Sony has started rolling out its Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300BC. The e-reader, which is priced at $99.99, has a five-inch screen and supports what this report calls the "increasingly popular ePub format."
Hewlett-Packard, which in April announced that it would acquire the assets of Palm for $1.2 billion, now says it will introduce a tablet computer early next year that features Palm's webOS operating system. "You'll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future, and a webOS-based product in early 2011," said Todd Bradley, the head of HP's personal-computing unit.
Boxee and Widevine Technologies have teamed up on a digital-rights-management deal that is expected to bring live TV channels and Hollywood movies to the over-the-top video player. The deal will add to the offerings on Boxee's upcoming set-top box as well as current broadband-connected devices such as TVs and Blu-ray players.
Makers of gaming consoles, such as Sony and Nintendo, are struggling to determine whether smartphone gaming is a serious threat to their business. While an Electronic Arts executive declared the console days over as sales begin to dip, Sony and Nintendo say smartphones still present too many limits for serious gamers.
LG is planning 10 more smartphones for this year in hopes of selling 5 million devices before the close of 2010. The move is part of LG's effort to play catch-up in the smartphone market, where it has been trailing its rivals. The company is also preparing to debut its first tablet, which will run Google's Android software and focus on content creation.
Sony, according to published reports, will come out with two updated e-readers in the coming weeks. The latest versions of the company's Reader, the PRS-350 and the PRS-650, apparently will feature e-ink touch screens, slim form factors and internal memory that has been expanded to 2GB.