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Rocki Play WiFi streaming audio adapter review

on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Many people would agree with me if I said that the Sonos wireless speaker system is the gold standard if you want to play music wirelessly in your home or business.  The feature set and options for Sonos are pretty extensive and performance is great. But it comes at a ‘gold standard’ price in myRead More…

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A Playstation in every room

on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Posted in: Gaming Gear, News

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) kicked off this week and with it will come the “big” announcements from each of the three (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) major video game players.  From the Sony press conference was the announcement of the Sony Playstation TV, which had been released in Japan last year, coming to North America this fall.Read More…

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Grace Digital introduces the Encore Wi-Fi Music System

on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Boasting clearer vocals and deeper bass compared to the industry standard, the Encore Wi-Fi Music System from Grace Digital features a 2.1-channel audio system with dual 3” tweeter/midrange speakers and a bottom facing 4” woofer powered by a digital class D amp. This system is designed to connect to your Wi-Fi network for access to thousands ofRead More…

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Coolstream Duo Bluetooth Receiver review

on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

If you’re going to market another Bluetooth receiver in an already overcrowded market, it would make sense to differentiate yourself with a unique feature.  At Coolstream they have made their Duo receiver different in the way it connects to the playback device by plugging in directly to the 30 pin connector on an iPhone docking station.Read More…

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Pivos XIOS DS Media Play review

on Friday, June 7th, 2013

Is there really a market for another media player?  Pivos seems to think so and offers their XIOS DS Media Play, an Android-powered box that connects to your TV.  I have some experience with these players, and up until now, it hasn’t been good.  I’ve spent over a month putting the Pivos device through itsRead More…

Google Nexus Q Social Streaming Media Player

on Saturday, June 30th, 2012

From Google, comes the “world’s first social streaming media player”, the Nexus Q .  At 4.6″ (116mm)  and 2 pounds (923gr), the player runs Android 4.0 (ICS) and comes with its own 25W amplifier for external speakers, or it can be interfaced with your home entertainment system. WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC are standard, as well asRead More…

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Roku 2 XS and XD Streaming Media Players Review

on Monday, November 28th, 2011

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.Read More…

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McTiVia Review

on Thursday, September 29th, 2011

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,Read More…

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Apple TV (2nd Generation) Review

on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

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 TimeRead More…

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Keep it simple with the Kogan Agora Internet Portal

By: cobinrox
on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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 “YahRead More…

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Roku XD|S Media Player Review

on Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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 inRead More…

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D-Link Boxee Box Review

on Monday, January 24th, 2011

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 missRead More…

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Elgato EyeTV Netstream – Satellite Streaming Device for European Gadgeteers

on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Elgato has just debuted a new device for the European market; the EyeTV Netstream is a network tuner for free-to-view satellite TV. EyeTV Netstream Sat streams the signal, live and in HD, from a satellite dish to any computer in the house. iPad users can take advantage of this gadget as well, with a specialRead More…

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Stream music around your house with a Sonos ZonePlayer S5

on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Featured in the ‘Top 10 for the year’s coolest gadgets’ from CNN, The Sonos S5 is an all-in-one music system that brings unlimited wifi-based streaming into the home that is controlled from an app on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Play music from your iTunes library, internet radio stations, music from Pandora, Last.FM and Napster.Read More…

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Vue Personal Video Network Review

on Friday, December 18th, 2009

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 andRead More…

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Boxee gets boxed

on Monday, December 7th, 2009

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 ofRead More…

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Get your NPR fix with the Livio NPR Radio

on Monday, October 19th, 2009
Posted in: News

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 oneRead More…

HP Announces New Line of Wireless Connected Screens with HP DreamScreen

on Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Posted in: Wireless

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 theRead More…

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Logitech unveils two new Squeezebox Wi-Fi music players

on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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 touchRead More…

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More Enjoyment From Your Talking Toaster: The Slingbox Solo Review

By: cobinrox
on Monday, August 24th, 2009

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 doRead More…

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Vtech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio Review

on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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, plusRead More…

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Vtech introduces their first home audio device

on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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.

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Streaming Media: Not Just For Computers

on Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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 inRead More…

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Plug & Play Streaming Bluetooth Audio with the Drone

on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

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Myine Ira Wireless Internet Radio

on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Ira from Myine brings wireless internet radio to your home entertainment system by way of a 2 x 6 x 3 inch module. They claim that it takes only 3 minutes to set it up. Anyone else out there in gadget land enjoy listening to streaming radio? Would you buy the Ira for $149.99?