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An alleged supply chain leak says Apple is planning a 4K iTV for late 2013 or early 2014

A year ago, the rumor mill said that Apple may release its mythical iTV by the end of 2012. When that time came, the same rumor mill said that content deals had thrown a wrench in the works, and the TV was delayed. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that the rumor has reared its head again – now saying that the iTV will release in late 2013 or early 2014.  Read More

Panasonic's 2013 Smart TV lineup, including the flagship ZT60 series, will have speech rec...

Nuance Communications has been spreading the wings of its Dragon line of speech recognition software beyond the desktop with products like the Dragon Drive! platform designed for in car use. Now it’s making its way into the living room with its Dragon TV platform giving Panasonic’s 2013 Smart TV line the ability to listen and talk.  Read More

We review the FAVI SmartStick, which promises to turn your TV into a Smart TV

The connected living room has been the next big thing for several years now. The fruition of that promise, though, has been mostly limited to set-top boxes, game consoles, and Smart TVs with confusing software. In other words, the "connected living room" looks about the same as it did two years ago. But that hasn’t stopped companies from pushing out new devices that try to shake things up. Read on, as we review one such device: the FAVI SmartStick.  Read More

Redbox Instant is now available to US residents, with a free one-month trial

Netflix has long been the frontrunner for subscription-based streaming movies. Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video are hot on its heels, and now kiosk-based Redbox is entering the fray with the public launch of its own instant streaming service, aptly named Redbox Instant. The service has existed in beta for quite a while now, and it's finally available to the public in the United States.  Read More

The 2013 Philips DesignLine TV is designed to lean against a wall

When it comes to HDTV placement, you’ve generally faced with two options – a stand for sitting the TV in an entertainment unit or on a table, or a wall mount. With its 2013 Philips DesignLine, TP Vision is offering a third option – simply leaning the TV against a wall. When it comes to a modern minimalist look, the new DesignLine TV takes the cake, with no visible frame or stand, it looks like nothing more than a square sheet of glass.  Read More

Bowers & Wilkins has revealed a weatherproof loudspeaker named the AM-1 Architectural Moni...

There are lots of options for enjoying outdoor audio whatever the weather, including TDK's Wireless Weatherproof Speaker, the Eco Terra Boombox and Braven's Bluetooth speakers. If you're looking for a permanent speaker installation, though, high-end audio specialist Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) says its new AM-1 Architectural Monitors are a little different from standard wall-mounted, weatherproof loudspeakers.  Read More

Roku has launched the Roku 3, featuring a new interface and improved remote

Roku has just launched an updated version of its popular line of stream boxes called the Roku 3. The company cites this as the most powerful box it has ever created. The feature that gives credence to that claim is that this is one of two available Roku devices that has support for 1080p video streaming. Roku also touts a faster processor in its latest box. The Roku 3 is also the first to include dual-band Wi-Fi, an ethernet port, and USB.  Read More

The TV Play also features Ethernet, HDMI, Composite A/V, built-in Wi-Fi and Optical audio

Western Digital has expanded its range of streaming boxes with the TV Play, a device that aims to compete with popular products like the Roku 2 XD. The low-cost TV Play offers access to a wide range of streaming services, as well as the user's own media library.  Read More

The new wireless SONOS PLAYBAR

For optimal sound from a home theater system, a true surround sound set of speakers is the way to go, but for many people they are impractical. That's where soundbars come into play. They offer a simulated surround sound experience, without all the wires and speakers. SONOS, the company best known for its Zoneplayer line, is getting into the soundbar game with its new 9-speaker PLAYBAR.  Read More

DIAL is designed as a simple, open protocol that can link smartphones, tablets and TVs (Ph...

Recently, Netflix and YouTube quietly launched a website for a new protocol called Discover and Launch (DIAL), which enables a smartphone or tablet to launch apps on a Smart TV. While the idea of uniting these devices is not new and there’s already some working examples, including DLNA and Apple's AirPlay, there is a growing participant list of big-player names such as Sony, Samsung, Hulu and the BBC ready to support the new DIAL protocol.  Read More

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