Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2013 14:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "LG said today it was acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed." Completely and utterly pointless. Smart TVs are a dead end. The TV should just remain a dumb receiver for input - whether from a computer or console via cables, or wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. Our phones and tablets are already smart so TVs don't have to be.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

Bill Shooter of Bul,

"3.0 did add a new connector, which isn't backwards compatible( The USB 3.0 Micro-B connector )."

This I was not aware, however it looks like the end of the cable which plugs into the "camera", is it not? If this is indeed the case, then it's not really relevant. My laptop doesn't have a micro-USB port corresponding to the one on my camera, yet I can still make the connection via means of a simple cable since the signal is electronically compatible.


"There are $50 network streaming boxes for nas."

I specifically mentioned the roku because I looked at it and it is not adequate, it only streams DRMed media from commercial services. It is not a candidate for even the simple use case of streaming common videos from a NAS, at least not the model's I've tried.

Jailbreaking might eliminate the artificial restrictions, but in this case reveals that the device is underpowered and still requires trans-coding video on a real computer first (which is what roksbox users do). Even if you are happy with this route (I'm not), you still have to admit that it still defeats the purpose for which you suggested a $50 device in the first place.


"The $70 Wd TV play also works for those who want something to work out of the box."

Thank you for the suggestion, I will definitely take a closer look at this one to see if it could fit my needs.

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