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How to Go Cable Free & Still Watch TV – Online!

9 Feb

Daisy Whitney today posted some great tips on tvweek.com on how to go cable-free – but still watch TV and movies — via the Internet.  Here are some excerpts:

Pick it up and dial your cable or satellite operator. Say, “I want to cancel my service.”

Then, turn on your computer and go to Hulu.com, NBC.com, ABC.com, CBS.com, Fox.Com, TheDailyShow.com, CartoonNetwork.com and so on and watch your favorite shows.

You also can go to TVGuide.com’s online video guide, AOL’s guide or Veoh, as examples, for lists of both TV shows online and Web-only programs.

If you want to get a little more arty, you can connect your computer to your TV. You’ll need to purchase the right cord for your computer, so ask at your local electronics store.

I don’t consider AppleTV a must-have for the cable-free lifestyle. The selection is still limited and the free proposition for TV episodes online is much more compelling.

You also could install Boxee TV … This software brings Hulu.com, ComedyCentral.com, CBS.com and other Web sites directly to your AppleTV and thus your TV set.

The one must-have is Netflix for your DVD fix. As part of the monthly Netflix fee, you now can watch more than 12,000 titles immediately online.

Read Daisy’s full article here.

I am using Boxee and am enjoying it from time to time. But I haven’t cut the Comcast cord yet, since I haven’t found a faster Internet-only solution in my area.

The New Twhirl-Seesmic: Preview Release Invite

25 Jan

logoTwhirl is a desktop client for social software such as Twitter and  Friendfeed. Just this weekend, Loic Le Meur introduced a new preview version of Twhirl which includes Ping.fm and Seesmic video integration.It’s very cool. To get your beta invitation to this special preview, click here.

The following are a few of the new features of this new preview release:

Catch more tweets from people talking about you and then engage them:  your @username timeline displays all of the tweets that mention your username.

Post your messages from Twhirl to Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, WordPress and a other services: this is all done with Ping.fm integration; in addition you can now also send a video via Seesmic to all the social media nets you setup.

Record a video and reply to your friends straight from Twhirl: reply to any of your friends straight from Twhirl and follow the conversation–in real time.

Follow in near-real time any topic, brand or username with the new saved searches showing up in your main timeline: your friends tweets and saved searches appear in the same stream to make it all easy to follow.

Check out Robert Scoble’s interview with Loic — it’s an informative walk-through of Twhirl’s new features:

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Sources: Loic Le Meur, Robert Scoble

New Wifi “Nanny Cam” Spy Cam from D-Link

7 Jan

D-Link today introduced the DCS-1130, a wifi video camera that enables remote monitoring of live streaming video from a web browser. With this new gadget, you can easily  monitor your babysitter, employees, dogwalker, etc. from anywhere in the world.

According to Steven Joe, president and CEO, D-Link Systems, Inc. in Fountain Valley, Calif:

Our new network camera offers an ideal solution for the home or small business, providing many features found in more costly surveillance systems, with powerful 802.11n Wi-Fi capability so customers have greater range and flexibility for installing cameras where coverage is needed,” said  “The cameras also offer a user experience unmatched in the industry, enabling customers to quickly view and manage their cameras from a standard web browser with Internet connectivity.

You can watch the live streams from your PC or even from your 3G phone!

Source: Company press release