Archive for the 'hardware' Category

Pioneering “embedded PC” standard turns 20

September 3, 2012

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the PC/104 specification, which introduced a standardized way to build PC-compatible functions into a wide range of instruments, devices, and applications.

Will Intel acquire Roku?

January 3, 2012

According to rumors, Intel may be thinking about acquiring Roku, maker of the popular, low-cost, multimedia streaming device that competes aggressively with the Google TV, and Apple TV, and Boxee Box devices.

Free ebook celebrates 10 years of Mini-ITX

November 30, 2011

Via Technologies has published a free ebook celebrating 10 years of the compact, Mini-ITX motherboard form-factor. “Small is Beautiful: 10 Years of Mini-ITX” is available as a free download in ePub and PDF format.

Android smartwatch smackdown!

October 27, 2011

Two startups are about to go “chrono y chrono” with competing Android smartwatch gizmos. The “I’m Watch” exclusively targets smartwatch applications, whereas the “WIMM Platform” is meant to create “a new market of connected wearable devices that deliver timely, relevant information at a glance” — of which smartwatches are but one example.

In-depth review: Sonos Play:3 music-streamer

October 7, 2011

Sonos has added a new member to its wireless music-streaming device family. “Play:3” lowers the bar on size, power consumption, and cost, and is intended for kitchens, bedrooms, and other small- to mid-sized rooms.

Boxee Box price drops to $180

September 4, 2011

D-Link appears to have reduced the suggested retail price of the Boxee Box from $200 to $180, possibly due to pressure from Roku’s sub-$100 device and Logitech’s price-slashed ($99) Google TV player.

Android 3.1 coming to Google TV boxes soon

August 16, 2011

Notwithstanding the Logitech Revue Google TV system’s drastic price reduction to $99, all new and existing devices will soon be updated to Google TV version 2, based on Android 3.1 (“Honeycomb”).

Second Boxee Box Contest winner announced

August 1, 2011

The second “Win a Boxee Box” contest has been won by Jim Sims, whose name was randomly selected from among all those who registered and voted for tips at prior to midnight, July 31st.

New Roku players add gaming, subtract power

July 20, 2011

Roku has just refreshed its popular family of streaming media players, adding a model with an enhanced remote control for playing “casual games,” and slashing the devices’ typical power consumption to less than 2 watts.

Free app turns PCs and Macs into Pogoplugs

July 7, 2011

Cloud Engines, maker of the nifty Pogoplug device, has just introduced a software-only version of its cloud-based filesharing and multimedia streaming service. The free app builds Pogoplug functionality into Windows PCs and Macs, letting users share their desktop systems’ multimedia libraries and other files over the Internet, and with a modestly-priced upgrade adds A/V-streaming and transcoding capabilities.