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Inkel W500 GPS with DMB-TV PIP

Inkel W500 GPS with DMB-TV PIP

Last we heard from Inkel on these fair pages, they were cranking out bizarrely multi-functional iPhone docks; now there's this, the Inkel W500, a touchscreen navigation device.  Fitted with a wide-aspect touchscreen and either 2GB or 4GB of storage, the W500 has 3D mapping, Eco-Drive (to advise you on the most gas-friendly driving style and route) and Dual Map functionality.

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DTV Switchover delay bill almost final: Confusion Ahoy!

DTV Switchover delay bill almost final: Confusion Ahoy!

Prepare for TV confusion, as the House of Representatives passes the amended digital TV switchover delay bill and it makes its way to President Obama's desk for his final approval.  When that's given - which, considering his backing of the original bill, isn't expected to be any sort of hurdle - it will put TV broadcasters themselves in the position of deciding whether to switch off analog signals on the original February 17th date, the new June 12th date, or any time in-between.

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Senate tries second DTV delay bill: Broadcasters would decide on switch

Senate tries second DTV delay bill: Broadcasters would decide on switch

Having been rebuked by uncooperative Republicans in the House of Representatives earlier this week, with the first attempt at the DTV switchover delay bill rejected, the US Senate is back with a second attempt to postpone the shut-off of analog television.  The resubmitted bill, which has already been passed by the Senate, is generally identical to the original version, but manages to pass the buck to the television broadcasters themselves.

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Digital TV delay bill rejected by House: Switchover still on for Feb 17th

Digital TV delay bill rejected by House: Switchover still on for Feb 17th

Despite an assumption by many that the DTV switchover bill recently passed by the US Senate was a done-deal, Republican opposition in the House of Representatives has blocked its passing.  The bill, which sought to postpone the switching off of analog TV in the US from February 17th to June 12th, failed to secure the two-thirds support in the House necessary for its approval.  Current estimates suggest that around 6.5m households are unprepared for the switchover, which will see older TVs requiring digital convertor boxes in order to continue receiving broadcasts.

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Digital TV switchover delayed until June 12th

Digital TV switchover delayed until June 12th

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.

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