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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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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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