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Here’s why you don’t need a 64GB Apple TV

<i>(By Matthew Keys, The Desk) –</i> If the rumors and reports are correct, Apple will begin taking pre-orders within the next few days for its forthcoming Apple TV set-top box.<p>Unlike the current generation model — which has been reduced to a modest $65 at some retailers ahead of the new version — the …

Electric Jukebox takes on Spotify with a music-streaming dongle that only works through your TV

Just as you thought the music-streaming market had reached saturation point, a new company enters the fray with a slightly different approach to music on demand.<p>Britain’s Electric Jukebox, which was unveiled at a glitzy launch event in London today, has some big-name backers in the form of Robbie …

Apple still doesn't have a streaming deal with the top TV network

<b>Read next:</b> The new Apple TV review.<p>The new Apple TV is coming out later this month, but notably missing will be an Apple-made streaming service to go along with it. That's believed to be because Apple is still struggling to make deals with TV networks for their content. It's not clear which, if …

Smart TV

Microsoft Dialer for Android said to replace your phone app, coming later this year

Microsoft has been learning to play well with others under Satya Nadella’s leadership. Though the tech giant sees Google as one of its main competitors, they haven’t hesitated to get their software in the hands of as many Android users as possible. They recently released apps Send, Translator and …

Android News

Apple explains why Wi-Fi Assist isn't eating your data

Apple has revealed more information about how Wi-Fi Assist — a new feature in iOS 9 — works.<p>Wi-Fi Assist helps your phone use the best connection …

Spotify update adds support for the new Chromecast receiver

Spotify released version 4.1 for both iOS and Android on Monday, a software update that finally enables support for the newly released Chromecast. Spotify users will finally be able to wirelessly stream their songs through their existing televisions and speaker setups. Additionally, the Android …

Chromecast 2015 and Chromecast Audio review

Along with the new flagship Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, Google also unveiled an updated version of the Chromecast HDMI dongle, boasting a new look, multiple color options, and of course, faster hardware and enhancements on the software side of things. That wasn’t the only …

Televisions

Netflix hikes price of its most popular service by a buck, to $9.99

After raising rates last year, the streaming-video service ups the price of its "standard" option in the US. But current members won't see a higher bill for a year.<p>Popular streaming-video service Netflix is raising prices for the second time in two years, lifting the cost of its most popular level …

Televisions

LG 55EG9100 review: Sorta-more-affordable OLED is the TV to beat at 55 inches - CNET

Sorta-more-affordable OLED is the TV to beat at 55 inches<p><b>The Good</b> The LG 55EG9100 OLED TV's picture is better than any LCD or plasma TV. It's equally adept in bright and dark rooms, showed accurate color, and looks better from off-angle than any LED LCD. Its 1080p resolution is plenty for a 55-inch …

Televisions

Tim Cook Talks Apple TV

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about universal search, a key feature of the next-generation Apple TV.<p>When Apple's next-generation Apple TV arrives at market in October it will include a new universal search feature that will allow you to search for a movie or TV show …

Nest opens up its smart home technology to other companies

Weave lets third-party devices get the same smarts as Nest's own products<p>In the still nascent world of smart home technology, Nest is already one of the dominant names. Today, it's growing that position even stronger, as it is expanding its Works with Nest program with Nest Weave, which gives …

Home Automation

2nd gen Chromecast details leaked

A rather major Chromecast update is in the works, according to leaked documents seen by <i>9to5Google.</i> The refresh looks set bring some improved hardware and all new features to Google’s miniature streaming platform.<p>Starting with the second generation Chromecast hardware, the biggest change looks to be …

Android News

iOS 9 adblocker apps shoot to top of charts on day one

Peace becomes number one paid app in US, forcing publishers to adapt to new reality<p>Less than a day after the launch of iOS 9, Apple’s latest operating system, content blocking software is at the top of the app charts worldwide.<p>In the UK, two content blockers have hit the top 20 paid apps, with …

Digital Advertising

Facebook push notifications now available via Chrome, no official app needed

With the introduction of the Chrome Push API, Google made it possible for websites to push notifications through their popular mobile browser. This proves to be a huge step for many web developers and companies, as they no longer have to make users download an app in order to get updates on the …

Apps

Apple begins notifying developers who won the Apple TV dev kit lottery

Apple has started emailing developers who won the Apple TV developer kit lottery today, according to several users on Twitter who received the message. Users who have been selected will be shipped a development model of the next-generation Apple TV to aid in the creation of their apps.<p>To claim the …

LAPD bets the next standard-issue police car will be an electric vehicle

A Tesla Model S is about as far from a Ford Crown Victoria as you can imagine, but the former might just replace the latter in the police fleets of …

