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Vizio Co-Star offers Google TV and OnLive for $99.99

Vizio Co-Star offers Google TV and OnLive for $99.99

Back at CES 2012, Vizio revealed that it wouldn’t just be pumping out affordable televisions but also Google TV set top boxes. One of the devices at the time held the uninspired VAP430 moniker, but the company has today announced that the box has officially launched, and is now called the Vizio Co-Star. The box uses the latest version of Google TV, features support for the full Chrome web browser as well as apps, and has brought OnLive along for the ride too.

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Google TV arrives in the UK

Google TV arrives in the UK

Google will finally be bringing Google TV and associated hardware devices to the UK. Google and Sony say that pre-orders for the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player should begin today, with devices shipping in the middle of July. Sony will also be offering Google TV on one of its new Blu-ray players, the NSZ-GP9. Both will allow you to take advantage of Google TV features, including full internet browsing with Chrome, Android apps, and YouTube playback.

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LCD TV shipments drop for the first time

LCD TV shipments drop for the first time

There’s trouble ahead for the television industry: NPD DisplaySearch reports that LCD TV shipments declined year-on-year for the first time in history. The data suggests that 43.1 million units were shipped during the first quarter of this year, down 3% compared to the same period last year. Total television shipments are down too, slipping 8% compared to the first quarter last year.

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LG and friends form the Smart TV Alliance

LG and friends form the Smart TV Alliance

LG and TP Vision, representing Philips TVs, have today announced the formation of a Smart TV Alliance. The goal of the alliance is to create a “non-proprietary ecosystem for application developers to create attractive, platform-independent services,” with several Japanese television manufacturers said to be in the process of joining already. It looks like TV manufacturers are wary of developers being bearish on the development of apps for multiple Smart TVs, aiming to simplify things instead.

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Infinitec Pocket TV Android dongle gets pre-release bump

Infinitec Pocket TV Android dongle gets pre-release bump

Inside the Infinitec Pocket TV HDMI device is Android 4.0 and the ability to rock and roll on your HDTV - what you'll find in addition to that now that it's had a pre-release update is a massive 1GB of RAM. This device has also settled on a final design as it heads to the actual web-based market after its humble beginnings on Kickstarter. You'll find a mini USB port on the side of the device and it has a promise to be able to handle "the next versions of Android" including what we assume will be an upgrade by the end of the year - supposing Google I/O brings on another boost.

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Foxconn to buy more Sharp shares, fueling Apple iTV rumors

Foxconn to buy more Sharp shares, fueling Apple iTV rumors

Apple's major manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has revealed interest in purchasing more shares in Sharp, raising speculation that the two companies are working towards supplying Apple's rumored television set. Some analysts have dubbed the anticipated Apple HDTV the "iTV" and expect manufacturing for the device to being later this year.

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Texas Instruments Wi-fi streaming Miracast video hands-on

Texas Instruments Wi-fi streaming Miracast video hands-on

It's time to take a peek at Texas Instruments big dip into the world of streaming video content with OMAP processors and WiLink connectivity, both of them on display this week as TI aims for Miracast certification. Once Texas Instruments gains said certification from the Wi-fi Alliance, they'll be able to offer this lovely technology to their manufacturer partnerts. You'll be seeing Android-based full HD content from TI in as they say "secure, low-latency, wireless network connections."

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PlayStation Wonderbook brings Harry Potter to life

PlayStation Wonderbook brings Harry Potter to life

This week the folks at Sony have revealed the first of many titles for a device called the Wonderbook - an accessory that works with the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Move. This device is a blank book which, with the PlayStation Move controller, comes to life as you view yourself in the camera on your screen. Basically you'll have your PlayStation making your television a reflection of you with this book, but this book is then brought to life with augmented reality.

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