Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sony Introduces Their Google TV Lineup

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Sony today introduced Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV, which offers the ability to watch HDTV, enjoy apps, and browse the Internet.

"Sony Internet TV is the world’s first HDTV that combines the big-screen impact of television and full Internet search to deliver an unrivaled entertainment experience," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of Sony’s Home Division. "Finally, you can seamlessly search your favorite TV programs and web sites on the same screen, at the same time."

"We are very proud to be the pioneers of this new entertainment category by delivering the world’s first true Internet TV experience," added Bob Ishida, senior vice president, corporate executive, and president of Home Entertainment Business Group, Sony Corporation. "Sony Internet TV creates value by introducing new and compelling ways to enjoy a variety of content."

Featuring both integrated television models and a Blu-ray Disc player, Sony Internet TV is powered by Google TV. It is built on the Android platform, runs the Google Chrome browser and includes a powerful Intel Atom processor offering the ability to quickly search across Internet and television content for easy access to entertainment and information.

The models also feature Dual View, allowing users to watch television while tweeting about what they’re watching, checking their fantasy football scores, or finding related content on the web.

They can also bookmark content for easy access and add applications from the Android Market (coming in early 2011). The models feature Sony’s premium streaming service "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity" as well as pre-installed apps including CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, and YouTube.

The intuitive hand-held RF QWERTY keypad remote incorporating an optical mouse makes it easy to navigate content, type in search terms, and control the TV’s user interface. Additionally, select mobile devices such as an Android phone, can control the TV with an app that will be available for download from the mobile Android Market later this fall.

Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect to home broadband networks to access web content. Additionally, Sony Internet TV is ready for the future and is fully upgradable through system updates.

Sony Internet TV easily connects to select HD DVR devices from Dish Network to include previously recorded content in the search results and control DVR functionality from the set’s user interface.

Sony Internet TV Line
Featuring four LCD HDTVs with Google TV built-in, the Sony Internet TV line includes the 24-inch class NSX-24GT1 ($599.99), the 32-inch class NSX-32GT1 ($799.99), the 40-inch NSX-40GT1 ($999.99), and the 46-inch NSX-46GT1 ($1,399.99).

Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player
The Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV built-in, NSZ-GT1 ($399.99), also allows users to enjoy all of the powerful features of Google TV on their existing HDTV.

Sony Internet TV and the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player are currently on pre-sale at www.SonyStyle.com and www.BestBuy.com. They will be available for purchase at Sony Style on October 16 and at Best Buy shortly after.

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Sony Internet TV NSX-46GT1
Available in October for $1,399.99
· 46-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight
· Google TV built-in
· Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
· Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
· Upgradeable Google TV platform
· Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
· Superior processing power with Intel Inside
· Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
· Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
· Built-in Wi-Fi
· Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs

Sony Internet TV NSX-40GT1
Available in October for about $999.99
· 40-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight
· Google TV built-in
· Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
· Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
· Upgradeable Google TV platform
· Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
· Superior processing power with Intel Inside
· Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
· Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
· Built-in Wi-Fi
· Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs

Sony Internet TV NSX-32GT1
Available in October for about $799.99
· 32-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight
· Google TV built-in
· Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
· Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
· Upgradeable Google TV platform
· Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
· Superior processing power with Intel Inside
· Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
· Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
· Built-in Wi-Fi
· Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs

Sony Internet TV NSX-24GT1
Available in October for about $599.99
· 24-inch Full HD 1080p display with CCFL backlight
· Google TV built-in
· Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
· Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
· Upgradeable Google TV platform
· Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
· Superior processing power with Intel Inside
· Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
· Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
· Built-in Wi-Fi
· Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs

Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player NSZ-GT1
Available in October for about $399.99
· Google TV built-in
· Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
· Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
· Upgradeable Google TV platform
· Blu-ray Disc playback capability
· Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
· Superior processing power with Intel Inside
· Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
· Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
· Built-in Wi-Fi
· One HDMI input, one HDMI output and four USB inputs
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iPhone 4 Glass Breaking 82% More Than iPhone 3GS at 4 Month Mark

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SquareTrade analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3GS.

Interesting Highlights:
● iPhone 4 owners reported 82% more damaged screens in the first 4 months compared to iPhone 3gs owners.
● Overall, the reported accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3gs.
● An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.

