September 18, 2006 |
RealNetworks Inc. is teaming with SanDisk Corp. to release a portable music player that more closely links with RealNetworks' Rhapsody online music service, the companies said. The deal, expected to be announced today, is the latest attempt to take on Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod and iTunes stronghold. Analysts see it as a way for SanDisk and RealNetworks to join forces against a new common foe: Microsoft Corp., which recently announced plans to release its Zune portable music player and service.
September 14, 2006 |
A top U.S. antitrust official urged foreign governments to think twice before interfering with popular new technologies, singling out overseas scrutiny of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes online music service as an example of misguided enforcement. Justice Department antitrust chief Thomas Barnett cited proposals by some officials overseas to impose restrictions on iTunes as an example of overzealous regulation that he said could discourage innovation and hurt consumers.
September 7, 2006 |
The release of Sony's PlayStation 3 will be delayed in Europe until March because of problems with producing a key component, the executive in charge of the project said Wednesday. The much-awaited next generation of the popular game console will go on sale in November in the U.S. and Japan as planned, but fewer units will be available for the launch dates. The company is sticking to its initial global target of shipping 6 million PlayStation 3 machines by March.
July 28, 2006 |
Microsoft Corp.'s plans to offer an iPod competitor could take up to five years of investment, but the spending is worth it in part because it will help the software maker's broader entertainment agenda, a company executive said. Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices group, told financial analysts that the company's planned Zune product line would require millions of dollars in investment and would not pay off immediately.
July 10, 2006 |
Sony Corp. has patented technology that would prevent its PlayStation consoles from playing used, rented or borrowed video games -- raising questions about whether the electronics and entertainment giant may attempt to redefine what it means to own something in the digital age. Sony has said little about the technology, patented in Japan in 2000, or how it might be deployed.
July 1, 2006 |
Wireless customers typically swap out new cellphones about every 18 months and, starting today, new state laws require retailers to help keep all those used handsets and accessories out of landfills. Sure, the phones are small, but put a million of them in a dump and you'll have a hazardous waste site. Californians replaced 13 million handsets in 2004, the last year for which numbers are available. Only a small fraction were recycled.
June 23, 2006 |
Leading French lawmakers voted Thursday to water down a draft copyright law that could force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod music player and iTunes online store compatible with rivals' offerings. But the changes did not appear to go far enough to satisfy Apple, which dropped the strongest hint yet that it might withdraw from the French download market rather than comply.
May 9, 2006 |
Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 3 will be the most expensive game system on the market when it debuts Nov. 17 in North America. The much-anticipated video game console will sell for $499 for a system that has a 20-gigabyte hard drive or $599 for a system with three times the storage, the company said at a news conference Monday night. Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 starts at $299.
May 1, 2006 |
Yahoo Inc. plans to unveil its first new media property in five years today: a personal-technology website to help consumers buy and set up TVs, digital cameras and other electronic gear. Marketers and analysts said Yahoo Tech would pose a formidable challenge to the leading tech information site, CNet Networks Inc., and present an attractive option for advertisers. The computing and telecommunications industries spent $2.4 billion, or about one-fifth, of the $12.
April 20, 2006 |
As it rolls out the first high-definition DVD player, Toshiba Corp. is boasting: "Image is everything." After testing the so-called HD DVD machine on three TVs of various dimensions, I hit on a more appropriate slogan: Size matters. Last week, a milestone in viewing was reached with the debut of the Toshiba HD-A1, which costs just shy of $500. (A deluxe model, the HD-XA1, goes for $800). Should you care? Probably not.