Nov 05 2015

News - Angee. The First Truly Autonomous Home Security System.

I don't generally post about Kickstarter products, and I almost never click ads, but when Angee promoted tweet showed up in my feed today I couldn't resist (on either count). After reading through the description and watching the video for this automated home security system I have to say this seems like a really, really neat idea.

If you've done any research into this product/company, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Nov 05 2015

News - BBC Store Opens for Business

From a retail and content perspective there aren't many time those living in the UK can legitimately claim a first. This, however, is one of those times with the BBC opening up 7,000 hours of material and more planned, including some controversial programs, for sale to UK residents. Ha Ha Wink

Nov 05 2015

News - SVS Tackels The Sealed v. Ported Subwoofer Question

Now SVS is a speaker company, specializing in subwoofers, so you might to take their guidance with a grain of salt. That said the write-up seems pretty balanced, and concludes with a solid "it depends" which is always a good sign.

Nov 04 2015

News - TweakTown Reviews TP-LINK Archer CR700 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router

Retail cable modem routers is a relatively new consumer product, and I can't say a blame OEMs getting into this market. Bundled MSO modems tend to suck, and it's nice to have a single device that does it all - as long as it meets your requirements for a modem and a Wi-Fi Router.

Nov 04 2015

News - TechReport Reviews Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN970

If integrated graphics won't cut it for your mini HTPC needs, something like the Zotac Zbox Magnus EN970 might be just the thing. I haven't had the best experience with Zotac's BIOS support lifecycle, so make sure to do your research and pick something you'll be happy with long term.

Nov 04 2015

News - SmallNetBuilder Reviews TP-LINK Archer C2600 AC 2600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

I've never had a chance to play with TP-Link's kit, so I can't speak from personal experience. But it's great to see them adding choice in the AC2600 MU-MIMO territory as the market matures.

Nov 04 2015

News - The Wirecutter Answers "The Best Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones" Question

I love my active noise cancelling headphones because they make everything from air travel to the kid's playdates tolerable. They are on-ear, and in extended blocking er... listening sessions my ears do tend to get a bit sore. I'd be curious if in-ear would be more comfortable when in it for the long haul.

Nov 03 2015

News - Yamaha Introduces RX-S601 Slimeline AV Network Receiver with MusicCast

Googling MusicCast was the first thing I did when this bit of PR showed up in my inbox. If it's your preferred scheme for wireless audio, or just limited for space this $600 AVR could fit the bill nicely. Seems to tick all the right boxes (4K, HDCP2.2, HBR audio, etc.), including one of the most important - decent (YPAO) room correction.

Nov 03 2015

News - Plex Comes to New Apple TV

Plex is on a tear lately. First Android TVs, and now the free app expands to the new Apple TV. Great job Plex!

There truly isn’t any other platform we’ve wanted to be on for as long as we have the Apple TV. Today’s the day, and we’re celebrating. The app is free in the app store for everyone, and requires the latest media server (note: you may need to download and install the very latest server manually for now on certain NAS devices).


Nov 02 2015

News - OpenELEC 6.0 Released

I am a big fan of the embedded OpenELEC version of Kodi. It's a great way to get some extra life out of aging or budget hardware from an easy to install and support platform.

Along side the rev to Kodi 15.2, there are few other notable changes mentioned in the release notes. So make sure to have a quick read.

Go get it.

The OpenELEC team is proud to announce OpenELEC 6.0 (6.0.0)

The most visible change is Kodi 15.2 (Isengard). Beginning with Kodi 15.0 most audio encoder, audio decoder, PVR and visualisation addons are no longer pre-bundled into OpenELEC but can be downloaded from the Kodi addon repo if required. PVR backends such as VDR and TVHeadend will install needed dependencies automatically.


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