Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Five Best Gadget

 1. Roku Streaming Stick
Meet the Roku Streaming Stick. The easiest way to add streaming to a growing number of HDTVs, blu-ray players, and other products. Plug the Streaming Stick into the MHL port of your Roku Ready™ TV and you've got the best streaming experience in the world—totally integrated with your new TV.

Using the new HDMI MHL standard, the Roku Streaming Stick plugs into a port on newer TVs. It instantly gives any compatible set access to all of Roku's online content from providers such as Netflix, MLB, Pandora and Rdio. The stick requires no dedicated power, has WiFi built in, and should launch later this year for under $100.

What you get?
All the power of a Roku streaming player
Connects to the MHL port of Roku Ready TVs and other devices
No separate power or video cables
Streams up to 1080p HD
Built-in-wireless (dual-band, Wi-Fi b/g/n compatible)
Can be controlled by the remote that comes with a Roku Ready device
Game Remote with motion control

2. Lenovo Yoga
With both a traditional desktop mode and an all-new touchscreen Interface, Windows 8 represents the Microsoft's first complete rethink of the desktop operating system since 1995. The Lenovo Yoga is equal parts ultrabook and tablet; a 13-inch folding laptop with a multitouch capacitive touchscreen.

Description Yoga 13:
CPU: 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3517U / 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U / 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3-3217U
Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
Memory: 4GB, 8GB DDR3
Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)
Dimensions: 333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9 mm (13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67")
Camera: 1.0MP 720p HD integrated webcam
Display: 13.3" HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display (16:9 widescreen) (1600x900)
Weight: 1.54 kg (3.4 lbs)
Other: I/O Ports 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port, Combo jack, HDMI, 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC), Storage 128GB SSD (256GB coming soon), Wireless Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth®, Keyboard AccuType keyboard, Battery Life 8 hours, Security Features OneKey® Recovery

The App Optimizer
 With four modes, you get four ways to use Windows 8 apps:

Check off your to-do list and get down to work with Microsoft Office. Or stay organized with Evernote.

Game up, read on, or browse the Web with the touch of a finger. And enjoy your favorite apps like Fruit Ninja and Zinio.

Set up in the kitchen to reference recipes with iCookBook.

Take your entertainment to go. With just a flip, you're streaming live music in Rara.

3. Dish Network's Hopper
DISH created commercial-free TV so you can save an hour each night! Now you can automatically skip commercials in primetime TV on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Only on the Hopper. Only from DISH.
Feature must be enabled by customer and is subject to availability. Only available with playback of select shows. Record up to 6 Channels at Once with PrimeTime Anytime™.

Record up to six live channels at once during primetime, including your 4 local networks and 2 channels of your choosing, and stream four recorded programs to different TVs simultaneously. That means you can watch more and miss less of your favorite programs.
Massive 2 TB Hard Drive.
Record and store up to 2,000 hours – the most available from any TV provider! Plus, hundreds of On Demand titles are available for instant viewing.

With the Hopper's exclusive feature, PrimeTime Anytime™, three hours of primetime programming are available to you for up to 8 days from initial air date. Plus you can save your favorite primetime content forever. You can also automatically skip commercials in primetime TV on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

DISH believes you should be able to control how, when and where you watch TV. That's why the Hopper includes features like PrimeTime Anytime—which lets you automatically record your favorite primetime shows so you can watch them on your own schedule. DISH's Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR is the most advanced in the industry. DIRECTV's Genie doesn't even compare— see for yourself.

Connect the Hopper™ to your broadband home Internet service and get instant access to thousands of On Demand movies and TV shows, including titles from HBO®, Starz®, Blockbuster @Home™ and more. Order Pay-Per-View movies and events using your remote, and even manage your DVR from your Smartphone using the DISH Remote Access App.

Exclusively from DISH, Blockbuster @Home gives you access to over 100,000 titles with unlimited movies, TV shows and game rentals by mail and in-store exchanges. Plus you can stream thousands of titles through your TV, PC and iPad when connected to broadband internet. With the Hopper’s DISH Unplugged feature, you get hundreds of titles instantly, even without an Internet connection. Blockbuster @Home is available for an additional monthly charge.

