Archive | October 21, 2010

Logitech Revue Google TV remote app for Android is out

The Logitech Revue remote control application for Android OS is now live and free for download. Logitech mentioned also an iOS version as well, but considering the intricate process that Apple has in place to approve applications in their App Store, there is no way to know when it might come up. The application uses WiFi to connect and you need to be on the same network for it to work.

Logitech Revue is one of the two Google TV boxes available to date (Sony Google TV is the other one – read our review) and it retails for $300 at Amazon. It includes a full wireless keyboard with touch pad, IR emitter to control other devices, full integration with Dish Network DVRs, Google Chrome web browser supporting Adobe Flash 10.1, HTML 5 video and various web clients including Netflix.

PwnageTool 4.1 released, jailbreaks Apple TV, iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPod touch and iPad

Dev-Team – the group behind PwnageTool jailbreaking tool for iOS devices just released their latest version – PwnageTool 4.1 (available for now on MacOS X systems only) and beside iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices it can also jailbreak the new Apple TV (second generation).

The new jailbreaking tool is the untethered kind (only needs to be used once) and aloows your iOS device to be restored to a custom IPSW file.

The full list of devices that can currently be jailbroken by PwnageTool 4.1 is:

  • Apple TV 2G
  • iPad (firmware 3.2.2)
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G

Read more and download the latest softare from Dev-Team website.

Barnes & Noble Nook on sale at Walmart starting October 24

Following a recent announcement of a big software version to be available by the end of November, Barnes & Nobles disclosed that in just 3 days, on October 24 Walmart, the world largest retailer will start selling their popular Nook eReader (Review Horizon full review here) in both their stores and online, just in time for the holiday shopping season. This is a big victory for Barnes & Noble, especially considering that Amazon’s Kindle (Review Horizon full review here)  is already available in target and Staples stores as well.

While Walmart might sell other eReaders brands as well, Nook will be prominently displayed as the premier device in the consumer electronics section. Both versions will be offered (3G+WiFi and WiFi only) and, while the prices are not disclosed, they’ll probably match the official $149 for WiFi only and $199 for 3G + WiFi version.

Update: Walmart has it in stock, ready to ship! As indicated, the prices match the Barnes and Noble prices but shipping is free at Walmart. Nook Color is also available for $249.

Netflix streaming only plan might come this year in US

Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO just declared in the latest Q3 2010 Financial Results report that Netflix “is now by any measure primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail”. This comment follows the Canadian launch of a Netflix streaming only plan and might signal a similar offer to come in United States and maybe international markets as well. It wouldn’t be a big surprise considering how many media streaming boxes and Blu-ray players supporting Netflix are currently available, including Apple TV and Google TV, and that all three gaming consoles support Netflix streaming as well. If the trend continues, it will be hard to buy anything electronic in 2011 that doesn’t support Netflix streaming, similar with mp3 support a number of years ago.

Other data provided by the above mentioned financial report discloses that Netflix had almost 17 millions subscribers by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2010 with a plan for 19 to 19.7 millions subscribers by the end of the year and a healthy financial state all around.