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Netgear PTV 3000 Miracast Review

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Wireless streaming of video is a very hit and miss affair. I've used both Apple's TV and HTC's Media Link HD products and been disappointed with the results. On the other hand I've found DLNA to work relatively consistently.

This week I've had the chance to try a new standard: Miracast.The device I've used seems to be the only widely available Miracast adapter the NetgearPush2TV. This connects to your TV via HDMI and is powered via a micro-USB socket.Setup is straight-forward, plug-in, tune-in and connect from  your compatible device.

A word about the compatible device thing though, only certain devices are compatible with Miracast or Intel's WiDI, which are the two protocols supported by the Netgear.

So from my current fleet of devices I found that none of my Apple products would play nicely (part of Apple's process of locking customers into their ecosystem). My Asus Transformer Prime was unable to play - Android 4.2 being the minimum requirement - whi…

Analyst: Peugeot, You Don't Need Dongfeng

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PSA, a French car company with a rich history (two in fact) stretching back to the dawn of the automobile is on the point of selling itself to the Chinese car maker Dongfeng. There are many reasons why that isn't a good thing, but most of all it's a marker for the coming end of the indigenous French car industry - one that led the world a century ago. It follows the British industry down that route and the Italian one will follow if Fiat is unable to make its purchase of Chrysler pay dividends relatively quickly.

Foreign ownership of car plants isn't necessarily a bad thing - Sunderland's Nissan plant remains a exemplar in the world of transitory car manufacture.

But as Australia is currently finding out, companies with no roots in the soil their cars are built on can move those production capabilities off-shore whenever the economic climate suits them.

In the UK it's looking more and more like Tata owned Jaguar will be manufacturing its next model in India and th…

Apps On SD - Is Microsoft About To Trump Google?

One of the most useful features in Android was the ability to install Apps to SD cards. It meant that the built in storage wasn't always getting clogged up with Apps, leaving you with a phone that needed a hard reset due to the absence of internal memory. I say was, because Google removed the functionality when it released Android 4.

Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 without the ability to move apps to a memory card.

Both have been shown to be bad decisions. As a result users of both Android and Windows Phone have suffered from storage issues when installing even moderate numbers of apps.

Now it's looking like Microsoft is going to address this issue in the forthcoming release of Windows Phone 8.1, with the option to move applications to the SD card, relieving the stress of storage issues.

It's interesting that Microsoft has become much more responsive to user demands since it lost its position of absolute power in the PC market.

Google, on the other hand seems to have m…

How Flexible Is Your Working Life?

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Unless you work for yourself as a freelancer or business owner, the chances are that you work flexibly a lot less often than you would like. There remains a stigma attached to remote working that prevents many businesses from developing a fully flexible workforce that would improve employees work-life balance,  increase productivity and, if managed properly reduce facilities and infrastructure costs for organisations.

So why aren't companies rushing to reap the benefits of flexible working?

For some there remains the underlying belief that workers outside the office won't be working as hard as they would if they were being overseen by their supervisors. Despite endless amounts of evidence to the contrary. Others view the loss of interaction between team members as a insurmountable obstacle - yet this too has been shown to be something that can be easily managed. I can't imagine there are many businesses who wouldn't want the positive effect to their bottom line, but h…

F1: Brundle v Villeneuve, A Matter of Opinion

Don't get me wrong, I'm not Jacques Villeneuve's greatest fan by a long chalk, but as former World Champion when he talks about F1 people listen.

On the other hand Martin Brundle is the voice of F1 for the current generation, taking over the previously unreplaceable Murray Walker. As a driver, though, he failed to make a mark on the sport, despite at times proving to be a match for Ayrton Senna in F3.

Villeneuve gave an interview recently in which he called F1 'artifical'. It's a valid opinion and not uncommon amongst F1 fans who have been watching the sport for more than the last five or so years. To hear it voiced by someone the establishment can't just ignore is refreshing.

This apparently angered Martin Brundle to the point that he took to Twitter to deliver a personal attack on the Canadian.

The problem here is that Brundle has a vested interest in denying that F1 is a failing sport. A response such as this is both unprofessional and deeply offe…