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Record Up To Five Shows At Once With DIRECTV Genie

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The DVR, probably the most popular TV-related invention since the remote control, has earned a special place in the hearts – and eyes – of TV viewers everywhere. It is freedom from time in a box, or as an FCC commissioner once called it: “God’s Machine.”

Well, what if one company announced that it has found the Holy Grail of DVR technology? A machine so magical and magnificent it serves the ENTIRE home, records five favorite shows at the same time, and has up to 3x more HD capacity than cable providers?

DIRECTV pulled back the veil on the industry’s most advanced and intuitive HD DVR today, the DIRECTV Genie. And it’s a Genie that will grant more than three wishes.

Just look at the Genie’s features:

5 Tuners

  • Record up to 6 programs of your choice at the same time on one Genie, including 1 VOD download

Full HD DVR functionality in every connected room

  • Pause and rewind live TV in every room
  • Record and delete shows in every room
  • Watch the same recorded show on multiple Clients simultaneously (up to 4 TVs at a time)
  • View and record DIRECTV On Demand programs in every room

1 Terabyte (TB) of Storage

  • Store up to 200 hours of HD programming
  • With 800 hours of SD storage, you can record over 1,500 shows

DIRECTV RVU Technology

  • One receiver serves your entire home, so you can enjoy DVR service on every TV, except without the DVR at each TV. That means no more boxes in view.
  • Connect up to 8 RVU-enabled TVs to a single Genie

Picture-in-Picture

  • Watch 2 shows at once without having to change channels

Genie Recommendations

  • Recommends and suggests recording options for new shows that match your preferences, so it’s never been easier to find programming you might like
  • Discover new shows based on your tastes
  • Start shows from the beginning with one-click-rewind. (Icon displays when feature is available)
  • Catch up on missed episodes, watch your Genie-recommended shows now or later

If I had DirecTV, I’d get one of these in a SECOND! My DVR fills up so quickly, and don’t even get me started on the conflicts I have to deal with because of the timing games some networks play! The ability to record 5 shows at once + 1TB of storage = TV nirvana!

According to DirecTV’s site, the Genie has a MSRP of $299, and the Genie Mini clients cost $99/each. However, new customers will be able to get the Genie and up to three Genie Mini’s for free if they sign up for an extended service contract.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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  1. javi

    October 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    So, the Hopper from DISH must be the REAL Holy Grail, considering it has all these features and more. In fact, when a DISH coworker convinced me to get the Hopper, I thought he was nuts when he described it. I can record up to 6 live HD programs at once, compared to the 5 by Genie. I can also record up to 2,000 hours of TV on my 2TB hard drive, which I believe is a bit more than the 1,000 hrs. of Genie. I also like that the Hopper gives me great features like PrimeTime Anytime, but doesn’t feel the need to ‘recommend’ what I should watch. Hopper is still #1 in our minds.

    • Dibs

      December 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Too bad that Dish is lacking in HD channels. I’ll stick with Directv. Besides, who can watch 1000 hours of recorded shows?

    • JP

      January 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Yeah, but from what I read, 4 of those shows that you are recording on Dish have to be on the Local stations you received. Only 2 of the recordings can be on a satellite channel. Sounds like Direct wins to me!

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The NES Classic Edition Is Returning To Stores Next Month

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NES Classic Edition

Back in November 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a mini-sized version of the iconic NES console, which came loaded with 30 popular games from Nintendo’s past. The cost of reliving those nostalgic memories? A very reasonable $59.99.

The only problem? Nintendo drastically underestimated demand for the NES Classic Edition, and they were pretty much impossible to find, and many nostalgic fans like me never could get our hands on one, even after searching stores for over six months.

And then came the death blow, the announcement from Nintendo in April 2017 that they were discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, and that if you hadn’t got one by then, you were pretty much screwed.. or forced to pay $200+ for one on eBay.

Thankfully, it looks like Nintendo had a change of heart, recently announcing on Twitter that they will be re-releasing the NES Classic Edition, with the highly-coveted retro console returning to stores on June 29th. YAAAAASSSS!

NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition will cost $59.99 upon its return, just as it did when it launched in November 2016. The games included on the console will also stay the same.

Here’s the full list of the games that come loaded on the NES Classic Edition:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

NES Classic Edition

As you can see, there’s a little something here for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing as a kid.

