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Orb BR turns your PS3/Blu-ray player into a 1080p streamer

Orb BR turns your PS3/Blu-ray player into a 1080p streamer

Orb's attempt to undercut streaming media rivals like Sonos has resulted in the low-cost and high-functionality Orb Music MP-1 and its video-capable counterpart, and now the company is looking to Blu-ray players and the PS3 for the next attack. Orb BR is a $19.99 disc that turns a network-connected player into an Orb media source, controlled by one of the company's free iOS or Android remote apps and the Orb Caster PC/Mac software.

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Sony Music Unlimited offers custom radio & 6m track access on your BRAVIA or PS3

Sony Music Unlimited offers custom radio & 6m track access on your BRAVIA or PS3

Sony has launched the next step in its attempt to take on iTunes, in the shape of Music Unlimited. Using the same Qriocity cloud system as Sony's previous Video On Demand service, Music Unlimited kicks things off with a 6m-strong catalog and support for network-enabled BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players and home theater systems, your PS3 or your laptop; meanwhile, Android-based phones and tablets are next in line.

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The Daily Slash: December 9 2010

The Daily Slash: December 9 2010

Behold! Notion Ink Adam! Chris Davies writes up a full report and a bunch o' people chime in with high fives and cheers. Housewives then smuggle iPads and smartphones into China while the iPad 2 case shows up with a cute little camera hole. If you're feeling like grabbing something for free, check out our Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z giveaway. Then if you're in the mood for disks, Don has a column about how he forgot about DVDs in 2010, while Philip lets you know that it's Time to Buy a Blu-Ray. All this and a BRAND NEW SECTION on The Daily Slash!

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Time To Buy a Blu-Ray

Time To Buy a Blu-Ray

Consider this my official holiday gift guide column. I'm not going to do a round-up of all my favorite gift ideas. I'm not going to recommend which phone you should buy, which laptop, which Lexus, or whatever. There are plenty of great gift guides to tell you all that (and I've even worked on some of those, myself). I'm not even going to recommend a specific product. I'm just going to tell you to buy a Blu-Ray player. I don't really know which one to buy, and I don't even have one myself. But it's become the number one item on my list, and it should be for you, too.

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