August 31, 2007 |
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.'
August 30, 2007 |
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.
August 29, 2007 |
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.
August 1, 2007 |
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.
July 25, 2007 |
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.
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 29, 2007 |
When it comes to landing an iPhone, Apple Inc.'s other famous Steve plans to stand in line. Steve Wozniak helped Steve Jobs launch Apple more than 30 years ago, sparking a computing revolution. But the man known to many as Woz, who left the company in 1987, planned to queue up outside a San Jose Apple store at 4 a.m. today in hopes of getting his hands on one. "I love to see the future early," he said.
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.
May 13, 2007 |
Apple Inc.'s iPods can cause cardiac implantable pacemakers to malfunction by interfering with the electromagnetic equipment monitoring the heart, according to a study presented by a 17-year-old high school student at a meeting of heart specialists. The study tested the effect of the portable music devices on 100 patients, whose average age was 77, who were outfitted with pacemakers.
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.