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  • iPod: The once and future stocking stuffer

    Apple's iPod is the king of holiday gadgets. But can the company deliver another round of blowout sales in its make-or-break season?

    iPod nano. Image: Jon Fortt

    It's 7 p.m. at an Apple Store less than six miles from the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, and even in early November, it's already a madhouse. Throughout the upscale mall space, customers are busily poking and prodding the latest iPods and Macs, gushing about how MORE

    - Nov 25, 2007 12:42 PM ET
  • A digital nanny for all those home PCs

    New Home Server aims to bring big-business technology to the home -- but it will be a tough sell HP's MediaSmart Server runs Microsoft's new Windows Home Server operating system. Image from Microsoft.

    Yes, it has come to this. Now that consumers have multi-PC homes, wireless networks, and thousands of digital files floating around, they need a computer whose sole purpose is to keep an eye on the other computers.

    At least, that's MORE

    - Nov 9, 2007 8:57 AM ET
  • Sony sees big holiday season for electronics

    Sony expects that products like this KDL-46XBR2 TV will be a hit this holiday season. Image: Sony

    Never mind the mortgage blues: Sony executives say signs already point to this being one of the best-ever holiday seasons for consumer electronics sales.

    During an invitation-only press event Monday night in San Francisco, Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow said that despite recent doom-and-gloom predictions about fallout from the subprime mortgage mess, he is confident MORE

    - Nov 6, 2007 12:32 PM ET
  • Lesson of the week: Don't underestimate Dell and Microsoft

    Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is selling better than investors expected – and customers are spending extra for the premium version. Image: Microsoft

    Don't look now: Dell and Microsoft investors had a pretty good week.

    Lately the market news hadn't been great for these tech stocks. Microsoft (MSFT) couldn't get respect in a world abuzz about Nintendo's Wii, Google's (GOOG) search and Apple's (AAPL) iPhone – that is, until its stock this MORE

    - Nov 2, 2007 8:24 PM ET
  • Expect Blu-ray/HDTV bundles for the holidays

    Samsung P-1400 Blu-ray player. Image: Samsung

    It's been quite a busy few days for the high-definition format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD. First, Wal-Mart (WMT) confirmed that it has begun selling the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player in stores for less than $200. The next day Amazon (AMZN) and Circuit City (CC) began offering the player online for a penny less.

    Now there are reports that Wal-Mart today will sell the MORE

    - Nov 2, 2007 8:48 AM ET
  • AMD on the future of the desktop computer

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is having a tough time battling Intel (INTC) for market share and profits in the PC business. While chipmaker AMD has forged relationships with market leaders like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Dell (DELL), there are plenty of customers who haven't embraced the microchip upstart – most obviously, Apple (AAPL).

    - Oct 31, 2007 12:13 PM ET
  • Behold Hulu, Hollywood's answer to YouTube, which launched in private beta today, emulates many features popularized by Google's (GOOG) YouTube. But unlike YouTube, which mostly shows user-generated content, Hulu includes programs from networks, including NBC, Fox, E! Entertainment, FUEL TV, SciFi Network and USA Networks. The site's purpose is to be both a promotional vehicle and a revenue generator; it will make money from ads both on the site and within videos.

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    - Oct 29, 2007 6:09 PM ET
  • Big retailers launch HD DVD price war

    Toshiba HD-A2. Image: Toshiba

    A pre-holiday retail skirmish in high-definition DVD players has begun. Just days after Wal-Mart (WMT) slashed its in-store price on the Toshiba HD-A2 to $198, Circuit City (CC) and Amazon (AMZN) followed suit by offering the player online for $197.99.

    Consumers seem eager to buy the HD-A2, which had been selling on Amazon for $230 and as much as $280 elsewhere. The Toshiba player, which had been one MORE

    - Oct 29, 2007 1:30 PM ET
  • HD DVD vs. Blu-ray: Wal-Mart offers Toshiba player for under $200

    Toshiba HD-A2. Image: Toshiba

    The battle for the future of the high-definition DVD has taken an intriguing turn: For the first time, mega-retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) has begun selling a player for less than $200.

    In various online forums, enthusiasts have reported seeing the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player available in stores for $198, significantly less than its common price of $230-$280.

    - Oct 25, 2007 3:22 PM ET
  • Dell takes a page from Apple in Adobe deal

    Dell's XPS 420. Image: Dell

    Following Apple's (AAPL) lead, Dell (DELL) is outfitting a new upscale PC with sophisticated software for making videos, managing photos and tweaking audio.

    The company announced Tuesday that its new XPS computers will come pre-loaded with versions of Adobe Systems' (ADBE) Photoshop, Premiere and Soundbooth software. It's the first time Dell has offered that kind of a software bundle, and the first time Adobe, a recognized leader MORE

    - Oct 24, 2007 1:22 PM ET
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