HP Nixes the TouchPad and Its webOS-powered Smartphones

HP TouchPad Portrait / Landscape Mode GraphicWow, the just announced news that HP plans on discontinuing its TouchPad and WebOS smartphones products is causing quite a ripple in the technosphere at the moment. People don't know what to make of the announcement. A platform that had so much promise and was intent on competing with the big boys with a truly [...]

New Casual Games Arrive on Roku 2

Roku 2 XSThanks to our friends at NewTeeVee we're learning that a few new casual games have been added to the Roku Channel Store. Most are only $0.99. However, after reading the description of what they are (list below), it made wonder: How fun is this platform for gaming? Really, you're talking about using your Roku's single XS controller [...]

ABC to Follow FOX and Delay Web Access to Newly Aired TV Shows (Do You Care?)

Netflix, ABC iPad App ScreenshotsABC's CEO Bob Iger just told investors that the company will soon be rolling out their own authentication scheme that will delay recently aired TV shows by 8-days to the public, but not to partner cable subscribers. This is a move similar to what FOX implemented on August 15th, but Iger spells the reason out as [...]

Netflix Launches a ‘Just for Kids’ Portal, Makes Playing Outside Passé

WALL-E KidsThis is either the most brilliant idea for parents or one of the worst things to come down the pike for society in general. Netflix has just taken the wraps off their "Just for Kids" portal that makes it supposedly easy for young children to navigate content using familiar TV show and movie characters. The [...]

Grid10 by Fusion Garage Unveiled; It’s Metro-futuristic!

Fusion Garage Grid10 GraphicTired of the same old, same old? Fusion Garage thinks you'll like their new Grid10 tablet. A tablet based on the company's new GridOS for mobile devices. If you're familiar with Windows Phone 7 (or Windows 8), you may notice a slight resemblance to its Metro / Mosaic interface. An interface that's designed on a grid system. However, [...]

Netflix’s Chrome OS Plugin May Be One of Google’s First Native Client Examples

Native Client Pepper Browser DiagramAfter the disappointment that the new Netflix Web App in the Chrome Web Store wasn't compatible with other Linux distros other than Chrome OS, I did a little investigating of why that may be. It turns out the answer was right in front of me. I just didn't know what I was looking at. If you [...]

Sony Takes Logitech’s Cue and Reduces Prices of Its HDTVs Powered by Google TV

Sony NSX-24GT with RemoteIn a not too surprising move, Sony has decided to reduce their Sony Internet TV models by up to $440. Folks can now purchase the 24-inch model for $295, the 32-inch for $498, the 40-inch for $723, and the 46-inch for $961 (originally $1,399.99) at Amazon with free shipping. According to StreamingMediaBlog.com, who spoke with [...]

Amazon and VUDU Go ‘Web App’ for the iPad and other Tablets

iPad Optimized Vudu ServiceThe reality is native apps are only better than cross-platform web apps in a small number of instances. Publishers are starting to realize that not only is it easier to build device "optimized" web apps for TV, tablet, mobile, etc., but that they can also help their bottom line by sidestepping a platform's in-app payment [...]