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NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA's most affordable SHIELD TV is now shipping, with the entry-level set-top box promising 4K HDR content support and gaming despite its lower price. Announced last month, the SHIELD TV 16GB lacks the dedicated gamepad controller that comes bundled with its more expensive siblings. However, it still could be the best option for those looking for a fairly platform-agnostic way to get streaming shows and movies on their TV.

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Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Smart speakers are big business now, and with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home dominating the market, Sonos had a choice: step up or slip behind. The Sonos One shows the connected speaker stalwart chose to play the game, and not just with one virtual assistant but as many as it can. Rather than making its own AI for the Sonos One, the $199 connected speaker aims to be friends with all of them.

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Sonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018

Sonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018

Sonos may be rolling out Alexa support to its existing speakers, but the connected music company also has a brand new speaker with Amazon's assistant onboard. The Sonos One looks at first glance like the existing Sonos PLAY:1, but it's not just full of speaker drivers. Instead, it has a microphone array on top so you can speak directly to Alexa - though that's just the start.

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Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos has launched a public beta of its Alexa integration, following up on its promise to use Amazon's virtual assistant to control its multiroom speakers. The public beta follows Sonos' ongoing closed beta, which has been running for a small number of users over the past few months. However, you won't need a new Sonos speaker in order to try it.

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Apple movie rentals now give you double the time to watch

Apple movie rentals now give you double the time to watch

You might not be impressed with the Apple TV 4K, but a big change to how iTunes movie rental periods are handled is likely to be much more warmly received. Apple has quietly switched up its policy on how long rented content can be watched after you've started playback, much to the benefit of iTunes users. Now, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching your rental.

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Roku 4K HDR Streaming Stick tipped to undercut Apple TV 4K

Roku 4K HDR Streaming Stick tipped to undercut Apple TV 4K

Roku looks set to undercut Apple's new Apple TV 4K with some affordable Ultra HD of its own, with chatter of a new midrange streaming stick. The new adapter, the Roku Streaming Stick+ with 4K HDR, is said to be one of a number of set-top boxes and dongles that the company is working on for 2017, though that's not the only hardware in the pipeline. Indeed, the way you interact with your Roku looks to be getting a big change, too.

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Roku smart speaker plans tipped: Should Alexa be worried?

Roku smart speaker plans tipped: Should Alexa be worried?

You're nobody in tech if you don't have a smart speaker, and it seems Roku may be planning to enter the fray with a home companion of its own. The company is best known for its streaming media sticks and set-top boxes, easy ways to add services like Netflix, Amazon, and Showtime straight to your dumb TV. Now, though, it's looking like Roku wants to take on Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and the upcoming Apple HomePod.

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Epson LS100 is an ultra short-throw projector for home theaters

Epson LS100 is an ultra short-throw projector for home theaters

Typically a projector must be mounted at least several feet from the screen, meaning home and apartment owners often have to mount the projector on one wall and the screen on a different wall. That's a bulky, space-wasting problem for some, one addressed by ultra short-throw projectors -- that is, projectors that can be mounted very closely to the projection screen. Epson has just launched such a model for home theaters.

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The Moto X4 streams to 4 Bluetooth devices: Here’s how

The Moto X4 streams to 4 Bluetooth devices: Here’s how

The Moto X4 has plenty of features, but the most interesting might be an enhancement of a wireless technology we now take for granted: Bluetooth. Motorola's new smartphone is the first to launch with the Tempow Audio Profile (TAP), allowing the Moto X4 to stream audio to up to four Bluetooth devices simultaneously. For instance, you can take along a bag full of Bluetooth speakers to the beach, and set up an impromptu concert.

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Toshiba’s Wall Art TV is another “so thin it’s crazy” set

Toshiba’s Wall Art TV is another “so thin it’s crazy” set

You're nobody, frankly, in the TV business if you don't have a super-skinny display that looks almost as though it has been painted onto the wall. Now, Toshiba joins that rarified club. Making its debut at IFA 2017 today, the Toshiba Wall Art TV Concept is 65-inches of 4K resolution OLED.

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B&O BeoVision Eclipse wraps LG OLED in stunning design

B&O BeoVision Eclipse wraps LG OLED in stunning design

Bang & Olufsen has outed its latest high-end TV, the BeoVision Eclipse, partnering for the first time with LG in the process. The new set, announced at IFA 2017, wraps one of LG's OLED panels in B&O's legendary Danish style, mixing gleaming metal, fabric, and a motorized floor stand. According to B&O, it's the first of a partnership that will impact all of the company's TVs moving forward.

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B&O BeoLab 50 speaker shows the Danes can’t resist luxe

B&O BeoLab 50 speaker shows the Danes can’t resist luxe

Bang & Olufsen may have flirted with more affordable speakers in its B&O Play range, but it couldn't resist the lure of its old ways: incredibly expensive, practically sculptural home audio kit. Welcome, then, the BeoLab 50, its latest loudspeaker for those who demand an aesthetic with their audio. Part 50s Danish lodge, part pipe organ loft, it actually packs a surprising amount of technology.

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