media players

Streaming Solutions

If you're like me, you never get tired of digital content. I appreciate having multiple options for TV shows, music, and movies. An abundance of content allows me to re-watch my favorites, as well as provide an opportunity to binge-watch something new—and lately, with so many shows being picked up on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus, the latter has been happening quite frequently.

Hands-On Review: ASUS CUBE with Google TV

Last week a peculiarly shaped device appeared on my desk. It was a compact, solid square box with a rather alien aesthetic, by which I mean it looked like something out of a Star Trek episode. The perfectly square cube was dark gray with long diagonal grooves across its entire surface.

New WD TV Play Media Player

WD, a Western Digital company, has just announced their new WD TV Play Media Player. The WD TV Play provides access to movies, TV shows and music from entertainment apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify and more. It uses the latest wireless-N technology for fast streaming and no PC is required.

Holiday 2012: Are You Smarter than a Flat Screen?

There used to be a time when your appliances were not as smart as you. A time when you told the coffee maker what time you were getting up, the coffee maker didn’t tell you. A time when you, not your smartphone, scheduled lights out. There was a time when we ruled the electronics in our lives, and not the other way around.

Holiday 2012: Apple AirPlay for Wireless Tunes

When Apple decided to license its AirPlay technology to speaker and receiver manufacturers so their components could play audio wirelessly from iTunes on a Windows or Macintosh computer or from such iOS devices as an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, few realized how many companies would bite.

Holiday 2012: Multi-Room Wireless Music Streaming from Sonos

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a stereo system in every room of your house? You could continuously listen to music or the news as you accomplished tasks in each space. The Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi System takes this idea to a whole new level, expanding it to functionality never before possible.

The New AppleTV: Now with 1080p!

While the new iPad may have been the star of Apple’s event in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Apple had another surprise product refresh for us, the new AppleTV. Considered more of an upgrade of the previous AppleTV than a completely redesigned model, it still improves on its predecessor in every way possible.

New Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Players from SanDisk

It may seem that MP3 players are being eclipsed by the all-purpose media player, but SanDisk is betting there’s a place for an inexpensive dedicated audio player that also takes voice dictation and receives/records FM radio. 

New WD TV Live Streaming Media Player from Western Digital

Western Digital had it backwards when, three years ago, it promoted the WD TV HD Media Player as an accessory to its Passport hard drives. Users already wanted to do more than copy content from a computer and walk it over to a media player plugged into their TV.

Upgrade Your Computer to Blu-ray

When recordable CD-ROM drives came out, computer users were ecstatic that there was finally a form of removable media that dwarfed floppy disks in capacity. At 650MB (per layer, per side), CD-ROMs held roughly 451 times the data of 1.44MB floppy disks.


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