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Samsung JS7000 Smart 4K TV tries not to break your wallet

Samsung JS7000 Smart 4K TV tries not to break your wallet

In addition to curved panels, TV makers are vigorously pushing the idea of Smart TVs to consumers, powered by platforms that turn otherwise single purpose displays into a one stop shop for all your entertainment needs. Usually coming with 4K UHD resolutions, these modern TVs are sadly barely within reach because of their often prohibitive prices. Samsung is aiming to change that with the JS7000. Dubbing it as a Smart UHD TV for the masses, it offers everything you'd see in higher end models, but with a lower price tag. And without the curves.

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Apple TV Bluetooth Remote spotted in El Capitan code

Apple TV Bluetooth Remote spotted in El Capitan code

Hidden deep within the code for the newest Beta of Apple's OS X El Capitan rests a mention of a Bluetooth remote. This remote control could be for a lot of things - Apple's even gone so far as to release remote controls for its laptops in the past. But what's most likely, and what makes the most sense given Apple's schedule of releases, is this device being a remote for an Apple TV. This remote could very well be the first mention of a remote that could control all manner of Apple devices, too.

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Sony puts a price tag on Ultra Thin, Ultra HD Android TVs

Sony puts a price tag on Ultra Thin, Ultra HD Android TVs

E3 2015 might be over, but Sony had one last reveal to make that's related to gaming and so much more. It has finally announced when its ridiculously thin 4K Ultra HD smart TVs will be available and for how much. These slates of pure entertainment flaunt their almost impossible thin profiles that make them look like they were directly embedded in your living room wall. And, being powered by Android TV, they can cover almost all use cases imaginable, including even productivity on a large scale.

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Android TV just became a whole lot more search-friendly

Android TV just became a whole lot more search-friendly

This week Google sent up an update to Android TV devices that made TV Apps entirely searchable. With this update, users are able to search by voice with their Android TV remote, saying only the title of the program, series, or movie. Once asked, Google will respond with a list of results from within apps of all sorts. Google also made clear this week that EPIX would be the next big release for Android TV, complete with searchable content from the home Android TV search right out the gate.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV update 1.2 – the best gets a boost

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV update 1.2 – the best gets a boost

In addition to a new slew of games being released over the past few days, NVIDIA SHIELD is about to get a kick in the Android TV software pants. The first - and perhaps most important to those actively using SHIELD today - is the addition of a low battery notification for the SHIELD Remote. Before today, power would just run out and you'd have to make a guess at why you weren't turning the volume up automatically. The SHIELD Remote is getting a "snappier response" upgrade as well.

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Sharp’s 4K UE30, UH30 TVs arrive, Android TV in tow

Sharp’s 4K UE30, UH30 TVs arrive, Android TV in tow

True to its promise at CES 2015, Sharp is now rolling out its new 4K Ultra HD TV sets, the UE30 series and its newest flagship series, the UH30. Although UHD is no stranger to Sharp, these two lines are its first to bear Android TV, substantially expanding what owners might be able to do with their shiny new smart TVs. With sizes ranging from 60 inches to 80, the new Sharp TVs promise to deliver picture quality, connectivity, and versatility, all in one single huge package.

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PlayStation Now goes live for Samsung Smart TVs

PlayStation Now goes live for Samsung Smart TVs

If you don't happen to own a PlayStation console but would love to be able to still play some popular PS titles, then you're in luck. That is, if you have a 2015 Samsung Smart TV. The PlayStation Now game streaming service has just started rolling out to these high-end TVs, allowing even those without Sony-branded devices to enjoy some of the content offered to the Sony faithful. This is just one of the latest ways that Sony has started spreading its PS ecosystem outside the exclusive realm of its gaming hardware.

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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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Samsung 2015 Evolution Kit upgrades old smart TVs to Tizen

Samsung 2015 Evolution Kit upgrades old smart TVs to Tizen

If you own one of the Samsung smart TVs that hit the market in 2013 or 2014 and you are, feeling left out now that the new 2015 smart TVs from Samsung run Tizen, you can upgrade. Samsung has announced a new 2015 Evolution Kit SEK-3500U that will update your 2013 or 2014 model Samsung smart TV to Tizen.

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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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