By Ryan Kamauff
- NVIDIA SHIELD Price Lowered to $299, Release Date Scheduled for June 27 – NVIDIA’s SHIELD is a portable gaming device that could possible change the way we game. It is designed to be used on the road and in the living room, and to use NVIDIA servers to help render the graphics. The former price was $349, which was a little more steep for many, but $299 will probably me much more palatable for many. Via Droid-Life, more here.
- Gracenote’s New TV Sync API Could Spawn Indie Second-Screen Apps – The new Gracenote Sync API would allow anyone to create second screen content for any TV show. Whether it is “unofficial insights and conspiracy theories,” the apps could do whatever anyone wants them to do. Networks could make capabilities to bring content they want to add to shows (or targeted advertising) to the living room. Via TechCrunch, more here.
- Logitech announces the Harmony Ultimate Hub: Turns any iPhone into a full-fledged Universal Remote – I’m a big fan of Harmony remotes, they make controlling your living room system easy for n00bs. This new capability will allow any smartphone to control your living room. Currently, I use my Android devices to control my Google TV, which is quite easy for me, but only works with Android devices. This capability will change the way users interact with their entertainment devices, and possibly how those devices interact with user. Via 9to5Mac, more here.
- Rockmelt App Released for Android, an Internet Browser and BlinkFeed Had a Baby – Rockmelt is a social browser that taps into your likes and dislikes and enables copious sharing. In ways, it is much like StumbleUpon or Pinterest, but more interactive. You can choose how you interact (Twitter, Facebook or Google+), but it makes it a more unified/social experience. I’m checking it out myself, with my twitter handle (@ryan_kamauff). Via Droid-Life, more here.
- iOS Platform Of Choice For Shoppers, All But Biggest Companies Focus On iOS And Android – “[A]ccording to a new Forrester report. iOS shoppers are around 30 percent more likely to make a purchase on their device, and about 15 percent more likely to do product research on their smartphones and tablets than Android users.” Apparently most companies are focusing on both platforms. via TechCrunch, more here.
- Big Apple TV 5.3 update adds HBO GO, WatchESPN, Sky News and more – Apple has just updated their Apple TV STB. This new update comes with a great deal of upgrades, including enhanced capabilities. The addition of HBO GO and WatchESPN seem to help cord cutters, but you can only access HBO GO if you are subscribed to their networks. Via 9to5Mac, more here.