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Google dropping Google TV brand as Android takes helm

Google dropping Google TV brand as Android takes helm

Despite having been around for a while now, Google TV has never taken off in a big way, and some speculated that Chromecast would serve to replace it. Google's Sundar Pichai put such concerns to rest in July, however, saying that Google TV would live on as a "full-fledged Android for TV." While the company's intentions with its television platform haven't changed, word has surfaced that the Internet giant has dropped the Google TV brand, replacing it with a rebranding of "Android TV."

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Aereo online DVR TV hits Android

Aereo online DVR TV hits Android

The extent to which Aereo brings the live television and DVR universe to the public this week has extended to reach Android. Android devices are now part of the family of machines able to partake in the Aereo subscription model, allowing users to work with internet, using TV signals broadcast over the air and seen by users in their home or around town. The Android app that allows this all to happen will be available from the Google Play app store starting on the 22nd of October - at that time a public beta will be released for Android phones and tablets running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher.

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Amazon Firetube trademark likely aimed at TV box Second Screen companion

Amazon Firetube trademark likely aimed at TV box Second Screen companion

There's a collection of Amazon products on the way nearing the end of the year here in 2013, it would seem, with the winner for Most Likely to Appear First going to a trademark filing by the name of Amazon Firetube. This name will quite likely go to a product that'll take cues from Google's Chromecast, allowing quick and easy display mirroring from the Amazon Kindle Fire series - or the possible upcoming smartphone series - for your big-screen TV. The trademark filing, found by an intrepid tipster speaking with 9to5Google's Seth Weintraub, has appeared in both the United States and in Canada all at once.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear could get Smart TV integration

Samsung Galaxy Gear could get Smart TV integration

Samsung's Galaxy Gear may be in a committed relationship with the Galaxy Note 3 right now, but the Korean firm is considering integrating the smartwatch with future TVs, it has revealed. The wearable, which we reviewed earlier this week, could be used to collect and feed fitness and health information from viewers to their smart TVs, Samsung director of product marketing Ryan Bidan told Computerworld, with the possibility of a new S Health app for living room use.

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Intel TV launch pushed to 2014 as partners sought

Intel TV launch pushed to 2014 as partners sought

Just yesterday we heard word that Intel was in talks with both Amazon and Samsung to bring web TV to the masses - today word is that this move has been pushed to 2014 as talks continue. Though it would seem that finalizing words between Amazon, Samsung, and Intel would be the final step before a big announcement, today's note from Variety suggests that sources close to the matter at hand have indicated a longer wait time. This source suggests also that Intel is "scrambling" to find partners at this very moment.

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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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SteamOS Music, TV, Movie deals imminent: Valve’s big media bid

SteamOS Music, TV, Movie deals imminent: Valve’s big media bid

Mentioned almost as a footnote in today's release on their larger SteamOS headline, Valve has let it be known that they're entering into deals for multimedia delivery as well. Speaking on music, TV, and movies specifically, Valve has suggested that both SteamOS and Steam - the software client you use on your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine today - will be working with new media services soon. This set of services will likely converge on apps like Netflix and Hulu, while it's possible Valve will be bringing on their own media additions to their already successful Steam Store for games.

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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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