Tarun Kunwar

TiVo Inc. announced Wednesday that it has teamed up with Entertainment Weekly to reinvent how TV fans, in print and online, can connect with their favorite shows. The TiVo service will now automatically record Entertainment Weekly’s “what to watch” TV recommendations. Additionally, TiVo subscribers will be able to download Entertainment Weekly video content through TiVo, allowing viewers to enjoy EW.com’s original programs as well as behind the scenes content. “This partnership creates an exciting new service for our fans, closing the loop between the entertainment choices we spotlight and our audience’s ability to connect directly to those entertainment experiences,” said Entertainment Weekly Publisher

Sales of EA Sports’ recently released Madden NFL 09 are on pace with last year’s installment of the popular gaming franchise. Although unit pre-orders were down by about thirty percent from 08, actual sales have been far better than pre-orders suggested, according to UBS Securities’ Ben Schachter, as quoted by gaming Web site GameDaily.com While EA Sports is often criticized for not making substantial year-to-year improvements on the Madden game, the overall reaction is that Madden 09 has really stepped up its game, which has helped boost initial sales. “We believe that solid average Metacritic scores of 86 for Madden NFL 09

EA Sports’ Madden NFL, the longest-running franchise in sports video games, released its multi-platform blockbuster Madden 09 Monday at midnight at select retailers across the country. This year’s revamped installment, the 20th in the series, features nearly a dozen new game modes, some of which are geared towards assisting first-time players. Gamers will start off with the Madden Test, which will gauge passing, running and defensive skills and adjust the game’s difficulty based on strengths and weaknesses. Beginners can also watch a backtrack video where the game will show players how they could have saved a botched play. In addition to

Bang & Olufsen the Denmark based manufacturer of exclusive, high-end audio and video products, announced Tuesday that its newest showroom has opened in La Jolla, Calif., outside San Diego. The new store is located in the Girard Avenue retail area and represents Bang & Olufsen’s continued growth in North America. “Bang & Olufsen has long since been a purveyor of creating unparalleled, high quality, audio and video systems that are a pleasure to experience,” said President of Bang & Olufsen Zean Nielsen in a statement. “We are proud to further expand the company’s tradition of excellence in design and technology.” Elsewhere on

A roundup of announcements from the last two days of the E3 conference in Calfornia. See here for a roundup of the conference’s first two days. - New PS3 SKU As we reported earlier this week, the 80GB PlayStation 3 was announced Tuesday by the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) Jack Tretton. The new model, which is set to retail for $399.99, will replace the current 40GB model of the same price while offering twice its storage capacity. “This new 80 GB PS3 is perfectly suited for HD games, music, movies and more,” said Tretton during Sony’s

Hop-on Inc. announced Tuesday the launch of their new disposable phone, in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s 79th All-Star Game. The HOP1800, the world’s first disposable and recyclable phone, will be distributed to the media, players and the Yankee Stadium crowd during this year’s MLB All-Star week events in New York. The HOP1800, which the company bills as the “anti-iPhone,” is a $10 GSM phone with a talk time of up to five hours and standby of 150 hours. The phone comes in either Dual Band 850/1900 or 900/1800 AMR band. In addition, to promote recycling of the device, Hop-on offers a five

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