- State-of-the-Art User Interface.
Hopper features a sleek HD user interface, with super-fast scrolling and colorful channel logos listed for easy visual reference. Watch Video
- SRS TruVolume®.
The Hopper includes SRS TruVolume technology, which prevents annoying volume fluctuations. No need to adjust the volume and better yet, no more loud commercials!
- Remote Control Locator.
Never lose your remote again! Press a button, and the Hopper will call your remote, so you can hear where it's hiding – and then get back to watching TV.
- Intuitive Search.
Search by title, actor, channel and more to find your favorite shows, recorded programs and On Demand content. Plus with predictive search, the Hopper will start showing results immediately as you type, so you'll find your favorite shows faster than ever.
- TV Everywhere™ Technology.
Connect your Hopper to the Sling® Adapter and experience TV Everywhere™ brand technology from DISH. Watch live TV programming and DVR recordings anywhere you travel. Watch Video
Music lovers will love this. Only DISH offers over 70 channels of SiriusXM satellite radio, the same music channels available in your car, with America's Top 120, DishLATINO Clasico, and higher packages. DISH is the only pay TV provider to give you SiriusXM satellite music.

4. Griffin Twenty
The Griffin Twenty streaming audio device turns any Apple AirPort Express into a stereo system. The machine has a simple and elegant design, just a plug for the AirPort Express and a large, friendly white dial for volume. As its name implies, the Twenty has an internal 20-watt amplifier and outputs for left and right stereo speakers, plus a subwoofer. The concept is that the dial controls the volume, while the rest of the interface is taken care of through your iPhone, iPad or computer.

Use your existing non-powered speakers for the ultimate in untethered digital playback from iTunes.
Griffin's Twenty digital audio amplifier lets a user play digital audio from iTunes to an existing set of speakers wirelessly using an Airport Express wireless base station and Apple's AirPlay wireless audio/video protocol.
The result is a zero-configuration audio set-up, streaming Apple Lossless sound from iTunes to the user's speakers via a low-profile digital amplifier.

How does it work?
AirPlay streams Apple Lossless-encoded audio from your iTunes library or an AirPlay-enabled app. The Twenty Audio Amplifier uses your Airport Express to capture the AirPlay stream, decode it, then send the sound through your speakers.

- Watts Per Channel
Power to run your bookshelf and similar speakers. Add a powered sub-woofer for enhanced low-end sound
- Optical Audio
Connect to Airport Express's S/PIDF optical output with the included fiber optic cable for the best sound possible
- Simple. Amazing.
With power pass-through for Airport Express, Twenty is an elegant solution for cable clutter

5. Sharp Freestyle Aquos TV
Sharp's innovative new line of portable Freestyle TVs are ultra-thin and light, ranging from 20-inches to 60-inches diagonally. Freestyle TVs receive HD video over Wi-Fi, and they can be picked up, moved and placed anywhere around the house to anywhere there is a power plug. The 20-inch model even has an integrated handle and battery so that it can be taken anywhere.

Sharp's innovative new line of portable Freestyle TVs are ultra-thin and light, ranging from 20-inches to 60-inches diagonally. Freestyle TVs receive HD video over Wi-Fi, and they can be picked up, moved and placed anywhere around the house to anywhere there is a power plug. The 20-inch model even has an integrated handle and battery so that it can be taken anywhere.

The term portable TV isn’t one you here used much anymore, at one point it referred to pretty much any small CRT that happened to a handle on top – and most did – then later we got tiny TVs to take with you when camping, but the reception was always awful. Now Sharp has a new idea for a portable TV, the Aquos Freestyle.

It’s a slender 20in display with a built-in Wi-Fi connection, it comes with a base unit that contains a TV tuner – we saw an early model for the US market so no news yet on what kind of tuner would make it into a European model. The unit is also capable of streaming media from a DLNA capable server.

It has a handle on top and a stand that extends from the rear so you can set it down on any flat surface. A remote control comes with the TV, so you can control the tuner from where you’re watching. The base unit also has HDMI inputs, so you can plug in other sources, or the output from your AV receiver, and then watch any content you can receive via cable or satellite.

We can see it being useful in home where you occasionally want to watch TV in the kitchen, your bedroom, or let your kids watch TV in there’s – but you don’t want to permanently install a TV in nay of those rooms either for space or aesthetic reasons. It has a roughly two-hour battery life, or you can plug it in for longer viewing sessions.

Of course, with so much TV now being available online, you could argue that your laptop does a good job of this anyway, and it doesn’t cost you anything. However, not all channels are available this way, and the 20in screen is bigger and brighter than the vast majority of laptops. No pricing has yet been released, but we’re hoping to see this is in the UK later this year.


Great list of gadgets! I have a Hopper Whole-Home DVR in my home, so I definitely agree about that being an awesome gadget. I saw what the Hopper could do one day while I was working at DISH before it even released, and based off what I saw I knew I had to have one in my home. Since I've had one I'd definitely say that PrimeTime Anytime is my favorite feature of the device. I work late nights most of the time, so it comes in very handy when I want to catch up with my favorite primetime shows after work. Thanks for sharing! :)


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