February 24, 2009

Kindle 2 Now Available

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The
Kindle 2
has arrived. You can still receive books, newspapers, magazines and blogs wirelessly, usually in less than a minute. The new e-book has a better display, longer battery life, faster page turns, and a new Read to Me feature for traveling or lazy readers. The Kindle Store already has more than 240,000 books and their plan is to have every book in every language that was ever written. That's quite a lofty goal but an obvious omen of technology to come.

So why do we mention this now? Aside from being a very kewl product, you can get NAV's Blog for only $1.99 a month. Such a deal! You not only get a 14 day free trial, you receive automatic posting and updating so you won't miss out on the latest and greatest A/V news and gadgets.

Via Networking Audio Video Blog

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Control4 Table Top Touch Screen

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We find it somewhat amazing that things we saw on TV and read in sci-fi books only a few years ago are possible now. Control4 has released its Table Top Touch Screen for whole house automation. With a simple interface, you can control your home theater, multi-room music, security, smart lighting, temperature control and more by Ethernet or WiFi. The screen has a 16x9 format and four customizable buttons and has optional access to online Rhapsody. Look for it to come out sometime this month. By the way, if you are not the tabletop type, the touchscreen is available in a wall mountable model.

Via Control4

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February 23, 2009

Squeezebox Offers Napster

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Logitech has added Napster to its
Squeezebox
music players. You only need your existing wireless home network to receive access to 7 million songs on demand from both major and independent labels. Create your own playlist or let Napster Automix create a custom one for you after you select a few of your fave tracks or artists. After a free 30 day trial period, you pay a subscription fee of $12.95 per month.

Via Logitech

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February 18, 2009

Actiontec MegaPlug Kits for Home Networking

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Actiontec has a entire line of MegaPlug kits guaranteed to make your home networking easier. Their
AV Powerline Networking Kit
is a simple solution and uses home electrical lines to create a 200Mbps network. The
AV Powerline Gaming Kit
does the same for your Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii. The
85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter Twin-Pack
can link your computers, install a networked printer or be used as a connection for another device to your network. Finally, who couldn't use some extra ports? Their
85 Mbps 4-Port Hub
is an inexpensive way to connect DSL modems, gateways, or broadband routers with a single Ethernet port.

Via Actiontec MegaPlugs

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February 10, 2009

MLB.TV Drops Prices

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MLB.TV Premium has lowered their prices to $19.95 per month or $109.95 a year, $10.00 less than last year. Their regular MLB.TV is only $79.95 yearly. With their service, you get HD for your Mac or PC, live game functionality, multi-game viewing, PIP, player tracker and live game radio and chat. The company claims that they have lowered their prices "in a spirit similar to that of many teams' ballpark ticket prices this season." Whatever the reason, this is a $10.00 break for baseball fans.

Via MLB.TV

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February 5, 2009

Grand Cinema HD - Theater on Your PC

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Turn your PC into a home cinema with the Grand Cinema HD. Plug one side of the digital media streamer into your USB and the other into your TV HDMI port. Connect 7 of them to your computer, (if you have enough TVs and USB ports) and you will end up with a 9960x720 resolution and great sound. No price yet but if the company thinks you can afford 7 of them, they had better not be too expensive.

Via Akihabara News

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Dragon I iPod Dock - 4-in-One Speakers

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The Dragon I iPod dock works with iPod, iTouch, iPhone, iBook, Macbook and most MP3 players. The device features four 5W bendable speakers and this new and improved version has a 10W subwoofer. There is also a USB port, a 3.5mm input mini-jack, an FM tuner, an alarm clock so you can arise to tunes and a remote in case you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. The Dragon is available for €149,95 ($193.00.)

Via MegaGadgets

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February 2, 2009

Sonos On The Rise

We recently heard from Thomas Meyer of Sonos who had such great news we had to share. Not only did they have a great December, their Controller for iPhone seems to be a hit.

Since Apple dispensed with iTunes Fairplay DRM, Sono owners can now get iTunes Plus (which will upgrade music to DRM-free, higher quality sound) and buy from the iTunes store. Not only that, you can access Rhapsody, Napster or SIRIUS/XM as well as free access to 15,000 radio stations worldwide, Last.fm and Pandora.

Sonos launched their Configurator late last year so now DIY-ers can build their own system before purchase. And if you want to find out more before you buy, you can keep up @SonosPR Twitter.

(Thanks, Thomas)

Via Sonos at Sonos Music

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January 27, 2009

boxee Considers the Box

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It may be that boxee is considering coming up with its own branded set-top box. At this point, you can only get their entertainment service by installing it on your Apple TV or TV-connected PC or Mac. The company wants to know what you think about it. Should they build a better box and put their service in it? By the way, they have released a new version for Mac and should come up with another for Apple TV soon, so check with the site to see if you need an update.

(Thanks, Darren)

Via engadget

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January 26, 2009

Pandora Reinstates In-Stream Advertising

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Pandora users must be feeling disgruntled as the company recently reinstated in-stream ads. While we can understand the negative reaction, we expect that the company made the economic decision because of necessity and not greed. The ads will only appear on their free service while those who pay the $36.00 subscription fee will not be subject to them.

Via Wired

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