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Wireless charging to see 65x growth by 2014 claims iSuppli; Nokia & RIM tipped as cutting their cords

Wireless charging to see 65x growth by 2014 claims iSuppli; Nokia & RIM tipped as cutting their cords

Wireless charging solutions like the Palm Touchstone are likely to increase in shipments by a factor of 65x by 2014, iSuppli are predicting, suggesting that cordless power will spread from mobile phones to "portable media players, digital still cameras and mobile PCs."  They also predict the rise of a common standard which all manufacturers could promote cooperatively.  Current wireless charging shipments are believed to be around 3.6m units in 2010, though iSuppli expect that to rise to 234.9m in just four years time.

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Logitech Harmony Link Offers Seamless Experience for Google TV Thanks to Infrared

Logitech Harmony Link Offers Seamless Experience for Google TV Thanks to Infrared

Google's new endeavor, Google TV (appropriately named, right?), went official just a few weeks ago, and we already know quite a bit about what's going to make the experience the next best thing for your living room. However, what we are missing are a few key details about the partners Google's teaming up with. In the case of Logitech, who is working on those accessories we'll need so badly, we've been wondering what's going to be so special about their companion box, which will bring Google TV to our TVs. Well, almost as if on cue, Logitech's come forward and put a sneak peek of what's under the hood. Meet Harmony Link, and all of its infrared goodness.

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Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

At last week’s Google I/O conference, the search giant revealed plans for new web video technologies, an update to Android, and Google TV. Before we get into what Google TV is, it’s worth noting something that it isn’t – a tablet. (You’re probably thinking, “I don’t need a fancy analyst guy to tell me that Google TV isn’t a tablet, it’s sort of self-evident.” Bear with me.) Apple’s unbelievable early success with the iPad is due in large part to the fact that the iPad isn’t an entirely new product – it’s a sibling to the iPod touch. However, in addition to extending the iPhone/iPod/iTunes ecosystem to include the iPad, Apple rewrote its apps for the larger form factor and encouraged developers to specifically target the iPad with a segmented app store. Google is now targeting all three screens, the PC, TV, and phone, but missed the opportunity at its annual developer event to promote its vision for things that fit in between the phone and PC. There will be dozens of Android tablets out this year, and none of them will have an optimized experience. I think this is a major missed opportunity.

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Google Teams With Sony, Logitech, DISH Network, and Intel to Bring Google TV to Best Buy

Google Teams With Sony, Logitech, DISH Network, and Intel to Bring Google TV to Best Buy

Google TV, according to those invested in the project, is going to bring you the next generation of TV. Basically, that means it's going to be bigger than big. Some might even say huge. And with partners like these, we imagine that Google may be right in their assumption. Of course, we've detailed Google TV for you already, but it never hurts to bring you the full press release, now does it?

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Google TV gets official [Video]

Google TV gets official [Video]

Google have, as expected, announced Google TV.  Claiming that people watch on average 5hrs of TV per day, and that there are 4bn TV users worldwide, Google have added search functionality to the TV experience.  Google TV is based on Android with the Chrome browser and full Flash support, and there'll be Logitech set-top boxes that daisy-chains in-between your HDTV and your existing cable or satellite box, or standalone Sony HDTVs or Blu-ray players with Google TV integrated.

Video demo after the cut

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Logitech Harmony 300: universal remote for under $50 [Video]

Logitech Harmony 300: universal remote for under $50 [Video]

Most universal remotes, Logitech reckons, have a "bad reputation" for being tricky to program; that's something the company hopes to amend with the new Logitech Harmony 300.  Capable of replacing up to four remotes, the real interest is in Logitech's newly redesigned myharmony.com setup site that promises easy configuration for over 225,000 devices covering 5,000 brands.

Video demo after the cut

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