Nov 26 2015

News - IZON Begins Selling 50" & 65" Glasses Free 3D 4K TV

I've stopped by the Stream TV booth at CES a few times, and TBH never left that impressed with their glasses free 3D tech. Now that could be because I mainly saw it in the digital signage application, and when it was on a consumer type display the resolution wasn't high enough to provide a decent experience (similar to the image shredding that is apparent in passive 1080p 3D, but worse). Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to make it to CES in January so I won’t have the chance to see for myself if putting more pixels behind this tech nets the same transformative benefit that is does for passive. All that said, I really hope that Stream TV (or someone else) can bring 3D back into the discussion – even with glasses, with the right content 3D simply provides a better, more immersive viewing experience.

Also, I found the PR (after the click) base on a tweet from @relisberg where he blogged about his experience with the company. If you're interested in some more detail you should check out his post.

Nov 25 2015

News - NETGEAR Costumes Arlo

If I'm honest, my first impression wasn't kind to the idea of skins for an Arlo camera, but after thinking on it a bit I've really come around to the idea. One of the drawbacks to the device is that you can have any color you want, as long as it's shiny and white - this changes that. Whether you want a bit more discression, contrast, or just want a nice costume for your camera Smile. Although, I am disappointed that there's no orange option.

Nov 25 2015

News - PSA: AMD Has Retired All Pre-GCN GPUs

If you've been holding on to an older pre-Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU, AMD has finally EOL'd driver support for these chips. It's a bit difficult to determine just from the name of the GPU which set have been put out to pasture due to AMD's bizarre moniker recycling scheme, but the gist of it is that if your card is more than three years old, you're out in the cold. AT has a bit more detail on the breakdown...

Nov 24 2015

News - Plex Media Optimizer

It's not a new idea, but for those with enough of space, it is a good one. Pre-transcoding takes the real-time burden off of your system, which can make a huge difference for slower systems.

Nov 23 2015

News - SmallNetBuilder Reviews ASUS OnHub

If you like seeing routers taken apart, you will love SNB's review of the ASUS OnHub. This is a typical performance focused review, but I would have like to see more details on the UX (e.g. screenshots) as, at least from my understanding, it's the main selling point versus standard OEM Wi-Fi routers.

Nov 23 2015

News - Verizon Enables Anywhere Streaming

Looks like the full feature set it available in your home, with a more selective set of channels and DVR'd content outside. Hmmm... I wonder if VPN counts as "in your home"?

Nov 23 2015

News - Ars Technica Reviews ASUS Chromebit

ASUS launched the Chromebit a few days ago, but this is the first review I've seen of the device.  No surprises as far as I can tell from the review. Have a look if this sort of portable computing piques your interest. If you do buy one, get the orange - everything looks better in orange Smile.

Nov 22 2015

News - Another Copy Once CableCARD Player Dips Toe In

Microsoft WMC is dead, done, dusted. But that doesn't mean that HTPC DVR users have to give up on CableCARD, SiliconDust is trying to build a solution, and now JRiver has started a Kickstarter campaign to see if there's demand for a second Copy Once capable solution.

It's day 27 of 30, and they're looking for $100K (which sounds about right) in funding. If you're looking for a modern solution from an agile company with a proven track record of delivering constant improvement in HTPC software this could be $20 well spent.

Nov 20 2015

News - Kodi 16 Beta 1 Released

Kodi has done a fantastic job of never staying still, but release 16 is looking like an especially changeful rev. With DX11, event logging, long press support, and slew of other features. Official betas are generally pretty stable, so I'll be doing the upgrade over the weekend.

Nov 20 2015

News - Get a UK Chromecast for £10

Even though the Chromecast isn't a great standalone media streamer, it certainly does a decent job for a standin. This is even more true when traveling, as long as you also pack a travel router. I wouldn't spend £30 on one of these, but for £30-£20 (Play credit) = £10 the price is just about right for what it does.

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