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Canonical embeds Ubuntu Linux into TV

Canonical embeds Ubuntu Linux into TV

There's Google TV, Apple TV, and now Canonical is working to bring us Ubuntu TV. Throughout the past couple months they've built a limited, skinned version of Ubuntu to the television. Like Google TV, it's built into the hardware. Updates can still be integrated over WiFi, and the TV connection will eventually offer a 'shared-screen' experience to iOS, Android, and Ubuntu devices.

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Marvel Armada 1500 Google TV Hands on

Marvel Armada 1500 Google TV Hands on

Google announced a major shift for its Google TV last week: a shift to the same ARM-based architecture that runs Android smartphones and tablets. The first partner to jump on board is chip maker Marvell. Their new Armada platform is an integrated ARM solution that it will deliver to OEM partners to include in set-top boxes and all-in-one Google TV televisions. They were showing off the new Armada system at CES, and we snuck in to get a look.

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Vizio R-Series 3D Google TV HDTVs revealed

Vizio R-Series 3D Google TV HDTVs revealed

Vizio has revealed its new Google TV range of HDTVs for 2012, the R-Series, with the company's Vizio Internet Apps Plus reskin of the Google platform delivering apps, search and streaming media in your living room. Consisting of the 42-inch R3D420VS, 47-inch R3D470VS, 55-inch R3D550VS and 65-inch R3D650VS, the R-Series line-up includes a dual-sided Bluetooth remote with a QWERTY keyboard on one side and a touchpad on the other, for easier navigation.

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Sony outs 2nd-Gen Google TV boxes with streamlined remote

Sony outs 2nd-Gen Google TV boxes with streamlined remote

Sony promised second-gen Google TV hardware, and the company has delivered with the new Sony Network Media Player NSZ-GS7 and Blu-ray Disc Player NSZ-GP9, streamlining the remote and boosting cross-platform support. Gone is the button-festooned madness of the original line-up, replaced with a straightforward trackpad on one side and a backlit QWERTY keyboard on the other. However, either can be bypassed thanks to an integrated microphone for voice-recognition and control.

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CES 2012 Is Go: Ultrabooks fast out of the blocks

CES 2012 Is Go: Ultrabooks fast out of the blocks

CES 2012 may not "officially" kick off until Tuesday January 10, but you'd never realize that looking at the flood of new products grabbing a pre-show chance at the limelight. CES Unveil yesterday and the packed timetable of press conferences today are already showing some themes, however, with ultrabooks and smart TV taking an early lead as the consumer electronics industry lays out its cards for 2012.

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LG shows off Google TVs, 84-inch Cinema 3D TV and 55-inch OLED

LG shows off Google TVs, 84-inch Cinema 3D TV and 55-inch OLED

After the standard ra-ra presentation extolling LG's virtues in 2011, the company unveiled a series of new products for the coming year. Chief among them was the new television line, wit larger 3D sizes including 55, 60, 72 and a whopping 84". The 84" 3D Cinema TV uses a 4K resolution for some truly amazing visual experience, though they did not mention whether 3D viewing would bump that down to 1080p.

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Google reportedly paying smart TV vendors to use Android [Update: Google denies]

Google reportedly paying smart TV vendors to use Android [Update: Google denies]

Google is reportedly paying manufacturers to use Android in their TVs, with models such as Lenovo's new K91 ICS-based smart TV supposedly earning vendors a kick-back. The deals, so Neowin's sources  say, are part of Google's plan to extend Android through the living room, and are likely what chairman Eric Schmidt was referring to when he suggested that the majority of new TVs would support Google TV by this summer. Updated after the cut.

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MediaTek’s Google TV 120Hz chipset detailed

MediaTek’s Google TV 120Hz chipset detailed

MediaTek, one of Google's new chipset partners for the ARM-based next generation of Google TV, has detailed the SoC potentially powering your next Android-based smart TV. The MediaTek 120Hz Smart TV packs media decoding, wireless, 3D processing and more into a single chip, including WiFi synchronization of multiple sets with one or more WiFi-enabled base stations, for simultaneous broadcast between them all.

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