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.
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
There's nothing like a gross-out news story to offer a little
perspective. Last week, I might've complained that shipping was taking
longer than expected. Now, I'm just glad that my gadgets don't arrive
covered in gum and vomit.
As The Consumerist reports, this was the sight that greeted a Dell Outlet customer when his refurbished laptop arrived with gum on the inside and a barf-like substance on the outside. What's worse, Dell initially blamed FedEx.
the problem seems to be mostly sorted out, and the man will soon have a
shiny, new, non-waste-covered laptop on the way. And, thankfully, the
vast majority of refurbished laptops don't have this problem, or any
problems, really. We should be careful not to take the wrong lesson from
this. Refurbs are still a smart choice. Read on to learn why.
Let's face it: size doesn't matter. There, I said it! It used to be the
bigger the machine, the more powerful, but in our contemporary society,
the smaller the device and the more portable, the better. Power doesn't
necessarily have to suffer just because the gadget is tiny.
The folks at GeekStuff4U.com have taken this motto of smaller is better to heart for their new Chobi Cam One HD, quite possibly the world's smallest DSLR camera and a pretty close replica of a normal sized Canon DSLR.
Now that Mother's Day is over and done, it's time to start shopping for the big guy. You know, Dad. Forget the ties and tools--what he wants is tech. I'm talking gadgets, gear, and guy toys. As a dad myself, I know just the right stuff to shop for.
Read on for five of my favorite ways to honor thy father.