Estimates suggest that nearly 100% of laptops will be widescreen by 2008 and most flat-panel TVs greater than 30 inches are already widescreen. With falling glass-panel prices and high-end TV makers' focus on widescreen, rectangular screens are quickly becoming the standard.
The companies will work together to encourage wider adoption of broadcast mobile TV services and to achieve interoperability between mobile devices, handsets and networks. "Operators around the world are evaluating broadcast mobile TV as a compelling new service to offer their subscribers, and interoperability will play a key role in bringing these services to market faster," said a Motorola executive.
Mainstream adoption of Apple Computer's iPod is making it less cool, according to industry analysts who speculate the music player has peaked. Mobile phones with music players are encroaching on the iPod's market.
More customers are taking their empty ink cartridges to refill stores and purchasing private-label cartridges for less than big manufacturers charge for brand-name replacements. Although such sales comprise a growing segment of U.S. printer ink sales, major manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard say ink quality and patent violations should give potential customers pause.