Samsung has blamed a fire at one of its South Korea data centers for taking Smart TV and other services offline for more than four hours over the weekend, including temporarily killing its main website. The fire began on Sunday in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) at a generator at the facility.
Trying to perhaps avoid a large media backlash, Qualcomm has rather silently announced its decision to not push through with its Snapdragon 802 processor. This statement comes just a month after the chip maker unveiled at CES 2014 the chip that will drive its formal venture into the realm of Smart TVs.
Synology is adding Google Chromecast support to its range of network-attached drives, allowing photo, audio, and video saved on the shared storage to be streamed to a TV. The feature, freshly enabled in the DSM 5.0 beta, will turn a phone or tablet into a remote control for playback of content stored on a Synology DiskStation, though right now the NAS company is still waiting on Google for the final go-ahead.
If your television still falls in the "dumb" category, a set-top box is usually the easiest solution for gaining access to the goodies that come with Smart TVs. One such box is the newly launched and simply-named Smart TV Box from Satechi, which best resembles a WiFi router and brings with it, among other things, an Android 4.2-based operating system.
We're used to CES being a battle-ground for huge TVs, but key players LG and Samsung are outdoing themselves this year with vast, curved, Ultra HD models. LG's is the monster you'd expect, nearly as tall as the average person and incredibly bright. While we might normally be a little cynical of curved TVs, meanwhile, at 105-inches it's starting to show its worth.
Qualcomm has made an important announcement today at CES 2014. The company has announced its latest Snapdragon processor called the Snapdragon 802. This processor isn't aimed at tablets and smartphones, rather Qualcomm is aiming the Snapdragon 802 at the next generation of smart TVs, set top boxes, and digital media players.
Polaroid plans to roll out a couple new products for the upcoming CES 2014, among them being the new 50-inch Roku Ready Smart TV, model 50GSR7100. As you may image, this offering is a smart TV that runs Roku's popular channels-based interface. The functionality comes via the Roku Smart Stick, a dongle that, in this case, is integrated into the TV for always-there access to apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, and more.
Word has been circulating since about mid-December that LG is planning to unveil a new smart TV powered by webOS at CES 2014. The webOS operating system hasn’t exactly found a successful niche in the tech world so far and LG thinks that niche may be in the smart TV market.