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Geeky Elgato & Pogoplug Stocking Stuffers

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 07:48

Both Elgato and Pogoplug have released new products this month… and the two gadgets are somewhat out of character, as the companies expand their product lines and seek new customers this holiday season. Elgato, best known for video-related solutions is trying something completely with their Smart Key ($40). The doohickey uses low power Bluetooth to [...]

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Next Gen: Xbox One vs PS4

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 07:02

The next generation gaming consoles have arrived. And, while the enclosures are more subtle this time around, it certainly appears that Sony engineers have schooled Microsoft on hardware design with the PS4 featuring a substantially more compact and elegant form… that doesn’t, yet again, require a massive power brick as the Xbox One does. However, [...]

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TiVo Opera TV App Store Revealed

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 07:38

As we gear up for 2014, TiVo’s plans have begun to crystalize. First, based on pre-show outreach from Olson, it appears Android streaming is a lock for a January CES announcement – although supported devices and a specific release date remain foggy. Further, and as you can see from these exclusive pics, TiVo remains on [...]

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WatchESPN & Real Disney Content Coming To Roku

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 07:19

Later this month, Roku boxes will receive new Disney channels. And, unlike their first attempt, this is way more compelling than marketing fluff – featuring full length programming and “live TV”. However, access is limited to cable and satellite providers (with agreements in place), so the new offerings won’t expand Roku’s cord cutting appeal. WatchESPN [...]

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Logitech iPad Air Ultrathin Keyboard Cover Review

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:33

As a writer, I’ve never found a tablet sans keyboard to be very useful as I have a hard time separating work and play. And the original Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover turned me into iPad owner (for a time). So it was with high expectations that I picked up the redesigned Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($100) for [...]

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Do Retail DVRs Have a Chance?

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 17:16

There’s a lot of bad news on the retail set-top front. According to the NCTA, the number of retail CableCARD devices deployed has dropped to 600,000 from 603,000 since August. No big surprise. Despite a few flickers of life, the retail CableCARD market has been on a path of decline for years. But then there’s [...]

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TiVo Stream Receives The Out Of Home Treatment

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 05:52

The $90 TiVo Stream accessory that brings placeshifting to the TiVo Premiere and base Roamio is being updated for remote viewing. Like the the Roamio Pro/Plus, both your live television programming and TiVo-ed recordings can be viewed on iPhones or iPads both within and now beyond the home. Assuming your cable company plays along, as [...]

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Beats Pill XL to take on Big Jambox

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 06:31

By way of the FCC, we learn that Dr. Dre intends to up the ante with the Beats Pill XL. Like Jambox, they’ve supersized their initial portable Bluetooth speaker design for bigger sound (at a bigger price). Whereas Jambox styling was once fresh and fun, I find it a bit garish these days… and, by [...]

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TiVo Slide Pro QWERTY Remote Launches This Week

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 16:35

Based on a prematurely published blog post, we’ve learned that the refreshed TiVo QWERTY remote leaked by the WSJ is the real deal and presumably launching this week. The TiVo Slide Pro Remote is backlit, featuring both IR and RF capabilities that link to a single TiVo box. Beyond the obvious keyboard convenience, when mated to a [...]

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Google Glass: The $1500 Question

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 07:25

As you may have heard, Google is expanding its Glass program beyond the initial couple thousand “Explorers” … and, by way of Tim Stevens (the “nicest guy in tech”), I received an invite. As an independent entity on a budget, versus a bankrolled journalist or celebrity, the potential $1500 fee stings. That amount could fund both a [...]

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Why Pace May Be Thinking About Buying TiVo

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 09:50

Ever since set-top manufacturer Pace picked up Aurora Networks for $310 million last week, the cable industry has been abuzz over who the company could target next. While speculation is all over the map, Jeff Baumgartner has homed in on two possible acquisition candidates. SeaChange International is one, thanks largely to its video backoffice solutions and [...]

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Aereo Needs More than Court Approval to Keep the Lights On

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 09:14

The courts have kept the lights on at Aereo so far, but it’s not clear that Aereo itself can afford the power bill. According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the online start-up company is facing massive electricity costs thanks to the tiny antennas it has to keep running for every subscriber on its video [...]

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TiVo Premiere Fall Update Arrives… Sans Netflix?

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 06:29

Right on schedule, the TiVo Premiere Fall Update has started rolling out. Beyond a raft of bug fixes, some of the more notable features, as documented by TiVo VP Margret Schmidt: “What to Watch Now” available from TiVo Central Press the C button in the Guide to filter by genre Updated WishList screens in HD [...]

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Arris Talks Sling, Streaming Sticks, and More

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 11:18

Hot on the heels of its exclusive partnership with Sling, Arris is already talking additional set-top enhancements. With smarter gateways available to handle video transcoding in the home, Arris wants to slim down client devices and create new form factors that challenge the traditional set-top box. At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo show, the company described plans [...]

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Philips Dusk to Dawn CFLs

Sun, 10/27/2013 - 07:20

Both my wife and my HOA have told me I need to keep our outdoor lighting on at night. While I’m not entirely sold on the rationale and am a reluctant switch flipper, I am a dutiful husband and neighbor. When flourescents first got attention, I bought into their allure and outfitted my condo in [...]

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TiVo & Sling Duke It Out

Sat, 10/26/2013 - 06:56

  Hot on the heels of Roamio’s out-of-home streaming release, TiVo and Sling have begun trading blows online. And, once again, TiVo is positioning their DVR as the One Box. However, unlike the Premiere platform, they have a much more compelling argument this time around… featuring that aforementioned streaming and a usable Netflix client. However, without [...]

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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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