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<p>.@Spotify and @Pandora have made it

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:20

.@Spotify and @Pandora have made it impossible for songwriters to earn a living: three months streaming on Pandora, 4,175,149 plays=$114.11. — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) April 4, 2014

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Retiring My Titanfall Mech (and Xbox One)

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:23

After recording my first flawless victory, in terms of K/D ratio, and frequently landing the top spot in Hardpoint gameplay, it’s time to retire my Titanfall mech. As you probably know, Titanfall launched a month ago as the first, big exclusive Xbox One title and the game is also notable by forgoing a single player […]

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Minor TiVo Spring Update Deployed

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:47

The TiVo spring update has been released to TiVo Roamio, Premiere, and Mini owners who registered their boxes via the priority list. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be a lack of network intel as 20.4.1 primarily addresses open issues versus deploying dramatic new customer facing features (that I often learn of prior to release). Some […]

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$99 Amazon Fire TV Now Shipping! (With Miracast)

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:02

As most know, I’ve been tracking the Amazon streamer for some time — turning up a Best Buy planogram as the first hard proof of its existence, followed by regulatory filings of the dual-band box itself and curious Bluetooth gaming controller. Of course, the devil is in the details, with complete capabilities and pricing remaining a […]

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Netgear ReadyNAS 102 Review

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:07

Netgear ReadyNAS is a line of network attached storage devices that allows you to centralize all your content into one place. The main benefit being that you can then access your content from one place. The Netgear ReadyNAS 102, released about a year ago, incorporates a new modern UI for web management, a marketplace for […]

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Verizon FiOS 6-Tuner Quantum TV DVR & Extenders Arrive!

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:41

First unveiled at CES 2013, the Verizon Media Server (VMS) has finally started shipping under “Quantum TV” in a “phased roll-out” in select markets . The IPTV DVR hub maintains the original 6-tuners and 1 terabyte or storage as originally pitched. Yet, by bundling two units for a reasonable $32/mo, the networked solution seamlessly expands to […]

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CableCARD: TiVo Fights The Good Fight

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:35

TiVo visited with the FCC last week, lamenting the current state of CableCARD and Section 629. And, to reiterate their points, submitted the above letter. While we can’t speak to TiVo’s survey methodology, they report diminished CableCARD support with increased operator-implemented roadblocks – presumably intended to discourage third party set-top usage… such as TiVo and perhaps […]

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Is This The New Amazon Streamer?

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:15

Several weeks ago, this mysterious “digital media receiver” was brought to my attention. I’ve been largely quiet on the matter as I was hopeful that I might turn up more of a smoking gun… as I ultimately did with the Amazon gaming controller. Yet, other than confirmation Best Buy will be carrying an Amazon “streaming […]

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Roku Streaming Stick Ships!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:23

Roku’s new streaming stick is now shipping in the US online from Roku, Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. A few other outlets have now reported the news, but I happened to hear the information first hand from Ed Lee, Roku’s vice president of content acquisition, at a Light Reading conference today in Denver. As a […]

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<p>I can confirm TechHive&#39;s

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:16

I can confirm TechHive's speculative piece – Slingbox support IS coming to Chromecast. Soon. http://t.co/XL8k7pIOTy — Dave Zatz (@davezatz) March 27, 2014

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TiVo Spring Update Nearly Ready To Roll

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:47

Via TiVo VP Margret Schmidt, we learn TiVo is poised to deploy a “Spring Update” to Roamio, Premiere, and Mini hardware – possibly beginning “late next week.” The DVR maker is once again going with a staggered release and if you’d like to be first, register your boxes here. And, for the first time in […]

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Major Roku iPhone & Android App Updates

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:38

Roku’s mobile apps see significant updates this week, featuring a flatter, more minimalistic appearance and the introduction of universal content search. Sound familiar? The handy universal search isn’t new to Roku, but it is new to the app – which is ultimately a more efficient location. And, beyond video availability, it also looks like we’ll […]

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Waterproofing Your Gadgets

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:41

The Digital Reader is out with a post covering yet another waterproofing coating. While I wouldn’t roll the dice with aftermarket “nano” coatings on devices not designed for immersion and I don’t trust Lifeproof after evaluating two cases, the broader hope is that major manufacturers would directly integrate water resistant technologies… as we’ve started to […]

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FCC Docs Detail New Verizon Home Automation Platform

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:21

Verizon hasn’t been out of the home automation business for long, but it looks like the telco giant is already preparing to jump back in. According to FCC documents uncovered by Steve Donahue of FierceCable, Verizon appears to be preparing to launch a new FiOS gateway with an associated Zigbee home automation module. The FiOS […]

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After A Million Years, Sonos Begins App UI Refresh

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:26

After what seems like a million years, Sonos has begun to refresh their app interfaces with something a bit more modern (and flat). Along with the updated visuals, organization is vastly different as well. And, having only spent a day with the beta Android app, I’m not quite ready to pass judgement. The app opens […]

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D-Link Preps Wireless Motion Detector

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:28

As the story goes, D-Link demonstrated a variety of home automation products under NDA at CES. While we weren’t privy to those talks, all sorts of goodies have starting springing up on government and publisher product databases as the company attempts to one up Belkin’s WeMo line. And next in line for its close up is […]

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Amazon Streamer To Feature Bluetooth Gaming Controller

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 06:50

By way of an overseas regulatory agency, similar to our very own FCC, we continue to hone in on the elusive Amazon media streamer. As the story goes, a fall launch was delayed with the Roku Apple TV competitor now looking quite likely for March or April. Netflix and Hulu appear to be confirmed, as does […]

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