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Sony Plugs Its Own Smart TV Dongle, but Google May Already Have it Beat

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 17, 2013 12:43 PM

Not about to be overshadowed by the recent smartphone announcements, Sony is turning the focus back to Smart TVs with its reveal of its own dongle device, the Bravia Smart Stick, that will add apps and other smart features to TV sets and will compete with Google's breakthrough product, Chromecast.

Much like Google's low-priced device, the Smart Stick plugs into a TV's high-definition socket, enabling internet browsing while watching TV. It does however come with more entertainment options out-of-the-box, with pre-loaded apps including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Walmart’s Vudu, Redbox Instant, AOL On, and two Sony-owned Internet services, Crackle and Video Unlimited, and the Chrome web browser. Music can be streamed from Pandora, SiriusXM, Music Unlimited, Qello and Google Play Music.Continue reading...

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After Declaring Victory Over the Internet, Google Aims for Streaming with Chromecast

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 25, 2013 04:02 PM

Google’s internet dominance took an exponential leap with the introduction of its $35 Chromecast dongle device, which allows users to pull content from the cloud, as well as smartphones, tablets and laptops to stream on HDTVs. 

The simplistic streaming solution is essentially brand agnostic, making it a boon for some—and a detriment to others.

Quick to recognize the growing opportunity that Smart TV technology poses, Netflix comes bundled with the device, along with a three-month free trial. "The world is moving from linear TV to Internet TV, and Netflix is leading that evolution," CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells wrote in a letter to shareholders. The company, whose shares dropped after the latest numbers indicated it was adding subscribers at a slower pace, likely welcomes Google's device with open arms as it proliferates its service.Continue reading...

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Pay-TV Operators Gear Up for Internet TV Invasion

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 17, 2013 06:39 PM

As if traditional pay-TV operators weren't already feeling the heat from streaming companies like Netflix and Hulu, the internet TV space is ramping up with some of the tech world's biggest players throwing in their bids. 

“If launched, the Internet-TV services could have major implications for the traditional TV ecosystem, creating new competition for pay-TV operators that are already struggling to retain video subscribers," notes the Wall Street Journal. “Existing online-video players like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.com offer on-demand TV, but the latest efforts are aimed at offering conventional channels, allowing consumers to flip through channels just as they would on cable, as well as on-demand programming.”

Google’s service would offer live TV broadcasts via consumer’s internet connections, bypassing cable operators, with channels bundled so less popular networks would be included—like it or not.Continue reading...

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In the News; Apple, Google TV, Vita Coco and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2012 09:03 AM

In the News

Airbus parent accuses China of blocking jet sales over emissions scheme.

American Airlines parent retreats on pension-plan termination.

Apple lifts lid on new iPad and faces U.S. warning, along with other publishers, about collusion on e-book pricing.

BMW reports profits surge amid global luxury-car boom.

Continental appeals "absurd" verdict in Concorde crash.

Cracker Barrel uses country-music roots to build Twitter.

Dairy Queen expands in China.

Delta launches in-flight shopping with Amazon.

Facebook beefs up roster of IPO underwriters.Continue reading...

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Google Boosts Google+, Google TV

Posted by Shirley Brady on February 13, 2012 09:30 AM

In addition to promoting Google+ with a new TV spot ("New Dad," above), Google TV is getting more love with an improved YouTube app and navigation.

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LG at CES: Big Refrigerator is Watching You

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 10, 2012 02:02 PM

Hoping to lose a little weight but somehow don’t seem to hear that little voice in your head telling you to stop when you’re reaching for the ice cream in the fridge? You might need a talking fridge.

Recalling the old Woody Allen routine about talking appliances, LG Electronics has introduced a new high-tech refrigerator as part of its ThinQ Smart appliance line, as part of its slew of product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The twist: the fridge knows its own contents and can help the owner with meal planning and diet goals, according to the Daily Mail and Mashable (above).

How it works: After you input your weight-loss and body-mass index goals into the fridge’s computer, it can recognition who is opening the door by its internal TV and voice-recognition technology, the Daily Mail reports. Then it can make suggestions based on what is inside.Continue reading...

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In the News: Google TV, Louis Vuitton, Walmart & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 5, 2012 06:01 PM

Brands to Watch

Google TV adds LG to the fold with Samsung, Sony and Vizio ahead of CES, and 2012 global rollout.

Louis Vuitton finally expands brand into perfume.

Apple pays $5M to settle patent lawsuit.

Barnes & Noble eyes Nook spin-off with eye to global markets.

BMW brings MINI to India.

Deloitte finds 9M U.S. cable homes have cut the cord.

Discovery urges investors to be patient with Oprah Winfrey's network.Continue reading...

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In the News: AIG, David Beckham, VW and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 22, 2011 08:55 AM

In the News

AIG's former CEO, Hank Greenberg, sues U.S. government and Federal Reserve Bank for $25 billion over takeover.

Bill Gates testifies in Novell suit vs. Microsoft.

Cadbury's trademarks its distinctive shade of purple.

David Beckham's legacy starts to be assessed as Los Angeles Galaxy ending looms and Paris beckons.

Donald Trump estimates the Trump name's worth at $3 billion.

eBay buys Hunch to help discern individuals' taste. 

GE expands to Iraq.

GM retools former Saturn site and prepares to manufacture China autos in Egypt.

HP reports spending $3.3 billion on WebOS as Meg Whitman sets course for turnaround.Continue reading...

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