Boxee set to battle Apple TV, Roku Video
Boxee set to battle Apple TV, Roku Video Transcript
-Hi, I'm Kara Tsuboi filling in for Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. Cable cutters might wanna put Boxee TV on their wish list. The system is now selling at Walmart stores for $99 and it includes a fes perks for early adaptors. Boxee is a DVR with antenna for picking up basic cable or broadcast TV. It also pulls in several subscription services like Netflix. The DVR service will be free for 3 months for anyone who buys it during the holiday season. You can also get 3 months of Netflix for free and limitless DVR service for 10 bucks a month after that. AT&T and T-Mobile are making it hard for smartphone thieves. Both GSM carriers have turned on a database that allows them to block a device from being used as soon as someone reports it's stollen. In the past, carriers would shut off a SIM card to block a stollen smartphone, but it wasn't full proof since the crook could just put in another GSM Carrier SIM card. Verizon and Sprint will also launch a similar database to block stollen phones on their CDMA networks. Of course, you still need to be careful about sensitive data on your smartphone. A thief can grab data of the device before carrier blocks it. AT&T also announced the new app for storing and sharing photos and videos. It's called AT&T locker and the app gives Apple and android customers 5 gigs of storage for free. Photos and videos taken can be saved to the locker and users have the option to share files to social media and e-mail. Customers can also use the space to store music and other files. Amazon has been busy making its own games and just released its first one for mobile devices called Air Patriots. The app is available on Kindle Fire, android and Apple devices. It's a basic tower defense type game or players direct the path of airplanes during battle. This is the second title from Amazon game studios back in august and made Facebook story game called Living classics. Apples WiFi version of the iPad mini goes on sales Friday morning along with the new 4th generation iPad. Log on to CNET for launch date coverage. Lower Manhattan as well as many areas of the East Coast are still without power following the storm but federal official say there has been slight improvement to getting networks backup and just like previous disasters, the Red Cross is taking donations via text messages. Texting Red Cross to 90999 gives $10 to help the families impacted by the storm, and Apples iTunes is now a hub for donating to the Red Cross. That's your tech news update for today. You find links to all today's stories on blog CENT.com/update. From our studios in Francisco, I'm Kara Tsubio.
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We have a battle for streaming-media-box supremacy. It's a Prizefight punch-out between the Apple TV and the Roku LT.
The Apple TV delivers a simple and elegant streaming media solution, although the current lack of high-quality video at the iTunes Store is a major shortcoming.
Simple.TV's new DVR records over-the-air HDTV content, then streams it to supported devices like Roku, Google TV, Boxee and the iPad.
You can't count on carriers to fight smartphone theft with a "kill switch," Google Glass gets some more useful apps, and the Xbox One packs in new TV features to compete with the PlayStation 4.
The smaller tablet draws smaller crowds, Apple pushes out bug fixes for iOS 6, and storm relief donations are coming through hubs on Facebook and Groupon.
Turns out, when you announce to the world that you've got 160 million users, all of whom are tied to a credit card, you kind of call the phishers your way like a horde of hungry zombies. Hence: Ping comment spam. Also, HP is going to actually produce memristors, 4chan is throwing birthday parties for sweet old men, and Boxee CEO Avner Ronen joins us to talk about why Apple TV doesn't scare him one bit. --Molly
- Boxee TV early adopters get 3 months of free service
- AT&T, T-Mobile team up to curb smartphone theft
- AT&T offers free cloud storage for iOS, Android
- Amazon launches first game for mobile devices
- iPad Mini launch expected to match its name
- FCC says wireless service is improving after Sandy
- iTunes now accepts donations for Sandy relief