Why You Should Give Yourself A Cable-Free Life For Christmas: Go Roku

October 28, 2013

I have owned mine for years … We were up over a $100 a month, for mostly junk programming we didn’t watch. Now a $8 a month Netflix subscription and Internetwork free Stuff, does the trick. ROKU is not so good for the free stuff, so have your HDMI TV connected laptop handy.

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PJ Media hops onboard … This past year forced us to reevaluate almost every aspect of our lives: our health, our lifestyle and our spending habits. When assessing the cost of cable, and the value it brings–cutting it was a no-brainer.

However, my husband and I both have favorite programs we enjoy. I’m not going to lie, as an information-junkie, my withdrawals from news and commentary hit fairly hard.

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HDMI 2.0 Is Here

September 4, 2013

The not …:: HDMI 2.0 officially announced: 18Gbps bandwidth, 60fps 4K, 32 channel audio

The cables won’t change either, as the group claims current high-speed Category 2 wires can handle the increased bandwidth. Some companies have suggested upgrade paths for their UHDTVs already on the market — hopefully we’ll find out more about those plans this week at IFA 2013.

My advice if you are in the market for cables buy the best monoprice offers, so you will be ready for the next generation of stuff.


Dell’s Project Ophelia is a $100 Android PC that plugs into any HDMI TV or monitor

September 3, 2013

Cheap little PCs are popping up everywhere, in every format from linux to android to even windows. The revolution was kicked off by Raspberry PI … which is roaring along.

Thanks in large part to the Raspberry Pi, cheap little computers continue to be all the rage. Most of the time, though, these little computers aren’t products of the big name hardware manufacturers. Dell has apparently taken note of the tiny computer market, and has responded with the oft-rumored Project Ophelia, a $100 Android-powered USB stick PC that plugs into any monitor’s HDMI slot.

Dell’s Ophelia is something of a fat USB stick, but with an HDMI tip. It plugs into any display with an HDMI port (including your TV), and turns that display into a caseless computer. Even the tiny Raspberry Pi requires wires and a small amount of desktop space (though it’s small enough to hang from the ceiling if you want to get creative). It can do anything an Android-powered PC can do, such as play games, stream media, browse the internet, and download apps from the Google Play store.

Is the little miniature PCs aiming for your TV next??? The portable, desktop?

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Beta testers have units already … Ships Aug-Oct 2013, they say.


WiGig Wireless to Crowd Out WiDi & HDMI?

August 19, 2013

Here is an interesting story on the next WIFI technology iteration … WIGig … it aims to outdo WIFI AND WIDI … Yes that’s a mouthful of jargon, but that’s the way they like it … Looking like it’s going to be, as even Intel, the perpetrators of WIDI even has to respond … Microwave technology invades your space. The cables are an endanger species, I bet your wife will like that.

WiGig Wireless to Crowd Out WiDi & HDMI?

So what do we do with WiGig? Imagine, if you wil a laptop or ultrabook… and now imagine that device wirelessly docking to a display with a full array of USB, FireWire and Ethernet ports. W’re talking about using WiGig technology across the board to power video, connectivity and audio. So if all goes well, WiGig will be expanded and supported in much the same way as PCI and USB were and have been. If the new ultrabooks take off as we think they will, the need for this level of docking will increase dramatically and inject some much-needed consumer demand into the marketplace.

WiGig is an organization promoting the adoption of multi-gigabit speed wireless communications technology operating over the as-of-now unlicensed 60 GHz band.

Coming to a coffee shop near you???


Jolting The Market???

July 29, 2013

Google

The market for streaming media players may no longer be a two-horse race between Apple and Roku. The introduction of Google’s Chromecast has given the category a jolt — but there were always more fish in the sea than the big two. Now that Google has gotten people talking about streaming media players in earnest, we’ve canvassed the competition, including some models you may have missed, to gage the strengthes and weaknesses of each.

Google video … Introducing Chromecast. The easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV. For $35. What PC Mag has to say. Limited, but affordable.

As a ROKU fanboi, we’ll see. Miracast is coming … 


The Revolutionary $25 Computer Just Suffered A Minor Setback

March 8, 2012

Thanks to a manufacturing hiccup, there’s going to be a delay in shipping the Raspberry Pi, a revolutionary computer about the size of a USB thumb drive.

The factory manufacturing the Raspberry Pi accidentally swapped out a network jack with a jack that doesn’t work, meaning the device won’t be able to connect to the Internet, according to a post on the site.

The thumb-drive computer went on sale at the end of February.

It’s an easy fix, according to the foundation, and the factory is already almost done swapping out the correct hardware parts. But that means there could be a delay in later shipments of the Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi is a $25 computer that is powerful enough to run Quake 3, a pretty intense 3D video game. It plugs straight into a TV with an HDMI output and it’s designed to be cheap enough that anyone can buy.


Rasberry Pi Now shipping

March 1, 2012

The Linux-powered Raspberry Pi computer is officially available for purchase, just barely making its February launch window.

The device is pictured right and is approximately the same size as a credit card.

Demand is proving to be huge and one of the distributors, Farnell, has already sold out. Manufacturers will continue to produce the computer in batches of 10,000 until demand is met.

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