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July 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Sony, Samsung and other consumer-electronics heavyweights are uniting to support a technology that could send high-definition video signals wirelessly from a single set-top box to screens around the home. The consortium announced Wednesday is an important development in the race to create the definitive way to replace tangles of video cables, but doesn't end it -- Sony and Samsung also support a competing technology. In the new consortium, Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co.
July 16, 2008 | Alex Pham
Sony Corp. finally launched its long-awaited video download service for the PlayStation 3 video game console. The company started selling and renting movies and TV shows through its PlayStation Network late Tuesday. MGM, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., Disney, Paramount, Turner Entertainment and of course Sony Pictures are making titles available. PlayStation 3 owners will be able to buy TV shows for $1.99 and up. They can also rent movies for $2.99 to $5.99 and buy them for $9.99 to $14.99.
July 6, 2008 | Elizabeth Khuri
Have you chosen your new hands- free headset yet? Armed with a photovoltaic cell, the new Iqua Sun is the world's first solar-powered model, which means Angelenos, beach bums, baseball players and gardeners will rarely have to recharge. -- Elizabeth Khuri -- Iqua BHS 603 Sun Bluetooth headset, $89.99, at Fry's Electronics and
May 7, 2008 | From Reuters
Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. unveiled two initiatives Tuesday to breathe new life into its sports business by making games that are easier to play and customized for Nintendo Co.'s popular Wii console. Key games such as "Madden" football, "NBA Live" and "FIFA" soccer will come out in special versions for the Wii, which has become the bestselling game system by drawing in female and older players with friendly graphics and simple motion-sensing controls. EA also is starting a sub-brand dubbed Freestyle that will be home to a new set of games not tied to any existing league, therefore free of expensive licensing rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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