Roku recently updated their line of streaming media players, and they sent Julie their high-end Roku 2 XS with gaming remote to review. I had been in the market for a Roku for my living room TV so I could watch Hulu Plus on my big screen TV, so I bought myself a Roku 2. [...]
Have you ever wished you could project whatever you did or watched on your MacBook to your TV? I know I have and now it’s possible with a device called McTiVia. While there have been various ways to do this in the past, now I can just boot up the mac, start the McTiVia app, [...]
I used to think my cable box offered all the programming I needed. As cable prices keep rising, I’ve come to the conclusion that those multi-media boxes and an $8/month subscription to Netflix are a better deal. While I haven’t gotten rid of cable yet, I have pared down some of the programming from Time [...]
From the land down under (OK, now I’ll be thinking of that song all day…) comes the Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal” which promotes the invention I dreamed up (OK wished for in an inebriated state) ten years ago: Easy Internet connection to your television. “Yah, I can do that with my WII”; or “Yah [...]
In my never ending quest to divorce myself from Comcast and their overpriced cable service, I have been searching for alternate methods for the family to watch our shows. The Mvix Ultio media device was an effort in frustration, that fell well short of my needs and expectations. Fortunately, there are many other options in [...]
For over 5 months last year, I used my iMac as my TV while my basement was being remodeled. During that time, I was able to keep up on all my favorite shows using Hulu and ‘other methods’. Although I did miss not having live TV, it wasn’t that bad and I really didn’t miss [...]
Being able to keep an eye on our pets and home when we’re not there can be very useful for those of us that tend to worry. For those of us that don’t have a worrying bone in our body (me most of the time), it’s just fun to be able to check in and [...]
Boxee fans have been using the free open source software on their Macs, PCs and Linux machines for a long time, now Boxee gets physical with the new D-Link Boxee Box. Enjoy all the same digital content from YouTube, MLB, Netflix, Pandora, Last.fm, Flickr and more. It won’t be available until the first half of [...]
From the company that brought us the Livio Pandora Radio, comes the Livio NPR Radio. It’s the first internet radio with an exclusive menu dedicated to NPR stations and programs. NPR stands for National Public Radio. It’s a a privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization that produces noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. Now, with one [...]
HP takes the digital picture frame and morphs it into a wireless social and streaming media device. People can stay current with Facebook friends and photos, listen to Pandora Internet Radio, share Snapfish personal photos and enjoy their music and pictures from home networked PCs. There is a 10.2 and 13.3 inch version of the [...]
I’m a big fan of the Logitech Squeezebox devices. Earlier this the year, we reviewed the Squeezebox Boom, which I really enjoyed. Now there’s even more to like with two new devices: the Logitech Squeezebox Touch (pictured on the Left) and the Logitech Squeezebox Radio (on the Right). The Touch features a 4.3-inch color touch [...]
Let’s get right to the nitty-gritty. The Slingbox Solo lets you watch TV on your computer when you are not at your home. (For a few bucks more you can watch on your cell phone.) Why in the heck would anyone ever want to do that? Well there are those who would love to do [...]
I recently moved to a new home that is in a communications dead zone. There’s no cell access, OTA TV and most troublesome, I cannot receive antenna born FM radio. Thankfully, VTECH, the cordless phone people have introduced the IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio which gives me a choice of over 11,000 Internet radio stations, plus [...]
The IS9181 is Vtech’s wireless music hub and is their first home audio device. Compatible with PCs and Macs, this device will allow you to listen to internet radio stations and stream digital audio content from your desktop computers via WiFi. It has the ability to run from batteries or an AC adapter.
I’m a big fan of the “what we want, when we want it” model of media. I’m an even bigger fan of the “where we want it” addendum to that model. I’ve spent a good deal of time, effort, and sadly money crafting a decent home theater setup, which delivers a great viewing experience in [...]
The callpod Drone is a plug and play solution to add streaming Bluetooth audio and VoIP to your desktop or laptop. The USB dongle is made of die-cast zinc and contains all the software needed to immediately pair to your Bluetooth headsets and headphones. It will seamlessly switch between music and VoIP calls.