• DISH Network rolling out big 1080p update tomorrow

    I’ll be honest. I’ve never met anyone in real life who subscribes to DISH Network, but I’m fairly convinced that the company does exist and probably turns a profit. If you happen to be a DISH subscriber and you have one of the HD packages, then you, my friend, are in for what appears to be some sort of treat. Tomorrow, DISH will start rolling out a big, fat update to all of… Read More

  • Toshiba announces plethora of new laptops

    Okay, here we go. Toshiba has just announced a small army of new laptops today, from the budget-friendly, to the business-savvy, to the entertainment-centric. I’ve already run out of buzzwords so let’s hit the jump and take a gander at them all. Read More

  • DirecTV ramping up to offer on-demand features

    In the coming months, DirecTV subscribers will finally have access to on-demand content. Popular movies will automatically get pushed to set-top DVR boxes via satellite and everything else will be downloaded as it’s requested using the boxes’ built-in Ethernet ports. It’s not a perfect solution, as automatically pushed content can take up precious hard drive space… Read More

  • Military plans to shoot rogue satellite out of the sky

    [photopress:satshoot.jpg,full,center] We’re gonna shoot that rogue satellite out of the sky. How clutch is that? Yup, the president just gave the go-ahead to knock that now-broken satellite right out of the sky. The satellite, which the military hasn’t had control of since its launch in December 2006, is predicted to fall back to Earth the first week of March. Rather than risk… Read More

  • Toshiba's new laptop goes both ways; It's a candy mint and a breath mint

    I know at least two people who’ve recently bought laptops with Windows Vista pre-installed who returned them that very day. When we realized what a PITA installing XP can be on some of these new laptops (with new hardware and unknown drivers, etc.), it was the only thing left to do. Toshiba, it seems, feels our pain, as the new Satellite T31 laptop that just debuted comes with recovery… Read More

  • XM, Sirius shareholders vote on proposed merger today, await "OK" from gov't regulators

    Yes, the painfully original XM-Sirius “logo” strikes again Judging by a number posts from earlier in the year, I can tell that a few of you are fans of, or at least followers of, of satellite radio. It may interest you to know that today is the day when shareholders of both XM and Sirius vote the proposed merger up or down. It’s expected that both groups will give the merger… Read More

  • DirecTV To Offer Internet Over Power Lines

    Not a lot of info here, but the WSJ is reporting that DirecTV will FINALLY start offering broadband Internet access via power line distribution. The service is possible through a deal with Current Group, who provides broadband communications over power lines. How much would you pay for broadband ‘net from DirecTV? With $20 satellite TV available, this could make up part of a wicked… Read More

  • Toshiba Releases Several Laptops, One of Which Has HD DVD Drive

    I love it when companies release a bunch of products simultaneously. That either means 1) they want to flood the airwaves with news of their products or 2) none of the products are all that hot, so they release them all at the same time to dull the pain. My opinion, not anyone else’s here. Right, so, Toshiba just announced an HD DVD-having Qosmio and a few new Satellites. The Qosmio… Read More

  • Clear Channel Testing Out Commercial Free FM Radio

    You might not need that XM subscription for much longer. Tyrannical media-corporation Clear Channel is testing out commercial free FM radio in Texas. The plan is that stations will no longer run commercials, but rather DJs will advertise companies and sponsors during radio shows, talk programs, and intermissions. Increasing competition from satellite radio and the iPod is causing big media… Read More

  • Toshiba Announces Six New Laptops

    As I woke up this morning and rubbed the gunk out of my eyes, I saw a startling press release from Toshiba stating that six new notebooks had been announced. Since there’s a lot to cover, I’m gonna skip the witty humor and dive right into the good stuff: specs. Hit the jump for the full list. Read More

  • The Nitty Gritty On the Slacker Music Service

    Wired recently sat down with Broadband Instruments to talk about its new Slacker music service. In a nutshell, it sounds like a music-lover’s dream. Slacker is comprised of both a service and hardware device. The service will use either WiFi or satellite bandwidth to serve up music channels to owners of the Slacker player. Tons of music, lots to choose from, all that great stuff… Read More

  • Hauppauge Ups Satellite TV Recording Capabilities

    <img src=" jacks, but also Freeview HD and digital satellite inputs. In addition, it has specialized software to automate recording of your favorite broadcasts and a TV-style remote control to operate the whole shebang. It's mostly only of use to our friends in the UK, their TV systems are very different than our own. Read More

  • Toshiba Satellite P105-S9722 Notebook Hands-On

    Toshiba’s Satellite P105-S9722 Gaming Laptop (which from here on in shall be referred to as the P105 for the sake of my fingers) was recently unleashed upon the world and the response has been decent. This thing is a complete monster that can handle any task thrown at it. Whether you game, edit video, record music, or anything that demands a high-powered rig, the P105 can most likely get… Read More

  • Sirius Video Coming in 2007

    Siriuis Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin told Reuters yesterday that consumers can expect to see live satellite video service in cars by late 2007. Karmazin said that the service will be available starting in 2008 car models, which will be appearing toward the end of next year. Content is intended to be geared toward children and Sirius anticipates to have some deals struck with providers as… Read More

  • Apple Files iPod Patent For Recording Terrestrial and Satellite Radio

    <img src=", satellite, and WiFi. The patent art shows that the iPod will accept accessories "to add the necessary functionality", so it's more than likely that the iPod won't be doing the receiving or recording itself. The functionality features recording either a part or all of the song, then connecting your iPod… Read More

  • European Satellite To Solve Mysteries Of The Universe

    By now, you’ve probably heard that two Americans, John C. Mather and George F. Smoot, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. We’re proud of them, go team, yeah. But right on their heels are those crazy Europeans with their new satellite. Called Planck, it’s planned for launch in 2008 and it builds on… Read More

  • Sirius Stiletto 100 is Coming… Surprise

    Sirius officially announced today the Stiletto 100 portable satellite radio. This shouldn’t come as an surprise to anyone since we’ve been reporting on the Stiletto 100 for months now, but the officialy press acknowledgement signifies the impending release of the product. Sirius says that the Stiletto 100 will be available this month for an MSRP of $349.99. There are also kits… Read More