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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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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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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.
BUSINESS
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.'
BUSINESS
August 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Nokia Corp. unveiled new services and cellphones Wednesday that customers could use to download music and play games, a bid by the world's largest mobile phone maker to challenge Apple Inc.'s higher-end iPhone, as well as iTunes and the iPod. The move by Nokia, whose basic handsets give it a strong position in emerging markets, is the latest recognition that high-end markets require handsets with photo, music and video capabilities and quick access to the Internet.
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August 29, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Apple Inc. sent out invitations Monday to a Sept. 5 event called "The Beat Goes On," fueling speculation that it will release new models of the iPod media player to spur holiday sales. The e-mailed invitation for the San Francisco event shows a silhouetted dancer carrying an iPod, an image from Apple ads. Chief Executive Steve Jobs usually unveils new iPods before the holiday season. In June, Apple introduced the iPhone, combining the music player with a mobile phone.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Some of the shine rubbed off Apple Inc.'s stock Tuesday after unconfirmed rumors circulated on Wall Street that the company might cut production of either its iPhone or iPod devices. Apple shares dropped $9.67, nearly 7%, to $131.76, the biggest one-day drop in more than two years. Analysts said excitement around the iPhone, which went on sale June 29, had made Apple's stock especially volatile. Its shares are up nearly 60% since the iPhone was announced in January.
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July 25, 2007 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
In a first peek behind the iPhone launch, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that it had activated 146,000 of the handsets in the first two days of sales, which coincided with the last two days of its second quarter. Analysts had estimated that 200,000 to 500,000 of the highly anticipated Apple products would be sold in the first three days. The nation's largest phone company, the exclusive carrier for the iPhone, released quarterly results, but would not reveal how many of the devices were sold.
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