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TiVo and BellSouth Partner Up
July 28, 2006

TiVo and BellSouth will join forces to co-market TiVo Series2 and BellSouth FastAccess DSL beginning this week. Both companies are hoping to reach additional consumers through the partnership and will offer select FastAccess DSL subscribers special pricing on the TiVo box and service. Combining high-speed Internet with TiVo’s broadband applications, these DSL subscribers can have access to online scheduling, TiVo ToGo transfers, TiVo Guru Guide recommendations, streaming radio and movie browsing. Also offered are TiVo’s Home Media features, which allow subscribers to use their television for broadband delivered video and enjoying personal music and photos. KidZone with features to find, record and watch child-friendly

Product Review: Pioneer Inno Portable XM Radio
July 27, 2006

With the launch of the Sirius S50 a few months ago, the satellite radio portable wars began. The S50, which combined Sirius content with your own MP3s, is a cool product, but XM has trumped it with their latest XM2Go products. XM2Go, the company’s portable satellite radio platform, was launched late 2004 in the form of the Delphi MyFi that received XM radio on-the-go and allowed five hours of recording. The new lineup improves on the function and design of the product, and adds MP3/WMA support. We got a hold of Pioneer’s Inno XM2Go product, but the Samsung Helix is functionally identical, and cosmetically

Survey: More Students “Cannot Live Without” Computer Than Cell Phone or TV
July 25, 2006

According to a recent survey commissioned by Circuit City, more college students say they need a computer than a cell phone or television. The “Just What I Need for College Survey,” which polled 2,300 college students, revealed that 72 percent of them characterized computers as something they “cannot live wihtout” as compared to 53 percent who said the same thing about cell phones and 21 percent who gave that status to TVs. 72 percent also noted a preference for laptops over desktops. More than half said they started their back to school tech shopping in June or July. Circuit

DealerData: MERA Presents Industry Forecast
July 25, 2006

Yesterday, the Mobile Entertainment Retailer’s Association released a state of the industry for the mobile electronics (12-volt) side of the CE world. The report is a followup to the groups primary report released in March 2006 and the result of newly formed Forecast Advisory Committee within MERA. Overall the report “calls for the evolution of installers and salespersons that are more technical, with a better understanding of integration solutions and OEM bus systems. Going a step further, this report also urges retailers to be early-adopters of new technology in order to keep up with the demands of their consumers.” The report highlights questions for

People on the Move
July 21, 2006

Vonage America Inc. names Robert “Sandy” Gunn executive vice president of human resources. Formerly senior vice president at EMI Music North America, Gunn brings with him over 20 years of experience. In his new position at Vonage, he will focus on the company’s organization and structure and report directly to CEO Michael Snyder. SpeechGear Inc. appoints Martha Baird to oversee the company’s quality assurance activities. Before joining SpeechGear, Baird held similar positions at Unisys and Cray Inc. Her past experience included developing and implementing software as well as leading development teams in their practices of quality assurance. D&M Holdings Inc. announces Jeffrey Cowan to the new

Belkin Releases Skype-Enabled Wi-Fi Phone
July 21, 2006

Skype users will soon benefit from free phonecalls without the use of a PC. Belkin’s new Wi-FI Phone for Skype provides users with all the functionality of a Skype account – user-to-user VoIP calls for free, inexpensive calls to regular phones – without making them lug around a laptop or sit at a PC. Users will still require a Wi-Fi hotspot to make calls, but once in a hotel, coffee shop, home, office or anywhere with an 802.11b/g hub, they’re in business (although that Wi-Fi connection must also be free for the call to truly cost nothing). An onscreen menu replicates

Shah Buys Navigation Business from Thales
July 21, 2006

Thales Navigation, the division of Thales responsible for the Magellan brand of navigation devices, will be bought out by an investment group led by Shah Capital Partners (SCP) according to an agreement announced Thursday. The new company, to be named Magellan Navigaion, Inc., will be located in San Dimas, Calif. In addition to creating the Magellan RoadMate and eXporista, Thales Navigation spawned the Hertz NeverLost car navigation system and best-selling ProMark single frequency GPS survey product line. Ajay Shah, managing partner of SCP, said, “We are excited to work with such an industry leader in the high-growth navigation market.”

New Bluetooth Dash Kit from Scosche
July 18, 2006

The BTDIN, a new Bluetooth DIN Kit from Scoche’s BlueLife wireless accessory line, is now shipping. BTDIN aids in real time streaming of digital audio via Bluetooth. The installation kit is designed to allow for the mounting of BlueLife’s receiver, part of the BlueLife IUBCKH interface, in the head-unit location of a vehicle. The customer can then use the interface to wirelessly stream the output of an MP3 player to the vehicle’s audio system. The BTDIN fits any OEM or aftermarket DIN radio space. Two tinted face plates are included for covert install. Available for $20.50, the

Cingular Also Offers Free Gas
July 18, 2006

Earlier this summer, Shuttle offered a free gas card with the purchase of its new media center. Now Cingular Wireless is jumping on the free gas bandwagon, offering Ohio residents the chance to own a $50 gas card if they make the switch to their service. The offer, good through July 22nd, mails new customers a pre-paid $50 Visa card when they sign a two-year service agreement. The offer includes a Samsung D407 Push-To-Talk device for $29.99 (after a $30 mail-in rebate) as part of the two-year contract incentive.

CEA Wants Senate to Say “Ándale! Arriba!” to Spanish TV
July 18, 2006

CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro expressed concern Monday over provisions in S.2686, a telecom bill governing the transition of networks from analog to digital television. In a letter addressed to the Senate, Shapiro claimed that wording in the bill allowing two extra years for Spanish-language stations to make the switch “sets the wrong tone for consumers and the public interest.” According to The Budget Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, all networks have until February 17, 2009 to switch to digital. The provisions in S.2686, also known as The Communications, Consumers’ Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006, would allow all Spanish-language