Yesterday we got the official word that LG would be using WebOS as the brains for 78-percent of its upcoming smart TVs. There was a lot to like about WebOS back when it ran on smartphones, but we were a bit skeptical about how it would fair in a smart TV. After all, smart TV user interfaces are almost universally bad.…
The New York Times has confirmed that Samsung has acquired streaming TV company Boxee. It's not a monumental deal, but if anything the purchase will probably help Samsung slightly improve its connected TV interface.
Apple is on the lookout for an engineer with HDTV power supply expertise (among other things), indicating the company could be getting serious—stress could—about a foray into the cutthroat world of HDTVs.
"I feel really good about Comcast" is not something Roku, Boxee or Google execs would want said by people who've tried out their connected TV products. Nevertheless this past Friday there were five Boston-based families doing just that.
• A security researcher published code that is capable of
bricking corrupting Windows boot sectors on most HP and Compaq laptops. That doesn't sound too good. [Slashdot]
• Microsoft continues to rename everything in sight, this time folding IPTV, HD DVD, and Media Center into one group called Connected TV. [News.com]