Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
June 26, 2005
Albany-- With time going by so fast these days, it's hard not to reminisce about the old days. "I remember the first television set we had was black and white," says consumer Glenda Shipman.
Technology gives us a glimpse into the past. "I think we had like three channels," says Shipman. There was a small variety of choices in previous years. From old television sets to old eight track players and cassette players.
"Still have some cassette tapes. They don't make any players for them anymore," says Shipman. Soon manufacturers won't be making things consumers still hold on to as we move into the future. That's because technology is changing right before our eyes. The days of VCR's and videotapes right on up to the analog television sets still on the market will soon be things of yesterday.
"They were great technology during their time but this is a new time now. It's the digital age," says Rex Audio and Video Appliances manager Mark Greer. Digital is becoming the deciding factor in consumers' purchases. "It's a very booming business," says Greer. A booming business is the sale of televisions and by December of 2006, the FCC wants all televisions to have digital signals.
"Which means that your analog set, even though it will work, will need a converter to be able to work," says Greer. So it may be better to invest in the digital technology. DTV offers better resolution and picture quality, digital sound that surrounds you and the ability for broadcasters to offer several programs at the same time. But is it a step in the right direction?
"In some senses, in some no," says Shipman. Either way, the change is coming and has been for a long time. "You stay where you are or get out of the way and let technology go right past you," says Greer.
Consumers are going to have to adjust to changing times and changing technologies. "I guess I'll go with the flow," says Shipman.
The target date for the transition from analog to digital television signals is December of 2006 but that date may be extended until 85 percent of homes in a particular area are able to receive digital television programming.