Amazon's Kindle is available to consumers in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Laos, but readers in China,
South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and New Zealand are currently out of luck. Also, the availability of certain Kindle features varies depending on the country. Charlie Tritschler of Amazon-owned Lab126, which developed the Kindle, said the e-reader will be marketed to avid, tech-savvy readers in Asia.
Boston Acoustics has introduced three wireless subwoofers that will become part of its Classic series. The three are the CPS 8Wi, an eight-inch, 200-watt unit that will retail for $399; the CPS 10Wi, a 10-inch, 300-watt device that will cost $499; and the CPS 12Wi, a 12-inch, 400-watt system that will retail for $599.
Personal Communications Devices is expanding its business with the release of new products, including notebooks, mobile Internet devices and tracking devices. The products are being made available under the company's advanced-devices division.
Four of 10 video gamers who participated in a recent study by NPD Group said that they had purchased a video game on impulse during the past six months. Of those, the study went on to say, 40% said game packaging was a key ingredient in their purchase and 25% said in-store demonstrations persuaded them to buy.
The ongoing price war over hot holiday items is just the beginning of a battle between Wal-Mart and Amazon. The two major retailers increasingly have been encroaching on each other's turf over the past few months.