Microsoft gets Smart about the digital living room

Once the SmartGlass SDK is available, developers will have what amounts to a write-once, deploy-anywhere development environment to work in. Presumably, apps can be written to the SmartGlass APIs without having to devote additional development resources to creating separate versions for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.…

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How Epix is investing in its future

Epix once had an edge over other cable networks, with a streaming offering to go along with its linear cable feed. But now that everyone's on the TV Everywhere bandwagon, Epix continues to innovate, adding original programming and making videos available on a number of devices.…

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Google TV and Google+: Social TV supercombo?

The big news this week in the tech world has been Google+, where Google surprised those lucky enough to get an invite with ambitious new social network packed with some compelling features. While no one's really talking about it, one of the most interesting possibilities with Google+ would be an integration with Google TV. Though it's likely that nothing would happen for the second generation of Google TV, the possibilities of Google+ in the living room are too big to ignore.…

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2020 via time machine: chips, devices, & tech

At the IEEE Technology Time Machine Symposium last week I listened to the world’s leading academics, engineers, executives, and government officials project what the world will look like in 2020. The future brings technology together for everything from enhancing the human experience to improving environmental sustainability.…

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Inside the ultra-high-speed wireless home wars

The clear winner of the home networking wars of the last few years has undoubtedly been Wi-Fi. The sheer number of Wi-Fi embedded devices, from laptops to smartphones, is being increasingly joined by pack of new consumer electronics device categories with Wi-Fi, such as Smart TVs and OTT set tops, which means the technology isn't going anywhere soon. But it's not without its limitations, and a pack of new technologies could serve as more capable replacements.…

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