‘TV & Movies’ app for Google TV updated with features and fixes

Google released an update to the “TV & Movies” app for Google TV bringing with it a few new features including enhancements to animations and scrolling, the ability to remove channels from live TV shelves, and additional Dish Network content. The update will also now hide empty shelves by default.

Google also walked through a number of new features and improvements to the updated TV & Movies app on The Official Google TV Blog. Among the improvements is expanded information below content, and a new menu for getting additional details, star ratings, and favorites. The star ratings will provide suggestions based on your feedback, and Google outlined the streamlined channel layout.

When you add them to Favorite Channels you’ll instantly see what show is currently playing on each. Add all your favorite channels and you’ll have a one-stop personalized guide of just the channels you care about. You can also add favorite TV shows and movies to your queue so you can come back later and watch them on Netflix, Amazon, HBO GO and more.

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iHome unveils Android accessory line for smartphones and tablets

Hold on to your hats, iHome just turned Android.

The long-time iOS accessory manufacturer unveiled a new line of pocketbook-friendly Android trimmings today.

“The size of the worldwide Android audience and lack of current speaker options gives us a significant opportunity to introduce our products to a new group of consumers,” announced iHome’s Director of Marketing Evan Stein in a press release. “Our new SmartDesign products maintain the high quality and innovation that is synonymous with iHome.”

First up is the iC50 for Android smartphones. It is a $59.99 alarm/radio clock with a microUSB charging cable, stereo audio cable, and 3.5 mm plug:

Wake and sleep to radio (you can also wake to tone). Reson8® speaker chambers and EXB bass enhancement provide great sound that’s perfect for your music, games or apps. Works with iHome Sleep app (free download) to wake and sleep to your favorite music and advanced custom alarms. SmartSlide™ dock with custom micro USB cable for smartphone charging regardless of its charging port location/orientation. Also enjoy FM radio with digital tuning. A microUSB charging cable and stereo audio cable with 3.5 mm plug are included.

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Sergey Brin clarifies thoughts on internet freedom, Apple, and Facebook

recent interview with Google’s cofounder Sergey Brin received a lot of attention due to his view that Apple and Facebook are the biggest threats to the open Internet. While Brin still recommends reading the full article here, he posted a note on his Google+ account today to clarify some thoughts that he felt were “particularly distorted in the secondary coverage” of the interview.

In the post, Brin clarifies that on the issue of app ecosystems, which are not as open as the rest of the Web, he does not think the “issue is on a par with government based censorship.” He also took time to clarify his view of Apple and Facebook, noting he has “always admired Apple’s products,” especially while using an iMac to type his post. He also called Facebook “a key tool for political expression.” Brin’s full post is below:
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Google eyes new online measurement metrics for brand marketers; launches initiative at ad conference

Google announced it is introducing a new initiative today to reinvent online measurement for brand marketers.

“Today at the Ad Age Digital Conference we’re introducing the Brand Activate initiative, a new effort to re-imagine online measurement for brand marketers and—crucially—to help brands turn measurement into action, immediately,” explained Google’s Vice President of Display Advertising Neal Mohan on the Official Google Blog. “We’re working with the industry and supporting the IAB’s Making Measurement Make Sense (3MS) coalition on this project.”

The coalition is committed to developing brand-building online metrics and measurement solutions. Meanwhile, the Ad Age Digital 2012 combines marketing, technology, and media in one place: Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The events start today and end April 18. It is a melting pot of the world’s biggest brands and newest startups.

The conference intends to “connect the dots” between Madison Avenue and Silicon Valley, while highlighting 700 high-level attendees, two days of keynotes, workshops, and networking with celebrated guest speakers.

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AT&T announces HTC One X LTE available May 6 for $199/contract

AT&T just announced the HTC One X would be available for pre-order April 22 with availability May 6. The LTE flagship HTC device will have Sense 4.0, Beats by Dre Audio, and “long-lasting battery performance to accommodate heavy mobile use.”  We have long talked about the focus that HTC has put on its One line, especially because the camera and screen are best in their class. The hard decision? Gray or white. Click below for larger images.

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Google slides indicate Oracle is bitter over Java’s failed mobile attempts; court battle is a tantrum (photos)

So, everyone is aware that Java platform maker Oracle is amid a courtroom grapple with Google over whether Java patents were infringed in the search engine’s mobile operating system Android, but not everyone is clued in to the defendant’s intriguing side of the story.

