Hisense Shows VIDAA Smart Interface
January 7, 2014

While the new Roku TV, manufactured by Hisense, was one of the more high-profile announcements of Press Day at International CES, the manufacturer's CES press conference was mostly about something else entirely: VIDAA, its new Android-powered Smart TV interface, which the company says may be "the future of consumer electronics."

VOXX Enters Identity Authentication Category at CES
January 6, 2014

Citing a strategy of pursuit of “organic growth in directions that will create new distribution channels and expand our footprint,” VOXX Electronics Corp. president Tom Malone announced the company’s partnership with the iris-identity-authentication solutions provider EyeLock, which will result in the sale to the consumer and enterprise markets of the myris USB-enabled iris identity authenticator. How myris works is that it converts an individual’s iris patterns to a code unique to that person, then matches that code to the individual’s eyes to grant access to devices and digital platforms.

Polaroid Unveils 4K TV
January 3, 2014

You know them from your parents’ photo albums and the recent resurgence in Polaroid pics among hipsters via outlets like Urban Outfitters, but now, the instant camera manufacturer is turning toward TVs with a new line that will be on display at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. Polaroid will debut a 50” Smart TV that is Roku Ready, as well as a 50” Ultra HD 4K Television.

Roku Adds YouTube At Last
December 17, 2013

For most of Roku’s history, there’s been something conspicuously missing from the streaming box’s roster of channels: YouTube. Not anymore. Roku and YouTube’s parent company, Google, finally reached an agreement Tuesday on a deal to make YouTube available on Roku devices.

Cool Pays Off
October 30, 2013

Once upon a time, I felt pretty cool checking email on my BlackBerry just before the flight attendant came down the aisle to enforce “all electronics off.” The desire to be cool or admired is part of our basic nature. It fills our innate need to feel like we fit in and belong. But how do you define cool?

Samsung Jumps Into Smart Media Player Fray
October 17, 2013

Samsung this week announced the debut of the Samsung Smart Media Player (GX-SM530CF), a product meant to deliver smart TV capability to non-"smart" TVs. 

4TB Seagate External Hard Drive On Sale for $150
May 7, 2013

The biggest problem with media servers is disc space. Eventually, no matter how big your hard drive, no matter what you do, you’re going to fill up your storage drive and have to add more storage space. Media boxes like WDTV or Roku can take external hard drives, but there’s always a catch. Like anything, you can have it big, you can have it cheap, or you can have it fast: pick two.

Nearly Half of Home Entertainment Devices are Connected
May 1, 2013

Around 47 percent of home entertainment devices in the U.S.- including TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray and streaming media players- are connected and "being used for their online capabilities," according to a study released this week by NPD Group.