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Microsoft delays Windows 7 beta download
LAS VEGAS - Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> said on Friday it has paused offering downloads of the public test version of its new version of Windows due to "high demand." The "beta" launch of the highly anticipated update to Microsoft's Windows franchise began early on Friday, but the company had to halt downloads to add more servers.
Yahoo's Web TV faces uphill battle
LAS VEGAS - Yahoo Inc <YHOO.O> wants viewers to "fall in love" with its effort to bring the Web to the TV, but questions remain about how the service will operate and how successful it will be in reaching consumers. It's an ambitious undertaking because past attempts to "converge" the online and TV worlds have sputtered.
3D coming around again, in your home
LAS VEGAS - Television makers are scrambling this year to lay the groundwork for 3-D TV, hoping viewers will be able to reach out and touch their movies as soon as 2010, when the global economy may begin to recover. Now that flat-panel TVs -- once the belles of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- have become de-rigueur in many homes around the globe, the world's top TV manufacturers are searching for the next big idea to spark consumer demand.
Intel unveils new generation of netbooks at CES
LAS VEGAS - Intel Corp <INTC.O> rolled out on Friday the next generation of its netbook computers aimed at the education sector and emerging markets, touting the variety of ways technology is helping the world's poor. Intel, the world's biggest chipmaker, unveiled the third generation of its Classmate PC netbook, which is made by local computer makers in a number of countries and runs on Intel's low-power Atom chip. The newest model features a touch screen and convertible tablet form.
How "green" are your gadgets?
LAS VEGAS - Green is in like never before at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, with 3,000 square feet of dedicated floor space and companies touting the energy-saving, earth-friendly attributes of their gadgets. On display are "eco-buttons" that reduce your computer's power consumption, e-lanterns that produce an hour's worth of light if you crank them for a minute, luminous TV screens that use far less energy than standard TVs and even mercury-free batteries that are 94 percent recyclable.
Warner Music adding social networking to websites
DENVER - After years of watching music fans flood online social networks to interact with their favorite recording artists, the music industry is starting to get serious about adding community features to its own websites. Hoping to become a big player in that effort is networking giant Cisco, which during the Consumer Electronics Show, January 8-11 in Las Vegas, introduced its Eos platform -- a set of hosted online tools designed to enable media and entertainment companies to build social networking functions into websites.
Dell shows "Adamo" laptop, 10-inch netbook at CES
LAS VEGAS - Dell Inc <DELL.O>, the world's second-largest maker of personal computers, on Friday introduced a 10-inch netbook and gave a very brief, sneak peek of its new ultra-thin laptop PC. The new black laptop called "Adamo," which means in Latin to fall in love with, is expected to compete in the ultra-light segment of the PC market against rivals like Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> Macbook Air.
Hollywood cuts back glitz at CES
LOS ANGELES/LAS VEGAS - Hollywood is toning down the glitz at the annual Consumer Electronics Show as studios seek cheaper, more practical ways to sell movies and television programs. Celebrities such as actor Tom Hanks, singer Stevie Wonder and rhythm & blues star Usher did show up to endorse gadgets by their corporate sponsors, but such sightings were few at the once-extravagant show in Las Vegas.
U.S. Army recruiting at the mall with videogames
PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Army, struggling to ensure it has enough manpower as it fights wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is wooing young Americans with videogames, Google maps and simulated attacks on enemy positions from an Apache helicopter. Departing from the recruiting environment of metal tables and uniformed soldiers in a drab military building, the Army has invested $12 million in a facility that looks like a cross between a hotel lobby and a video arcade.
CES: 100 HD movies on a stamp-sized chip?
LAS VEGAS - Imagine storing 100 movies in glorious high-definition on a card the size of a postage stamp, then calling them up instantaneously for viewing on your cell phone whenever and wherever you like. That could happen within five years, according to the SD Association, a trade group that brings together more than 1,100 technology companies from SanDisk Corp <SNDK.O> to Hewlett-Packard Co <HPQ.N> and sets interoperable memory card standards.
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