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Updated: Intel Compute Stick is a PC the size of a pack of chewing gum

Update: Intel's Compute Stick is now available for preorder in the UK from Dabs for £129.98 (about $200, AU$250). Note that only the Windows version is available for now.Devices like Google's Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV brought instant media streaming to the living room, and now Intel is looking

Review: Updated: Sling TV

Review: Updated: Sling TV

Features and FAQ Update: DISH has signed a deal with NBC to bring The Weather Channel to Sling TV. The deal will apparently start in July, though no details on where TWC fits into Sling TV's pricing model have been released.Imagine everything you liked about cable. You probably enjoyed surfing the c

Review: Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage 500GB

Introduction and designSeagate added a strange looking product to its portfolio earlier this year. No, I am not talking about the Seagate Seven which was reviewed recently, but the Wireless Mobile Storage instead.This product is essentially a consumer-focused, wireless network attached storage, not

Review: Updated: Chromecast

Review: Updated: Chromecast

IntroductionUpdate: Check out our list of devices that work with Google Cast. Original Chromecast review written in August 2013.Streaming media around your home isn't a new idea, but the rise of internet-based on-demand services like Netflix, Sling TV and Amazon Prime Instant Video means that it's b

Review: Updated: Amazon Fire TV

Review: Updated: Amazon Fire TV

IntroductionUpdate: Amazon Fire TV can now access X-Ray without the aid of a tablet. X-Ray is a service from Amazon that uses IMDB to show you the actor and trivia information about the shows and movies you're watching. With the introduction of Fire TV, behemoth online retailer Amazon has entered th

Review: Updated: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Review: Updated: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Intro, design and setupUpdate: Amazon Fire TV Stick can now access X-Ray without the aid of a tablet. X-Ray is a service from Amazon that uses IMDB to show you the actor and trivia information about the shows and movies you're watching.The set-top box landscape is changing. It used to be a full-size

Review: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Review: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Intro, design and setupIt used to be that if you wanted a smart TV, you would have to pay out good money. Now, for a few pounds, anyone can have a smart TV. All they need is a spare HDMI and a device no bigger than a USB stick.This is because the set-top box landscape is changing. Full-size goliaths

Finally the UK gets some stick: Amazon's £35 Fire TV streamer is shipping

Finally the UK gets some stick: Amazon's £35 Fire TV streamer is shipping

Amazon is finally giving the UK a bit of stick - as its £35 media streamer starts to ship to customers, following a blockbuster pre-order phase.After the success of the more expensive but more powerful Fire TV, the low cost Amazon Fire TV Stick was always likely to be popular - especially with those

These are all the products that work with Google Cast

These are all the products that work with Google Cast

Google Cast-enabled productsGoogle's always had a knack for treading new paths. From its humble beginnings as a web search giant to its innovations in home entertainment with the Chromecast and Android TV, the company has always had a unique way of tackling problems.Maybe that's why Google Cast, a p

2015 WNBA Draft Invitees Announced

<p> NEW YORK, April 13, 2015 -- Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame, espnW's National Player of the Year, and Connecticut's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who helped the Huskies win three consecutive national titles, headline a list of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm o

Review: UPDATED: Roku Streaming Stick

Review: UPDATED: Roku Streaming Stick

The Roku Streaming Stick combines over 1,000 apps (including Sling TV and Plex) with an HDMI dongle design that's the size of a thumb drive, and this time it fits into the back of any modern TV. Recent advancements in home entertainment technology have granted the power of HDMI compatibility, making

Updated: Intel Compute Stick is a PC the size of a pack of chewing gum

Devices like Google's Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV brought instant media streaming to the living room, and now Intel is looking to go one further with a stick that transforms any HDMI-equipped TV into a fully-fledged PC.Unveiled at CES 2015, Intel's Compute Stick is a four-inch device that's powe

MLG.tv enjoys 253% viewer jump

MLG.tv enjoys 253% viewer jump

eSports organisation Major League Gaming has reported strong growth for its online MLG.tv platform. Viewers on its channel MLG.tv have jumped 253 per cent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2015. Growth is averaging about 70 per cent per quarter, although the Q1 numbers beat both of the

