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

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

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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New Apple TV jailbreak already in works using SHAtter

New Apple TV jailbreak already in works using SHAtter

The SHAtter iPhone jailbreak we wrote about yesterday looks like it could be even more useful than previously thought.  As well as opening up the potential for jailbreaking/carrier-unlocking the iPhone and iPod touch while still allowing users to upgrade with official Apple firmware, new testing on the firmware for the new Apple TV has revealed that it, too, is susceptible to the same SHAtter jailbreak hack.

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Dell eye Google TV for potential IPTV STB push

Dell eye Google TV for potential IPTV STB push

Dell has become the latest company to admit to eyeing up the home entertainment market, with desktop product manager Chris Camilletti confirming that the PC giant is currently evaluating STB prototypes.  Although Camilletti says Dell has nothing to publicly announce, he did say that one of the options being considered is the Android-based Google TV.

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Apple TV preorder payments taken: shipping imminent?

Apple TV preorder payments taken: shipping imminent?

It looks like Apple could be preparing to ship its first batch of Apple TV units, with SlashGear reader Russell letting us know that his card has just been charged for his September 1st preorder.  Apple usually only takes preorder payment when they're ready to send out the hardware, and that would certainly fit in with the company's launchday promise to release the new STB within around four weeks.

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Oregon Networks announces Onyx HD set-top box coming to UK

Oregon Networks announces Onyx HD set-top box coming to UK

A company called Oregan Networks has announced a new digital set-top box that is coming to the UK dubbed the Onyx STB. The device will be built by Korean consumer electronic manufacturer Digital Streams. The STB will allows consumers in the UK to stream all sorts of web video and music.

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Apple TV iOS roots confirmed: jailbreak hacks ahoy!

Apple TV iOS roots confirmed: jailbreak hacks ahoy!

Apple's mysterious mention of an "iProd2,1" in the iOS 4.2 beta spotted earlier this year has turned out to be the newest Apple TV, prompting speculation that the set-top box might be a potential jailbreak target for enterprising hackers.  Contrary to earlier rumors, Apple made little reference to the second-gen Apple TV's underlying OS at its launch earlier this month; it had initially been expected that they would push iOS heavily and even bring the App Store to the STB.

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Acer Smart TV product deluge tipped

Acer Smart TV product deluge tipped

Acer might not be a name we generally associate with HDTVs, but that could be changing according to industry sources in Taiwan.  DigiTimes is reporting rumors of Acer's continued push into the Smart TV segment, including further set-top boxes and integrated HDTVs.

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Windows Media Center Embedded gets Acer Smart TV STB demo; Intel CE4200 unveiled

Windows Media Center Embedded gets Acer Smart TV STB demo; Intel CE4200 unveiled

Intel may just have got its Atom CE4100 SoC into the Boxee Box, among other STBs, but they're not resting on their laurels; the company has just announced the new Intel Atom CE4200 SoC, the successor to the CE4100.  Meanwhile Microsoft and Acer have taken to the IFD 2010 stage to show off Windows Media Center Embedded, a combination of the existing Windows Embedded Standard 7 and the software company's existing Media Center variant.

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Amino Freedom CE4100 IPTV set-top box shows custom MeeGo UI

Amino Freedom CE4100 IPTV set-top box shows custom MeeGo UI

The WeTab isn't the only MeeGo device on stage with Intel at IDF 2010 today.  Amino brought their Freedom set-top box along too, an Intel Atom CE4100 powered IPTV STB running MeeGo with a custom UI developed by the company themselves (and shown below).

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Entisu EN-NL1068 STB adds “Live Smiling” comments to your favorite TV shows

Entisu EN-NL1068 STB adds “Live Smiling” comments to your favorite TV shows

Being interrupted by banal comments and questions during your favorite TV show - "who is that again?"; "I thought they died in the last episode?"; "what do you mean, the laws of physics don't apply?" - is one of the worst things about coexisting on the same planet with other people, but obviously not everybody feels the same way.  A new set-top box in Japan, the Entisu EN-NL1068, daisy-chains between your cable, satellite or DVD player and your TV, overlaying comments from the Nico Nico Douga messageboard.  That way, rather than just being pestered by whoever is on the couch with you, you can be alerted to brain-spam from thousands of others.

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IN Media !ROFL adds Android to IP set top box

IN Media !ROFL adds Android to IP set top box

Remember the bizarrely named IN Media !ROFL set-top box from a few months back?  The company has just announced that they're using Android with the IP STB, apparently including Android Market access so that users will be able to download applications and games and play them on their HDTV.  Details are scarce, but IN Media also says they support cloud-based streaming from online storage, together with video-on-demand through services like Netflix and Blockbuster.

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