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Software update brings new features and user interface to Apple TV

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With iOS 8 rolling out to devices worldwide, Apple TV also received to a major update today. Firmware version 6.2.1 brings new features to the tiny box, wrapped into a brand new user interface.

The updated user interface features flat look, which brings its appearance in line with Apple iOS and OS X Yosemite. Read more »

Asus tests its first Android TV set-top box dubbed Nexus Player

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Android TV is coming this fall and manufacturers are preparing their upcoming products to conquer people’s living rooms. Asus is one of them, and leaked benchmarks of its Nexus Player show the company is testing its first Android TV set-top box.

The unannounced set-top box runs Android L and packs a quad-core 1.83GHz Intel x86 CPU and a PowerVR Rogue G6430 GPU complete with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Read more »

Sony says most of its BRAVIA TVs will launch with Android TV in 2015

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Sony has shared information on its developer blog on how to get started creating HTML5 and Android TV apps for its upcoming TVs and home entertainment systems. In the process, the company also spilled loose details on its upcoming lineup of Android TV products.

Sony TVs running Android TV will start arriving in 2015 with the company waving goodbye to the Google TV platform. Google Cast is also going to be supported on select Bravia models. The company’s Blu-Ray and Home Theater system products will support HTML5 apps, too. Read more »

Amazon Fire TV arrives in Europe, pre-orders start in the UK and Germany

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Amazon made its Fire TV set-top box official back in April, which is also when it became available for purchase in the US. However, it hasn’t been available anywhere else. Until today.

The Fire TV is now up for pre-order in both the UK and Germany, marking the device’s entry into Europe. Read more »

LG unveils Swarovski crystal studded curved OLED TV

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LG has unveiled a new OLED TV that will be officially launched during IFA 2014 in Berlin. The main feature of this TV? Swarovski crystals. Lots of them.

The television’s stand features 460 luminescent Aurora Borealis crystals of three different sizes applied by hand. Other than that, this is similar to one of LG’s other full HD curved OLED panels. Read more »

Microsoft appears to have a Chromecast competitor in the works

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It looks like Microsoft has a Google Chromecast competing device in development. Filings in FCC and the Wi-Fi alliance revealed the Redmond giant’s potential plans.

The filings reveal that the gadget will pack Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a USB port – right in line with what the Google Chromecast has to offer. Read more »

Watch Panasonic’s ad for its UHD TVs starring Neymar Jr.

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Panasonic is continuing its advertising campaign for its 4K UltraHD televisions that feature Neymar Jr., star of the Brazilian national team.

Big sporting events usually drive up sales of large, expensive TVs, just ask Samsung. I haven’t looked at Panasonic’s numbers but the World Cup is bound to have boosted the performance of its TV division too. Read more »

LG announces 105-inch, 21:9 5K curved television

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Looks like LG just decided to turn it all the way up to eleven. The latest television to come from the South Korean manufacturer is the LG 105UC9, boasting a spec sheet that is scarcely believable.

Well, first of all, this TV is 5K. Or at least that’s what LG is calling it, since it’s not an official term. The name comes from the resolution, which is an astonishing 5120 x 2160, which gives it an aspect ratio of 21:9. If that was not enough, the panel is a whopping 105-inches in size and is curved so it can go around your house more easily. Read more »

Chromecast turns 1, Google offers free Play Music All Access for 90 days

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Chromecast, Google’s HDMI streaming dongle, has turned one year old today. And to celebrate the occasion, the search giant is giving everyone who owns a Chromecast a free 90-day subscription to Play Music All Access.

There are some caveats, though, chief among which is that the offer is only valid if you’re in the US. Furthermore, it’s not an option for anyone who has previously subscribed to All Access. And that unfortunately includes those who took advantage of the the unlimited music service’s free trial. Read more »

LG’s 18″ flexible OLED screen gets rolled up on video

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About a couple of weeks ago LG boasted about its new 18-inch flexible OLED display panel, which can be rolled into a tube. It also announced that it’s developed a transparent OLED screen that has three times the amount of transmittance that the current crop of LCD displays offers. And today we get to see both of those on video.

The Korean company’s flexible OLED is really bendy, as it’s being rolled up to a radius of about 3 cm. The transparent display apparently has a 30% transmittance, which makes for a clearer viewing experience compared to LCDs. Read more »

LG making 18″ flexible OLED displays that you can roll

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The day where you can take your TV screen display and roll it into a tube is soon upon us: LG already has an 18″ OLED display that’s flexible enough to be treated like a sushi roll.

What’s more is that the Korean manufacturer promises 60″ flexible screens in the future. Read more »

Xiaomi unveils Mi TV 2 – an Android-powered 4K TV for $640

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Xiaomi’s announcement today didn’t end with the Tegra K-based Mi Pad 7.9″ slate. There was another unveiled device, which really deserves attention – the Mi TV 2 powered by Android.

It’s a 49″ TV with 4K resolution and 3D priced at the unbelievable $640! Read more »

Sony FMP-X5 will add 4K HEVC streaming support to older 4K Bravias

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4K TVs are slowly growing in popularity but to enjoy them to their fullest potential, you’ll need a good 4K video source. Sony’s 2012 and 2013 4K TVs don’t have native HEVC decoding, but the company is correcting this oversight with the new FMP-X5 player.

The Sony FMP-X5 decodes 4K HEVC video and sends it to a 4K Bravia TV over an HDMI cable. Read more »

Amazon Fire TV set-top box goes official, available today

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As expected, Amazon took the wraps off its own set-top box today. Dubbed Amazon Fire TV, the $99 gadget will compete with the likes of Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku 3 in today’s competitive marketplace.

In addition to the usual array of content streaming tricks, the Amazon Fire TV packs solid gaming capabilities. Read more »

Google Chromecast reaches 11 new countries

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Google’s smart HDMI stick Chromecast, which turns any HDMI-capable TV into a smart TV with streaming capabilities from Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and Google Play movies among others, has become officially available outside of the US.

The device goes on sale today in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, with localized streaming services for many of those countries. Read more »