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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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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 to get Android Nougat really soon

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 to get Android Nougat really soon

Despite having mostly abandoned the “consumer” Android market, a.k.a. smartphones, NVIDIA has always prided itself as being a good Android citizen for the devices that it does carry. That usually translates to fast updates that would, and should, put other OEMs to shame. It went even further and will make the same features on the new NVIDIA SHIELD available on the old NVIDIA SHIELD. Now it seems it might also be doing good by its tablet users, somewhat. According to a Google+ response from NVIDIA, the more recent SHIELD Tablet K1 will be getting its Android 7.0 Nougat update in a few weeks’ time.

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Original NVIDIA SHIELD gets its game-changing update next week

Original NVIDIA SHIELD gets its game-changing update next week

It must have been an emotional roller coaster for owners of the original NVIDIA SHIELD. At first, it seemed that NVIDIA was rolling out the big Android 7.0 update to the first gen SHIELD, including all the sweat features in the new SHIELD. But just as suddenly, it yanked away that update. The good news is that the update will still come. The bad news, owners will have to wait a bit later, hopefully until next week at the earliest.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

Over the past two years just one device has been in near-constant use at my home - that's the original NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. This piece of hardware sits quietly to the side of my television and serves content to my family almost every day of the year. Unlike any other device I've used over the past half-decade, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV has never failed to feel like a natural part of my everyday routine - without the need for an over-abundant amount of software updates, and completely functional in every way I'd needed it to be. That's why I was skeptical when NVIDIA announced they'd be releasing another newer NVIDIA SHIELD device this year.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

While NVIDIA did make a big splash at CES 2017 by completely embracing Google Assistant in its SHIELD Android TV box, there was one resounding thread that begged to be heard: give us a new SHIELD Portable. The gamepad cum tablet form factor, the original bearer of the "SHIELD" brand, has not seen a refresh since, well, since it launched. Those prayers may be close to being answered as what is allegedly the SHIELD Portable 2 was just seen at the FCC, hinting at its imminent announcement.

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Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA strike partnership to make an AI-powered car

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA strike partnership to make an AI-powered car

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA have announced a new partnership that will result in the two companies working together to launch an artificial intelligence-powered vehicle. The duo revealed the partnership at CES 2017, though NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the collaboration between the two started three years ago. “At this point it is very clear that AI is going to be the future of computing,” Jen-Hsun explained. “This is an endeavor that we started three years ago that we will put on the road next year – unbelievable.”

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NVIDIA SPOT hands-on: this is SHIELD’s smart home

NVIDIA SPOT hands-on: this is SHIELD’s smart home

NVIDIA SHIELD has suddenly begun to look like a smart home master this week at CES 2017, adding Google Assistant and SmartThings to take the IoT in one swift stroke. For new users, all that's needed is the NVIDIA SHIELD TV device - it includes a standard TV remote and a gaming remote, both of which have microphones to accept voice commands. NVIDIA SPOT also has a microphone as well as a speaker, acting as an extension of the smart home functionality of NVIDIA SHIELD with Google Assistant and SmartThings connectivity.

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Audi and NVIDIA team up promises “world’s most advanced AI car” by 2020

Audi and NVIDIA team up promises “world’s most advanced AI car” by 2020

With NVIDIA's laser focus on gaming hardware, you'd be forgiven if you forgot that it actually partnered with Audi seven years ago. Today, we're getting a look into what that partnership will eventually yield: advanced AI cars on the road by 2020. That's according to a joint announcement NVIDIA and Audi made during a CES 2017 presentation.

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW can now stream games to PCs, Macs

NVIDIA GeForce NOW can now stream games to PCs, Macs

The bar for gaming PCs is being set higher and higher each year, faster than some gamers can catch up with. But just because your still fully functional PC doesn’t meet a game’s minimum requirements doesn’t mean you have to give up on gaming. And just because you don’t have a PC at all doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on PC titles. NVIDIA is proposing a middle ground called GeForce NOW, which, for a fee, gives gamers, whether on PCs, Macs, or even Android-based SHIELD, the ability to play some of the biggest PC titles. All without installing anything other than the GeForce NOW app.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV refresh boasts 4K streaming, Google Assistant

NVIDIA SHIELD TV refresh boasts 4K streaming, Google Assistant

NVIDIA has just revealed its next-generation SHIELD TV at CES 2017, and it arrives offering a number of improvements over its predecessor. Not only has the aesthetic design been overhauled, but the new SHIELD is capable of streaming content in HDR at 4K resolution. Users will be able to stream 4K video from a variety of services, including YouTube, Amazon Video, Netflix, and Google Play.

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HP’s OMEN X 35 curved monitor invites you to “never stop gaming”

HP’s OMEN X 35 curved monitor invites you to “never stop gaming”

Many of HP's CES 2017 reveals have been centered around the consumer and professional markets, but what about you enthusiast gamers? HP isn't leaving you out in the cold, announcing its new OMEN X 35 curved gaming monitor. This beast of a display clocks in at 35-inches, and HP invites you to give it a spin to “see what your graphics card is made of.”

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Mobile apps and games on sale to fill your stockings

Mobile apps and games on sale to fill your stockings

For some overly excited people, they are just counting down the hours to the festivities. But why waste your time looking back and again at your watch when you can spend it shopping for apps and games instead. And maybe play those games while you’re at it. Unsurprisingly, it’s the season for sales and promos and you’re going to find a lot of them around. To help you get started, here are some of our top picks as well as some publisher lists to get you started. While most are for Android, be on the lookout for magical iOS links as well.

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