Althea Chang, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

U.S. households are cutting the cord at a fast clip, and by 2018 about one in five of them will not pay for cable or satellite television, according to new data from research firm eMarketer. The widespread access to digital content on services such as Netflix and HBO GO has made cord cutting an option …

Microsoft says it plans to retire its storied—and often maligned— Internet Explorer brand in favor of a new Web browser under a different name. The rebranding is a part its upcoming Windows 10 software overhaul. Internet Explorer will continue to exist only for compatibility issues, according tech site The Verge, and the new, unnamed browser will become …

The Apple Watch is expected to make it big debut on Monday, and both Silicon Valley and Wall Street will be eyeing the much-hyped wearable for imperfections. Max Wolff, chief economist and tech expert at Manhattan Venture Partners, had a laundry list of concerns about Apple’s entry in the wearable tech scene, chief among them …

Apple was granted a patent on Tuesday for technology that allows its devices to read physical gestures and respond based on hand movements. That could lead to a major shift in how its users interact with their computers. Microsoft and Samsung already incorporate gesture controls into some of their products, perhaps the most widely known …

The newly unveiled Apple Watch could be a step up for the company’s hardware, but there may be a few pieces missing from Apple‘s announcement of its first foray into wearable devices. There was “not enough focus on battery life on either the phones or the Apple Watch. Battery is so key,” said Christina Warren, senior …

It’s widely expected that Apple will unveil bigger-screen iPhones at its much-anticipated event Tuesday, but phones aren’t what consumers are most looking forward to, according to one tech expert. “Without a doubt, people are expecting a wearable device,” said Jeremy Rosenberg, head of digital at Allison+Partners. “Whether it’s a watch, or some other wrist-worn device, a large …

Google Wallet may not be as popular as the company hoped, but a similar new mobile payment system from Apple could help usher in a fresh era for shoppers at the register with smartphones. Apple is expected to unveil a mobile payment system for its iPhone 6 when the tech giant holds a press event on …

Social network Snapchat is expected to introduce news, video clips and advertisements to its news feeds, a move that its users may not entirely hate if they’re presented in the right way, according to one tech expert. “Generally speaking, users hate advertisements and distraction in the social media feeds. Users hate the concept, but if …

Apple could be gearing up for an October launch of a new iPad amid concerns about falling tablet demand. New features on the rumored iPad Air 2 are expected to include an anti-glare coating and a fingerprint sensor, but beyond appealing to Apple “fanboys” and early tech adopters, they might not be enough to get …

Online privacy largely relies on the strength of a website’s encryption technology, but after recent data breaches that include a hack attack at eBay, web users shouldn’t take the need for strong passwords for granted, according to security experts. Besides avoiding consecutive numbers as passwords, there are several tips, tricks and tools to help web users …

Regulators are set to vote Thursday on a proposal that could could change the way consumers have access to wireless services. The plan, proposed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, would reserve a portion of airwaves for small wireless carriers to bid on in a spectrum auction next year. “One of the most important …

The fate of a small TV streaming company facing its accusers in a Supreme Court case this week could have big implications for how consumers experience live, streaming TV content over the Internet. Subscription service Aereo is being accused by the likes of ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox of illegally acquiring and re-transmitting copyrighted broadcasts …

Microsoft unveiled its new Microsoft Office suite for the iPad, a move much anticipated by business customers as workers increasingly bring in their own mobile devices to use at work. As of Thursday, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available in Apple’s iTunes store. “The vision is pretty straightforward: It is to make sure that …