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Archive | January 26, 2011

Boxee Box under review at Amazon – customer complaints?

While Boxee Box is a really nice media streamer, it seems that various bugs and promises that never materialized (Netflix availability being one of them) brought the ire of some customers and as of right now, the box is not sold by Amazon anymore (at least if you are not logged-in your account). Here is the screenshot:

Of course, it might me just a minor glitch considering how many products the retailer giant is currently selling. We’ll let you know of any updates.

Netflix sees a 166 percent increase in subscribers added over the same period a year ago

Netflix just released its financial report for the 4th quarter 2010,  and it is full of big surprises. The fourth quarter earnings are at $47 million and the number of subscribers rose to 20 million, an increase of 3.08 million that beats their previous estimates of 2.7 million with more than 10 percent.

The revenue for the 4th quarter stands to be about $596 million.

The current numbers should be a slap on the face to multiple idiot executives from companies like Time Warner that vented their frustration by slamming Netflix and comparing the company with the Albanian army trying to take over the world. Well, Netflix did take over the streaming market and there is nothing Time Warner can do. There is a huge number of media streamer boxes capable of streaming Netflix and the capability has the same popularity as mp3 support some years ago.

Nook Color gets firmware version 1.1 breaks the root, enables developer mode?

Barnes & Noble just released Nook Color software version 1.1 destined to fix minor bugs. Among the various updates to increase its performance, here is what was fixed:

  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.

Based on B&N road-map, this update should also enable the developer mode, a first step toward a functional app market.

As you can see, no Nook App Store yet and no flash either. Pinch and Zoom is important, but you already had browsers to support it if you rooted.

Check after the break for how to make Nook Color ignore the automatic update. Read More…

Cirago CMC3000 media player / streamer with up to 2TB storage announced

We are a website that heavily covers various media players / streamers so here is another one for your pleasure: Cirago CMC3000 series, the latest to come on the market.

Cirago CMC3000 series has three members, named based on their installed on-board storage. The CMC3050 has a 500GB hard drive installed and costs $179.99, CMC3100 has a 1TB hard drive and costs $199 and CMC3200 has a whooping 2TB installed and costs a equally whooping $299. (If you want to save money, get the cheaper model and replace the hard drive – the functionality is similar).

Beside the on-board storage, Cirago media streamers comes with an interesting one year of PlayOn subscription, a first to my knowledge, can RECORD / Shift video on its attached hard drive (SD only though), output in 1080p and even has an integrated BitTorrent client. A card reader and dual USB slots are also provided.

Check after the break for full tech specs, codec support and photo gallery.

via Cirago

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