In this special report we focus on the latest in the consumer electronics industry, with a special emphasis on gadgets produced by local companies.

  • Netflix's coming attraction: Unlimited movies shown on Internet

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Girding for a potential threat from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), online DVD rental service Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is lifting the time limits on how long most subscribers can watch movies and television shows over high-speed Internet connections.

  • Dell's all-in-one PC has guts to compete with iMac

    Something interesting is going on at Dell (Nasdaq: DELL). The Texas personal-computer behemoth, long associated with boxy, boring machines, has started emphasizing industrial design. And the company, which in recent years seemed to care only about corporate customers, techies and hard-core gamers, appears once again interested in average, mainstream consumers who value simplicity.

  • Companies show off music gadgets at CES

    In addition to the ring tones of mobile phones, commercials blaring from plasma televisions and ray gun blasts from video games, the sound of good old fashion music filled the air at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with more and more companies finding ways to legally bring songs to the Internet and into people's homes.

  • Apple showcases new products at Macworld Expo

    Think of Macworld as Apple's own CES. While once ridiculed for having its own show, today Apple's influence over so many consumer product categories justifies producing its own show.

  • Gates shows how Microsoft is expanding into more platforms and interfaces

    LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) might not be the unbeatable giant it once seemed to be, but Chairman Bill Gates made the case Sunday night that its technologies are becoming even more flexible and powerful as they seep into automobiles, Internet-based TV networks and living rooms.

  • Comcast: Cable industry to standardize network in '08, enabling new services without cable box

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Facing pressure from regulators, the cable TV industry plans to make good on a promise to standardize its technology and open the door to televisions and other gadgets that don't need cable boxes to receive video-on-demand programs and other interactive services.

  • Yahoo spruces up mobile Web platform in quest for more ad revenue

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After losing some of its luster on the personal computer, embattled Internet icon Yahoo Inc. is hoping to outshine Google and other rivals on the mobile phone.

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  • Netflix's coming attraction: Unlimited movies shown on Internet

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Girding for a potential threat from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), online DVD rental service Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is lifting the time limits on how long most subscribers can watch movies and television shows over high-speed Internet connections.

  • Dell's all-in-one PC has guts to compete with iMac

    Something interesting is going on at Dell (Nasdaq: DELL). The Texas personal-computer behemoth, long associated with boxy, boring machines, has started emphasizing industrial design. And the company, which in recent years seemed to care only about corporate customers, techies and hard-core gamers, appears once again interested in average, mainstream consumers who value simplicity.

  • Gates shows how Microsoft is expanding into more platforms and interfaces

    LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) might not be the unbeatable giant it once seemed to be, but Chairman Bill Gates made the case Sunday night that its technologies are becoming even more flexible and powerful as they seep into automobiles, Internet-based TV networks and living rooms.

  • Comcast: Cable industry to standardize network in '08, enabling new services without cable box

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Facing pressure from regulators, the cable TV industry plans to make good on a promise to standardize its technology and open the door to televisions and other gadgets that don't need cable boxes to receive video-on-demand programs and other interactive services.

  • Yahoo spruces up mobile Web platform in quest for more ad revenue

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After losing some of its luster on the personal computer, embattled Internet icon Yahoo Inc. is hoping to outshine Google and other rivals on the mobile phone.