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    It would be fantastic if devices that once supported a service were guaranteed to keep doing so for years and years to come – that if Netflix works on your TV today, or your car streams Pandora, that it will keep right on working through future server-end upgrades. Sadly, that's not necessarily the case, and given enough time, client-side software can lose the ability to communicate with the service behind it. That's what happening to a number of YouTube-accessing devices right now, as Google updates its API and breaks compatibility with old viewers. The affected hardware includes old ...

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    It all started in Palo Alto, California back in 2003 - a little company named Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. The purpose of the venture was to create "smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences", and was originally aimed at digital cameras. That market proved not to be large enough, so the focus shifted to smartphones that could compete against Microsoft's and Symbian's offerings. Google acquired Android, Inc. in 2005 and speculation began to swirl that the search engine and email giant was ...

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    About four years ago (has it really been that long?!), Google teamed up with some partners (Toshiba being the most notable among them) to deliver a set-top box to consumers, powered by Android - sort of. The specs didn't look that great and seeing the product in action didn't instill much confidence, but the concept... the concept was amazing! The same Google that housed all the videos on YouTube, brought paid movies and TV through its Play Movies library, and enabled services like Netflix and Hulu to run on our smartphones and tablets was tucked inside a box that plugged into our big ...

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    Microsoft Surface Hub promises to be a "powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally" and to "unlock the power of the group". From what we've seen, Microsoft Surface Hub looks a whole lot like the failed Microsoft Surface "table computer" that we say several years ago. (No, you read that correctly, "table computer", not "tablet computer".) The original Microsoft Surface was essentially a relatively high-powered computer built in to a table. The tabletop was the monitor, and several cameras watched the underside of the screen to look for ...

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    We all like to get new stuff, right? Over time, new stuff turns into old stuff, and old stuff isn't cool (at least not until it's "retro", then it's cool all over again). One of the perks of being a product reviewer is the ability to play with evaluate new products and new technology -- sometimes before it's even released to the general public.  Alas, we have to send back our shiny new toys evaluation units far too soon. It's not a fair comparison While we try to be as honest and unbiased as we can about the products we review, there is one signification difference in the products we ...

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    Back in the day, all the cool kids had a Nintendo Entertainment System -- or an Atari, but those guys were weird. As time passed, gaming consoles got more powerful, more popular, and more competitive. Sega, Sony, Nintendo, and even Microsoft were vying for the top position. Then something changed. Cell phones started getting "smarter". Soon they we were able to install "programs" on them, which eventually became known as "apps". App stores came into being. Developers started writing more complex programs. Instead of kids (and their dads) wanting the latest and greatest consoles, they ...

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