Neowin News Feed for: Consumer Neowin News Feed for: Consumer en-us Neowin Ignition News (Managing Editor) (Neowin Developers) 5 Google's Android Things is now officially ready for consumer IoT devices <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>In this major update, Google has fixed some of the biggest issues in its managed OS designed for the Internet of Things, taking it out of beta after a string of developer previews. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Adrian Potoroaca) Mon, 07 May 2018 19:38:01 +0000 Apple, Microsoft top business brands in UK, decline in consumer space <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Superbrands, a listing which publishes UK&#039;s top brands every year has announced this year&#039;s top business and consumer brands. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are among top business brands this year. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Gurkaran Singh) Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:32:01 +0000 PewDiePie replies to allegations of taking money from Warner Bros. for positive game reviews <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>PewDiePie has responded to allegations of taking money from Warner Bros. to review Shadow of Mordor positively back in 2014 without full disclosure, which the FTC deems as misleading to consumers. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:10:01 +0000 Samsung's consumer version of the Gear VR is now available in the U.S. for $99 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Samsung&#039;s recently announced Gear VR headset for consumers is now available at several U.S. retailers, and while it won&#039;t cost you a kidney, you&#039;ll have to be quick with your order. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Adrian Potoroaca) Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:06:01 +0000 Samsung pulls ahead of Apple in consumer satisfaction <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>For the first time in years, consumers are more satisfied with Samsung&#039;s smartphones than they are with Apple&#039;s iDevices - adding another layer to the already heated smartphone war. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Jett Goldsmith) Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:44:01 +0000 Americans: unhappy with their ISPs, but love Apple and Samsung smartphones <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>This year&#039;s US consumer satisfaction scores are in, and apparently American&#039;s aren&#039;t happy with their internet service providers. Although you&#039;re probably happier if you&#039;re a Samsung smartphone user. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andrew Stevenson) Tue, 20 May 2014 13:32:18 +0000 EFF online privacy report names Snapchat and Amazon amongst worst offenders <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/967655207Private.jpg" alt="" /></div>In the fourth &#039;Who Has Your Back&#039; report into the privacy standards of companies online, Snapchat, AT&amp;T &amp; Amazon have been named as failing to provide adequate privacy protection for their customers. <a href="">Read more...</a> (James Walker) Mon, 19 May 2014 12:32:50 +0000 What is the average computer users' view on Windows 8? <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/503640167start2.png" alt="" /></div>With Windows 8 firmly in the public eye, some initial reviews of the OS from a more novice IT background are starting to surface, showing that opinions are still divided on the new OS. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andrew Stevenson) Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:01:20 +0000 PCs are one of the best deals out there, according to CPI <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>One thing we know is certain, consumer pricing almost always increases, be it fuel for your wheels or your weekly shopping run. But as one Consumer Price Index study shows, this isn&#039;t always the case. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Parker) Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:59:44 +0000 RIM: You misunderstood, we're not leaving the consumer market <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>RIM clarifies its position, saying it will &#039;refocus&#039; its efforts on business markets, building on its strengths, without trying to be &#039;all things to all people&#039;, but will still target consumers (&#33;?). <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andy Weir) Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:12:06 +0000 Consumer group feels Google's relationship with government inappropriate <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/19535579601.jpg" alt="" /></div>Consumer Watchdog feels that Google is getting special treatment from the US government because of a secret relationship Google has with it. The group is asking the public to speak up and get congress to... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Brandon Boyce) Tue, 01 Feb 2011 19:09:17 +0000 Microsoft is UK's top consumer brand <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/19825736642.jpg" alt="" /></div>Microsoft has regained its spot as the strongest &quot;superbrand&quot; in the UK, knocking last year's number one Google into third place. The ranking comes from a list of Britain's top 500 brands and is compiled... <a href="">Read more...