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SkreensTV makes Back to the Future II multi-screen a reality

SkreensTV makes Back to the Future II multi-screen a reality

So you're in the mood to watch more than one TV program at once - you just use your television's "picture in picture" mode, right? Sure, unless you want more shows than two. Or perhaps you're in the mood to play a video game while you watch Netflix with a connected iPad through your Apple TV? What if you want to watch three things at once and browse the internet at the same time? There's SkreensTV for that - a device that will split your TV screen up into pieces.

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Samsung unveils gold-painted curved TV, will auction it for charity

Samsung unveils gold-painted curved TV, will auction it for charity

Samsung has introduced a 78-inch Curved UHD TV with a unique artistic backing -- one that begs for a spot in the home where both the front and back are visible. The curved television's backing is painted with gold lacquer, and will be featured starting November 20 as part of Christie's Hong Kong autumn auction preview. The special model will eventually be auctioned off, and the funds that result will then be donated to the organization Orbis to help fund access to health-related vision services.

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Samsung Flow takes on Continuity for use across devices

Samsung Flow takes on Continuity for use across devices

Your phone, a tablet, even a TV — all screens, and all doing their own thing. What if they didn’t operate in silos, though? What if your TV could relay info from your smartphone, and your tablet could pick up a task right from your computer? That’s Samsung’s vision of how we’ll interact with our devices moving forward, and they’ve introduced a new platform called Flow to manage it for us. We can be productive, or lazy, but we can now do it on any device.

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Rikomagic V5 TV stick crams an Ethernet port inside

Rikomagic V5 TV stick crams an Ethernet port inside

There are a lot of companies that are trying to replicate the Chromecast magic. Just a few days ago, the latest was Walmart who outed its own VUDU Spark HDMI dongle to go with its movie streaming service. Now there's a new contender and it's a slightly odd one. The Rikomagic V5 TV strangely looks bulky compared to other dongles that try to take on the Chromecast. But that added mass on the end suddenly makes sense when you discover that it has an Ethernet port on that side.

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LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

This week the folks at LEGO Ideas have made their next couple of sets known. These are sets originally created by fans of the LEGO universe who've submitted ideas for judgement by the public. Once the public votes and a certain number of positive votes are counted, the product goes to LEGO for judgement - these two newest sets have made it through to production. They include a learning "Birds" set and a set based on the television show The Big Bang Theory.

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Aereo goes on life support, shuts down Boston office

Aereo goes on life support, shuts down Boston office

The last time we visited the whole “What’s TV and what’s Internet?” thing, the FCC was considering change to the way they treated both types of services. As legacy cable service starts to operate more like a digital offering, the lines are blurring. In that vein, we held out a small amount of hope Aereo would survive their setbacks, and hold out long enough to see the FCC make a bigger ruling in their favor. Aereo might have the same thing in mind, as they cut down staff significantly, closing at least one office entirely.

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Showtime to join HBO, will stream content in 2015

Showtime to join HBO, will stream content in 2015

The promise of HBO without a cable subscription has many excited for what’s on the horizon for non-cable TV service. Not to be outdone, CBS is now saying Showtime will join the streaming fracas in 2015. In the company’s third quarter earning’s call, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves was more than on the fence about Showtime’s streaming-sans-cable aspirations in 2015, saying it’s “fairly definitive”. In the hopes we won’t take it lightly, Moonves also called what’s coming “over the top”.

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Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

Roku was on the forefront of making low-cost, reliable streaming devices for your living room, bedroom, or anywhere else you might have a TV and a shelf. They held sway until the Chromecast came in and knocked them off their low-cost pedestal, too. Unrelenting, Roku took steps to make sure we used their service, even letting us stream pics and video from our Android devices. Now they’re taking another step closer to Google, and will start offering up Play Movies & TV via your Roku.

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Sharp AQUOS 4K LED TVs debut with THX certification

Sharp AQUOS 4K LED TVs debut with THX certification

If there's one certification process you're going to want to pass with your newest 4K TV here in 2014, it's THX. Sharp have gone through said process with their newest UD27 line of Ultra HD (aka 4K) TVs, bringing on sets that've therefor passed more than 400 picture quality tests set up by THX. Precise color, sharpness, and richness throughout. Two new model Sharp AQUOS TV sets are coming soon - they're great, but unless your wallet is busting, they might just be out of your price range.

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Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Watching movies or TV via Google Play just got a bit prettier, and lot more useful. An update, rolling out today, brings Google’s Material Design to the app, and adds a bit of second-screen functionality. Streaming movies to your Nexus Player or Chromecast might just give you some info about what you’re watching, like which actors are involved or what that song playing is. If you’re the kind of person who’s mind wanders a bit during a movie, this update will bring you back into focus a bit.

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