Archive | April 12, 2011

WD TV Live Plus HD / Hub media streamer get Netflix 3.0 with search and CinemaNow

If you have one of the two media streamer boxes from Western Digital supporting Netflix (and I am talking about WD TV Live Plus HD and WD TV Live Hub) you have a good reason to be happy. Western Digital just released a new firmware upgrade version 2.05.08 for WD TV Live Hub and 1.04.31 for WD TV Live Plus HD which beside a bunch of fixes brings a new Netflix 3.0 application and CinemaNow streaming. The really neat part, Netflix 3.0 enables searching and Dolby Digital Plus sound bringing the Netflix support on par with PS3 and Roku. I just checked and Netflix Subtitles are working too, the whole Netflix UI being identical with the PS3 Netflix UI.

In order to use the new Netflix 3.0, you’ll need to re-register your box with Netflix again. It was also reported that Canadian Netflix users can now log-in and see their instant queue however when actually trying to stream the following error message is displayed: This device cannot instantly stream in your area. Visit netflix.ca/NRD to see a full list of devices that instantly stream from Netflix. Bummer! Maybe in the next firmware version.

WD TV Live Plus HD is one of the best selling media streamer boxes with excellent support for various video codecs including 1080p MKV, h264, DVD menus and a large online streaming clients support including Pandora, YouTube, YouTube, Flickr and many others. Check out our full WD TV Live Plus HD review.

Isn’t it nice when you get stuff for free? Head over after the break for the full additions / fixes list. Read More…

Internet Explorer 10 preview available, has ARM version for future tablets

Considering that Microsoft released IE9 final just a short while ago, previewing IE 10 this soon proves a strong and renewed interest on Microsoft side for web browsers. What is even better, the new version has both x86 AND ARM support hinting strongly to incoming tablet version. Among other things, support for CSS Gradients, CSS3 Flexible Box Layout, CSS3 Grid Layout, CSS3 Multi-column Layout and ES5 Strict Mode.

If you are curious to put the new browser to the test, you can download IE10 Platform Preview 1 here.

via IEBlog

Deal of the Day – $60 – Viewsonic NexTV VMP75 1080p Network Media Player

Today’s deal is a quite capable Viewsonic NexTV VMP75 1080p Network Media Player / Streamer for only $60 with free shipping at and no taxes at Amazon. Beside Netflix client you can also use the box to access Live365.com, Shoutcast Radio, YouTube and Flickr while local / network content lovers will find an excellent support for MPEG1/2/4, H.264, DivX, DTS, MKV, AVI, MOV, RM/RMVB, MP3, OGG, WM, etc. 1080p and a HDMI output plus network shares / DLNA support will round the package in a nice way. It even has an Internet Browser and, unlike others, a HDMI cable is included.

Check after the break for the full codec support list. Read More…

Amazon launches ads supported Kindle – with AdMash / Special Offers on sale for $114

In an interesting turn of events, you can now get a cheaper Kindle 3 ($114 instead of $139, a $25 reduction in price – the deal only applies to WiFi only Kindle 3) if you are willing to support ads on homepage and screensavers. Amazon just launched a new program that covers $25 from Kindle 3 price by selling advertising space and whether this will be the future or not, remains to be seen. This could be immensely profitable for Amazon as $25 should be fairly easy to make by selling ad space, especially on a long-term use product as Kindle is, or it could backslash if the customers will reject the technology.

Amazon promises that the ads won’t interfere with your reading, being displayed only on Home screen and as screensavers. Beside ads, Amazon will send its own periodic deals like sales, coupons, etc and the the user will also have some limited control over what exactly the screensavers will show, for example setting preferences for landscapes, illustrations, travel, etc using a new app called AdMash. Among the first advertisement customers will be Buick, Chase, Olay and VISA. The first deals offered if you buy the “Special Offers Kindle” are:

  • $10 for $20 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • $6 for 6 Audible Books (normally $68)
  • $1 for an album in the Amazon MP3 Store (choose from over 1 million albums)
  • $10 for $30 of products in the Amazon Denim Shop or Amazon Swim Shop
  • Free $100 Amazon.com Gift Card when you get an Amazon Rewards Visa Card (normally $30)
  • Buy one of 30 Kindle bestsellers with your Visa card and get $10 Amazon.com credit
  • 50% off Roku Streaming Player (normally $99)

Would you buy a cheaper ad supported Kindle if the advertisement will forever stay out of the book content? Meantime you can check our full featured Kindle 3 review.