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MediaTek’s standard lets your devices share their hardware

MediaTek's favorite, the generic chip shot

There are plenty of standards for sharing your media collection between devices, but what if you want to borrow a device’s camera or display? MediaTek thinks it has an answer. Its new CrossMount standard lets devices share their hardware and software when they’re on the same WiFi network, letting you use whichever components make sense in a given situation. You can use your phone’s mic to dictate voice commands to your TV, for example, or use your phone’s webcam for a video chat on your tablet.

CrossMount is an open standard based on the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) standard you probably have in some of your existing gear, so it might be easy to implement when it’s available in the third quarter of the year. A few big East Asian TV and mobile device makers have already hopped on the bandwagon, including Changhong, Hisense, Lenovo and TCL. With that said, it’s hard to know if anyone else will bite. There are still a lot of other companies that haven’t signed on, and big names like Samsung or LG may prefer to use in-house tech for any device sharing.

Not that MediaTek is putting all its eggs in one basket — it has a few chips in store as well. The darling is the MT8173, a 64-bit processor that’s supposedly the “highest performing” CPU you can get in a tablet. It mates two high-end Cortex-A72 cores with two low-power Cortex-A53 cores to deliver about six times (!) the performance of last year’s MT8125, or enough to handle 4K video with ease. And fans of mid-range phones might like the MT6753, an eight-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor. Neither is available just yet, though. The MT6753 won’t reach devices you can buy until the second quarter of the year, while the range-topping MT8173 isn’t poised to show up until the second half.

Filed under: Cellphones, Home Entertainment, Tablets, HD, Mobile


Source: MediaTek


Taotaole HDMI LED projector, $89.99

Interested in a small, inexpensive, and portable projector to spice up your parties, get togethers, and movie nights? The Taotaole Multi-media 150 Lumens Portable LED Projection Micro Projector isn’t going to replace that 55″ plasma, but at just $89.99 (Prime eligible) it will make a great companion to any smartphone or tablet. Introduce a Chromecast and you’re in for hours of entertainment!

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Netflix is bringing back ‘Inspector Gadget’ and ‘Danger Mouse’

'Inpsector Gadget' reboot

Netflix isn’t slowing down its efforts to win your kids’ attention… if anything, it’s ramping things up. The streaming service just unveiled five child-friendly shows that will arrive over the course of the next year. The first is a big one — Netflix will offer a 26-episode reboot of Inspector Gadget. You’ll get to revisit the adventures of the half-machine cop starting in March in the US, with other countries coming later. You’ll have to be more patient for the rest. The Playmobil-based animated series Super 4 shows up next, in April. The live action series Some Assembly Required is due this summer, while both Bottersnikes & Gumbles (a “community comedy”) and a revival of the spy parody Danger Mouse are arriving in spring 2016. The odds are that the remakes won’t quite live up to what you remember, but they may well keep your little ones entertained on that next big vacation.

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Source: Netflix


Every single episode of ‘CSI’ hits Hulu Plus exclusively this April

29th Annual People's Choice Awards Show

You read that headline right: Every episode of the wildly popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and all its spin-offs are coming exclusively to Hulu Plus. As the Hulu blog tells it, over 300 episodes of the series’ll appear on the streaming service come April. Hulu also points out that this deal means that past seasons will be added ahead of future season premieres (CSI: Cyber, anyone?) as well — unlike its South Park deal, though, there’s no word on day-after streaming yet. Hulu says that watching Horatio Caine (David Caruso, above) and crew’s antics back-to-back would fill around two weeks total. How many vacation days do you have left?

