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Why Google TV Will Be Best Without the Set-Top Box

Why Google TV Will Be Best Without the Set-Top Box

As you know from my columns here, I’m a bit of an entertainment nut. Whether it’s video games or a set-top box, I’m always looking for the latest and greatest device to satiate my desire for high-quality content that’s available whenever I call upon it.

That’s precisely why I’m so excited to get my hands on Google TV. The search giant’s platform strikes me as a product that does everything the Apple TV should have done. It allows me to search the Web, pull content from just about everywhere, and enjoy some of the apps that I currently use on my smartphone. It’s simply a full-featured product that I’m looking forward to using.

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Panasonic Jungle games system packs QWERTY, HDMI & more

Panasonic Jungle games system packs QWERTY, HDMI & more

Panasonic perhaps aren't the first people you'd think of to produce a portable gaming system, but the company is hoping to change your mind with their new The Jungle.  The clamshell console packs in a touchpad, full QWERTY keyboard, high-resolution display and various ports including mini-HDMI and microUSB.

Video demo after the cut

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Gateway FHX2152L, FHX2402L & FHD2303L LCDs get distinctive designs

Gateway FHX2152L, FHX2402L & FHD2303L LCDs get distinctive designs

Gateway has outed a trio of new LCD displays, the 21.5-inch Gateway FHX2152L, 24-inch Gateway FHX2402L, and the 23-inch Gateway FHD2303L.  All three run at 1920 x 1080 resolution with a 12,000,000:1 (presumably dynamic) contrast ratio and 250 cd/m2 brightness.

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Samson Zoom Q3HD Full HD camcorder gets pro-microphones

Samson Zoom Q3HD Full HD camcorder gets pro-microphones

Watch out Flip Video and the rest of the pocket camcorder crowd; Samson's new Zoom Q3HD not only has twin capsule microphones for recording stereo sound, but they're so fierce they need to be safely kept in a cage.  The Samson Zoom Q3HD shoots up to 1080p Full HD video in H.264 format and has the same condenser microphones as the company's H4n Handy Recorder.

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Acer C20 pico-projector packs WVGA resolution and HDMI input

Acer C20 pico-projector packs WVGA resolution and HDMI input

Acer has played with pico-projectors before - their K10 came out all the way back in 2008 - but the Acer C20 seems to be taking things a lot more seriously.  The smartphone-sized pico hooks up via USB or HDMI and promises a WVGA resolution picture of up to 66-inches with 2,000:1 contrast and 20 lumens brightness.

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ASUS O!Play HD2 detailed; launches this week for £109

ASUS O!Play HD2 detailed; launches this week for £109

It's been a while since we've heard from ASUS about their USB 3.0 toting O!Play HD2 multimedia center, but now - with the launch tipped for this week - the company is being a little more forthright about the specifications.  Supporting USB 2.0 and eSATA external drives, the ASUS O!Play HD2 also has an internal 3.5-inch hard-drive bay and can be used as a regular USB 3.0 external HDD in its own right.

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PandaBoard offers TI Cortex-A9 OMAP4 to imaginative devs

PandaBoard offers TI Cortex-A9 OMAP4 to imaginative devs

Texas Instruments already has a Cortex-A9 OMAP4 product available to developers in the shape of the undeniably expensive OMAP Blaze, but now there's a cheaper option on the horizon.  Based on the BeagleBoard principle, the new PandaBoard project is now taking submissions for an early adopter program with the first TI Cortex-A9 based boards expected to ship out in mid-October.

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disgo Tablet 6000 is another cheap Android 2.1 slate

disgo Tablet 6000 is another cheap Android 2.1 slate

It's obviously the week for cheap Android tablets, with Next's £180 slate being followed closely by the disgo Tablet 6000.  Based around a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen and Android 2.1, the Tablet 6000 packs WiFi b/g/n, a miniHDMI port, two miniUSB ports and 2GB of storage in the box.

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QNAP NMP-1000P network media player offers vast format support

QNAP NMP-1000P network media player offers vast format support

QNAP has outed its latest network media player, the NMP-1000P, a compact STB that offers Full HD 1080p video, Dolby and DTS digital surround sound, optional NAS functionality and internet media streaming.  Able to gobble up a 3.5-inch hard-drive in its internal bay - either for storing local content or acting as a backup drive for networked computers - the NMP-1000P uses Sigma Designs new 667MHz SMP8643 SoC video/audio decoder.

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HDCP anti-copy software exploit released: can crack 1080p in real-time

HDCP anti-copy software exploit released: can crack 1080p in real-time

Intel's suggestion that they didn't expect a software exploit using the cracked HDCP anti-copy protection seems to have been a red rag to a bull (or at least to the coding community), as its taken less than two weeks for just such an exploit to be developed.  Rob Johnson and Mikhail Rubnich have created an open-source decoding system which they're describing as a proof of concept, yet which is still capable of cracking HDCP on 1080p sources in real-time (on a powerful enough machine).

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Acer AspireRevo AR3700 nettop packs Atom D525 and NVIDIA Ion

Acer AspireRevo AR3700 nettop packs Atom D525 and NVIDIA Ion

Acer has updated its AspireRevo nettop in the shape of the new AR3700 model, throwing in Intel's latest dual-core Atom D525 processor that, as before, is paired with NVIDIA Ion graphics.  There's also 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 250GB drive, plus an HDMI port for outputting up to 1080p HD.

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Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and AZ3100-U3072 All-In-Ones outed

Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and AZ3100-U3072 All-In-Ones outed

Acer seems to have taken a leaf out of Bang & Olufsen's design book with the aesthetic for their new all-in-ones, with the AMD-based Acer Aspire AZ3100-U3072 and the Intel-based Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 offering perhaps the best styling this side of an iMac.  The 21.5-inch AZ3100-U3072 is the cheaper option, with AMD's 2GHz Athlon II 170u CPU, 3GB of memory and a 500GB HDD, while the 23-inch Full HD AZ5700-U3112 gets Intel's 3.2GHz Core i5-650 CPU, 4GB of memory, a 1TB HDD and a touchscreen.

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