No, your smart TV isn’t catching viruses

Earlier this week, a Twitter post by Samsung became fodder for the internet outrage machine by suggesting that users should periodically run a virus scan on their smart TVs. “Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks,” Samsung’s support account wrote, …

Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Small is good when it comes to NAS boxes designed to serve up audio and video over a home network. Synology’s 4-bay DS419slim, being built for 2.5-inch drives, is significantly less bulky than the average NAS box designed to accommodate 3.5-inch drives. The DS419slim is perfect for SATA SSDs (solid-state …

Do you need an antenna to cut the cord?

A lowly over-the-air antenna is among the most cost-effective and longest-running ways to cut cable TV, letting you watch all the major broadcast networks and more with no monthly fees. But before you start fretting over antenna types, installation locations, and over-the-air DVRs, take a moment to consider whether you …

Grace Digital Mondo+ Classic review: A neoclassical clock radio for the internet age

Grace Digital dives into the mid-century modern design revival with the aptly named Mondo+ Classic internet radio. With its buffed warm sound and soft good looks, this glorified $250 (MSRP) table radio evokes vintage 1950s and 60s products from such makers as Zenith, KLH, Grundig, and RCA; radios that stood …

How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control

Siri has always been one of the Apple TV’s best features. On a fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K, the voice assistant can quickly launch videos, tune to live TV channels, and provide search results for specific genres. But until recently, Apple didn’t offer a hands-free way to use …

Nuimo Click review: This smart home device’s novelty wears off quickly

The pitch for Senic’s Nuimo Click is enticing: With the touch of a button, you can start your Sonos speaker system playing your favorite song, artist, album, or playlist; or trigger your favorite Philips Hue lighting scene. And what could be cooler than smart switches that generate their own electricity, …

Amazon, Roku, and Apple TV “Channels” are a well-intentioned mess

This week, Apple became the third streaming platform to launch its own marketplace for video subscriptions. With Apple TV Channels, you can sign up for services like HBO and Showtime directly through the TV app on iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. You don’t have to download separate apps to start …

Apple TV app arrives on Samsung Smart TVs as Apple expands its services push

As promised back in January, Samsung has announced that beginning on Monday all 2019 Smart TVs and select 2018 models will receive a firmware update that brings Apple TV to its library of apps. That means you won’t need an Apple TV or a complicated workaround to watch iTunes shows …

6 steps to solving your streaming video problems

Although cutting the cable TV cord can save you money, it also involves more potential points of failure. With cable or satellite TV, a technician hooks up one of their company’s set-top boxes, which in turn connects to your TV, and it generally just works. With streaming video, you must …