14 Feb Digital Media Adapters Part 8 – The HTPC

So let’s recap where we are… I have looked at the following DMA’s: Apple TV, Google TV, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Hub, Roku XD S, and recently the Xbox 360 S. Now I will look at a Windows 7 Fusion Theater PC (FTPC). Living room PCs have had marginal success outside of the most sophisticated enthusiasts for a myriad of […]

03 Feb Digital Media Adapters Part 7 – Xbox 360 “Slimline”

So far I have looked at the Apple TV, Google TV, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Hub, Roku XD S and now I will look at the Xbox 360. The original Xbox was introduced in 2001 and the Xbox 360 in 2005. For this analysis, I used what is known as the Xbox 360 S for “slimline”, which became available in […]

13 Jan Digital Media Adapters Part 6 – Roku XD S

So far I have looked at the Apple TV, Google TV, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Hub, and now I will look at the Roku XD S.  You may be wondering, with all of these major competitors, can the Roku even come close? Roku was one of the first commercially successful media streaming boxes out there.  I owned the […]

12 Jan Digital Media Adapters Part 5 – Western Digital TV Live Hub

This is part 5 in a multi-part series on digital media adapters for the living room. This time I explore Western Digital’s TV Live Hub. So far I have explored the Apple TV, Logitech Revue with Google TV, and the Boxee Box. Each one of these devices has great benefits, but also has drawbacks as well. Is the […]

03 Jan Digital Media Adapters Part 4 – Boxee Box

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This is Part 4 in the series, “Digital Media Adapters”.  So far, I have looked at the Apple TV, Google TV, and now I will take a look at the Boxee Box. I remember Boxee as one of the most talked about DMAs in recent history and it won a ton of awards at CES 2010.  It was going […]

30 Dec Digital Media Adapters Part 3 – Google TV

In my last blog, part 2 of “Digital Media Adapters” (DMAs), I looked at the Apple TV, a well-known digital media adapter.  In this, part 3, I will take a look at the Logitech Revue with Google TV (GTV). The GTV is a very unique DMA, almost a low performance living room PC without the storage capabilities.  […]

30 Dec Digital Media Adapters Part 2 – Apple TV

This is part 2 in a blog series about “digital media adapters” (DMA) or “Internet-enabled living room devices.”  In Part 1, I introduce the term DMA, which is essentially a living room device that gives access to commercial and personal movies, music, pictures, and even access to the web in some cases.  In part 2, I […]

29 Dec Digital Media Adapters Part 1 – Introduction

It’s difficult to get online today and NOT see an ad, announcement, rumor or discussion on the new breed of TV-connected computing devices like the Apple TV and Google TV. Also known as a “digital media adapter” (DMA), media extender, Internet-enabled living room device, or by one of about ten other terms, DMAs are popping […]

13 Oct Apple iOS Video Pipeline Experiment- Part 3

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In this three part blog I’ve been looking at using the iPod touch and iPad to create a portable video editing studio to use when I’m on the road at horse shows. In the first two entries in this series, I looked at capturing video with my fourth generation iPod touch and importing to my […]

12 Oct Apple iOS Video Pipeline Experiment- Part 2

In my last post, I talked about my experiences with capturing video using my fourth generation iPod touch and getting that video into my iPad for use. Recording video with the iPod was easy. Getting the video from the iPod 4 to the iPad was painless, but there were trade-offs. So let’s look at the experience of […]

11 Oct Apple iOS Video Pipeline Experiment- Part 1

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With my new fourth generation iPod touch I now have a 720p video camera. I also have an iPad, and I wondered what I could do with them together.  As I have said in earlier blogs, one way I stay on top of today’s technology is to “stretch it” or make it do things it really wasn’t […]

24 Sep What I Want In a “BlackPad”

Undoubtedly you’ve heard rumors of a “BlackPad”, or a BlackBerry-based tablet device. I don’t know anything specific or even general about RIM’s rumored device, but after having used an iPad since launch and a lot of other tablets, I wanted to share a few things I would like to see in a BlackBerry tablet if it does become a reality. […]

02 Jul The Future Personal Music Cloud

While many can easily see the need in the future for a Personal Video Cloud, there is a lot more uncertainty about a personal cloud for music. There seem to be three schools of thought for everything and this applies to the Personal Music Cloud, too. In this blog I will be talking about these different points […]

25 May The Unique Nook E-reader

The evolution of e-readers is far from over and the Barnes and Noble Nook gives us a peek into that near future. In my last blog, I compared the Kindle and the iPad on the merits of e-reading and chose the iPadafter a tough race. In this blog I look at the Nook and it offers a few things the Kindle doesn’t, […]

02 May Amazon Kindle DX, Still the Best E-Reader?

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I know, this sounds like heresy after the iPad launch.  The iPad has a touch color screen AND the internet AND videos AND the App Store AND WiFi and the Kindle DX doesn’t.  Well, the great thing for consumers about a maturing technology market is the granularity of offerings get finer, more targeted to their needs and demographics. […]

12 Apr iPad in the Enterprise

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While most see the iPad as a new product category, I have heard a few rumblings on the risks of the iPad “killing”  notebooks. Seeing that our industry is supposed to ship over 300M PCs this year, I thought it important to check it out for myself starting from a work usage model standpoint. I decided to […]

05 Apr Apple iPad: Early looks and things you may not be aware of

I am one of the last guys to jump onto anyone’s product bandwagon, including Apple’s. I choose electronics to make me more productive or have the most fun, regardless of the brand.  Good products are good products, and the Apple iPad looks to me like a good product that thankfully has injected some excitement into the tech […]

05 Apr Apple iPad: Early looks and things you may not be aware of

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Apple Store at the Domain in Austin, TX (Courtesy Deb Mathews) I am one of the last guys to jump onto anyone’s product bandwagon, including Apple’s. I choose electronics to make me more productive or have the most fun, regardless of the brand.  Good products are good products, and the Apple iPad looks to me like a […]

22 Jan Android Donut on the Archos 5 Internet Tablet

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (IT) with the Google Android operating system.  As a refresher, the Archos 5 IT is a 5″ personal media player for videos, music and pictures but can also surf the internet, do email, and run a subset of Android applications.  ”Donut”, or the Android OS […]

19 Jan Google Nexus One First Impressions

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Since I first reviewed the T-Mobile G1 with Android OS last year, I was really looking forward to the improvements Google and HTC could bring to the end user experience with subsequent products.  The G1 felt like a beta piece of hardware and software at the time, but I was impressed about many things too.  The difference between the […]