According to Google’s money slides (via ZDNet), the heart of Google’s defense is summarized in three clear-cut points: Java code was free and openly available to the public; Google did not violate any patents or copyrights when developing Android; and, Oracle is disgruntled due to its and Sun’s failed attempts to market a Java-based platform for smartphones.

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First Intel-powered smartphone launching later this week

During the company’s financial Q1 earnings call that took place this afternoon, Intel’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini revealed to investors that Intel plans to launch its first smartphone later this week. Originally shown off at CES 2012, the Lenovo K800 will be the first handset with Intel technology featuring the new Medfield chip. It is designed specifically for mobile devices. The K800 will first launch in China, and it features Android 4.0, a 4.5-inch touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera, and Intel’s Medfield chip. Right now, there is no word on pricing or availability outside of China, but we will let you know when we hear more.

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ASUS Transformer Pad 300 listed on Amazon, available for $400 on April 22

There is more information regarding ASUS’ next tablet offering—the Transformer Pad 300. It has been trickling its way down the Internet over the past few weeks, but today it popped up on Amazon and confirmed specs, price, and a release date. The Transformer Pad 300 will ship for $400 April 22. According to the listing, the price is $41 more than the 16GB version of the Transformer Prime. The Pad 300 packs a 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and 32GB of built-in storage. There will also be a keyboard dock available for sale. We suggest you bookmark this page for April 22, because this thing will probably sell out quick. It looks nice, eh?

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Samsung Galaxy S III to be a minor upgrade, featuring eye tracking technology

Samsung revealed its plans on Monday to announce the next handset in the Galaxy lineup on May 3. According to many rumors that have surfaced, the handset that Samsung will reveal is the Galaxy S III, which is the successor to the popular Galaxy S II that saw record sales worldwide. Citing “a source in the UK telecoms industry,” CNET reported that the phone would be a minor upgrade compared to the Galaxy S II; however, it will feature new eye tracking technology. The eye tracking technology will use the device’s front-facing camera to detect if your eyes are looking at the screen or when you are writing text.

As for specs on the device, CNET’s source said the update would be small with just a few speed enhancements. The specs are said to be similar to the HTC One X landing on AT&T in a week. A 1.5GHz processor, 4-inch screen, and 1 GB of RAM is likely for the device, but other rumors claim even higher specs.

As for the name of the device…

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Apple and Samsung CEOs to meet in court for patent dispute settlement talks within 90 days

According to a report from Foss Patents (and confirmed by Reuters), Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and Samsung Chief Executive Officer Gee-Sung Choi will meet within the next 90 days for settlement talks over ongoing patent disputes. Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the two cases in California, initiated the meeting after ordering the companies to submit their CEOs and legal counsels to an Alternative Dispute Resolution.

“As directed by the Court, Apple and Samsung are both willing to participate in a Magistrate Judge Settlement Conference with Judge Spero as mediator. At Apple, the chief executive officer and general counsel are the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Apple during the upcoming settlement discussions. At Samsung, the chief executive officer and general counsel are also the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Samsung during these settlement discussions.”

The report called the talks “semi-voluntary,” because the companies did not have to submit to the Alternative Dispute Resolution. However, as pointed out by Foss Patents, “if only one of them had made the CEO available, the other one would have appeared to be less than constructive.” Apple and Samsung executives will meet in San Francisco with U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero sometime over the next three months:
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Report: Four carriers fight for fastest 3G and 4G speeds, only two debut on top

PC World tested 3G and 4G wireless data transfer speeds for the top four carriers —both indoors and outside with multiple devices across 13 major cities in 130 testing locations— and discovered some surprising results.

During average wireless speed tests for 3G networks with the smartphones pictured above, T-Mobile took home the fastest download and upload speed prize at 3.84 Mbps and 1.44 Mbps, respectively. AT&T landed the No. 2 spot with its 2.62 Mbps download speed and 0.85-Mbps upload speed.

The slower 3G network provider reclaimed its pride and rose to fame with its 4G wireless speeds, however. AT&T garnered 9.56 Mbps while downloading and 5.15 Mbps for uploads. Verizon debuted at second with its 7.35 Mbps download speed and 5.86 Mbps upload speed.

The overall winners are named below.

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