Verizon Wireless on Aug. 7 will begin selling the "Chocolate" phone from LG Electronics, a move seen as a direct challenge to Apple Computer's iPod. The "Chocolate" device can be connected to a PC via USB cable, and, when outfitted with a storage card, can hold up to 2,000 songs. The carrier also said it will not require customers to sign up for a $15-per-month data plan to download songs.
Best Buy Co. is peddling more wares from Apple Computer, including the new MacBook, with prominent in-store displays. The move allows Apple to reach a wider audience than it can with its Apple retail stores, a Current Analysis analyst says.
There are plenty of reasons for Microsoft to enter the handheld gaming market, including profits from software sales and a need to compete with Sony and Nintendo, according to a report from The Diffusion Group. However, a decision to enter the market would require a hefty investment and the development of an entirely new gaming platform, analysts say.
Dell Inc. introduced three new high-priced PCs designed specifically with gamers in mind. Such entertainment computers are designed to deliver more power and sophisticated graphics than traditional desktop PCs.