Arjun Kharpal, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

Google’s hardware event is just a few hours away and the technology giant is widely expected to release new smartphones.

Samsung Electronics shares fell nearly 7 percent after the company urged Galaxy Note 7 users to switch off and return their devices.

Smartphones could be obsolete in five years’ time, according to consumers polled in a new survey. Swedish network infrastructure firm Ericsson questioned 100,000 people across 40 countries, and one in two smartphone users “think that smartphones will be a thing of the past, and that this will happen in just five years”. In its place …

Google has bought the alphabet. Not literally of course (if that’s even possible), but it has acquired the domain name abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com, just a few days after Google officially became a subsidiary of Alphabet, its new holding company. The domain was created in 1999 and was updated on Wednesday when Google took control of it, according to …

Greece has submitted its economic reform proposals and asked for 53.5 billion euros ($59.4 billion) as part of a new bailout package from its creditors. So what happens next? On Friday, the Greek parliament will vote on the plans then on Saturday the Eurogroup of finance minister will discuss the proposals. If that goes well, …

Apple has made a U-turn over artist royalties for its new music streaming service, after pop megastar Taylor Swift said she was holding back her 1989 album. In an open letter, Swift said she was “disappointed” that the technology giant would not be paying writers, producers, or artists during a free three-month trial when people …

A Silicon Valley-based recycling company is looking for a “mysterious lady” who dropped off a rare vintage Apple computer, so it can give her $100,000. About a month ago, a woman of between 60-70 years of age dropped off a couple of boxes of waste containing electronic junk to CleanBayArea’s recycling center in Milpitas, CA. …

United Airlines is offering up to a million air miles to hackers who can find security bugs in its network. The move comes amid increasing cybersecurity threats to businesses, with the cost of data breaches likely to hit $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, four times the 2015 figure, according to Juniper Research. (Tweet this) On …

British student Thomas Ankin works four jobs while studying history at Goldsmiths University in London. The 24-year-old has been accepted onto a £6,000 ($9,000) master’s degree due to start in September, but is daunted by the prospect of paying for it. And unlike many millennials, turning to his family for financial support is not an …

Swiss luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer is to launch an Android-powered smartwatch in partnership with Google and Intel. The device, which was announced at watch fair Baselworld on Thursday, will be unveiled at the “end of the year”, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Tag Heuer said, but would not give details about pricing or what the watch …

Apple announced its arrival to the luxury watch market this week with the $10,000 Apple Watch Edition. Social media and commentators went wild discussing the whopping price tag and whether it made sense for Apple to pit its 18 karat gold model against the stalwarts of the Swiss watch industry. Why would you buy an …

If the concept of watching other people play video games seems stupid, then you might want to look at the salaries top e-sport gamers are commanding. Carlos Rodriguez Santiago – or Ocelote as he is known in the e-sports world – was one of the top players and biggest brands ever. He started his championship-winning …

Handset maker Blackberry has unveiled an “affordable” smartphone and announced plans for three other devices including a dual curved-screen “slider” phone and luxury smartphone. The 5-inch $275 BlackBerry Leap will be rolled out in April and is designed for “rising stars” in business, the company said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday. The …

Apple has been granted a patent for an iPhone-compatible headset, sparking speculation the company might be looking to compete against Google and Samsung in the rapidly evolving virtual reality (VR) market. The patent for a “head-mounted display” would allow the user to slot an iPhone into the device and view whatever is on the screen …

Amazon’s drone delivery plans appear to have been shot down by U.S. regulators, who have proposed new rules that would require operators to keep the flying machines in their line of sight. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that operators of commercial unmanned aircraft would need to see the drone with “unaided vision,” in draft …