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iPhone 6 screen could be sapphire-glass blend

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:22
Apple has patents for a sapphire-glass blend screen that could explain why sandpaper can scratch a supposed leaked iPhone 6 screen, the Guardian has established. A new video that apparently shows a 4.7in sapphire screen from an iPhone 6 being scratched by sandpaper could “certainly” be a legitimate blend of sapphire and glass, according to […]

Verizon Gets Symmetrical, Boosts FiOS Upload Speeds

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:57
As my two year subscription comes to an end, Verizon is courting me with free HBO and an upcoming boost in FiOS upload speeds to match download numbers: Dear Customer: Thank You! The free speed upgrade is part of Verizon’s continuing commitment to recognize customers for their loyalty. Customer upgrades to equalized download and upload speeds […]

The TiVo Roamio Summer Sale

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:00
Until now, the best way to get a deal on TiVo Roamio hardware was to cozy up to a reseller. Well, for what looks like a short while, their preferred pricing is now available in a more convenient manner via TiVo’s “summer flash” sale… with a few caveats. The base Roamio model with over-the-air capabilities is […]

Mohu Channels Rolls Massive Update, Resumes Shipping

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:48
After something of a rocky launch, Mohu Channels shipping will resume for Kickstarter backers. Tuning and heat-relates issues in the Android-powered, cord cutting widget were not hardware-related and have been resolved via software adjustments: The issue was caused by noise induced on the signal path from the tuner front end as it traveled to the processor. The […]

TiVo Plots A Future Beyond CableCARD & Tuning Adapters

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:55
As TiVo turns the software corner, not only have they banished the poorly performing and ill-supported Adobe framework in favor of Haxe, but they’re leading the charge (as proposed by RCN and given the FCC’s apparent indifference) to replace unwieldy, antiquated cable hardware with a more sensible digital approach… with a little help from their cable allies. How TiVo hopes […]

The $150 Wireless Slingbox M1 Arrives

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:11
The Slingbox M1 has arrived and, as expected, Echostar’s smallest, lowest priced placeshifter packs WiFi… along with a variety of software enhancements across the board. As General Manager Michael Hawkey tells me, they intend to significantly grow their footprint with the $150 M1 and associated marketing: “Go big or go home.” While I can’t say for sure what the […]

Apple TV Lands Movie Extras (Again)

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:52
After a several year hiatus, Apple once again brings supplemental movie content to Apple TV in the form of iTunes Extras. It’s the sort of DVD and Blu-ray goodies you’d expect in cut scenes, directory commentary, featurettes, and the like. Whereas initial Apple TV models sported hard drives, over the last few years this downloadable content was […]

TiVo’s Xbox Box One & Amazon Fire TV Hypotheticals

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:06
In relation to TiVo’s summer update, the DVR pioneer has disclosed that they’ve moved large swaths of their code base from Adobe Air/Flash to Haxe - resulting in significant performance improvements. Based on the stellar document dug up by BigJimOutlaw, the two year project clearly benefits them (and us) on a number of levels, including less reliance on the […]

The TiVo “On Demand” Remote Giveaway

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:09
By way of the TiVo Community, I learned that, despite cessation of service, Charter-branded TiVo remotes live on. And why this might matter to you is the handy On Demand button, in relation to Comcast’s completion of the TiVo Xfinity On Demand rollout to retail DVRs. Yeah, TiVo’s On Demand interface is still old school and you may […]

Channel Master DVR+ Updated With 1TB Internal Drive

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:38
Channel Master has just updated their DVR+ line with a $400 model that houses a roomy 1TB internal drive - versus the original’s bring-your-own USB storage approach that requires more clutter, more complexity. We quite like the DVR+ and believe it’s a solid option for those seeking an over-the-air recorder and coming from VCR or new to DVR (whereas we suggest Tablo to our […]

Comcast One Ups Verizon With 15 Tuner DVR

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:43
DVR marketing ridiculousness continues… First Verizon introduced FiOS Quantum DVR, touting a whopping 12 tuners for recording or feeding extenders throughout the home for live viewing. With the small caveat that two 6-tuner DVR rentals are required. Well, Comcast has upped the ante with a Gillette-worthy 15 tuner Xfinity X1 experience. Assuming you rent three DVRs (and pay the associated […]

Microsoft To Revamp OneDrive Logo

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:27
Microsoft OneDrive iconography will shortly be refreshed, if this trademark filing is any indication. Building upon the prior logo, the three-bump background cloud is replaced by a stylized two-bump cloud profile network cable moving from background to foreground, better visualizing the virtual storage service. This follows (forced) re-branding from “SkyDrive” along with a massive storage increase for Office 365 subscribers and […]

TiVo Summer Update Released (without Android streaming)

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:02
TiVo’s summer update (20.4.2) has started rolling out. As expected, headlining the visual changes are a new customizable 3-column My Shows view and the release of the TiVo Roamio UI onto Premiere and Mini hardware. Along with the refreshed Premiere interface, is a bullet-worthy speed bump – already confirmed by one of our community peers. From TiVo’s new Service […]

Tablo TV brings additional features with 2.1.12 update

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:54
Tablo TV has just released a few new features with their 2.1.12 update. Most notable include manual recording (for shows requiring additional time like sports), a Plex Channel, Closed Captioning support, and the ability to Chromecast from the Chrome browser (and Chromebooks).  You can read about all the changes on Tablo’s community post here. Tablo recently […]

Wink Hub Quick Look

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:57
The Wink Hub that was announced just last month is now for sale at Amazon and Home Depot.  The new low cost smart controller for the home promises to be the most connected hub there is and competes directly with the newly priced Staples Connect Hub. Supporting Wifi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Lutron’s Clear Connect protocols, there is reason […]

Home Control Curious? Staples Connect Drops To $50.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:05
If you’re just easing into home control and automation like me, Staples Connect is worth a look — moreso as the Linksys hub will shortly drop to a mere $50. With apps for most platforms, the hub communicates via 802.11b/g/n, Z-Wave, and Lutron wireless protocols. Along with the price reduction, broader retail distribution has been announced along with a […]

No You Don’t Replace Aereo, Silly Rabbit

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:58
In the wake of Aereo’s Supreme Court smackdown and cessation of service, CEOs from the likes of TiVo and SimpleTV have taken to the press to pitch their case as an over-the-air replacement. But Aereo’s primary benefits can’t be replicated by these guys. First, Aereo positioned their rental antennas where the company obviously received a strong signal. Which isn’t […]

Amazon Fire TV Gets Musical (but it ain’t Prime)

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:20
A curious thing happened yesterday while perusing my Amazon Fire TV … scrolling thru the left-hand textual menu seemed more tedious than usual and, sure enough, several new items were present. A quick check to the (slightly re-ordered) settings confirmed the Fire TV had been updated (to 51.1.1). It appears the headliners are a kid-oriented FreeTime and native Amazon […]