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TechBits:portable video (06.05.13)

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A couple of new devices on the market can help you take your video with you.

The Seagate Central is essentially a network attached storage unit that also connects to the internet to help you take your media on the road.  You can use mobile apps to access your photos, music, and movies.  At home, you can use a Samsung smart TV app to view your content on the big screen.  The device allows for public folders, as well as private ones that can only be used by some users.

Slingbox has released its first new models in 5 years, with the 350 and the 500.  Slingbox sent a 500 to TechBits for review.  The unit uses an HDMI connection to control a DVR or cable box, and transmits the video signal over your internet connection.  That allows you to watch cable TV from home anywhere you have a solid internet connection.  Just keep in mind that remotely controlling the unit also selects the video output at home, so two people can't watch two shows from the same cable box.



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