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MyWayTV Mates Roku Streaming Stick With Antenna

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 18:37

First announced at CES 2013 as a sleek looking Terk antenna paired with a Roku Streaming Stick, the now named MyWayTV has been reintroduced in a more frumpy form with an anticipated Spring 2014 ship date. And at $170, I’m having a hard time finding value in this solution. While it’s pitched as single device to competently handle both over-the-top [...]

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LG Compromises webOS with Interactive Advertising

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 13:53

LG’s re-ignition of webOS as a fresh, fun, and spry smart television platform has been generating a lot of buzz here at CES. Indeed, in my limited exposure, it looks quite nice. But it’s not all about us… as a major component of LG’s webOS strategy revolves around interactive advertising. The strength of webOS is also [...]

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The Evolution Of Vizio Internet Apps

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:21

Vizio was one of the first and perhaps largest manufacturer to take on the Yahoo Internet TV platform. And early iterations could be a bit painful. Fast forward a few years, never minding that brief flirtation with Google TV, and we find ourselves a visually rich, customizable, and robust “VIA” experience based on Yahoo Connected TV [...]

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Kevo Gateway Takes Smartlock Control On The Road

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:30

Even though I’ve yet to wrap up my Kevo Smartlock review, Kwikset has gone ahead and revealed phase two of their Unikey-powered connected home strategy. There’s a variety of ways to slice and dice these smart components, and Kevo only ships with Bluetooth capabilities – unlike some of their competitors, who integrate WiFi. To extend [...]

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Tablo OTA DVR Now Available For Pre-Order

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 09:06

The cord cutting options are heating up, with Tablo poised to ship in February. I spent some quality time at the Digital Experience with CEO Grant Hall going over their offering… that consists of both two- and four-tuner configurations to pull in luscious broadcast video via antenna, without going through a cable company. Like Simple TV, the [...]

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Vizio Doubles Down On The 5.1 Soundbar

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:04

Those following closely know the original Vizio 5.1 “soundbar” was one of the best tech purchases I made in 2013. Unlike traditional soundbars, in addition to being paired to a subwoofer, the Vizio also includes a pair of rear channel speakers (that connect to the subwoofer, which communicates wireless to the soundbar) to provide a [...]

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Intel Paints Sci-Fi Picture of the Future

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 16:57

Call me a Sci-Fi nut, but I’m a sucker for stories about human/brain interfaces, virtual reality, and the coming Singularity. And Intel’s press conference hit every one of those trigger points at CES this afternoon. Senior VP Mooly Eden described blended devices where brain and machine are physically linked together and said he believes it’s [...]

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TV OS Wars: Welcome to the Front Line

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 16:03

TV service providers have had a monopoly on the consumer television experience for years, but the CE guys finally have a chance to get in on the game. From LG’s launch of WebOS TVs to the incorporation of the Roku platform in TCL and Hisense sets, CES is full of news about how the TV [...]

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Netgear Routers Charge Facebook Check In for WiFi

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:46

A clever new Netgear router feature caught my eye this morning from CES. Tailored to small businesses, Facebook Wi-Fi enables that local cafe or bead shop to offer free wireless… in exchange for a Facebook check-in. Win-win? From the press blast: NETGEAR is making the Facebook Wi-Fi login available on its premium line of next-generation wireless routers [...]

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Roku TV Launching This Fall

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 09:06

Nearly two years after announcing their MHL Streaming Stick designed to make dumb TVs smart, Roku has now inked deals with Hisense and TCL to produce Roku TVs — in sizes ranging from 32″ to 55″ that are expected to ship this fall. It’s a great win for manufacturers looking to integrate a mature and continually updated platform. [...]

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The Remote Controlled Things of CES Unveiled

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 06:44

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Popcorn Hour Rides Again: Network Media Jukebox A-410

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 16:55

Via CNXSoft we’ve learned a new Popcorn Hour A-410 networked media jukebox is now available for pre-order at $260. It’s been a several years since I’ve personally heard from from Syabas, when they attempted to take a run at the Rokus of the world with Popbox – a simple media streamer with fresh UI. Unfortunately, they failed [...]

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Super Joey & Joey Apps To Extend DISH Hopper

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 08:20

While DISH’s CES press conference remains 24 hours away, the missing pieces have somewhat clarified since we first began tracking a refreshed DISH Hopper and “Super Joey” — which passed through the FCC in November. Of course, the DISH Hopper (with Sling) is the award winning satellite TV DVR, that acts as a hub to [...]

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CES: Day 0

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 17:17

After a harrowing and uncertain journey, I successfully arrived in Vegas (without my luggage) for the 2014 edition of CES — the largest US tech trade show. While the convention center floor doesn’t actually open until Tuesday, press events begin tomorrow. Not that the timing deterred me from going on a quick recon mission while [...]

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What To Expect From TiVo At CES

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 07:34

With CES mere days away, it’s time to flex our predictive musculature. Mari’s gone broad with the TV trends, but I’m dialing it down to a single set-top manufacturer we know so well. Unlike years past where TiVo hid themselves at the end of an obscure, dusty hallway for invite-only meetings, TiVo’s invested in a [...]

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LG’s webOS Smart TV UI Revealed

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:32

By way of our pal @evleaks comes a second exclusive image of the refreshed webOS UI headed to at least one LG Smart TV. As you can see, the new card carousel is a looker. And, unlike competing Samsung and Panasonic Internet-connected televisions, apps aren’t buried in a silo-ed grid of icons (and ads). Of course, there’s [...]

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Are We Ready for Table-Sized Tablets?

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 06:06

It was many years ago at CES that Dave and I both found ourselves enthralled by HP’s coffee-table-sized touchscreen on display at one of the many press events. There’s something visceral about the feeling of moving and shifting digital objects on a table, and it’s very different from the feeling you get when manipulating a [...]

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Invisioneer Continues Qplay Rebrand (New Details)

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 06:16

After breaking news that TiVo’s co-founders have reunited to develope another (mini) set-top, it appears that the company rebrand has accelerated… as Invisioneer transforms into Qplay right before our eyes (and clearly without a private staging website). Our initial assumptions, based on limited site text and LinkedIn profiles, appears spot on. From Qplay’s new description: For [...]

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