Things have been quiet from media streamers Slingbox of late, but thanks to the FCC we've got a glimpse of a new model, the Slingbox M1, which looks set to release soon. Packing WiFi connectivity in a compact footprint, the M1 will presumably continue Sling's tradition of placeshifting video, taking content you already have access to in one location, such as through a cable PVR, and squirting it elsewhere in the home or to various mobile apps.
In order to expand the reach of its integrated entertainment system, Logitech is announcing a software upgrade for both its Harmony Ultimate remote control and Harmony Smart Control app. Now these two controllers can let users sift through their Sonos playlists or search for streaming content, right from the comfort of their couch.
Amazon's Fire TV set-top box arrived to shake up an increasingly crowded home entertainment segment, but does it have what it takes to set the living room alight? The squared-off streamer has been hooked up to my TV for two months now, piping Prime on-demand video among other things, but has the new gadget honeymoon ended?
Pure has updated its Jongo streaming speaker system, cranking up the Sonos challenge by adding the ability to play music from any app on your smartphone or tablet to the entire multiroom system. Using Bluetooth Caskeid, a low-latency streaming system, iOS and Android device users are able to play their choice of music or internet radio app from their device to one or more Jongo speakers.
AirPlay's direct connections aren't the only changes Apple has planned for its streaming system in iOS 8, including how much control and insight accessories get into what's playing. The new version of AirPlay will allow streaming speakers and docks to access the media playback queue, for instance, so as to display what's coming up next on the playlist.
Home universal remote controller Blumoo has gained a new Android app, spreading the multifunction controller to Google's smartphone and tablet OS, while at the same time giving its iOS app an update. The curvaceous controller pairs with a phone or slate over Bluetooth 4.0, and then functions as a multi-purpose IR blaster to control A/V equipment and stream music.
Denon has revealed its take on home music streaming, HEOS by Denon, a Sonos-rivaling selection of wireless speakers that can funnel music from local and cloud sources. Initially arriving as a trio of all-in-one units - the HEOS 3, HEOS 5, and HEOS 7 - the new line-up hooks up to an existing WiFi dual-band 802.11n network, with the potential for synchronized playback across every zone.
Aether's unusually-shaped Cone speaker, a streaming music player that promises smart curation of tracks, will launch with Rdio and Stitcher as sources, the start-up has confirmed. Revealed back in March, the distinctive speaker prioritizes machine learning rather than active control over playlists, with Aether promising to learn the listener's preferences and tailor what's streaming to suit.