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.
When something goes wrong with your car, typically you get it fixed. Of course, if it's an older car with a lot of miles, and the repair costs are enough to make you cry, it might make more sense to cut bait and start shopping for new wheels.
When something goes wrong with your tech, do the same rules apply? It all depends on the type of gear and what's busted about it. While a shattered smartphone screen may be worth fixing, a problematic TV may not. (Be prepared: There's likely to be crying either way.) Let's take a look at four popular tech items and whether it makes sense to repair or replace them.
Modern home theaters run on HDMI cables.
They're used for just about everything: game consoles, cable
boxes, Roku boxes, Blu-ray players, Apple TVs, home-theater
receivers, and on and on. Heck, if you run out of HDMI inputs on
your TV, you need an HDMI switch--which itself requires an HDMI
Unfortunately, many people make a mistake when the time comes
to buy an HDMI cable: They venture down to the local big-box or
electronics store and pay $20, $30, sometimes even $50 for
Unless you've figured out how to clone yourself, you can't be in
two places at once. But you can keep an eye on, say, the baby's
room, the babysitter, an elderly parent who's living on their own,
an empty house, and so on -- even when you're not there.
All you need is a Webcam that feeds live video to your smartphone
The Stem Innovation iZon Remote Room Monitor is one such
Webcam, and it costs far less than competing products. Ah, but is
it any good?
Yes and no.The concept behind the iZon is excellent, the price
quite reasonable. It's the execution that falls a bit short, though
not so far that you should rule out buying one.
Small, white, and cylindrical, the iZon stands about four inches
high on its curved, magnetic base. That base makes it easy to
position the camera, and can even be hung upside-down.
Doing your holiday shopping online can save you plenty of headaches and stress during the crazy shopping season. Knowing the very best days to shop for a particular item can also save you plenty of cash. If you're familiar with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers slash prices, you may have also heard of Cyber Monday, the online version.
But online deals are available on other days as well, if you know what day of the week you should be looking.