LG Electronics, which until now has been a major backer of Sony's Blu-ray format for the next generation of high-capacity DVDs, announced it also will support HD-DVD, a competing format backed by Toshiba. Samsung Electronics Co. and RCA also may announce they will support both formats, an analyst predicted. HD-DVD discs are expected in stores before Blu-ray ones.
Mobile commerce hasn't materialized as quickly as some had hoped, but Motorola may breathe new life into the concept with its M-Wallet system. Unveiled last month, the technology aims to link mobile phones to multiple accounts via a virtual bank, allowing users to purchase just about anything by pressing a few buttons. Motorola is working with wireless carriers to implement the system.
Intel said it plans to have WiMAX cards for laptop computers ready by the second half of 2006, as costs for the technology fall and adoption rises. The company said previously the cards wouldn't be ready until 2007.
Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store customers will be able to buy Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" on a monthly basis, the company said Wednesday. Apple's initial move to a monthly subscription model will let users purchase 16 new episodes for $9.99, a significant savings over the a la carte pricing plan first offered by the service.