Journalists prepare for the start of the Sony pre-CES press conference. Image: Jon Fortt
LAS VEGAS - Fresh from its news that Warner has backed its Blu-ray format for high definition, Sony (SNE) is vying to show that it is still an electronics innovator, and isn't languishing in the shadow of iPod maker Apple (AAPL).
To that end, the electronics giant said it will immediately begin selling an 11-inch version of a MOREJon Fortt - Jan 6, 2008 7:24 PM ET
At next month's Macworld show, will the trendsetter say goodbye to hard drives?
Apple's MacBook Pro could get a storage upgrade soon. Image: Apple
What do you get when you cross an iPod with a Mac?
A super-slim laptop that uses chip-based flash memory in place of a spinning hard drive, of course. If the rumors are right, Apple (AAPL) will unveil one at the annual Macworld confab next month.
Before you begin salivating MOREJon Fortt - Dec 21, 2007 6:00 AM ET
As credit fears worsen, technology stocks are among the hardest hit
The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell more than 2 percent Monday, despite evidence of strong holiday sales online.
After an upbeat first weekend of holiday sales, there was reason to hope that the rest of the shopping season will be strong, too -- perhaps strong enough to give the economy a boost and lift tech stocks in the process.
But after the markets MOREJon Fortt - Nov 26, 2007 6:25 PM ET
The iPod family. Image: Apple
Greg Joswiak has what you might call a busy job -- he's charged with marketing two of Apple's biggest hit products, the iPod and the iPhone. That might sound easy considering the buzz Apple's product announcements generate, but there's more to the task than promotion; he works with the company's engineering teams to decide what the next iPods and iPhones will look like, what features they'll MOREJon Fortt - Nov 25, 2007 12:49 PM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Nov 25, 2007 12:42 PM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Nov 9, 2007 8:57 AM ET
Founder and CEO Michael Dell. Image: Dell
Michael Dell's old game plan was ruthless and effective: Crush competitors by building products at a lower cost, and using the Internet to pass the savings on to value-conscious customers. That strategy made his namesake company a darling of the first Internet boom and the largest computer maker in the world.
But times have changed. In recent years archrival Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has stolen Dell's (DELL) MOREJon Fortt - Nov 6, 2007 9:54 AM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Nov 2, 2007 8:48 AM ET
Hulu.com, 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.
Click below to see MOREJon Fortt - Oct 29, 2007 6:09 PM ET
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.Jon Fortt - Oct 25, 2007 3:22 PM ET
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