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As you may have heard, the nascent TV-streaming service was just handed the equivalent
of the death sentence by no less than the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled the company
violated copyright laws.
That's a pretty big blow to cord-cutters, folks trying to eschew hefty cable bills in favor
of Internet-powered television. Aereo helped solve a big piece of that puzzle, delivering
local channels to your TV or mobile device and letting you record them, DVR-style, for
So what now? You probably know that a pair of rabbit ears will let you tune in local
channels, but what about recording them? What about slinging them to phones, tablets,
Roku boxes, and the like?
Have no fear: There are other options. A new breed of DVRs caters expressly to the
antenna crowd, giving you a home for those sweet, sweet over-the-air TV signals. Here's
an overview of three relatively new products.
Lately, more and more people have been asking me about "cutting the cord." No, this has nothing to do with childbirth; it's about ditching pricey cable TV--the "cord"--in favor of Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and other digital options.
Much as I'm a fan of those inexpensive alternatives, there are times when I want to watch--and record--live TV. A simple antenna connected to my TV's digital tuner takes care of the "watch" part, as I can tune in most of the major networks via over-the-air signals.
But what about recording? For that, I rely on a spare desktop PC (though a laptop would do as well), an inexpensive accessory, and Windows 7. Combined, they make a fantastic DVR for watching and recording digital, high-definition broadcasts.
My recipe for the perfect smartwatch is pretty simple.
First, it should look classy, not clunky, ugly, and tech-y.
Second, it shouldn't try to do too much. It should be an extension
of your phone, providing notifications and information, nothing
Third, it should last for at least a week before needing to be
Finally, it should cost no more than $100.
The Martian Passport is not the perfect smartwatch. It
gets a lot of things right, but also misfires in a few key areas --
not the least of which is basic wristwatch duty.
At first glance, the Passport looks pretty snazzy, with its analog
face and shiny chrome casing. It's available with a black or white
face, though the black one (which I tested) has a decidedly
non-snazzy rubber wristband. The white one comes with a leather
Projectors are really cool. Point one at any wall just about
anywhere and you've got yourself a home theater.
Of course, you'll need to connect a laptop or DVD player.
You'll need to position everything close to an AC outlet for power.
Oh, and don't forget about speakers. Maybe I should have said,
projectors are really cool--once you get past all the
Wouldn't it be great, then, to have a projector with
everything you need built right in? Like this one: Staples has the
3M Streaming Projector for $159.99 shipped
(plus sales tax in most states). That's just about half the $299
The Streaming Projector is compact enough to fit in the palm
of your hand, yet it's like a self-contained home theater. It runs
on a rechargeable battery, so you don't need a nearby outlet.
All mobile chargers are created more or less equal, right?
Wrong. Some lack the juice to charge larger devices like
e-readers and tablets. Some make you juggle a bunch of different
cords and tips, a huge hassle. And some will barely top off your
smartphone more than once.
Blast L180X conquers all those problems, and then some. But is
it the best mobile charger you can buy?
Regular Savings.com readers know that I'm a fan of the MyCharge Peak 6000, which
features, among other things, built-in connectors for two common
ports: Apple 30-pin and microUSB.
I don't mind telling you I have three Roku boxes in my house.
That's not me being boastful; it's me revealing how much I love
The new $99.99 Roku 3 takes the place of the Roku 2 XS as the
high-end model in the line, and it's without a doubt the company's
best box yet. But questions remain: Is it worth the extra cash, and
does it beat the Apple TV at its own media-streaming game?
For the uninitiated, a Roku box plugs into one of your TV's
HDMI ports, then serves up nearly every video and audio service
known to man: Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Netflix,
Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Vudu, and literally
hundreds of others.