Amazon launches Prime Instant Video for Android tablets, but it's a bit weird

Amazon launches Prime Instant Video for Android tablets, but it's a bit weird

Amazon has always been a bit odd about providing its Prime Instant Video service on Android devices. Support for it has always been baked into Amazon's Fire devices, and there was an app for iOS too, but for Android at large, nothing. Nada. Zip. A while ago Amazon added streaming support to its main

Xbox One can now act like a classic bunny-ear TV

Xbox One can now act like a classic bunny-ear TV

Most Xbox One owners who use the console to watch live TV pay for either a cable box or a Sling TV subscription, but there's another option on its way.Microsoft today announced a new way to watch broadcast and local channels - CBS, FOX, NBC, etc. - on Xbox One for free.Chromecast: smart TV in a stic

Updated: Intel Compute Stick is a PC the size of a pack of chewing gum

Devices like Google's Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV brought instant media streaming to the living room, and now Intel is looking to go one further with a stick that transforms any HDMI-equipped TV into a fully-fledged PC.Unveiled at CES 2015, Intel's Compute Stick is a four-inch device that's powe

Review: Updated: Roku 3

Review: Updated: Roku 3

UPDATE: New versions of the Roku 3 have started rolling out to retailers and include remotes with built-in mics for voice search, as well as Roku Feed and Movies Coming Soon features. We'll update the review with those sections as soon as we can.The latest update of the Roku media player, hitherto k

Amazon launches Prime Instant Video for Android tablets, but it's a bit weird

Amazon launches Prime Instant Video for Android tablets, but it's a bit weird

Amazon has always been a bit odd about providing its Prime Instant Video service on Android devices. Support for it has always been baked into Amazon's Fire devices, and there was an app for iOS too, but for Android at large, nothing. Nada. Zip. A while ago Amazon added streaming support to its main

Updated: Intel Compute Stick is a PC the size of a pack of chewing gum

Devices like Google's Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV brought instant media streaming to the living room, and now Intel is looking to go one further with a stick that transforms any HDMI-equipped TV into a fully-fledged PC.Unveiled at CES 2015, Intel's Compute Stick is a four-inch device that's powe

Review: Updated: Roku 3

Review: Updated: Roku 3

UPDATE: New versions of the Roku 3 have started rolling out to retailers and include remotes with built-in mics for voice search, as well as Roku Feed and Movies Coming Soon features. We'll update the review with those sections as soon as we can.The latest update of the Roku media player, hitherto k

Intel HDMI Compute Stick can soon be yours, pre-orders are up

Intel HDMI Compute Stick can soon be yours, pre-orders are up

Consumer computers are getting smaller and smaller, and we're not just referring to the powerful computers that you already have in your pockets for playing Clash of Clans. PC and chip makers seem to be riding on a trend to put a usable PC inside a device the size of a USB dongle, or a bit larger, a

Roku Adds Voice Search, Enhances 'Unbiased' Movie and TV Search Tools

Roku Adds Voice Search, Enhances 'Unbiased' Movie and TV Search Tools

Roku has revamped its trademark Internet-video devices, adding voice search to its top-tier Roku 3 model and expanding its ability to search for movies and TV shows across multiple streaming services. With the upgrades, Roku aims to keep an edge on rivals including Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Am

Here's another way to watch the Game of Thrones season 5 premiere

Here's another way to watch the Game of Thrones season 5 premiere

HBO is moving further and further away from its once-strict cable TV-subscription model, today announcing its first deal with a live internet TV service.And wouldn't you know it - it's just in time for the Game of Thrones season 5 premiere.HBO has struck a deal with Sling TV, the live TV internet se

Turn your TV into a Chrome PC with Google's affordable Chromebit dongle

Turn your TV into a Chrome PC with Google's affordable Chromebit dongle

Google is going way beyond Chromecast with its latest HDMI dongle, the transformative and affordable Chromebit.The Google Chromebit, made by Asus, turns any TV with an HDMI jack into a full-fledged Chrome OS PC - and it costs just $100 (about £70, AU$130).The Chromebit comes in blue, silver and oran

Amazon Prime video now streams to any Android tablet

Amazon Prime video now streams to any Android tablet

Amazon Prime Instant Video has a rocky history with Android. First it was only available on iOS, and then, when it did come to Android, it was limited to Amazon Fire tablets and Android phones, but not most Android tablets.That changes today, as the latest version of the Prime Instant Video app is n

