Reuters - 17 minutes ago
As laptops dominate, desktop PCs face obsolescence
TAIPEI - The age of the desktop PC appears to be over as its more portable cousin, the laptop, surges ahead with consumers clamoring for light-weight computers in funky designs for use at home, in cafes and on the train to work. Not a single desktop model figured on online shopping portal Amazon.com's <AMZN.O> top 10 selling PC and hardware list the weekend before Christmas, while seven laptop models made the list.
Verizon Wireless plans to support Kindle rivals
LAS VEGAS Verizon Wireless is poised to have rivals of Amazon's <AMZN.O> popular electronic Kindle reader use its network to download material such as books and newspapers wirelessly, according to an executive for the wireless service provider. Tony Lewis, who runs a program that helps third party vendors certify their products to work on Verizon's network, said in an interview ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show that he does not see the U.S. recession and concerns about weak consumer spending stalling manufacturers' plans to bring out even nonessential products such as e-readers.
Apple disappoints: No Jobs or big news at Macworld
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc said on Tuesday it was dropping copy protection from songs sold on the Internet and debuted its slimmest 17-inch laptop yet, but with no dramatic products or master pitchman Steve Jobs, the company's final Macworld performance disappointed Wall Street. Apple shares slid 0.7 percent, lagging by far the Nasdaq's <.IXIC> 1.7 percent gain, reflecting frustration over the lack of news from the trade conference that had previously introduced the iPhone to the world.
Intel warns again on fourth-quarter revenue
NEW YORK - Microchip maker Intel Corp <INTC.O> said on Wednesday its fourth-quarter revenue was likely worse than expected due to weaker global demand for personal computers, dragging its shares down more than 6 percent. Intel estimated its quarterly revenue was about $8.2 billion, down 23 percent from a year earlier.
Motorola unveils phone made from recycled bottles
LAS VEGAS Motorola Inc <MOT.N> unveiled a cell phone made of recycled water bottles on Tuesday, hoping to cash in on the trend for environmentally friendly products. The company, which dropped to No. 4 in the global handset market in the most recently reported quarter due to a weak product line-up, said the W233 Renew eco-friendly phone would be sold by Deutsche Telekom's <DTEGn.DE> T-Mobile USA in the current quarter.
Wii boosts UK games sales, music resilient
LONDON said its members sold more DVDs, games and music combined than ever before, up 4 percent on 2007 to a total of 485.8 million units.
Blockbuster CEO open to partnerships with telecoms
SAN FRANCISCO - Blockbuster Inc <BBI.N> , the largest U.S. movie rental chain, is open to collaboration with telecom companies such as Verizon Communications Inc <VZ.N> and AT&T Inc <T.N> as it expands into the video-on-demand business, chief executive officer Jim Keyes said on Tuesday.
Apple to sell copy protection-free songs
NEW YORK - Apple Inc <AAPL.O> has reached a deal with major record labels to sell digital songs without the copy protection software that had prevented fans from sharing music bought from its iTunes store, the maker of the iPod and iPhone said on Tuesday. The company also said it would start selling over-the-air download songs for its popular iPhone 3G and introduce variable pricing at the iTunes Music Store, with songs priced at 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29 starting in April.
Best Buy offers used iPhones at lower price
ATLANTA - Retailer Best Buy Co <BBY.N>, seeking new ways to appeal to cost-conscious shoppers, said on Tuesday it is selling refurbished versions of Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> iPhone 3G at its stores that are priced about $50 less than new iPhones. The electronics chain said the used iPhones, which were returned within 30 days of purchase, are priced at $149 for the model with 8 gigabytes of storage, while the 16-gigabyte version is $249. A two-year service contract with AT&T Inc <T.N> is required.
Many teens display risky behavior on MySpace: study
CHICAGO - More than half of teenagers mention risky behaviors such as sex and drugs on their MySpace accounts, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They said many young people who use social networking sites such as News Corp's <NWSa.N> MySpace do not realize how public they are and may be opening themselves to risks, but the sites may also offer a new way to identify and help troubled teens.
Recommend this article
Average (0 votes)
Sign in to recommend this article »
Most Recommended Stories »
Related Articles: Technology
US-TECH SummaryReuters - 17 minutes ago
Intel warns of big slump in revenuesAFP - 45 minutes ago
Apple disappoints: No Jobs or big news at MacworldReuters - 2 hours 28 minutes ago
Internet portals targeted by Chinese crackdown apologiseAFP - Thursday, January 8
TVs, toys, and translators among inventive CES gadgetsAFP - Thursday, January 8
Most Popular – Technology
Shares skyrocket as Porsche takes over Volkswagen
Marks & Spencer says will axe 1,230 jobs and close 27 stores
Toyota to shut production plants for 11 days
Steve Jobs has "hormone imbalance," to stay on as Apple CEO
Pink iguanas discovered on Galapagos Islands
View Complete List »