Garmin International introduced a new entry-level line of GPS units, including a widescreen version, at the CeBIT consumer electronics show in Hannover, Germany. The products are expected to hit the street next month. The nuvi 200 (MSRP $399), 250 ($499) and 270 ($599), as well as the widescreen nuvi 650 (price TBD), are aimed at the budget-conscience consumer and are designed to work “out of the box,” Garmin said. Based on a new slim design, the 200 series incorporates many of the same features as the company’s premium models, the company said. The 200 series includes an internal GPS antenna, an intuitive

Sony Reveals Blu-ray VAIOs While the HD DVD camp had been steals headlines with the actual shipment of products and a light amount of software titles, Sony reveals some products with Blu-ray, albeit from its computer division, at the CeBit show in Hannover, Germany. By the middle of this 2006 it will ship VAIO-branded desktop and laptop PCs with Blu-ray Disc drives. These SKUS will be high-end models, bundled with multimedia software and technology, but a company spokesperson said that drives will eventually drive down into lower-priced models. Broadcast Hardball Local TV stations across the country begin running ads this week that poke fun

By David Dritsas There has been a lot of talk about DVD recording. Movie studios and broadcasters are worried about copyright protection, and CE manufacturers are still coming to terms with which re-cordable format to use. Some hardware is already selling, but is this really going to be the year for consumer DVD re-cording? Or are we just in for a slow and rocky start? "We believe it will take more time," said Chris Bailey, digital and optical products manager for TDK, commenting that, while the DVD recordable market is going to grow, he didn't agree it would explode this year. TDK currently offers three levels

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