Electric Vehicles

VLC and Plex Apps Coming to New Apple TV

Apple's latest fourth-generation Apple TV includes a dedicated App Store, which will allow users to access many apps and features that were not previously available on the older Apple TV. Popular media streaming apps Plex and VLC, for example, are both coming to the Apple TV, with tvOS versions …

MS 브라우저, 구글 코덱 품는다 - 지디넷코리아

마이크로소프트(MS) 최신 브라우저가 구글 비디오 코덱 'VP9'을 지원한다. 구글과 모질라에 이어 MS가 VP9 지원 대열에 가세함으로써 웹표준 기반의 오픈소스 코덱 확산이 한층 탄력을 받을 전망이다<p>​<p>MS 엣지는 지난 7월말 출시된 윈도10 운영체제(OS)의 기본 브라우저다. MS 엣지(Edge) 개발팀은 지난 8일 공식 블로그를 통해 "엣지 브라우저에 VP9을 지원하는 기능을 개발 중"이라고 밝혔다. VP9 코덱이 HD화질 영상을 낮은 비트율(bitrates)로 스트리밍하는 데 효율적인 압축 성능을 지원하며 UHD화질 …

How the new Apple TV compares to the competition

Seeing as you’re reading this on the Internet, you likely already know about Apple’s new tvOS-powered Apple TV.<p>It’s too early to do a full-on review of this product, since only a handful of developers have spent a good amount of time with the hardware. But that won’t stop us from comparing the …

Smart TV

Why it doesn't even matter that Apple will sell a 16GB iPhone 6s

People love to hate on the 16GB iPhone, for good reason. If you’ve owned one yourself, you know the pain of the endless “out of space” notifications.<p>As details of the iPhone 6s have leaked reports claim Apple will keep the 16GB iPhone around for yet another year. People were quick to deride the …

Apps to download for your car

REUTERS/Desmond Boylan<p>We own cars way longer than we own cell phones, but that means most of our cars are desperately in need of an upgrade.<p>That's where these apps step in. From getting gas on-demand to knowing why your check engine light is on, the way we drive and approach owning a car is …

Apps

Best media players and streamers

The battle for what, or should I say who, controls your TV has been raging for several years now. This battle isn’t about your actual TV, it is about who gets to put content on your TV. In the Android ecosystem there are several important services that allow you to buy, rent or stream media. The …

Smart TV

LG 4K모니터 27MU67, FPS 게임 즐겨보니

LG 울트라HD 4K해상도 게이밍모니터 27MU67<p>얼마전 블로그를 통해 LG전자가 선보인 4K 해상도를 갖는 게이밍모니터 27MU67 모델을 소개해 드렸습니다. 방금 언급한 것처럼 초고해상도를 지원하는 것은 물론이고 게임을 즐기는데 유용한 다양한 기능(프리싱크, …

iHome iSP5 SmartPlug review: Despite help from Siri, the iHome SmartPlug struggles to stand out - CNET

Despite help from Siri, the iHome SmartPlug struggles to stand out<p><b>The Good</b> Once you get it set up, using your iHome iSP5 SmartPlug with your iOS device is easy and even fun. iHome's app allows you to organize your home into rooms and zones, and I got a kick out of controlling the plug with Siri.<p><b>The</b> …

Home Automation

Como Convertir un Televisor en un SMART TV - Xiaomi Mi Box Mini

Apple TV (2015) review: Luxurious streaming TV at your voice's beck and call - CNET

Luxurious streaming TV at your voice's beck and call<p><b>The Good</b> Apple TV delivers the most polished video experience today, with speedy reactions and a familiar yet attractive interface. It has the best remote on the market. Siri voice search is excellent, and useful voice commands add unique …

Smart TV

$600 premium Android phones are getting harder and harder to sell

The two big phone announcements of the week featured new Android devices — the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Style — with specs that compete well with $600-plus premium phones, yet cost between $300 and $400. We also heard that Samsung plans to “adjust” (read: reduce) the price of its $600 – $700 Galaxy …

For OnePlus, China is no longer its biggest market

OnePlus, a 900-employee-strong company that's sold 1.5 million smartphones since its debut 15 months ago, is doing surprisingly well outside its home country, China. As we sat in OnePlus' funky recreational room, CEO Pete Lau revealed that about 60 to 70 percent of the sales come from overseas, …

Vizio IPO plan shows how its TVs track what you're watching

While the past few years have been tough for many TV makers (Panasonic, Pioneer, Toshiba, Sony, just to name a few), Vizio has continued to grow its business, and now it's ready to go public. Vizio has made its name with impressive value-priced TVs that don't skimp on features (it's also a leader …

AT&T buys DirecTV, now biggest traditional TV provider in US

Even as TV watchers increasingly go online, AT&T has become the country's biggest traditional TV provider with its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV.<p>It got its regulatory approval Friday from the Federal Communications Commission after more than a year. The Justice Department had already cleared …