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March 1, 2006 | Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writer
Apple Computer Inc. took its first steps into the living room Tuesday, introducing a speaker system for iPods and a new Mac mini that can stream music, photos and video from other computers. Together, the two products provide "a clear indication that Apple intends to expand more into the home and move away from its on-the-go focus," said Gartner Inc. analyst Van Baker.
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BUSINESS
February 8, 2006 | From Associated Press
As competitors continue to pull out of the portable audio player market, Apple Computer Inc. beefed up its iPod product mix with a new 1-gigabyte version of the nano and lower-priced shuffles. The pencil-thin, flash-memory-based iPod nano player now ranges from $149 for the 1-gigabyte model to $249 for the 4-gigabyte model. Previously, the 2-gigabyte nano was the least expensive model at $199. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple also cut the prices of its bare-bones iPod shuffle players.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2006 | Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writer
Sales of iPod music players propelled Apple Computer Inc.'s quarterly revenue and profit to all-time highs, with earnings nearly doubling from a year earlier, the computer maker said Wednesday. Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. also reported strong results, swinging to a profit and taking market share from archrival Intel Corp. The reports from the two Silicon Valley stalwarts offset bad news from Intel Corp. and Yahoo Inc.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2006 | From Reuters
Apple Computer Inc. has filed to trademark the phrase "Mobile Me" for use in a wide range of businesses, furthering speculation that it could introduce an iPod phone. Apple made the filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Jan. 5. The areas that the trademark covers include computing devices, mobile devices and mobile services such as music, video, games, e-mail and messaging across the Internet, intranets, extranets, and television, cellular and satellite networks, the filing shows.
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January 11, 2006 | Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writer
Steve Jobs did the talking Tuesday, but it was Paul Otellini many people heard. Jobs, the chief executive of Apple Computer Inc., was rolling out his company's first computers powered by chips made by Intel Corp., headed by Otellini.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2006 | From Reuters
For the Mac faithful, this time of year is a special one: The always lively Macworld conference that Apple Computer Inc. and co-founder Steve Jobs host starts today in San Francisco. Websites devoted to all things Apple abound with rumors and speculation that swirl weeks before the event and Jobs' keynote, to be delivered Tuesday.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2005 | From Reuters
London-born Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod digital music player and its iMac, iBook and PowerBook computers, was given the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. The rank of CBE is the third-most senior rank among the five British classes of chivalry. Only the first two orders qualify for knighthood.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2005 | Meg James
NBC Universal and Apple Computer Inc. plan to announce today a partnership to make NBC-owned programs available to video iPod users, sources familiar with the deal said. In October, Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. and Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple began selling ABC's "Desperate Housewives," "Lost" and other shows for $1.99 a download. An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2005 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
TiVo Inc. today is expected to announce a service that allows its digital video recorders to save programs to iPods and PlayStation Portables, further untethering television from time and place. The new offering builds on TiVo's existing TiVo to Go feature, which enables some subscribers to transfer shows to a laptop or PC via a home network. TiVo executives said the company was responding to a proliferation of portable devices.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
In a show of unity, five unions representing actors, writers and directors issued a joint call for talks to make sure their members get a cut of revenue generated by the sale of TV shows on Apple's iTunes software. The unions sent a clear message to TV producers. "We have not yet heard from the responsible employers of our members," their joint statement said. "But we look forward to a dialogue that ensures that our members are properly compensated for this exploitation of their work."
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