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Cambridge Soundworks Oontz XL and Ultra hands-on

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That slick-looking piece of hardware we know you looked at while clicking in here is Cambridge Soundworks' Bluetooth Oontz XL. Also on display was its bigger brother -- at least as far as price and battery is concerned -- the Oontz Ultra. The Oontz XL rings in at $149...
Cambridge Soundworks Oontz XL and Ultra hands-on

Voxx combining broadcast TV with Roku in Q4 2013, working with RCA and Terk

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Roku may have lots of streaming content as is, but that doesn't always compare with what's on broadcast television. Voxx Accessories (formerly Audiovox) sees this problem too, but rather than just pointing it out idly (like us!), the accessory maker claims it has a fix. That solution includes an...
Voxx combining broadcast TV with Roku in Q4 2013, working with RCA and Terk

Jinni's TV search tools selected by Time Warner and Vudu to power intelligent search

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Whenever you ask a friend to suggest a good TV show, they often just bellow praise for The Wire, Breaking Bad or My Little Pony -- not useful if your tastes are a little more diverse. That's why major players Time Warner and Vudu have signed up Jinni's taste...
Jinni's TV search tools selected by Time Warner and Vudu to power intelligent search

NVIDIA details how its Jetson development kit creates smart, seeing cars

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Developing a high-end in-car infotainment system can present challenges that don't exist in other platforms -- you're juggling core car systems, a myriad of sensors and media playback in a testbed on wheels. NVIDIA has just explained how it's uniting those elements with its new, lengthily-titled Jetson Automotive Development...
NVIDIA details how its Jetson development kit creates smart, seeing cars

NHK proposes new 3D broadcast format: transmits dual images at higher resolution (video)

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A technical arm of Japan's national broadcaster, NHK Media Technology, is proposing a new Advanced Stereo 3D format for broadcasting high-quality 3D content. It would be able to transmit programming to both 3D-capable TVs and standard HD sets, all while holding hands with existing broadcast standards. According to DigInfoNews,...
NHK proposes new 3D broadcast format: transmits dual images at higher resolution (video)

QNAP adds NAS lines with XBMC support, skips the home theater middleman

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High-rolling (or just highly nerdy) home theater PC setups often have network-attached storage to hold the reams of video that invariably won't fit on the PC itself. QNAP wonders why we don't just cut to the chase -- both of its TS-x69L and TS-x69 Pro entries in the Turbo...
QNAP adds NAS lines with XBMC support, skips the home theater middleman

YouTube's first Comedy Week kicks off May 19th, features big-name lineup

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Whether it's politics or flamboyant music videos, YouTube certainly has a little something for (mostly) everyone on the interwebs. But, if you're a fan of comedy, things are about to get a tad bit better: on May 19th, YouTube's set to launch its own Comedy Week, a first for...
YouTube's first Comedy Week kicks off May 19th, features big-name lineup

Hands-on with Toshiba's new LED Cloud TVs and Media Box with Blu-ray

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Although a mixer isn't exactly the best place to spend quality time with new TVs and Blu-ray players, we did take advantage of the time with the new hardware that was on display at Toshiba's CES party. We saw new a few Media Boxes with Blu-ray as well as...
Hands-on with Toshiba's new LED Cloud TVs and Media Box with Blu-ray

People People AB's Transparent Speaker goes live on Kickstarter, we clearly go hands-on

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Chances are you've likely seen the Transparent Speaker by Stockholm's People People AB. The small startup of Nokia defectors has been making heavy use of guerilla marketing to gain exposure for its see-thru noiseybox since as far back as last year's CES. All in all, it's worked -- most...
People People AB's Transparent Speaker goes live on Kickstarter, we clearly go hands-on

