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LG Ultra HD LA9650 55″ and 65″ TVs introduced, launch in US this month

LG Ultra HD LA9650 55″ and 65″ TVs introduced, launch in US this month

LG has introduced two new Ultra HD televisions for the U.S. market, the LA9650 55-inch and 65-inch TVs. The announcement is in conjunction with the 2013 Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association Expo, CEDIA, and follows shortly after the company unveiled its new pair of 29-inch UltraWide monitors. Both of these new Ultra HD televisions are set to hit shelves later this month.

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Breaking Bad props up for auction en masse: this is no charity case

Breaking Bad props up for auction en masse: this is no charity case

If you're a fan of Breaking Bad, you know full well Walter White is no fan of taking money like a charity - he wants to earn it. So it should come as no surprise when Sony Pictures Entertainment makes with the profit (as opposed to donating any of the proceeds to a non-profit) in a series of auctions for Breaking Bad props. Hundreds of props, that is, straight from the show and up for auction with everything from Hector "Tio" Salamanca's bell to Gustavo Fring's laptop computer.

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Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

With the release of the Chromecast came the second wave of Google's vision for ultra-simple "flinging" of content from your Android device to a larger display. As the Nexus Q took a belly dive, the much smaller and simpler Chromecast took hold, it being small enough to fit in a person's pocket and able to connect to essentially any Android device nearly instantly. Now that this device is in the hands - or plugged into the HDMI ports - of thousands of users across the globe, Google has begun a push with YouTube to expand support and features.

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Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick revealed: no Chromecast competitor

Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick revealed: no Chromecast competitor

Though at first this little dongle seemed (in preview mode) to be a cool competitor for the Google Chromecast - it was revealed the same week, after all - here in its official show-off from Sony, it's become apparent that the BRAVIA Smart Stick wont work with just any television. Here we're to understand that this device will plug in to a full-sized HDMI port [CORRECTION: MHL plug for BRAVIA televisions 2013 and older, only] and act as a Google TV device - that means Android App support straight from the Google Play app store. This Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick also works with voice search support and a QWERTY keyboard courtesy of a paired remote control.

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TiVo Network PVR brings DVR to the cloud: goodbye high-end hardware

TiVo Network PVR brings DVR to the cloud: goodbye high-end hardware

This week the folks at TiVo Inc. introduced a transition point for the digital video recording universe, that being the movement of TiVo Roamio DVR technologies to a cloud-based system. With this new TiVo Network PVR, users will be able to extend the digital video recording experience they've known - or perhaps have not yet experienced at all - to low-cost IP clients and consumer provided devices. This includes tablets, smartphones, and more - and it means TiVo Network PVR may be deliverable without high-cost TV boxes of the past.

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Samsung 55-Inch Curved UHD OLED TV has Multi-View and more

Samsung 55-Inch Curved UHD OLED TV has Multi-View and more

Samsung's press conference at IFA 2013 is over and we have more details on the company's new line of televisions. One of the TVs it was unveiled during the conference was the new 55-inch Curved OLED TV. Samsung says that this new TV delivers an "unprecedented leap forward in picture quality and design" thanks to adding Ultra HD resolution.

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Apple TV grows with Vevo, Weather Channel, Smithsonian, Disney

Apple TV grows with Vevo, Weather Channel, Smithsonian, Disney

This week the folks at Apple have pushed a new set of channels to their television companion device Apple TV. These channels include Vevo - a channel that works with massive amounts of music videos, and the Weather Channel for starters. Also up for grabs this week are Disney and the Smithsonian Channel. Disney comes in the form of two new apps, one for the Disney Channel, the other for Disney XD.

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Apple TV plans tip towards apps while full-fledged iTV still and end-goal

Apple TV plans tip towards apps while full-fledged iTV still and end-goal

While we've seen the Apple device known as Apple TV existing and updating steadily over the past several years, it's still the full television set - screen and all - that hold sway over talks on where the company is going. Word today from sources speaking with Quartz suggests that Apple is not going to focus on bringing a standard cable TV experience to the public if and when they create what's still commonly referred to as "iTV", but an app-focused hardware and software combination.

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