July 11, 2007 |
Video gamers now can watch Disney movies through their Xbox 360 game systems, thanks to a deal that Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday. The agreement gives the Burbank studio access to the 7 million tech-savvy gamers and voracious media consumers who use Microsoft's online service, Xbox Live, to download television shows, watch high-definition movies and purchase games.
June 21, 2007 |
The eagerly awaited iPhone will be able to play YouTube videos when it ships next week, Apple Inc. announced. About 10,000 YouTube videos will be available for the iPhone's launch, according to Apple's news release. YouTube, a subsidiary of Google Inc., will be recoding the rest of its videos into the H.264 format used by the iPhone by fall. The iPhone will be the first cellphone to use H.264, Apple said.
April 23, 2007 |
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. is introducing a software application that can make Palm Treos and other Windows-based mobile devices made by rivals work like BlackBerrys. The software, due in the fall, is designed to extend BlackBerry's dominance by offering an option to individuals who may not want to switch devices to get the service, and to companies that would like to give employees a wider selection of hand-helds without being forced to support multiple mobile e-mail platforms.
April 21, 2007 |
After two days of frustrating silence about a lengthy outage in its BlackBerry e-mail service, the company that makes the addictive mobile communication device issued a jargon-laden update indicating a minor software upgrade had crashed the system. The statement late Thursday night by Research in Motion Ltd.
April 14, 2007 |
Nine television broadcasters said they formed the Open Mobile Video Coalition to accelerate the development of programs for mobile devices. The broadcasters represent more than 280 TV stations and reach 95 million U.S. households. They include Belo Corp., Fox Television Stations, Gannett Broadcasting, Gray Television, ION Media Networks, the NBC & Telemundo Television Stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Broadcasting, the coalition said.
April 9, 2007 |
Owners of the Xbox 360 video game console will soon be able to send instant messages while gunning down aliens or scoring touchdowns. Microsoft Corp. said it would add Windows Live Messenger to the console's online capabilities in early May so players could chat with anyone who had an instant messenger account. "Xbox owners can expand their network beyond gamers," said Aaron Greenberg, product manager for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, the console's online service.
March 22, 2007 |
Apple Inc., which changed how people listen to music with its iPod, on Wednesday launched a set-top box that it hopes will transform how people watch videos in their homes. Apple TV enables users to wirelessly stream video and music from computers to televisions. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said it began shipping the $299 product to customers who had pre-ordered it. The device is expected in Apple stores this week.
February 27, 2007 |
Sony Corp. said Monday that it was bringing out a cheaper player for Blu-ray discs early this summer, a crucial step in its battle to make the high-definition format the replacement for DVDs. The BDP-S300 will cost $599 yet will have the same capabilities as the $999 BDP-S1 that Sony is currently selling, said Randy Waynick, senior vice president of the home products division of Sony Electronics. Sony and Samsung Corp., which also makes a Blu-ray player, have been undersold by Toshiba Corp.'
January 23, 2007 |
German and French consumer groups have joined a Scandinavian-led drive to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players made by rival companies, a Norwegian official said. Currently, songs purchased and downloaded through iTunes are designed to work with Apple's market-leading iPod players but not competitors' models. In June, consumer agencies in Norway, Denmark and Sweden claimed that Apple was violating contract and copyright laws in their countries.