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.
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.
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.