July 31, 2010

NAV Monthly Round Up - July 2010

It's the end 'o the month here at NAV and your chance to peruse all the good stuff you may have missed. Thanks for reading!

3D

A/V to PC Streaming

Advertising

Audio Devices

Audio Streaming

Blu-ray Players

Digital Frame

Freakin' Friday

Game Console Streaming

Game Consoles

HDTV

Home Networking

Home Theater

Image Streaming

Internet Radio

Media Center

NAVi Award Winner

Netflix Streaming

Networking

News

Popcorn Hour

Portable Media

Press Release

Remote Control

Sonos

Steals and Deals

Storage

USB Devices

VUDU

Video Recorder

Video Streaming

Wireless Headphones

Wireless Music

Wireless Network

Wireless Speakers

e-Readers

iPad

iPhone Streaming

iPod Streaming

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July 30, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Popcorn Hour A-200

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The latest Popcorn Hour player is the A-200. Stream or playback media from your PC, external storage, digital camera or USB drive. Of course, you can also download from online sites and note that it supports all HD content including Blu-ray and Dolby. Add an optional hard drive and you can create a video library and share with family and friends.

Via Popcorn Hour

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July 30, 2010

Pioneer's Alternative ePad

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Pioneer is offering alternatives to the iPad, the 7″ 7/10 and B1, 10″ A10 and 11.6″ DreamBook ePad L11 HD. The A10, in particular, has a 10" LED multi-touch panel with 1024 x 600p resolution, built in SSD and sim card capability, Windows 7 and a G sensor for orientation. With a battery life of 5 hours, prices start at $199.00 and cap at $899.00.

Via Pioneer

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July 29, 2010

UFC Tries to Bust Illegal Streamers

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship's parent company is attempting to discover those who stream live pay-per-view events without permission. They have served subpoenas to Justin.tv and Ustream.tv to get the information. The company sited two examples, one in January when 36,000 viewers watched an event online and another the following month when 78,000 viewed another without paying. Since UFC charges $44.95 to individuals and up to $1,000 for each match, that's a fairly large loss.

Via UFC

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July 29, 2010

LG Art Cinema DP1 Media Player

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LG's latest media player provides online access to the Interweb and supports home theater DTS and Dolby 5.1 with an optical audio output. The wireless Art Cinema DP1 can stream to your TV via Ethernet, USB drive or WiFi. Formats supported include MKV, H.264, Xvid, DivX, flac, ogg, mp3 and wma music files, and of course the player has access to LG's NetCast. The DP1 sells for 160,000 Korean won (~$135.)

Via Akihabara News

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July 28, 2010

Plextor BD-Rom Drive Offers Blu-ray Via USB

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Hook Plextor's BD-ROM Drive up to your USB port and you get Blu-ray playability with no extra cables needed. The PX-B12OU can also burn DVDs and CDs and is barely larger than the discs it houses. The drive, available for $99.99, can turn Plextor's soon-to-be PlexMedia into a serious player.

Via Plextor

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Marantz Top 'O The Line Audio Player

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As usual, Marantz delivers only the best in electronics. Their NA7004 Network Audio Player can convert digital to analog, is DLNA version 1.5-certified and has a USB front-panel input. Of course it also can receive Internet radio. Compatible with most formats, it has a M-XPort for Bluetooth streaming when used with optional RX101 Bluetooth Receiver. The player is available for pre-order now.

Via Marantz

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July 27, 2010

iPort Wall Mounts for iPad and touch

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iPort specializes in wall mounts for iPods and has just released new ones for other Apple products. The CM100, at a price of $250.00, will not only hold your iPod touch and stream music, it can be used with apps for home automation of video, lighting and climate control. The CM2000 can serve the same purpose with your iPad via WiFi at a price of $500.00. Either can be positioned vertically or horizontally.

Via iPort

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Sharp Developing 3-Layered Blu-ray Disc

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Sharp is working on a 100GB, triple-layered Blu-ray disc. With the added space, instead of holding a mere movie or two, it can contain an entire season of your fave TV series. That equals out to 12 hours of terrestrial digital TV or 8.6 hours of satellite digital broadcasts. The new format is called VR-100BR1 and will be available in Japan sometime this month for $60.00. Whether it is compatible with current players remains to be seen.

Via cnet

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July 26, 2010

XStreamHD Adds Lionsgate to Video Stable

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If you are a Dish Network subscriber then you will be pleased to know that XStreamHD will be offering Lionsgate films and TV series in HD. Over 12,000 titles will be available in 1080p and in up to 7.1 channels of audio. In order to reap the benefit you will need an HD media server, available in two packages, the Fast Stop priced at $399.00 or the Pro Stop for $499.00.

