PS3 Going 3D For Movies

Sony announced Thursday that a software update later this month will make the PlayStation 3 console work as a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player.

The “Death Panels” of Consumer Electronics

The consumer electronics world- from the leaders of the industry to gadget-buyers- got a jolt this week with the news of a Federal Trade Commission report that a 5 percent tax on consumer electronics was under consideration, in order to pay for the “reinvention” of the field of journalism.

FTC Floats “iPad Tax”

A list of policy Federal Trade Commission policy recommendations to “support the reinvention of journalism” includes the possibility of a 5 percent tax on consumer electronics devices.


Obama Critical of Gadgets

President Obama Sunday assailed several popular gadgets as “a diversion… rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.

Government Considering Apple Probe

Regulators from both the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are considering an investigation into whether Apple's requirement of the use of its own programming tools for iPhone and iPad applications are a violation of antitrust law, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Best Buy Makes Billion-Pound Recycling Push

Best Buy Tuesday announced that it has set a target of collecting one billion pounds of recyclable electronics and appliances over the next several years. The push, a significant increase from the 2009 figure of 120 million pounds, is part of the Recycling It On campaign.

EPA’s National Cell Phone Recycling Week is Underway

The second annual National Cell Phone Recycling Week began Monday and will continue through Sunday.

Government Proposes EnergyGuide Label for TVs

The Federal Trade Commission Thursday proposed that the EnergyGuide label, currently required for some refrigerators and appliances

Walmart Recalls DVD Players

Walmart and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday that it has the recall of 1.5 million DVD players, from the company’s in-house Durabrand brand.

CEA Lauds Supreme Court Remote DVR Decision

The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cablevision’s remote digital video recorder Monday in a decision that garnered the praise of CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro. In an announcement, he said, "We applaud the U.S. Supreme Court for letting stand a decision that supports the growth of technology and innovation."

Video: The Nation’s First CTO

Aneesh Chopra, our nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, talks about his mission, the DTV transition and how to keep technology jobs stateside.  Filmed live at the CEA LineShows. Watch it now.

FCC Relaunches DTV Site

With the final DTV transition just over a month away, the FCC has unveiled a new and improved Web site to make the transition easier for consumers.