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Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has given its first public demonstration of Amazon Alexa integration, though the streaming speaker company says the actual roll-out of voice control is still some way off. The two companies announced a partnership back in August 2016, which will see Amazon's virtual assistant supplant the current iOS, Android, and desktop remote apps for Sonos' popular speaker line-up. Still, according to Sonos it's not ready for primetime yet.

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Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers [Updated]

Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers [Updated]

Vizio will pay $2.2m in penalties to settle a huge privacy lawsuit, that alleged its smart TVs tracked millions of viewers and then sold that personal data without permission. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a joint-complaint filed with the New Jersey Attorney General, Vizio automatically tracked what owners of its connected TV sets were watching, despite not warning viewers that the monitoring was taking place. That information was then sold to advertisers and others for a profit.

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NVIDIA’s original SHIELD TV Android 7.0 update is out: Here’s what you get

NVIDIA’s original SHIELD TV Android 7.0 update is out: Here’s what you get

NVIDIA's original SHIELD TV is getting its big SHIELD Experience 5.0.2 update today, bringing the media-streaming games console up to date with Android 7.0 Nougat and a host of other features. The new software was promised back at CES 2017, and unexpectedly comprehensive refresh of the first-generation SHIELD TV that brought to it many of the abilities of the brand new, second-gen model also announced. After a false-start earlier in the month, Software Update 5.0 for the Shield TV (2015) is available today.

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“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

"House of Cards" season five won't air until Q2 2017, Netflix has confirmed today, disappointing fans of the award winning series. News that the show had been renewed for a fifth season was confirmed a year ago, in January 2016, before season four had even aired on the on-demand streaming service. However, we now know that there'll be longer to wait before we get to see it.

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Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4 is stunning, 4.9mm thick, and you can’t have it

Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4 is stunning, 4.9mm thick, and you can’t have it

Xiaomi may have made its first CES appearance today, but the Chinese company still leaves US consumers frustrated at being able to see - but not buy - its well-designed wares. That's particularly the case with the new Xiaomi Mi TV 4, the firm's latest television line-up. At just 4.9mm thick at its thinnest, and with a modular design that might make future upgrades less of a hassle, it manages to stand out even at a CES that has been punctuated with eye-catching TVs.

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LG’s insane OLED W-Series TVs are just 2.57mm thick

LG’s insane OLED W-Series TVs are just 2.57mm thick

The TV wars have turned to ultimate thinness, with LG revealing its achingly slim, 2.57 millimeter thick LG Signature OLED TV W-Series at CES 2017 today. Flagship of the South Korean company's new 2017 television line-up - and taking on Samsung's new QLED range in the process - the Signature OLED TV W-Series is being called Picture-on-Wall design for its extreme low-profile. In fact, when wall-mounted the new LG sets protrude less than 4mm.

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Samsung’s QLED TVs wow with Quantum Dot 4K and easy mounts

Samsung’s QLED TVs wow with Quantum Dot 4K and easy mounts

Forget OLED: Samsung's big TV ambitions are all about QLED now, with Quantum LED making its big, colorful debut at CES 2017 today. It might sound like another buzzy acronym, but Samsung is pretty insistent that its quantum dot technology is a big deal in the living room. Think ridiculously accurate colors, super-simple wall mounting, and plenty of onboard smarts.

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Samsung to support YouTube HDR playback on 2016 UHD and Quantum dot TVs

Samsung to support YouTube HDR playback on 2016 UHD and Quantum dot TVs

Samsung has announced that it plans to support YouTube HDR playback on TVs for the first time. The support will come via an expanded version of the YouTube application that will run on the TV. This new YouTube app is offered on all 2016 Samsung Quantum dot TVs and UHD TVs.

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Apple’s TV app lands in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1: What you should know

Apple’s TV app lands in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1: What you should know

Apple's attempt to cut through the confusion of cable television continues, with its new TV app arriving on iPhone, Apple TV, and iPad today. Part of the iOS 10.2 release for iPhone and iPad, as well as tvOS 10.1, the TV app aims to put all of your streaming content - no matter the provider - into a single location. Along the way, Apple hopes to simplify how many login details you have to punch in too.

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Sonos 7.0 arrives with full Spotify speaker control

Sonos 7.0 arrives with full Spotify speaker control

Spotify users with Sonos speakers can now control their whole-house music playback directly from the Spotify app, with a new update pushed out today. Sonos 7.0 allows you to spend less time in the company's own app and more time where your playlists live. When you hit play, you can now choose one or more of your Sonos speakers as the output, rather than just streaming through your phone.

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AT&T will raise DirecTV prices from January 2017

AT&T will raise DirecTV prices from January 2017

While all eyes were on DirecTV NOW's launch this week, AT&T quietly slipped out that it would be hiking prices for DirecTV in January. The satellite TV service will go up between $2 and $6 per month depending on plan, unless you're currently subscribed to DirecTV Family service. AT&T is blaming "higher costs of programming" for the change.

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NFL streaming: how to watch football without CBS All Access

NFL streaming: how to watch football without CBS All Access

CBS has announced that its users will be able to stream some NFL games starting this upcoming Sunday. CBS says this is a multi-year deal between it and the NFL; once it kicks off, CBS All Access will offer all the NFL on CBS games, including halftime coverage, Thursday Night Football, and more. If you're not a CBS All Access customer, though, or if you prefer greater access to NFL content, you've got a few other streaming options.

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