After you've set up your Xfinity X1 box, programmed a 30-second skip on the XR2 remote, and took the X1 Remote app for iOS out for a spin, you'll soon realize that neither the remote control nor the iPhone app features a jump-ahead-one-day button. On the old remote, the B and C buttons let you jump back and ahead one day,respectively, when browsing the guide, which came in useful when you were hunting for upcoming shows to record.Comcast plainly admits that such functionality is lacking on the Xfinity X1 platform, claiming that with the X1's … Read more
Let me be clear: the Xfinity TV X1 Remote app for iOS will not replace the XR2 remote that accompanies the X1 cable box. The app, however, offers a couple of features that may have you keeping your iPhone resting on your coffee table next to your cable remote.
The X1 Remote app has three primary screens. The first screen features four arrow buttons and an OK button for navigating the onscreen guide and menus. Swipe to the left for the second and third screens, which feature a number pad and playback controls, respectively. A static row with three buttons … Read more
I've been living with the Xfinity X1 box for about a week now and have some tips to disseminate regarding setting up the device. Before getting into the X1's settings, I would first direct you to a code to program a 30-second skip button on the XR2 remote that comes with the X1 box.
Now, onto some settings to investigate and tweak on the X1 box itself. To access settings, press the Xfinity button on your remote and arrow over to the gear icon from the top row of menu options.
In the first section, Device Settings, there … Read more
I am a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, and yesterday I got upgraded to the company's X1 cable box. I am enjoying the modern interface of the channel guide, the improved search functionality, and the potential to record four shows at the same time while watching a fifth. What I am not enjoying is the lack of a 30-second skip button, which I was able to program on my old remote.
I have come to rely on my 30-second skip button to zip through commercials and find it's a necessity this time of year for watching football and October baseball. … Read more
In "Star Wars," Darth Vader attempted to defend the first Death Star with a modified TIE Fighter known as the TIE Advanced x1. After thousands of hours of hard work, a team of German "Star Wars" fans, calling themselves Project X1, have completed a 2:1 scale model of Vader's personal spaceship.
Based on plans designed by architect Markus Sammann, and using materials such as steel, plastic, and wood, a group of 20 people spent two years creating the 1.43-ton homage. The dimensions of the TIE Advanced x1 mockup -- at 17 feet wide by 14.1 feet high by 15.7 feet long -- would likely amaze any onlooker and certainly arouse any fan of the Empire. Project X1 notes the build is dedicated to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, the 501st Legion, and fans of the sci-fi saga.… Read more
Over the past year or so we've seen a new product category emerge: the portable digital converter/headphone amplifier. Of course, no one "needs" such a device -- phones and iPods already have converters and amps built-in -- and sound perfectly fine with average headphones. The sound is good enough, but your phone's converter and amp share space and battery power with the phone's electronics. A separate converter and amp, about the size of a phone, has only one mission: improved sound quality. So if you upgraded to a high-end in-ear headphone, like the $399 … Read more
In its battle against the growing trend of cutting the cord, Comcast instead wants TV viewers to ditch the DVR.
The cable TV giant on Tuesday took the wraps off X2, an upgrade to its X1 entertainment platform, which includes a new compact set-top box that will store recorded programs in the cloud. The box doesn't even have a hard drive for local storage, resulting in a form factor three times smaller than conventional boxes, and 50 percent less power consumption.
Expected to be available to consumers later this year, the new set-top box also includes voice-activated control, allowing … Read more
Lenovo said today that it has added a touch-screen ThinkPad X1 Carbon model, as PC vendors continue to ramp up shipments of Windows 8 ultrabooks with tablet-like attributes.
The 14-inch ThinkPad now measures 20.8mm (about 0.8 inches) thick and weighs 3.4 pounds, slightly thicker and heavier than the non-touch model.
The display resolution and internals stay the same, though. That means a pixel-dense 1,600x900 resolution display and Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors.
And, true to its name, the chassis is made from lightweight carbon fiber, which allows Lenovo to keep the weight of its 14-inch laptop below 3.5 pounds.
Other specifications have not been disclosed yet.
But the price has: $1,499. Some of that extra cost is due to the high-resolution touch display, which comes at a premium. … Read more
First up, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop. This one boasted rugged construction, but had trouble with our torture gantlet: mainly the heat test and the part where I spilled a cup of hot coffee on its otherwise outstanding keyboard. It comes on, but the keyboard and touch pad are unresponsive. … Read more
Disk Inventory X is a free disk utility for Mac OS X that gives you a summary of your disk usage, both in text and visually. Need to know how much space is being taken up on your drives by photos or audio files? Disk Inventory X will give you the answer quickly.
The program is easy to install, and its interface is clean. When you run it there's a simple disk selector dialog, which expands to a larger window. A standard hierarchical view of your drive in the left pane shows you the total size of each folder … Read more