Needless to say, if you missed out on the NES Classic Edition the last time around, you’ll want to line up at the store come June 29th, as these are sure to sell out quickly!

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Libratone’s TRACK+ Wireless Headphones Keep The Chaos Out And The Music In

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Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

When the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones were unveiled at CES earlier this year, I was intrigued by their Smart Noise Cancellation technology, which lets you control how much of the world you want to let in or out.

Now, active noise cancelling headphones are nothing new, and they’ve long been a must-have for frequent travelers like myself who want to “get away from it all” and just enjoy their tunes.

But Libratone has taken it a step further, with the TRACK+ offering 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation so you can control how much you hear of the world around you. You can even let Smart Mode do it for you automatically, adjusting based on your environment and activity.

Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

When the TRACK+ detects movement like running or a workout, it will automatically allow in slightly more ambient noise so you’re aware of your surroundings. Because let’s face it, the last thing you want is to get hit by a car or bike because you couldn’t hear them coming!

Similarly, when you’re sitting still in a loud place (like an airplane or train), the earphones will cancel the maximum amount of outside noise so you can focus on the music and nothing else. And in that respect, they work incredibly well.. assuming you read the directions.

You see, during my first testing session, I wasn’t all that impressed with the TRACK+, as there was too much ambient noise coming through, even on the highest noise cancellation (-20dB) setting. The problem? The eartips weren’t forming a perfect seal with my ear. Once I switched to a larger eartip (four different sizes are provided), the difference was night and day, with the outside world completely disappearing.

Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

Since then, I’ve taken the TRACK+ on a few flights, on a train ride to New York, and even into a crowded Starbucks. And in every case, they performed amazing well, allowing me to focus on my music, movies, podcasts, and such without being distracted by the outside noise.

Those planning on hitting the gym will be pleased to know that they have a splash-proof IPX4 rating, that the earbuds are sweat-proof, and the included sport fins allow you to run on the treadmill without concerns about them falling out. And thanks to the ANC, you can drown out those grunting meatheads and focus on what you’re there to do.

Overall, there is a lot to like about the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking to drown out some of the outside chaos. At $199, they’re not to cheapest option out there, but they’re well worth it. These wireless eadbuds offer high quality sound, 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation, long battery life (8 hours), and a sleek, minimalist design. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Visit www.libratone.com to learn more about the TRACK+ earphones.

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Amazon Key In-Car Delivery Lets Drivers Leave Packages In Your Car

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Amazon Key In-Car

Amazon wants to make sure that you get those packages in the most convenient way possible. They have their standard mail delivery, where they leave your packages on the doorstep and you hope that it’s still there when you get home.

Recently, they added a new offering to combat this problem, Amazon Key, which lets drivers enter your home and leave your packages there. But that introduced a whole lot of security concerns, because you’re letting a random delivery guy into your house unsupervised.

Now, Bezos and crew have introduced a new delivery option that’s pretty ingenious. It’s called Amazon Key In-Car Delivery, and as the name suggests, it allows Amazon to deliver their wares right into your car’s trunk. How crazy is that?!

Amazon Key In-Car

Effective now, over seven million owners of eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Volvo vehicles in the United States can enjoy the convenience of having Amazon packages delivered inside of their vehicle using Amazon Key. There’s no extra cost for Amazon Prime members with an active OnStar / On Call account, and this service is currently available in 37 U.S. cities and surrounding areas. More cities will follow, if this proves to be a popular service.

So what do the car manufacturers get out of this? Simple. It’s added value to owning these car models. And one more reason for owners to keep paying for OnStar after the trial period ends. And Amazon gets to ship fast, having yet another option. Naturally, they hope that you order more and more often because of this.

With Amazon Key In-Car Delivery, packages can be delivered to a vehicle when it’s parked in any publicly accessible area, whether on the street, at your workplace surface parking lot or in your driveway. Delivery is available on tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com. So most of the things that you order already. It works with Same Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping.

All you have to do is download the Amazon Key App and opt-in to link up your Amazon and OnStar accounts. Once that’s complete and the delivery location has been registered, you can shop on Amazon.com and select the “In-Car” delivery option at checkout.

Finally, a reason to be excited about some extra junk in your trunk. 🙂

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