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Swapping the iPhone 4S for the 5

June 25, 2013
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Swapping the iPhone 4S for the 5

In Sunday’s paper, I noticed that Best Buy is offering a trade-in program where you can swap your 16 GB iPhone 4 or 4s for a brand new iPhone 5. By slashing the price of the iPhone 5 by $50 and offering a minimum trade-in value of $150 for a working phone, you land...

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The Google Nexus Q Niche

July 1, 2012
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Google Nexus Q Media Streamer

This week, Google announced the Nexus Q streaming media player. Available for pre-order at $299, the black orb streams audio and video from a limited number of sources including Google’s TV and movie cloud now known as Google Play as well as YouTube. On the surface, the Nexus Q has very appealing aesthetics. It’s...

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Why Apple Didn’t Introduce an Apple TV App Store

June 14, 2012
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Why Apple Didn’t Introduce an Apple TV App Store

An app store for Apple TV? Apple TV APIs available for any developer to create apps? It was the biggest rumor that didn’t come to pass at this week’s Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). Despite this, there was still a fairly impressive list of announcements: iOS 6 with a virtual wallet app (Passbook),...

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iTunes Digital Copy Bargains: Harry Potter and Wolverine Blu-rays

April 19, 2012
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iTunes Digital Copy Bargains: Harry Potter and Wolverine Blu-rays

Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for Blu-rays that come with an iTunes digital copy. I’m especially keen on ones I can find on sale or better yet the ones in the used Blu-ray rack. Two recent finds have been the Harry Potter movies and Wolverine. Starting last year, there were limited edition releases...

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Amazon Instant Video on Playstation3 First Look

April 3, 2012
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Amazon Instant Video on the PS3

Amazon Instant Video and its Prime streaming service are now available on the Sony Playstation3 (via Joystiq). Quite a surprise as the scuttlebutt was that Amazon Instant Video was due next on the Xbox (you can already stream downloaded Amazon video from your PC to the Xbox). The move shows that Amazon is serious about winning the ecosystem...

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Video Streaming Services Compared for Q1 2012

April 2, 2012
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Video Streaming Services Compared for Q1 2012

The video streaming comparison has been updated for the first quarter of 2012! The chart compares paid premium video streaming services including Amazon Instant Video (and Prime), Hulu Plus, iTunes, Netflix and VUDU. Besides contrasting the features and capabilities of the services, the matrix also shows how many movies and TV shows were available on each...

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Why Apple TV Won’t Kill Blu-Ray, Yet

March 28, 2012
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Why Apple TV Won’t Kill Blu-Ray, Yet

MG Siegler recently penned a piece called, “The New Apple TV Will Finish What The Mac Started: Killing Off Discs“. Not so fast MG! While the Apple TV is easy to use and provides a great overall user experience, there’s several barriers to it or any connected device or platform killing off Blu-ray. Yes, this...

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Retail or Ecosystem Competition? Amazon Cuts Roku 2 Prices

March 26, 2012
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Retail or Ecosystem Competition? Amazon Cuts Roku 2 Prices

  The Roku 2 XS has had its price cut two days in a row at Amazon. Yesterday, it was selling for $89 and today it’s selling for $79 at Amazon (note, it’s back to $89, see update). Best Buy advertised a price drop in Sunday’s circular to $89 as well. Walmart, the home of...

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Walmart’s Disc-to-Digital Service: What’s Right, What’s Wrong

March 14, 2012
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Walmart’s Disc-to-Digital Service: What’s Right, What’s Wrong

Walmart recently announced a new service called “Disc-to-Digital”. Starting April 16th, you can bring your DVDs and Blu-rays into Walmart and they will “convert” them into digital copies for a fee. Once converted, they can be streamed from Walmart’s VUDU video streaming service to a number of smartphones, tablets, Blu-ray players, streaming devices and...

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iTunes Digital Copy and Movie Tips

March 9, 2012
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iTunes Digital Copy and Movie Tips

With the release of the new Apple TV and iPad, Apple announced the availability of 1080P movies from the iTunes store. Also, just like TV shows, movies can also be streamed directly from Apple’s cloud to an Apple TV. You can also download the movies to any iOS device or a Mac. The other day, Tech...

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Apple TV Version 5.0 First Look (Video) with a Surprise!

March 7, 2012
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Apple TV Version 5.0 First Look (Video) with a Surprise!

Apple appears to have included Ultraviolet-like functionality with the latest Apple TV upgrade. Not only did Apple introduce a new Apple TV today, it also rolled out an upgrade to the current Apple TV 2s. Both the existing and new Apple TVs will share the same upgraded interface. Besides the new look and feel,...

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