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The market for connected TVs and other devices like game consoles, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players is booming. The ability to surf the web and stream content online from connected home theater gear is become common on many high-end and mid-range offerings. Not all of the devices will let the user actually explore the full internet though. Sony has announced that it has chosen Opera as the browser for its LCD TVs and connected Blu-ray players.
The browser for the Sony hardware uses the Opera Devices Software Development kit as a framework for web-standards based solutions and web surfing on the connected devices. The browser will be able to deliver web apps, widgets, full web browsing, and supports standards like HTML5, HbbTV, and OIPF.
With the addition of the browser to the Sony TVs and Blu-ray players users will need one less device to access the web when watching TV on a big screen. Opera offers no exact date on when we will see the browser surface on Sony hardware.
"The Web as we know it is evolving, and we are committed to making it more accessible across diverse devices," said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. "Our ability to address key hybrid broadcast-broadband initiatives in numerous markets makes us a natural fit with Sony. By delivering both a global viewpoint and the necessary technology, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the industry."
Got an AppleTV? Want to get your jailbreak-thang on? Here's your Seas0nPass. Seas0nPass is the Apple TV jailbreak app which allows a quick and easy jailbreak on most systems, this allows a user to install extra apps including XBox Media Center, Boxee and Plex.
Right now the jailbreak doesn't offer much - think of non-jailbreak as a brick wall, jailbreak as a door through that brick wall and right now the room is empty and dark. Soon the room will be filled with love, lollipops and the above programs.
Bang & Olufsen have been around for a long time and it makes some very high-end home theater and audio gear. B&O has been offering some expensive HDTVs for years now and the one thing that it really doesn't have is a connected TV. Connected TVs are the big thing from TV makers right now even if many consumers aren't ready to bite.
Bang & Olufsen have announced that it has teamed up with Intel to get the latest Intel tech to roll into a new product. The new product will be a connected TV it seems with B&O CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen talking about the convergence of the PC, TV and audio solutions into one.
I would bet that we would see some interesting audio tech rolled into other solutions since B&O are famous for high-end audio. "During this convergence of PC, TV and audio technologies, this strategic cooperation with Intel is hugely important to Bang & Olufsen. We looking forward to working with Intel on creating unique product solutions for the future," says Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, Bang & Olufsen President & CEO.
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CES 2011, Las Vegas - There are a couple real interesting nuggets of information from what we are about to tell you here from our second product look at the Sapphire earlier on yesterday in crazy town Vegas.
Where shall we start with this one? Sapphire has been a big AMD supporter for as long as I can remember, they bust out Radeon after Radeon and see some of the best sales results on the market.
When Bill from Sapphire showed us their new "Mini PC" as it is known for now since it is not yet fully completed, I could have sworn he said ION. But then he said it again and he even said NVIDIA. So, yes folks, Sapphire is mixing things up and getting ready some NVIDIA based products which is real interesting and getting its nose into what they are calling "lifestyle products".
In the video below you get a look at the upcoming "Sapphire Mini PC with some numbers behind it" product and just how small it is, yet how capable it is as a computer.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - CES is in full swing and all sorts of announcements and gear is being seen for the first time at the show. Some of the announcements aren't things that will happen right away, but are cool nonetheless. One of the announcements that will happen down the road came from Skype. Skype has announced that its video calling service will be coming to two new HDTV brands.
The new brands that will offer Skype video calling include Vizio and Sony. Vizio is the largest TV brand in the US and the company has a lot of web connected TVs in the market so that will mean Skype will find a lot of new homes. Skype isn't giving a specific date for the service to be offered only stating that it will happen "later this year."
If you don't have a web connected TV, but the thought of video calls in your living room is appealing Skype also announced a new tie in with Panasonic and Sony that will bring Skype video calling to dumb TVs. Skype will also be coming to Blu-ray players made by Panasonic and Sony. The players will need a webcam for the service to work naturally.
Next week marks the start of that wondrous time of year known as CES where all things geeky and electronic take the forefront online. The number of new gadgets and offerings that will be unveiled at the show is overwhelming and we are only days from the start so some of the gear is already being talked about by the manufacturers. One of the products that LG will be showing off at CES is a new 3D TV.
This is no normal 3D TV though, LG claims that the set is the world's largest full LED backlit 3D TV. The screen is a whopping 72-inches and it supports 3D content and HD resolutions as well as 2D TV. The set is called the LZ9700 and LG hasn't offer up all the specs at this time. What we do know is that the TV has a 400Hz TruMotion panel for smooth images.
It also has Smart TV functionality with support for TV apps and streaming of content from online providers. The TV also ships with the LG Magic Motion Remote control. The full details of the set should be made official at CES next week. LG offers no pricing information and no indication of whether the set uses passive or active 3D glasses.
I think it really sucks that there are still very few 3D Blu-ray flicks on the market today and it sucks even more that the really cool 3D flick Avatar can't be purchased at all without buying Panasonic gear to get the flick. If you still want a 3D Blu-ray player despite the lack of content on the market right now and you like the Pioneer brand the company is shipping its 3D players now.
The line includes the new Pioneer BDP-430, the BDP-41FD, and BDP-43FD players. All three of the players are 3D ready with HDMI 1.4a outputs. The devices come with wired Ethernet ports for connectivity and can be fitted with an optional WiFi adapter as well. All three naturally support Blu-ray 3D and use Pioneer PureCinema tech for upscaling standard resolution video to 1080p.
One of the cooler features that all three support is the iControlAV App. This app allows the iPhone or iPod touch to be used as a full function remote control of the players. The devices also support 36-bit deep color. The BDP-430 sells for $299, the BDP-41FD sells for $399 and adds a RS-232 port for custom installs and the BDP-43FD sells for $499 with better components and a rugged chassis.
Any adult male that likes to be known as Tron Guy and wears a homemade replica of the original Tron suit for the 80's flick isn't all there in my book. I bet Jay Maynard peed his Tron Underoos when he heard that Legacy was coming to theaters. As the story goes, Tron Guy called up a local theater in Michigan and told them he was coming to watch Tron: Legacy in his Tron suit.
The theater staff told him that he would not be allowed to watch the flick wearing his suit. Apparently, a middle aged, pudgy dude in a Tron suit is distracting. Who knew? I took my son to see the flick last weekend when it opened and he liked it, though he asked me tons of questions and I didn't get to watch as close as I wanted.
It's a bit ironic that my son is nine and I was nine when the original flick came out at the theater. I still remember going to see it with my dad, maybe in 20-ish years when the third Tron flick comes out my son can take his kid. Legacy has much better visuals (naturally) and it was a cool flick if you haven't seen it you should go.
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