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Apple TV no-show at WWDC – Android TV free to take the reigns

Apple TV no-show at WWDC – Android TV free to take the reigns

Apple is about to deliver updates galore during WWDC 2015, their annual developer's conference. One product they won't be bringing heat to is the Apple TV. This wouldn't have been a surprise if there hadn't been such an abundance of rumors about Apple TV coming with a new wave of developer tools, a new Apple TV 2, etc., over the past several months - but there it is. Either something changed behind the scenes, or there never was a plan to bring Apple TV to the limelight at WWDC 2015 in the first place.

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Panasonic’s first Firefox OS smart TV’s hit Europe

Panasonic’s first Firefox OS smart TV’s hit Europe

First announced earlier this year, the first smart TV's running Firefox OS are finally available for sale in Europe. In a partnership between Panasonic and Firefox, six models of the Panasonic Viera smart TV's will now run the Linux-based OS. The availability of each model depends on the European country. Although they're not available stateside yet, the Firefox OS Vieras are set to launch globally "in the coming months."

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Mozilla reveals the Firefox OS for TV user interface

Mozilla reveals the Firefox OS for TV user interface

From web browser to phone and now to TVs, Mozilla Firefox has quickly outgrown its simple roots and is now aiming for the sky with the ultimate goal of a "Connected Home". But the size and location of a smart TV present a challenge when designing an interface that goes beyond a desktop window or a smartphone screen. For this purpose, Mozilla has stitched up an interface that is both new to Firefox users yet, at the same time, familiar to those who have already been using Smart TVs for some time.

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WebOS 2.0 upgrade promised for 2014 LG Smart TVs

WebOS 2.0 upgrade promised for 2014 LG Smart TVs

If TV makers have been having a hard time selling their units, they might face even more hesitation about their Smart TVs once people realize what they're getting. Or, in this case, what they're not getting. The promise of a smart TV really only holds if the software running inside it is powerful, fast, and up to date. Sadly, that is not the case for many of these types of TVs. For example, it has taken LG this long to offer a WebOS 2.0 upgrade for its 2014 Smart TVs, and it won't even becoming until sometime later this year.

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Sony’s 2015 UHD 4K TV lineup: Android TV, ridiculously thin

Sony’s 2015 UHD 4K TV lineup: Android TV, ridiculously thin

Sony has just unveiled another team of Ultra HD Smart TVs, but this time the focus isn't on curves like its rivals in the industry. Sony's 2015 4K lineup is somewhat a bit more traditional but still a bit groundbreaking. For one, they are one of the few Smart TVs that have started bearing Android TV inside, finally making the ancient dream of "Google TVs" finally come true. And for another, at least two of them are so thin that they are thinner than the thinnest smartphone.

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These are the TVs Netflix thinks binge-watchers will love

These are the TVs Netflix thinks binge-watchers will love

On top of all the other tags and labels you see on a TV box that are supposed to lure you in for the buy, there’s now one more — maybe the most important one. Today, Netflix is announcing their first batch of ‘Netflix Recommended TVs’, a program they first announced at CES this year. These TV’s all meet Netflix’s demand for “easy access to Internet TV services, faster performance, and new features that enable a next-generation smart TV experience.”

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Roku unveils new smart TV lineup, adds Sling TV and WatchESPN

Roku unveils new smart TV lineup, adds Sling TV and WatchESPN

In August 2014, news surfaced that Roku's TV platform would be finding a home on TCL and Hisense televisions, and this morning Roku announced the second-generation version of those TCL Roku TVs. There are a total of eleven new TVs spanning three new series, each of them tailored toward a specific kind of user and bringing with them the same general functionality. The 3700 Series in particular, composed of three relatively budget offerings, will be launching later on this month, while the other two series (3800 and 3850) will be arriving some time in the second quarter of this year.

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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