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Server outage turns Harmony Link into a paperweight

Sunday, February 5th, 2012
Harmony Link Error

The Cloud is great place right? It’s all puppy dogs and ice cream, until it isn’t. We’d suspect that’s what Harmony Link users who ditched their old school remotes for an iOS device are thinking right about now. You see while typical Harmony remote are only programmed via MyHarmony.com, the Harmony Link apparently requires a quick phone home to work at all. That’s according to a number of users at Logitech’s forums starting yesterday morning claiming their Harmony Link is now a “very nice and sleek paperweight,” only showing an error when they try to turn on the TV for their not-so-super Super Bowl party tonight. While we’re sure this is a temporary problem and the servers will be restored before too long, it does make you wonder why Logitech would design a solution that wouldn’t work at all when a server can’t be contacted.

[Thanks, Kevin]

Server outage turns Harmony Link into a paperweight originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Feb 2012 23:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech Revue units DOA for some customers, corrupted firmware to blame

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Certain customers who recently purchased the Logitech Revue Google TV set top box with the hope of transforming their normal TV into a web-ready smart TV have been left with nothing but disappointment. Logitech has confirmed that a small percentage of recently manufactured Revue devices were shipped with “corrupted firmware,” preventing select customers from activating their new devices. The box would drop its connection when attempting to access the company’s license agreement, leading many to originally believe it was a mere server error. Logitech has stated that there is no fix besides physically swapping an affected Revue box with a working one, however. The symptoms are fairly obvious, but users can determine whether or not they own and problematic unit conclusively by checking the unit’s MAC address. If the MAC address begins with 1C6F657, it’s likely to be affected by EULA-gate. Logitech hasn’t had a good run with Google’s first entrance into the TV market, and CEO Guerrino De Luca said recently that the failed product was a mistake that cost the company dearly. De Luca also confirmed that the company currently has no plans to follow up with a second Google TV device.

[Via The Verge]

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Logitech deploys Google TV update to Revue

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Logitech on Wednesday announced that it’s rolling out the latest Google TV software to its Revue Google TV product. “Some of the key developments include more entertainment choices such as access to Android Market; faster and more comprehensive search and browse capabilities; a simplified user interface, and improvements to the Logitech Media Player,” Logitech’s vice president and general manager of the digital home group, Ashish Arora explained. The Revue has largely been considered a failure for Logitech. The company’s CEO Guerrino De Luca recently remarked that the product was a “mistake” that “cost [Logitech] dearly” and that his company will not introduce a follow-up device until it is clear that Google has worked out all of the kinks in its product.

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Logitech’s Mini Boombox is a $99 Bluetooth speaker, we go hands-on (video)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

$99? For a portable speaker? Yup, that was our reaction too — especially when the Mini Boombox’s larger sibling boasts four times as many drivers (eight instead of two) and costs just $50 extra. But then we gave this more suitcase-friendly version a whirl and discovered that it’s actually loud and balanced enough to do some justice to your tunes while you’re on the move. In fact, it could well make a smarter purchase than those $30 speakers you keep buying in airports and then deliberately losing. It’s available now, works with any Bluetooth-equipped smartphone or tablet and incorporates a mic for handling calls — plus its rechargeable battery is claimed to last up to ten hours. Ears-on video and a quick round of ‘name that tune’ right after the break.

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Logitech’s Mini Boombox is a $99 Bluetooth speaker, we go hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Denon DNP-720AE does network audio and not much else for $660

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The DNP-720AE has been hanging around at trade shows for a while, but it’s only just been tagged up with a price. And boy, what a price: £429 ($660) for a stereo box that snatches AirPlay, DLNA, Internet radio, Napster and Last.fm off your WiFi or wired network and outputs to your amp. Sure, it packs a decent 24-bit DAC and will no doubt deliver that sweet Denon sound when added to your stack — but if you don’t already own a bunch of same-brand components then there’s plenty of alternatives to consider. To pick a random example, even the ancient and infinitely cheaper Logitech Squeezebox Duet has similar functionality, without AirPlay or DLNA specifically but with basic iTunes compatibility and Spotify too. You could put those savings towards a networked AV receiver instead.

Denon DNP-720AE does network audio and not much else for $660 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 05:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech Revue gets second Honeycomb leak, TV apps sneak into Market

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Did you empty your piggy bank for a Logitech Revue after the first Honeycomb sighting about a month ago? If not, there’s new fuel for the Google TV set-top box hacking fire… so get your Hamiltons in order. Channel Android’s latest reel showcases a newer, more polished leak of Honeycomb that reflects the preview we spotted running on Sony hardware last week. It’s not without its fair share of bugs, and you’ll need to install the first leak to avoid turning your device into a paperweight (read: brick), so proceed at your own risk. Also of note: apps built specifically for TV have started to pop up in the marketplace — it seems devs have been busy since Google dropped the SDK a while back. For a closer look at the payoff straight from the hive, take a look at the video above or check out a slideshow of some Google TV apps that are in the Market now put together by NewTeeVee.

