Apr 27 2015

Podcast - MissingRemote Podcast 57 - UniKey interview, Smart Locks, Network DVR, Whole Home Automation

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We start off with a pre-recorded UniKey interview with Phil Dumas CEO, the technology behind the Kwikset Kevo Lock. Oomi has relaunched on Indiegogo and they are already funded. SiliconDust has launched a kickstarter for HDHomeRun DVR. Andrew has a review up for the Intel Compute Stick. Comcast and Time Warner deal is dead. Facebook and broadcast TV and 3 billion daily views.

This show is run by Kyle Button (@techbutton), Senior Editor and social media director of MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall (@wxrocks), Mathew Adamson (@MinnesotaMathew), Eric Hall (@wxrocks) and John McMahon (@JohnMcMahon_), all Co-founders of Geekinated. Check out the show notes and links below. You can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, we are also on iTunes. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek.

MP3 Download: http://s.missingremote.com/podcast/MissingRemoteEp57.mp3

YouTube Link: http://youtu.be/OZePUzXTuU8

 

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Apr 23 2015

News - Intel Fixes NUC5i5RYK CIR for OpenELEC, breaks Discrete On

I mentioned in the review of the Intel NUC5i5RYK that the Consumer Infrared (CIR) wasn't working in OpenELEC, and it looks like Intel has turned around that issue pretty quickly with the latest (247) BIOS release. There is a pretty big caveat though, because just like when they fixed this issue the last time it broke Discrete On support. Which means you can't safely include power commands in your startup macros for universal control. I've let them know and hopefully we can see this one fixed just as quickly.

 

Apr 22 2015

Review - Intel Compute Stick STCK1A32WFC HDMI Dongle HTPC

Intel Compute Stick STCK1A32WFC HDMI Dongle HTPC

The Intel Compute Stick caused quite a stir when it was announced at CES 2015, and it’s easy to see why – Intel managed to stuff an entire Atom based PC into an HDMI dongle. The STCK1A32WFC model includes an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11bgn Wi-Fi (Realtek RTL8723BS), and Bluetooth 4.0 built-in for around $150. This is the Windows version, so it’s spec’d a bit higher than the Linux rev (should run around $110 and sacrifices RAM and storage), but either way you won’t have to pay for the OS because includes Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing. Of course all of this was announced back in January, so let’s find out if this PC, err Compute Stick, has the chops to be a home theater PC (HTPC).

Apr 22 2015

Review - NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch GSS108E

NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch GSS108E

First thing, let’s get it out of the way that managed switches aren’t for everyone. The vast majority of users won’t require features, like port mirroring, VLANs, QoS, or link aggregation which are typically offered by a managed switch, but for those who do there is simply no substitute. With that said, given the $70 price, flexible “Click Switch” mounting, and included USB charging ports even if managed features aren’t on your “must” list the NETGEAR GSS108E warrants a closer look.

Apr 21 2015

News - SiliconDust Annouces Kickstarter Campaign for HDHomeRun DVR

I have to admit to being struck a bit speechless by the scope of the HDHomeRun DVR project here are some highlights, but frankly there's so much awesome that it's probably best to check out the Kickstarter page for the full scoop.

  • Will supprot projected CableCARD content
  • Backends for Windows, Mac, Linux, WD MyCloud NAS, & QNAP NAS
  • Clients for Windows, Mac, & Android
  • Potential clients for Kodi & iOS
  • US, Canada, UK, & Australia regions supported

HDHomeRun DVR

UPDATE:

I got a chance to ask SD about the time frames for the project:

Target is Fall / Holiday release for  US / CA / UK / AU  with European  regional EPG roll outs after that  (not the  HDHR4-2DT level for DVB-T and T2 customers)
if stretch goal are met then we will continue to develop on iOS and Kodi  and work with other desired devices...

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