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All posts tagged "smart TV"

  • LG Smart TVs to use any phone as controller by 2014

    Using a smartphone as a TV remote is a nifty idea that has been championed by a few mobile phone makers, like Samsung and Sony, but until now, it’s been locked to a few specific models. Even worse, iPhones are left out of the phone-as-remote market unless an expensive accessory is tacked onto it. No more, says LG who’ve recently announced a partnership with AllJoyn to create Smart TVs that can use any phone as a universal remote, reports Pocket-Lint. The AllJoyn protocol forms a connection between TV and phone, regardless of the mobile ecosystem. As Gigaom rightly says,...

  • The $150 Samsung Smart Media Player brings apps to ‘any TV’

    Don’t have a Samsung Smart TV? Don’t want a Samsung Smart TV but still desire the apps and live TV functions it provides? Then the R1 500 (US$150) Samsung Smart Media Player was practically made for you. Yes, you. We know that you have time for games, so why should you buy Samsung’s media player? First off, if you’ll need to be in a country that has cable. The Media player runs select cable content (which is free, mind you) and video streamed from apps such as Netflix, YouTube and Vudu. There’s also the apps like TED talks, Facebook,...

  • The smart TV buyer’s guide: 5 of the best

    I like having a large television in my house. Perhaps it’s because I’m of an age that still remembers old school CRT-tube TVs that didn’t have remotes. I had to get out of my seat to change the channel. Now of course I have a sizeable TV with excellent picture quality. But how did I arrive at my particular model choice? It can get rather confusing when we enter an electronics store and are faced with a variety of televisions on display, with those flashing lights and pictures getting into our heads. We can normally spot the ones with a...

  • Apple TV review: for those with money to burn

    I’m lucky enough to own a Samsung Smart TV. I bought it because I believe in converged devices: I want to watch TV and hop in and out of the web and my apps seamlessly. That is our TV experience of the future. Samsung got that right with its Android-based TV OS and is streaks ahead of the competition. Unfortunately Samsung got it right in concept only: the execution of that vision leaves much to be desired, meaning I never used the TV’s so-called Smart OS. It’s slow and clunky, and does silly things like perform automatic updates when you...

  • Tencent and TCL join forces to bring iCE SCREEN smart TV to life

    Every screen nowadays is becoming interactive and Tencent wants a piece of the pie. In a joint effort, Tencent and TCL have developed the iCE SCREEN, an Android powered 26 inch TV, for release on 3 September. The screen has a resolution of 1366×768 for its 26 inches. It will be powered by a dual-core Cortex A9 1GHz processor with 4GB of RAM and a slot for a memory card of up to...

  • Korean-born Daum smart TV to rival Apple, Google, Samsung devices

    The buzz (and sales) around smart TVs ain’t great. So it makes perfect sense to plop another into the market. Enter the Daum smart TV, a device created by Korea’s second most popular search engine. What can Daum offer smart TV buyers? Let’s take a look. It streams “We have concluded that the killer service for smart TVs should be video streaming and that’s an area where Daum has spent years accumulating technology and...

  • LG Google TV coming next week — primed to crush Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV?

    This weekend in the jolly ol’ US of A, LG is preparing to launch its first Google TV version 2.0. The TVs are 3D LED and are available in two monstrous sizes, either 47-inch (US$1600) or 55-inch (US$2100). This may very well be the TV which brings Smart LED’s out of the shadows and into the limelight. The Apple factor Samsung has already pretty much cornered the market in Smart TVs, and plans to unveil...

  • Samsung promises ‘future proof’ Smart TVs

    South Korean electronics giant Samsung has upgraded its Smart TV range. The upgrades were announced at CES international 2012, Samsung promises “smarter interaction, smart content and smart evolution,” or simply put, a better TV. The shiny new additions to Samsung’s Smart TV range include: Remote free options Much like Microsoft’s ultra-successful Kinect, Samsung now wants its TVs to respond to human gestures, face recognition and voice control. The newer TVs will come standard with dual-microphones...

  • News24 launches Samsung Smart TV app

    News24 and Samsung South Africa have combined to produce the first local Smart TV application. The News24 app can be accessed from any Samsung Smart TV and offers the hooked-in user news reports, the latest sports results, financial indicators, celebrity gossip and much more. The move mirrors the recent UK launch of the BBC News app on Samsung TVs. The app takes the form of a scrolling news ticker which displays the latest information at the bottom of the screen. At the press of a button, the user can open any story from the news ticker and view...

  • LG, Philips and Sharp to build interoperable TV apps

    LG Electronics has tied up with Dutch giant Philips and Japan’s Sharp to co-operate on the production of interoperable applications for internet-powered televisions. The glaring omission in this consortium are the two TV leaders, Sony and Samsung. The three TV vendors will jointly create software development kits, which will be distributed to third-party developers to write TV applications, said LG. It is the first such collaboration in the smart TV sector, LG said, adding the three would complete software development kits by the end of this year. They will use different operating systems for their smart TVs, but the applications will become...

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