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  • Sales up at Nokia, but lower prices hurt profit

    Posted October 19, 2006 - 9:40 am

    Nokia Corp. reported a 20 percent jump in net sales for its third quarter, but increased sales of entry-level phones caused a sharp drop in average selling prices and reduced the company's profit.
  • Microsoft Zune: Doesn't sound sweet to everyone

    Posted October 18, 2006 - 3:36 pm

    Microsoft's forthcoming digital music player, dubbed Zune, may make some Hebrew speakers gasp. The name for the device -- which will take on the Apple iPod when released later this year -- sounds like a vulgarity, specifically the "f" word, in Hebrew.
  • Samsung shows 70-inch HD LCD panel

    Posted October 18, 2006 - 9:09 am

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has taken the wraps off a 70-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) panel that it hopes will help boost the competitiveness of LCD technology in the big-screen TV sector.
  • Mobile TV fans get new options

    Posted October 17, 2006 - 5:15 pm

    Phone users interested in mobile TV have a couple of new options, with potentially the most extensive programming choice, since two separate announcements were made Tuesday at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London.
  • Quanta making Intel, Yahoo ultramobile PC

    Posted October 16, 2006 - 4:48 pm

    The world's largest contract laptop PC maker is branching out into ultramobile PCs (UMPCs), using a reference design from Intel Corp. and Internet software from Yahoo Inc.
  • GSMA gets 10 bids for low-cost 3G handset

    Posted October 16, 2006 - 9:58 am

    Ten vendors have submitted bids to the GSM Association (GSMA) to produce a low-cost 3G (third-generation) mobile handset, the group's chairman said Monday.
  • Philips Q3 profit soars on sale of semiconductor unit

    Posted October 16, 2006 - 9:55 am

    Third-quarter earnings nearly tripled at Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, boosted by the sale of its chip business, but revenue remained flat. The Dutch manufacturer is refocusing on less volatile areas such as medical systems, lighting and consumer electronics products, after last week completing the sale of its mobile phone business.
  • Chilling out with PlayStation 3

    Posted October 12, 2006 - 4:13 pm

    In anticipation of the highly touted November launch of PlayStation 3 (PS3), the new gaming console from Sony Corp., peripheral announcements are already trickling in. Logitech announced the ChillStream controller for PlayStation 3, which has a fan to cool down sweaty palms. Nyko Technologies Inc. announced the inexpensive Intercooler system to cool the PlayStation 3 console, which is expected to generate a lot of heat with its advanced chips and components. Meanwhile, as PS3 products await the launch drumroll, ViewSonic has launched its latest range of ViewDock monitors, which have iPod docking stations and speakers to play songs from an iPod.
  • Palm targets first-time users with new low-end Treo

    Posted October 12, 2006 - 3:23 pm

    Palm Inc. announced a low-end version of its Treo smartphone on Thursday, hoping to win over casual users beyond the core "mobile professionals" market segment.
  • Sony's new Walkman players pack noise cancelling

    Posted October 12, 2006 - 10:48 am

    Sony Corp. is packing its new Walkman digital music players with noise cancelling and other audio enhancing technology in its latest attempt to challenge the dominance of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod.
  • HTC announces Wi-Fi smart phone for T-Mobile

    Posted October 12, 2006 - 8:54 am

    Taiwan's High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) Wednesday announced a new cellular handset for the U.S. market that offers a full QWERTY keyboard and support for Wi-Fi.
  • October's coolest gadgets

    Posted October 11, 2006 - 4:54 pm

    In late September, we got a chance to play the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 for the first time. Our verdict: the PlayStation 3 is certainly much more powerful than the consoles that have gone before it and the graphics are amazing but the Wii really impressed by bringing a whole new dimension to gaming with its innovative controller.
  • HP's iPaq Travel Companions find their way to Europe

    Posted October 10, 2006 - 3:26 pm

    Hewlett Packard Co. showed off its iPaq rx5700 and rx5900 series Travel Companions, two navigation devices that double as high-end PDAs, in Paris on Tuesday. The devices will go on sale across Europe in mid-November, a week or two after their U.S. launch, company officials said.
  • Motorola invests in video WLAN start-up

    Posted October 10, 2006 - 8:59 am

    In a deal announced Monday, the venture divisions of Motorola Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG led a $16 million round of investment in Ruckus Wireless Inc., which designed its MediaFlex system to reliably deliver multimedia content across a Wi-Fi wireless LAN. It was the third round for the Sunnyvale, California, company, which has now raised a total of $30 million.
  • Best Buy to launch Apple iTunes competitor

    Posted October 5, 2006 - 2:18 pm

    Best Buy Co. Inc., in cooperation with SanDisk Corp. and RealNetworks Inc., is the latest company to join the growing list of competitors to Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes music service.
  • Hitachi TVs reprocess HD video on the fly

    Posted October 3, 2006 - 9:18 am

    Hitachi Ltd. will soon ship two large plasma televisions equipped with internal hard drives and a chip that can reprocess high-definition video at a lower bit rate in real time, allowing users to double the amount of video they can record.
  • Sony unveils Blu-ray Disc recorders, PCs

    Posted October 3, 2006 - 8:44 am

    Sony Corp. will launch a pair of Blu-ray Disc video recorders in Japan this December, the company said Tuesday. The machines both feature hard-disk drives for day-to-day recording and a Blu-ray Disc drive for longer term storage.
  • Sierra adds 3G to Intel's new ultra mobile PC platform

    Posted September 29, 2006 - 1:05 pm

    Sierra Wireless will provide embedded wide-area wireless modules to a new Intel ultra mobile PC platform that will enable devices to hook up to 3G wireless telecommunications, creating a new way to use a UMPC.
  • HTC delivers HSDPA handsets to Softbank

    Posted September 29, 2006 - 12:59 pm

    High Tech Computer, the world's largest maker of smart phones that use Microsoft software, began supplying HSDPA smart phones to Softbank Corp. in Japan on Thursday.
  • Microsoft's Zune will ship Nov. 14 for $249

    Posted September 28, 2006 - 1:14 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s Zune digital media player will ship in the U.S. on Nov. 14 for $249.99, the company said Thursday, in line with the price of video iPods already available from Apple Computer Inc.
  • PlayStation 3 games to cost around $60

    Posted September 28, 2006 - 10:31 am

    The price of games for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s upcoming PlayStation 3 console is getting a little clearer. Software for the soon-to-be-launched machine has begun appearing on online shopping sites like and Sony's SonyStyle and almost all the games carry a $60 price tag. That's more expensive than most PS2 games -- which will likely come as little surprise to gamers.
  • HD DVD coming to Xbox 360 in US, Europe

    Posted September 28, 2006 - 9:15 am

    Microsoft Corp. has expanded on its plans to launch an HD DVD drive for its Xbox 360 console to markets in North America and Europe, the company said at its X06 gaming event in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday.
  • Via offers HDTV chipset for small devices

    Posted September 27, 2006 - 10:38 am

    Via Technologies Inc. has announced a new chipset that brings HDTV playback to small, battery powered-devices.
  • Nokia intros phones and music recommendation service

    Posted September 26, 2006 - 12:46 pm

    Nokia Corp. has introduced several phones and also announced a music recommendation service that hints at the potential for a full-blown music store from the company.
  • Add location to your digital camera's metadata

    Posted September 26, 2006 - 9:12 am

    Ever been on a trip where you've visited a dozen places, taken hundreds of pictures but can't quite remember where you shot them? Sony Corp. has developed a pocket-size, GPS (Global Positioning System) device and software that helps you identify the location of every picture you've taken within a couple of meters.

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