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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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The Daily Slash: December 29 2010

The Daily Slash: December 29 2010

Before all else, lets travel into the future - behold Technology Predictions for 2011 by supreme master predictor mister Ben Bajarin. Stay futuristic with another prediction by Chris Davies: 2011: The Year of Pentaband? Then come back to the now and here where a man punches a 15 year old in the arm for not turning off his iPhone. Reflect back on the blue and the green with Philip Berne in a column by the name of What I Learned From a Year in 3D. Think an unreasonable amount about ad consistency, location, method changes in Angry Birds on Android, and check out ARCHOS brand new Android based 3D MP3 players and 250GB HD tablets! And what's this - Verizon to focus on Android, not iPhone at CES 2011? All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Logitech Says Nothing’s Wrong with Revue, Will be at CES 2011

Logitech Says Nothing’s Wrong with Revue, Will be at CES 2011

Over the last few days, there's been a lot of rumors and speculation regarding Google TV. We've heard it being said that Google TV would miss CES 2011 altogether, while companies would be freezing their plans for the Internet-on-your-TV idea from Google entirely. Further, it was being said that Logitech was freezing production of their Revue set-top box, while Google worked on a new version. Apparently, that last bit isn't true at all. In a recent blog post, Ashish Arora confirms that there's nothing wrong with the Logitech Revue, and that they will, indeed, be showing off Google TV at CES next year.

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