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.
CBS Corp. announced it will broadcast live the first-ever free webcast of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's men's basketball tournament this month. The network's March Madness on Demand will allow fans to register at NCAASports.com and watch any game not being broadcast by the local CBS affiliate.
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.