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This week, we took a closer look at the Fire TV and answered your questions about Amazon's latest gadget, reflected on the end of Windows XP, discussed options for coding and writing on a Chromebook and shared our impressions of RBI Baseball 14. Head on past the break to find out what other Engadget users like you had to say and then join the conversation in the Engadget forums!
Everything you want to know about Fire TV
Earlier this month, Amazon announced its entry into the streaming set-top box race with the Amazon Fire TV. Terrence took it for a test drive and shared his impressions of it in his review. Over in the forums, vize asks what sorts of apps you'd like to see on the Fire TV. And for those who are curious, check out our Fire TV Q&A thread. Do you have a question about Amazon's latest gadget? Ask it right here.
Looking back on 12 years of Windows XP
Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP this week. While that unfortunately means no more security updates or patches, it could mean good news for those of you who provide tech support to your grandparents. "Sorry, Grandpa! I can't fix your computer, because they don't make anything for this OS anymore. Here's a Chromebook..." Frankspin looks back on Windows XP and wonders how people will remember it.
Productivity on a Chromebook
Speaking of Chromebooks, the newest generation of Chromebooks is almost here. However, Chrome OS's reception has been less than enthusiastic (and user reviews for Chrome OS in our product database are fairly mediocre). That said, the newest Chromebooks are more powerful than their predecessors. Can they be used for productive endeavors such as coding and writing? Or do they suffer from the same perception problem as tablets -- that they're only good for media consumption?
RBI Baseball 14: A classic rebooted?
After a long wait, Major League Baseball's Advanced Media office released RBI Baseball 14 for consoles and mobile devices. Does it live up to our fond memories of the original? I took a crack at it with the Good Guys playing the Bad Guys and shared my impression in the forums. If you've downloaded it, share your own experiences and tell me what you think.
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- Key specs
- Reviews • 4
- Type Audio / video player
- Video services Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Other
- Audio services Pandora, Other
- Video codec support h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1
- Audio codec support AAC, MP3
- Video outputs HDMI (1 outputs, v1.4)
- Audio outputs TOSLINK (optical)
- Released 2014-04-02
Microsoft Windows XP