Google in association with HBO has brought a couple of popular TV shows to the Play Store. The new deal has allowed the search engine giant to include Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Girls and Veep on the Google Play service for the first time.
The Play Store will also stream a couple of older shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos and Band of Brothers in the coming week. Read more »
Panasonic has officially announced that it will no longer produce plasma display panels. The decision has been expected and it was motivated with the desire to help the growth of company in other segments of the market.
As a result of the new strategy, Panasonic will stop the production of the plasma display panels from December 2013. Read more »
Samsung and Sony have dominated this year’s prestigious European Imaging and Sound Association awards getting five winners each. It was HTC that won in the arguably most important category, though – Advanced smartphone. The EISA awards recognize the best equipment across a range of technology categories and the winners are picked based on the judgement from 50 specialized magazines, which are based across 20 countries in Europe.
Samsung has managed to bag the Smart TV, Photo Innovation, Compact System Camera, Social Media Phone and Green Phone awards. Sony on the other hand grabbed TV, Advanced camera , Compact camera, HT Receiver and Tablet awards. Read more »
Google unveiled a smart HDMI stick for TVs – unlike most sticks we’ve seen so far, Chromecast runs a simplified version of Chrome OS rather than Android. It integrates with Google services like YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Video and the Chrome app (on a phone, tablet or laptop). Long story short, it’s the Nexus Q done right.
How does Chromecast work? Say you’re viewing a YouTube video on your phone (Android or iOS) and hit the Chromecast button. The device will switch on your TV if it’s off, change the input so that the TV displays that feed and start playing. Read more »
Microsoft officially took the wraps off its latest gaming console dubbed Xbox One. The console will be available later this year for a yet to be revealed price tag.
Together with the Xbox One, Microsoft also released a new game controller and Kinect motion camera. With the three new components together, the Redmond giant aims to completely take over the living room entertainment by putting it all in one box. Read more »
Sony Pictures Entertainment has bagged the worldwide distribution rights of the much anticipated Angry Birds movie. The 3D animated film in the making is being developed, produced and financed by Rovio, the creators of the popular Angry Birds franchise.
Sony will be releasing the movie worldwide on July 1, 2016. The upcoming flick will be the first step into the feature films after the company marked its entry to the television industry with its weekly Angry Birds Toons animated series. Read more »
The third generation of Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup only has one official member so far (the Tab 3 7.0), but the rumor mill is adamant that there are 8″ and 10.1″ versions on the way. And the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 may have just shown up in GLBenchmark scores.
The device listed as Samsung SM-T311 runs Android 4.2.2 on a 1.5GHz processor with Mali-400 GPU. Read more »
Microsoft’s has released an extended demo of its IllumiRoom project, giving as a glimpse as to what we could expect from the upcoming projector-based device.
IllumiRoom aims to provide a “next-generation gaming console” experience, and may very well be one of the features introduced in Microsoft’s next console. Read more »
In a bid to gain more popularity for its smartphones, Alcatel has turned towards Hollywood. The manufacturer’s One Touch Idol smartphones will make an appearance in the upcoming blockbuster Iron Man 3.
Along with Alcatel smartphones, the latest Tony Stark adventure will also feature products by TCL – the Chinese company which owns the handset manufacturer. Read more »
Samsung is all set to buy 3% stake of the Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp, who is currently struggling and trying to re-build its operations. Sharp has been mounting up with losses and has had a hard time raising funds after its credit rating status was changed last year.
The partnership with the South Korean firm might just be the breakthrough the company is looking for, to get back to the winning ways. Samsung can also be one of the key consumers of Sharp’s products and can surely help the struggling company to improve its production and operations. Read more »
LG showcases its innovative Wireless Ultra High-definition transmission technology for the first time at the on-going Mobile World Congress. The latest feature for the next generation smartphones allows you to view games, movies and other smartphone essence on Ultra HD TV’s in real time, through wireless data transfer.
The transmission technology is said to deliver the multimedia contents to your televisions in a much quicker and smoother manner than any other previous content streaming system. And of course, it can transfer content of up to UltraHD resolution – that’s 4K or four times the regular 1080p FullHD. Read more »
Looks like webOS has a new owner now. After being acquired by HP back in 2010 and then being made open source a year later, the mobile operating system has now been acquired by LG.
If you’re hoping to see some new smartphones and tablets from LG running webOS, however, you are in for a disappointment. LG has no such plans for webOS as of now and will only be using the OS to power its range of smart TVs. Read more »
According to the sources at 9to5Google, Google will be opening its own chain of retail stores in the US by the end of the year around holiday shopping season.
This move may have come across as a surprise a couple of years ago, but with the advent of the Nexus devices and the Chromebook, along with upcoming devices such as Project Glass, a retail chain of stores is just the thing that the company needs. Read more »
H.265, the successor to the highly popular H.264 video codec, used for over 80 percent of all the online video, has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing it to be used for the creation of video content that is significantly smaller in size than what we have today.
Known also as High Efficiency Video Coded, H.265 allows file sizes that can be around half as much as the current H.264 encoded videos while maintaining the video quality. This allows content providers to supply much smaller files with the same quality, thus reducing the time required to download or stream the video. Read more »
Sony took to the CES floor today to showcase their new 56-inch, 4K OLED TV prototype. You can probably tell from these limited specs (frankly the only ones you need to know) that it is going to look stunning and showgoers have reported that it does indeed.
Unfortunately, it is still a prototype as of now so we don’t have any other information about it, including the price and launch date. Read more »