Stories by Peter Svensson

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

Self-driving vehicles, food printers star at Vegas show

LAS VEGAS - The biggest gadget trade show in the Americas wrapped up Friday in Las Vegas. This year, "wearable" computing was big, along with 3-D technologies.
By Peter Svensson

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Gadget show is awash in 'wearable' devices

LAS VEGAS - Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages. For the technology industry, this is exciting time, but ...
By Peter Svensson

Monday, July 8, 2013

Copper phone line going away

As phone companies abandon old copper lines, some customers are finding withdrawal painful.
By Peter Svensson

Friday, May 24, 2013

Schumer urges look at security in Sprint deal

NEW YORK - Sen. Charles Schumer urged regulators to "use extreme caution" when reviewing the proposed acquisition of No. 3 cell carrier Sprint Nextel by Japan's Softbank.
By Peter Svensson

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cellphone carriers join against texting and driving

The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV ...
By Peter Svensson

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Text messaging declines in US

Americans are saying CUL8TR to text messaging, a wireless industry group says, as Internet-based applications such as Apple's Messages are starting to take over from what was once a cash cow for ...
By Peter Svensson

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Apple to increase buybacks, dividends

Apple Inc. on Tuesday said it will buy back $60 billion in shares - the largest buyback authorization in history. It is also raising its dividend by 15 percent.
By Peter Svensson

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Microsoft beats Street, readies new devices

Microsoft is working with manufacturers to produce a line of small touch-screen devices powered by Windows, apparently intended to compete with 7-inch tablets like the iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle ...
By Peter Svensson

Friday, April 12, 2013

Verizon to extend phone-upgrade waiting period

Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone carrier, on Friday said that it is extending the time it takes to earn a subsidized phone upgrade from 20 months on contract to 24 months.
By Peter Svensson

Monday, March 25, 2013

T-Mobile USA gets rid of 2-year contracts

T-Mobile USA, the struggling No. 4 cellphone company, is ditching plans centered on familiar two-year contracts in favor of selling phones on installment plans.
By Peter Svensson

Friday, March 15, 2013

'Smart' LED bulbs still have much to learn

NEW YORK - LED bulbs seem to be the future of home lighting: They save electricity, they're durable and they don't contain mercury like compact fluorescents.
By Peter Svensson

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Samsung presents new smartphone

NEW YORK - Samsung Electronics is kicking up its competition with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III.
By Peter Svensson

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wireless developers want machines conversing

BARCELONA, Spain - A car that tells your insurance company how you're driving. A bathroom scale that lets you chart your weight on the Web. A meter that warns your air conditioner when electricity ...
By Peter Svensson

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

BlackBerry launches comeback campaign

The first devices in the new crop of BlackBerry smartphones will be called the Q10, featuring a physical keyboard like previous versions of the phone, and the Z10, with a touch-screen keyboard. ...
By Peter Svensson

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Apple shares plunge

Apple needs to come down off its perch and start making nice with Wall Street, analysts said Thursday as investors hammered the company's stock.
By Peter Svensson

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Apple's profit rocket hits air pocket

Apple posted net income for the October to December quarter that was flat with the year before. It was the first time in years that Apple didn't post a double-digit earnings increase.
By Peter Svensson

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Softer side seen under new Apple CEO

NEW YORK — Apple is emerging under Tim Cook's leadership as a kinder corporate citizen.
By Peter Svensson

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

PC sales got no boost from Windows 8

In the three weeks after Windows 8 launched on Oct. 26, sales of Windows PCs and tablet computers fell 21 percent compared with a year earlier, according to NPD, which tracks U.S. retail sales.
By Peter Svensson

Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

Kodak reaches loan deal

Struggling photo pioneer Eastman Kodak Co. said Monday that it has reached an agreement to borrow $793 million, an important step in letting it leave bankruptcy protection in the first half of ...
By Peter Svensson

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

AT&T to expand reach

Many homes in AT&T Inc.'s local-phone service areas will see the company becoming more competitive with cable for broadband service under a new $14 billion investment plan the company revealed ...
By Peter Svensson

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