April 3, 2014 |
With the addition of Amazon Fire TV this week, the market for video-streaming devices is getting crowded. And maybe that's why Roku made its latest device so small. The Saratoga, Calif., company recently began shipping the Streaming Stick, a video-streaming dongle that users can discreetly plug into their HDTVs to access online video services such as Netflix, HBO Go and Pandora. Measuring 3.1 inches by 1.1 inches and just 0.5 inch tall, the Streaming Stick takes up a lot less space than Roku's other devices, which resemble hockey pucks.
April 2, 2014 |
As expected for some time, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its Fire TV, an Internet video-streaming set-top box that will compete against the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Though Amazon was expected to announce a small dongle similar to Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick, the company instead revealed a black rectangular box about the same size as the Apple TV and Roku's various set-top devices. The new box will retail for $99 and is on sale now . Amazon Fire TV comes with a small control, just like Roku and Apple TV. But unlike its rivals, Amazon Fire TV's remote comes with a microphone that users can speak into to search for content with their voice.
March 31, 2014 |
Roku this month began shipping the Streaming Stick, a $49.99 dongle that lets users watch online video content on their TVs. Like Roku's other streaming devices, the Streaming Stick makes it possible for users to easily watch videos from Netflix, YouTube and other providers on their televisions. But the Streaming Stick is much smaller and more discreet than other Roku gadgets -- it plugs into the back of users' TVs. The device is essentially Roku's answer to Google's $35 Chromecast dongle.
March 27, 2014 |
Amazon.com has sent out invitations to members of the media for an April 2 event at which the company is expected to unveil a video-streaming device. The online retailer is scheduled to hold the event in New York at 8 a.m. PDT, according to a screenshot of the invitation posted by Business Insider . The event is to be led by Peter Larsen, vice president of the company's Kindle division. "Please join us for an update on our video business," the invitation reads. VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
March 27, 2014 |
You've got a decent set of speakers but almost all of your music is in your smartphone. You could attach a cable or buy yourself a wireless Bluetooth speaker for hundreds of dollars. Or you could consider getting the $49 Rocki, a tiny device that turns traditional speakers into "smart" ones that can be controlled with a smartphone. The gadget is essentially a low-cost alternative to getting a Sonos wireless sound system. Rocki attaches to the back of the speaker's auxiliary port.
March 17, 2014 |
Scarlett Johansson defended herself for working with Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, and for promoting SodaStream, an Israeli-owned company that operates a factory in a West Bank settlement, during a recent interview with the Guardian. Johansson, who has starred in three of Allen's films, was criticized along with other actors by Farrow in an open letter published in the New York Times last month. Johansson told the Guardian , "I think it's irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me. " Regarding the controversy, which ignited a firestorm of debate and prompted Allen to respond with his own New York Times op-ed, Johansson said, "I'm unaware that there's been a backlash.