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The Daily Slash: October 12th 2010

As we march on through October, we're having to keep up with companies all over the globe announcing something new. Today we saw the release of Sony products with Google TV, and we even got some on-time analysis of the upcoming products. In our story from around the Web, we'll take a look at how Intel is doing, as they've just announced their third quarter results. And then to end the night, we'll take a look at what's been going on around the R3 Media Network. Welcome to the Tuesday edition of The Daily Slash.

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Google TV – An Early Analysis

I had a chance to get some hands on time with Google TV from both Sony and Logitech. Let's start off and agree that re-inventing the TV experience is a necessary but also incredibly difficult task. Necessary because with the exception of the DVR, television simply has not changed that much in the past 50 years. Yes, we got color, then we got HD; but the overall experience has not drastically changed. Re-invention is in essence what Apple desired and still desires to do, and what Google is now putting a stake in the ground in order to attempt as well.

I say re-inventing the TV experience is difficult, because it is controlled by the service providers like DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, COX, etc. These service providers offer their customers a completely closed system in which to access their content, or premium content. So for a company like Apple or Google to make inroads with a TV experience that is as tightly integrated with a customer's service provider is an uphill battle.

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Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray Player with Google TV Announced, Costs $399.99

Sony's announcement about their upcoming Google TV effort didn't revolve solely around the release of HDTVs integrated with Google TV. They decided to go one step further and also release a Blu-ray disc player with integrated Google TV, too. Not only is the Blu-ray player the first to feature Google TV, but it also features a very unique design, with a fan on the back that no one will be able to ignore.

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Sony NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1, NSX-40GT1 & NSX-46GT1 HDTVs with Google TV Unveiled

October 12th has finally rolled around, and Sony took some time out of the late afternoon (on the East Coast) to officially unveil their brand new line-up of Google TV products. While everyone knew that at least one TV would be unveiled today, Sony officially took the stage with a small supply of products: HDTVs ranging in size from 26-inches to 46-inches, and their proprietary Google TV remote control.

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Why Google TV Will Be Best Without the Set-Top Box

As you know from my columns here, I’m a bit of an entertainment nut. Whether it’s video games or a set-top box, I’m always looking for the latest and greatest device to satiate my desire for high-quality content that’s available whenever I call upon it.

That’s precisely why I’m so excited to get my hands on Google TV. The search giant’s platform strikes me as a product that does everything the Apple TV should have done. It allows me to search the Web, pull content from just about everywhere, and enjoy some of the apps that I currently use on my smartphone. It’s simply a full-featured product that I’m looking forward to using.

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Living Room Video Conferencing Is Here – Are We Ready?

It appears one of the themes of the second half of 2010 is video conferencing.  Apple has been driving a lot of awareness with FaceTime.   Sprint has been driving awareness with their EVO 4G commercials. Yesterday Cisco and Logitech demonstrated their video conferencing solutions.  Both Apple and Sprint have been driving awareness for video conferencing with mobile devices.   However Cisco and Logitech demonstrated their approach is to bring video conferencing into the living room.

Consumer video conferencing has been one of those things I have watched as an industry insider for a while now.  Mostly because I do a lot of analysis around the personal computer and most consumer video conferencing solutions have thus far been PC based.  The big question is are consumers ready for living room video conferencing?   Is the mass market ready or is it still only for early adopters?    Read on for my further analysis.

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The Daily Slash: October 6th 2010

With CTIA officially kicked off, it was a pretty busy few hours there earlier this afternoon. And with more events planned, and some not even at CTIA, it looks like the rest of the week is going to be just as busy. In our story caught from around the Web, NTT DoCoMo and Olympus have teamed up to create some Augmented Reality glasses. And then, as we usually do around this time of the night, we'll wrap up what's happening around the R3 Media Network.

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Logitech Revue vs Apple TV

Logitech has taken a few minutes out of today to formally announce, and unveil, their brand new Revue set-top box. The new gadget is the first set-top box to feature Google's Google TV, and obviously while the idea is to bring the Internet to your TV, the Revue's main competition comes out of Cupertino, and it's called Apple TV. After the break, we'll take a look at the comparisons and differences between the two devices, all the way down to what comes in the box, giving you the details regarding the two devices, so you can figure out which box you'll be spending your money on.

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Logitech Revue Accessories Feature TV Cam and Mini Keyboard, Plus More

Logitech is still holding their unveil event, and while the Logitech Revue has already been outed, it looks like the accessories department didn't get the short end of the stick. While the majority of work may have gone into the Revue set-top box itself, there's no denying that Logitech put a major push into the accessories department, too. From webcams to applications, they've got future owners covered.

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Logitech Revue Google TV box makes official debut; up for $299 preorder

Logitech has officially taken the wraps off of their Revue Google TV box, and we're live from Google's event having just played with the hardware itself.  A compact box toting WiFI b/g/n, HDMI inputs and outputs, two IR blaster ports, two USB 2.0, ethernet and S/PDIF, the Logitech Revue comes with a specially-designed wireless keyboard - complete with media playback controls and a trackpad - an IR box and, optionally, a webcam for HD video calls.  Up to 1080p HD video resolution is supported.

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