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Amazon has begun shipping its Fire TV Stick to customers today, the company's low-cost streaming HDMI dongle that will go up against Google's Chromecast device and a growing number of competitors. The Fire TV Stick costs just $39, and while that's $4 higher than a Chromecast, there are a few advantages to Amazon's device. For one, it comes with a dedicated remote control to make navigation easier. There's also a mobile app available if you'd rather use your smartphone, which includes voice search -- it's powered by the same voice search engine as Amazon's Fire TV. From a technical standpoint, the... Read more...
MHL connectors have enabled advanced smartphones to both receive a charge as well as transmit 1080p video through the same USB cable for some time now, but as ever, technological progress is pushing things a bit more. This week, MHL has developed an Alternate Mode for the USB Type-C specification, which enables it to support 4K video, multi-channel surround sound audio, HDCP 2.2 and is backward compatible with existing versions of the MHL specification. “The USB Type-C cable and connector is designed to be a long-lasting, robust solution that is ideal for all platforms and devices,”... Read more...
Remember that uncomfortable feeling you got in the pit of your stomach from watching Amazon's terribly awkward commercial for its new Echo digital assistant speaker thing? Well, we felt it too, as did the Internet community at large. And just like a shot of something horrible tasting needs a chaser to restore order, so it goes with Amazon's ad, and thankfully somebody on the on web has posted a remake of the commercial on YouTube. First, a little refresher is in order. The Amazon Echo is an always ready digital assistant in the form of a cylinder speaker. To use it, you say the wake word, "Alexa,"... Read more...
Robots... they're taking over! That's a refrain we've heard for years, of course, but you have to wonder how close we're actually getting when they start to appear in popular music videos. Honda's Uni-Cub, described as a 360-degree personal mobility device, is shown front-and-center in OK Go's latest music video. Granted, the band has a penchant for oddities when it comes to crafting videos to showcase their songs, but this is certainly one of the most interesting uses to date. The song, "I Won't Let You Down," has been viewed over 11 million times on YouTube, and much of the attention has come... Read more...
Technology is pretty amazing when you take a moment to stop and truly appreciate how far things have come. Back when our folks were kids, they were filming silent, choppy videos on Super 8. And today? There are a number of mobile apps available to shoot hiqh-quality video -- with sound! -- on your smartphone. One of them is Instagram, which now supports time lapse videos. It's called Hyperlapse, and it allows you to take high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. That's a pretty big deal -- taking time lapse videos usually requires holding a phone or camera perfectly still while you film... Read more...
Where would the world be without some much needed satire to put things into perspective? Thankfully that's not a question we have to worry about, not when there are shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that are willing to take on tough subjects -- you know, like the current discrimination against Google's Explorers. You can see where this is going. In a five minute clip called "Glass Half Empty," faux coorespondant Jason Jones examines Glass and hosts a discussion with a panel of Explorers what it's like to wear the device in public. It doesn't take long for the complaints to start rolling... Read more...
At long last, you don't need two streaming boxes just to have a suite of services on one, and YouTube on the other. Roku has made a name for itself in the streaming box industry, but it has lacked perhaps the most demanded channel on the planet for as long as the company has existed. Yes, we're talking about YouTube. This week, Roku announced that it was adding a YouTube streaming channel to its Roku Channel Store for all current-generation Roku devices in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Plus, you can also send YouTube videos from your Android devices, iPhone and iPad to your TV,... Read more...
Technically, Yahoo already has a YouTube-ish video service called Screen (show of hands, who knew that actually existed?), but the company is rumored to be hatching a plan to create a true YouTube competitor. According to Re/code’s sources, CEO Marissa Mayer wants a much bigger web video presence, and to do so, Yahoo is trying to poach some of YouTube’s biggest stars with the promise of--what else--more money. For starters, they’d get a better advertising revenue deal than the 45% cut that YouTube takes and/or get guaranteed ad rates for videos, but they’ll also get the... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Dave and Iyaz talk about Intel's hot new SSD 730 Series solid state drives, Intel's Ivytown Xeon E7 v2 server processors and Merrifield and Moorefield processors for smartphones, as well as the LG G Flex, hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy S 5, the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and details of our next giveaway where you could win a new custom small form factor gaming PC! Show Notes: 01:45 - Intel SSD 730 Series: Enthusiast Class Storage 05:27 - Intel Announces Ivytown Servers For The Enterprise 07:24 - Intel Debuts Merrifield and Moorefield Designs... Read more...
The mid-range graphics card market has seen a lot of action as of late, with an infusion of new products and the discontinuation of popular previous-gen products. Last week it was AMD’s turn to announce a new card—the $150 Radeon R7 265—and with its arrival also came a price cut on the Radeon R7 260X, which can now be had for as low as $129, though the MSRP has been reduced to $119. Today is NVIDIA’s turn to introduce a new mid-range graphics card. But unlike AMD’s re-brand and soft-launch, NVIDIA is at the ready with a brand-new GPU architecture and cards should... Read more...
The mid-range graphics card market has seen a lot of action as of late, with an infusion of new products and the discontinuation of popular previous-gen products. Last week it was AMD’s turn to announce a new card—the $150 Radeon R7 265—and with its arrival also came a price cut on the Radeon R7 260X, which can now be had for as low as $129, though the MSRP has been reduced to $119. Today is NVIDIA’s turn to introduce a new mid-range graphics card. But unlike AMD’s re-brand and soft-launch, NVIDIA is at the ready with a brand-new GPU architecture and cards should... Read more...
Not all ISPs are built alike, a fact that's been proven time and time again ever since the broadband era began. But today, that matters more than ever. We're streaming video, music, and in some cases, even games. We need reliable Internet, and we need an ISP that's willing to deliver that. Finding a good ISP isn't too difficult nowadays, what with the vast amount of information online, and not to mention services like Speedtest.net. But, another source of information can never hurt, right? Especially when that source is Google, which sends mind-boggling amounts of bandwidth to millions of people... Read more...
There will be lots of exciting products and technologies being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month (stay tuned -- we'll have lots of coverage), some of which is spilling out to the media ahead of time. Such is the case with YouTube, which announced plans to showcase 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) content at the convention, but with a new codec. YouTube will demonstrate 4K streaming video using the new royalty free VP9 codec. If that sounds familiar, it's because Google has been hard at work developing VP9 as alternative option to the H.265 codec that powers... Read more...
For every great, long-lasting startup that goes on to revolutionize the world, there are hundreds -- if not thousands -- that never make it beyond the drawing board. In today's world, however, simply "making it" once isn't good enough. Particularly in the rough-and-tumble technology sector, companies have to continue proving themselves time and time again, or else they risk losing all of the ground they've gained to incoming rivals. If you need proof, just look at the market share numbers for Nokia and BlackBerry from 8 years ago, and compare them to now. Similarly, Dell has found itself at the... Read more...
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