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Samsung HomeSync Android TV box appearing this month, Jelly Bean in tow

Samsung HomeSync Android TV box appearing this month, Jelly Bean in tow

Earlier this year at the international technology conference known as Mobile World Congress, we got our first chance to have a hands-on look at the Samsung HomeSync Android TV box. Tossing aside the idea that a Google-friendly TV box should run none other than Google TV itself, Samsung decided here that the system should take on the likes of their own Samsung Link system. Appearing October 6th, the Samsung HomeSync device will be working with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note 3, and a collection of other recent Samsung smartphone and tablet releases.

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Pandora outs HTML5 site for TVs, consoles and STBs

Pandora outs HTML5 site for TVs, consoles and STBs

In an effort to bring its music-streaming service to as many platforms as possible, Pandora launched an HTML5 website geared toward televisions, gaming consoles, and set-top boxes. Pandora says that the new site is "optimized for a 10-foot experience," making it ideal for streaming music in the living room.

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Intel inks baked-in WiDi deal for smart TV, consoles and STBs

Intel inks baked-in WiDi deal for smart TV, consoles and STBs

Intel is giving its WiDi technology a shot in the arm, coaxing smart TV and STB chipset manufacturers to include native wireless display support in their chipsets so as to allow Intel-based computer users to squirt video directly across. The silicon company has announced collaborations with  Cavium, Mstar Semiconductor, Sigma Designs, Realtek, Wondermedia and others; you may not be familiar with the names, but there's a fair chance your connected TV, cable box or other home entertainment gadget might have one of their chips inside.

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BlackBerry Media Box tipped: Apple TV meets Presenter with PlayBook power

BlackBerry Media Box tipped: Apple TV meets Presenter with PlayBook power

RIM is reportedly working on a BlackBerry Media Box, a compact set-top box (STB) that would run the same QNX OS as the PlayBook and the company's upcoming "superphone." According to a trusted source speaking to n4bb, the new STB would be based on similar hardware to the PlayBook and has been described as a crossover between the BlackBerry Presenter and the Apple TV.

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Logitech Revue price slashed to $200 in Ice Cream Sandwich aftermath

Logitech Revue price slashed to $200 in Ice Cream Sandwich aftermath

We've just been talking about Amazon's competitive pricing, and now the retailer has shown its hand again. The Logitech Revue, one of the first Google TV set-top boxes to reach the market, has seen its sticker slashed from $300 to $199.99, a sensible move given popular opinion was that the STB was always too expensive for its own good.

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Amazon Android “family of devices” due Q4: Tablets, Phones & STB?

Amazon Android “family of devices” due Q4: Tablets, Phones & STB?

Amazon may not have just one Android tablet in the works, but a whole range of devices using the Google open-source OS. That's the latest rumor, anyway, shared with Android and Me by a trusted "industry insider" who claims the much-speculated slate is only one of Amazon's "family of devices" headed to its virtual shelves this coming holiday season.

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VIA Nano X2 E-Series dual-cores promise ultra-frugal HTPCs

VIA Nano X2 E-Series dual-cores promise ultra-frugal HTPCs

VIA has unveiled its latest Nano X2 E-Series dual-core processors, and they want to make your HTPC and other embedded gadgets faster. The new 64-bit chips run at either 1.2GHz or 1.6GHz, and play nicely with Windows Embedded Standard 7, the platform which could form the basis of Microsoft's upcoming push into Mediaroom-based IPTV.

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Silverlight for Xbox 360 imminent with Windows Phone gaming ahead of Windows 8 app store

Silverlight for Xbox 360 imminent with Windows Phone gaming ahead of Windows 8 app store

Microsoft is reportedly planning to imminently add Silverlight support to the Xbox 360, with an announcement of the update tipped for MIX11 next week. According to WinRumors sources, Microsoft's engineers have been hard at work on the functionality "for some months" and could potentially be looking to allow Windows Phone developers to bring their apps over from the smartphone to the console.

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Roku XD heads to Best Buy for off-the-shelf streaming

Roku XD heads to Best Buy for off-the-shelf streaming

Roku has announced that its Roku XD media streamer will now be available in Best Buy, Fry's and RadioShack, the first time the STB has been available in retail stores rather than solely online. Still priced at $79.99, the Roku XD offers 1080p Full HD streaming along with integrated WiFi b/g/n and access to over 150 channels.

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LG Smart TV Upgrader ST600 priced/dated; Plex support incoming

LG Smart TV Upgrader ST600 priced/dated; Plex support incoming

LG's Smart TV Upgrader ST600 is apparently only weeks away from launch, with Amazon taking orders for the internet-enabled STB and suggesting a ship-date in two to five weeks time. Priced at $129.99, the ST600 will turn any TV - and it needn't be an LG model - into a smart TV, complete with Netflix, VUDU and CinemaNow streaming, a browser, and LG TV Apps. However, there's also Plex functionality in the pipeline as well.

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Boxee raises $16.5m funding: More content & tablet support promised

Boxee raises $16.5m funding: More content & tablet support promised

Boxee has closed a new round of funding, raising a further $16.5m in investment which the company says it will spend on adding content to the streaming media platform, increasing the number of hardware partners producing standalone Boxee Boxes, and developing the system to take on more of the established A/V ecosystem. According to Boxee VP of marketing Andrew Kippen, the company "would also like to see Boxee handle all the video on a TV with no need to switch inputs."

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Microsoft IPTV plans could put Mediaroom on Silverlight STBs

Microsoft IPTV plans could put Mediaroom on Silverlight STBs

Microsoft's plans for IPTV and set-top boxes continue to trickle out, with the latest batch of rumors suggesting it's Mediaroom which will be at the heart of the system. Mediaroom is Microsoft's IPTV platform, licensed out to various carriers and TV/video service providers, and part of the company's Interactive Entertainment Business division; according to ZDNet's sources, not only is Microsoft working on a Windows Phone Mediaroom client, the company is also believed to be developing a Silverlight build for Mediaroom (codenamed "Taos"), a tie-in between Mediaroom and Windows Media Center (codenamed "Monaco") and maybe even a "Santa Fe" Mediaroom/Silverlight STB.

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