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frankspin

by frankspin

Does the remote control really need to die?
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A recent post[1] on the website Read Write Web discusses the remote control, and how the author feels it needs to "die." Over the course of the article, there are points made with regards to the current implementations of remote controls and their pitfalls, including:
  • Rather than evolve with televisions, remotes just got bulkier
  • Navigating endless amount of channels is cumbersome due excessive button pressing
The author goes on... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Sell me on why the Chromecast is worth purchasing
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When it first came out about the only thing going for the Chromecast was that it was cheap. Just $35 compared to the $50-$100 prices for a Roku or AppleTV. The downside was limited app support, but that got better recently with HBOGo and Plex. The thing is I still don't see much value in buying a Chromecast over a Roku or even an AppleTV.
For starters it relies on a cellphone, tablet or computer, which I guess is fine considering how often people are around them. The flip side is that it severely... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Apple's "We still have a lot to cover" event
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Our pals over at Engadget have already made some of their own predictions (http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/21/apple-october-... for today's Apple Event, but we'd love to hear what you're thinking (or wanting) to be announced. Some of the stuff that has been hinted at and rumored leading up to today includes:
  • new iPad
  • new iPad mini
  • Availability dates for OS X Mavericks and the unique-looking Mac Pro
  • Perhaps some new Macbook Pro or Mac mini refreshes?
Given the recent amount of... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What are your WWDC 2013 Predictions
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WWDC is just hours away, and there has been no shortage of rumors about what Apple has planned, especially for iOS. It seems like ever since the news broke about Scott Forstall leaving the company (1) and Jony Ive stepping in, there have been expectations of a major iOS redesign. This became even more clear when Apple updated their podcast app on iOS to a much more modern design (2). As the weeks and days have gone on more mockups and rumors kept swirling about a redesign, with even this years... Read more →
peter

by peter

What it means if Apple plays ball with the cable companies on Apple TV
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About a year ago I tried to lay out what I thought Apple's various options were if they wanted to make a dent in the living room (http://gdgt.com/discuss/for-apple-making-a-tv-wou... They were to:
  • Route around the cable and satellite providers and offer something that works with your existing set-top box while layering in online services (like Nintendo's TVii or Google TV);
  • Partner with the cable and satellite providers and offer a set-top box of its own;...
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NothinbutTru7h

by NothinbutTru7h

No iOS 6 announcement!!!
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The Apple TV is the only iOS device that has not had a release of iOS 6. Today would have been the perfect time. Along with announcing an App Store for it as well. It seems as if Apple doesn't want to support one of their best (and overlooked) products.
frankspin

by frankspin

Can Aereo finally be the company to disrupt TV and bring cord cutting to the masses?
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If you haven’t heard of Aereo before it’s probably because they’re a new company focusing on the New York metro area but it’s something you should be paying attention to. Aereo is a company that is taking over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts*** and making them available to you from anywhere via iPad, iPhone, Safari on Mac, AppleTV and Roku (Android, PC and additional device support coming this summer). From the Aereo press... Read more →
TgD

by TgD

What it will take for the Nexus Q to be successful.
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News broke that Google was going to delay the launch of the Nexus Q to improve its product before the launch. This is almost definitely due to the negative press and public reception of the device. In fact, gdgt awarded the device a lowly 56 with the conclusion to pass on it. (3rd lowest score in gdgt history I believe)
So with Google now taking the time to re-engineer, I was thinking what it would need to be successful, and I am interested in your opinions on this too.
I feel that the Nexus Q... Read more →
efibarra

by efibarra

Is it worth it?
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I have a Mac mini running as my htpc in the living room but I was considering buying an Apple tv for the upstairs bedroom in order to have access to Netflix and any iTunes media I have in my Mac mini. The simple question is, is it worth it? It seems like a little overkill on my part when I can just as easily hook up my PS3 upstairs and have Netflix and other video streaming sites instantly available. Also, is AirPlay really worth justifying my purchase?
molofson

by molofson

mlb.tv 2012 :: Which connected device is best?
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The MLB TV service is available for many connected devices this year (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/index.jsp?co... including Xbox [new], PS3, Roku and AppleTV.

I was wondering if one device was better than others in terms of featureset and performance for the 2012 version of the MLB app when connected to a 1080p HD TV.