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ATD’s Staff Sounds Off on Hyperloop Plans, Facebook’s New Commerce Test and All Those Internet TV Options

It might be traditionally slow-news August, but the AllThingsD staff was still busy with a full slate of media appearances this week.

Apple TV, Roku, smart TVs, Xbox and now Chromecast: With more and more options for watching Internet video on our TVs, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what’s the best device for your particular tastes. Walt Mossberg appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s “Digits” program to run through the different options and explain how they try to set themselves apart:

Later in the week, Mossberg was a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” where he discussed the pros and cons of the rise of media outlets crowdsourcing streaming video as part of their breaking news coverage:

On Thursday, Wisconsin Public Radio invited Ina Fried to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of devices that try to predict our needs. And on Saturday, Fried appeared on the syndicated program “America Weekend” to talk about Apple’s highly anticipated Sept. 10 event, news of which she broke on AllThingsD last weekend.

Bad posture? There’s an app for that. Katie Boehret appeared on “Digits” to walk us through her experience with LumoBack, an app-and-strap combo product that aims to buzz the slouching right out of us:

Next up, Liz Gannes went on Marketplace to discuss just how realistic Elon Musk’s Hyperloop plans are. (Hint: Musk doesn’t seem to know the word “unrealistic.”)

Finally, Mike Isaac called in to BBC Radio 5 to discuss Facebook’s soon-to-launch mobile checkout product that will let you buy things on apps via your Facebook login. “Like,” “Poke,” “Buy”?


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus