It’s very easy indeed to end up with a sofa arm littered with button-clad boxes. But while after-market multi-device controllers exist, Samsung plans to solve the problem straight out of the box with its new smart TV remotes.
Two or three years ago at CES, this post probably would've been about some 3D TV equipped with dorky glasses, maybe a smart set that's more like a rusty Swiss army knife for home entertainment. This year, things are different. 3D is now a specter of CES past. With any luck, smart TVs are next on the chopping block.
The march of progress moves to the beat of early adopters patting their wallets and chanting, "shut up and take my money." Unfortunately, LG's latest high-end offering can't seem to keep up with its price tag.
For all the promises that "Smart TVs" make, they aren't really all that smart. Generally, they're just TVs with glorified streaming boxes built into them, plus a few unwieldy bells and whistles nobody wants or uses. So when a smart TV app comes along that actually looks cool, it's pretty shocking.
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.…
Kinect may have been at it for years, but it's taking most companies a fair old while to really get to grips with gesture control. Now, Samsung is planning to offer more fine-grained, finger-sensitive functionality in its 2014 smart TVs.
The tree outside my window just changed from its green summer livery to a more seasonal burnt orange. Many people feel cheated by the changing of the seasons, but look at the bright side: it's indoors time! Every self-respecting geek loves the winter, where you can stay inside and watch movies, play games, and…
Cue the ohhing and ahhing. Yesterday Samsung unveiled its new crown jewel—the ES9000, a 75-inch gorgeous giant of a TV. With a super-sharp display and a barely-there bezel, it's hypnotizingly beautiful.
Samsung's arguably carried the crown of biggest, most beautiful TV screens for some time now—and if you've got $10,000, you can now buy the biggest, most beautiful, super-skinny of them all. This is a giant HDTV slice.
You can't be a gadget company and show your face on the playground without selling some way to make our TVs smart TVs. Whether this is a good thing is a matter of some dispute. But Netgear is throwing down.
The nice thing about the upcoming Ikea TV, other than being smart and cheap, is that it blends the television into your furniture to completely banish unsightly cables from your living room. Here's how it would look like in a "real life" setting.
As TV's have packed on more and features, including multiple inputs and Internet connectivity, the complexity of the remote has grown to match. Now you're lucky to get a remote shorter than your forearm. This new remote from Samsung, however, will replace the bevy of buttons for a touchpad and Siri-like voice control.
Samsung's new and supposedly snazzy Smart TV, the UNES8000, promises to use voice and face recognition to let you control your TV without any remotes. You know, the future of TV interfaces, according to a lot of companies lately.
Aside from complementary massages and gourmet lunches, another perk of working at Google appears to be an abundant supply of powerful drugs, with Chairman Eric Schmidt proclaiming his floundering Google TV will be built into most TVs next summer. Bullshit.
LG's new "Smart TV" software adds a simple way to browse movies, websites, and—of course—apps, from their own new storefront. Paid flicks, along with beloved Netflix streaming, will be available, making it easier to watch what you want.
At CES next week, LG plans on announcing the Smart TV Upgrader, but they've given us a sneak-preview today. What does it do? Basically, the add-on upgrades non-"smart" TV sets with DLNA, apps, plus a web browser.