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Starbucks Picks Up Coffee Bean’s Abandoned Inductive Charging Initiative

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 09:34
While Coffee Bean may have given up on café table Qi charging, Starbucks has just announced a nationwide initiative to bring Powermat inductive charging to all US stores. Despite the promise of wireless power, a variety of competing standards and far-from-universal mobile manufacturer integration have led to limited consumer uptake. Perhaps more than 12,000 retail SBUX outposts […]

Amazon Prime Music Arrives!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:05
After months of rumor and speculation, Amazon Prime Music has arrived. And, as with other Prime benefits, the streaming service is effectively free for existing Prime members ($99/yr). At launch, Amazon’s collection pales in comparison to other streaming music services, such as Spotify. Yet, as The Verge notes, it doesn’t have to compete head-on. Prime Music […]

Track Your Stuff With Elgato Smart Key

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 06:23
Intro Ever misplaced your keys? Or wanted to know when your luggage has arrived at the baggage claim?  Maybe marked the spot where you parked the car in the mall lot? The Elgato Smart Key aims to address all of these situations as a sensor that you either attach or place on different items for tracking. Depending on […]

Two Apple Software Deep Dives

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 07:21
Any geek (or developer) with even a passing interest in Apple surely is aware that the Cupertino company hosted their annual developer’s conference this past week. And what a doozy it was, with massive, meaningful updates planned this fall in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, emphasizing continuity and cloud. There’s a lot to digest. But even given a limited, initial analysis, I’m […]

Chromebooks Land Offline Movies & TV

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:44
By way of Twitter, we’ve learned that the Google Play Movies & TV Chrome browser extension has been updated to allow Chromebooks to cache rented or purchased video content for offline viewing. And, given my travels, this may breathe new life into my largely abandoned $250 Samsung Chromebook. It’s been interesting to observe the platform evolve […]

Aereo Now Streaming To Chromecast

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 13:57
Still waiting on a potentially fateful ruling from the Supreme Court, Aereo today announced Chromecast support for its Android app. That means that users with the service can cast Aereo video from an Android mobile device direct to an HD television via Google’s popular HDMI streaming stick. Aereo already works with Roku and Apple TV, but Chromecast […]

T-Mobile: The Uncarrier Hard Stop

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 07:20
My T-Mobile honeymoon has long since passed, with the day-to-day reality of life on a second-rate carrier having set in. Of course, your mileage may vary as cell coverage is highly dependent upon locale (or building composition). For me, T-Mobile has provided an extremely frustrating experience with perhaps, ironically, superior coverage roaming overseas partners versus native networks here at home […]

Upgrading Verizon To FiOS TV Quantum

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:05
As Verizon declares its Quantum TV rollout complete, fellow Northern Virginian Ananth Sarathy shares his initial experience with the new whole-home DVR. He’s also kindly agreed to take questions in the comments — perhaps he’ll even be able to explain Verizon’s obtuse pricing. I’ve had the new Quantum DVR for about a week now. The interface is […]

Samsung Adopts Tizen For Smart TV OS (Where’s Boxee?)

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 06:50
As Samsung continues to hedge against Google/Android reliance and standardize across disparate product lines, while perhaps avoiding Microsoft royalties, the company has expanding the Tizen OS initiative beyond smart watches and to connected televisions. Via Liliputing: Samsung’s Tizen-based TV SDK Beta will be available early July following the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco from June 2–4th. The Tizen-based Samsung […]

Amazon Bundles Fire TV & HDX Tablet ($249)

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 08:08
Well here’s an interesting promo should you lack for both a TV streamer and tablet. Amazon has paired their new Fire TV with the 7″ Kindle Fire HDX tablet for $249, which clocks in $79 cheaper than purchasing each separately. While the Fire TV remains somewhat app poor, the platform has grown on me and we’ve enjoyed dozens of […]

TiVo Mini Packaging Receives Roamio Treatment

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 07:53
While I can’t say the above TiVo Mini packaging is brand spanking new, I do frequent Best Buy and this is the first time I’ve seen funkadelic Roamio branding applied to other devices in TiVo’s arsenal. Beyond a bolder “TiVo” font and updated graphical elements, 6-tuner and Roamio DVRs are now referenced. Of course, I fully expected this day […]

Airline Swaps Screens For Tablet Holders

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 07:59
As a former frequent flier, I can’t tell you how many battles between passengers and/or flight crew I’ve witnessed in relation to wireless devices and reclining seats (including very dramatic testimony from a breast-feeding woman who asserted the man in front of her had starved her infant). Fortunately, we appear to have moved to a better […]

Simple.TV Gets Perforated, Lands Chromecast Support

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 07:29
Remember that buzz saw of a fan that the second gen Simple.TV shipped with? Well Simple, and their hardware partner Silicon Dust, have resorted to a variety of software updates and a drill to rectify the issue. And, as you can see above, they’ve begun shipping devices with a newly perforated chassis. But the good news doesn’t end […]

Tom Rogers, TiVo CEO

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:34
I have no doubt we are building a very, very, strong strategic asset and to the extent the best interest of shareholders are served by providing an exit through acquisition from a strategic player who sees the fundamental uniqueness of what we’ve created, obviously that will get all the consideration it deserves.

YouTube Rates Your Broadband

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 06:55
Following in the footsteps of Netflix, YouTube has just launched their Video Quality Report to rate, and possibly shame, broadband providers as the net neutrality and peering debate boils over. In my ‘hood, Verizon performs admirably, with its worst showing 8PM – 11PM with 93% of streams coming thru in high def, whereas the Comcast Xfinity service performs […]

NFL Now Heads to Amazon & Roku Devices

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 16:39
Amazon and Roku are officially on board as distribution partners for the National Football League’s soon-to-be-launched digital network NFL Now. That’s good news if you’re a football fan because it means there will be a lot more ways to watch NFL Now when it debuts in August that don’t include maxing out your mobile data plan. When NFL […]

Meet Giik, Thoughtful Mobile Accessories

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:27
Meet giik, a new line of thoughtful mobile accessories by geeky road warriors such as ourselves. While you can find similar products from both well known manufactures and inexpensive imports, the folks behind giik up the ante as each widget features “+1″ capabilities — so that headphone splitter also supports dual mics and the aux car […]

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