March 2, 2011

Roku Offers Amazon Prime

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Roku keeps taking steps forward, this time in conjunction with Amazon. Their Amazon Prime is now available on the set top box for a mere $79.00 a year. We say mere because for that approximately $6.00 a month you get streaming of over 5,000 movies and TV shows.

Via Roku

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February 18, 2011

Freakin' Friday! Archos 70c eReader

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It's Archos' turn to release an e-book. The Android run 70c eReader has a 7" TFT display, 4 GB memory, accelerometer, a 600MHz processor and SD card slot and built-in WiFi. The screen rotates in portrait or landscape mode, decodes HD, plays and stores video, music and text. You can preorder now and look forward to 10 hours of ePlaying before needing a charge.

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February 14, 2011

Sony Looks to Eventual PS Android Smartphones

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Although we are not prone to rumors, this one from Sony Computer Entertainment's President CEO Kazuo Hirai seems promising. They are thinking of partnering again with Google TV. (The Sony Bravia NSX-40GT1 has already included Google TV with mostly uninspiring results.)

The move means not only support for their Playstation Suite (another reason to keep playing) but a future that will include "PlayStation Certified" Android phones that can play in PS quality. The company will keep an eye on the PSS before leaping to the phone idea, but we see this idea as a keeper.

Via Playstation Style

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February 7, 2011

Amazon May Go Prime Unlimited

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This may still be at the rumor stage, but it seems that Amazon may be planning unlimited movie streaming for its Prime ($79.00 yearly) subscribers. Because the company hasn't made a formal announcement doesn't seem to have stopped inquiring minds that have seen some free VOD offerings that may be a test run at this point. To compete with Netflix, this seems a fine idea.

Via Electronista

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January 26, 2011

Stream Video to Linux With AirPlay

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Linux users, rejoice. You can now stream video to your PC via Apple's AirPlay. Download a plug-in for the Totem media player (which comes with most Linux distributions,) install, and treat it like your very own Apple TV.

Via OMG Ubuntu

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January 18, 2011

Motorola Xoom for Gamers

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Watch out, iPad. Motorola recently released its own ilk of tablet in the form of the Xoom. Running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb,) it features a 10.1" screen in 16:9 widescreen, is 4G compatible, has a NVIDIA Tegra dual core, front and back cams and an HDMI out. With an included gyroscope, strong graphics engine and hardware accelerations, the company is surely planning to push its gaming capability.

Via Motorola

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January 13, 2011

Pioneer Adds Pandora to In Dash Devices

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At last week's CES 2011, Pioneer announced that it is integrating social media to cars. Nine models of in-dash products will provide Pandora streaming through a connected iPhone. Aha Radio will provide interactive and personalized radio. Look for 2 CD players, 3 audio/video devices like the AVH-P3300BT shown here, 2 DMPs and 2 GPS systems to have the ability at prices starting at $150.00.

Each will also have app access to Facebook and Twitter as well as YouTube. While Pioneer sees it as a way of connecting in your vehicle, we think it may turn out to be another source of accidents when drivers do something other than simply watching the road.

Via Pioneer

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January 12, 2011

VLC Dropped From App Store

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VLC is now out of Apple's App Store as it may have a conflict with the General Public License and copyright infringement. However, when you read one of the application's developers Remi Denis-Courmont's web log, he explains that he doesn't know exactly why they pulled it, but thinks it possible that "Apple would remove VLC simply because it cannot stand software distributed under the GPL on its stores."

Via VideoLAN

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January 11, 2011

Netflix to Offer Dedicated Remote Button

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Netflix is going one step further to make it easier for everyone to come on board. Companies such as Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba will be adding a dedicated button on their remotes. This feature will be included on many Internet connected TV and Blu-ray disc player remotes, with about 250 of them already Netflix ready. While this idea is fine its implication it also seems that the company may eventually become an international player, don't you think?

Via Yahoo

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January 4, 2011

Sears Alphaline Features RoxioNow

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Sears/Kmart has launched Alphaline Entertainment to get its share of the on-demand movie pie. Supported by RoxioNow, movies can be delivered via electronic devices. Rentals go for $3.99 apiece and can be bought as well. Their VOD makes both movies and DVDs available on the same day as store release.

Via Alphaline

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