6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET Update: Boxee set to battle Apple TV, Roku

About Video Transcript

CNET Update: Boxee set to battle Apple TV, Roku

2:49 /

Boxee TV arrives with a deal for early adopters, AT&T and T-Mobile launch system to fight smartphone theft, and donations for Sandy relief are delivered via iTunes.

-Hi, I'm Kara Tsuboi filling in for Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. Cable cutters might wanna put Boxee TV on their wish list. The system is now selling at Walmart stores for $99 and it includes a fes perks for early adaptors. Boxee is a DVR with antenna for picking up basic cable or broadcast TV. It also pulls in several subscription services like Netflix. The DVR service will be free for 3 months for anyone who buys it during the holiday season. You can also get 3 months of Netflix for free and limitless DVR service for 10 bucks a month after that. AT&T and T-Mobile are making it hard for smartphone thieves. Both GSM carriers have turned on a database that allows them to block a device from being used as soon as someone reports it's stollen. In the past, carriers would shut off a SIM card to block a stollen smartphone, but it wasn't full proof since the crook could just put in another GSM Carrier SIM card. Verizon and Sprint will also launch a similar database to block stollen phones on their CDMA networks. Of course, you still need to be careful about sensitive data on your smartphone. A thief can grab data of the device before carrier blocks it. AT&T also announced the new app for storing and sharing photos and videos. It's called AT&T locker and the app gives Apple and android customers 5 gigs of storage for free. Photos and videos taken can be saved to the locker and users have the option to share files to social media and e-mail. Customers can also use the space to store music and other files. Amazon has been busy making its own games and just released its first one for mobile devices called Air Patriots. The app is available on Kindle Fire, android and Apple devices. It's a basic tower defense type game or players direct the path of airplanes during battle. This is the second title from Amazon game studios back in august and made Facebook story game called Living classics. Apples WiFi version of the iPad mini goes on sales Friday morning along with the new 4th generation iPad. Log on to CNET for launch date coverage. Lower Manhattan as well as many areas of the East Coast are still without power following the storm but federal official say there has been slight improvement to getting networks backup and just like previous disasters, the Red Cross is taking donations via text messages. Texting Red Cross to 90999 gives $10 to help the families impacted by the storm, and Apples iTunes is now a hub for donating to the Red Cross. That's your tech news update for today. You find links to all today's stories on blog CENT.com/update. From our studios in Francisco, I'm Kara Tsubio.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: Anatomy of a mini supercar (CNET On Cars, Episode 60)
18:39 February 27, 2015
Alfa's undistilled little 4C isn't quite like anything else on the market, a look at the little-known bible that rules all cars in...
Play video
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250
4:07 February 27, 2015
Can Mercedes-Benz convince Americans its tri-star logo belongs on a compact SUV?
Play video
SousVant can sous vide très bien
2:22 February 27, 2015
A fancy cooker with a pleasingly simple appearance, the SousVant makes cooking to temp easy.
Play video
Apple Watch may open cars, says CEO Tim Cook
2:59 February 27, 2015
Tim Cook says he wants the Apple Watch to replace your key fob. Also, we dive into the core problem of #TheDress debate and bid farewell...
Play video
Anova cooks up a smarter sous vide starting point
1:52 February 27, 2015
Better (and cheaper) than the original, the second-gen Anova dials in on sous vide supremacy.
Play video
Best new games for March 2015
2:30 February 27, 2015
What are the hottest new video game releases for March 2015? Jeff Bakalar runs down the most aniticipated games on the Xbox, PlayStation...
Play video
Apple features we don't want in a car
2:45 February 27, 2015
The five worst features Apple will probably include in their rumored Apple Car.
Play video
Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless: A $100 over-ear Bluetooth headphone that sounds decent
1:15 February 27, 2015
Skullcandy's Hesh 2 may not be a great wireless headphone, but it's a reasonably good value at $100.
Play video