Dish-Disney deal changes future of online TV

CNET Update is hacking coffee machines:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why Dish made a deal with Disney so its DVR won't auto-skip commercials on ABC shows for three days after airing. In the compromise, Disney scored the rights to stream Disney-owned networks online, including ESPN, and that could be a game changer in accessing TV on the Internet.

- You may need to hack the Keurig 2.0 machine if you want to use bargain-priced unlicensed single-serve coffee cups. Keurig is fighting copycat K-cups with high-tech machines.

- Watch thousands of music videos on Xbox Music, … Read more

Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard: A living room keyboard and universal remote

Living room set-top boxes have become increasingly sophisticated, but they can still feel backward any time you need to input a long password or search term using an onscreen keyboard.

Logitech's new Harmony Smart Keyboard ($150 list) is aimed squarely at that problem. It's a full-size keyboard that lets you type on (most of) your living room devices, while also offering total living room control in the manner of a typical Harmony universal remote.

The universal remote capabilities of the system are similar to the Logitech Harmony Smart Control ($130), except the keyboard replaces the simplified remote. The … Read more

Apple arcade: iOS game controllers, compared

Whether or not you want them, iOS game controllers have arrived. What do they do? Unlike previous novelties such as the iCade, MFi game controllers are specifically made for iOS 7 according to specifications provided by Apple, and work with a growing list of compatible games that tap into that MFi controller spec, so all future accessories can work.

That's the plan, but in practice, there are still lots of games that haven't updated to take advantage of these controllers. And the controllers themselves come in a variety of flavors: some connect directly with an iPhone or iPod … Read more

The 404 1,410: Where we tour the Crystal Cove with Scott Stein (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Virtual reality 2.0: Taking a ride in the Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype.

- NASA JPL takes a VR tour of Mars with Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni (video).

- Hands-on with PlayStation Now: Everything we know so far.

- Sony at CES: PlayStation Now, "Breaking Bad," and the "wow" factor.

- PlayStation Now will need DualShock for all devices.… Read more

Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery review: iPhone game controller missing a few buttons

Do you need buttons to play games on your iPhone? Certainly not. And yet, iOS MFi-certified game controllers are here, giving you the promise of full game controller-like support for games and letting you theoretically use your phone or iPod Touch like a little Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.

The Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery is one of those accessories. As its name suggests, it's a case that adds physical gaming buttons, and also has a battery pack. It also costs $99.99. For most people, that's where the train skids off the tracks.

Whether you want an iOS … Read more

Logitech delivers keyboard case for new Samsung Galaxy NotePro and TabPro tablets

Logitech pulled the wraps off a new case at CES 2014 for Samsung's brand-new Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro tablets. Appropriately named the Logitech Pro, this folio-style case comes with a full-size Bluetooth keyboard and doubles as a tablet stand.

Designed to fit the new 12.2-inch tablets, the Logitech Pro has a thin design and "durable and wipeable" exterior, according to Logitech. It wraps around the edge of the tablets to prevent scratches on the screen and even protect against spills. Logitech uses its SecureLock system to hold the tablet in place, which is just a … Read more

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas plus iOS 7 controller equals the future of iPhone gaming

There are finally universal game controllers that work with Lightning-equipped iPhones and iPods running iOS 7. Both the Moga Ace Power and Logitech PowerShell offer the potential to turn your device into a little handheld game dynamo by adding buttons. But, there's a problem: it's not easy to find games that support them.

There are supposed to be hundreds of iOS 7 controller-ready games out there in the App Store, but with 1 million apps to sift through, discovery isn't a piece of cake. Games need to be updated to work with these controllers. Luckily, many of the newer games are coming out of the gate controller-ready, and Rockstar's newly released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the king of the early heap. … Read more

Two gifts under $100 for the audio enthusiast

Forget Black Friday, the best deals can crop up at any time, and today we're looking at two great audio products recently reduced to just $99: the Audioquest Dragonfly and the Logitech UE Smart Radio.

Last year, the Audioquest scored raves with its Dragonfly USB DAC/headphone amp -- or soundcard to the rest of us. This is a compact USB key which includes an onboard amp and originally sold for $249. But now that a new 1.2 version is out, outlets like Amazon are selling off the old version at a bargain price-- just $99.

The Dragonfly … Read more

Carriers reject idea of phone kill switch

CNET Update is a steal:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn what you can do to foil phone thieves, since carriers won't thwart theft with a kill switch.

- Translate languages with Word Lens on Google Glass, as developers begin making more complex apps for the headpiece.

- Compare the Logitech PowerShell iPhone game controller case with the Moga Ace Power snap-on controller. Both devices were unveiled this week for the holiday shopping season.

- Check out CNET's review of the Xbox One, Microsoft's new console that hits stores Friday.


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Logitech T400 mouse lets you get touchy-feely with Windows 8

Any video editor will tell you that their work is only as good as the performance of their three-button mouse. Traditional three-button input devices are contemptibly clumsy to use and require a bit of practice to master, but the added flexibility of that extra button can mean a big difference in time management and creativity.

Logitech hopes to bridge the gap between two and three-button mice with the $40 Zone Touch Mouse T400, a companion to Windows 8 devices that features a Zone Strip between the main left and right buttons to navigate movement using simple touch gestures.

Design and … Read more