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Home Control Curious? Staples Connect Drops To $50.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:05
If you’re just easing into home control and automation like me, Staples Connect is worth a look — moreso as the Linksys hub will shortly drop to a mere $50. With apps for most platforms, the hub communicates via 802.11b/g/n, Z-Wave, and Lutron wireless protocols. Along with the price reduction, broader retail distribution has been announced along with a […]

No You Don’t Replace Aereo, Silly Rabbit

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:58
In the wake of Aereo’s Supreme Court smackdown and cessation of service, CEOs from the likes of TiVo and SimpleTV have taken to the press to pitch their case as an over-the-air replacement. But Aereo’s primary benefits can’t be replicated by these guys. First, Aereo positioned their rental antennas where the company obviously received a strong signal. Which isn’t […]

Amazon Fire TV Gets Musical (but it ain’t Prime)

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:20
A curious thing happened yesterday while perusing my Amazon Fire TV … scrolling thru the left-hand textual menu seemed more tedious than usual and, sure enough, several new items were present. A quick check to the (slightly re-ordered) settings confirmed the Fire TV had been updated (to 51.1.1). It appears the headliners are a kid-oriented FreeTime and native Amazon […]

Facebook getting into drones? Sure,

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 09:27
Facebook getting into drones? Sure, makes perfect sense. pic.twitter.com/2bXDfAhCzf — Dave Zatz (@davezatz) June 28, 2014

Mohu Channels Shipping Halted Admist Reception Issues

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 15:26
Via Mohu’s Kickstarter update: Some of our backers who have received and installed their Channels devices are commenting that they are receiving less OTA channels than they previously had prior to installing Channels. We are an OTA company and, as you would image, this is of great concern to us. Rest assured, the tuner inside […]

Android Wear Smartwatch First Look

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 06:18
Writers from Business Insider, The Verge, and The Next Web share their initial Android Wear Smartwatch feedback… Doesn't this defeat the purpose of a smartwatch? pic.twitter.com/rWX0GKRCYn — Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) June 26, 2014 LG G Watch. Direct sunlight. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/zIUX1SiyX9 — Dieter Bohn (@backlon) June 26, 2014 The future on your wrist pic.twitter.com/Mh9r7Z7m7U — Owen […]

Mohu Channels Now Shipping (with time shifting to come)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
By way of Mohu (and Twitter), we’ve learned that the latest cord cutting device is now shipping to all 1200 Kickstarter backers. Mohu Channels is basically a small Android box with built-in OTA tuner, thus merging over-the-air television with online video (and other web content). And in response to early feedback, some compelling new items on the […]

Fitbit Introduces Live Tracking (with a little help from Apple)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:44
This week’s Fitbit iOS app update brings with it a welcome feature, in live tracking. Along with tracking steps throughout the day via one of their many trackers, new live tracking functionality relies on the iPhone’s GPS to monitor and provide real-time feedback on your exercise. Fitbit has always been one of the fastest companies to allow 3rd party apps to […]

TiVo Launching “My Shows Categories”

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 18:21
As we revealed last month, TiVo’s summer update will bring a third column to their interface. And, now via TiVo’s YouTube channel, we’ve got some “My Shows Categories” high res imagery and training. Beyond the new presentation and in-guide recording detailed here, we’re told the Roamio UI will also make its way to Premiere and Mini hardware with the summer […]

Silicon Dust Brings Live Television To Android TV

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:48
During Google’s annual developer conference today, Android TV was formally introduced as the successor to Google TV. As conveyed to me at CES and scooped by GigaOm back in March, Android TV is pretty much what we expected — rather than an Android fork, this more or less features the core Android OS with a simplified leanback UI layered […]

Supreme Court Halts Aereo’s Flight

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:43

Philips Hue Tap Light Switch Nears Release

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
With the Philips Hue app update yesterday that introduces support for the Hue Tap, retail available is nearly upon us. The Tap extends control of your connecting lighting beyond the virtual and into the physical realm. As with everything Hue, the Tap light switch is downright pricey at $60. Yet it brings a subtle, sleek elegance as […]

Next Gen Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350/R7500 Detailed

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:17
Via an overseas briefing and FCC filing, details of the next generation Netgear Nighthawk wireless router have begun to clarify. The Nighthawk X4 AC2350/R7500 builds upon the success of the existing Nighthawk, as cited by Wirecutter, with additional horsepower, more finely tuned QoS, quad-stream wireless, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports and eSATA to […]

Save With Xbox One Costco Bundle

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:08
Should you be in the market for an Xbox One, Costco may have the deal for you… assuming that you’re a member of the warehouse shopping club. For just $50 above retail, the online Xbox One bundle includes a year of Xbox Live Gold, an additional controller, and Forza 5. Of course, the Xbox One isn’t […]

Mohu Channels TV Adapter Gets $149.99 Price Tag

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:02
Not content with being a leader in the over-the-air TV antenna market, Mohu recently launched and then completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new product designed to combine OTA TV with web video services. Now we know that the new Mohu Channels device will retail for $149.99 and is targeted for commercial launch in […]

Wink Hub To Take On Staples Connect & SmartThings

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 06:15
By way of the New York Times, we learn GE and Quirky have expanded their collaboration on “Wink” – the brand under which they’ll tie together their existing (and downright bizarre) product line and tap into other home automation solutions via the FCC-revealed Wink Hub. The $79 Hub bridges networks, like Z-Wave, and will be displayed at nearly 2,000 Home […]

How To Prevent Roku Theme Hijacking

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 08:53
Roku’s gone ahead and pulled a TiVo, having crossed that ill-defined advertising obnoxiousness line. Whereas TiVo pause menu ads layer spam atop your television content, Roku now overrides the box “theme” for full screen sponsorship like the Lego Movie or AMEX concerts (shown above). I only recently noticed this, but it’s been in play since at least late last […]

Roku 5.5 Update Brings Faster Loading Netflix 6/24

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:40
At a press event earlier this week, Tom’s Guide learned that Roku will be rolling out software updates beginning June 24th. And the key improvement appears to be support for a faster-loading Netflix channel. The firmware and Netflix updates are earmarked for the Roku 3 and Streaming Stick, with vague references to potential support of other models down the line. While we’re […]

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