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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 25, 2013 2 comments
Google's Chromecast will stream video from your smartphone, tablet, or computer and is affordable enough to become the streaming device for every home. Find out how to order now and get three months of Netflix included.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 15, 2013 Published: Jan 31, 2014 0 comments

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PRICE $100

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Remote control with headphone jack
Global movie title search
Zippy processor for quick navigation and search
Minus
Can only be connected via HDMI

THE VERDICT
Performance improvements and a new interface make streaming easy and keep Roku ahead of the competition.

Where other companies that make media players seem stuck in endless delays in the release of new models, it seems that Roku rolls out a new option every few months. I’m not complaining. Its newest release, the Roku 3, is my favorite so far. I use a Roku box with my bedroom TV because my tech-challenged partner can easily understand how to navigate its menus. Roku 3 has now added a headphone jack in the remote that mutes the TV when you plug into it. No longer do I have to endure listening to explosions, gunshots, and car-chase scenes while I’m trying to fall asleep. Performance improvements plus a new interface and box design continue to keep Roku ahead of its competition.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 10, 2013 0 comments
Samsung has acquired the Boxee Box hardware as well as its entire team. What can we expect from the pairing of the two companies?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 27, 2013 0 comments
The newest update to Apple TV adds HBO Go for series and movies, and WatchESPN for live sports and recorded highlights. Find out what else is new and how you can view these new channels on Apple TV.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 18, 2013 4 comments
Cambridge Audio's Minx Air 100 speaker streams music via Bluetooth and AirPlay. See how it compares to a Sonos home music system.
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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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