Country leads in availability of Internet access
Citizens of Canada reportedly spend more time browsing the Internet than any other country, according to data released by the research firm comScore. Over two thirds of Canadians frequently take advantage of their Internet connections, averaging 42 hours each month. France and Britain share the second spot with 62 percent, while 60 percent of Germans report similar habits.
Google TV offers limited app selection
Following Sony's official Internet TV introduction, Electronista had a chance to try out the Google TV devices and Sony's dedicated controller. Before handling the upcoming products, we were surprised by the short duration of Sony's unveiling. Executives ran through a quick overview followed by a simple demonstration, without delving much further into the Google TV platform.
Sony Google TV official, due October 16
Sony as promised tonight confirmed its Internet TV GT1 line, its first Google TV devices. The Internet TV and Internet Blu-ray Player build an Atom-based system into their designs and support the full Google OS for searching both the web and TV programming (including Flash-based video) as well as loading Android-based apps. Sony's spin puts in an app for its Qriocity movie service as well as CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and YouTube.
Streams Hulu, PBS, Netflix, more over wifi or 3G
After months of rejection from Apple, forcing the company to create a web-based HTML5 application to accommodate iPhone fans, the subscription internet TV service PlayOn has finally won approval for a native app and debuted on the App Store Wednesday.
ARM Cortex-A9 SoC, with Web 2.0 - Apple TV bound?
Following the recent release of Apple’s revised, and ARM-based, Apple TV set top box (STB) ARM and Trident have joined forces to deliver next-gen STBs. The partnership aims to deliver Web 2.0 functionality, including Flash, to new STBs as they seek to better integrate the internet, internet TV, and broadcast TV in future products. The forthcoming system-on-a-chip design will be ARM Cortex-A9-based, and are broadly similar to the recently announced Samsung implementation of the ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core design of its new Orion chip, destined for the next generation of smartphones and tablets.
Time Warner Internet TV
Time Warner Cable revealed today it plans to offer a wireless cable modem to subscribers that will allow them to network all of their household electronic devices and bring Internet content directly to their TVs. The report suggests users will be able to call up Internet TV via their home theater set-ups, with image quality that is optimized for HDTVs.