Jan 11 2016

News - Intel Compute Stick nets upgrade

I reviewed the original [Bay Trail] Intel Compute Stick about a year ago, and while it was neat - the media/Wi-Fi performance was a bit anemic. Of course, as is the case with many things, a little bit of time (allowing for steady march of improvement) can fix a lot. So I'm much more enthusiastic about the upcoming Cherry Trail and especially Core M versions of the Compute Stick. If you are interested in seeing what is in store, Anandtech has the skinny.

Jan 08 2016

News - Emby for iOS updated to 1.05

Glad to see this one, well the wife will be Smile.

Version 1.05 is in process of publishing to the app store.

This version includes a fix for Live TV playback getting stuck on the first frame and then not recovering. Big thanks to everyone in the beta group who helped tested this issue.


Jan 06 2016

News - Klipsch brings WiSA speakers to market

It looks like 2016 might be the year when WiSA wireless speaker tech finally hits the market in a real way. I have been following the standard for several years, and having heard it in action can attest to its performance. Really looking forward to seeing how it develops, sad I couldn't make it this year to listen to Klipsch's new line of reasonably priced speakers.

Jan 06 2016

News - ASUS CES 2016 announcements

I think ASUS forgot to mention HTPC as a key use case for its recently announced mini-PCs. Looking at the spec's and product photos, they would slot right into the A/V cabinet Smile.

Jan 06 2016

News - D-Link CES 2016 announcements

D-Link made a few announcements earlier today around new products and features (IFTTT!), but I think the most interesting is a home 802.11AC kit with adaptive roaming. Of all the questions I get asked about Wi-Fi, how to seemlessly extend a wireless network is the most common. Adaptive roaming has been around for ages in the enterprise space, but AFAIK this is the first really consumer oriented product to offer the automated AP hand-off feature. I'm really looking forwared to testing it - if it lives up to the billing, D-Link will have a fantastic feature advantage. Here's to hoping that it's not just a kit feature, but also something that can be added to their existing routers as well.

Jan 05 2016

News - Amped Wireless announces pair of AC2600 MU-MIMO home Wi-Fi devices

It's unclear to me what's different between the router and Amped Wireless's earlier AC2600 device, but it's great that they now have an AC2600 extender and the price of both is pretty compelling.

Jan 05 2016

News - Amped Wireless Debuts First Long Range, High Power HD Wi-Fi Cameras with up to 3X the Range

Range is a big problem with Wi-Fi cameras because they usually get deployed at the edges, so 3x the range of normal devices sounds like a killer feature for the new Amped Wireless cameras.

Jan 05 2016

News - Zipato announces ZipaTILE HAC

If you're looking for a snazzy looking home automation controller (HAC), the quad-core ARM9 Android 5 based ZipTILE looks really interesting. Especially considering the compute power, HA ecosystem support (Z-Wave, Zigbee, Nest, etc.) and sensors. I've never played with Zipato's kit, but the demo I saw last year was pretty impressive.

Jan 05 2016

News - Roku beefs up RokuTV platform, includes HDR reference design

Roku has one of the best OTT platforms available. I wish more TV OEMs would include it on board, instead of their proprietary SmartTV implementation. While I doubt it will happen, it's great that Roku is expanding the offering and produced a HDR reference design - it could happen Smile.

Jan 05 2016

News - NETGEAR announces four new products at CES 2016

NETGEAR has added an AC2600 802.11AC router, expanded its cable modem router offering, brought out the first AC2200 Wi-Fi range extender, and a PowerLINE Wi-Fi 1000 adapter kit to its product portfolio as well as annouced that the Arlo Q (hardwired) cameras are now available for purchase.

Dec 31 2015

News - More details about Axiim have come out

More details about Axiim's wireless home audio solution have come out ahead of CES. The more important is that the "AVR" + speakers will leverage WiSA (a good thing IMO) and they are planning a paid ($1500) BETA program that you can sign up at the website.

Dec 29 2015

News - TIL you can mix/match speaker impedance

I was a bit surprised by the answer because I'm pretty sure I've seen the opposite guidance elsewhere, or I was missing something in the nuance before. Definitely news to me, so well worth passing on. Enjoy, curtesy of AVS Forum.

Dec 29 2015

News - SVS announces Prime Elevation speaker

Directional speakers aren’t a new concept, they are quite common for in-wall installations, but this is the first “normal” speaker application I’ve seen and I think it’s a fantastic idea. While we would all love to have the perfectly shaped theater room, or even dedicated space and that’s where a directional speaker can make a mountain of difference. If you’re fortunate enough to make it to CES next week they will be demoing it, as well as giving away some of their recently announced accessories.

Dec 24 2015

News - DarbeeVision Launches DVP-5000S

I've never had the chance to really look at DarbeeVision's video processors, but my understanding is that opinion is mixed on whether they produce great or oversharpened/processed images. If you were a fan of the Darblet, you should be happy with the $250 DVP-5000S.

Dec 24 2015

Review - Tenorshare Any Data Recovery Pro

We have all done it – hitting delete with too much confidence, or forgetting to pull a file off disk before formatting. Thankfully, because of how files are stored on disk, it takes a bit to actually, truly, really delete a file, and that is where software solutions like Tenorshare Any Data Recovery Pro come in. Promising to roll back the clock and recover from these kinds of mistakes, it could provide just the thing, to ah… hypothetically, bring back a folder of mobile friendly encodes of your children’s favorite movies. 

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