Panasonic's line of 2010 HDTVs and Blu-ray players will support Netflix instant streaming, the company announced Thursday.
Netflix joins Skype, Twitter, Pandora, YouTube, Amazon Video on Demand, and other applications built into Panasonic's Viera Cast service.
But before older-model users start looking for Netflix on their televisions, Panasonic was quick to point out that the update applies only to its 2010 line of HDTVs. The company's VT25 and VT20 series are included, as well as its GT25, G25, and G20 line of televisions. Panasonic has also added Netflix functionality to its 2010 Blu-ray players featuring Viera Cast.… Read more
Streaming music from your PC to your phone is a nice alternative to music locker services like MP3Tunes and mSpot, which require you to upload your music to a server on the Internet before you can access it on your phone. Simplify Media had a great iPhone app that performed this function, but Google bought the company earlier this year--presumably to integrate it into some sort of future music service for Android--and discontinued the iPhone app. I've been looking for a viable replacement ever since.
The future in which you can display your laptop's content wirelessly on an HDTV is getting closer.
Amimon, a member of the WHDI consortium that makes Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) chips for wireless HDTV connectivity solutions, announced Tuesday that it has been picked by Asus to power the upcoming WiCast EW2000 PC to TV connectivity kit. This means Asus' WiCast kit will use Amimon's WHDI technology to enables users to wirelessly connect their computers to their TVs. Asus also announced that it has joined the WHDI consortium.
WHDI is an emerging wireless technology that offers wireless alternatives … Read more
If you're looking for more ways to get apps onto your BlackBerry smartphone, Verizon would like to make a suggestion: use its storefront.
On Monday, Verizon began rolling out V Cast Apps on select 3G smartphones, like the BlackBerry Bold 9650, Storm 2 9550, Curve 8530, and Tour 9630. The company announces it will also bring its app store to the Storm 9530 and Curve 8330 "in the next couple weeks".
If you were one of a few Verizon customers who wanted V Cast on your Android phone, you'll be pleased to know that V Cast Video is now available in the Verizon Channel in the Android Marketplace. This is just in time, as Verizon's streaming video service will also provide live streams of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. V Cast Video also offers the usual goodies like clips from news, sports, and entertainment programs from more than 40 providers.
I've never had the pleasure of breaking a bone, but if I did, you can bet I'd be wearing a Casttoo to share my innermost threshold for pain with the world.
Casttoos are customizable, waterproof cast decals. You e-mail in the image of your choice--yes, X-rays work great, though a shattered Terminator endoskeleton might be a valid secondary option--and they'll mail you out a decal that can be affixed via hairdryer.
Prices range anywhere from $20 to $40, but hopefully, if you're on decent pain meds at the time, you'll have no issues shrugging off … Read more
As soon as Panasonic announced that Netflix and Skype, among other services, would be added to its VieraCast interactive service for 2010 TVs and Blu-ray players, we wondered whether it would trickle down to the 2008 and 2009 models--namely the 800U, 850U, G10, G15, V10, and Z1 series TVs, and BD60, BD80, BD70V, and BD15 Blu-ray players. The answer, as confirmed by Panasonic Wednesday, is "nope."
The explanation from Panasonic is that the chip that handles VieraCast in the older models lacks the necessary embedded DRM (Digital Rights Management) code to enable compatibility with Netflix. That information is … Read more
You know how, during the two minutes or so that you're waiting for your microwave popcorn to pop, you find yourself thinking, "If only I could be watching a video on YouTube right now"? No? Oh. Well, if you ever do find yourself wanting to take advatage of those few moments of forced waiting, you'll love the idea behind the CastOven.
Based on Smith Micro's QuickLink Media Software, V Cast Media Manager is available as a free download and lets you transfer photos, videos, and music from your phone to your PC via USB cable and provides you with tools for organizing, editing, and viewing the content. With the software, you can do such things as touch up photos, create slideshows, and rip and burn CDs. In addition, V Cast Media Manager can help you sync your multimedia … Read more