Nov 19 2015

News - Developer Seeks Funding For SageTV Open Source Miniclient for Android

There was a time when SageTV ruled the earth. Of all the HTPC DVR client/server applications it was the most flexible, featured, and my personal favorite. Like all good things, it came to an end after Google bought the company and euthanized the consumer product. We thought it was the end, and it was, until the spirit of FOSS breathed new life into its dusty carcass. No one embraced this change like legendary SageTV community developer Sean Stuckless – who now needs your help to help fund development for an Android miniclient.

I could go on, but it’s probably best to hear it straight from Sean

Nov 19 2015

News - D-Link Introduces Komfy Light Switch Camera

If I'm honest, I don't really get the camera aspect of this light switch. I mean it's cool and all, but as a light switch is in a fixed location it might not be optimal to monitor the room from where it is. The $299 DKZ-201S is packed with environmental sensors though, so from that perspective it makes a lot of sense, but I certainly hope D-Link has a cheaper non-camera model in the product pipeline as well.

Nov 19 2015

News - SmallNetBuilder Reviews QNAP TS-563 Turbo NAS

This isn't the first review of QNAP's 5-bay 10GbE NAS, but I always enjoy SNB reviews because of the throrough attention to performance testing.

Nov 19 2015

News - AnandTech Reviews AMD A8-7670K APU

AMD has struggled mightly over the last few years to define a niche where they could be profitable and sell CPU+GPU (aka APU or IPG depending on your preference) at the same time. This "Godvarai" based APU (AMD's term) runs $118, so in the middle of AMD's Kaveri lineup.

Nov 18 2015

News - Sky "Launches" Sky Q 4K Service

With twelve tuners, multi-room, and 4K the Sky Q looks pretty slick. 2016 is just around the corner too, so it will be interesting to see how well it works, and how much it will cost in a couple months (probably more than I'll want to spend).

Yes, this is the same Sky satellite TV provider in the UK that made SkyDrive into OneDrive.

Nov 18 2015

News - ASUS Chomebit HDMI Stick

I've never really seen the appeal of ChromeOS. My computing needs tend to run a bit more towards the power user end of the spectrum, but if you have a friend or family member who just wants to browse the web and do a bit of email $85/£90 + HDMI equipped monitor might just do the trick.

Nov 18 2015

News - Ars Technica reviews NVIDIA Shield K1 Tablet (2015)

Ever since my Nexus 7 (2013) died, I've been on the hunt for the perfect replacement. Problem is, every Android tablet sucks, every single one. Too expensive, too cheap, poor screen resolution, lacking in storage, or expandability. There was always something that put a solid line through every option I found. Oddly the NVIDIA Shield K1, either the original or the updated 2015 model, never came up in any of my searches - so I didn't know it existed until now, and frankly I'm impressed. £149/$199 gets you a 7" Lollipop tablet with microSD, a 1080p screen, and a modern-ish SoC. Just might have to revise my opinion of Android tablets Wink.

Nov 18 2015

News - BigBruin Reviews D-Link DCS-2210L HD IP Camera

As nice as Wi-Fi cameras are, sometimes putting a little bit of PoE in your life can provide the reliability and continuous recording magic you've been missing in your home monitoring system.

The D-Link DCS-2210L looks to do exactly that, and offer a non-Cloud solution for recordings.

Nov 18 2015

News - TweakTown Reviews ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard

What is wrong with motherboard names these days!? Sometimes I feel like a frumpy old man reading these reviews Smile. Nomenclature asside, Skylake has me a bit excited, and with the recent outpouring of product, and reviews around the ecosystem it looks to have taken the OEMs and PC sites along as well.

After Intel left the motherboard market, I've more often than not ended up with ASUS powering my builds. So I was intrigued to see what their high-end ITX board had on offer. Overall looks solid, but the lack of DisplayPort and M.2 (OK, U.2 is there) kills it for me.

Nov 18 2015

News - TECHSPOT Reviews Intel Core i3-6100, Likes It

With Broadwell's lackluster desktop release leaving DIY builders out in the cold, I've been a bit detached from following the progression of the platform. This has changed with Skylake, and its full release for all users - not just mobile. Might just be time to modernize that aging HTPC Smile.

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