Consumers willing to pay a premium may be able to buy LCD TV monitors later this year equipped with new technology from Dolby Laboratories that the company says will solve the contrast issues that affect LCD sets. Dolby said its high-dynamic-range technology could brighten or darken an individual monitor's LED backlights to more precisely adjust the picture.
Wal-Mart Stores has been drawing in more affluent shoppers thanks in part to the slumping economy, but the retailer says its store experience will help keep them around after things improve. One store in North Little Rock, Ark., has instituted a redesign that created a more open electronics section, which is staffed with knowledgeable employees.
Sharp has introduced its HT-DV50H home-entertainment system in the U.K. Selling for about $800, the HT-DV50H carries RMS 250W speakers and a 100W subwoofer as well as Dolby's sound-enhancing Audistry technology.
For all the hype, Blu-ray players remain too pricey to gain much traction among consumers, according to a report from research firm ABI. The study, which suggested it could take 12 to 18 months for people to embrace the technology, said consumer-electronics companies must develop sub-$200 BD players to dominate the market.
T-Mobile USA is expected to finally launch its 3G Internet-access service, possibly as soon as this week in New York, according to published reports. While data-download prices will not change for T-Mobile customers, they will need to use a handset that is compatible with the carrier's service -- devices from Nokia and Samsung are already on the market.