Archive for the 'user interface' Category

Roku finally gets a 2D facelift

March 28, 2013
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I’ve griped for years about Roku’s retro one-dimensional menu. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the Roku 3 model, the company is giving the Linux-based media streaming player a 2D facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones.
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R.I.P. Boxee Box: 2010-2013

January 27, 2013
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[Updated Jul 10, 2013] — When Boxee announced its new Boxee TV product last October, it also stated that the original Boxee Box, which had already ceased being manufactured, would soon transition into “maintenance mode.” Additionally, the company promised one last firmware update, which would “update the Flash player and fix some key bugs.”
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Vizio Co-Star Google TV box review and tweak

January 15, 2013
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Google has promised a world of entertainment with its Google TV platform, claiming it can bring most any multimedia content to users’ TVs, through thousands of user-installable Android apps plus a full-featured Web browser. In this in-depth review, we’ll see how close Vizio’s Co-Star Google TV adapter box comes to meeting those high expectations.
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Vizio Co-Star Google TV box screenshot tour

January 7, 2013
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This screenshot tour was created to accompany DeviceGuru.com’s detailed review of the Vizio Co-Star streaming media player device, based on Google TV firmware v3.2.
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Netgear NTV300 streaming media player

December 25, 2012
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Netgear recently updated its “NeoTV” streaming media player family, which competes head-to-head with Roku’s similar line of players. Compared to last year’s NTV200, this year’s NTV300 series is smaller, adds the ability to stream multimedia from USB files and DLNA shares, supports Intel’s “WiDi” screen mirroring technology, and includes QWERTY text input buttons on the high-end model’s remote, among other enhancements.
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An in-depth Nexus 10 review

December 14, 2012
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Google recently introduced its first 10-inch Nexus branded tablet, the Nexus 10, which boasts a stunning 2560×1600 (300ppi) IPS display and a slim/light/comfortable design. This in-depth review examines the Nexus 10′s hardware and user interface, and compares the Nexus 10 both to its smaller sibling, the Nexus 7, and to its 10-inch Android tablet competition.
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An in-depth Galaxy Note 10.1 review

December 12, 2012
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[Updated Jan 24, 2013] — I recently spent a month using Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, running Android 4.0. Let’s find out what the tablet’s “Note” rather than “Tab” designation means, and how it compares to its less-expensive sibling, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and to Google’s Nexus 10.
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Nexus 10 vs Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Galaxy Note 10.1

December 5, 2012
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To find out which 10-inch Android tablet is best, we compare key features and specs of four of today’s most interesting Android tablets: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1; Google’s Nexus 10 (also manufactured by Samsung); and Lenovo’s IdeaTab S2110.
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Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 screenshot tour

November 1, 2012
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This screenshot tour was created in preparation for DeviceGuru’s in-depth review of Lenovo’s IdeaTab 2110 10-inch Android tablet. The comprehensive tour includes over 500 images showcasing numerous aspects of the tablet’s Android 4.0-based user interface, home screens, customization, and apps.
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New Boxee box: media streaming + live TV + DVR

October 16, 2012
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Boxee has announced a second-generation media streaming device. In contrast with the company’s pioneering Boxee Box, the new “Boxee TV” product features a limited set of apps for streaming from the most popular Internet-based sources and local network shares, integrates dual digital TV tuners, and provides a DVR function backed by cloud-based storage and watch-anywhere services.
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An in-depth Nexus 7 review

September 10, 2012
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[Updated Nov 30, 2012] – This highly detailed review introduces Google’s first Android tablet: the Nexus 7, made by Asus. After briefly comparing the device’s features and specs to those of several other leading 7-inch tablets, we’ll examine the Nexus 7′s Android 4.2 (aka “Jelly Bean”) user interface, and then demonstrate a selection of useful Android tools and apps for system management, communications, social networking, media streaming, entertainment, and productivity.
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Google Nexus 7 screenshot tour

August 13, 2012
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This screenshot tour accompanies DeviceGuru’s in-depth review of Google’s first Android tablet: the $199 Nexus 7, manufactured by Asus. The tour includes over 350 images showcasing numerous aspects of the tablet’s Android 4.1-based user interface, home screens, customization, and apps.
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