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Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Television Talk Turns Focus To Looming Battles

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/in-t...ooms-large/4163

"That war will be fought in the living room-and the den, and the dorm room, and just about any place where people watch movies and TV programs and listen to music. It's been an open secret for years that Apple will make a play for the living room eventually. Despite Steve Jobs's protestations that Apple TV was "just a hobby," a high-definition TV is the inevitable next step in the natural evolution of the Apple ecosystem."

Like others close to the industry, Ed Bott from ZDNet has been following the "battle for the living room" for some time. His editorial on the subject (hit the Read link below) is great background reading for a subject that will likely explode in focus now as it has essentially been confirmed in the Steve Jobs biography that Apple has great interest in developing a TV to add to their arsenal. This is a battle that will play out for a very long time, but it almost certainly will change the way we have traditionally viewed TV shows and other forms of entertainment. The players include representatives from a wide variety of viewpoints and ecosystems, including Microsoft, Google, Netflix, Hulu, TiVo and a slew of others, basically hardware, software, and content providers from all aspects of the entertainment, news, sports, and music industries. Bott does a nice job of introducing the battleground, including providing his perspective on which dimensions will be particularly important (user experiences, business relationships with content providers, and cable/satellite infrastructure). To get started, curl up in your easy chair, in your living room, of course, and get reading.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Xbox Live Coming to Windows 8

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:56 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/13/...-for-windows-8/

The above image is from someone's Flickr account, so I'm not sure if it's real, but Engadget is reporting that Xbox Live is coming to Windows 8. This is impressive - between the Xbox hooked up to a TV, a Windows Phone, and Windows 8 on a PC or tablet, Microsoft has a three-screens entertainment strategy that can actually compete with Apple's iTunes ecosystem. Not bad Microsoft, not bad at all. Note that there's no word "Zune" anywhere in that screen shot, or on the Engadget one. That reinforces to me that the Zune brand is on the way out...but I wonder what they'll re-brand the awesome desktop software to? Xbox doesn't make sense as a media player brand - well, not to me at least.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hands on with the Myine IRA Internet Radio

Posted by Don Tolson in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Internet Radio (streaming audio)
Manufacturer: Myine
Where to Buy: Amazon.com [affiliate]
Price: $129.99 USD
System Requirements: WiFi connection to the Internet (either 802.11g or n); Stereo system or powered speakers with analog AUX input via RCA jacks or stereo 3.5mm jack.
Specifications: Main unit is 50.8mm (2in) x 152.4mm (6in) x 76.2mm (3in), 726g (1.6lb); Remote is approximately 85mm (3.4in) x 40mm (1.6in) x 2mm (0.08in); Screen is 67mm (2.6in)

Pros:

  • Very simple to set up and use;
  • Huge station list which is updated automatically, with up to 40 storable as favorites;
  • Sound quality is very good.

Cons:

  • Volume output is on the low side (depending upon station);
  • Menus are difficult to read from "couch" distance :-);
  • Can only access the menus using the remote.

Summary: Although diminutive in size, the Myine IRA (Internet Radio Adapter) packs a fully WiFi capable, Internet browser which can select and stream clean, stereo audio from a list of over 11,000 stations around the world. Whatever your music or information preference, you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own living room/den/entertainment room over your existing sound system. It literally sets up in seconds. Read more...


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