"With just 4 months of data, it's clear that the iPhone 4 is significantly more prone to physical damage than its predecessor. The aluminosilicate glass seem to crack at least as often as the old glass, and there is now twice as much surface area to break.

Despite this troubling increase, it's important to take the accident rate into perspective. Overall, the iPhone is still a very well constructed device, with a non-accident malfunction rate much lower than most other consumer electronics. "










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iPhone Carrier Exclusivity to End in Germany

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Vodafone and O2 have announced they will be selling the iPhone 4, ending T-Mobile's exclusive access to the device for Germany.

Both companies have gone live with landing pages for potential iPhone customers; however, no word yet on a release date or pricing.





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ExpoTec 1.0, Event Navigation

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FogTechnologies has released ExpoTec 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. ExpoTec is a great new app that will change the way Trade Shows, Conventions and Expos are navigated, and event information is distributed. No need to carry paper maps, schedules and info ExpoTec combines it all into an event pack that you can carry on your iOS Device! By combining GPS technology and event information distribution ExpoTec is a great addition to any event.

Features at a glance:
* Show your current location on event map
* Detailed Vendor Information, booth location and show specials
* Schedule, with links to handouts
* Event information
* Instantly update event attendees with latest event information
* Easy to use event management interface

The ability to quickly and easily create event packs is one of the things that sets ExpoTec apart. The web based event management software can be used for any event, conference, trade show or expo.

Event coordinators create an event pack using our easy to use web interface. Event packs include maps, event information, vendor information, schedules and other helpful event information. Event packs can be easily updated and modified at any time. Once an event pack has been modified attendees are notified of the change via a popup notification in ExpoTec and can then download the latest information.

Pricing and Availability:
ExpoTec 1.0 is $3.99 (USD) and available exclusively through the App Store in the Business category. ExpoTec Management Service is currently free for Event organizers who wish to use the service.



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AutoWeek Launches iPad App

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AutoWeek expands its media brand with the launch of an all-new iPad application. Developed with mobile publishing platform solution provider PixelMags, the AW app is a feature-rich, interactive environment that takes a simple page-turning magazine app and redefines the experience. Readers will be able to get embedded video, photo galleries, audio and direct-link access to Web sites without leaving the application. Additionally, to send a comment to an author, a reader can click a mouse to launch an e-mail.

"This is another extension of the AutoWeek brand," said KC Crain, AW publisher and group vice president of Crain Communications Inc. "The way in which enthusiasts get their information continues to evolve, and we are responding to that demand. The integrated platform that we can offer now to our advertisers bridges the gap between the print and online worlds." What sets this app apart from those of other magazine publishers is its value proposition. Where other publishers seek traditional print subscription prices, AW will broaden its consumer audience by lowering the cost of entry: iPad consumers will get a one-year (26 issues) subscription for $4.99. Single-issue price is 99 cents.

"This is an aggressive approach that begs to be taken," said Dutch Mandel, AW editorial director and associate publisher. "As a company, Crain has invested in the infrastructure to make this an incredible experience for the consumer. We are excited about delivering quality content at a great value while attracting a new, young audience." Launching in conjunction with the October 11 AW New Car Guide, the AW iPad app will replicate its print counterpart. It also includes video drives of the Porsche 911 GT3 and 911 Turbo, the Audi A7 and the Lincoln MKZ hybrid and MKX.

"It puts our readers behind the wheel of a car and brings sight, sound and motion to our print product," said Crain.

Along with these first drives and new-car reviews, the inaugural iPad issue will provide users with more news, additional photography and the ability to test products in a way never seen before, with a share feature that allows magazine copies to be shared with others.

Beyond the standard print edition, the AW iPad app offers advertisers an opportunity to provide an integrated advertising campaign across AW's various media. The AW iPad app, now available on iTunes, joins a portfolio of print, online, podcast, radio, TV, mobile and experiential products.

AutoWeek is America's timeliest source of consumer car news, information and insight. AW delivers information as a fortnightly automotive-enthusiast publication, via the Internet and the iPad, over the radio and video airwaves and through social media. It is owned by Crain Communications Inc. AW is essential to those pursuing automotive passion and remains a must-read for those who live the automotive lifestyle. AW gives readers, viewers and listeners more information more often to satisfy their car fix before the other guys even start their engines.

AutoWeek editors and contributors are available for interviews; contact Amie Martz.




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