooking Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    Consumer discounts on refurbished products can be steep compared with hot-off-the-line new products, especially for home appliances.

  • BEIJING, Aug 11- Xiaomi Inc said it had upgraded its operating system to ensure users knew it was collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission.

  • BEIJING, Aug 11- Xiaomi Inc said it had upgraded its operating system to ensure users knew it was collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission.

  • NudeAudio Super-M: Pocket-size Bluetooth speaker Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    CNBC put two Kickstarter projects head-to-head and NudeAudio's high performance speaker took the crown.

  • Kids on planes ... with clowns and nannies Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 9:58 AM ET
    A clown is part of the cabin crew on select El Al flights from Tel Aviv to New York and other cities this summer.

    El Al Airlines has added a clown to the cabin crew of select long-haul flights to keep kids entertained. Other carriers have nannies.

  • Drone crashes into famed hot spring at Yellowstone Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 5:42 AM ET
    Elk at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

    A tourist seeking to take pictures of Yellowstone National Park crashed a camera-equipped drone into its largest hot spring.

  • INSIGHT-Samsung's next reinvention challenge: itself Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, Aug 7- As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership succession looms, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is under pressure to reinvent itself- to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse.