Google TV Set-Top Launching Before Month-End

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I was pretty impressed with Google TV when it was introduced back in the spring. I don't know how many times I've been watching TV and a show I was watching forced me to run upstairs and Google a trivial fact of some sort, so it would be nice to a have a built-in browser in my television. And the idea of being able to search shows and Internet content just sounds delightful. I'm so hopeful about...

Google TV On Track For This Fall

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We first saw details of Google's television service back in May, and at the time, we had a very unspecific 'fall 2010' launch time frame. Thanks to intrepid reporting, we now have a slightly more specific 'fall 2010' time frame. More specific only because it's now September instead of May, so the fall launch looks a little more solid at this point. Unfortunately, not more specific in terms of an...

Apple Offers Few Surprises: Apple TV With 99-Cent Rentals and iPod

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Apple's big press conference went down earlier today, and it ran like a line by line rumor confirmation. For the most part. As was expected, Apple launched a revamped version of Apple TV with some expanded content. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the new Apple TV set-top box is 80 percent smaller than the original, carries a lighter price of $99 and offers expanded viewing thanks to...

LG's Spectacular 1/10" OLED TV

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OLED televisions are among those frustrating technologies--so close, so awesome, but so not going to be on the market when I get my next paycheck. This OLED television from LG has got my mouth watering more than ever for OLED technology. On display at the IFA show in Berlin, the television is a 31-inch OLED screen that measures a hair-like 0.11 inch deep. It also features 2D to 3D switching....

Apple Holding Special Event On September 1; New TV Products Expected

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Earlier this week, the rumor mill was working overtime about an upcoming announcement of $.99 TV show rentals that Apple will offer through the iTunes store. The reports indicated that Apple was going to announce the new deals--which will include Fox, CBS and ABC shows--at a September 7 event, ahead of the upcoming fall television season. The shows would be available on iPads, iPhones and iPod...

The Fat Get Fatter: Refrigerator TV

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For the chronically overweight, the short trip from the living room couch to the refrigerator represents one of the last remaining forms of legitimate daily exercise. And now some designers have gone and thrown that right out the window. This here is the Refrigerator 2 from R & R Associates, a cold box that integrates a 14.1-inch television right into your freezer door. The LCD television...

Revamped Apple TV Back In Headlines

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Well, here's a little life raft of bright news on the Lake of Somber that has been drowning Apple of late. While the world is focused on Apple's meager attempts at recognizing and repairing the iPhone 4, at least some attention is being focused on an upcoming redesign of Apple TV. Assuming that they get the reception strength formula correct, the new Apple TV stands to be an interesting...

Hulu Introduces Its Subscription Service For 10 Bucks a Month

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It's rare that good news can come from a free service turning to a paid subscription service, but Hulu has done it. So far. That's because Hulu's new subscription service isn't really the same as its popular free service--it's an upgraded version called Hulu Plus. Users will still be able to access the same free content that includes TV shows and clips from major networks. Hulu Plus, which will...

Samsung Integrates Google Maps and Facebook Into TVs

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You know how many times that I've wanted to navigate my way out of the living room on my old Toshiba? Not a single one. Even when I'm watching wonderful and exotic programs about vacation destinations around the country, I've never, ever had a hankering to try to map my way there with my remote control. Not once. But just in case you ever do, Samsung is giving you the capability of Google...

Hulu Coming to Xbox 360

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Gear Live reported earlier today that Hulu will be coming to Xbox 360 as an Xbox Live service in a couple of weeks. Microsoft will make the announcement at E3, along with its expected details on Project Natal. The report cites a "very reliable source who has never been wrong before." Hulu will reportedly get integrated into the Xbox's dashboard, much the way Netflix was before it....

Apple Developing New, iPhone-OS-Based Apple TV

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Considering that Apple itself had dismissed its Apple TV as a hobby, we weren't really expecting too much from it. Then a funny thing happened: Google detailed its vision of Web TV, and Apple is suddenly interested in upgrading its own product. While rumors indicate that Apple has been quietly working on an upgraded Apple TV long before Google TV came about, the timing is suspect.

Google TV Won't Let You Skip Ads

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When we heard about Google TV last week, it seemed like all roses. Google's vision for Web-television integration sounded like it could transcend everything we've seen so far, offering a cohesive system that seamlessly blends the full spectrum of multimedia content. Today, however, official word has surfaced detailing Google TV's first unattractive blemish: mandatory ads.

Mvix HDHome: All-in-One HTPC Solutions

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I must admit, after seeing Google TV details last week, I'm pretty jacked about the future of Web integration into television. And if I had an extra $1,000 burning a hole in my pocket, I might just ride that excitement to the nearest Mvix dealer and throw down on one of these HDHome PCs.

More Details on Google TV's Hardware and Software Emerge

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If you've been cursing yourself out for buying a new TV within the past few weeks, before hearing what Google had to say about the future of Internet television, fret not: there will be a set-top box. I know what you're thinking: "Not another big, awkward box that I have to stuff into my entertainment center." But, the set-top box built by Logitech is anything but big. Slim, sleek and sexy, the...

Google TV Arrives

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As promised, Google has detailed its Google TV service and has thrown in a couple of surprises. Google explains the vision behind the new product: "...what if we helped people experience the best of TV and the best of the web in one seamless experience? Imagine turning on the TV and getting all the channels and shows you normally watch and all of the websites you browse all day —...

Google TV Coming This Week

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According to a FinancialTimes report, the joint-venture Google TV that we've been hearing more and more about over the past few months will be introduced this week. Analysts have gone so far as to call the project the biggest thing to hit television since color (ummm....remote control, anyone?). The joint venture has been said to include Google, Intel, Sony and Logitech. The...

Designer 3D Glasses Just Make You Look Like a Rich, Snobby Dweebus

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Someone within the outskirts of the 3D industry has rallied to solve one of 3D's biggest problems: the geekazoid glasses that are required to see that dynamic third dimension. The solution? These designer 3D shades from Look3D. Oh yeah, and getting two models that Hitler himself would have popped a boner for to model them.

Sony Google TVs Coming Next Month

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BusinessWeek reported earlier this week that those rumors of a Google/Sony/Intel/Logitech TV set-up are about to come true. According to its story, Sony will be unveiling televisions and/or Blu-ray players based on the cooperative effort on May 19 and 20 at a Google-sponsored conference in San Fran. When we first heard whispers about the hardware, it sounded like it was months or...

Samsung Considering Android Televisions

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Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer a clear line between my electronic devices. I don't need to have all my Facebook and Twitter 'friends' in my living room when I'm trying to unwind and watch the terrible Lakers/Oklahoma game (WTF can't anyone play on the road in that series?). Nor do I need to have all my cell phone apps staring me in the face while I'm trying to catch some late-night boob on...

Hulu To Institute $10/month Subscription Fee

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In an attempt to tap into more profits from its television streaming service, Hulu is preparing to begin charging viewers a monthly subscription fee. Those that use Hulu as a way of keeping up with the most recent episodes of their favorite shows won't be affected; the service will continue to offer the most recent five episodes of the shows it carries for free. The $9.95 subscription will give...