Posts Tagged ‘DeviceGuru’

Third-Generation Apple TV Lands With a Thud

March 10th, 2012 03:31 admin View Comments


DeviceGuru writes “Although generally overshadowed by the iPad 3 debut, Apple also introduced the third incarnation of its Apple TV streaming media players this week. Sporting a revamped icon-based UI, the third-generation Apple TV doesn’t add much to its predecessor beyond a truly-HD 1080p video output mode. Although Apple TV is still not supported by an Apple Apps Store plug-in apps ecosystem, its new UI (available as a free update for 2nd-generation Apple TVs) does seem to imply that this capability is coming soon. Meanwhile, Roku is gearing up for a $50M IPO, so this cord-cutting story is far from over.”

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The Best Streaming Media Player

February 24th, 2012 02:11 admin View Comments


DeviceGuru writes “It’s looking like 2012 will be a watershed year for cord-cutters wanting to replace expensive cable TV services with low-cost gadgets that stream movies and TV shows from the Internet via free, subscription, and pay-per-view services. Accordingly, this DeviceGuru smackdown pits five popular streaming media player devices against each other. The smackdown compares Roku, Google TV, Apple TV, the Boxee Box, and Netgear’s NeoTV, tabulating their key features, functions, specs, supported multimedia formats, and other characteristics, and listing the main advantages and disadvantages of each device. Then, it provides a summary chart that attempts to quantify the whole thing, so you (theoretically) can pick the best one based on what characteristics are most important to you. Of course, the market’s evolving so quickly that the entire process will need to be redone in 6 months, but what else is new.”

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Google TV 2.0 Review, Tweaks, and Screenshots

January 16th, 2012 01:04 admin View Comments


DeviceGuru writes “Google and its Google TV 2.0 partners made quite a splash at CES this week. As a followup, this detailed blog post at DeviceGuru reviews Google TV 2.0′s features, specs, apps, and flexible new user interface, and shows how you can add customized folders and shortcuts to the home screen for accessing hundreds of favorite apps and websites within a couple of mouse clicks.”

Source: Google TV 2.0 Review, Tweaks, and Screenshots

Inside Netflix’s WebKit-Based UI For TV Devices

September 10th, 2011 09:52 admin View Comments


DeviceGuru writes with this interesting snippet on a modern approach to GUI design: “Netflix uses WebKit, JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 to build user interfaces that are delivered to millions of game consoles, Blu-ray players, Internet-connected TVs, and devices such as the Roku player and D-Link Boxee Box. Matt McCarthy and Kim Trott, device UI engineering managers at Netflix, have just published 50 presentation slides from their recent talk at OSCON 2011 in which they explained how Netflix develops its WebKit-based user interfaces.”

Source: Inside Netflix’s WebKit-Based UI For TV Devices

Humanoid Robot Wakes In Space, Tweets

August 24th, 2011 08:45 admin View Comments


DeviceGuru writes to note that Robonaut 2 (aka R2), the first humanoid robot to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station (ISS), was awakened from stasis this week after six months in orbit. R2s first words? ‘Those electrons feel GOOD!’ The success of R2′s activation on the ISS paves the way for putting R2 through its first movements in orbit on Sept. 1, when R2 will be sent commands for moving its arms and hands. Assuming these and other tests proceed without a hitch, R2 will start assisting the ISS crew with simple tasks in 2012. Coffee? Tea? Cigarettes?”

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LinuxCon 2011 Keynotes Streamed Free

August 17th, 2011 08:41 admin View Comments


DeviceGuru writes “All keynote sessions from the LinuxCon North America 2011 conference held in Vancouver this week are being made available for free public streaming today through Friday (August 17-19). One noteworthy highlight: today’s 4:45 pm (pdt) keynote will feature Greg Kroah-Hartman in conversation with Linus Torvalds. Viewing the streams requires free registration.”

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review

July 31st, 2011 07:49 admin View Comments


DeviceGuru writes “DeviceGuru’s 10-inch tablet smackdown pits Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 against Apple’s iPad 2. At price parity the iPad 2 is probably a better bet for the average user since it’s a more stable, near-perfect device with a rich assortment of apps for nearly every possible function you’d like to perform on a tablet, reasons the post. However, with the Samsung tablet’s cost of goods rumored to be around $215 versus $260 for the iPad 2 for comparable models, Samsung could drop its 10-inch tablet’s price to $425 and pose a serious challenge to Apple’s device. But will they…?”

Source: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review

Bionic Body Parts For the Disabled

July 4th, 2011 07:06 admin View Comments


DeviceGuru writes “An interesting 11-minute PBS News Hour video demonstrates several bionics projects that use high-tech robotics technology to create artificial body parts capable of assisting people with disabilities. The video demonstrates a robotic exoskeleton called eLegs, an artificial arm that gets wired into up to the user’s nerves, a robotic arm operated by a monkey that’s now going into human trials, special glasses that provide bionic eyesight for the visually impaired, and a runner with prosthetic legs who hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympics.”

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Man Creates Open Source Flashlight

June 7th, 2011 06:03 admin View Comments

GNU is Not Unix

DeviceGuru writes “Not content with revealing the source code to his mom’s banana bread, two-time BattleBots champion Christian Carlberg has developed an open source flashlight. Carlberg first achieved notoriety shredding competitors’ robots with Minion’s 14-inch saw blade on BattleBots. Now he’s all fired up to begin shipping what they say could be the ‘world’s first open source flashlight.’ But why in the world would you want a reprogrammable flashlight?”

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Are Streaming Media Players a Passing Fad

May 25th, 2011 05:20 admin View Comments

The Internet

DeviceGuru writes “In-Stat is questioning whether dedicated streaming media players like the Roku player, Boxee Box, and Google TV boxes will be around for long. The reason, says In-Stat, is that IP-streamed video is becoming a standard feature of TVs and Blu-ray players. Passing fad? Not according to this blog post at DeviceGuru, which argues that we’re talking about a disruptive market, not a mature one, and that TVs and Blu-ray players can’t possibly provide the flexibility to serve as the platform for delivering rapidly evolving technologies to the early adopters who represent the testbed for all this innovation.”

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