Updated: March Madness live stream: how to watch the Final Four online

Sixty-four teams go in, one team come out. Those are the rules for the NCAA tournament, one that's seen squad after squad drop like flies until only the Final Four remain.We're now heading into the final weekend of action as undefeated Kentucky prepares to square off against perhaps its biggest chal

Mouse Computer m-Stick PC on a stick keeps cool with a fan

The launch of Google Chromecast started a trend of putting lightweight but very functional computing systems on a device the size of an HDMI dongle. We've seen the likes of Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect, Intel's HDMI Compute, and more recently, the Acer Chromebit and Microsoft's Windows 8.1 PC stick fro

Industry Voice: There is no cord: free your TV and innovation will follow

Introduction, challengesIn the 1999 film "The Matrix," the lead character, Neo, encounters a teenage boy effortlessly bending and modifying the shape of a spoon with only his mind. When Neo unsuccessfully attempts to do the same, the boy advises Neo that bending the spoon is impossible. Instead, he

App showdown: Roku vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Fire TV vs. Nexus Player

App selection should be one of the biggest factors in choosing a streaming media player, because all the fancy features in the world don't mean much if you can't actually watch what you want. The good news is that there's decent app parity among the major streaming media devices, including A

Updated: Netflix vs Presto vs Stan vs Quickflix

Intro, Price and DevicesUpdated: The devices for Presto and Netflix, Stan and Netflix shows, Netflix movies and the verdict for Stan, Presto, Quickflix and Netflix. Also the price for Netflix in Australia. Netflix may be the leading internet TV service in the US, but the streaming giant has some sti

Google Nexus Player brings the Android TV experience to the UK for £80

After the news leaked out earlier this week, Google has now launched its Asus-built Nexus Player in the UK. You can buy it, of all places, from Argos for £79.99. The specs include a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The Nexus Player is also the first stand-alone device to run Googl

Updated: Netflix vs Presto vs Stan vs Quickflix

Intro, Price and DevicesUpdated: The devices for Presto and Netflix, Stan and Netflix shows, Netflix movies and the verdict for Stan, Presto, Quickflix and Netflix. Also the price for Netflix in Australia. Netflix may be the leading internet TV service in the US, but the streaming giant has some sti

Google's Nexus Player is coming to the UK this week

Amazon has, it appears, let the cat out of the bag with regard to the UK launch if the Asus Nexus Player. The Google device will cost £80 (in the US it's $99) and will be available from Thursday if the Amazon listing is correct. At the moment, it's not really clear what Google is planning with the N

Amazon Fire TV Stick is finally headed to the UK - Chromecast, be afraid

The Amazon Fire TV Stick, which shrinks the already-excellent Fire TV into a Chromecast-esque dongle, is finally coming to the UK.The diminutive streaming device is already available in the US, but Amazon is announcing that it's bringing it across the Atlantic. The Stick will set you back £35 - not

Review: Updated: Sling TV

Features and FAQ Imagine everything you liked about cable. You probably enjoyed surfing the channels, watching the shows people were talking about when they aired instead of months after. And, if you were lucky enough to own boxes of a certain caliber, pausing and rewinding said TV shows in real tim

Review: Updated: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Intro, design and setupThe set-top box landscape is changing. It used to be a full-size battle royale where three titans – the Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV – duked it out for control of your television. Then, in July of last year, Google released Chromecast, a set-top box built into a thumb d

Review: Nexus Player

IntroductionThey say lightning can't strike twice. That two products from the same family, one right after the other, can't both be fantastic, must-own devices.Unfortunately, when it comes to the £80 Nexus Player - an Asus-made follow-up to the fantastic £30 Chromecast - they were right. Lightning m

Roku TVs get refreshed with new apps and a 2015 redesign

TCL and Roku have announced a whole new line of their second generation cort-cutting smart TVs, the first of which will be available in late March and early April.The companies' three new lines of Roku TVs follow a successful debut in 2014, when TechRadar praised the first-gen model for offering 

Google Nexus Player brings the Android TV experience to the UK for £80

After the news leaked out earlier this week, Google has now launched its Asus-built Nexus Player in the UK. You can buy it, of all places, from Argos for £79.99. The specs include a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The Nexus Player is also the first stand-alone device to run Googl

