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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs get PlayStation Now game streaming

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs get PlayStation Now game streaming

Following the earlier news that Samsung will be improving its 2016 smart TV lineup with GAIA security and smart home connectivity, it seems gaming will be another category they look to excel in. The South Korean manufacturer has announced that it will be showcasing new smart TVs featuring PlayStation Now support at CES 2016 next week, allowing users to stream console-quality games directly to their television.

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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will have new GAIA security solution

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will have new GAIA security solution

It seems that for 2016, Samsung will be putting a lot of focus on its smart TV platform. After announcing that all its 2016 smart TV lineup will be IoT friendly, and that its SUHD TVs can even become smart home hubs, it is now revealing how it plans to safeguard all the private information that will be passing through those TVs. Samsung has just introduced GAIA, a three-layered security solution it has built on top of its Tizen-based smart TV platform that promises the same encapsulation and isolation methods it uses with its KNOX Android security framework.

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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will be friendly with smart appliances

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will be friendly with smart appliances

Your house may be getting smarter, but it might also have a lot of tiny, sometimes conflicting brains. That is part of the problem of the Internet of Things, with little islands of independent devices that connect to the Internet and your smartphone but not to each other. Next year, however, Samsung has a solution for that, the one appliance that almost every modern home has: a TV. It's 2016 line up of smart TVs will not only be IoT friendly, some can even be IoT hubs themselves.

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LG will show off new webOS 3.0 for smart TVs at CES 2016

LG will show off new webOS 3.0 for smart TVs at CES 2016

webOS started out life as an open source descendant of the now defunct Palm OS, initially geared to become a mobile platform to stand tall and proud beside the likes of Android and iOS. After changing hands from Palm to HP and finally to LG, the platform has been retrofitted to simply become a smart TV OS. The latest iteration of that platform, webOS 3.0, will be the bridge between users and LG's 2016 lineup of smart TVs and LG will be singing its praises come CES 2016, which takes place at Las Vegas in just a few weeks.

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OUYA returns inside Razer Forge Android TV

OUYA returns inside Razer Forge Android TV

Earlier this year it became apparent that OUYA was going to crash and burn - until Razer acquired their whole company. Upon acquiring the company, Razer (eventually) made clear that they'd be essentially dumping the hardware, but keeping the games. As such, we sort of suspected there'd be a resurgence of the Razer Forge Android TV device, which has had a bit of an odd past, especially over the past several months. That OUYA game collection is back as Razer Cortex for Android TV.

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Samsung updates Smart View app for improved Smart TV connectivity

Samsung updates Smart View app for improved Smart TV connectivity

Samsung's Smart View app is used to connect the company's Smart TVs with devices like smartphones to allow easier content sharing between the two. Currently available on select TV models as a beta, the software was originally designed to be compatible with Samsung's own Galaxy mobile devices. However, with the latest update to the mobile app, now more platforms can make the Smart TV connection, making the software more appealing when it makes its official launch in early 2016.

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Vizio Smart TVs may be watching you while you watch it

Vizio Smart TVs may be watching you while you watch it

Earlier this year, Samsung was accused of eavesdropping on owners of its Smart TVs, or at the very least transmitting data to hits servers in an unsafe manner. Although the issue has since then died down, we might actually have something far worse but thankfully probably less widespread. Vizio, a brand associated most with digital displays, has recently launched its new line of smart TVs. And with those come a smart feature that gathers data about your viewing habits, which Vizio can then sell to the highest bidder.

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Amazon Fire TV 2 Review (2015)

Amazon Fire TV 2 Review (2015)

The Amazon Fire TV is aimed at Amazon Prime members and prospective Prime members - if that's not you, be wary. If you're thinking of purchasing this device with the intent of making it your sole Smart TV controller, you're going to want to be aware of a few things, the first of which is its extreme similarity to its predecessor. We're looking at the 2015 edition of the Amazon Fire TV - this is the version you'll be able to buy from Amazon now, while the previous generation will most likely be sold only by 3rd-party retailers with clearly marked signs and major discounts.

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Xiaomi Mi TV 3 rocks 4K resolution and detachable mainboard

Xiaomi Mi TV 3 rocks 4K resolution and detachable mainboard

Chinese firm Xiaomi has unveiled some cool new Mi products that couldn’t be any different. One of them is a high-end TV with 4K resolution called the Mi TV 3 and the other is a battery-powered ride on device called the Ninebot mini that is like a tiny Segway scooter, only significantly more affordable. The Ninebot mini looks like a last mile sort of device intended to get you from your car to work without breaking a sweat.

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GeForce Now launches as NVIDIA’s new Netflix for games

GeForce Now launches as NVIDIA’s new Netflix for games

Details of NVIDIA's final launch of what until now shared the name NVIDIA GRID* have been revealed - titled instead GeForce Now. NVIDIA's GeForce Now will be a key feature for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device, offering up full-powered PC games streamed seamlessly to the user's living room TV. This new video games streaming service is no longer in any sort of Beta mode, coming with its own monthly fee and an introductory offer with 3-months free. This streaming game service will launch on NVIDIA SHIELD in three regions immediately: North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

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Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio revealed by Google: everything goes smart

Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio revealed by Google: everything goes smart

Today the Chromecast has been redesigned and detailed by Google in three new colors - Coral, Lemonade, and Black. This device has its own HDMI cable and a magnet to keep the cable stuck to the device when not in use. This device has "significantly improved Wi-fi support". This device has a new set of antenna inside for optimum connectivity for Wi-fi for ultra-quick connectivity. This is one of two new devices being shown today by Google's Chromecast team - the other goes by the name Chromecast Audio.

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Philips unveils new 4K UHD Android TV lines at IFA 2015

Philips unveils new 4K UHD Android TV lines at IFA 2015

Along with the jump to 4K UHD resolutions, TV makers are also jumping on the "smart" bandwagon by putting out a selection of smart TVs. While some are still waiting for Apple's play with the upcoming Apple TV, others are already rallying behind Google's representative, the aptly named Android TV. One of those manufacturers is Philips, and at IFA 2015 this week, it has revealed three new smart TV lines, all bearing 4K UHD resolutions and Android TV, and each with a special feature of its own.

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