Yet Another Way to Get a Super-Cheap Web TV Box

What’s that? You say you’re intrigued by the notion of a Web TV box, but $35 for a Google Chromecast is too rich for your blood? Here you go – if you live in the U.K.: Satellite TV service BSkyB has rolled out a Web TV box for 9.99. That works out to about $15, … Continue reading

Google Suggests Web-TV Thingies You Can Buy Instead of Google’s Sold-Out Chromecast

Google has not only sold out of Netflix giveaways to bundle with its Chromecast device, but it doesn’t have any Chromecasts to sell right now, period. If you place an order on Google’s site, you’ll be told there is a two- to three-week wait before one will ship. As a helpful AllThingsD reader points out, … Continue reading

Apple Unveils a Mightier iPad Mini

Apple on Tuesday unveiled its second-generation iPad mini, the successor to the diminutive tablet it debuted at about this time last October. And the device is largely as we said a few weeks back it would be. Uncrated at what’s likely to be Apple’s final event of the year, the new mini is similar in … Continue reading

Nintendo Confirms It Will Keep Selling the Original Wii in U.S., Despite Discontinuation in Japan

After seven years on the market, the original Wii has been discontinued … in Japan only. Despite online rumors to the contrary, Nintendo of America told AllThingsD that it has no plans to stop selling its 2006 console in U.S. stores, at least not this holiday season. “The announcement that the Wii console has been … Continue reading

Amazon Tries Breaking From the Streaming-Video Pack With Offline Viewing for New Kindles

Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription-video race. So far, not much luck: Many more people seem to be watching video via Reed Hastings’s service. But now Jeff Bezos has something new: Offline viewing. Amazon’s new line of Kindle Fire HDX tablets will … Continue reading

Neighborhood Social App Nextdoor Launches on Android

Nextdoor, the social app aimed at connecting people in small, tightly knit communities, announced the launch of its Android app on Wednesday. The release comes about three months after the company’s iPhone app and mobile Web release, which brought with it significant growth for the startup. In the 90 days since release, the network has … Continue reading

T-Mobile’s Latest Promo Offers Entire Lineup of Phones for No Upfront Payment

T-Mobile is continuing to shake things up. The No. 4 U.S. carrier on Friday announced a promotion that will offer its entire lineup of phones for no upfront payment. It isn’t really dropping the price of phones, just spreading the entire cost of the phone over 24 months instead of using a mix of an … Continue reading

iRobot Shipping First Bristle-Free Roomba Vacuum (Your Cat Can Still Ride on It)

Massachusetts-based iRobot, maker of defense- and consumer robots, is launching a line of “bristle-free” Roomba vacuum cleaners for the home. Called the Roomba 800 Series, the new vacuums are said to have “AeroForce extractors” that suck up to 50 percent more dirt, dust and hair from dry floors. The first in the series, the Roomba … Continue reading

Coin: Finally, a New Way to Pay in Stores That People Might Actually Use

The whole startup payments world seems set on the inevitability that we will all end up paying for stuff in stores with information stored on our smartphone. Guess what? I like paying with a card. And so do a whole lot of people. The frequent counterargument from many mobile payment companies is this: We’ll load … Continue reading

Fingerprint Confidential

Q: I want to buy an iPhone 5s, but how can I disable the fingerprint-recognition feature so it doesn’t send my prints over the Internet where somebody might steal them? A: First of all, the fingerprint-recognition feature, which allows you to unlock your phone with just a touch instead of a password, is off by … Continue reading

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