One carrier's Galaxy S6 deal should make Netflix bingers happy

A year of free Netflix is a great way to attract new customers, and no doubt T-Mobile is aware of that fact.The "un-carrier" announced a deal today that will give new Samsung Galaxy S6 buyers exactly that.The Galaxy S6 is rivaled only by the HTC One M9T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted the new

Review: Plex

The streaming media world grows more and more crowded everyday. Between Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and HBO Now, there's no shortage of streaming options as long as you're willing to shell out the cash every month. But what if - and hang in there with me - you want to stream your own media? What if yo

Review: Updated: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Intro, design and setupThe set-top box landscape is changing. It used to be a full-size battle royale where three titans – the Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV – duked it out for control of your television. Then, in July of last year, Google released Chromecast, a set-top box built into a thumb d

Google's Nexus Player is coming to the UK this week

Amazon has, it appears, let the cat out of the bag with regard to the UK launch if the Asus Nexus Player. The Google device will cost £80 (in the US it's $99) and will be available from Thursday if the Amazon listing is correct. At the moment, it's not really clear what Google is planning with the N

Review: Netflix

While Stan, Presto and Quickflix have done a good job of giving Australians a Netflix-like experience of late, we've all been waiting for the big one to arrive.Netflix Australia is finally here, and there's one question on everyone's lips: how does it stack up to the US version of the service?Best N

Amazon Fire TV Stick Now Works Over Hotel Wi-Fi (And In College Libraries And Dorms Rooms)

You might finally be able to watch something you want to see on your hotel room TV. Amazon announced an update for its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Tuesday that could give the gizmos a leg up over competing devices since they now stream on public Wi-Fi networks where the Chromecast and Apple TV usually

You don't want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe

Free Presto access for Telstra's T-Box customers

With the imminent launch of Netflix and increasing competition among streaming services, Foxtel's Presto is in danger of being overshadowed. To combat this, the SVOD offering is now available to Telstra's T-Box customers, with a free six-month subscription available to get the ball rolling.Once the

Amazon Fire TV Stick is finally headed to the UK - Chromecast, be afraid

The Amazon Fire TV Stick, which shrinks the already-excellent Fire TV into a Chromecast-esque dongle, is finally coming to the UK.The diminutive streaming device is already available in the US, but Amazon is announcing that it's bringing it across the Atlantic. The Stick will set you back £35 - not

You can now preorder the Amazon Fire TV Stick in the UK for £35 or £19 if you've got Prime

The Amazon Fire TV Stick, the company's Chromecast competitor, has been available in the US for five months now and it's finally coming to the UK. You can preorder the device for £35 or £19 if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber and strike in the next two days. If you haven't already signed up to Prim

Amazon Fire TV Stick launched in the UK

Amazon is now selling its Fire TV Stick in the UK. The mini media streamer is the compact version of its bigger Fire TV box, launching at a cheaper price point to compete with the likes of Google's Chromecast. Whereas Fire TV is £79, the small Fire TV Stick – essentially an HDMI dongle – […]

Amazon Fire TV Stick arrives in the UK to rival Google's Chromecast streaming dongle

Amazon's streaming stick works with its own remote, your smartphone and a special game controller, and will roll out to the UK this week with an attractive £35 price tag

Updated: Hey! Listen! Netflix maybe not developing live-action Zelda series

Update: Big companies usually don't respond to rumors, especially when those rumors may concern upcoming products, but Nintendo President Satoru Iwata just did.In an interview with Time, Iwata said that the original report that claimed Nintendo and Netflix are working together on a Legend of Zelda s

Google's Nexus Player is coming to the UK this week

Amazon has, it appears, let the cat out of the bag with regard to the UK launch if the Asus Nexus Player. The Google device will cost £80 (in the US it's $99) and will be available from Thursday if the Amazon listing is correct. At the moment, it's not really clear what Google is planning with the N

DEAL ALERT: Here's all the free stuff you get when you buy a Chromecast

There are now enough digital media players on the market to confuse the average consumer, which is why companies are having to do more than ever to differentiate themselves from the competition. Earlier this month, Apple announced that the Apple TV would receive a $30 price cut, but those savings do