Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.

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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.

August 24, 2011 by


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.

August 17, 2011 by


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.

August 10, 2011 by


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.

July 30, 2011 by


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.

July 24, 2011 by


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.

July 20, 2011 by