BrandsMart USA debuted a recycling service Monday in which consumers can exchange certain electronics for gift cards. The regional chain is allowing customers to return "qualified" electronics either online or at one of its stores in Florida or Georgia.
In a continuation of its 2005 Macromedia acquisition, Adobe Systems will unite its software businesses for computers, consumer electronics and phones into its own division and operate them on a common technology platform, the company said Monday. The move, which recognizes the need for distinct devices to operate
with the same software, represents continued restructuring with the May 1 retirement of two veteran executives.
Notebook companies big and small have taken notice of the burgeoning popularity of such low-end products as the Asustek Computer's $299 Eee PC and are racing to introduce their own inexpensive laptops. Intel, an aggressive promoter of the cheap machines it has dubbed "netbooks," said 10 companies had committed to designing 20 such devices. It predicted that sales would reach 50 million a year by 2011, which compares with annual sales of 250 million for conventional laptops.
Hewlett-Packard plans to bring mini-laptops to market this month designed for school-age children. The computer maker also says it believes adults will see value in having a second, smaller laptop for on the go.
With more grown-ups playing video games than ever, makers of HD sets, including Sharp, Sony and Samsung, are trying to cash in by promoting TVs specifically geared for gamers. According to this article, the HDTVs are wrestling with ways to improve the gaming experience, including dealing with "gaming lag."