</a> andy[at]neowin[dot]net (Andrew Fairbairn) Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:34:04 +0000 Cisco: a consumer brand? <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/940004440.png" alt="" /></div>Years ago no-one would have thought that the words &quot;Cisco&quot; and &quot;Consumer&quot; would go well in a sentence. Even after the purchase of Linksys Cisco has mainly kept their consumer network products branded with... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 08 Jan 2009 03:58:19 +0000 Google 'UK's top consumer brand' <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Internet search engine Google has become the UK's top brand for the first time, according to a consumer survey. It moved up two places from last year's poll, beating Microsoft into second place and Mercedes... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 24 Jul 2008 07:48:18 +0000 Consumer group slams RealPlayer as 'badware' <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A consumer advocacy group is blasting RealNetworks for installing adware and other software without properly notifying its users. In a report published Thursday, faults the latest version of RealPlayer for secretly installing its Rhapsody... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Tue, 05 Feb 2008 17:16:20 +0000 Microsoft steps up Windows Mobile consumer push <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft is working to boost the appeal of Windows Mobile among consumers by appointing a new head of marketing and by lending support to a new application for viewing Web content. Microsoft announced on Tuesday... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Wed, 23 Jan 2008 13:05:19 +0000 SanDisk Shrinks SSD for Consumer Devices <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>SanDisk has expanded its solid-state drive product line with a module roughly a quarter the size of 1.8-inch hard drives. SSDs are faster, lighter, cooler-running and more power efficient than their traditional HDD counterparts. The... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sun, 02 Sep 2007 00:21:46 +0000 Dell consumer notebook delay may last into October-November <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Shipment delay problems plaguing Dell may be worse than expected, with a shortage for the company's consumer notebook models likely to last into October or November, according to sources at Taiwan-based retail channels. Retail channels... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Thu, 23 Aug 2007 10:59:38 +0000 100 Million+ Consumer Electronic Devices with DivX Support <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Since the launch of the DivX Certification program in 2003, DivX Incorporated's consumer electronics partners have shipped over 100 million DivX Certified video devices. The 100 million devices represent over 2,500 individual product models that... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sun, 19 Aug 2007 22:03:06 +0000 Microsoft to Protect Consumer Privacy <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft will start erasing data from web searches after 18 months, unless it receives consent to store it longer. Microsoft is calling on the rest of the Internet industry to support it, with a common... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Parker) Mon, 23 Jul 2007 13:31:11 +0000 Dell adds new notebook PCs to boost consumer sales <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Dell introduced new notebook computers on Tuesday available in eight different colors with advanced features as it tries to grab a bigger slice of the consumer PC market. The world's second-largest personal computer maker also... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Tom Warren) Tue, 26 Jun 2007 10:06:53 +0000 HP launches low-priced Santa Rosa consumer notebook <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Hewlett-Packard (HP) on May 10 launched three Centrino Pro/Duo (Santa Rosa-based) notebooks in the Taiwan market, including one consumer model that is priced among the lowest levels of Santa Rosa models currently available in Taiwan.... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Fri, 11 May 2007 09:13:58 +0000 Danish consumer agency finds design flaw in Apple iBook <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>After receiving complaints from iBook owners that their machines would no longer start up, the Danish Consumer Complaints Board conducted a detailed study of four complaints received between April and November 2006, including a microscopic... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 04 May 2007 18:30:25 +0000 Supplier: MS to Brand & Sell Consumer Fuel-Cell Chargers <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>After its first delivery to Microsoft on Friday, Medis, a startup specializing in fuel cells, revealed the software giant's intentions to brand the products as its own and sell them as portable recharging stations for... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 16 Apr 2007 20:47:41 +0000 European Consumer Groups Unite to Pressure iTunes <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Consumer groups in Germany, France, Norway, and Finland are in talks with consumer authorities in Sweden, Denmark, and the U.K. The countries are pressuring Apple for a unified iTunes policy in Europe. At the top... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 22 Jan 2007 20:53:37 +0000 Plextor Set to Exit CD and DVD Drive Consumer Market <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Pressured with competition by Korean and Taiwanese makers of optical disk drives for over five years, Sninano Kenshi, which is best known for its electronic equipment division and printing equipment division's Plextor brand-name, has reportedly... