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 announced plans to recycle any Dell-branded product for free as part of its newly launched global recycling program. Unlike its previous program, a new-equipment purchase will not be a requirement of participation.
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.
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.