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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…

Samsung intros dual-sided QWERTY TV remote, more

Samsung published a slew of press released this week, introducing several new living room accessories including a dual-sided remote control, an HD camera, and 3D glasses. The wedge-shaped remote has two sides: one features a QWERTY keyboard and a small…

Best Buy to follow Circuit City's demise?

With former heavyweights like Circuit City out of the game, industry experts are questioning the future of remaining electronics superstores. Wall Street Journal reports that retailers like Best Buy have taken staggering losses as online rivals rise to dominance. Although…

Tobii and Lenovo show eye-controlled laptop prototype

Lenovo and Tobii Technology have unveiled a laptop prototype that can be controlled by the user's eye movements. In addition to the familiar keyboard and touchpad input hardware, Lenovo's prototype packs Tobii's eye-tracking technology that lets users point, select or…

Radio breakthrough could double wireless performance

Stanford scientists have discovered a breakthrough that could double the speed of wireless networks. The technology reportedly allows radios to simultaneously send and receive signals over the same frequency -- something previously thought to be impossible. "Textbooks say you can't…

Boxee Box finally gets Netflix support

Boxee has released a small Valentine's Day gift for D-Link Boxee Box owners. After a series of delays, the media-streaming device has finally received support for Netflix, which has been the most requested feature since the system's debut last November.…

Amazon Kindle ebook sales surpass paperbacks

Amazon has released its fourth quarter financial statement marking two significant milestones: the latest period was Amazon's first $10 billion quarter with net sales increasing 36% on-year to $12.95 billion, and the company's Kindle ebook sales have surpassed paperbacks. Last July,…

Boxee Box gets Vudu support, tons of bug fixes

Boxee has finally released a firmware update with Vudu support for the Boxee Box. The media streamer was supposed to receive Vudu last week, but Boxee cancelled the rollout after discovering critical bugs. Users should get the firmware update automatically…

Best Buy launches Buy Back Program

Best Buy has launched a Buy Back Program for customers who want to stay current with their gear but who are concerned about obsolescence. The Buy Back Program means the retailer "buys back" your past purchases and gives you your…

Logitech puts Spotify on Squeezebox Players

With 2010 come and gone, Spotify has yet to hammer out some deals for its U.S. launch but the popular music streaming service continues to make headway in Europe. Today the company announced a deal with peripheral and device maker…

21% of TVs sold in 2010 had Internet connectivity

21 percent of all TVs shipped in 2010 had Internet connectivity. The total this year was fueled by high penetration rates in Japan, according to the research firm DisplaySearch, which expects emerging markets to play a key role in the…

Amazon enables Kindle e-book lending in the US

Avid Kindle users will be pleased to hear that Amazon has finally flipped the switch for e-book loans in the US. Eligible books can be loaned once for 14 days, and the borrower doesn't have to own Kindle hardware, they…

Sears launches movie download service Alphaline Entertainment

Think there's room for another player in the video streaming business? Sears believes so, announcing its movie download service today, Alphaline Entertainment -- though it's not an entirely new offering. Sears has licensed the RoxioNow platform from Sonic Solutions, the…

Onkyo unveils 10.1" TA117 tablet with Tegra 2

Most tablet manufacturers are reserving their product launches for CES next week, but Onkyo wants to beat its competition to the punch. The company has unveiled its TA117 tablet, which will ship in two versions: the TA117C1 and TA117C3. Both…

Kindle is the bestselling product in Amazon's history

With the holidays winding down, Amazon has released a list of facts and bestsellers for 2010's busiest shopping season. Sales peaked on November 29 (Cyber Monday) and customers ordered more than 13.7 million items worldwide -- or 158 items per…

Rumor: Logitech puts Revue production on hold

Update: Logitech has denied the rumors claiming that such a halt wouldn't even be necessary as "every Logitech Revue companion box will receive free over-the-air updates whenever Google and Logitech release software enhancements." Following rumors of Google TV partners being asked…