petehead writes: The LA Times reports on regulations expected to pass in 2009 that will not allow energy inefficient TVs to be sold in the state. "State regulators are getting ready to curb the growing power gluttony of TV sets by drafting the nation's first rules requiring retailers to sell only the most energy-efficient models, starting in 2011... The regulations would be phased in over two years, with a first tier taking effect on Jan. 1, 2011, and a more stringent, second tier on Jan. 1, 2013. Purchasers of Tier 1-compliant TVs would shave an average of $18.48 off their residential electric bill in the first year of ownership, the Energy Commission estimates. Tier 2 sets would save an additional $11.76 a year...The Consumer Electronics Assn. presented three scenarios to the commission, showing 10%, 20% and 30% drops in product availability and each of their potential financial effects."
Pete writes: Some HTC users have set up a website claiming that HTC devices which use the Qualcomm MSM7200 and MSM7500 chipsets, including the TyTn II (aka AT&T Tilt) and Sprint Touch, are underperforming due to lack of drivers for the ATI Imageon co-processor. They claim that it is not simply sour grapes about their purchases and have cited as evidence a Youtube video showing a TomTom comparison in which the TyTn II appears to perform worse than the much older HTC Magician. While I doubt it, they claim that they will proceed with a class action lawsuit against HTC if the problems are not rectified. The Register and The Inquirer are among those running stories which mention that the group has established a $3000 reward for someone that fixes the issues.