honestly how do people not know about the roku?
Even if you only just read the article you would know about it... Roku runs linux and has been streaming netflix natively for years. among other devices...
this is absolutely not new and if you're curious just google around.
I must admit that I haven't but I've never looked into it all that deeply. The question still stands though. How is it done?
So that's kind of a wifi card connected via usb? Pop it into a tv to watch internet? Controlled without mouse?
Its HDMI on one side, and wifi on the other. It doesn't actually have a USB for anything besides providing POWER. It uses your phone/tablet/computer as a remote control and streams stupid/useless videos from the interwebz only. This device is such a piece of crap that it doesn't even do wifi display -- if you want to display your phone's screen, you need to send it out to the internet and back via something they added to youtube.
When I first read the announcements about this device, it sounded like it might be something actually useful, like a wifi-display dongle. If it WAS a wifi display dongle, then you'd have the ability to originate the video from your smartphone/tablet/laptop/etc., which would *include* the same web video junk, but also everything else you can run on your phone/tablet/laptop/etc.
Not only that, but most TV's these days have something like this built in, and one that actually works with the TV's remote control rather than needing something silly like a smartphone to operate.
I would normally agree, but for a price that is less than many HDMI cables, it is almost tempting.
At the same time, unlike the good ol' cable, due to its wireless nature it's not as reliable and causes interference. Where I live, there is already so much interference that the actual home wireless network of mine doesn't reach the upper floor... Also, a cable is capable of showing everything, not just some webpages and some types of media. And it doesn't use any power, to boot.
Originally Posted by c117152
I was never too keen on that term, "exploit", when regarding stuff I own. Woman are exploited sexually; Employees exploit their workers; Experts find exploits in security\secure systems... It seems wholly inappropriate when you actually go out, buy a product with your own hard earned money, and then for using it the way you want, you're said to be exploiting someone.
Interestingly enough, this word in Lithuanian ("eksploatuoti") has an entirely different connotation than the English one. Here it means "to make use of", for example to make use of (exploit) raw materials in order to build something. The connotation of this word here is generally positive.