UltraViolet to bundle free movies with Smart TVs and Blu-ray players

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The Digital Entertainment Group has announced plans to give away free movies when you buy an UltraViolet compatible device. If you buy a Smart TV from one of the following brands, you'll get ten free movies accessible anywhere UltraViolet titles work; including CinemaNow, Flixster, Nook and VUDU. Blu-ray players...
UltraViolet to bundle free movies with Smart TVs and Blu-ray players

Hulu Plus on Apple TV redesigned with simplicity and easy discovery features in mind

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It's not often that we see those services present on the Apple TV get tweaked, but today Hulu announced its Plus offering has been on the receiving end of a major design overhaul. Clearly taking a cue from Cupertino's own iTunes app on the tiny media box, the Hulu...
Hulu Plus on Apple TV redesigned with simplicity and easy discovery features in mind

Toshiba to launch TVs with DivX Plus Streaming certification

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Just in case you didn't have enough content options from the likes of Roku and your cable set top box, Toshiba has partnered with Rovi to integrate the DivX Plus Streaming codec into a new line of TVs. The streaming format promises enhanced multimedia controls like multi-language subtitles, resume...
Toshiba to launch TVs with DivX Plus Streaming certification

Slickdeals' best in tech for March 11th: 60-inch Panasoinic Viera HDTV and Brother HL-2240 laser printer

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Looking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this round-up, we'll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals. You'll want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won't stick around...
Slickdeals' best in tech for March 11th: 60-inch Panasoinic Viera HDTV and Brother HL-2240 laser printer

Sony Entertainment's Michael Lynton praises the DVR for enabling an 'explosion in creativity'

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Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, has taken the stage here in Dana Point, California for this year's D:Dive Into Media, speaking candidly about his outfit's use of social media to advertise, and more importantly, how modern technology is impacting meaningful change on the creative side of things. Citing...
Sony Entertainment's Michael Lynton praises the DVR for enabling an 'explosion in creativity'

Shocker: Samsung introducing new HDTV at CES, albeit with 'unprecedented new shape'

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How do you break the silence on one of the slowest news days of the year? Well, if you're Samsung, you tease the obvious. The Korean company has been counting down the days till CES with mini-previews of upcoming HD products -- first hinting at a refurbished Smart Hub...
Shocker: Samsung introducing new HDTV at CES, albeit with 'unprecedented new shape'

HDHomeRun Prime is the first CableCARD tuner to deliver live TV to DLNA Devices

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Our favorite shows, anywhere, that's all we really want. Of course that is asking too much but we'll be closer to the dream now that Silicondust has announced its three tuner HDHomeRun Prime CableCARD is a certified DLNA Digital Media Server (DMS). While the options this opens are seemingly...
HDHomeRun Prime is the first CableCARD tuner to deliver live TV to DLNA Devices

UE Boom: a splash-resistant, Bluetooth-enabled speaker for overzealous rioters

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You know what'll go perfectly with that waterproof Bluetooth speaker ball that a Billy Corgan doppelganger recommended a few years back? That odd tube you're undoubtedly fixated on above. That's the Ultimate Ears UE Boom, and those people underneath are presumably blitzed from a day of raving at [insert...
UE Boom: a splash-resistant, Bluetooth-enabled speaker for overzealous rioters

Blake Krikorian Joins Microsoft's Xbox Team

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Microsoft today named entrepreneur Blake Krikorian as corporate vice president for its Interactive Entertainment Business. Last week Microsoft announced the acquisition of Krikorian’s home-entertainment tech startup, R2 Studios....
Blake Krikorian Joins Microsoft's Xbox Team

ASUS Qube announced at CES: Google TV arrives with on-screen cube interface

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While the FCC may have already punctured ASUS' surprise, at least the company's now made it official. ASUS' first Google TV device is coming and will arrive with 50GB of WebStorage cloud space and access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows through Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. It'll...
ASUS Qube announced at CES: Google TV arrives with on-screen cube interface

