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Samsung Apps hits 14m bada downloads: HDTV domination next?

Samsung Apps hits 14m bada downloads: HDTV domination next?

Samsung is celebrating the first anniversary of its Samsung Apps software market, with the app store now available in 109 countries and having seen more than 14m bada downloads in the past twelve months; problem is, they're less keen to shout about how many titles there are in there altogether.  Samsung Apps isn't just about smartphones, though; it's also their TV app platform, and with the company's executives talking about a home-grown smartphone/TV platform together with Android's HDTV potential, it leaves Samsung with a big decision to make.

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Google TV Launching in September, Intel CEO Reveals

Google TV Launching in September, Intel CEO Reveals

In a new report from the Wall Street Journal, it seems that Google TV is set to make an impact a lot sooner than we had all imagined. Despite hearing from Eric Schmidt two days ago that GTV would launch some time in the Fall, Intel's CEO has it in mind that the platform is actually set to launch this month. Sure, that's certainly in the Fall, but this is far more precise than what Google provided.

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Google TV coming fall, 200k Android activations daily claims Eric Schmidt

Google TV coming fall, 200k Android activations daily claims Eric Schmidt

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has used his IFA 2010 closing keynote to promise Google TV's US launch in the fall, as well as confirming that users will be able to turn not only their Android phones but their iPhone into a remote control for the media-streaming set top boxes.  Schmidt also revealed that there are more than 200,000 Android activations recorded every day, a figure that falls short of the 230,000 iOS device activations Steve Jobs reported last week.

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Samsung reviewing Android for web-connected HDTVs

Samsung reviewing Android for web-connected HDTVs

Samsung are considering using Android as the OS for a future HDTV range that could access streaming movies, TV shows and gaming content, according to Yoon Boo Keun, head of the company's TV business.  "We will have to see, but we are reviewing [Android]" the executive told reporters after a next-gen TV forum held in South Korea; he also confirmed that Samsung is developing its own platform which could be used on both TVs and phones.

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$5 pay-per-view YouTube movies tipped as Google sweet-talks studios

$5 pay-per-view YouTube movies tipped as Google sweet-talks studios

YouTube's fledgling catalog of on-demand movies could be the first step in a new, pay-per-view streaming scheme by parent company Google, if the Financial Times' sources are to be believed.  Tipped to launch by the end of 2010, the new service would take advantage of YouTube's well-known brand name; according to the insiders, Google has been wowing studio executives with their potential viewing figures, and is angling for a $5-per-movie rental rate.

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Logitech Revue with Google TV Lonely TV Advertisement Shown Off, Terrifies

Logitech Revue with Google TV Lonely TV Advertisement Shown Off, Terrifies

If you're a nay-sayer of Google, you've probably said something akin to the fact that they steal/have all of your information. Even what you've searched for on Google gets saved somewhere, so someone can see it whenever they want. Sure, it may not jibe well with people's perception of security or privacy, and that's perfectly understandable. And we'll just go ahead and say this: Logitech isn't helping things with this new advertisement, titled "Lonely TV," that showcases the disparity between you, your TV, and the Internet.

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Google TV facing network skepticism over blurry content model?

Google TV facing network skepticism over blurry content model?

Google's plans for the upcoming Google TV system may be facing unexpectedly strong opposition from TV networks, with skepticism about the search giant's ability to monetize the platform.  According to the WSJ's sources, Google has met with officials of TV networks including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, who have expressed concerns that their content may get lost amid the deluge of streaming media and even pirated content.

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Intel buying Texas Instruments cable STB division: Google TV incoming?

Intel buying Texas Instruments cable STB division: Google TV incoming?

Intel has agreed to purchase Texas Instruments' cable modem division, with the chipmaker planning to use it as a showcase for their Atom-based SoCs.  TI's existing staff will be folded into the Intel Digital Home Group; it's unclear at this stage whether Intel intend to shift the cable STBs to the Google TV platform, having been a launch partner for the Google-led technology.

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Vulkano place-shifting DVR hits preorder

Vulkano place-shifting DVR hits preorder

Monsoon Multimedia are taking preorders for their Vulkano set-top box, which the company reckons can replace not only your TiVo but your Slingbox and Roku too.  Basically a place-shifting streamer with optional DVR functionality and various smartphone clients for remote use over 3G/WiFi, the Vulkano also promises to keep pace with new STBs; the company has said they'll be releasing updates to add Google TV compatibility, among other things.

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