The surreptitious rise of next-gen Google TV boxes continues, with the Netgear NeoTV Prime GTV100 following ASUS' Qube in slipping through the FCC and then into the wild courtesy of some leaked prototype shots. The NeoTV Prime is a compact STB with a dual-sided remote, offering a touchpad and streaming media shortcuts on one side, and a QWERTY thumb-board on the reverse.
Well look at that: one minute we're in the middle of summer, and then October is suddenly here the next. Let's jump into the Evening Wrap-Up, shall we? Today we heard that Apple may begin sending out invitations to its rumored iPad Mini reveal event on October 10, and we were impressed by the leaked specifications for an upcoming BlackBerry 10 phone called Aristo. The Kindle Paperwhite started shipping to excited readers across the country today, and we found out that the Android remote wipe is still roaming around out there.
The first step in any awesome developer adventure is to prove to developers that working with a group like NETGEAR is worth the effort - now that they've got Qualcomm Atheros on their team, that goal just got a lot easier. What the folks at the newly announced NETGEAR Developer Program are showing off today to get people pumped up for the program itself is Qualcomm Atheros' Skifta. This Skifta app is not brand new, but it's definitely making the whole idea of developing for NETGEAR hardware seem well worth the effort.
The WiFi Alliance promised us some Miracast products, and Netgear has stepped up to deliver, with its new Push2TV adapter taking on Apple's AirPlay in a gadget that fits in your palm. The Netgear Push2TV PTV3000 Wireless Display Adapter uses Miracast to stream what's on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet screen directly to your TV, though there's also WiDi support for those with older, non-Miracast notebooks.
Netgear has updated its NeoTV range of set-top boxes, undercutting Roku and focusing on easily adding future functionality thanks to a new HTML5 interface. The three-strong NeoTV range kicks off at $49.99 for the NeoTV, complete with Full HD 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound support, and rises to $69.99 for the NeoTV Max with WiDi and a double-sided remote with full QWERTY thumbboard.
Netgear has updated its prosumer NAS range to take on cloud backup upstarts, adding a Dropbox-esque ReadyDROP cross-device sync option, and the ability to back up using Time Machine remotely. The new firmware for the ReadyNAS DUO v2 and ReadyNAS NV+ v2, version 5.3.6, expands the ReadyNAS Remote feature already on the standalone network-attached storage, creating monitored folders on each of your devices which, just as with Dropbox, are automatically synchronized whenever you add or change files.
It's IFA week, which means that we had a lot of news flooding out of Germany. Let's get to it, shall we? Samsung and Sony both had a ton of big reveals today, and all of the coverage you could ever hope for is collected in our Samsung IFA 2012 Wrap-Up and our Sony IFA 2012 Wrap-Up. In those posts, you'll find links to all of the major reveals and announcements both companies made today, as well links to our hands-on posts with the day's major devices. Be sure to check those out if you're looking for a recap of the news from Samsung and Sony's events.
Netgear is on hand at IFA in Berlin this week, and the company has unveiled several new and interesting products. I already mentioned the new Powerline Music Extender that allows you to share audio and USB devices around the home via your power lines. Netgear also unveiled a new N750 wireless dual band and a new N900 video and gaming four-port Wi-Fi adapter.
Netgear has a new powerline networking device called the XSUB2511. Like most powerline networking gear, it will connect your Internet connection to your power lines in the house to share that connectivity without needing a wireless network. This new adapter allows more than simply allowing you to share your Internet connection.
If you've ever found yourself waving your iPad around like a diminutive shield in an attempt to cling on to a WiFi connection, Netgear might have the answer. The new WiFi Booster for Mobile WN1000RP may look like your typical wall-wart, but plug it in and it'll boost an existing WiFi b/g/n connection into the dead-spots in your home or office.
Netgear is been demonstrating the industry's first 802.11ac cable gateway. The new cable gateway uses DOCSIS 3.0 technology with 24 x 8 channel bonding. Netgear says that the new router is about three times faster than a 802.11n unit is. The cable gateway supports up to 1.2 Gbps download speeds and up to 320 Mbps uploads.