Via XstreamHD

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Coby Portable Media Player

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Planning an extended road trip? Coby's Portable Media Player features a 10.2" LCD swivel screen TFT with 180º rotation, anti-skip circuitry and headphone jack. The TFDVD1023 supports DVDs and CDs, and can read JPEG and MP3 files. Analog and digital outputs mean that it can be hooked up to home theaters or other media systems and an A/V input can be used for video game consoles. The device can handle multiple languages and has parental lock control.

Via Coby

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July 23, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Creative Rock Speaker

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Since the summer is seemingly endless this year, spend more time outside with Creative's Sound Blaster Wireless Rock Speaker. It can handle "moderate weather conditions" and works with the company's USB Audio System. Transmit music, including Pandora and iTunes content, up to 100 ft. away from your PC. A rechargeable battery offers up to 6 hours of playback. Pre-order your new pet rock now.

Via Creative

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iHome Clock Radio/Dock is App Enabled

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Clock radios have come a long way. iHome's iA100ZE docks your iPad/iPhone/iPod and makes it into an alarm clock, it has an FM tuner, features Bluetooth connectivity and has Bongiovi Digital Power Station circuitry. Even more clever, it is app enhanced with iHome+Sleep so that you can get custom alarms, social media alerts, news and weather, and more. No news yet on price and release date.

Via iHome

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July 22, 2010

Digital Frame Doubles as USB Monitor

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China's Win Accord has a 10.4" digital photo frame that will accept images from SD cards, stick readers and USB flash drives. Even better, the DF10411-13, with its EzDisplay software, can also function as a USB monitor for your netbook when used with an AC adapter. This one has just passed the FCC, so it will be a while before you see it in retail stores.

Via Wireless Goodness

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Livescribe Echo Holds Up to 400 Hours of Notes

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Livescribe has just released the Echo in two sizes, 4 and 8GB. Record up to 400 or 800 hours of audio and replay with a tap. Features include save and search, sharing your noted via email or social network site and applications are available for playtime. Prices are set at $169.95 and $199.95 respectively.

Via Livescribe Store

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July 21, 2010

Marchon To Create Designer 3D Sunglasses

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Marchon will soon be manufacturing a better grade of 3D glasses. The eyeware will feature circular polarized lenses that are compatible with RealD-enabled theaters as well as passive TVs, monitors and almost any other electronics equipment. They can also be used as sunglasses and will block 100% UVA and UVB rays in case the event is held beachside.

Via Marchon

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Netflix to Stream WB TV Titles

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Netflix has one upped its agreement with Warner Bros. by expanding the number of TV series offered. 'Nip/Tuck,' 'Veronica Mars,' 'Pushing Daisies' and 'The Sarah Connor Chronicles' will be available for four years. Earlier this year, the two companies came to a deal with Netflix agreeing to wait 28 days after a new DVD release in exchange for a discount on Warner movies and TV shows.

Via PR Newswire

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July 20, 2010

Apple to Distribute Free iPhone Bumpers

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So Apple is not perfect. Steve Jobs is not perfect. The iPhone 4 is not perfect. Still with all the hoopla surrounding its imperfections, we hope the company goes beyond the quick fix of the free bumper offered to the 3 million purchasers. Get yours at the link below when they become available this week.

Via Apple Store

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LG Offers 3D Blu-ray Bundles

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It is LG's turn to release a 3D bundle. Purchase a 47" or 55" 3D ready HDTV and the BX580 Blu-ray player and the company will thrown in 2 free pairs of AG-S100 active shutter glasses and a coupon good for the IMAX 3D disc 'Under the Sea.' The promotion is good until July 28 when you purchase through Amazon and will save you up to $1,000, depending on which one you choose.

Via LG 3D Bundles

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July 19, 2010

Squeeze Uses iPad as Keyboard

Talk about great advertising. When the band 'Squeeze' appeared on Jimmy Fallon last week, the keyboard player was wielding an iPad as part of his performance. We don't know if the keyboard he was using could simulate a piano, but the fusing of technology was pretty cool nonetheless.

Via Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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Belkin DisplayPort Converts for iMac

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Belkin's mini DisplayPort Converter allows transference of signals from an audio/video source to your 27" iMac. The AV360 supports content from sources such as a Blu-ray player, game console or set top box. A 4 ft. USB cable is included with purchase.

Via Belkin DisplayPort Converter

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July 16, 2010

Freakin' Friday! LG Blu-ray with Hard Drive

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LG's latest standalone Blu-ray Player includes a 250GB hard drive with wireless networking. Store movies from VUDU, Netflix HD or BD-live, tunes from your CDs and access Gracenote's movie and music database. The BP 590 has quick booting with instant tray opening, full HD 1080p output with Cinema mode at 24 or 60 fps and comes with a remote that makes all your actions simplified.

