Spotify Becoming Even More Social and Adding Apps

Spotify has always had a strong social media bent that has only become more pervasive as Spotify has intensified its relationship with Facebook, however most of the attention has been on sharing your music listening activities with the wider world. Spotify is looking inward with their latest Spotify client. Rather than just sharing your activities out to Facebook, the Spotify […]

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Peel Universal Smart Remote for iPhone and Android


We recently reviewed the Griffin Beacon Universal Remote device, which leverages the capabilities of an iPhone to be used to control your television and stereo components. Peel is a lesser known brand hoping to achieve similar success with their Peel Smart Remote device. Enclosed in a uniquely pear shaped unit and powered by a single C battery, the Peel shares […]

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Lian Li PC-TU200 Mini-ITX Case Reviewed

Lian Li PC-TU200

Lian Li makes a variety of Mini-ITX cases. The PC-TU200 is geared toward LAN party gamers with its sturdy build and handle, but with a 5.25 inch optical drive bay and room for 4 hot-swappable hard drives, the PC-TU200 might find a place in the heart of anyone looking to build a petite but powerful media server. The front-mounted 140mm […]

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Lenovo Eyeing the Smart TV Market with LeTV

Lenovo TV

Lenovo, the world’s second largest computer manufacturer, has been getting our attention with HTPCs and HTPC remotes lately. Like many other computer manufacturers, Lenovo has been gradually moving into other markets with products such as LePhone and LePad. Coming up next will be LeTV. The LeTV, or the IdeaTV as it is expected be called in North America, should be […]

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MythTV Reloaded – Day 18

So today I was doing a bit of stress testing of the frontend system to make sure that it was ready for me to put back into use.  It turns out there were still a couple of bugs to work out.  You may recall from this blog post that I ended up using Fedora 15 with KDE as the desktop […]

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Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Sony BDP-S580 Blu-Ray Player

Sony BDP-S580 UI

Take three very different media streamers head-to-head-to-head and you are bound to find at least one that might meet your needs. The Apple TV, the Roku family of streamers, and the Sony BDP-S580 Blu-Ray Player represent a disparate collection of media streamers I would not normally expect to see pitted against each other, particularly the inclusion of a Blu-Ray player. […]

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HIS Introduces the Multi-View+Sound USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter

HIS Multi-View+Sound

Hightech Information System Limited (HIS) is claiming a first with the release of the Multi-View+Sound, a USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter. It promises HDCP-compliance and 1080p support, and even DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 support for gaming. It does pipe out 2.1 and 5.1 sound, but it’s not going to provide bitstreaming for your DTS-MA and TrueHD soundtracks. The best […]

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5 Video and TV Show Recommendation Apps Recommended for You

About a week ago we pointed out an article about, a new content aggregation site that is looking to make its mark by building a social media-infused recommendation engine around its linked content. At the time we noted that’s interface and layout would serve it well for the inevitable transition to mobile app deployment. In the meantime, there […]

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