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Nintendo Considers Pulling A Sega

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 09:31

As Wii U sales plummet, despite price cuts, it appears the Japanese gaming pioneer may finally be ready to embrace third-party hardware. From Nintendo President Satoru Iwata: If we stay in one place, we will become outdated. We are thinking about a new business structure. Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying [...]

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Anker Saves The Day (Again)

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 07:09

As I’ve yet to find that perfect gadget caddy, we’ve gone ahead and implemented Plan B. When picking out a new bedroom set about 18 months ago, we went with a collection that we otherwise may have passed over due to tricked out nightstands housing a power squid in the top drawer (and undercarriage lighting). [...]

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TiVo Thumb Experiment Results; Super Bowl Next

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 06:40

Last month, TiVo repurposed their iconic thumbs up/down buttons for an “Advisors” experiment — providing viewers a method to rate The Voice finalist performances. And the results are in, with over 40,000 recorded clicks correlating perfectly to show results: Contestant Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Tessanne Chin 73% 27% Jacquie Lee 61% 39% Will Champlin 53% [...]

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Cisco Demos New “Proof-of-Concept” TV App

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 14:21

Cisco hosted tech reporters at its annual CES press reception last week and took us through a whirlwind of company news, vision-speak, and proof-of-concept demos. The best of the demos was an app giving users the ability not only to control TV from a mobile device, but also to share related secondary content between different [...]

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CES 2014: Oh, The Miles

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 08:40

While I mostly classify activity trackers as novelties, with limited actionable intelligence, CES the absolute best place to put them through their paces (ha, punny). With my buddies Brad Linder of Liliputing and Kevin Tofel of GigaOm each stepping up to the plate. Kevin sports a Fitbit Force wristband and Brad rolls with a Withings Pulse puck – so the [...]

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D-Link To Challenge Belkin WeMo With Wi-Fi Smartplug

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:21

As alluded, the connected home category is primed to explode. And, based on this FCC filing, the next entrant will be D-Link – who’ll be adding an $80 “WiFi Smart Plug” to their existing stable of IP cameras. The DSP-W215 mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a multi-purpose, compact, and easy-to-use device that allows you to [...]

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AT&T Will Pay You $15/Mo To Skip The Upgrade

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:08

The end of smartphone subsidies may be upon us, given T-Mobile’s uncarrier moves and AT&T’s new Mobile Share Value plan: With the ‘No Annual Service Contract’ options, smartphone customers can save $15 a month on Mobile Share Value plans. Customers can receive these monthly savings when they: Get a new smartphone for no down payment with [...]

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TiVo Coming To Roku?!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 08:38

From CES, The Digital Media Zone got their hands on some very interesting screengrabs… showing what looks to be a TiVo app running on Roku. No, not the full-fledged, cloud-based TiVo UI ported by ActiveVideo that we filmed at the Cable Show. Rather, this sports a more traditional Roku interface that appears to replicate TiVo Mini functionality [...]

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TiVo Android Streaming: “In The Coming Months”

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 17:42

Our hopes for and speculation of a TiVo Android streaming reveal at CES were dashed in Vegas last week. While I have it on good authority that private demos took place, one can only assume the company isn’t quite as far along as they’d hoped and/or they’re saving the announcement for more opportune timing. During [...]

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Amazon Preps “New Product Bigger Than Kindle”

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:23

Via The Digital Reader, we learn that Amazon continues to schmooze talent in the Boston region. The next Lab 126 event can be found here, with more interesting language attached to a December mixer: We are working on a revolutionary V1 product that will allow us to deliver Digital Media to our customers in new [...]

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Google To Acquire Nest (for truckloads of cash)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:33

Earlier than expected and for a sum that cannot be calculated rationally, Google has entered into an arrangement to purchase Nest for 3.2 billion in cash. Which totals more than two Instagrams and two Flips… combined. While Nest has grown rapidly, now exceeding 200 employees with healthy buzz and presumably solid sales (which the company does not disclose), [...]

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Beats Music Launches January 21st (With Sonos)

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 07:33

As the story goes, Beats acquired the music streaming service MOG in 2012… and 18 months later, we’re days away from the launch of Beats Music — based on MOG, with custom interface, a few clever new additions, and day 1 availability on Sonos. Of course, the headphone company is banking on their brand to [...]

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Hulu Desktop Support Comes To An End January 31st

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 17:32

Several months ago Hulu quietly pulled their Desktop software from download to barely a ripple in the blogosphere – which I found somewhat surprising giving the company’s various machinations as they decide what they want to be when they grow up and who controls the purse strings. Well, Hulu has now gone ahead and made [...]

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Hands On Asus Padfone Mini

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 08:05

From CES, Asus continues to introduce hybrid devices to accommodate a variety of use cases – from dual OS laptops to “convergent” smartphone-tablet devices as seen from the new Padfone Mini, which mates a 4″ Android smartphone to a 7″ screen. Despite a modest 800×480 resolution, the phone itself looks and feels quite nice — [...]

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The Videos of CES

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 08:45

A roundup of the videos we shot while experiencing CES… LG webOS Smart TV demo (2:30) DISH Virtual Joey app on PS4 demo (1:08) DISH Virtual Joey app on LG Smart TV demo (0:49) ASUS Tranformer Book Duet flips from Windows to Android (0:06) Mashable demos awkwardness of Google Glass (0:06) Humongous LG video wall (0:06) DISH Hopper Boston guys [...]

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Alticast HDMI Stick Shown Running Cox UI and Android

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 18:17

HDMI streaming sticks are everywhere now, but a new one powered by Alticast, and shown for the first time at CES, comes with an interesting twist. The HDMI Media Express Stick includes both the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software bundle developed by Comcast (and now jointly managed with Time Warner), and Android support. That means it [...]

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Vizio Smart Audio: A Jambox With Android Benefits

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 07:37

In the category of products that may never come to market, but nonetheless inspired us at CES, are the Vizio Smart Audio Android boomboxes. Beyond Vizio’s sharp industrial design and decent sound (which did seem to distort at max volume), wouldn’t you prefer your Jambox-esque device ship with a display? Better, yet, how about directly [...]

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