Barb Gonzalez

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 11, 2013 2 comments
Apple announced their new streaming music service, iTunes Radio. Here's a look at its features compared to Google Play Music and Spotify.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: May 29, 2013 20 comments
The forthcoming Xbox One has added a number of features that Microsoft hopes will make Xbox the only content device you'll want to connect to your home theater. See why you may want an Xbox One even if you don't play video games.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: May 20, 2013 4 comments
Google finally gets it right with its Google Play Music All Access unlimited music streaming service. Find out why it may be time to start streaming music, or switch from your current subscription service.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: May 02, 2013 0 comments
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Price: $40 (wireless pocket keyboard additional $40) At a Glance: Android operating system • HDMI Stick connects directly to TV • Potentially unlimited content • Best keyboard/mouse remote available for any media player

Favi’s SmartStick is not, as many call it, a Google TV. Instead, it is a dongle (stick) that connects to an HDMI input on your TV and runs the Android operating system. Typically, smartphones and tablets have Android, but this is the first streaming Android dongle for your TV. And herein lies the problem. While most Android apps made for tablets can be downloaded to the SmartStick, they are not designed for a TV streaming device, and they don’t work when you try to use them.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2 comments
The PLAiR is now shipping. Find out how this small device can stream online videos from your computers, smartphone, or tablet.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 16, 2013 1 comments
M-Go promised to have the technology for better search and recommendations of movies. When it launched it didn't make good on its promises. Find out which streaming services and devices do a better job.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 03, 2013 0 comments
Social TV will soon be as commonplace as onscreen tickers but it won't happen like everyone expected. Joel Espelien of The Diffusion Group explains the findings of his report, "Social TV: Myths, Facts, and the Future."
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 27, 2013 0 comments
The zeebox app is both interactive social TV and a second screen experience that may change the way you watch TV.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 22, 2013 0 comments

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Price: $100 At a Glance: Small stick connects directly to HDMI input on TV • Same menus and channels as full-sized Roku Box • No additional power connection; requires MHL-enabled TV

That Roku box is shrinking…again. The Roku Stick looks like a thumb drive and is only about 3 inches long. For the most part, it provides the same experience as the standard Roku boxes—same menus, same performance. But to use one, you’ll need an MHL-enabled TV or other device.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 18, 2013 4 comments
Redbox now offers the Redbox Instant subscription streaming movie service to go along with its kiosk rentals. But can it compete with the Netflix powerhouse?

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