Google Announces $35 Chromecast….Roku & AppleTV Competition

Google had quite the day after some underwhelming earnings this week. The internet giant announced a new streaming stick called “Chromecast” that comes in at $35–and with this it also includes 3 months of Netflix streaming service for free, so basically the device costs $11. Basically it’s a competitor to Apple’s Airplay, and allows you to stream content from your […]

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MediaPortal Adds Native CableCARD Support


Looks like it’s a little DIY to setup, but either way a really nice addition to MediaPortal’s Feature set. Requirements These patches are compatible with MediaPortal 1.3 and 1.4. Please refer to the MediaPortal requirements for further details. Supported Tuners The following CableCARD tuners have been tested and are compatible: Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME* Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe Ceton InfiniTV 6 […]

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Kwikset & ipDatatel Announce Zigbee Integration


When I was building my home automation (HA) system, the lack of devices and good integration between those devices was the main reason I settled on Z-Wave. In many ways Zigbee is a superior technology though, and also has the benefit of being supported by many chip manufactures (Z-Wave is controlled by Sigma Designs) so it’s great to see product […]

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