The Slingbox is no longer a Windows-only device. Today, Sling Media posted the beta version of the SlingPlayer software for Mac OS X. As to be expected with beta software, there are a few caveats: for now, the software is intended only for U.S. and Canadian Slingbox owners, and it will run only on Macs running OS X version 10.4. That said, we were able to download, install, and run it on an iMac in well under five minutes, and it performed smoothly during our first full day of testing. Download links and an FAQ are available at … Read more
While the general public has taken kindly to the Xbox 360's dashboard, nothing inspires change more than last-minute panic. Perhaps sensing big things on the way from the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft has an pretty hefty UI update (85 new features) ready to deploy today.
The biggest new feature on the way is the addition of the ability to output 1080p--we'll have to fish out our VGA adaptor to test this when it hits, as most HDTVs can't output 1080p via component. Besides providing a higher output for games, the Xbox 360 will … Read more
Don't batteries suck? I mean, either they blow up in your face, or in the case of Apple's iPod, their lifespans just don't cut it--especially when you're watching video. I mean, what good is a portable video player if it can't get you through a flight from New York to L.A.?
Enter the Sonnettech Volta, a battery add-on that you strap onto your iPod like a backpack. If it works, it'll keep your iPod's video player going for 16 hours or recharge the little guy up to three times. Just think--you could … Read more
In the past, we've been impressed with Niro's virtual speaker systems, but we hadn't heard from the company (founded by Nakamichi's founder, Niro Nakamichi) for a while, so we assumed it had gone belly-up. Not true. Niro's back with several new 1.1 surround systems that all have a low-profile, "made-for-plasma" look. The entry-level 420 starts at $$580 while the top-of-the-line 1000 is priced at $1390. All are due out shortly.
Niro says that first and foremost the new speakers have an "expanded soundstage and enhanced surround effects, thanks in part to … Read more
With the influx of new high-def movie players this holiday season, particularly ones masquerading as gaming systems and accessories, Toshiba is hoping to catch the attention of high-def adopters with a mail-in offer valid with the purchase of any of the company's HD-DVD players starting November 1 (that's next Wednesday, so make sure to laugh at anyone who picks one up this weekend).
The PDF mail-in form allows buyers to pick one free one movie each from three of the format's biggest backers; Universal, Warner Brothers, and Paramount each have five titles to choose from. With next-gen … Read more
This VGA device is designed to make your life simpler--that is, if your definition of simplicity involves playing console games, using your computer, and watching TV or DVDs all at the same time. The Logic 3 Super VGA Box allows you to do all of the above on your computer screen, complete with a remote control, without changing any plugs. We assume that the manufacturer takes no responsibility for any afflictions resulting from prolonged use of the device.
Earlier today we learned of head-mounted iPods, so we should have assumed that this was next: A head mount for the video iPod. By year's end an Australian company called 22Moo is expected to be selling the HMD800, a device that "couples 2.1-track Dolby surround sound stereo earphones with a virtual 30-inch screen that 22Moo hopes will make you think you're in a theater," according to Gearlog. It also has a lithium battery that can run for 8 hours straight, which should go a long way toward helping you catch up on those "Lost" reruns … Read more
Chalk up one point to Slingbox. The gadget gurus at Gizmodo are reporting that the LF-BOX1 LocationFree TV Box, part of Sony's place-shifting line, has had its release date pushed back. The big ouch: It was supposed to be released next week. No word yet on whether the LocationFree "base stations," also slated for a late-October release, have hit setbacks--the Washington Post story quoted by Gizmodo seems to indicate that it may just be the TV box.
Chin up, Sony. These things happen, as you well know from all those PS3 delays. And you're not alone; … Read more
Sony's $999 BDP-S1 stand-alone Blu-ray player has been delayed yet again, AVS Forum (via Engadget) is reporting. Originally, the player was supposed to ship in late summer, but it appears Sony is being extra-careful about avoiding some of the snafus Samsung ran into with its first-to-market Blu-ray player, the BD-P1000. The Sony Blu-ray player is now due to hit stores December 4.
"We don't view it as a delay," a Sony spokesperson told me from his car on his way to work at Sony's San Diego campus. "We view it as a shift in … Read more
Motorola announced to the world that it had shipped its kajillionth set-top box. OK, that's an exaggeration--it's actually 50 million. But any excuse for a party, right?
To commemorate the self-congratulatory occasion, the company treated us all to a fascinating history of the set-top box. I'll paraphrase: Way back in 1996 (the modern equivalent of the Iron Age), Motorola capitalized on this newfangled thing called "digital cable." With its advent, companies could do things like send "program guides" and "shows on-demand." (Cue the French horns.) In its prescience, Motorola put out &… Read more