A periodic roundup of relevant news from our friends at Zatz Not Funny…
Dave Zatz: Bad news for Windows Media Center fans these last few days, as we’ve received confirmation from both Linksys and HP that they’re discontinuing their extender lineups.
Dave Zatz: I was pretty surprised test driving the now-live Wolfram Alpha to learn it’s not really a typical search engine. Where Wolfram Alpha really seems to excel is in providing cleanly formatted company profiles (e.g. TiVo v. Netflix) and census-type data.
Mari Silbey: Glen Hardin of Time Warner Cable recently wrote a comprehensive article on the 2008 ruling in favor of Cablevision’s right to offer network-based DVR services. In it he uses the more precise term Remote-Storage DVR (RS-DVR) rather than Network DVR (nDVR) to describe the technology Cablevision has proposed. Is the difference in jargon critical? Actually, yes.
Dave Zatz: What I hate most about Bluetooth devices is ending up with yet another gadget to charge. Frequently requiring a proprietary cable and, along with that, needing another free jack or port to juice it up. So it’s not that the first gen iPhone has a nearly worthless speakerphone (it does), but the promise of wireless charging that led me to LG’s solar-powered Bluetooth speakerphone.