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Google acquires SageTV: Google TV integration tipped

Google acquires SageTV: Google TV integration tipped

Popular HTPC software provider SageTV has been acquired by Google, leading to speculation that the company's media-center app could end up integrated into a future version of Google TV. SageTV offered a way to centralize media on a server computer or NAS, and then access it with software and hardware clients around the home.

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Orb BR Released, Turns PS3 or Bluray Player into Media Streaming Hub

Orb BR Released, Turns PS3 or Bluray Player into Media Streaming Hub

Originally scheduled for release in February, Orb BR is out now. Marketed as a low-cost alternative to internet ready TVs and other streaming media center options, Orb BR can transform a PS3 or any Blu-ray player with a network connection into a content streaming media controller. Users simply put the Orb BR disk into their PS3 or Blu-ray player, then download the free software for their iOS or Android device and the free Orb Caster software on their PC or Mac.

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SlingPlayer for Google TV beta opens [Video]

SlingPlayer for Google TV beta opens [Video]

Sling has thrown open its beta for SlingPlayer for Google TV, allowing those with one of Google's STBs - like the Logitech Revue - to stream content from their Slingbox Solo or Slingbox PRO-HD. Dubbed "SlingPlayer for Connected Devices" the new system bypasses a software upgrade or app, and instead works as a Flash-based sit specifically coded for the Google TV platform.

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Why Vizio Might Just Dominate the Living Room

Why Vizio Might Just Dominate the Living Room

In the living room, there are some companies, like Apple or Microsoft, that people tend to point to and say that they “get” what consumers are after. In Apple’s case, they point to the streaming options available in the company’s Apple TV. Microsoft is celebrated for delivering an exceptionally worthwhile gaming and entertainment opportunity to consumers through its Xbox 360.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 15, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 15, 2011

This past week's Google I/O developer conference brought lots of Google news involving Android, Google Music Beta, Google TV, Android Market, and Chromebooks. The keynotes for both days of the event were live casted, but just in case you weren't following along, we've highlighted them again. Various bits of news and videos were released this week from manufacturers Samsung, LG, and HTC, while a surprise announcement came late Saturday from Sony announcing that they've begun restoring the PlayStation Network.

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Google I/O 2011 video now online: Keynotes & Sessions

Google I/O 2011 video now online: Keynotes & Sessions

Google only had a fraction of the capacity at I/O 2011 this past week for developers who wanted to attend, but the company has followed up on its promise to make all the keynotes and sessions available to watch online. Both the first and second day keynotes, and over 30 sessions, are now streaming.

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Logitech Revue price slashed to $200 in Ice Cream Sandwich aftermath

Logitech Revue price slashed to $200 in Ice Cream Sandwich aftermath

We've just been talking about Amazon's competitive pricing, and now the retailer has shown its hand again. The Logitech Revue, one of the first Google TV set-top boxes to reach the market, has seen its sticker slashed from $300 to $199.99, a sensible move given popular opinion was that the STB was always too expensive for its own good.

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Amazon Android “family of devices” due Q4: Tablets, Phones & STB?

Amazon Android “family of devices” due Q4: Tablets, Phones & STB?

Amazon may not have just one Android tablet in the works, but a whole range of devices using the Google open-source OS. That's the latest rumor, anyway, shared with Android and Me by a trusted "industry insider" who claims the much-speculated slate is only one of Amazon's "family of devices" headed to its virtual shelves this coming holiday season.

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What’s Google TV’s Key Selling Point?

What’s Google TV’s Key Selling Point?

At the I/O Conference this week, Google said that it will be bringing Android 3.1 to Google TV later this year. In addition, the company said that developers will finally have the SDK they need to start delivering Google TV-based applications.

For those who currently own Google TV-based devices, like the Logitech Revue, that’s good news. Right now, those folks are using a platform that, by and large, has done little to justify its price. Worst of all, for months, it seemed that Google had turned its back on the platform, allowing it to languish on store shelves.

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Intel Pushes Cedar Trail/Oak Trail Chipsets for Tablets and Notebooks

Intel Pushes Cedar Trail/Oak Trail Chipsets for Tablets and Notebooks

At Google I/O this week, Google announced Android 3.1 to be officially released in June, giving us all hope that it will be more free with licensing the OS to tablet hardware vendors, and that we will see Honeycomb on more tablets. Google had previously only given licensing to Asustek, Acer, and Motorola for their tablets. Motorola has already updated the Xoom to 3.1. Google has also said that they will cooperate with Intel to get Oak Trail/Chrome or Cedar Trail/Chrome platforms for more Chromebooks.

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Google TV Gets Android Market And Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Google TV Gets Android Market And Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Google TV was announced at last year's Google I/O and launched last November but its excitement waned as its hardware was viewed as being pricey and its firmware not well integrated with the rest of Google's ecosystem. However, today's keynote at Google I/O 2011 brought some revelations that will likely breathe new life into Google TV.

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Refreshed Google TV to miss Google IO, debut for holiday 2011?

Refreshed Google TV to miss Google IO, debut for holiday 2011?

Google TV may be faltering, but we'll have to wait longer than next week's Google IO conference in order to see the search giant's proposal for fixing it. That's the latest murmur from the rumor machine, with AllThingsD hearing from their insider sources that while Google will be holding a session for developers wanting to code TV-friendly apps at IO 2011, the actual reveal of the refreshed Google TV - and, indeed, the launch of the Android Market for Google TV - "won't be announced until sometime in the coming months."

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