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Beep To Discover What Sonos Knows

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 07:19

Beep is latest entrant in whole-home audio. But, unlike Sonos‘ key products, their music streaming technology isn’t currently embedded within a speaker enclosure. And we suspect the potential market of people looking to network traditional speakers is rather modest. The $99 Beep appendage is sharp looking blinky, clicky dial … that’ll ratchet up your clutter [...]

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Best Buy Entices Smartphone Shoppers With $50 Gift Card

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 06:18

Best Buy has launched an interesting promo to proactively reach potential customers, no matter one’s smartphone predilection. Register your intent now to pick up any new phone by the end of the year, and receive a $50 gift card upon completion of that purchase. Of course, with two huge 2014 launches expected in the Samsung [...]

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Dissecting The Samsung Smart Hub

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 08:07

Fellow tech enthusiast and DC neighbor Joel Ward continues his role as a Features contributor here at Zatz Not Funny. Beyond ZNF, Joel can be found at Joel Explains It All and @joelsef on Twitter. A few months back, we finally replaced our 2007-era Sony SXRD rear projection 1080p HDTV with a newer Samsung LCD/LED model. Not only do we find [...]

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Simple TV Dual Tuner First Impressions

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:37

Bringing tech to the corn fields of the Midwest, gadgeteer and cat lover Adam Miarka contributes to Zatz Not Funny when the overlord allows. When not on ZNF, Adam posts pictures to http://www.adammiarka.com and harasses the public from @adammiarka on Twitter. Background Being a Kickstarter for the first generation Simple TV, I’ve always been interested in technologies that [...]

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Best Super Bowl Ads Of 2014

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 10:33

Although neither the Super Bowl 48 match-up nor the 2014 crop of ads lived up to expectations, according to TiVo quite a few remained tuned in until the bitter end – with 3 of the top 5 most “engaging” commercials airing during the 4th quarter. Of course, there were the bizarre, the the boring, and [...]

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Superbowl Advertising On Twitter: It’s All Gibberish

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 07:40

sfjihskhjrgvkhjfdl rdgfhkggkjgd34t09ut5hgrkjgqt304-4trg — Budweiser (@Budweiser) January 31, 2014 In an industry where any publicity trumps questionable publicity, several brands have leveraged Twitter to draw attention to themselves via apparent mistakes. It’s a low risk, high reward approach that got going last summer when Chipotle faked a Twitter hack. The costs of sending a tweet, versus [...]

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LogMeIn Ignition Owners Granted Indefinite Amnesty

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 08:50

While it’s not clear if we collectively misunderstood LogMeIn’s original outreach or if the company has backpedaled amidst negative feedback from those of us who purchased their $30 Ignition app for remote access. As the story goes, LogMeIn abruptly dispensed with a Freemium model, However, Ignition app owners were granted a complimentary 6 months of [...]

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Why is Verizon Looking to Push LTE Multicast in TVs?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:53

Verizon has remained steadfast in its claim that it will not use the acquisition of Intel’s OnCue assets to launch a nationwide over-the-top video service. However, the fact that Verizon is now apparently talking to CE manufacturers about embedding LTE multicast technology in TV sets does have me wondering how long the company will stick [...]

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Verizon FiOS Guide Update Rolls On (With Ads)

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 18:37

There was a time when we celebrated Verizon FiOS guide updates. But the IMG 1.9.5 release gives us little cause for joy. The updated guide has been rolling out since last year, but it just arrived here at Chez Silbey, and comments on the DSLReports forums show that the version release has been making its [...]

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Best Buy To Embrace Home Automation Big Time

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 07:26

From a well-placed friend in retail and possibly corroborated via a Starbucks conversation, we’ve learned that Best Buy intends to double down on the home automation market. Best Buy devotes significant space to this burgeoning category, but will up the ante very soon with an expanded two-tier approach. First, stores will offer what we believe to [...]

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The CES 2014 Posts

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:11

Now that the Vegas dust has settled, we’re finally caught up on the bloggable topics and have collated the bulk of our CES coverage in this handy bulleted list. Until next year! Meta CES 2014: Day Zero CES 2014: Oh, The Miles The Videos of CES CES 2014: That’s A Wrap! Smart TV & Streaming [...]

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Zonoff Links Home Automation Silos Via Staples Connect

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 07:31

As our homes acquire sentience, a few are attempting to traverse the technological silos… in an approachable way, suitable for civilians and geeks alike. While companies like Zonoff, Revolv, and Smarthings each strive to take home automation mainstream with somewhat differing technological and marketing approaches, they share a vendor- and network-neutral approach as they aim to [...]

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Massive TiVo Discounts Offered To Advisors & Resellers

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 15:28

Post holiday sales, TiVo is testing the waters with some amazing offers for “Advisors” and rates that roughly line up with their existing reseller offers. I assume uptake will be strong amongst this market microcosm… and hopefully influences the broader TiVo Roamio pricing strategy. As we’re still awaiting the compelling upgrade promos previously alluded to by [...]

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Finding a LogMeIn Alternative

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:30

After ten years of service, LogMeIn has abruptly termnated their free tier of remote access. And my pal Janice speaks for many of us when she says, “That sound is parental tech support reps everywhere imploding at their desks.” Of course we don’t fault the company for wanting to make money and I’ve always been [...]

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