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TiVo “Program Shortcuts” Patent Details Social DVR

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A few weeks back, the USPTO published TiVo’s latest patent: Program Shortcuts, which is effectively an update to their 2009 patent. As a non-patent attorney industry observer who’s seen substantial resources wasted litigating a variety of obvious, generic functionality that perhaps should be free of patent protection, I question how and why bookmarking media even made it through the approval process. Indeed, generally […]

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Kindle Documents Relocated To Amazon Cloud Drive

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:43

Amazon streamlines its ecosystem while continuing the assault on Dropbox: Starting today, all personal documents that you have archived in your Kindle Library will be available to access, delete, organize, and share from your Amazon Cloud Drive. You can see these documents in a new “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” folder alongside all of your saved content […]

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LogMeIn Heartbleed Extends To Personal Computer Passwords

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:19

As you’ve probably read during your recent Internet travels, an OpenSSL vulnerability was uncovered that puts server data at risk. Many prominent sites have since corrected the issue, dubbed Heartbleed, and its been advised that web passwords be changed. Yet, LogMeIn just reached out with an interesting twist — they believe their server infrastructure to […]

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Local Libraries Lend Roku Hardware, Stream Content

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:12

As the once humble library continues its digital metamorphosis, a few outposts have begun lending actual Roku streaming boxes. And, starting this week, residents of Sandusky, Ohio will have 12 units to pick from. Given the small number of boxes versus anticipated interest, library patrons will be able to borrow a single Roku just once […]

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How Mohu Could Be as Disruptive as Aereo

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:53

For all of the ink spent on Aereo (and I’m responsible for my fair share), the relatively quiet efforts of Mohu could end up being just as disruptive to the TV service market. Mohu has already had a successful run with its line of over-the-air TV antennas, but the company is ready to take its […]

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RCN TiVo Update On The Way

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:42

RCN TiVo rentals are poised to receive an iteration of the (glitchy) TiVo Spring Update. Whereas us retail owners have been receiving version 20.4, RCN TiVo hardware in DC and PA will be pushed 20.8 beginning next week – with their entire footprint expected to upgrade within a month. Both updates focus on under-the-hood improvements […]

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A Tale Of Three Remotes

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:32

While we rarely have the inclination to tackle a full-on review (like Adam), the $99 Amazon Fire TV streamer that we tracked so closely ahead of launch is worthy of a few posts. Overall, it’s a solid debut… but not quite ready to displace the similarly priced Roku 3 or Apple TV, for those that have already […]

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Tablo TV Liberates OTA HDTV (and crushes Simple TV)

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:06

Lets try this again, shall we? If you caught my first look at the dual tuner Simple TV, you’ll know that the product fell short of my expectations. A combination of fan issues and software instability led me to question if the dual tuner was actually ready for release. The idea for a networked DVR is […]

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<p>.@Spotify and @Pandora have made it

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:20

.@Spotify and @Pandora have made it impossible for songwriters to earn a living: three months streaming on Pandora, 4,175,149 plays=$114.11. — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) April 4, 2014

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Retiring My Titanfall Mech (and Xbox One)

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:23

After recording my first flawless victory, in terms of K/D ratio, and frequently landing the top spot in Hardpoint gameplay, it’s time to retire my Titanfall mech. As you probably know, Titanfall launched a month ago as the first, big exclusive Xbox One title and the game is also notable by forgoing a single player […]

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Minor TiVo Spring Update Deployed

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:47

The TiVo spring update has been released to TiVo Roamio, Premiere, and Mini owners who registered their boxes via the priority list. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be a lack of network intel as 20.4.1 primarily addresses open issues versus deploying dramatic new customer facing features (that I often learn of prior to release). Some […]

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$99 Amazon Fire TV Now Shipping! (With Miracast)

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:02

As most know, I’ve been tracking the Amazon streamer for some time — turning up a Best Buy planogram as the first hard proof of its existence, followed by regulatory filings of the dual-band box itself and curious Bluetooth gaming controller. Of course, the devil is in the details, with complete capabilities and pricing remaining a […]

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Netgear ReadyNAS 102 Review

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:07

Netgear ReadyNAS is a line of network attached storage devices that allows you to centralize all your content into one place. The main benefit being that you can then access your content from one place. The Netgear ReadyNAS 102, released about a year ago, incorporates a new modern UI for web management, a marketplace for […]

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Verizon FiOS 6-Tuner Quantum TV DVR & Extenders Arrive!

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:41

First unveiled at CES 2013, the Verizon Media Server (VMS) has finally started shipping under “Quantum TV” in a “phased roll-out” in select markets . The IPTV DVR hub maintains the original 6-tuners and 1 terabyte or storage as originally pitched. Yet, by bundling two units for a reasonable $32/mo, the networked solution seamlessly expands to […]

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CableCARD: TiVo Fights The Good Fight

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:35

TiVo visited with the FCC last week, lamenting the current state of CableCARD and Section 629. And, to reiterate their points, submitted the above letter. While we can’t speak to TiVo’s survey methodology, they report diminished CableCARD support with increased operator-implemented roadblocks – presumably intended to discourage third party set-top usage… such as TiVo and perhaps […]

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Is This The New Amazon Streamer?

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:15

Several weeks ago, this mysterious “digital media receiver” was brought to my attention. I’ve been largely quiet on the matter as I was hopeful that I might turn up more of a smoking gun… as I ultimately did with the Amazon gaming controller. Yet, other than confirmation Best Buy will be carrying an Amazon “streaming […]

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Roku Streaming Stick Ships!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:23

Roku’s new streaming stick is now shipping in the US online from Roku, Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. A few other outlets have now reported the news, but I happened to hear the information first hand from Ed Lee, Roku’s vice president of content acquisition, at a Light Reading conference today in Denver. As a […]

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<p>I can confirm TechHive&#39;s

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:16

I can confirm TechHive's speculative piece – Slingbox support IS coming to Chromecast. Soon. http://t.co/XL8k7pIOTy — Dave Zatz (@davezatz) March 27, 2014

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