Logitech Revue gets second Honeycomb leak, TV apps sneak into Market originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Honeycomb beta update now available for Logitech Revue, only the intrepid need apply

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Logitech Revue users are waking up to some exciting news today, because they can finally run Honeycomb on their TVs — if they’re brave enough to try. As expected, the folks over at GTVHacker have leaked their Android 3.1 beta update for the recently discounted set-top box, now available for download and flash without even requiring a root. You can find all the requisite details and downloads at the source link, though you’ll have to register with the site to do so. It’s also worth noting that the update is still in a buggy, beta phase of development, and that once you upgrade, you may not be able to go back. If you’re willing to dance with danger, let us know how you fare.

Honeycomb beta update now available for Logitech Revue, only the intrepid need apply originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 02 Aug 2011 02:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech CEO steps down after money losing Q1, Revue price slashed to $99

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This is becoming a trend. After a disappointing Q4 saw Logitech reduce the price of its Revue it revealed today that after a net loss of $29.6 million for the first quarter it is cutting the price of the Revue to $99, as well as saying goodbye to CEO Gerald P. Quindlen. Quindlen had been an outspoken supporter of the Google TV box (see the video after the break) but according to Logitech this price cut and corresponding $34 million hit to its finances are necessary to “remove price as a barrier to broad customer acceptance.” In the midst of these results — as well as lowered sales in several regions and key products like Harmony remotes — Chairman and former CEO Guerrino De Luca will assume the role of acting CEO while a long term replacement is sought. Until then, and before the Google TV Honeycomb update arrives, does anyone think the Revue will be more appealing for one Benjamin than it was for two, or three?

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Logitech CEO steps down after money losing Q1, Revue price slashed to $99 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Jul 2011 09:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ClamCase for iPad 2 is a little lighter, suited for picture taking and $149

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Just in case you bought an iPad 2 but really needed a netbook, ClamCase is back with a redesigned version of its case / battery powered Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard combo. This one is a hair thinner and a little lighter than the previous version (reviewed here), with cutouts for the back camera and speaker grille plus integrated magnets to awake and sleep your tablet when the case is opened or closed. The keyboard has also reportedly been refreshed for an improved feel, but even though the black version is on sale now for $149 (white ships next month) there’s still a 4-5 week wait for shipping to get a hands-on and find out for yourself. Logitech’s Keyboard Case for iPad 2 is another option for $100, but it will only protect your precious slab on one side — something to consider while you’re checking out specs.

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ClamCase for iPad 2 is a little lighter, suited for picture taking and $149 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 06:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Creative Live! inPerson HD webcam does onboard processing, doesn’t milk your CPU

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

When Logitech and Microsoft released a bunch of HD webcams last year, Skype refused to certify them for use with its HD video calling service. (That’s not to say these webcams won’t work with Skype HD — it’s that Skype won’t guarantee that they’ll work well.) And why this resounding slap in the face? Because Skype will only certify HD webcams that come with onboard video processing and therefore run even on tardy old machines. And that is precisely why Creative has followed the lead of other manufacturers like FaceVsion and Freetalk in including a built-in H.264 encoder with its latest offering, maintaining judder-free video and a chill-axed CPU. The webcam also has more flexible autofocus and a “quad mic” system, which together should allow users to sit as far as 10 feet away and still be seen and heard clearly. The only problem? A $150 price tag that’s significantly more than the competition and only slightly easier to face than your cousin’s acne condition at 720p. If you’re still keen though, check out the PR after the break.

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Creative Live! inPerson HD webcam does onboard processing, doesn’t milk your CPU originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech Revue price drops to $199 on Amazon

Friday, May 13th, 2011

While we wait for the OTA update that will bring Android 3.1 to existing Google TV devices, Logitech’s Revue — check the official blog post linked below for some of the features being added — has apparently already received its price cut and CrunchGear points out it is currently available for $199 on Amazon. As we noted a couple of weeks ago when the company announced weak sales and a plan to drop the price to $249, getting the price under two bills was probably as important as smoothing out the software experience. Of course, after Google I/O we wonder if anyone interested in Google TV is still jonesing for a launch device (even with the promise of updated software and Android Market access in the future) when something newer and better is likely on the way. After all, you can get Honeycomb on a T-Mobile G1 now, but that doesn’t mean you would want to do it.

