Nearly six out of 10 U.S. parents of children ages 8 to12 (a.k.a

Will the second coming of the Google TV platform stick? A month after LG launched the Google TV–powered G2-series TVs and just days after Sony announced its own Google TV streaming-media player, Vizio announced that it will offer its own Google TV set-top box—and at $99, it’s half the price of Sony’s.

The Electric Drive Transportation Association ( EDTA ) has grown from a cadre of garage tinkerers in 1969 to an organization counting thousands of members, with international partnerships including several Fortune 500 companies. The Washington, D.C., based organization works to expand the market for electric cars. Today, EDTA is plugged into a vital and growing automotive and infrastructure sector, the world of electrified cars.

What is a direct-lit LED LCD TV?

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During the Consumer Electronics Show back in January, we noticed that some TV manufacturers were debuting LCD TVs with a new type of LED backlight, a direct-lit LED backlight.

Asus yesterday released the latest in its line of tablets, the Transformer Pad TF300. At $400, it’s $100 cheaper than Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime. But beyond the price and the name, most of the features remain the same

Barnes & Noble today launched a new $139 version of its Nook Simple Touch e-book reader with a lighted E Ink screen that promises to allow you to read while your sleeping spouse lies undisturbed. After looking at the device in a darkened press-preview room (see our video above), along with Consumer Reports test engineer Rich Fisco, I think the new Nook promises to offer the most elegant solution yet to the night-time e-reading dilemma in many marriage beds—including my own.

When Sony announced the NEX-7 ($1,200, body only; $1350 with a 18-55mm lens), the specs were impressive enough to warrant a first-look review. The NEX-7 is an advanced SLR-like model with a 24-megapixel sensor that can fire off 10 frames per second at full resolution

From the logbook: Chevrolet Volt

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Is the Chevrolet Volt the most significant car that General Motors has produced in the last 20 years? Has the automaker ever bet so heavily (or invested so much money – $1.5 billion) to bring a new design to market? Is the Volt the answer to high gas prices?

The new Apple TV: An in-depth look

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While support for 1080p video and a new, streamlined interface were the highlights of Apple’s revamped Apple TV , we have a few additional details beyond what was included in our initial post yesterday. Overall, while the changes in Apple’s streaming media player aren’t revolutionary, they do make it more competitive with other streaming set-top boxes , such as those from Roku and the Boxee Box

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new HDTV but have been putting off your purchase, now might be the best time to get a great deal on a new set, especially one with step-up features. And you might not want to think about it for too long. One reason is that this is normally the time of year (March and early April) when the new 2012 models start to arrive in stores, so many retailers may be looking to sell off any inventory of older 2011 sets to make room for the newer models.