Smart Phone

Smartphone Obsession Can Cost You... Dinner

Last week, it was widely reported that Eva Restaurant, a small eatery in Los Angeles, is offering customers a 5% discount for handing their cell phones in before eating. But Gold isn't the first restaurateur to tackle the issue of distracting cell phone use.

Many Are Haunted by Ghost of Phone Bills Past Due

Far too many customers aren't paying their phone bills on time, if you ask the phone companies. Three of the top four submitters to third-party collection agencies are major telephone carriers. And the reasons why should come as no surprise.

How Shopkick Aims to Kick Off a 'Geo-Retailing' Revolution

Shopkick has generated a lot of buzz recently for its smartphone app that combines location-based features with shopping. Soon, Shopkick hopes, when you walk into any of hundreds of retailers, their app will alert you to deals at that store, and reward you with 'Kickbucks' just for being there.

Best Buy Earnings Disappoint Despite Gross Gains

Best Buy posted disappointing first-quarter results this morning, falling well short of analysts' expectations. Cautious customers lifted the retailer's overall U.S. sales by 5%, but lower sales of TVs, video games and movies cut into its profit margins.

Google Phone Rings Up Apple

In the heart of the holiday phone-buying season, AT T handed Google a fabulous present and partner Apple a lump of coal. Both were wrapped in one spectacular network failure, which stranded thousands of the Web's most vocal and demanding iPhone users.

Apple updates land with a thud

Apple Inc.'s (APPL) public relations staff deserves a medal for whipping the tech press into a frothy lather about today's "major update" to the...