January 8, 2008 |
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 |
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.
December 30, 2007 |
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.
December 12, 2007 |
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.
October 12, 2007 |
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.
October 3, 2007 |
Microsoft Corp., chasing the speeding iPod train, will introduce a lineup of its Zune hand-held music and video players next month. Analysts said the new Zunes, which Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates unveiled to reporters in Redmond, Wash., on Tuesday, might help the company hold on to its sliver of the market and perhaps gain some ground against fledgling entrants. But Microsoft wasn't given much chance of taking customers from Apple Inc.
September 26, 2007 |
I make my living writing about scams. Check-cashing schemes, Nigerian frauds, fake Viagra -- I've covered them all. And in the back of my mind was always the sense that the victims must be a bit greedy or stupid. Like me. My comeuppance came this year when I went shopping online for high-end earphones and ended up with a fake. And I don't mean crude knockoffs. I thought I was getting a brand-name product at a bargain price by being a smart shopper, just like my flea-market-loving mom taught me.
September 25, 2007 |
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.
September 19, 2007 |
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.
August 31, 2007 |
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.