Not to be outdone by Apple, Google announced it was launching a free, ad-supported, streaming music service. The service will be similar to several other free music streaming services; you can create radio stations based on your favorite artist, song, album, or genre. Additionally, Google is incorporating Songza's unique radio station selection menu. For those [...]

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Attention Spotify users:  Engadget recently reported that Spotify has begun to serve up advertisements on their Web site, targeted based on the music you are listening to.  "Playlist targeting" is what Spotify is calling this feature.  With this technology, Spotify can review your listening habits, and what you are currently listening to, in order to [...]

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When reviewing headphones, earphones and speakers, there is always one constant throughout: A music source. Whether it’s vinyl, CD, iTunes, music burned in Apple Lossless, FLAC, Spotify/Pandora or even FM radio, the music has to come from somewhere. Then there’s the music player: iPhone/Android smartphone, various iPods, digital audio players, computer, home stereo. As you [...]

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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 my [...]

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MuseMini ClipR-1

We all probably have our favorite pair of headphones/earphones that we like to use with our smart devices. The problem I find is that I am often in situations that make it hard to use my headphones/earphones with my smart device. Situations like working out or traveling when I don't want my cord to dangle [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

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. [...]

Posted in: Gaming Gear, News

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 of [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News, Watches and Clocks, Wireless

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. [...]

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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 its [...]

Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

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 as [...]

Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, News

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. [...]

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McTiVia Review


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, [...]

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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 [...]

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Agora Internet TV Portal from Kogan

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 [...]

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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 [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Home and Kitchen, Reviews, Wireless

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 [...]

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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 special [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, iOS, News

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. [...]

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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 [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews, Wireless

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,, Flickr and more. It won't be available until the first half of [...]

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