Logitech Revue price drops to $199 on Amazon originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 May 2011 21:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech ratchets up the competition with M325 wireless mouse

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

You know that pseudo-tactile feeling you get when you fondle your mouse’s clicky scroll wheel, the one that satisfies your obsessive need to touch everything? Logitech wants to give you more clicks, and smoother scrolling to boot. This M325 wireless mouse’s new “micro-precise” scroll wheel features 72 tiny ratchets, making our self-counted 22-ratchet mouse wheel seem downright barbaric by comparison — not that we ever really considered the number of teeth our mice had before now. The rodent’s 18-month battery life won’t quite live up to your 2-year Couch Mouse, but at least they can share a Logitech Unifying Receiver. Your scroll wheel of tomorrow can be had for $40 later this month, or £30 right now for lucky folks in the UK.

Logitech ratchets up the competition with M325 wireless mouse originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Apr 2011 15:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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XCM’s F-1 Converter lets XBox 360 players get behind G25, G27 racing wheels (video)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

We’ve never been shy about our affection for Logitech’s G25 and G27 steering wheels, and now we can share our love with our friends of the Xbox 360 persuasion. With the brand new F-1 converter from XCM, die hard Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Slim fans can get behind the same wheels we’ve been behind since 2006. If that wasn’t reward enough, the F-1 also sports a built-in combo-attack memory function for fighting games, and rumble support is baked in for good measure. So go ahead, ye of the XBox 360 ilk, plug her in, caress the contours of her beautiful leather-wrapped curves, feel the way she kicks — we’ll try not to get jealous. Video game voyeurs can check out the F-1 in action after the jump.

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XCM’s F-1 Converter lets XBox 360 players get behind G25, G27 racing wheels (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 Jan 2011 04:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Europeans Can Now Stream Spotify on Logitech Squeezebox Players [Spotify]

Monday, January 10th, 2011

While the US is still awaiting music-streaming service Spotify, happy Europeans can use Squeezebox Touch and Squeezebox Radio players to stream their Spotify Premium playlists from. This is the second hardware manufacturer Spotify has signed up with, after Sonos. More »


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Haier launches WiFi equipped Net Connect LED HDTVs, takes Yahoo Connected TV along for the ride

Friday, January 7th, 2011

In an effort to obviate the best efforts of Boxee, Logitech, Roku, and Apple, the new line of HDTVs from Haier aims to bring internet content and streaming video to your living room without such excess hardware. Rather than having another black box fighting for space in your entertainment center, Haier’s Net Connect LED displays have WiFi capabilities and Yahoo’s Connected TV baked in to deliver content. In addition to Yahoo’s apps, the TVs will also provide viewers with access to Hulu Plus, Blockbuster on Demand, Film Fresh, and Netflix. Unfortunately, we don’t have specs, prices, or a release date for the sets, but we do know that they’ll have remotes with a dedicated Netflix button, which is sure to please the impatient movie watcher in us all.

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Haier launches WiFi equipped Net Connect LED HDTVs, takes Yahoo Connected TV along for the ride originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 Jan 2011 06:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech is giving away Google TV-ready Revue boxes to celebrate CES

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

There’s nothing like free gear to help greet one of the biggest consumer electronics shows of the year, and Logitech has just what the doctor ordered this year at CES 2011. The company is giving away five Logitech Revue units this week — one for each day of CES. The Revue is Logitech’s new set top box featuring Google TV, and it definitely is not in the midst of a production halt. It’s a great little box and for the low, low price of free-fifty, it can’t be beat. The first four units will be given away between January 5th and 8th, and winners will have to watch Logitech’s Twitter account for instructions on how to hunt down a chance to win at the show. These four winners will be CES attendees but the fifth box, to be given away on January 9th, can be had by anyone in the United States. To find out how you can enter to win, just follow Logitech on Twitter at the link below.

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Ask Engadget: best sound system / soundbar for around $100?

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget question is coming to us from Colin, who needs his jams on the cheap. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“I have been looking for a decent set of speakers that can kick out fairly good sound. Ideally, I’d use these in a bedroom, mostly for television viewing and Xbox gaming. I don’t need anything too powerful as I’m not filling a gigantic room with sound. I’ve heard good things about Logitech boxed kits, but have also heard that soundbars are great space-saving alternatives. I’m open to pretty much anything: HTIB, soundbars, etc, but am hoping to spend around $100 or less. Thank you!”

We know, you’re looking to pinch pennies in order to take that special someone out on a fantastically fine date tomorrow. We get it. But these days, $100 can actually buy you quite a bit of sound. We’d echo those positive sentiments on Logitech’s boxed kits, but if anyone has any other input, comments are open down below.

Ask Engadget: best sound system / soundbar for around $100? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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