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The Daily Slash: January 21 2011

The Daily Slash: January 21 2011

First order of business, we need a writer! Take a peek at the SlashGear Tech Writer Wanted! post and pass it on if you know someone slick! And make sure they or you are as dedicated to writing as this man is to Verizon, because that's what SlashGear loves! There is one thing SlashGear doesn't love though, and that's lawsuits - Android Faces Massive Lawsuit at Hands of Oracle and Verizon Files for Appeal on Net Neutrality Light - nasty stuff. On a lovelier note, Angry Birds Valentine's Day Edition was announced today! And do you love updates? How about updates to your beloved Nexus S, Nexus One, and Samsung Vibrant? All the updates in the world today, and MORE here on The Daily Slash!

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 21 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 21 2011

What's that I hear on the horizon? Is it Google TV? Take a peek as apps begin separating into touchscreen and non-touchscreen groups to prep for the oncoming. See then another oncoming wave with a wait is almost up advertisement for Verizon's Apple team-up, while Sub-$100 Android and $10 data plan as T-Mobile attempt to take on the iPhone churn. See the future as UMTS Forum predicts a billion connected devices by 2016. Then what's that? You're not in the mood for smartphones or apps? Perhaps you'd like to take a peek at a human-sized holocube, or maybe some lovely Navy Free Electron lasers? All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Google TV Android Market access incoming as touchscreen apps now filtered?

Google TV Android Market access incoming as touchscreen apps now filtered?

Google appears to be paving the way for the Android Market's debut on Google TV, updating the app store submissions system to advise developers that touchscreen use in their software will now be treated as a "filtering" feature. Developer Al Sutton spotted that android.hardware.touchscreen access in an APK is now flagged up, a differentiator which will likely be used to prevent touch-dependent apps from being offered to Google TV users.

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ARM-based Google TV STBs “coming soon” tips insider

ARM-based Google TV STBs “coming soon” tips insider

A Google source has apparently confirmed that ARM-based Google TV boxes are coming soon, presenting an alternative - and potentially far cheaper - processor option to Intel's CE4100 media chipset. ARMDevices' unnamed source at the search giant didn't say whether or not the ARM-based platform was expected to replace Intel's, or live alongside it, but it confirms talk back in November 2010 that ARM was in talks with Google.

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Apple TV Shouldn’t Set the Living Room Standard

Apple TV Shouldn’t Set the Living Room Standard

The set-top box market picked up in the past year. A slew of companies joined the fray, like Boxee, while others, including Roku, Apple, and Western Digital, improved their line of products to better appeal to consumers.

Aside from the Apple TV, perhaps the most notable addition to the set-top box market last year was Google TV. The platform was made available on the Logitech Revue and some Sony HDTVs, and was expected to captivate audiences.

But it didn’t. And all the while, the Apple TV performed quite well.

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Vizio Theater 3D HDTVs detailed: 22″ to 71″ Smart TVs

Vizio Theater 3D HDTVs detailed: 22″ to 71″ Smart TVs

Vizio's VIA Plus Google TV and Android smartphone and tablet aren't the company's only new products for CES 2011; the company also has a fresh range of Theater 3D HDTVs running the gamut of 22- to 71-inches. The passive 3D sets use battery-free glasses, and all models get Vizio's regular VIA apps - including Netflix, Facebook, Amazon Video on Demand, and Yahoo! TV Widgets, among other things - while two sets, the Vizio XVT3D476SV and XVT3D556SV, have Google TV functionality.

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Vizio VIA Phone & VIA Tablet detailed as VIA Plus Google TV makes debut

Vizio VIA Phone & VIA Tablet detailed as VIA Plus Google TV makes debut

Further details on Vizio's Android powered tablet and smartphone have emerged, with the company confirming that the Via Phone and Via Tablet will come with IR blasters to allow them to double as universal remote controls for your home A/V setup. Both devices have a 1GHz processor, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth, along with HDMI, GPS and a microSD card slot. They'll play particularly nicely with VIA Plus, Vizio's new Google TV based range of HDTVs and Blu-ray players.

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The Daily Slash: December 31 2010

The Daily Slash: December 31 2010

Happy New Year! What a final day it's been here on the R3 Network! Philip Berne whips up a column with what must be one of my favorite column titles of 2010: The Cat’s In the Cradle and the PS3. Rally with us as we try to click Google into fixing the Android SMS bug. Android Community wishes you a Happy New Year with a fun little story about streaming the Times Square ball drop, and finally, BEHOLD as Chris Davies does an epic final post of the year: SlashGear’s 2010 Wrap-Up! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash - HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US HERE ON THE R3 NETWORK!

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Smart TV could overwhelm the internet warns analyst

Smart TV could overwhelm the internet warns analyst

Analysts have warned that smart TV could well overwhelm broadband infrastructure as the popularity of internet-connected HDTVs and other home entertainment equipment grows. DisplaySearch estimates that 21-percent of TV shipments worldwide in 2010 were of internet-connected models, with numbers expected to climb to over 122 million in 2014. "The looming risk now," DisplaySearch director Paul Gray suggests, "is what happens if every connected TV gets used."

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