Sep 20 2016

News - Kodi app in Microsoft Store

If you've been waiting to get your Kodi on, and can't install the old-school version. There's no an option straight out of the Microsoft Store. Oddly, it's PC only... So Windows Mobile and XBox One are left out. Which at least one of them should find pretty typical.

Sep 14 2016

News - Vizio P65-C1 reviewed @ RHT

If I'm honest, I wasn't expecting much when I clicked through to look RHT's review of the Vizio P65-C1. While scanning through I ran across this "...the Vizio P65-C1 provided the best non-OLED performance I saw this year". Naturally, this required a more thorough read and I must that it impresses most of the way throughout. Quite a lot of TV for $2,000.

Sep 14 2016

News - Epson introduces four new projectors

Ranging from $1,300-$2,000, the three consumer 1080p projectors are the most afforable of the set. But, if your pockets are a bit deeper (OK, quite a lot deeper), there's also a Laser model in the mix. It's also 1080p, but will support 4K + HDR input, and carries a CI targeted $8,000 MSRP.

Sep 12 2016

News - Faux K (I love that name)

It's possible that I'm just posting this link because I love the name "Faux K" (who doesn't like a good pun?) to describe those fake 4K projectors that have been cropping up lately. Everytime I see one, I get interested (mostly because they are cheap, for what they're claiming), only to be disappointed by the spec sheet. Understandably Sony, who has a real 4K solution want's to set the record straight. Alas, maybe someday I'll be able to afford one Smile.

Sep 12 2016

News - Raumfeld wireless speakers reviewed @ RHT

I hadn't heard of Raumfeld before, but after reading the review I'm quite intrigued. While there are few issues pointed out by the reviewer, it seems like solid kit and a welcome entrant in to the wireless home audio market.

Sep 12 2016

News - Don't call it a comeback, Kaleidescape wasn't down that long

According to Inside CI, Kaleidescape used it recent troubles to restructure a bit. Although I'm not that confident given market trends, and even what Kaleidescape has to say for itself.

Sep 10 2016

Blog - Site maintenance

You may have noticed the site going up and down a lot today. We were doing some maintenance to update core software and get the site setup with an certificate.

Please drop me a line if you notice any issues.


Sep 08 2016

News - ASUS announces RT-AC58U 802.11AC 2x2 Wi-Fi router

Not everyone wants, needs, or is willing to pay for the top-of-the-line tri/quad stream 802.11AC Wi-Fi router. For those who fall into that category, but still want modern features like MU-MIMO the ASUS RT-AC58U might be just the thing. It is launching at the end of September, but price hasn't been disclosed yet so we'll have to wait and see it where this falls in the value-for-money spectrum.

Update: I was able to run down pricing (£89.99), but unfortunately is now delayed until December.

Sep 06 2016

Review - Olloclip Active Lens iPhone 6 / 6s & 6 / 6s plus

I typically rely on my manual 35mm SLR to take higher quality pictures. I have in the past only used my camera phone for casual picture taking. I recently switched to an Apple iPhone 6s plus and acquired an Olloclip Active lens at the same time to see if I could get photos with the two that would replace my SLR in most situations. The Olloclip Active lens is 99.99. It is more expensive than the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens but should allow iPhone photography to capture wider scenes, more detail from close up objects and focus on further objects than without it.

Sep 05 2016

News - CNET knows OLED

I'd really, really like an OLED TV, but with a still quite decent PDP to "make do" with it's been a bit difficult to justify the purchase; especially given #3 on CNET's "should I upgrade" questions. Even if you're not in the market. It is a good breakdown of what's out there, and how much it will hurt to bring it home.

Sep 05 2016

News - NETATMO announces smart radiator valves

People may poke fun at IoT and Smart Home, but these smart radiator valves are exactly the kind of thing that I think sell the home automation (HA) story. They increase efficiency, reduce the need to intervene, and provide useful feedback on what's goin on in my home while potentially saving me money. Perfect.

The valves are £59.99 and you need their £149 Smart theromostat, so not crazy expensive especially compared to some of the other players in the UK Smart heat control market (and they look a bit nicer IMO). There was no mention of how the valves are powered though, which would be something I'd want to know before splashing out.

Update: the valves are powered by two AA batteries which should last about two years.

Sep 05 2016

News - OmarKnows Circle

I found out about Circle a few days ago and was very curious about how it works, because frankly it sounded awesome and scary at the same time. Fortunately, Omar was able to help me out there (Arp Spoofing) as well as provide a nice testimonial around how it works for his family. As my kids approach their teenage years, I'm starting to think that simple parental controls and parenting might not be enough - so I've been looking for something like this. That said, I'd much rather it was built into the router instead of using a technique that can be circumvented by a reasonably sophisticated user once they know it's there. But, I guess that's where Circle's MDM (shudder) product comes in.

Sep 01 2016

News - Plex adds DVR feature

If you're rocking a Plex Pass you can have a play with their new DVR feature. It also requires a supported Silicon Dust HDHR tuner, so if you have one of those you're ready to roll. Awesome!

Well, that is, unless you're Plex server is sitting on an NVIDIA Shield Android TV. That's unsupported at this time Sad.

As a BETA, there are a few other caveats (e.g. Copy-Once no-go). So make sure to check out the full release and forum post.

Aug 30 2016

Review - NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Let me start by saying, I am not much of a gamer. So while the NVIDIA Shield Android TV box has been out for a while, offering 4K UHD support for native playback and over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix, the value proposition really did not speak to me given its $200/£150 (16GB) $300/£220 (500GB “PRO”) price tag. The landscape for the device changed recently with major feature additions in the form of Plex media server and SiliconDust HDHR DVR recording engine support; turning this gaming-streamer into a legitimate home theater PC (HTPC) alternative.

Aug 29 2016

News - Eero v. Luma - Mesh Wi-Fi comparison

Mesh Wi-Fi systems promising whole house Wi-Fi coverage via multiple APs is rapidly moving from enterprise only into the home. I haven't had a chance to play with either of the two main players in this market, Eero & Luma, so it was interesting to see Omar's comparison.

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