A software development kit for the long-rumored high-definition television set from Apple may become available next month, with an introduction of the "iTV" set for this fall, according to Peter Misek of Jefferies & Co. The set's screen would fall in the range of 42 inches to 55 inches and be priced starting at $1,500, the analyst wrote in a note to investors. "Apple is likely to largely rely on leveraging content via partnerships with existing pay-TV operators," Misek wrote.
Mozilla's Firefox is one of the best-known programs able to run seamlessly across Windows, Mac, Linux, Ubuntu and other platforms, and that design may point the way for the future of interoperable applications, writes Matt Asay. "It's no longer sufficient to fixate on one platform, no matter how popular. Hardware devices are quickly expanding, running less and less Windows and Mac, and running a wider variety of Linux distributions," Asay writes.
Google is expected to end speculation surrounding the long-rumored Android-powered Nexus One smartphone at a Jan. 5 press event at its Mountain View, Calif., campus. Internet reports say leaked documents offer details about the phone's pricing: $530 unlocked or $180 from T-Mobile USA, which will market the device with an $80 monthly package.
Google's long-rumored plans to introduce a wireless operating system could get a boost from partnerships with wireless carriers Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel. According to this report, Google is in talks with the two carriers about introducing mobile handsets customized for the Google operating system. Google declined comment.