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:25:05 +0000 Consumer Versions of Windows Vista Available Early <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The official launch of Windows Vista is planned for January 30. Some online retailers have, however, made the operating system available early. states that it has Vista 32-bit Home Basic OEM for $89.90, Vista... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sun, 21 Jan 2007 22:13:23 +0000 Via eyes consumer electronics <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. will next month begin shipping a new motherboard series and chipset designed to be used in consumer electronics products. The EPIA EX series motherboard is a mini-ITX board, measuring 17 centimeters... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Fri, 29 Dec 2006 17:44:41 +0000 BitTorrent Partners with Consumer Electronics Manufacturers <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Today, BitTorrent, Inc. has announced a collaborative effort with a number of hardware manufacturers to promote BitTorrent-embedded consumer products. Consumer electronics manufacturers are starting to integrate the BitTorrent platform into their products to ensure a... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 23 Oct 2006 16:08:03 +0000 Berlin Prepares World's Largest Consumer Electronics Show <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The world's largest consumer electronics trade fair, the IFA, will open tomorrow in Berlin with over 1,202 exhibitors from 40 countries spilling out over a massive 160,000 sqm floorspace. It will run from the 1st... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 31 Aug 2006 20:22:06 +0000 Taiwan to commercialize consumer fuel cell products <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Taiwan-based startup Antig Technology plans to commercialize its direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology later this year. The company will formally announce its first DMFC product in the third quarter. Shipments are planned to start... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Fri, 30 Jun 2006 09:03:47 +0000 Consumer Responsibility <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>This is something that has bothered me for a long time, and in light of the recent goings on in the world of consumerism I feel compelled to write about my feelings. First off, most... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 21 Apr 2006 01:54:10 +0000 AMD releases a consumer electronics chip <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>First, Advanced Micro Devices went upmarket with the Opteron chip for servers. Now, it wants to go downscale into the consumer electronics market with a new line of Geode chips for gadgets. ... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 23 May 2005 15:20:04 +0000 Microsoft Consumer Timeline (A General Misconception?) <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>For Neowin, its been nearly 5 years of watching Microsoft bring new Windows versions, updating them, (sometimes) repackaging them with new titles ;-) and, following the disheartened voices of our members who complain about how... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Parker) Fri, 20 May 2005 09:50:38 +0000 TiVo Pop-Up Ads Raise Consumer Concerns <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. has long promised &quot;TV Your Way.&quot; But the company's plans for pop-up ads and restrictions on copying have sparked worries that the service may be eroding consumer control in... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sun, 28 Nov 2004 03:55:31 +0000 Consumer Group Calls for Probe of 'Rip-Off' iTunes <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Apple's British iTunes customers are paying 17 percent more per song than other iTunes users. This is according to a statement made on Wednesday by a European consumer watch group - The Consumers' Association.... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 15 Sep 2004 15:41:30 +0000 Microsoft Settles Consumer Lawsuit in New Mexico <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday it will pay New Mexico consumers as much as $31.5 million to settle a class action claiming the world's largest software maker had overcharged for software. The settlement, which received... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Tue, 03 Aug 2004 23:36:12 +0000 Intel fund to bolster consumer electronics <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Intel has created a $200 million venture capital fund to invest in start-ups and small companies that specialize in technology for the home. The Digital Home Fund, which will be managed inside Intel Capital, will... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Wed, 07 Jan 2004 09:58:02 +0000 Ubisoft Violates Consumer Rights <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Ubisoft released the promised Rainbow Six 3 : Raven Shield 1.5 patch yesterday, but they failed to mention their new copy protection scheme. It turns out that Ubisoft implented code into the RVS... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Marcel Klum) Thu, 11 Dec 2003 12:59:03 +0000 Sony To Make One Lucky PS2 Consumer A Millionaire <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>This holiday season, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. is poised to give one lucky consumer the ultimate gift -- one million dollars. The &quot;PlayStation's Million Reasons to Play PlayStation2 Combo Pack $1... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Marcel Klum) Mon, 17 Nov 2003 15:45:01 +0000