Via LG Blu-ray

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GPH to Release Portable Gaming Caanoo

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GamePark will soon launch a Linux portable game system that can also support photos, images and videos. The Caanoo has a 128MB memory and 3D GPU to power up the 3.5" touchscreen. The company promises a future app store and in the meantime you can download open source games (with the aid of a WiFi dongle.) The Caanoo will debut next month at a price of ~$150.00. Check out GPH's Facebook page for more details.

Via GPH

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July 15, 2010

Remote Tracks User Habits

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Arizona State University and Intel have collaborated on a device that identifies the way family members use the remote. Volunteers entered a PIN number, did some channel surfing and the result was that they were traced with 60 - 90% accuracy. Look at it as a way to personalize access or get closer to the era of Big Brother.

Via New Scientist

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Pandigital Scanner Writes to SD card

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Pandigital's Personal one-button Photo Scanner/Converter allows you to feed it documents and write them directly to SD memory cards without the use of a computer (unless you want to.) The 5 x 7" device can handle sizes up to 8.5 x 11" and will save as 600dpi JPEG image files. Pandigital promises simplified transfer to PC or photo frame after scanning.

Via Pandigital

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July 14, 2010

mSpot Launches Free iPhone/iPad App

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mSpot has launched a free app that allows users to rent movies on both 3G and WiFi with an adjustable bitrate depending on the connection. mSpot Movies cost between $3 and $4.00 and can be viewed on your iPhone, iPad and PC. Other versions for BlackBerry, Android and webOS devices are also available.

Via iTunes Store

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Callpod Bluetooth Onyx and Volt Headsets


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Callpod has released two new Bluetooth headsets that deliver up to a 164 ft. range. Both can be used with PC or Mac for Skype calling and have noise suppression. The Onyx and Vetro are compatible with cell phones, PDAs and VOIP devices as well.

Via Callpod

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July 13, 2010

MS Instaload Battery Technology

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Microsoft's latest technology is one of those "why did this take so long?" Instaload allows you to put in cell batteries while ignoring the '+' and '-'positions. Available for AA, AAA, C and D batteries. The company claims that they "offer fair and reasonable licensing terms."

Via Microsoft

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Digital Cowboy Xtream Media Player

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Digital Cowboy's new Xtream media player has ISO and IFO compatibility and supports almost all video, audio and image files. The 167 × 29 × 112mm DC-MCNP1, with a 2.5" SATA hard disk drive, also has Windows file sharing, file preview screen and such features as fast forward, pause and resume. The Xtream ships with a remote at a price of ¥ 19,800 (~$240.00.)

Via Uma Zone (translated)

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July 12, 2010

Cell Phone Users Increase Gaming

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The Pew Research Center reports that while 42% Americans now own videogame consoles, 34% of cell phone users now play games on them. Sixty percent of younger gamers also play on their cellies. We expect those numbers will increase as more iPhone users become addicted to Doodle Jump (Qbert in disguise.)

Via Pew

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Verizon Rules the Air

Move over AT&T. No feeble commercials for us. No pasty faced actor bragging about rollover minutes or coverage. We got us some fine looking, trendy actors and a whole lot of shiny CGI to impress. Why, we heard that Networking Audio Video issued a NAVi award to us for our "Rule the Air" spot. Aren't we awesome?

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July 9, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Super Wideband Logitech Headsets

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Logitech has two new headsets with super wideband audio support and are compatible with the company's Vid HD and Skype. The USB H530 has laser-tuned drivers and a price of $49.99 while the Laptop H555 folds flat when not in use and will set you back $59.99

Via Logitech

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Chase Bank App - Deposit By iPhone

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Chase is now offering an updated iPhone/touch app that allows you to deposit a check by scanning the front and the back of it. While USAA is already offering the same service, this may actually become a trend as Chase is a larger bank. The Mobile Banking update is free.

Via iTunes Store

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July 8, 2010

Play Along With Piano Silhouette MP3 Player

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With the Piano Silhouette MP3 Player concept, not only can you listen to your tunes, you can play along with the music. The player, designed by Jia Peng, comes with a roll-out keyboard allowing you to channel your inner Elton John or Leon Russell.

Via Yanko

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Captain EO Returns to Disneyland Tokyo

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Many years ago, one of our first exposures to 3D came in the form of "Captain EO," a musical short with Michael Jackson which was shown at Disneyland. We were so in awe that we re-screened it about 6 times by, instead of leaving with everyone else, hanging back and pretending we were with the next group. We finally found the perfect position to view the short and reluctantly left the building. Now Disneyland Toyko has reopened the attraction temporarily after 14 years as a tribute to the fallen star. There's some symmetry in that.

