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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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Sony upbeat on Google TV, though user fun “might take a little longer”

Sony upbeat on Google TV, though user fun “might take a little longer”

Sony remains upbeat about Google TV, despite the search giant itself asking hardware partners not to show new STBs and HDTVs featuring the system at CES 2011 next month. Hiroshi Yoshioka, head of Sony's TV business, described Google TV sales as "in line with expectations," the NY Times reports, despite conceding that "some reviews have been good, some have been bad" and that "it might take a little longer for users to really start having fun."

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Google TV to miss CES: Toshiba, LG & Sharp freeze product lines

Google TV to miss CES: Toshiba, LG & Sharp freeze product lines

Google has reportedly frozen plans for a CES 2011 fanfare of Google TV, over fears that the system is not yet ready for primetime. The delay, tipped to the NY Times by sources close to the company's plans, suggests that Google's hardware partners - including Toshiba, LG and Sharp - have agreed to put their launch plans on hold as the search giant refines the Android-based Google TV software, based on mediocre feedback from buyers and the tech industry in general.

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Logitech Revue update released: Netflix & Dual View improved [Video]

Logitech Revue update released: Netflix & Dual View improved [Video]

Logitech has pushed out the first update for their Revue Google TV box, and it's addressed two of the biggest complaints about the media streaming STB. The new firmware allows Revue users with Netflix accounts to search for content and update their queue from within the Google TV app itself; additionally, the Dual View picture-in-picture window (which shows both the current TV program and a browser window) can now be moved around the screen and resized.

Update: More on the firmware update - which is available for Sony's Google TV devices as well - at Google's blog.

Video demo after the cut

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Comcast Xcalibur smart TV trials tip Google TV rival

Comcast Xcalibur smart TV trials tip Google TV rival

Comcast is trialling a smart TV service of its own, with Comcast Spectrum currently in user testing in Augusta, Ga. The service - developed under the codename "Xcalibur" - follows Google TV and other platforms in blending on-demand, live and recorded cable programming with internet video and basic social network access. However, green-lighting for the project is yet to be granted, and Comcast is unclear on how Spectrum might be priced should it see a commercial launch; "We are testing many technological approaches to understand how best to meet consumer interests, and this small trial is one of those experiments" is all a Comcast spokesperson would confirm.

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Sony slash Google TV prices; NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray deck under $300

Sony slash Google TV prices; NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray deck under $300

Sony has slashed prices on its Google TV range as part of its Black Friday promotions, reducing its larger HDTVs by up to $200 and cutting a whopping 25-percent from its NSZ-GT1 Google TV Blu-ray player. That makes the Blu-ray deck the same $299.99 as Logitech is asking for their Revue, though you're also getting a more compact (if arguably confusing) remote control and Blu-ray playback.

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