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Internet TV on rise in the U.S.

According to the recent survey of Nielson, around three million Americans had cut their cable television subscriptions last year as an increasing number turned to the Internet.

The Nielsen survey released last week found that some of those getting rid of cable moved to packages from telecom provider or satellites, but overall subscriptions fell by 1.5 million, or around 1.5%.

Findings of survey

But still the survey proves that American TV watching is not dead. Approximately 98% of video programs watched are on TV sets, and the number of high definition TVs has grown by eight million. But the TVs are increasingly connected to the Internet or devices such as game consoles, allowing streaming of the content.

“After several years of consistent year-over-year growth, traditional TV viewing declined one half of one percent or roughly 46 minutes per month,” the Nielsen report said.

The usage of video programs on handsets has changed very little in the year, at around four hours per month, the survey found.

YouTube® to Join VIZIO® Internet Apps Family

VIZIO Internet apps will shortly see a YouTube widget.

At the commencement of CES 2012, it got clear that technology is really moving at a rapid pace. The entire show revealed an exciting line of products all ranging from mobile phones, computing devices, digital cameras, and some luxurious televisions. VIZIO, an American television manufacturer, showcased several impressive TV models. But, the thing which made them stand out from other brands was their Internet apps. VIZIO Internet apps are pre-configured in an Internet TV with a purpose to deliver high and rich media content directly from the web. Thus far, VIZIO does authorize to take advantage of apps like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo news, Skype, and many more. In fact, you can request some movies or videos from the integrated widgets. Just recently, the company has tweeted that YouTube app is likely to join their Internet apps family.

Although it is too early to predict about the models supporting this feature, yet it will be great to stream and watch YouTube videos on a high-definition screen. Unquestionably, the functionality is dynamic in nature and one can easily play with the built-in apps using a wireless remote control. So, your television is no more an idiot box. Get ready to surf the web and access the popular Internet apps along with your favorite TV programs.

Google™ TV for EDU offers education through web and TV

Google is and has always been known as an innovative group of professionals, who even within their organization promote creativity and lay maximum stress on education as a culture. Trust Google to enter the education field with their Google Apps Education Training Center and their 5 billion dollar education project for schools. The websites of Google provide the foundation for sharing and displaying education projects for students and the faculty.

With the technology explosion and convergence of the computer, smartphone, TV and the Internet, education through web and TV is becoming a reality. The Google TV team is trying to partner with various institutions around the world, promoting the Google TV for EDU program through the web and TV.

With the fairly large success of Google Logitech Revue, smartphones, search engines and the Android open source community, this is one area that will see lot of developments and growth in the near future. Bringing Google TV to campuses has brought about a new found interest in smart TV curriculum and innovative educational tools. With Android there to support, it is definitely on the right path. The research in consideration with live applications going on-screen of the Google TV at educational institutions, is a large source of education. The implications on revenue generation through this unique social and technological cause are also mind-boggling. Besides, this is just the tip of the iceberg, since any such far-fetched and exhaustive perspective is going to have implications of use, misuse, security etc., even considering the fact that the far-reaching growth in education is inevitable.

Internet TV devices: A comparison

The CES 2011 demonstrated several products and technologies for gadget geeks, book publishers, entertainment providers, computer manufacturers, smartphone manufacturers, TV manufacturers, gaming manufacturers and more. The one most common product used by billions of people around the world, the TV, is also getting an interesting transformation with the interfacing of the same with the Internet.

According to officials of Google, like Android, the Google TV will be an adventure where the TV meets the web, apps, search and the world’s creativity. Being an open software platform, the Google TV will be able to work with any TV and before long, anyone will be able to build applications for it. Like the computer and the smartphone, the TV will also have a home page and you will also be able to use your phone as a remote control, browse the web, watch TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV set.

Let us have a small review and compare Google TV (Logitech Revue), Boxee, Roku and Apple TV. As regards resolution of Internet TV devices, the Apple TV has it as 720 in comparison to the other three as 1080. Wi-Fi networking is available on all four and also wired networking. While Google TV, Boxee and Apple TV offer full web browsing, Roku enables high speed streaming. As in the case of Apple you can get it at $40. The other interesting area for a vast population the world over is social networking. As regards video calling, while Google is making it possible using a Logitech TV camera, Boxee and Roku do not have these features and Apple is probably developing the app using FaceTime. Facebook is available on Logitech Revue, Boxee and the Apple TV. An edge that Google TV (Logitech Revue) has over all the three others is the availability of the e-mail, while Boxee, Roku and Apple do not provide it. Picture viewing is available on all four. Apple TV may be providing games shortly, and the Roku has an application available, while the Boxee and Logitech Revue Google TV have it through interesting applications further announcing that gaming could be a major factor in the Android applications and via the browser in the Logitech Revue – Google TV. Streaming content – Amazon VOD, Netflix, YouTube and music – are available on all the four products. iTunes is available on the Apple TV and the Roku while Boxee does not support it.

While individual perceptions can change, one cannot but ignore the fact that, the Logitech Revue – Google TV seems to be having big aims in this specific internet TV device market, Boxee is not very far away and Apple is quite close in competition. The Roku device, of course aims at different segments of the market.

Sony Digital Photo Frame DPF-D1020/B

Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of home electronics and consumer products. Sony DPF-D1020/B Digital Photo Frame is the latest addition by Sony. The elegant style and stunning view of Sony DPF-D1020/B Digital Photo Frame makes it an amazing product. With Sony DPF-D1020/B Digital Photo Frame, you can discover a large variety of slideshows along with musical accompaniment. Apart from this, there are attractive clock and calendar viewing modes in Sony DPF-D1020/B Digital Photo Frame.

