Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Walmart offering online deals for HDTVs before Black Friday

Walmart offering online deals for HDTVs before Black Friday

Retailers seem to have finally caught up with the mania that is Black Friday, and are trying to get out in front of this year's shopping festivities and the inevitable online leaking of ads and deals. Walmart, for one, is already doing pre-Black Friday weekend deals at its brick-and-mortar stores, as well as offering online specials throughout the month.

published November 5, 2011 by

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If Siri is the key to an Apple TV, what will Google do about it?

If Siri is the key to an Apple TV, what will Google do about it?

All signs point to the cryptic comment recorded in the new Steve Jobs bio -- that he "finally cracked" the right way to create an Apple television -- referring to Siri as the key to a super-simple living room experience. The New York Times surmises that a voice-controlled TV is in Apple's future, with potentially revolutionary ramifications.

published October 29, 2011 by

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New Steve Jobs bio suggests an Apple HDTV is inevitable

New Steve Jobs bio suggests an Apple HDTV is inevitable

The new Steve Jobs biography doesn't come out until tomorrow, but media outlets have already scooped up copies and are reporting on its content. For instance, the Washington Post has run an article recounting author Walter Isaacson's conversations with Steve Jobs about an Apple television set.

published October 23, 2011 by

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Will any Comcast subscribers pay $60 to watch Eddie Murphy's brand-new movie on demand?

Will any Comcast subscribers pay $60 to watch Eddie Murphy's brand-new movie on demand?

Major movie studios continue to take baby steps toward offering new films to cable subscribers via premium on demand while the flicks are still in theaters. The biggest test to date will come in a few weeks, when Comcast will bring the new Eddie Murphy/Ben Stiller potential blockbuster Tower Heist to a pair of test markets just three weeks after it debuts on movie house screens.

published October 9, 2011 by

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Expect big-screen HDTV prices to drop in coming months

Expect big-screen HDTV prices to drop in coming months

The upcoming holiday season will see the usual price drops on HDTVs, but it appears that the larger sets may see the biggest price movement, good news if you're looking to purchase a new TV for Christmas.For the first time in four months, prices for HDTVs fell in August, according to IHS iSuppli.

published October 2, 2011 by

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Comcast preparing AnyPlay live TV streaming service for the iPad

Comcast preparing AnyPlay live TV streaming service for the iPad

Comcast has been promising for some time now that it would bring live TV to the iPad, and the cable giant looks like it's getting closer to its goal. According to a story on MacRumors, the company is readying its AnyPlay service, which will use a special Motorola box to relay broadcasts to your iPad (and presumably Android tablets) over your wireless home network.

published September 25, 2011 by

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Sony hopes the next TV you buy you'll wear around your head

Sony hopes the next TV you buy you'll wear around your head

The next step in personal viewing is coming, and it's a lot more immersive than staring down at a portable DVD player or your tablet. Sony is bringing its HMZ-T1 "Personal 3D Viewer" to the States in November, and the company hopes you won't mind geeking out with a image viewer you wear around your head.

published September 8, 2011 by

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