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With CES 2016 little more than a week away, companies are now unveiling their lineups for the show. Samsung has announced a smart TV device, and LG has also done the same this December. LG has unveiled the webOS 3.0 smart TV platform. A smart TV platform is an OS that integrates Net with Web 2.0 for TV. WebOS 3.0 is an update for the original webOS that HP licensed to LG for its smart TVs.…

Hear a doorbell while watching a movie in living room? How about flicking the remote to check on the visitor? Flick it again to check on the time on microwave or to see if your washing machine is done with your laundry. Sounds futuristic? Its 2016’s internet of things (IoT) offer for you from Samsung Electronics. Samsung Electronics 2016 line up of smart TVs will be IoT ready. All of Samsung’s 2016 Superior 4K UHD…

Given how competitive the set top box space is and that the Apple TV hasn’t been substantively updated since March 2012, Cupertino’s 2015 Apple TV remake is hotly anticipated. That means buzz that is requited by thankfully informed “speculation” from one of the most accurate rumorologists around! Apple bête noir Mark Gurman has pulled together a thoroughgoing look at the 2015 Apple TV, detailing the specs, features: • New Hardware, Visual Design — After five years of…

The Apple Television has been “a thing” since at least 2011 and the rumors took on special urgency after Walter Isaacson reported in his authorized Steve Jobs biography that the iconic Apple leader said he “finally cracked” television’s go-to-market problem. Ultimately, however, the problem for the Apple Television is that it never came to market. Why? Because Apple executives killed the long-rumored device over a year ago. Apple Television is dead and has been for…

Is Android TV the television viewing revolution we have all been waiting for? In a word, no. According to the hottest rumor working its way around the web, the answer to the question, “What is Android TV?”, seems to be it is very much like Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. According to The Verge, which claims to have a trove of secret Google documents, Android TV is very much like the over-the-top (OTT) set…

Facebook has announced today that it will be acquiring Oculus VR, makers of the Rift Virtual Reality headset. Oculus VR is a technology company originally funded by Kickstarter to create Virtual Reality headsets for gaming purposes. As one of Kickstarter’s biggest success stories, people have clamored to jump onto the Oculus bandwagon. Gaming developers, celebrities and industry giants have praised the Oculus Rift headset for its motion control system, allowing a user to look around…

Is Apple preparing Spring surprises? In addition to the possibility of a Retina MacBook Air and Haswell Mac mini, a new possibility has appeared on the short-term horizon. Sleuths have spotted references to the Apple TV 4,1 in iOS 7.1, which is expected to ship in March. That is, the currently in beta iOS 7.1 is expected next month and this is the second solid Apple TV 4,1 reference we have seen recently. The second?…

A hobby no more? Today, the Apple Store added a new section, putting the device on par with the iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod, dedicated to the Apple TV. While the move may merely be recognition of the hobby puck’s rising status, some think a new Apple TV is just around the corner. Previously, the Apple TV was subsumed inside the iPod section of the Apple TV. However, as reported by Apple yesterday, iPod unit…

LG’s full 2014 lineup of 4K TVs has been revealed and the company is planning on releasing 12 ultra-hd television sets in the coming year. Many of the TVs will be on display at CES 2014 before they hit the market and are released to consumers. Out of the 12 displays that have been announced, the one attracting the most attention is a 105-inch 4K TV. Alongside the 105-inch TV are two curved OLEDs. LG…

TVs are once again going to be a major part of CES and Polaroid is joining in on the action. There are already a handful of somewhat affordable 4K TVs but Polaroid’s will have a suggested retail price of $1,000, making it one of the cheapest 4K televisions to hit the market, although there will likely be even more affordable options in early 2014 once CES is over. The 50GSR9000 TV is coming from Empire Electronics Corp,…

Google TV arrived stillborn, Eric Schmidt’s “majority of TVs” never happened and, surprisingly, despite its numerous limitations, Chromecast is still selling very well. Nevertheless, Google isn’t done in the living room yet, but don’t look for the Nexus TV to stream live television — nobody’s figured that out, yet. The Information (pay wall) is reporting that Google could unveil its latest living room play in the first half of 2014. Nexus TV is said to…

With Apple looking to get into the 4K game to presumably accompany their Mac Pro, we turn our attention to Dells offering. Dell have just launched a 24-inch 3840 x 2160 4K Ultra HD display which will retail for $1399 and a 32-inch model for $3499 at the same resolution. The whole problem with next generation displays, and new technology as a whole actually, is the cost that is associated with owning the latest in…

Tim Cook didn’t announce an Apple TV today, but we should expect a big announcement, really big, from the mothership in 2014. Specifically, a notable analyst says Apple will launch a frameless LCD television in 55 and 65 inch sizes. Bloomberg, quoting Advanced Research analyst Masahiko Ishino, reports that Apple will ship an ultra-high definition Apple TV (a.k.a. iTV) in the fourth quarter of 2014. Additionally, he believes these monster television sets will be priced…