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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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September 19, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Apple Inc. said Tuesday that it would sell the iPhone in Britain with mobile-service provider O2, the first step by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs to capture a share of the wireless-phone market outside the U.S. The 8-gigabyte handset will go on sale in Britain on Nov. 9 for 269 pounds ($536), Jobs said in London. O2 is owned by Madrid-based Telefonica, Europe's second-largest telephone company. Jobs slashed the iPhone's price in the U.S.
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August 31, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is expected to announce a souped-up iPod and a deal to let iPhone users buy ring tones through the iTunes store at an event next week, music industry sources said. Following its custom, Apple recently sent invitations to analysts and reporters for a Sept. 5 event but didn't say what it was about.
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August 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Acknowledging that its proprietary audio technology is a marketplace flop, Sony Corp. is shuttering its Connect digital music store and opening its portable media players to other formats. The moves were announced Thursday at a Berlin consumer electronics trade fair as the Japanese electronics pioneer unveiled a pair of digital Walkmans that can play the Windows Media Audio, MP3 and AAC audio formats. Like rivals' players, including Apple Inc.'
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