Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Watch Hulu on Your Wii!

September 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Home Entertainment

Watch Hulu on Your Wii!

Yes, it seems you can watch Hulu on your Wii, though you’ll need PlayOn.tv’s help. This 3-minute video is an informative walkthrough of the process:

The summary:

Download PlayOn.tv from www.playon.tv, install it on your web-capable PC, and run it
Go to your Wii and load the Internet Channel
Go to Settings; Set Zoom Type to Automatic, and Toolbar Display to Auto-Hide Toolbar
Save the settings, return to the main screen, then go to Web Address
Type playon.tv
Now you can use PlayOn to search for your computer running the PlayOn software (the Wii and the PC have to be on the same network)
That’s it! PlayOn …read more

Would You Pay $25 for a 15-foot HDMI Cable?

Would You Pay $25 for a 15-foot HDMI Cable?

A recent email from Optimized Cable Company founder David French boasts about the company’s prices and customer service. But when it comes to HDMI cables, customer service isn’t really applicable for a relatively knowledgeable guy like me, except for order follow-ups and defective item returns. So the real question is about OCC’s prices: would you pay $25 for a 15-foot HDMI cable?
To be sure, 15 feet should be enough for any home theater/computer setup. That length allows enough slack to twist, tuck and fasten for maximum neatness. Go to NewEgg however and you’ll find 6-foot cables that go for around …read more

Palm Pre Costs $170.02 to Make Says iSuppli

April 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Home Entertainment

Palm Pre Costs $170.02 to Make Says iSuppli

At the very least, each Pre costs $170.02 for Palm to produce, reports the analysts at iSuppli:

Hardware – $137.83
“manufacturing and basic test costs” – $9.58
“software and licensing costs” – $22.61
“shipping, logistics, marketing and other channel costs” – unknown
Regaining the developer passion that created thousands of useful apps for the old Palm OS – priceless
Getting the most out of its partnership with Sprint – priceless
Marketing the gadget like their lives depended on it (because it really does) – priceless

Oh don’t mind the last three items: those are some of the things I think Palm has to do if the Pre has …read more

What’s Exciting About OnLive’s Gaming Model

March 26, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming, Home Entertainment

What’s Exciting About OnLive’s Gaming Model

Basically, OnLive brings cloud computing to gaming. In non-geek speak, the planned service will stream games to customers’ PCs, Macs, or TVs. OnLive runs the games on its own high-end servers—independent of the users’ hardware—while accepting controller inputs and streaming video of the gameplay through the internet. So conceivably, customers will be able to play the latest graphics-driven first-person shooter, even if they’re doing so on a two-year old computer barely creaking by.

iPods are Now Going to the Pigs

March 11, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Home Entertainment

iPods are Now Going to the Pigs

The Speakal iPig 2.1 Stereo iPod Docking Station is, in a word, cute. Paying $130 through Amazon gets you a 5 speaker system with 25-Watt stereo coupled with a 15-Watt subwoofer, packaged in a conversation piece that also features a 3.5mm audio in jack, and a remote control.
Best of all, it’s in black, the must-have color for any minimalist geeky setup. The color adds on $10 and carries the “limited” moniker, with white, pink, and yellow variants also available at $120. Oriental bear lovers should also check out the iPanda.
Thanks BBG!

Inovent’s Ilumina Launches With Nationalistic Marketing

December 1, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays, Home Entertainment

Inovent’s Ilumina Launches With Nationalistic Marketing

Over in the Philippines, a tech-startup named Inovent recently unveiled a prototype of the Ilumina, an “LCD interactive TV” that promises web browsing, video and music playback, and recording capability.
Here’s some background: from a tech point-of-view, the Philippines is known more for its very active mobile market and outsourced services. Companies like Texas Instruments and Accenture rely on the country to produce gadgets and provide customer support on the cheap.

Deluxe X-Rocker Recliner is Perfect for Couch Potatoes

November 12, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Home Entertainment, Household

Deluxe X-Rocker Recliner is Perfect for Couch Potatoes

Of course, it made sense to get a leather-fitted La-Z-Boy and equip it with electronics to make any lazy geek proud. Why not make the lazing experience complete, and integrate entertainment functionality? Such is the complete relaxing-cum-audio experience as claimed by the Deluxe X-Rocker Recliner’s manufacturer:
This chair has endless features including: deluxe leather cover and double foam padding, lockable reclining feature, 3 channel wireless audio, amplifier, surround sound speakers, booming bass unit, cup holder, storage in one armrest. It works with Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Nintendo gaming units and all major game platforms, including handheld units such as PSP …read more

Exercising With WoW

September 26, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Home Entertainment

Exercising With WoW

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to realize that spending the whole day playing WoW a fat gamer makes. With a little creativity however, it’s easy to imagine a treadmill hooked up to a PC, use for exercise within the game world! The benefits of such a setup, at the very least, are substantial.

Have You Considered Factory Refurbished Home Entertainment?

September 1, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Home Entertainment

Have You Considered Factory Refurbished Home Entertainment?

With the prices of home entertainment consumer electronics being as they are, factory refurbished items may be a more practical alternative to consumers on a budget. What’s “factory refurbished”, you ask? Check out Wikipedia’s entry below:
Computers and laptops that are refurbished usually means that it did not initially pass quality standards of the manufacturer. They then fix or recertify the unit and sell it at a discount price (Up to 30% off). Most of them carry a 30 day store warranty and 90 days with manufacturer.

Wind-Up Remote Control Doesn’t Need Batteries

August 14, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Home Entertainment

Wind-Up Remote Control Doesn’t Need Batteries

The EZ Wind-Up Remote Control is a positive boon for couch potatoes everywhere.
The remote does away with batteries completely by letting the owner turn a crank to recharge the internal battery. A full-charge, achieved by 30 turns, is promised to last for seven days. What really seals the deal with the EZ wind-up remote is its ability to control up to six other gadgets. British Amazon carries this product at a low price of 20 pounds. (product-reviews.net)

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