Marketnews details 10 innovations by Steve Jobs, the chairman and former CEO of Apple, that helped bring about change in the consumer-electronics space. They include the all-in-one computer (starting with the original Macintosh), the iPhone, the iPod, the iPad and the online store.
KEF said its new line of C Series entry-level speakers provided "almost studio or concert-hall clarity and precision" at prices ranging from $240 to $800 a pair. The speakers, which are due to be shipped this month in a black ash finish, include two bookshelf and floor-standing models each, a center speaker and a subwoofer.
Startup firm New Medium Enterprises has announced plans to release its high-definition optical disc format, HD Versatile Multilayer Disc, to the global market in October. "We believe that when we launch in Q4, as the major U.S. studios find it harder and harder to make a profit from theatrical releases, we can provide an additional profit vehicle for them as well," said Shirly Levich, NME North America executive vice president.
SanDisk has quietly positioned itself as the second-place company in the U.S. market's hotly contested MP3 market. "Apple is out there and it is the 800-pound gorilla," said Mitch Cohen, SanDisk vice president of operations, engineering and product management. "Our mission and our goal is not to supplant Apple but to grow our space. ... Being No. 2 is just fine for the company."
A growing number of advertisers are looking at ways to make cell phone advertising more acceptable to consumers. At stake, according to a study by Gartner, is a virtually untapped ad-revenue bonanza that could swell to $14.6 billion by 2011.