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Hacking Uber (For Cigarette Delivery)

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 12:56

While Uber is generally known as the modernized, Internet-connected car service, a friend-of-a-friend has discovered it can also be used for efficient local delivery. Of course, the rates may exceed a specialized service like Takeout Taxi and your driver may object, but the courier/delivery possibilities seem nearly endless. And this Southern Californian had a driver [...]

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New TiVo Remote On The Way

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 06:30

By way of the FCC (1, 2), we’ve learned a new TiVo remote and RF USB dongle are on the way. While the rear looks quite similar to the new TiVo Roamio remote, due to a short term confidentiality request, we’re unable to confirm if this is the incoming Roamio Slide with QWERTY keyboard or [...]

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TiVo Roamio Remote Viewing Has Arrived!

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 04:58

As you can see above, TiVo has flipped the switch on remote access — allowing Roamio Pro and Plus units to stream both live and recorded content or download recordings for offline viewing. Of course, this functionality is only available to iPad and iPhone owners with Android support expected in 2014 (with no word on [...]

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Slingbox 500 Now Streams… In Reverse (Blockbuster VOD)

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 17:09

Alluded to since launch, the Slingbox 500 ($300) has expanded its HDMI-output capabilities by introducing what we hope is the first of many apps. While historically Sling’s core competency has been beaming our home content outwards, this notable reversal pipes Internet content into the home… by way of Blockbuster On Demand. Blockbuster’s streaming service is equivalent to [...]

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When Mavericks Attacks!

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 07:27

“Free” proved a little too irresistible and I immediately upgraded both Macs in my possession to OS X Mavericks as soon as the download became available yesterday. Unfortunately, the Macbook Air didn’t make it out alive. As you can see from the video above (click to play), it’s become stuck in an endless reboot loop [...]

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TiVo Cranks Up Roamio Advertising

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 11:18

On the cusp of out-of-home streaming, and as anticipated, TiVo has begun to dial up Roamio advertising ahead of the holidays. By way of Steve Lunceford, as you can see above, Sea-Tac Airport is already blanketed in thousands of square yards of TiVo vinyl promoting the Roamio’s ability to offload recordings for our in-flight viewing pleasure. [...]

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TiVo Out-Of-Home Streaming Arrives Thursday AM

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 05:35

Come Thursday morning, your TiVo is your Slingbox… with both live and recorded digital cable becoming available to us outside the home. Assuming you have TiVo Roamio Pro/Plus DVR hardware and an iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, Android support has been pushed to 2014 and it’s not yet clear if Premiere units and the base Roamio will [...]

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TiVo Mini Receives Season Pass Manager & What To Watch

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:47

TiVo Roamio and Mini set-tops have begun receiving updates this evening, as the folks in Alviso continue to squash corner case bugs at a rapid clip. But, beyond Roamio tuning, the TiVo Mini extender has received the long overdue feature of a full fledged recording manager UI – via the new menu item highlighted above. […]

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Netflix Confirmed For Samsung Smart Cable Box

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 08:18

As we inch closer to release of the $200 Samsung Smart Cable Box, a rumored 10,000 units are en route to the US and its user guide has appeared online. Via the aforementioned literature, the combo cable+Internet box is confirmed to sport Netflix as a tent pole app. So, while Netflix and the US cable industry continue […]

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The Secret TiVo Roamio Pro $100 Price Drop (YMMV)

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 10:13

Unless you’re Apple, it’s inevitable that a vendor’s product pricing drops over time. So it comes as no surprise that TiVo is offering a $100 discount on Roamio Pro hardware to folks that call in looking for a deal, lowering TiVo’s top-end unit with 3TB of storage, 6 tuners, and streaming capabilities from $600 to […]

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The TiVo Premiere Fall Update Cometh

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:49

Fear not, TiVo Premiere owners… as our platform hasn’t yet been abandoned. And, within the next few weeks, the Fall Update will begin rolling out — bringing a variety of bug fixes, a far more usable Netflix app, Wishlists in HD, and dynamic tuner allocation for a better TiVo Mini and Stream experience. Unfortunately, the […]

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LightSpeaker: The Imaginary Sonos & Nest Lovechild

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 07:38

Within the last week, both Sonos and Nest released new products. And, while each is somewhat compelling in its own right, I can’t say I’m in the market for either. First, Nest has beautified and modernized another mundane home appliance. But the connected Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector runs a lofty $129 and, with 5 existing […]

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The Slingbox 350 Giveaway

Sun, 10/13/2013 - 08:37

The current generation of Slingboxes arrived about one year ago and, now that I’ve finally begun organizing my gadget laboratory, we’re ready to pass along one of our two review units. Besides the questionable aesthetics, what sets apart the Slingbox 350 and 500 from prior models is the ability to stream in true HD and direct […]

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The TiVo Roamio Pro Out Of Box Experience

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:29

So the plan had been wait until the new year, supposedly when Android streaming and Opera apps arrive, before considering a TiVo Roamio upgrade. Yet a highly compelling discount came my way via an industry pal and, as you can see above, I was motivated to take action. My initial Roamio Pro experience is quite […]

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$22 To Take Your Slingbox or TiVo Mini Wireless

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 07:06

For many years, I’ve relied upon a small ASUS wireless bridge (WL-330gE) for a variety of blog and personal projects around the house. And, frankly, I’m long overdue for a 802.11n upgrade… especially as I consider a second TiVo Mini – in my kitchen, lacking both coax and Ethernet connectivity. I’d originally considered having Verizon wire me […]

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Moto X Camera: Is Better Good Enough?

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 06:44

Late last week, AT&T Moto X owners were treated to a software update largely focused on improving camera performance. And, having had a unit in the house the last couple weeks, I can tell you its 10 megapixel camera is now more consistent, shot-to-shot, and white balance is more accurate. However, at the end of […]

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Verizon Jacks Up FiOS TV CableCARD Fees (Again)

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 18:39

Verizon is sending customers links and literature covering updated FiOS TV fees. And, sadly, TiVo owners will be paying the price. Already the most costly provider when it comes to CableCARD rentals, Verizon has jacked up the price, once again, to $4.99/month. By comparison, a DTA set-top box runs a single dollar more at $5.99/month. Unfortunately, […]

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The Vizio Costar Google TV Giveaway

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 07:05

Despite a rocky launch and Chromecast availability, Google TV soldiers on. And, at $100, the Vizio Costar is the most economical of the bunch. After a number of software updates, including availability of a full-on Amazon Instant app, the Costar warrants a look. Also unique at this price point is Google TV‘s HDMI pass-thru functionality, […]

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