Archive for the 'apple' Category

Airplay in the conference room

April 26, 2012

Many Apple fans know the joy of sharing videos, music, and photos at get-togethers with friends, by “Airplaying” them from their iPads and iPhones to an HDTV via an Apple TV box. Now, this phenomenon is starting to show up in corporate conference rooms.

iPad vs Galaxy Tab smackdown

April 14, 2012

[Updated Aug 25, 2012] – Before launching into this review, which pits Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 against Apple’s iPad 2, I took a few days to familiarize myself with the Galaxy Tab’s Android 3.1 (“Honeycomb”) OS. The thing is, I’d already used iOS on an iPod Touch for two years, but was a rank newbie when it came to Android.

Apple TV third-generation screenshot tour

March 8, 2012

This screenshot tour accompanies our detailed, in-depth review of the second- and third-generation Apple TV streaming media players. The tour, based on the recent version 5.0 firmware release for both devices, encompasses about 150 screenshots showcasing the third-generation Apple TV menu system, settings, and resources for streaming movies, TV shows, podcasts, photos, music, and internet radio to an attached TV.

Apple TV vs Google TV vs Roku vs Boxee vs…

March 7, 2012

[Updated Dec. 28, 2012] — It’s looking like 2012 will go down as a watershed for “cord-cutters” seeking to replace expensive cable TV services with low-cost gadgets that stream movies and TV shows from the Internet via free, subscription, and pay-per-view services. Accordingly, this DeviceGuru “smackdown” pits five popular streaming media player devices against each other, based on their features, functions, specs, and quality of implementation.

Third-generation Apple TV review and screenshots

March 7, 2012

This in-depth review takes a close look at the second- and third-generation Apple TV streaming media players, equipped with their recently released v5.0 firmware. Despite the third-generation Apple TV’s hardware and user interface tweaks, Apple still hasn’t added a plug-in apps ecosystem; but the v5.0 firmware’s revamped icon-style user interface hints that such a capability is in the offing.

Boxee 1.5 for desktops arrives, but the end is nigh

December 26, 2011

[Updated Jan 27, 2013] — Boxee released version 1.5 of its free multimedia streaming software for Mac, Windows, and Linux desktops today, but simultaneously announced that it will cease offering the Boxee desktop software after January 2012. Thereafter, the company will limit its focus to devices such as the D-Link Boxee Box.

Boxee updates Boxee for iPad app to v1.2

November 3, 2011

Boxee has released a v1.2 update to its Boxee for iPad app. One big enhancement is the addition of a limited set of Boxee Box remote control capabilities from directly within the iPad app.

Survey probes iPad-style tablet use preferences

November 2, 2011

A recent survey probed the reasons why consumers buy iPad-style tablets, and where and how the devices are being used. Interestingly, non-iPad users reported 30 minutes more daily tablet use, on average, than iPad users.

Amazon Kindle Fire: half an iPad at half the price

September 29, 2011

Amazon is poised to grab a big chunk of the emerging web-tablet market with a device that’s half the size, half the performance, and half the price of Apple’s iconic iPad. The Android-powered, Wifi-only Kindle Fire sports a 7-inch color display, and enters the market priced at $200.

Survey says: Innovators prefer Android

September 26, 2011

According to market analyst Nielsen’s August market data, more than half (56 percent) of the smartphones acquired over the most recent three months ran Android. Perhaps the market analyst’s most interesting observation, though, is that innovators prefer Android to iOS by a margin of 40 to 32 percent.