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WD's Elements Play media streamers bring internal HDDs at a presumably good price (Engadget)

Aug 9th 2010 10:40AM @dedparrot The interesting thing is people who are downloading lots of stuff are generally more tech savvy that most (e.g. newsgroups and the like are not particularly mainstream). And they are exactly the type of people likely to have high expectations of a device.

I personally have gone through WD TV (original), WD TV Live (now with added N dongle) and XBMC on a Revo (best choice for me).

I'm just worried the product is targeting a market that doesn't exist. The vast majority of people can't get the CONTENT to use these devices. If only pictures and music they want it for, there are much better options that this.

3D Vision hack uses active shutter glasses to display 3D content in 2D (video) (Engadget)

Aug 2nd 2010 3:47PM Re black and white into colour - reminds my of a snooker commentary gaff:

"For those viewers watching in black and white, the pink ball is just behind the green."

WD TV Live Plus gets reviewed, lauded for value (Engadget)

Aug 2nd 2010 11:12AM @aarond12 I understood the new wd live plus plus extra extra +2 HD box has a hardware security module rather than a software, which netflix requires in order to grant suppliers a license to use their software and streaming. The WD Liv e did not have this; whether it was WD who didn't put it on, Netflix who didn't allow it - we'll probably never know.

For me, I have the original WD TV, the WD TV Live. I've since changed over to XBMC on a Revo and never looked back. Having just moved house, the WD Live will serve a purpose on the downstairs TV to steam from the PC upstairs.

Its a decent little device. The drilling down of menus started to annoy me, but its functional at least.

Entelligence: 3D TV falls flat for me (Engadget)

Jul 26th 2010 11:17AM @PBB and some of that was driven by the digital "switch off", looming in many countries like the US and UK. Many people upgraded to DTV rather than buying a set top box converter (although some still did....!) 3D doesn't have that push either, and as you said many people have JUST upgraded.

It will be interesting nonetheless to see how 3D does take off. And I have only one hope - that the "converted to 3D" movies stop getting released...

Handmade Daft Punk helmet produces some stunning photo ops (Engadget)

Jul 23rd 2010 10:52AM I mean I know you're not supposed to wear motorcycle helmets in gas stations, but this is just ridiculous

Skype updated for iOS 4, background VoIP is a go (update: no plans to charge for 3G use) (Engadget)

Jul 21st 2010 5:07PM
With Verizon on the horizon (ooh that rhymes - can I copyright it?) perhaps Skype and Apple are caring less about ATT's influence? The whole no calls over 3G / charging for 3G was about revenue, i.e. ATT don't get any for those calls. Technically neither do Skype, apart from site advertising I guess.

Logitech does 5.1 surround sound on a budget with $100 Z506 speakers (Engadget)

Jul 16th 2010 11:14AM @hastings double agreed

When I was at college and testing out my speakers, the guy from upstairs came down and said please turn down the volume, his bed was moving. (insert joke here).

iPod touch FaceTime calling to be based on email addresses? (Engadget)

Jul 15th 2010 3:17PM @Tes Starbucks just stopped charging for wifi completely across the USA from July 1. Free for all, no time restrictions. The UK may go to same way eventually, one would assume.

So while wifi is not "everywhere", the places (albeit mainly commercial) that it is accessible is certainly growing.

Chase Mobile iPhone app update: picture your paycheck deposited, and it's there (Engadget)

Jul 2nd 2010 4:17PM
Good to hear of this update. It will save trips to the bank for the checks we receive. Very cool

Starbucks begins offering free two-click WiFi access in US and Canada (Engadget)

Jul 1st 2010 10:50AM Meh I was one day out yesterday, and first time I'd used SB wifi

me - its not fee until tomorrow right?
Cashier - what are you talking about
Me - the wifi. its free from tomorrow
Cashier - really? Oh. You need a card for it to work
Me - (sighs) ok gimme a small gift card