Plex and LG to challenge Apple TV, Boxee, and others

By on September 3, 2010 at 10:01 AM.

Plex and LG to challenge Apple TV, Boxee, and others

Plex, for those not familiar, is a software company whose former creed was to: “bridge the gap between your Mac and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media.” Today, the company has announced that it will be partnering with electronics maker LG to “integrate the Plex platform into their 2011 lineup of Netcast connected TVs and Blu-ray devices.” In the company’s announcement, they quip that when it comes to connecting devices to your television, a Mac Mini is “too large,” a Boxee box is “too pointy,” and the new Apple TV is “too tiny.” The company is betting on this free, integrated software model to be the future of connected televisions. The announcement continues: “Early next year, when you buy an LG Netcast TV or Blu-ray player, you will have Plex functionality built-in. Specifically, it will connect to a cloud version of the Plex platform for online content, and, if you happen to have a Plex Media Server running anywhere in your house (after all, who doesn’t have a computer in their house?), you can access your local and online content, in a rich interface, with full metadata.” The concept of integrating mature, intuitive media software into a TV really does sound like a great idea; especially for LG, as TV manufacturers are always trying to differentiate themselves from the competition.

“There will be more content providers investing in writing Plex plug-ins, so your online content choices will grow. And next year, if you’re upgrading your TV, or or buying an LG Blu-ray player, you’ll have the ability to get Plex, built in, at no additional cost. Fully integrated into killer consumer electronics gear, exactly as it should be.”

Yes, that is the way it should be. Hit the read link for more info on Plex and their recently inked LG deal. More →

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Bloomberg: Apple to hold media event September 7th in San Francisco

By on August 25, 2010 at 9:09 AM.

Bloomberg: Apple to hold media event September 7th in San Francisco

Bloomberg has updated their report, filed yesterday, on Apple’s plans to launch a 99-cent, a la carte style, TV-show rental service for their AppleTV product. The updated report states that, “Apple plans to hold a San Francisco event Sept. 7, two weeks ahead of the start of the new prime-time TV season, to unveil the service and an updated line of entertainment products.” Bloomberg also predicts that new AppleTV hardware that runs the company’s iOS, as well as a new high-resolution iPod Touch with front facing camera, will be unveiled at the event. Typically, Apple gives the media 7 to 10 days of notice for such events. We’ll report back if the September 7th date becomes official. More →

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HTC Windows Phone 7 device pictured, headed to AT&T

By on August 24, 2010 at 2:50 PM.

HTC Windows Phone 7 device pictured, headed to AT&T

It looks like the Windows Phone 7 stork will be making plenty of deliveries to AT&T when the OS if officially released. Engadget was sent another image of this HTC semi-sliding, Windows Phone 7 device… and it looks pretty sexy. As you can see, the device partially slides out in the landscape orientation to reveal not a keyboard, but a large speaker. The device, which is currently being called the T8788, is also reported to have a kickstand on the back; making this puppy seem pretty media-centric. What do you think of the sliding speaker? You like? More →

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Facebook rolling out location based service tomorrow?

By on August 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM.

Facebook rolling out location based service tomorrow?

Facebook has been sending out invitations to media outlets for an event on Wednesday the 18th where they will “provide an update on the service’s features and products” of the company. What new services and products the company may unveil is still unknown and up for speculation. However, AllThingsD is reporting that “a multitude of sources inside Facebook” have indicated that the social networking giant will be announcing a foursquare-like, geo-location, check-in service at tomorrows event. The report goes on to say that Facebook is likely to, “integrate other third-party services and will give developers on Facebook’s platform geo-location capabilities.” The event starts tomorrow at 6:00 PM Pacific Time. We’ll be sure to update you on what, if anything, Facebook announces. More →

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HTC hosting media event September 15th in London

By on August 13, 2010 at 11:32 AM.

HTC hosting media event September 15th in London

HTC is circulating the above invite to members of the press taunting them to visit London on September 15th to see exactly what they’ve “dreamt up.” We’re secretly hoping that this will be the unveiling of the company’s first Windows Phone 7 handheld, but we have a feeling that it may be a little early for WP7 just yet; in that case this probably is a new Android device (hopefully not just for those folks who live across the pond). Rumored HTC devices on the table thus far are the Vanguard/Vision, Desire HDGlacierSchubert, and Mozart. Any guesses and/or preferences as to what HTC might have in store for us?

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Live from RIM and AT&T's BlackBerry Torch 9800 event!

By on August 3, 2010 at 10:54 AM.

Live from RIM and AT&T's BlackBerry Torch 9800 event!

