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Boxee Box update 1.1 improves browser, adds movie trailers

Boxee aims to release a firmware update for D-Link's Boxee Box -- and in the future other Boxee-based devices -- approximately every three months. The last firmware update took place in February (version 1.0.4.17443) so now it's time for the…

E Ink: no improved monochrome displays this year

As e-readers keep selling and start to form a (niche?) market, it's worth looking forward to what's next. When it comes to E Ink, there's apparently nothing cooking for 2011. We'll have to wait till 2012 to get monochrome improvements. …

Amar Bose donates his company to MIT

Dr. Amar Bose, founder of the company that bears his name, has given the majority of the stock of Bose Corporation to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The donation is in the form of non-voting shares. MIT will receive…

TomTom apologizes for helping police catch speeders

With smartphones, tablets and other mobile electronics offering integrated GPS functionality, single-purpose GPS devices are becoming less popular among consumers. Naturally, less interest equates to weaker sales and that's affecting the bottom line of companies like TomTom. To compensate for…

Panasonic to cut 17,000 jobs, close 70 factories

Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic is cutting about 17,000 jobs and closing up to 70 factories around the world over the next two years, according to Reuters. Panasonic President Fumio Ohtsubo said the company will streamline operations to boost profitability,…

Nook Color update adds apps, email, Flash and more

Barnes & Noble's Nook Color just received a major update today that finally delivers apps, email, and web browsing to the 7-inch device. Although originally billed as an e-reader, the Nook is now looking even more like a multipurpose tablet,…

Nintendo confirms Wii sucessor coming in 2012

Following a flurry of reports and leaks last week Nintendo has officially confirmed it will be launching a successor to the Wii next year. The company offered no details as to how the next-generation console will improve on the current…

Amazon updates Kindle for Android to work on tablets

Amazon has updated Kindle for Android, bringing new features and adding support for tablet computers running Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb). The latest version of Kindle for Android includes an integrated immersive shopping experience tailored for tablets, a new layout for…

Dish takes over 500 Blockbuster locations

Dish Network, Blockbuster's new parent company, has agreed to take on leases for about 500 Blockbuster stores, according to papers filed with the US Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York. Blockbuster has closed numerous stores in the last year…

DVDs, Blu-rays still more popular than streaming

Consumers are still choosing DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (BDs) to watch movies over all other digital video options combined. Over the past three months, 77 percent of consumers reported watching a movie on a DVD or BD and they did…

Cisco to kill Flip Video, lay off 550 employees

As part of the company's comprehensive plan to align its operations, Cisco has announced that it will exit aspects of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining parts to support four of its five key company priorities: core routing, switching/services,…

Toshiba unveils SmartNAND memory with embedded ECC

Toshiba has introduced a new family of NAND Flash memory products based on a 24nm manufacturing process that integrates a control chip with error correction code (ECC). Dubbed SmartNAND, they will come in five capacity points, going from 4GB up…

Amazon crowned the most reputable company in the US

Amazon has been named the most reputable company in the US this year (up from 21st place last year), according to the sixth annual list of the 150 Most Reputable Companies from advisory firm Reputation Institute (RI), in partnership with…

Sony denies NGP delay, PSN raises $1.3 million for Japan

Sony has denied reports that it may delay the global release of its next-generation PlayStation Portable gaming handheld after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last month led to production disruptions. In a Bloomberg report yesterday, Sony America president…

Blockbuster being auctioned off today

Bankrupt movie rental chain Blockbuster is being auctioned off today. Multiple bidders will fight for the rights to the company's next owner as well as the amount of money available to pay off its claims. The auction could preserve Dallas-based…

American Express launches digital payments platform to take on PayPal

American Express today unveiled Serve, a new digital payment and commerce platform that lets consumers spend, send, and receive money with services that go beyond the existing global payment networks. Consumers can make purchases and person-to-person (P2P) payments online, via…