The House today voted down the bill to switch the digital delay from Feb.17 to June 12 by its failure to get 2/3 of the vote. The bill, backed by President Obama, had already passed in the Senate. Many Republicans believe that passing the bill and boosting the coupon program would create more confusion. Nielsen reports that about 6.5 million households are still not ready for the changeover. Stay tuned to see either the bill gets reworked for another vote or if President Obama saves the day.
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We already know that the U.S. is now obsessed with the first family and are scrambling for memorabilia, from dolls named Malia and Sasha to a collector’s edition of Spiderman, but when we saw Japan’s tribute we really cracked up. In an odd world where good still wins over evil, the president will certainly triumph over Darth Vader. The action figure set comes with 3 sets of hands, two ties, microphone, megaphone, watch, flag and stool (but no now-approved BlackBerry) at a price of ¥8090 (~$91.00.) Light sabers sold separately.
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If you are one of the 2 to 4 million that fortunate enough to be able to attend the Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, help is there to ease your trip. Navigating Washington is a site where you can track or be tracked and find the parade route, calendar of events and travel restrictions. If you have an iPhone or BlackBerry, PointAbout is a kewl app that will help you navigate around the area and find transportation, entertainment, restaurant and WiFi listings. The download is free.
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Michael Moore joins with Leo DiCaprio by using the Internet to get his political ideas across. The filmmaker is offering his latest movie, Slacker Uprising, as a free download. Not only that, he is giving everyone full rein to email, burn, air, or otherwise share it with anyone in the U.S. or Canada.
“This is being done entirely as a gift to my fans. The only return any of us are hoping for is the largest turnout of young voters ever at the polls in November,“says Moore. Sign up with your email addy on the Slacker Uprising site and feel free to donate the $9.95 price. And if you are looking for more fun concerning the election, check out the new YouTube videos by P Diddy and Justin Timberlake.
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We admit that we have been watching CBS news to catch the latest on Sarah Palin, and found that we were really impressed by some of the technology used in their Eye to Eye series. Jeff Greenfield was using this incredible touchscreen that could instantly change a red state to blue (or vice versa) while altering the count at the same time. Here’s hoping that the upcoming Presidential election will have lots of bells and whistles (without so many promos attached.)
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It is so easy to register to vote now that we at Gear Live want to encourage you to do so if you have not already. We admit we have been apathetic in the past, but to not vote means you will not be heard. If you are 18 or older, head over to Declare Yourself to register online (at least 30 days before Nov. 4,) request an absentee ballot, or find specific election locations for your area. There are links to candidates, stands, and issues. Launched in 2003, the site is perfect for finding answers, no matter what the questions. So vote, tell your friends to, and be grateful that we live in a country where we can choose our leaders, rather than having them thrust upon us.
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The Federal regulatory powers that be have approved of creating an emergency alert system with texting delivered to cellies. There will be three types of messages. One is a national presidential alert in case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. A second would be an “imminent threat, ” such as a tornado or university sniper, and the last would be used for Amber Alerts. Each would have an audio sound associated with it. The FCC free service will be voluntary and is expected to be up and running by 2010.
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Last March, we told you about a Bush Countdown Key Chain that was ticking down the days and hours until the demise of our current president. We have found its companion piece. For those of you have made your political choice already, we are featuring the super-optimistic Hillary Countdown to Election Key Chain created by Bush’s Last Day. While Republicans will undoubtedly not appreciate the sentiment, we thought we might send one to la Winfrey for a chuckle, just in case she has a sense of humor. Pick this one up for $13.95.
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