The newest entry to WD's media player line sports built-in Wi-Fi and 1080p streaming.
Apple may have hit an affordable price point with its $99 Apple TV streaming set-top box, but Western Digital's new WD TV Play box comes in even lower at $70 MSRP. It's the entry-level model in WD's media player lineup and is similar in function to the now mid-range WD TV Live, minus the ability to play MPEG2 videos and DTS audio. Otherwise, the WD TV Play is able to stream popular Internet channels like Netflix and Hulu Plus, and can tap into your photos, music, and movies from other networked devices.
It's safe to say that Steve Jobs was wrong about the 7-inch tablet category, which even Apple competes in these days (iPad mini). As times goes on, you can expect to see even more smaller size tablets enter the market place, including the 7-inch Wikipad, which is scheduled to launch in the Spring of 2013. The Wikipad is built on top of an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC foundation and is essentially a smaller (and less expensive) version of its 10-inch sibling, though it's geared for gaming.
Microsoft scored a console exclusive agreement to keep Redbox Instant off of the PS3 and Wii U.
Microsoft's Major Nelson blog has revealed that the "Redbox Instant" video service by Verizon is coming to the Xbox 360 "in the very near future." The Xbox 360 is the exclusive gaming console launch partner, which means Sony (PlayStation 3) and Nintendo (Wii U) can do nothing but sit on the sideline and wait their turn. If you're already a Redbox Instant beta participant, keep your eyes peeled for an email with a unique code to access the app on Xbox 360 in the coming days.
IDC says tablet shipments grew by three quarters in 2012.
Analysts came up short in predicting just how popular tablets would be in 2012, which according to preliminary data from International Data Corporation (IDC) grew 75.3 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter. Tablet shipments topped 52.5 million units worldwide in Q4, and to put that number into perspective, the same research firm says PC shipments reached 89.8 million units in the same quarter.
The company formerly known as Research In Motion launched its BlackBerry 10 platform today.
Research In Motion (RIM) doesn't want you to call it by its former name, anymore. RIM will now operate under the name "BlackBerry," the company announced today during a much anticipated press event. In addition to a name change, RIMBlackBerry unveiled its newest mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10, along with two phones, the Q10 with a physical keyboard and Z10 with just a touchscreen.
A journalist claims Android is popular because it's cheap, not because it's good.
Sam Biddie, a senior staff writer at Gizmodo, stoked the flames of debate with an article that proposes the reason why Android is so popular and able to outsell the iPhone is because there are a lot of "marginal" devices that "can be sold like bags of Doritos or bargain-bin sweaters." He's talking about the low-end Android handsets that are priced to move, rather than high-end phones like the Galaxy S III.
We've been hearing rumors of a high-octane successor to LG's already well-equipped Optimus G smartphone, and they've now been confirmed by a wireless carrier in Japan. LG's next superphone is the Optimus G Pro, a heavy-hitting device with a 5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display and 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, along with several other high-end amenities.
The White House responds to a petition to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
No matter what your stance is on politics, whether you lean left, right, or find yourself all twisted up in every which direction like a contortionist, you have to give the White House props for what might be the best response to a petition, ever. It all started when a petition for the U.S. government to secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016, collected tens of thousands of signatures. What did the White House have to say?
And in this corner, featuring Android 4.1 and a $149 price tag: Asus MeMO Pad.
Perhaps because the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week was so heavily focused on Windows 8 devices and technologies, Asus chose to wait for the dust to settle before introducing its Android-powered MeMO Pad tablet. Or maybe Asus didn't want anything else to overshadow the fact that it's launching a 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet for just $149. Could this be the beginning of a new generation of low-cost Android slates?
Walmart's disc-to-digital in-home service will "convert" your existing movie collection to UltraViolet digital copies starting at $2 a pop.
It's not just tablet makers and hardware manufacturers in general making a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Retailers have joined the party, including Walmart, which used the annual convention to announce that it's expanding its in-store Disc-to-Digital service to allow for the same service from the comfort of your home. As an aside, Wally World also launched a new Facebook app that provides access to exclusive movie content and allows users to decide what movies are sold in-store and online.