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March 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Communist Cuba has authorized the unrestricted sale of computers and video players in the first sign that President Raul Castro is moving to improve access to consumer goods. An internal government memo says the appliances can go on sale immediately, although air conditioners will not be available until next year and toasters until 2010 because of limited power supplies. Only foreigners and companies have been able to buy computers in Cuba before now, and DVD players were seized at the airport until customs rules were eased last year.
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The company behind the BlackBerry smart phones said a three-hour e-mail outage Monday was caused by an upgrade designed to increase capacity. Research in Motion Ltd. said Tuesday that the upgrade was part of "routine and ongoing efforts," and that similar upgrades in the past had caused no problems. The outage, which started about 12:30 p.m. PST, annoyed subscribers who are used to checking and writing e-mail whenever they're in cellular coverage and able to make voice calls.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2008 | From Blooomberg News
Apple Inc. may unveil a version of the iPhone for Canada as early as today, but China Mobile said Monday that talks over the launch of iPhone handsets in China had been called off. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs may make the announcement about the iPhone for Canada during his speech at the Macworld conference in San Francisco, said RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky. Apple probably will outline an agreement with Rogers Communications Inc.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
While the consumer electronics world is watching Las Vegas this week, many manufacturers are also keeping an eye on foreign markets where they can build and sell their latest gadgets. The head of the trade group behind the International Consumer Electronics Show used the stage to drive home a political message Monday: Foreign trade is key to the growth of the industry and the overall health of the U.S. economy. Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Assn.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2008 | Alex Pham and Joseph Menn and Jessica Guynn and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
Television manufacturers showed off their biggest and brightest models at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. And wow, were they big and bright. Panasonic lugged in the world's largest plasma TV set, at 150 inches, or 12 1/2 feet, measured diagonally. It's 11 feet tall, for those already measuring space in their living rooms. "The only plane that could carry it was the Boeing 747 jumbo jet," Panasonic President Toshihiro Sakamoto said.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Motorola Inc., the largest U.S. maker of mobile phones, plans to start selling a portable pocket-sized media player in a bid to bolster revenue as its handset sales decline. The device can receive live TV signals and play saved programs and video clips on its 4.3-inch wide screen, Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola said. It gave no pricing or availability information for the media player, which comes with a four-hour battery.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
If you're renting a car from Hertz, you can also rent a media player packed with programming from Nickelodeon to entertain the kids. The cost is $17 a day, and if you rent for five days, you get days 6 and 7 free. Hertz began offering the media player, called "Nick on the Go," this month at 21 airports nationwide. Hertz plans to add 25 more locations in 2008.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer plans to connect the company's flagship PlayStation 3 console with its other electronics as part of its growth strategy next year and beyond. The consumer electronics maker will hook up the PS3 with its PlayStation Portable console online before extending the links to products such as mobile phones, Stringer said Tuesday in Tokyo. The current three-year business plan ends March 31.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected to your cellphone, those vibrations you're feeling in the car, in your pajamas, in the shower, may be coming from your head bone. Many mobile phone addicts and BlackBerry junkies report feeling vibrations when there are none, or feeling as if they're wearing a cellphone when they're not.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
san francisco -- Apple Inc. issued a warning Monday to iPhone customers who have found ways to uncouple Apple's device from the AT&T Inc. wireless service: If your iPhone breaks, don't come crying to us. Apple said many of the unauthorized software programs used to "unlock" iPhones from AT&T were damaging the devices. The Cupertino, Calif., company warned that updated software it periodically sent out might not work with phones that had been unlocked -- and could render the iPhones unusable.
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