Archive | April 13, 2011

LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader media streamer available for pre-order at Amazon for $129

If you are not a stranger from the connected media players / streamers world, you probably heard about the LG first such a product called LG Smart TV Upgrader model ST600. It’s purpose is to add connected features to a otherwise “dumb” TV and transformed it in a connected device capable of DLNA connectivity, 1080p output via its included HDMI port, Internet browsing, Netflix / Hulu Plus access and many other web clients and games thanks to LG TV Apps.

Announced at the latest CES, it is now available for pre-order from Amazon for $129, to ship in 2-5 weeks. At this point we do know is that it will support Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Picasa Web Albums and Twitter and many other clients out of the box plus access to hundreds of LG TV apps currently available in LG app store. LG also signed several partners to enable live streaming of sports events.

We pre-order ours so expect a full LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader  review when we get it.

Check after the break for the full technical specs including video codec support and web clients list.

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Virus scam phone call from or via Skype to my cellphone – How to block it

This morning while driving to work, I had the surprise to get a call on my cellphone. The caller ID showed Blocked and an electronic voice mentioned something about my Windows PC being infected with a virus and that I should go to / to download the fix. I recognized it immediately as fishing / malware attempt but since I never got a phone call of this type before, I started digging to see what exactly is going on. Interestingly enough, the call came in the shape of a “Urgent Notification” alert from Skype and so it happens that my Skype account forwards all the calls to my cellphone. The / / websites the alert tries to direct you to are obviously traps and the latter is already identified as malware by Google Chrome Read More…

WINDOWS 8 build 7850 (MILESTONE 1) leaks on the Internets

Your pipes leak…In this case the leak is Windows 8 build 7850 which is the same version that makes Milestone 1 and was provided for evaluation to hardware manufacturers. Predictably, at least one of them leaked it to the torrents and the Pandora box is open. The name in case you are interested (we don’t condone piracy but nobody sane will use it for anything else beside testing) is 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us.iso.

Since it is such an early build, expect things to change quite a lot as the final version approaches, but from the initial screenshots we can see a user interface very similar with the one of Windows 7. That will change for sure as we are getting closer to more advanced milestones, I imagine at this point the most important aspects are various hardware and compatibility issues and overall stability of the main components.

The most notable new features worth mentioning are at this point AppX PDF Reader and IE9 Tile-based Metro UI, ISO mounting ability (I always used DAEMON Tools) and, best of all, Windows App Marketplace. Finally Windows gets its own marketplace so expect $.99 apps really soon.

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