Google, Microsoft, and even Apple made fresh plays to command the attention of consumers' credit cards.
As expected, the, a new Android phone that offers an inside designed by Google and an outside designed by HTC. The primary interface is a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with five customizable home screens. The Nexus One runs the Android 2.1 OS, and the WVGA display can show 3G graphics. The trackball below the display lets you navigate menus, but also lights up to alert you to new messages.
With the release, Google is trying to gradually reel in Apple bythat feature open app stores, an open-source operating system, and a variety of sales channels. It's trying to do nothing less than reinvent the way mobile phones are sold in the U.S.
In order to do so, Google must show that consumers are willing to embrace a distribution channel for smartphones that is not controlled by wireless carriers, which will never give up their gatekeeper role over access and pricing of these phones if they are not forced to do so by customer demand. Google will also need to continue to create compelling mobile software that serves as a check on the iPhone.
CES happens in Vegas
Meanwhile, in the Nevada desert, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer formally opened the Consumer Electronics Show by , including a Hewlett-Packard tablet due out later this year. But Microsoft isn't sharing the specifications of the diminutive slate or its price tag.
The world's largest software maker is also promising that its highly anticipated Project Natal add-on for the Xbox 360 will
That rumored Apple event everyone has been jawing about these past few weeks? It's on, and it's going to be a big deal. Sources in the know say at which the company will announce a major new product. The gathering is to be held on January 27 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a space Apple often uses for media events such as this.
A government report says Google and other online-ad companies are "profiting without any consideration" for music artists and book publishers. What comes next?
A report from the traffic firm suggests that the social network has 11 times as many page views as its closest competitor, MySpace.
Netflix has agreed not to rent new titles for 28 days after they are released. In exchange, Netflix gets more streaming content, and that's the company's future.
Expect to see more gadgets and services for helping consumers cut back on energy use through a networked console connected to the electricity meter and appliances.
Shuttle moves to its launch pad for a planned February 7 liftoff on a space station assembly mission, the first of a final five flights.
U2's frontman lashes out at ISPs for not doing more to stem online piracy because--he contends--they profit from illegal file sharing.
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