P.S. Row 11, center seat.

Via Fareast Gizmos

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July 7, 2010

Blockbuster De-Listed by NYSE

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Another blow for Blockbuster as they have been de-listed and suspended from trading by the New York Stock Exchange after refusing a reverse stock split that would have adjusted their shares from $.18 to above the $1.00 threshold. The company has one month to get out of debt although it still seems that bankruptcy will be their ultimate end.

Via TechFreqNews

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Sonos iPad Controller

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Sonos just keeps chugging out those kewl accessories for their music systems. This time it is a Controller for the iPad. It features both landscape and portrait modes, a multi-pane view, and an easy search with a virtual keyboard. Beginning in August, the controller will be a free download from the iTunes App Store.

(Thanks, Thomas)

Via Sonos

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July 6, 2010

FreeAgent GoFlex Holds 3TB

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Seagate has debuted its new FreeAgent GoFlex external desk drive that packs a whopping 3TB. This means storage of up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or a gazillion hours (well, almost) of digital music. With USB 2.0 plug-and-play, it features automatic, continuous backup and encryption software. The $249.99 GoFlex can even be upgraded when paired with a Seagate adapter.

Via Seagate

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Roku Adds MOG Music

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The online music service MOG has teamed with Roku to provide access. The basic service costs $4.99 monthly, while for $9.99, Roku owners can access MOG's 7.5 million tunes. Look for iPhone and Android apps in the near future.

Via BusinessWire

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July 5, 2010

Amazon Acquires Woot

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Amazon has made Woot one of its subsidiaries. While we hope that the site will not lose its cleverness after falling under the conglomerate's virtual thumb, we think that this comment posted by Woot CEO Matt Rutledge says it best:

"Over the next few days, you will probably read headlines that say "Matt Rutledge revealed to be monstrous pseudo-human creation of Jeff Bezos." You might even see this photo making the rounds. Rest assured that these rumors have nothing to do with our final decision. We think now is the right time to join with Amazon because, quite simply, every company that becomes a subsidiary gets two free downloads until the end of July, and we very much need that new thing with Trent Reznor's wife on our iPods."

Via Woot

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Kindle DX - Next Gen Much Improved

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Amazon is releasing the Kindle DX this week with 50% better contrast and improved 9.7" electronic ink display. The 1/3" thin e-book can be read in sunlight with no glare and can download in less than a minute on 3G wireless. It will hold up to 3,500 books, periodicals or documents and can go for a week on a single charge.

Via Amazon Kindle DX

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July 2, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Aiptek 3D Photo Frame

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A while back, Aiptek introduced their i2 3D Camcorder and now they have released a digital Photo Frame to go with it. The 7" parallax LCD display can show images and videos taken by the i2 or other 3D cam without the viewer needing glasses. You can get both for ~$400 when the frame is released in August, certainly a less expensive deal than opting for a 3D TV.

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Gogoflight Wiress Network With Wings

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If you haven't heard of Gogoflight then you probably don't travel much by air. Referring to themselves as the "WiFi network with wings," coverage is available on multiple airlines in 48 states and Canada. There are several different subscriptions offered including $34.95 monthly for frequent travelers and various charges beginning at $4.95 for usage by the flight.

Via Gogoflight

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July 1, 2010

MSpot Free Audio Streaming

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MSpot is the latest in unlimited, free streaming for your PC, Mac or Android phone. After downloading the jukebox interface, you can specify folders or albums to store your tunes or connect with an existing library. The service is compatible with IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. What's the catch? You only get 2GB of storage, although MSpot compresses tracks. Larger amounts are available beginning at $2.99 a month.

Via MSpot

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NAV Monthly Round Up - June 2010

Thanks to all who continue to keep up with us here at NAV. If you missed anything of late, now is your chance to catch up from the month of June. Happy 4th, all!

3D

Audio Devices

Audio Streaming

Blu-ray Players

Freakin' Friday

Game Consoles

Home Theater

Image Streaming

Internet Radio

Media Center

NAVi Award Winner

Netflix Streaming

Networking

News

Portable Media

Press Release

Remote Control

Roku Netflix Player

Slingbox

Sonos

Speaker Systems

Steals and Deals

Storage

TiVo

USB Devices

Video Devices

Video Streaming

Wii Streaming

Wireless Headphones

Wireless Network

Wireless Speakers

iPhone Streaming

iPod Streaming

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Back to The Future Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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In honor of its 25th anniversary, the "Back to the Future" trilogy will be released in Blu-ray on October 26. Included in the pack are BD-Live and U-control features. Can't wait that long? A wide screen trilogy is already available at a super price with outtakes, bloopers, deleted scenes and interviews with its stars.

Via Back To The Future

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