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Amazon Expanding Kindle eBook Rentals?

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:40
Do you find ebook pricing especially onerous given reduced manufacturing and distribution costs, an inability to share purchased content, vendors yanking previously purchased content off our devices, and the number of retired DRM schemes that often take our access with it to the grave? Can’t find anything worth read or don’t have the patience to wait for [...]

StickNFind May Be the Start of Your Programmable House

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:46
All this talk about an Internet of Things and I still can’t find my keys in the morning. This is the problem I hoped to solve when I visited the StickNFind booth at CES last week. (An eon ago, but we’re still catching up on coverage) Funded by an IndieGoGo campaign (like Kickstarter), the StickNFind product [...]

CNET Votes DISH Hopper with Sling Best Of CES

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:02
As they do each year, CNET convened to determine the Best of CES. From Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine: Last week, about 40 members of the CNET editorial staff met in the CNET trailer in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center to vote on our official Best of CES winner. [...] Ultimately, we chose [...]

Digital Antenna Delivers Broadcast Television To Roku

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:54
With a show as ginormous as CES, it’s safe to say lesser staffed outlets (such as yours truly) will overlook a number of interesting technologies. Fortunately, our readers have us covered and Jeff G. turned us onto the VOXX Digital Antenna with Roku. Wha?! While we did encounter Roku a number of times Vegas, all [...]

TiVo iPad App Tells You “What To Watch”

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 17:12
The second screen invasion is upon us. And TiVo continues to iterate on their very fine companion app. Next up is a reformulation of content discovery. While both the TiVo Premiere and current iPad app provide curated Collections, TiVo tells me the engagement hasn’t been as significant as hoped. Yet they still see great value in [...]

Slingbox Client Comes To Netgear NeoTV Streamers

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 16:18
Among Sling Media and Netgear’s various CES announcements is news that Slingbox streaming is coming to the NeoTV line of streamers. Of course, we’d probably expect a repurposing of the original Flash-based Logitech Revue SlingPlayer for the new (and slightly bulkier) NeoTV Prime running Google TV. But the more Roku-esque models, including the NeoTV MAX we [...]

Vizio Costar To Receive Google TV 3 Update

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 12:13
I briefly swung by Vizio’s CES suite for an update on their small form factor streamer. And came away quite please to learn existing Vizio Costar units will beging receiving a Google TV 3 update within just a few weeks. While our initial Costar impressions weren’t the most favorable, there’s still quite a bit of [...]

The Second Screen Invasion Is Upon Us

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 16:05
Content remains king, with television programming and mobile device interaction converging at a rapid pace. So-called “second screen” apps were everywhere at CES, integrating all sorts of functionality. And companies are clearly pumped. Heck, Cisco & Cox invited Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman in to witness the unveiling of their upcoming iPad app. In conjunction with [...]

Lenovo Goes Big with 27″ Horizon Table PC

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:54
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the Microsoft Surface table. And while the Redmond giant is no longer shipping product, Lenovo is stepping up to the plate with the new IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. It’s a 27″ Windows 8 tablet, and it is by far the coolest thing I’ve seen at CES this [...]

Verizon 6 Tuner Media Server DVR Arriving “Soon”

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:54
First shown about a year ago, Verizon formally pulled the wraps off their upcoming FiOS TV media server here at CES. The “VMS” hardware, produced by Motorola, sports 6 tuners and 1 terabyte of storage, and is effectively Verizon’s third generation platform – evolving into a true whole-home DVR hub and client model, as we’re [...]

TiVo Mini Set For Spring Launch, Service Fee In Tow

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 19:19
TiVo’s been talking up their DVR extender about a year, since it was first introduced last February as the IP-STB. And while we didn’t get the 2012 retail launch we were hoping for, TiVo tells me we’re on track for a spring launch. The Mini I groped at CES doesn’t look all that different from [...]

Stream TV Proposes Ultra-D 2160p Format

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 17:21
Because 1080 isn’t a big enough number, Stream TV Networks wants to go 2160. Ultra-D 2160p, that is. The proposed new format is higher resolution than HD, but also provides a 3D video effect sans the glasses. According to Stream TV, the technology uses a multi-layer optical system (Um?), and is based on proprietary hardware, [...]

Belkin Expands WeMo Home Automation Initiative

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 13:50
Haven given up on the Gypsy lifestyle and once again returned to home ownership, I’ve been on the lookout for ways to geekify our new pad. And while CES is inundated with health gadgets, I’m more interested in home automation… perhaps sleeker and simpler than existing Insteon or Zigee solutions. Of course, that’s how I [...]

Sharp Promises 3D TV that’s not 3D

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 12:08
Sharp is coming out with a long line of products in 2013, but perhaps most interesting in the group is a new series of 4K, Ultra HD TVs set to launch this summer. Using what Sharp calls a “Cognitive Creation Image Processor”, the new TVs will trick your eyes into thinking objects are three-dimensional. As [...]

TWC’s New Cable Box Is… A Roku

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 11:04
  Roku, a cord cutter favorite for over-the-top video streaming that’s now approaching 5 million units moved, is trumpeting the imminent arrival of Time Warner Cable onto their platform here at CES. The app, scheduled to drop this first quarter of 2013 and available to current Roku models, will bring 300 channels of cable to TWC subscribers. [...]

DISH Explorer Second Screen App Unveiled

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 10:40
The “second screen” onslaught continues as DISH unveils a brand spanking new Explorer companion app to kick off their CES festivities. Available to Hopper owners tomorrow, the iPad app opens to “What’s Hot” as a launching point to social television discovery and DVR control. Of course, the requisite Twitter and Facebook interactivity is present. Click [...]

Verizon Channels Live Tablet Television

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 10:06
It was a long time coming, as an eager customer, but Verizon finally pulled the wraps off live tablet television late last year. Their updated iPad app provides FiOS TV subscribers access to 75 channels. Well, in reality, it’s “up to” 75 channels as you may not subscribe to all offerings… as I discovered the hard [...]

CES Gadget Go Bag

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:32
  After skipping the “International CES”* last year, both Dave and I are headed back to Vegas for the consumer electronics show in 2013. And that means it’s time once again to look into the gadget go bag. For next week’s trip I’m packing up the laptop and smartphone, but also a few accessories that [...]

Microsoft Taps Krikorian For Xbox. Media Center Dead?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:23
The Wall Street Journal is out with a report indicating my former employer, and the visionary behind the Slingbox, has landed a new gig: Microsoft Corp.has acquired a small home-entertainment technology startup to beef up its Xbox unit, according to people familiar with the matter. The company, id8 Group R2 Studios Inc., was created by [...]

Hack Allows Canadians to Access US Netflix

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:13
Know any digital media junkies living in Canada? If so, you’ve likely heard how good we supposedly have it here in the US when it comes to streaming video and that their options are seriously limited… despite nearly two years of Netflix. And, as it turns out, the Canadian Netflix library does indeed pale in [...]