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Roku 5.5 Update Brings Faster Loading Netflix 6/24

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:40
At a press event earlier this week, Tom’s Guide learned that Roku will be rolling out software updates beginning June 24th. And the key improvement appears to be support for a faster-loading Netflix channel. The firmware and Netflix updates are earmarked for the Roku 3 and Streaming Stick, with vague references to potential support of other models down the line. While we’re […]

Vizio’s Latest 5.1 Surround Bar Now Shipping & Reviewed

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 06:22
We’re big fans of Vizio’s original 5.1 soundbar, which delivers true surround sound from an extremely compact and tasteful form – including a wireless sub that powers the rear channel speakers. As announced at CES, Vizio has doubled down on this form factor with a larger model that overcomes the original’s connectivity limitations by adding two HDMI inputs. And their […]

Fitbit PurePulse To Bring Heart Rate Monitoring

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:58
By way of the US Patent & Trademark Office, we learn that Fitbit has much grander intentions than merely producing a refreshed hypoallergenic Force activity tracker. Also in the pipeline, should these marks pan out, are Fitbit PurePulse, Surge, and Charge. Trademark applications such as these are attached to extremely broad category descriptions and it’s not clear which of the […]

Amazon Smartphone Passes Thru The FCC

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:44
While we’re still an hour away from Amazon’s smartphone reveal, what I believe to be their Android-powered handset just passed thru the FCC. We don’t have much to go on other than a shell company and my successful track record in turning up Lab126 products ahead of launch. Beyond the label, identifying the unnamed smartphone as the SD4930UR, documents indicate it […]

Deal of the Day: Refurb Roku 3 @ $62

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 06:51
Roku Mania has returned to Woot with three refurb streamer models up for grabs. Of course, we’d suggest the no-comprise Roku 3 – that clocks in at a record low $62. Per Woot’s standard operating procedure, all orders ship for 5 bucks… regardless of how many Roku’s you stick in your cart. Roku remains our go-to […]

Whats launching tonight? Caller-ID is

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 14:07
Whats launching tonight? Caller-ID is RCN Customers who have a RCN TiVo and Digital Phone will have it. #tivo — Jason Nealis (@jnealis) June 17, 2014

2nd Gen Google Fiber Set-Top Box Nears Release

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:27
Google’s investment in Sage TV continues to bear fruit as the team is apparently hard at work preparing their second generation Google Fiber set-box. Google Fiber, which aims to replace our more traditional Internet and television providers by offering faster speeds with clearer communication and fair pricing, is currently available in Kansas City and Provo with Austin and other locales […]

Is There Room For Playstation TV? (Best Buy Doesn’t Think So)

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 07:40
Amongst the various E3 gaming convention announcements is news that Sony intends to bring PlayStation TV to US shores this fall. Introduced in 2013 as PlayStation Vita TV, Sony appropriately drops “Vita” branding given its generally poor mobile market reception and the PSTV’s broader capabilities. Part TV streamer, that will surely replace Sony’s unsuccessful line of Roku competitors, […]

Slingbox M1 Coming Soon

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:32
Why hello there, little Slingbox. I’ve been tracking you several weeks since first popping up on the Sling Media warranty page as the Slingbox M1. Further I’m told, as FCC docs now confirm, that you’ll bring wireless capabilities to the lower end of Sling’s lineup via a more Roku-esque form factor. In fact, you may even replace the Slingbox […]

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 […]