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The BBC has unveiled a revamped version of its iPlayer TV catch-up platform

The BBC's online TV catch-up platform, iPlayer, was launched on Christmas Day 2007. Since then it has been through a number of iterations and now serves 10 million program requests daily. Today, the Beeb has announced the latest update to the iPlayer.  Read More

The Aether Cone is a new wireless device that learns what music the user enjoys and plays ...

Today's vast array of devices for listening to music means that it is increasingly difficult to decide what to listen to or which audio player should be used to play favorite tunes. A new company has unveiled a device that aims to simplify the process. Aether's Cone speaker learns what music a user likes over time and plays it without any fuss.  Read More

The Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version)

In the battle for the living room, the launch of Google's Chromecast further fragmented the market with another new means of content delivery. A variety of alternatives have since been launched, including a new offering from Roku. The company says the HDMI Streaming Stick will provide more TV streaming options than any other device.  Read More

Creative has announced the Sound Blaster Roar portable Bluetooth speaker

No sooner had we put together a guide to buying Bluetooth speakers than another option worth consideration was announced. Creative's Sound Blaster line, probably once most associated with computer soundcards, is about to be joined by the Roar SR20 portable Bluetooth speaker. The book-sized device has five speaker drivers in a bi-amp configuration and promises a long battery life.  Read More

Condition One is preparing to release Zero Point, the first 3D, 360-degree movie shot spec...

The Oculus Rift has carved out a sizable reputation for itself among gamers, but as we've seen before, virtual reality has many applications beyond playing video games. Now one production studio is preparing to release the first movie shot specifically to be watched through the VR headset. The upcoming film, called Zero Point, will focus on the history and development of virtual reality technology, while allowing viewers the freedom to look around each scene as the movie progresses.  Read More

A wall of 4K TVs at CES 2014

Ultra HD 4K displays were everywhere at CES 2014, with super high resolution displays measuring up to 110 inches in size. But the question remains, do we need displays with such high resolution, given that the human eye isn't likely to be able to tell the difference between 4K and 2K in most viewing environments? And who is making content in 4K anyway?  Read More

The Vizio 50-inch 4K television provides a high-quality photo-like image (Photo: Vizio)

4K televisions have undergone tremendous progress this last year, as has been clearly demonstrated at the CES 2014 show. Both Polaroid and Vizio introduced 50-inch 4K televisions with an MSRP of US$999.99. But what kind of user can really use a 4K TV today? High-power computer users, that's who.  Read More

Sony's 4K UST projector sits on the floor alongside any wall with enough space to accommod...

After first bringing 4K resolution to lounge room walls in 2012 with its VPL-VW1000ES projector, Sony is making another run at the Ultra HD home theater market, though this time over a much shorter distance. At CES, the company is demoing a prototype of its 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector that has the ability to cast images up to 147-inches in size from a distance of around 20 in (50 cm).  Read More

The Firefox OS will feature on Panasonic's next-gen smart TVs

Following its planned move into the smartphone arena, Mozilla has teamed up with Panasonic to bring the Firefox OS to next-generation smart TVs. The companies say that the open platform, which is based on HTML5 and other web technologies, will give TV viewers more personalized and optimized access to web and broadcasting content and services through the internet.  Read More

TCL will offer a Roku TV in different sizes later this year

One of the most popular television add-ons of the past decade, Roku, now has a TV of its own, thanks to a pair of Chinese television makers. This week at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, TCL introduced the first-ever TV with Roku built in. I spent a little hands-on time with the 55-inch version, which simply goes by the model number 55E4610R.  Read More

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