One of the coolest parts of the Vizio Co-Star is its remote control. This player doesn’t come with just some everyday, Joe Shmoe remote, it comes with a double-sided, universal remote with Bluetooth, a full keyboard and a touchpad.
Pre-orders for the Vizio Co-Star, which is currently price at $99.99, will begin this month exclusively on the company’s Web site at www.vizio.com/costar/overview.
Google has announced that the Samsung Series 3 and Series 5 Chromebooks will be available for purchase at Best Buy in the near future. The Chromebooks run on Chrome OS, which is a Linux-based operating system.Learn more about Chromebooks at www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromebooks.html and www.bestbuy.com/site/Computers-Promotions/Google-Chrome/pcmcat241800050013.c?id=pcmcat241800050013.
Some lucky Kroger shoppers have been receiving an offer from Kroger and i-wireless for a free purple LG Optimus S Android smartphone. Shoppers can check their eligibility for this offer by going to https://www.iwirelesshome.com/purpleoptimus and entering the first 11 numbers of their Kroger Shopper’s or Rewards Card or their 10-digit Alternative ID, without spaces.
Cool iOS apps/Roku corner
These two sections are combined this week because the iOS app and the Roku channel that I’m about to present work hand in hand. The iOS app is called Bleess and it is an app “that enables you to ‘bleess’ any video found on the Web using your iPhone, and then watch it on your connected TV immediately.” The app works on Roku players as well as Boxee and also with XBMC.
Unfortunately, the app isn’t free, it costs $2.99, but it is a small price considering the benefits of its use. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices running iOS 5.0 or newer.
Learn more about the Bleess app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bleess/id526835522?mt=8.
Now on to the Roku side of this combo. On the Roku, Bleess is a private channel, meaning it isn’t listed in the Roku Channel Store. However, the channel can be added by logging into your Roku account and clicking on the Add Private Channel link, then type in BLEESS, or go to https://owner.roku.com/add/BLEESS.
Setup and running Bleess is easy. First, launch the Bleess channel on the Roku and the Bleess app on the iOS device. On the iOS device, click on the Settings button at the bottom of the app.
Next, enter the IP address of your Roku box and select the target. Finally, play the video on your iOS device. Activate the Bleess button in order to view the video on your TV.
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