Google selects five additional Kansas City markets for Fiber rollout

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It's not just in Kansas City anymore -- it's in the surrounding neighborhoods. Google's rolling out its Fiber service to five more areas in the midwestern municipality starting in the new year. After putting the finishing touches on installations in the Dub's Dread area, households in Piper Schools, Delaware...
Google selects five additional Kansas City markets for Fiber rollout

Agawi and Marvell team up to bring cloud-based gaming to Android set-top boxes

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It's like a match made in heaven. Agawi and Marvell have partnered up to combine a cloud-based gaming platform with the equipment that powers many popular Google TV devices. Together, both companies will offer a white-label Android gaming solution to OEMs, internet and cable providers, game publishers and retailers....
Agawi and Marvell team up to bring cloud-based gaming to Android set-top boxes

Microsoft acquires home automation startup R2 Studios to bolster Xbox division

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Details are expectedly light on this one, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft has acquired R2 Studios, a startup focused on home entertainment and home automation founded by Blake Krikorian (best known as the co-founder and former CEO of Sling). According to the WSJ, Krikorian and...
Microsoft acquires home automation startup R2 Studios to bolster Xbox division

Sony launches the Bravia KDL-W900A LED connected 3DTV at CES

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Sony's television firmament has swelled to include the company's Bravia KDL-W900A here at the tech jamboree that is CES. The edge-lit, slimline display comes loaded with the company's X-Reality Pro engine for rendering, Motionflow XR 960 and two pairs of active-shutter 3D glasses. Spec fans will note that it's...
Sony launches the Bravia KDL-W900A LED connected 3DTV at CES

Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 8:30PM ET

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It's Monday, and you know what that means; another Engadget HD Podcast. We hope you will join us live when the Engadget HD podcast starts recording at 8:30PM. If you'll be joining us, be sure to go ahead and get ready by reviewing the list of topics after the...
Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 8:30PM ET

The Engadget Interview: Wes Craven and Joe Swanberg

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We're here in Austin for SXSW Interactive, but it's impossible to avoid a little bleed over from the film and music portions of the event -- particularly when you get an invited to cover the latest webstreaming news from AMC Networks. The company set up camp in the IFC...
The Engadget Interview: Wes Craven and Joe Swanberg

Tesco experiments with free movie and TV streaming for Clubcard members

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Brits who shop enough at Tesco to be on a first name basis with the clerks may soon have a reward that doesn't require leaving home. The UK retail chain is currently testing Clubcard TV, a web-based movie and TV streaming hub that would be a free perk of...
Tesco experiments with free movie and TV streaming for Clubcard members

Ceton Companion becomes My Media Center and is available for Windows 8

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Windows Media Center's best companion app for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nook and Kindle has never required a Ceton branded tuner or extender, but now there's a new name to avoid any confusion. My Media Center is hitting your favorite app store via a free update today, which also...
Ceton Companion becomes My Media Center and is available for Windows 8

Amazon Instant Video now available on (some) Google TV devices

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Hot on the heels of making it available on the iPhone and iPod touch, Amazon's now bringing its Instant Video service to Mountain View's TV platform. Granted, the on-demand application doesn't appear to be compatible with some devices at the moment, with a few folks pointing out that they...
Amazon Instant Video now available on (some) Google TV devices

Slickdeals' best in tech for May 13th: 60-inch Samsung HDTV and 11.6-inch ASUS TAICHI

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Looking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this roundup, we'll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals. You'll want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won't stick around long....
Slickdeals' best in tech for May 13th: 60-inch Samsung HDTV and 11.6-inch ASUS TAICHI

Opera confirms its Devices SDK is behind Boxee TV's HTML5 apps

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It's been available since last month, but browser-maker Opera has only today confirmed that it's Opera Devices Software Development Kit is providing the backend for the Boxee TV's HTML5 apps. Those already include the likes of YouTube, Spotify and Vimeo, but Opera says one of the big advantages of...
Opera confirms its Devices SDK is behind Boxee TV's HTML5 apps
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