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As media streaming becomes more and more common, faster Internet speeds become more commonplace. D-Link is proving as much, introducing a new Wireless AC1200 dual-band USB adapter. It enables consumers to upgrade their existing laptops and desktop computers to support AC technology, which can be used in conjunction with an 802.11ac router for maximum throughput. For added flexibility, this adapter is backwards compatible with previous generation 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi standards. Users need only to plug the adapter into an available USB port and wirelessly connect to a network to access a secure, high-speed... Read more...
Google TV. Remember that? It's still around, and evidently Sony isn't giving up on the support just yet. While the Google TV platform hasn't seen a huge deal of consumer uptake, it's still a promising idea; one that really needs pay-TV backing to truly be useful. However, the NSZ-GS7 is probably the most interesting Google TV product to date. It's a Network Media Player, but instead of using a proprietary UI, it's powered by Google TV. Hook it up to any HDMI-enabled television, and you'll get a web browser, media player, Google TV browsing interface, etc. It also ships with a full QWERTY keyboard,... Read more...
The cloud races have turned into sprints, and no one is slowing down. In fact, Samsung's speeding up, and this week they've picked up another company to help them along the way. mSpot was one of the first major outfits to offer a service that allowed you to store music in the cloud (a lot like Google Music, actually), and eventually they moved into the business of content streaming and carrier partnerships. But now, mSpot is being acquired by Samsung. According to the company: "The acquisition will provide a cloud-based entertainment experience of music, video and radio services for users of Samsung... Read more...
Oh, Apple. We're not even three full days into the new year, and already the company's looking to make a statement. In a bid to keep their status alive in 2012, the company is reportedly planning a New York City-based event in late January, just weeks after CES ends and a few weeks before Mobile World Congress begins. Unfortunately, for the dreams, there's no iPad 3 or Apple TV news on the docket. So, what's it about? Well, that's where it gets foggy. All Things D is reporting that the event will focus on media, and Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue will be on hand. The last... Read more...
And, well, that's that. First off the block, then on the block, and now off again. The drama that has surrounded Hulu in recent months came to an abrupt end this past week, as the company decided to "terminate the sale process" before it was ever truly near its logical completion. The following is a joint statement from Hulu owners News Corporation, Providence Equity Partners, The Walt Disney Company and the Hulu senior management team: “Since Hulu holds a unique and compelling strategic value to each of its owners, we have terminated the sale process and look forward to working together... Read more...
Robots have found their way into all sorts of things: hospitals, cars, the list goes on and on. And now, robots are finding their way into even stranger places, like disc loaders. The Kaleidescape Value is the company's newest product, and it automatically imports CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs into a main server in order to easily digitize things for playback. It's classified as a robotic loader, and the M700 Disc Value is now available. It's designed to simplify and accelerate the process of adding movies and music to a Kaleidescape System. Up to 320 discs can be loaded into the M700 Disc Vault's... Read more...
Even in the mobile space, sharing multi-media and content is becoming a trend that simply cannot be ignored. More and more users are expecting to video chat, watch streaming TV and having Netflix at their fingertips, wherever there is a 3G or 4G data connection. Novatel Wireless, which is a company best known for their mobile hotspot products, understands the demands, and their MiFi DLNA server has just received certification for sharing of digital media across a variety of platforms. That means that the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has approved the MiFi 2372 mobile hotspot for use in... Read more...
Just as cellphones are exploding, so is the consumption of digital media. Netflix is well on their way to taking over the content world, and following a very nice quarterly report, the company also revealed one other little nugget of interesting information. The company wrote the following: "Apple TV has done very well for us, and in just four months has passed the also-growing iPad in Netflix viewing hours." That's really impressive, and also very telling to how frequently people are using their Apple TV boxes. It wasn't long after launch that Apple announced that one million of the new-generation... Read more...
Change is in the air, and so is the smell of new flash memory. Lexar really is on a roll to start 2011, first issuing a new 32GB microSDHC card, and now revealing the Echo MX and ZX USB backup drives. The company's newest backup drives are unique in that they're "no touch," compared to the "one touch" options you'll usually find. Both of these Echo drives are highly portable, and both have 128-bit AES encryption for the ultimate in security. The Echo MX even offers an always-on capacity meter that displays how much storage is left at any given time, while the ultra-tiny Echo ZX has a "plug-and-stay"... Read more...
There's no question remaining: we're living in a media streaming world. This revolution has been coming, and the steam has been building. Western Digital themselves have created a few media streaming boxes in the past, but now that the new Apple TV and Roku boxes are out, the gloves are off. The new WD TV Live Hub is Western Digital's nicest media streamer to date, and most fully featured as well. This one has a full 1TB of storage space within, which is rare for any streamer to have. It also outputs content in full 1080p, and if your content isn't stored on the internal hard drive, it can also... Read more...
The world keeps spinning, PCs keep getting quicker, and optical disc drives keep getting faster. It's just how the planet works. Not too long ago, simply having a Blu-ray burner at all was a luxury. Today, Blu-ray burners need speed to be special, and Sony Optiarc America's latest drive is Mr. Speedy indeed. It's a portable, external unit that's designed to compliment notebooks, netbooks or desktop PCs, and it's the perfect add-on to any HD-capable netbook when you want to watch a film and your machine has no drive built-in. The BDX-S500U model writes single BD-R media at up to 6X and dual layer... Read more...
And just like that, the iPad becomes an even more attractive looking tablet for those who are overly concerned with consuming media on it. Apple didn't exactly get off on the right foot by rejecting Adobe's Flash, which is a platform through which a vast majority of Internet-based multi-media is distributed. But since the iPad has been such a huge seller, many media companies and media distribution portals have been looking for new ways to work around that hurdle. HTML5 has definitely emerged as a major player in the next generation of content distribution. Google is on board with it, as is Apple.... Read more...
Well, the birds have been circling Blockbuster for some time now, but they haven't been able to dive down just yet. The rental company is still hanging on, and their only real chance at remaining on the map is revamping their digital delivery services. That means landing partners willing to push it, and Onkyo has recently signed on with a new Blu-ray player that offers Blockbuster On Demand. There have been a few Blu-ray players to surface with Netflix 'Watch Instantly' support, but few with support for Blockbuster's alternative. The new BD-SP808 addresses that gap by offering a service that allows... Read more...
Apple has done it: a new, refreshed Apple TV. Steve Jobs has called the Apple TV a "hobby" for some time, but it sounds like that hobby may be something more now. With the introduction of iOS, it seems that the Apple TV has new life. For the longest time, the Apple TV truly was a sore thumb in the company's lineup, using a completely different UI and software build than any of their other devices. But now, the same UI you're used to on the iPhone and iPod touch will be coming to the revised Apple TV, and it will sell for a very seductive $99. And that price point isn't the only price point worth... Read more...
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