Archive | November 29, 2010

Comcast outage resolved

You might know (or if you are a Comcast customer experienced first hand) that last night for about 2 and a half hours Comcast customers in New England and Washington D.C. experienced an outage of their internet services. Luckily the problem is solved now and it turned out to be not an outage “per se” but a DNS issue, easily solved if you knew how to set a new DNS server address in your router. One possibility to consider if something like this will ever happen to you is OpenDNS that provides four IP addresses that you can use and it might even improve your existing internet service offering faster resolution. (What a DNS service does is to offer a translation between a friendly web address, for example cnn.com and its real IP address – 157.166.224.25).

The following are the 4 addresses that you can use, from Open DNS.

  • 208.67.222.222 (resolver1.opendns.com)
  • 208.67.220.220 (resolver2.opendns.com)
  • 208.67.222.220
  • 208.67.220.222

TV on your XBOX 360? Yes, it is coming!

While it is certainly not the first Microsoft attempt to a marriage with TV networks, it might not fail as spectacularly as their previous attempts to enter the market, and that because nowadays TV watchers are far more open to the Internet TV and second, because XBOX 360 is already in millions of living rooms already, and used daily.

According to a Reuters article, Microsoft is currently in talks with major TV networks to bring subscription TV channels to their XBOX platform, something that Google can’t do with its Google TV device being blocked by most of the networks.

While the deal won’t probably come earlier than 12 months, it is reported that the discussions were productive. There are several ways the service could arrive, either with Microsoft becoming a virtual cable operator, authenticate the existing cable subscribers so they can get the content via XBOX 360 or having “a la carte” packages paid for individually.

Such channels might benefit of a degree of interactivity no other set top box currently has or hope to achieve any time soon, especially with the wildly popular Kinect offering a gesture enhanced user interface. Such channels might command (and get) a premium price if properly executed.

Sony Qriocity brings all you can listen music to PSP

Just in on the Playstation blog, a really good news for the PSP owners that can put PSP on the map again as a multi-media device – The Sony cloud Qriocity will be put to good use with the addition of Music Unlimited – a “new, cloud based digital music service from Sony that will give music lovers access to millions of songs stored and synchronized through the cloud.”

The new feature will require a new PSP firmware version 6.35 which means you’ll have to update your jailbroken PSP or just wait until the new feature finds its way in the custom firmwares that are also updated regularly. Whichever way you choose to do it however, you’ll notice a new entry in the Xross Media bar under Music. The Media Go app will also be updated with a brand new UI and photo editing features.

There is no mention about when exactly the service will go live, nor any mention about the price but we can’t imagine will take too long. In the meantime, push Sony to add the same goodies to PS3 as well.

Cyber Monday 2010 Amazon Deals List

After the Black Friday, we have Cyber Monday, an opportunity both for us to get some last minute deals and for the merchants to squeeze our wallets for just a bit more. But we like it, so we can’t complain too much. Here is what I found on Amazon, in terms of gadgets (I got myself the Roku player and the Sanyo camcorder, expect reviews soon, as always).

Check Amazon’s full Cyber Monday 2010 collection of deals in electronics.

1. Sanyo VPC-GH4 Full HD 1080 Camcorder with 10X Dual Range Zoom ($129 on sale, reduced from $199)

Tech Specifications:

  • Full HD 1080, 60i Video (1920 x 1080)
  • 10 Megapixel Digital Photos
  • 10x Dual Range Zoom Video
  • Embedded Software for Sharing Videos/Photos
  • 5x Optical Zoom Photo

2. Roku XD Streaming Player 1080p ($67.99 on sale, reduced from $79.99) Read More…