If you’re a die-hard BlackBerry lover, there is no place in the world you’d rather be right now than New York City. We’re in the Big Apple for the RIM/AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 announcement event, and we’ll be reporting live as soon as the festivities get underway. Check back in a little bit (probably around 10:45AM ET) for the live coverage to start flowing! In the meantime, anyone have any absolute wishes for the BlackBerry Torch 9800? Hit the break for our play-by-play! More →

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RIM shows off BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 for Windows

By on July 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM.

RIM shows off BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 for Windows

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This isn’t quite as exciting as yesterday’s BlackBerry 6 OS screen shot gallery, but RIM continues to show that it is dutifully marching forward. RIM has posted images of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 on their Inside BlackBerry blog. Aside from a new, darker look, Desktop Manager 6 will be able to sync media — that’s music, pictures, and video — to and from your BlackBerry in a more seamless and organized manner. The user options are more clearly labeled, and the overall flow of the application looks much better. Hit the read link to have a peak for yourself.

[Via PocketBerry] More →

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RIM teases, shows BlackBerry 6's media capabilities

By on July 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM.

RIM teases, shows BlackBerry 6's media capabilities

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Yesterday, RIM teased the BlackBerry-loving masses with seven new screen shots of BlackBerry 6 in several multimedia-like poses. The music player, picture viewer, camera, social capabilities, and new podcast application all got a little love on the official BlackBerry blog. Things are starting to shape up nicely, but like most of you, we want to see BB6 running on some hardware! Hit the read link to see all RIM is willing to show you. More →

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Roku and MP3tunes ink deal to stream iTunes library to your TV

By on July 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM.

Roku and MP3tunes ink deal to stream iTunes library to your TV

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Today, Roku and MP3tunes announced a partnership that will bring your iTunes music library to your television. MP3tunes, for those not familiar, is a company that provides “secure online music space” and features “unlimited listening.” The company’s website boasts, “With just a couple clicks, Locker users can sync their personal digital music and video up to ‘the cloud’ for enjoying from any web browser and a wide variety of mobile and home entertainment devices.” And starting today, you can add the Roku to that list. MP3 offers 10GB of storage for free — ad supported of course — with paid options all the way up to 200 GB. Hit the jump for the full press release.  More →

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The Future of Media: 2010 panel discussion

By on May 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM.

The Future of Media: 2010 panel discussion

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I am really excited to share that I will be speaking on a panel taking place at NYU on June 8th during Internet Week with pretty good company — Dan Abrams, Arianna Huffington and some other great folks. It is put together by Patrick Phillips of I Want Media, and if you are thinking of attending my first public appearance (yes, that sounds funny to my ears as well), I would act soon as seating is very limited. More →

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BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots, details!

By on April 20, 2010 at 10:27 AM.

BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots, details!

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If you’re a BlackBerry fan, there is probably not a single thing you have been looking forward to more than what we have right here — screenshots and full details of RIM’s upcoming operating system, OS 6.0. One of our AT&T sources has not only showed us the brand new OS, but has also given us some screenshots that we could share. Since we have seen OS 6.0 in action first hand, we will break it down for you guys, along with all the other screenshots, after the break! More →

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RIAA and MPAA call for government mandated spyware on computers to fight piracy

By on April 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM.

RIAA and MPAA call for government mandated spyware on computers to fight piracy

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If you didn’t already think the people behind the RIAA and MPAA were insane, we’re positive that your opinion on them will change as soon as your read what the two associations have proposed in a recent letter to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement. Here are but some of the changes the two have asked for:

  • The installation of spyware on computers which would seek out and automatically delete illegally obtained media
  • Censorship of the internet which would block the transfer of illegal files
  • Giving border guards the authority to search one’s tech gear for illegal files
  • The lobbying of foreign governments to follow suit
  • Having the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security actively and swiftly enforcing copyright laws

Scary as hell, right?

[Via Boing Boing] More →

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Google partnering with Sony on a new television service

By on March 18, 2010 at 4:20 PM.

Google partnering with Sony on a new television service

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Google is looking to leverage its foothold in the online video realm by partnering with Sony on a new television service to be called Google TV. The new service will be an Android-based solution that will hook into online video repositories like YouTube and Hulu and serve up online content either through a set-top box or directly by embedding the software into your flashy new Sony HDTV. With Android at its core and Chrome as the browser, the service will provide access to online websites such as Twitter and Picasa and will open up a new arena for television-based application development. Google and Sony have also reached out to Logitech who will be developing a line of peripherals to control your new Google TV. Last but not least, a fourth heavy hitter known as Intel may also be joining this venture as the new TV media platform will reportedly run on the Intel Atom chipset. More than just a concept, the set-top box is reportedly at an advanced stage of development and is being tested by Dish Network. With four major players involved with this new Google TV service, should Roku, Boxee, and everyone else be a bit nervous? More →

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