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Google's attempts to stake its claim in the living room have been a little hit and miss. Google TV didn't exactly get things rolling the way Google would have hoped, and the Nexus Q slated for a 2012 release never eventuated. But it had better luck with the well-received (and cheap) Chromecast and now it's following up with the Nexus Player, which is the first device to run on Google's Android TV smart TV platform. So is the Nexus player a hit or a miss? Here's a look at what it offers – and what needs to be improved. Read More
The home audio landscape has undergone quite a change in recent times. Where the living room hi-fi once ruled the roost, the expensive and carefully matched components are now dead silent and the once proud tower speakers have been repurposed as stands for photo frames or vases. Music lovers seem quite happy to accept an often huge drop in sonic quality for the convenience and wireless ease of the small Bluetooth speaker. But the folks over at Line 6 are looking to breathe new life into those dusty stereo system circuits with a new addition to the AMPLIFi range called the TT. Read More

Previously, the only devices able to stream content to the Fire TV were Amazon's own Kindle Fire HDX tablet or Fire smartphone. An update has now thrown open the streaming capabilities to any Android tablets or smartphones running Jellybean 4.2 or higher. Read More

One of the most innovative features of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console is its ability to stream games to other Sony devices over Wi-Fi. This was previously limited to the company’s PlayStation Vita handheld and PlayStation TV micro console. With the release of a corresponding app on the Google Play Store, owners of the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet can now also get access to the feature. Read More

On Monday, Amazon expanded one of the key fronts in the ongoing war for control of the living room by introducing the Fire TV Stick. It's a follow-up to the company's Amazon Fire TV launched earlier this year, and a direct competitor to Google's Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. Read More
A group of French hardware and software engineers who tired of having to spend precious time building streaming music playlists have created a new system that aims to serve up the perfect tune every time. Not only does Prizm learn to play music based on the individual tastes of whichever listener is in the room, but it can even decide which type of music is appropriate for what's going on in the room. The device can be used as a standalone connected music feeder or alongside a companion app. Read More
Matchstick is a new streaming dongle aiming to compete directly with Google’s low-cost Chromecast product. The new stick plugs into your TV or HD monitor’s HDMI port and lets you stream or mirror content to it, just like Google’s device. Things are a little different behind the scenes however, with the Matchstick running Mozilla's Firefox OS. Read More
Many see home automation as the next big thing in the consumer electronics space and D-Link is keen to plant a flag in the emerging connected smart home with its new mydlink Home range of smart devices. The line includes five modules aimed at letting homeowners control technology around the home using a smartphone or tablet, be it from the comfort of the sofa or when out and about. Read More
TiVo obviously believes things have improved since 1992 when Bruce Springsteen sang about 57 Channels (And Nothin' On). The company has announced the TiVo Mega, a digital video recorder (DVR) that packs a whopping 24 TB capacity. This allows the device to store over 26,000 hours of TV, which translates to around three years of non-stop viewing – which would stretch the endurance of the most dedicated TV marathoner. Read More
Marshall Headphones brought four new products to IFA in Berlin this year. The Woburn and Acton join the Hanwell home audio thrower launched two years ago, which has now reached the end of its production run, and the current Stanmore model. Meanwhile, the new Mode EQ and Mode earphones team up with the Major, Minor and Monitor headphones. Read More
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