Highlights from Interbike 2014

Smart TV

Roku TVs will be available in a range of sizes from 32 to 55 inches

If you’re a fan of top media streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, then you’re also likely aware of Roku, a company that specializes in low-cost streaming boxes that let you throw that content up onto the big screen. The company has announced partnerships with TV manufacturers Hisense and TCL to produce Roku TV, a range of smart TVs that make media streaming more convenient without breaking the bank.  Read More

Samsung's UN105s9W is now available for pre-order in the US for US$120,000

Following LG and Samsung both unveiling their contenders for the world's largest curved Ultra HD TV at CES earlier this year, the game of one-upmanship between the Korean electronics giants continues. Samsung announced last week that it was starting to take pre-orders for its model, and LG has quickly followed suit.  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

Samsung's 2014 Smart TVs will debut at CES 2014 with improved voice commands and 'finger g...

It seems not even the impending holiday is stopping some of the tech industry's heavy hitters from teasing their standout products for the 2014 CES. First LG and Samsung unveiled separate 105-inch curved UHD TVs on the same day, and now Samsung is dropping some details on its Smart TVs for next year. In addition to less complicated voice commands, the company's 2014 Smart TV line will allow the use of "finger gestures" for basic controls like changing the channel, adjusting the volume, or rewinding video.  Read More

LG has integrated PayPal into its Smart TV platform

LG is making it easier for people to part with their cash from the comfort of their couches with the integration of PayPal into its Smart TV platform. The move is a first for a TV manufacturer and will allow viewers to purchase products, apps and games directly through the TV using the popular digital payment system.  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

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

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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