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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Despite stepping down as CEO, is Steve Jobs still sticking around to work on an Apple TV?

Despite stepping down as CEO, is Steve Jobs still sticking around to work on an Apple TV?

Amid the media commotion occurring in the wake of Steve Jobs' resignation as CEO of Apple, Wall Street Journal tech guru Walt Mossberg has a juicy tidbit about why Jobs has offered to chair the company's board rather than leave Apple altogether.On the AllThingsD blog, Mossberg writes that Jobs intends to still be deeply involved with future product development at Apple, and that one product in particular could be getting Jobs' legendary scrutiny: the long-rumored Apple TV.

published August 24, 2011 by

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Can Google's purchase of Motorola save Google TV?

Can Google's purchase of Motorola save Google TV?

One of the assets that comes Google's way with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility -- as my colleague Larry Dignan points out -- is its set-top-box business. Considering the last batch of Google TV hardware has been close to an epic failure, the thinking goes that the platform could get a boost from some Motorola expertise.

published August 17, 2011 by

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Walmart brings support for streaming video service Vudu to iPad, hopes it works out better than its MP3 store

Walmart brings support for streaming video service Vudu to iPad, hopes it works out better than its MP3 store

Walmart has struck out battling digital music rivals, but the company hopes it has more success with Vudu, the online video service that it purchased in 2010 to compete against Netflix and iTunes. Already available on the PlayStation 3 and connected HDTV and Blu-ray players, Vudu is finally catching up to the competition by adding support for the iPad today.

published August 10, 2011 by

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When will we see another OLED HDTV? LG says soon, but others are less optimistic

When will we see another OLED HDTV? LG says soon, but others are less optimistic

If you've ever been fortunate enough to see an OLED TV in action, you know why some folks keep waiting for them like an electronic Godot: great image quality, super-slim, and highly energy efficient. But save for an 11-inch Sony model that sold for north of $2,500 a few years back, we haven't seen another OLED HDTV reach these shores, though prototypes have been exhibited at trade shows.

published July 30, 2011 by

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Do buyers really care about how much energy HDTVs use?

Do buyers really care about how much energy HDTVs use?

Over the last couple of years, there's been a lot of talk about reducing power consumption from HDTVs as part of the push to "go green." And thanks to recent Energy Star guidelines and a concerted effort from TV manufacturers, the yearly energy costs for big-screen sets have declined substantially, especially as more energy-efficient LED-backlit LCDs are sold.

published July 24, 2011 by

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Sonos introduces Play:3 speaker: Spotify support, no built-in Wi-Fi, $299 price tag

Sonos introduces Play:3 speaker: Spotify support, no built-in Wi-Fi, $299 price tag

Offering a little competition to the home audio speakers that support Apple's AirPlay functionality, Sonos has released its new Play:3 speaker, which will stream pretty much any kind of audio you can imagine -- from your iTunes library to Spotify's streaming service, for $299.The good news is that this is a low price for Sonos, which generally sells costlier components for its whole house wireless audio solutions, but there's a hidden cost if you want to use this as a cord-free speaker.

published July 20, 2011 by

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Best Buy to introduce Insignia HDTV with TiVo UI, but no DVR

Best Buy to introduce Insignia HDTV with TiVo UI, but no DVR

In the continuing saga of TiVo and its quest to find new markets for its technology, it looks like Best Buy is going to include the company's UI on a couple of upcoming Insignia HDTVs, though ironically those sets will not include DVRs. (You won't be charged a TiVo monthly subscription, however.

published July 16, 2011 by

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