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.
Sean Portnoy covers HDTVs, Blu-ray, home theater equipment, and anything else that turns the living room into your media center.
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.
Samsung is the biggest name in 3D TV, and its Galaxy Tab is the best-known Android tablet competitor to the iPad. So when Best Buy decided to bundle a free Galaxy Tab with a 46-inch 3D Samsung LED-baclkit HDTV for $1,499.
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.
Having been largely bumped to the margins as every pay TV provider has offered a DVR set-top box to subscribers, TiVo is thinking big with its forthcoming Premiere Elite set-top box. The question is: How big is it thinking in terms of price?
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.
The most popular HDTV manufacturer in North America, in terms of units shipped, Vizio has been extolled as a great American success story in an industry dominated by Asian companies. Considering the near total decline in the U.
Logitech dropped a bombshell last week when it said that its Google TV-powered Revue set-top box was not performing well, which is a bit of an understatement. Sales were so bad that the company's acting CEO Guerrino De Luca said on its earnings call that he had decided to slash the Revue's price from $249 to $99.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another research analyst predicts an Apple HDTV is coming, along with a "Genius Squad" to install sets
There's always been one research analyst -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster -- that has predicted Apple will release HDTVs, but now a second one -- UBS Investment Research's Maynard Um -- is joining Munster in his belief that the next Apple TV could be an actual TV. Where there's smoke is there fire?
Apple TV's diminutive remote may be stylish, but it doesn't make it easy to search for movies to watch. But some sleuthing into iOS 5's code has revealed that such pecking could become less necessary, as it appears that support for Bluetooth devices is coming to the Apple TV with the latest update to its software.
The Apple rumor du jour concerns one of the annoying drawbacks of iTunes and Apple TV video capabilities. AppleInsider is reporting that an "iTunes HD+" upgrade could be in the works that would finally bring 1080p HD videos to the iTunes ecosystem.
It's no secret that Hulu is on the block, but exactly who is looking to buy the online TV service has led to intense speculation. One day Microsoft is the hot candidate; the next day, it's Yahoo.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 How does Vizio keep its TV prices so low? Lots and lots of outsourcing
- 2 Verizon FiOS plans to eventually kill off set-top box with home media server
- 3 Best Buy previews its 32-inch LCD HDTV/Blu-ray player combo on its Web site
- 4 Verizon FiOS conducting trials with new Motorola DVR set-top boxes that are higher capacity, more energy-efficient
- 5 Time Warner Cable to offer multi-room DVRs, Echostar to deliver Sling Media set-top box