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Source: Hulu Blog


Nintendo’s TVii service won’t be coming to the Wii U in Europe

Nintendo TVii on a Wii U gamepad

Sorry, European gamers: the Wii U’s TVii service won’t reach your corner of the globe. Nintendo has dropped plans to bring the personalized streaming media guide to the region due to the “extremely complex” task of accommodating multiple services in numerous countries across the continent. The Euro crowd isn’t coming away completely empty-handed, though. Nintendo is launching the Anime Channel, a 3DS-specific video service that lets you view Japanese animation (what else?) for free. The focus right now is unsurprisingly on Nintendo-related shows like Kirby and Pokemon, but more content is on the way — you just need to grab an app from the eShop to start watching.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Nintendo


Via: Polygon

Source: Nintendo (1), (2)


Samsung bets on OLED as smartphone sales decline

Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: slim design, long battery life, stunning screen

It’s easy to forget that Samsung is a multi-tentacled company that builds much more than TVs and phones. For instance, it manufactures CPUs for arch-foe Apple and makes small-to-medium OLED panels for various companies, not just its own mobile division. According to Reuters, Samsung will invest another $3.6 billion into its OLED business to offset flagging smartphone sales. Most of that cash will go into a new production line producing curved panels for the Galaxy Note edge and third-party devices. And Samsung’s not the only South Korean manufacturer dumping more money into OLEDs. LG will also stake nearly $1 billion on new OLED capacity for large-panel items like TVs, as well. The takeaway? Given the display dominance of the two companies, many more OLED devices — both big and small — should be hitting the market soon.

Filed under: Displays, HD, Mobile, Samsung, LG


Source: Reuters, Yonhap


Samsung swears its smart TVs aren’t eavesdropping on you

Samsung's CES 2015 booth: loads of TVs

Over the weekend, quite a few people panicked at the phrasing of Samsung’s smart TV privacy policy. Its warning that third parties would get your sensitive spoken info conjured up images of Orwellian telescreens spying on their viewers. The reaction was largely paranoia (this was just a description of standard cloud-based voice recognition), but the company isn’t leaving anything to chance — it posted a retort that denies any eavesdropping and clarifies what its screens are really doing. As Samsung explains, neither the TV’s mic nor the one in your remote are monitoring everything you say. The TV only listens for a predetermined set of commands, while the controller won’t handle more sophisticated requests (such as asking for movie advice) until you hit a button.

The explanation isn’t perfect (how long is that information stored, for example?), but it doesn’t leave much room for debate. However, it also suggests that smart TV makers haven’t finished tackling the privacy concerns that have plagued them since at least 2013. Unless every manufacturer both respects privacy and is clear about what’s happening, there may always be a nagging suspicion that these smart sets are too nosy.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Samsung Tomorrow


Matchstick delays its Firefox OS media stick to include Netflix streaming


I hope you weren’t in too much of a hurry to snag Matchstick’s Firefox OS-based streaming media dongle. The fledgling company has delayed its namesake device to August in order to not only upgrade the hardware (to a quad-core processor and better WiFi), but to add support for anti-piracy protection. As the team explains, Netflix and other “premium” services won’t work unless you have some kind of digital rights management (DRM) — it’s hard to sell a media stick that can’t deliver the most popular content. The setback won’t please you if you’re an early backer (or see DRM as a blight on open standards), but it will make Matchstick’s $25 device more useful to viewers who’d otherwise pick up a Chromecast to get their online video fix.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Peripherals, HD


Via: GigaOM

Source: Kickstarter


Disney CEO: ESPN’s standalone service won’t arrive anytime soon

Georgia Tech v Duke

If the rumblings of ESPN’s standalone streaming service back in the fall got you all spun up, you may want to take a seat. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger tempered the excitement this week with statements that indicate a cable-free option for the sports network isn’t part of any immediate plans. “We also are mindful of the value of the expanded basic bundle to this company, and we do not believe that there is any reason for us to attempt to take out some of this product, particularly ESPN, quickly or right now,” Iger explained. “In other words, there’s time.”

He went on to say that Disney’s other properties, like Marvel and Star Wars, are capable of powering standalone projects on their own, which is certainly interesting to think about. For now, the plan is to keep an eye on the streaming space to see when, or if, it’d be beneficial to cut out the cable companies — or “middle man,” as Iger puts it. ESPN is at least dipping its toe in the water, though, as the sports giant’s content is available via the new Sling TV service, and it’s offering subscriptions for individual sporting events like the Cricket World Cup. For the time being, it seems the folks at Disney aren’t quite ready to follow HBO’s lead and cater to the cord cutters… yet.

[Photo credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images]

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Source: Multichannel News


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