Below are the specifications of Sony DPF-D1020/B Digital Photo Frame:

Specifications:

LCD Screen

  • LCD Panel Size:  10 (25.4 cm)
  • Actual Viewing Area Size: 222 x 132.48mm
  • Resolution: WVGA 800 x 600
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:10

Compatible Image Format

  • JPEG: DCF Ver2.0, Exif Ver2.21
  • TIFF: Exif Ver. 2.21
  • BMP: 1, 4, 8, 16, 24, 32bit Windows format
  • RAW: SRF, SR2, ARW

Compatible Video Format

  • Motion-JPEG: Yes

Compatible Audio Format

  • LPCM: Yes

Internal Memory

  • Capacity: 2GB
  • Approx. Number of Photos: 4,000

Playback

  • Still Image Playback: Yes (Full Screen and Entire Image modes)
  • Slideshow Playback: Yes (10 patterns)
  • Index View: Yes (3 patterns)
  • Clock and Calendar: Yes (14 designs)
  • Image Rotation: Yes (Auto / Manual)

Compatible Memory Card

  • Memory Stick (MS): MS, MS Duo, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, HighSpeed MS, HighSpeed MS Duo, MS Micro (M2) (with optional adaptor), MagicGate MS, MagicGate MS Duo, MS PRO-HG Duo
  • SD Card: SD Card, SDHC Card. To be used with optional adaptor – Mini SD Card, Micro SD Card, Mini SDHC Card, Micro SDHC Card
  • MMC:  MMC, RS-MMC, MMC Plus

Other Inputs & Outputs

  • USB for External Device Connection: USB A-type (Hi-Speed)
  • USB for PC Connection: USB Mini B-type (Hi-Speed)

Dimensions

  • Photo Frame (W x H x D): 293 x 195 x 28.8mm
  • Including Stand (W x H x D): 293 x 195 x 118.8mm
  • Weight (Without AC Adaptor): Approx. 743g

Supplied Accessories

  • AC adaptor: Yes
  • Wireless Remote: Yes
  • Stand: Yes

Google TV: Review and Features

The search giant, Google has a habit of coming up with new technologies. Google TV is the latest product from the house of Google. Google TV is all set to give competition to Apple TV. Let us take a complete tour of Google TV.

Below are the features of Google TV:

  • Search your television

Now, you can search whatever you want to watch using the Google TV. Just type in whatever you want to watch and Google will get you that. With the help of Google TV, you can flawlessly search the content on the web while watching TV and can access the content just by performing a single click. Also you can easily switch between TV and the web without changing the input mode of your television.

  • The web is now a channel

The search giant Google has loaded the Google TV with a number of features like Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Player 10.1. With these, you can access anything on web, watch your favorite videos, view photos, play games, chat with friends etc.

  • A new world of apps for your TV

When it comes to any Google product, support and applications for that product is unlimited. Google TV comes pre-loaded with applications like Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, Amazon Video On Demand and Gallery. Also in near future, applications from the Google Market will work on Google TV.

  • Your phone = remote control

With the Google TV at your place, you can use your Android based mobile phone or your iPhone or multiple iPhones or Android based phones as a remote for Google TV. Apart from this, you can also use your voice to search the Google TV.

  • Fling a video to your television

With Google TV, you can share anything from a website to whatever you are watching or listening to on your phone to your Google TV by just pressing a button.

  • Watch it now

Now with Google TV, you can access over 40,000 shows and movies by subscribing Netflix just for 8.99 or Amazon Video On Demand (shows start at 99 cents!).

  • YouTube perfected for TV

With Google TV you can watch enormous videos on YouTube. Just imagine watching a video related to your favorite content on a 40 inch TV in HD. Apart from this, you can even create new channels on the fly.

  • Watch and browse, simultaneously

Now, with Google TV, you can watch your favorite TV show or your favorite movie and can browse web simultaneously with the great Picture in Picture technology.

  • TV gets a homepage

Always wanted to get your favorite site as your homepage? Now, you can enjoy this facility in your TV as well. You can select your favorite website as your homepage. Sop that whenever you switch on you television, you can get directly go to your favorite TV shows.

  • Find your favorite episode

With Google TV, you can find and watch your favorite TV shows quickly. Google TV has a special page that lets you quickly find and watch any episode no matter whether it is on TV or the web.

  • Create a TV playlist

Got an important work to do and cannot watch your favorite TV show? Now, there is no need to worry. Just send your favorite TV show to Google Queue and you can watch it later. Also you can subscribe to your favorite websites and video podcasts and can add YouTube videos.

  • Record from the search bar

Now enjoy many enhanced TV and DVR features by combining Google TV with your DISH. You can record a show right from the search bar and can search all of your recordings at once.

  • Rock out in your living room

With Google TV you can listen to your favorite music on your home theatre system by creating a personal radio station on the fly with Pandora or listening to any song, any time, with Napster.

  • The ultimate picture frame

With the help of Google TV, you can watch your favorite images on your LCD or LED TVs. You can stream photos from Picasa, Flickr etc on to your TV.

  • Over-the-air updates

With Google TV there is no need to worry about the latest updates. Google TV updates itself automatically, So that means, you will get the latest features and updates for free and that too without any hassle.

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