June 22, 2007 |
Hasbro Inc. is banking on its "Transformers" product license being golden enough to sell a $495 transforming jacket, and Mattel Inc. disclosed plans for girls to tee it up with Barbie golf clubs this week at the 2007 Licensing International show in New York. Meanwhile, video game maker Nintendo Co. hopes the Super Mario Brothers franchise still carries enough cachet from its 1980s heyday to sell sneakers and candy. And NASCAR looks to have its fans buzzing with bottled wine bearing its name.
June 19, 2007 |
Apple Inc. said the battery on its iPhone mobile device would let users talk three hours longer than planned, raising prospects of a successful debut next week. The battery will provide as much as eight hours of talk time on one charge, more than rival phones, Apple said. The iPhone, a combination mobile phone and iPod media player that will cost as much as $599, also offers six hours of Internet use, seven hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback.
June 14, 2007 |
Irvine-based chip maker Broadcom Corp. has been in talks with cellphone makers about new designs since winning a patent dispute with rival Qualcomm Inc., Chief Executive Scott McGregor said. The U.S. International Trade Commission on June 7 banned the import of some phones after finding that Qualcomm's newest chips infringe a Broadcom patent for a battery-saving feature. The ban could mean wireless carriers won't be able to offer the newest phones for Christmas.
June 13, 2007 |
The world's largest pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline, must change their business models to tap a global market that will expand to $1.3 trillion by 2020, a report said. The industry's strategy of developing so-called blockbuster medicines costs too much and produces too little, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
June 6, 2007 |
General Motors Corp. has awarded two contracts to companies that will help speed development of its plug-in electric car called the Chevrolet Volt, GM Chairman Rick Wagoner said. Wagoner also said at GM's annual shareholder meeting that the company would introduce four hybrid models this year.
May 31, 2007 |
Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday took the wraps off Surface, a coffee-table-shaped computer that responds to touch and to special bar codes attached to everyday objects. The machines are set to arrive in November in T-Mobile USA stores and properties owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Surface is essentially a Windows Vista PC tucked inside a shiny black table base, topped with a 30-inch touchscreen in a clear acrylic frame.
May 29, 2007 |
Sony Corp. plans to introduce its first HD radio products in July, joining the growing group of companies seeking to make the next-generation digital radio technology a standard feature in audio products. HD radio is a new form of digital radio broadcasting that allows radio stations to deliver extra music content on up to four side channels that piggyback on the frequency it already uses.
May 16, 2007 |
Motorola Inc. introduced a successor to its top-selling Razr handset in a bid to reverse market share losses to larger rival Nokia. The Razr2 will start selling globally in July, Chief Executive Ed Zander said. The device features an improved camera and more storage for songs. Its design uses more steel and glass than the first Razr to appeal to the higher end of the market. Zander is under pressure to fend off Nokia and Samsung Electronics Co.
May 11, 2007 |
Goldman Sachs Group this month plans to launch a market that would allow private investment firms to offer stock in themselves to well-heeled investors -- without going public. The first firm stepping up to try the brokerage's market: Oaktree Capital Management, one of the largest private investment outfits in Southern California. Los Angeles-based Oaktree is best known as an investor in "distressed" assets, including bonds of struggling companies.
May 3, 2007 |
In trying to tackle some of the semiconductor industry's biggest technical hurdles, IBM Corp. took inspiration from seashells and snowflakes. IBM plans to announce a breakthrough in chip-making technology Thursday that the company said would solve a vexing problem -- how to keep the 27 miles of copper wiring that are wedged into a thumbnail-sized piece of silicon from generating interference, which slows the processing speed and creates heat. The Armonk, N.Y.