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Microsoft has a new wireless All-In-One Media Keyboard that offers solid functionality for not a lot of cash, and it looks like an ideal accessory for anyone with a multimedia setup in a rec room or simply anyone who wants a smoother way to control a smart TV. In addition to a full-size set of typical keys, the device offers an integrated multitouch trackpad with a pair of flat built-in mouse buttons and supports a number of gestures including tap, swipe, drag, zoom, and click. There are volume controls on the left side of the All-In-One Media Keyboard as well as a host of controls across the top... Read more...
The completely connected home has long been a dream of futurists, and little by little that’s becoming a reality. The Internet of Things is growing, and smart TVs are a big part of that trend as they continue to ship with more and more intelligence baked in. Samsung’s latest SDK for its Smart TVs includes more than just the ability to pull in and view content from a multitude of sources; it ostensibly allows you to control appliances in your home. Samsung says that the new Smart TV SDK 5.0 will enable you to control the refrigerator, air conditioning, lighting, and so on with the Samsung... Read more...
Samsung has a strong presence in the mobile and home entertainment markets, and to that effect the company has decided that it needs its own developers conference to make sure that devs have the full spate of tools and detailed knowledge of how to create, adapt, and innovate for Samsung devices and platforms. “As convergence of user experiences and as consumers utilize more devices, even at the same time, the opportunity for developers to be innovative has never been better,” said Dr. WonPyo Hong, President of the Samsung Media Solution Center. Samsung will be hosting more than 40 sessions... Read more...
The TV is the holy grail for companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple; all three have unified desktop, tablet, and smartphone screens with their respective operating systems (and to a lesser extent, with their own devices), but the last screen that none have been able to take over is the television. While it’s not the silver bullet needed to bridge the gap to the TV once and for all, Google’s new Chromecast device does offer a new way to get content from your devices onto the TV. The little dongle plugs into your TV, and once you connect it to your WiFi network and open a supported... Read more...
While Smart TVs have improved over the years, one issue in particular has bothered us: there's no uniformity. Every single TV has their own user interface, and every single software back-end is written on a different platform. And how can you get developers to band together and help make an ecosystem better, if every single TV maker is courting devs to write a different program? Largely due to that, Smart TV usage hasn't taken off. Sure, people use things because they simply come with new HDTVs, but is there passion in the air about Smart TVs the way there is tablets? Not so much. But at CES 2013,... Read more...
Smart TVs are intriguing pieces of technology that seem to foreshadow a future where our TVs and computers are one and the same. It seems that if nothing else, one of the things that computers and smart TVs--in particular, some of the ones made by Samsung--have in common is a vulnerability to hackers. According to Threat Post, security researcher Luigi Auriemma has discovered a vulnerability in some Samsung smart TVs that allows one to remotely access the TV, nab files located on a USB flash drive connected to the TV, reconfigure the TV’s remote control, and even gain root access and load... Read more...
LG added to its stable of Smart TV app offerings with the announcement of Game World, a game portal designed exclusively for LG’s line of CINEMA 3D Smart TVs. Game World, which is launching sometime in September, will feature primarily family-friendly games in both 2D and 3D in genres including action/adventure, RPGs, puzzle games, sports, and more. Users can browse or search for games as well as purchase and play them through the TV’s interface (which looks like any app store you’ve seen), using either the LG Magic Remote or any third-party game controller. LG Game World store... Read more...
In addition to a number of new laptops, smartphones, and a TV, Lenovo announced the IdeaPad Yoga Ultrabook today. This new multi-mode notebook meets the specifications for an ultrabook and also has a 360-degree flip-and-fold design. As you can see from this demo video below, this ultrabook also meets the 10-finger touch requirement. What’s really cool about this ultrabook is the number of positions it supports thanks to its dual-hinge flip design. Not only can you use the IdeaPad Yoga in traditional notebook form, but you can also open the display to full tablet mode or use the IdeaPad Yoga... Read more...
In addition to a number of new laptops, smartphones, and a TV, Lenovo announced the IdeaPad Yoga Ultrabook today. This new multi-mode notebook meets the specifications for an ultrabook and also has a 360-degree flip-and-fold design. As you can see from this demo video below, this ultrabook also meets the 10-finger touch requirement. What’s really cool about this ultrabook is the number of positions it supports thanks to its dual-hinge flip design. Not only can you use the IdeaPad Yoga in traditional notebook form, but you can also open the display to full tablet mode or use the IdeaPad Yoga... Read more...