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.
This year's Consumer Electronics Show is over (for me, anyway), and
I did not come away disappointed.
Quite the opposite: I saw some really cool tech that got me
excited about new products, some of which are available now, some
that are coming soon. And that's the whole point of the show,
1. Archos GamePad
Can't figure out which tablet to buy for the kids? Archos just
made the decision pretty easy: the GamePad offers a robust,
Android-powered tablet experience, but with built-in game controls
on either side of its 7-inch screen. The price: a very reasonable
The war clearly isn't over. These angry birds will stop at nothing to destroy those oinkers! And now, if you're willing and ready (or even if you aren't), these little guys are here to amplify your music too. These plug and play Angry Birds Speakers from ThinkGeek are not exactly priced to move at $65+, but oh man, they are tons of epic awesome.
Whether it's a shiny new flat-screen, a smartphone or a new suit,
you can save money just by knowing a little about product cycles
and how companies anticipate your movements as a market. If you
know what they expect out of you, then you know how to take
advantage of being the "unexpected" fraction of their target
I'm usually appalled when my mother asks for detailed Christmas lists for each member of our family in October. "Really?!" I want to scream, "I haven't even got the last stitches in the Halloween costumes, and you want Christmas lists?" Instead, I smile and politely oblige, having no other choice if I want to keep peace in the family.
This year, however, after spending several days compiling these lists (after all, I don't want my children getting toys they have no interest in, or worse yet, socks, for Christmas), I had an epiphany: I could get my shopping done in November, save some much cherished cash, and enjoy the entire month of December by baking, playing with my family, and not stressing about shopping!
No, I haven't thanked my dear mother, but I did learn some interesting information about the best things to buy, and not to buy, in November.