Lovers of analog TV rest easy: the US senate has approved a bill that will delay the DTV switchover to June 12th, four months after its original February 17th deadline. Citing concerns that viewers are not "technically reader" for the change from analog to digital broadcasts, the delay will also give the government time to reissue DTV coupons which subsidize the converter boxes by $40. Apparently 2.5m people are on the waiting list for coupons, which ran out earlier this month.
You've probably heard about the looming switch from analog television signals to all-digital signals. At the end of the broadcast day on February 17, televison stations will stop broadcasting their analog signals. Or will they? Barack Obama is calling for an extension to the February 17 deadline. More after the jump.
If you're looking for an affordable camcorder in time for the holidays, then you might be interested in the DXG-579V, which will soon be available in a holiday pack from Kohl's that's sure to fulfill all of your video-taking needs.
Sporting an upright form factor, the DXG-579V is a digital camcorder with a 720p video capture and the ability to take still photos with up to 8 megapixels. It features a 2.4-inch rotating screen, and records H.264 video and MOV format videos in up to 1280 x 720 with 30fps.
The holiday pack from Kohl's will include this new camcorder, a tripod, a 2GB SD card that can store up to two hours of HD-quality video, a protective pouch, rechargeable batteries, AV cables and ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software for editing your footage. The holiday pack will go on sale starting on Black Friday, November 28th and will run until New Year's Eve. No word on pricing just yet, but you will be able to pick from classic silver and midnight black color options.
We've been hearing about the switch to all digital TV for quite some time now. There's also been plenty of ads warning us that we need to get a converter box in order to receive TV signals after February 17, 2009.
If you currently have cable, you don't have to do anything, but if not, you'll need a DTV box. Most people know this by now. However, an FCC official is now saying the transition will not go as smoothly as everyone had previously hoped.
iRex's promised eBook announcement is here, and they haven't let being scooped by Forbes spoil their fun. The Digital Reader 1000-series is, with a 10.2-inch display, the largest e-ink based digital document viewer on the market, and as was leaked there will be three versions culminating in the 1000SW with WiFi and Bluetooth (though no mention of the 3G connectivity Forbes suggested).
As the transition from analog television to digital television goes into effect, if you don't have a cable box or an HDTV, you'll be out of luck. But DTV converter boxes make it possible to get your TV signals for free once they switch over to all digital on February 17, 2009. The Apex DT250 is one option for the transition.
Digital pens might seem like frivolous gadgets and though some in the past have never really left the gizmo market, the Adapx digital pen has the real potential to be useful in a real world sort of way. In fact, the device is intended to interact with other software, specifically, Excel.