A new study from SmithGeiger found that 10 times as many respondents would rather watch their favorite programs and movies on Blu-ray discs than streamed over the Internet. Seventy percent of those who prefer the Blu-ray format said one of the main reasons was the portability of the discs.
Cobra Electronics and Aries Manufacturing will work together on a line of Cobra-branded wireless-phone accessories aimed at professional drivers. As a result of the deal, a line of Bluetooth noise-canceling headsets will be available in August.
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.
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.