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Roku 3 update lets you search for movies and more with a smartphone

EngadgetHD - April 15, 2014 - 11:18am

Roku baked its comprehensive search feature into its mobile apps last month, but only folks who used it with the firm's HDMI Streaming Stick have been able to enjoy life without wielding a remote to hunt and peck for letters. Starting today, however, more of the outfit's hardware is getting some love: an update is trickling out to Roku 3 devices that'll enable the search feature with the apps. Since the company expects the software rollout to wrap up by April 22nd, it may be a while before your own box gets updated. Other Roku models are expected to snag the upgrade in the following weeks. Until then, you can use the clicker to hunt for content by actors, directors and show titles. Like an animal.

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Source: Roku Blog

Titan Aerospace a sky-high platform for Google's internet ambitions

Reuters Technology - April 15, 2014 - 10:25am
April 15 - Tech giant Google Inc. has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as part of its strategy to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world. Titan is developing a variety of solar-powered "atmospheric satellites," which are designed to stay aloft indefinitely, providing aerial and telecommunications services at 1/100th the cost of current satellite platforms. Ben Gruber has more.

MLB 14 The Show: The Joystiq Review

EngadgetHD - April 15, 2014 - 10:00am

The term "simulation" is appropriate for MLB 14: The Show, but not just because of its beautiful presentation, a defining trait of the series that's become a benchmark for other sports video games. Rather, MLB 14: The Show earns its simulation stripes by continuing the series' tradition of challenging players with mechanics and statistics that mirror the real sport. While MLB's gameplay has changed little this year, no matter what option players select for pitching, fielding and hitting (we'll get to that later), they will fail or succeed as regularly as athletes do in the big leagues.

Yet much like the faithfully-recreated and wildly differing batting stances of hitters in the game, MLB 14: The Show truly makes its mark in the baseball sim series by being one thing: dynamic.

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Rubbee set to electrify cycling

Reuters Technology - April 15, 2014 - 9:13am
Apr. 15 - A Lithuanian inventor has come up with an attachable device that can transform an ordinary bicycle into an electric motorbike. Gediminas Nemanis says his device, called the Rubbee, offers cyclists the chance to 'go electric' simply by switching a lever. Debi Bell-Hosking reports.

BBC iPlayer app now supports downloads on nearly all Android devices

EngadgetHD - April 15, 2014 - 8:16am

The BBC has allowed Android users to download programmes since September last year, but that functionality was only extended to 11 of the most popular Android devices at the time. While its slowly expanded support over the past seven months, the Beeb today welcomed the majority of Android iPlayer users to the party, updating the app to allow downloads on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above. To put it in perspective: 96 percent of current BBC iPlayer users now have a smartphone or tablet capable of storing programmes for offline playback.

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Source: BBC Internet Blog

Engadget giveaway: win a Nexus 5 and wireless charger courtesy of iOttie!

EngadgetHD - April 15, 2014 - 8:00am

The art of automotive zen begins with a clean and orderly interior (for most drivers) and this week's giveaway is sure to help provide a more cable-free ride. The case, cradle and charger folks at iOttie have done us a solid by offering two Engadget readers the new Easy Flex Wireless car charger and a Nexus 5 smartphone. This Qi-enabled, dash-mountable charger will help drivers keep their hands at two and ten nine and three like they're supposed to, while still providing visibility for turn-by-turn directions and a steady stream of juice. The charger's sticky gel pad will keep Google's latest handset from taking a dive to the floorboards and the device will even work with other Qi-compatible smartphones. All you need to do is head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning one of these prize packs. You never know, a little dose of automotive feng shui could turn that long nightmare of a commute into some peaceful "me" time.

Update: PSA - The DMV has apparently changed its age old hands-on-the-steering wheel specifications. Drive safe kids and be sure to keep your hands at nine and three instead. The more you know...

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CME makes senior appointments

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 7:38am

CME has announced that John K. Billock has been appointed to its board of directors and will serve as the non-executive chairman of the board. Read the story »

The Gramofon is a streaming music hub that'll also extend your WiFi

EngadgetHD - April 15, 2014 - 6:59am

Recognizing that there's no shortage of set-top boxes and smart speakers capable of streaming music around your home, global WiFi provider Fon has decided it wants to do things a little differently. Billed as a new "modern cloud jukebox," the company today introduced the Gramofon, a stylish little box that is actually part music streamer and part WiFi router.

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Broadband TV News launches 2014 version ANGA COM app

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 5:42am

The 2014 version of the Broadband TV News ANGA COM 2014 English language app is now available in the iOS and Google Play stores. Read the story »

Q&A with Dr. Peter Charissé, managing director ANGA COM

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 3:37am

This year, ANGA COM 2014 will be held from May 20 – 22 in Cologne, Germany. Broadband TV News talked to Dr. Peter Charissé, managing director ANGA COM, about the event en current issues in the German cable and broadband world. Read the story »

Amazon secures BBC series for Prime Instant Video

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 3:37am

Amazon has signed a content deal with BBC Worldwide to bring BBC content on the Prime Instant Video service for the first time. Read the story »

Wisi is extending its reach

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 2:54am

WISI (Stand 9, Hall 10.2). Established German cable and fibre network technology vendor Wisi is launching new modules for its three cable, IP,and fibre head-end and distribution platforms. Read the story »

Wentronic presents its line-up

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 2:52am

Stand A31 Hall 10.2. Multimedia distributor Wentronic from Germany is presenting its extensive line-up of Goobay cable, satellite and broadband products such as satellite dishes, LNBs, multiswitches, display mounts, CAT cables and patch panels. Read the story »

Superfast broadband surges in UK

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 2:50am

One in four UK residential fixed broadband connections is now ‘superfast’, offering headline speeds of 30 Mbps or more, according to the latest research published by the regulator Ofcom. Read the story »

Telenor enhances MyTV

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 1:52am

Telenor has introduced new data packages and an expanded offer for its streaming service MyTV in Hungary. Read the story »

NBCNews announces original 15-second daily videos

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 1:39am

MSNBC and NowThis News have launched a new, co-produced original 15-second daily video series titled 15 Seconds to Truth, which will dig into a big headline each day to uncover a truth hidden behind the day’s conventional wisdom and spin. Read the story »

DECE approves Nagra’s DRM for streaming

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 1:30am

The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) has approved Nagra’s DRM technology for streaming of SD and HD content to open devices for its UltraViolet streaming service. Read the story »

Romanian broadband: the stats

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 1:14am

The number of fixed broadband connections in Romania grew by 7% in 2013 to 3.8 million, according to data published by the regulator ANCOM. Read the story »

Czech TV launches kids HbbTV apps

BroadbandTVNews - April 15, 2014 - 12:41am

The Czech public broadcaster Ceske Televize (CT) has expanded its HbbTV portfolio through the addition to two new applications. Read the story »

Broadcasters' backup plans for thwarting Aereo include live TV streaming

EngadgetHD - April 14, 2014 - 7:06pm

The big US broadcasters are primarily leaning on legal action to shut down Aereo's antenna-based streaming TV service, but what if the startup prevails in court? Apparently, the media giants aren't too worried; they have some backup plans. The Wall Street Journal claims that CBS is considering a subscription-based video service of its own that would offer both live and on-demand shows for a few dollars per month. While it would still include ads, there might also be an option to pay for Showtime's premium programming.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

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