WiGGadgets

A Closer Look: Stream-box gaming is a mixed bag

Written by Ron Harris,
AP writer
Friday, 03 October 2014 14:06

As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory.

Amazon’s Fire TV and the Roku 3 both offer a multitude of games, alongside apps to stream video on the big television screen from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The game offerings — some free, some for a fee — are a mixed bag thus far, ranging from solid to silly.

Here’s a look at the experience for both:

WiGWired: Cach-ing in at state parks

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 12 September 2014 02:00

With the sport of geocaching continuing to grow, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Geocaching Association placed “official” caches in 47 state park properties.

"Over the last 12 years, geocaching has become a great way to explore the outdoors using technology,” said Sherry Wise, chief naturalist for the Wisconsin State Parks program.

Facebook launches system to alert you when friends are nearby

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:07

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching today.

Called “Nearby Friends,” the optional tool will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. The feature uses your smartphone’s GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby — provided they have the feature turned on. Rather than share your exact location, it will only show that you are nearby, say, within half a mile.

Roku TV will stream video without set-top box

Written by The AP Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:38

Roku Inc. is launching a line of TVs that play video from services like Netflix without requiring a set-top box. While similar to smart TVs on the market already, the company’s Internet streaming platform offers some 1,200 apps and more comprehensive niche content choices.

The Saratoga, Calif.-based streaming set-top box pioneer is partnering with two of the biggest Chinese TV makers in the world, TCL Corp. and Hisense International Co. Ltd. on six models. It showcased them on the sidelines of the annual International CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week.