UK Broadband Bills: Don’t Get Caught Out by Downloading Christmas Films

LG Broadband HDTV with NetflixUK families that are fed up of watching the same Christmas shows and films on TV could find themselves footing unexpected bills if they decide to rent movies online instead. Huge names including Apple and Google, as well as several DVD rental organizations such as Amazon owned Lovefilm, encourage people rent the most recent TV shows [...]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? No, Google Music!

google_music_screenshotWelcome once again to the show that never ends; the battle of corporate giants Google and Apple. Google has launched music services for its Android handset users while Apple has launched a new service, iTunes Match. It's a big step for Google, as not having a music purchase service was reckoned to be something of a [...]

Google Wi-Fi Database Opt-Out is a Cop Out

google_maps_with_streetviewThe days of cable connectivity are coming to an end, but with technological advances security should still be at the forefront of our minds. How important is your privacy to you? If you're on Twitter or Facebook, you'll probably be used to adjusting your privacy settings when required. You might not be that bothered anyway, [...]

Google’s Eric Schmidt Tells the British Television Establishment: It’s Time to ‘Think Beyond the TV Box’

Eric Schmidt Speaking at 2011 MGEITFEarlier today, Google's former CEO, Eric Schmidt addressed the crowd at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival as the keynote speaker. We all knew he was going to bring up Google TV at some point, but the MacTaggart Lecture hit on many of the opportunities — he felt — the UK television industry and regulators [...]

Google Finally Lets Loose Its Google TV Add-on for Android App Development

Google TV Honeycomb Beta Preview Android MarketColor me surprised. We knew Google had design guidelines for HTML5-based apps optimized for Google TV. And the company talked a good game at Google I/O this past May about how future Android apps will recognize and reformat themselves on the fly for large TV displays. Well, today we're learning that Google has finally given [...]

Chrome Tablet Browsing Anyone?

Chromium Tablet Browser DemoBelow is a video demo by François Beaufort of the current state of the touch-enabled Chromium browser. As you can see it has been heavily optimized from the desktop version to work well with a touch display. There has been no interest by Google to make a Chrome OS tablet [mockup renderings], but that's not stopping the [...]

What the…? Google Just Acquired SageTV

SageTV 7 InterfaceWith little more than a brief note on its homepage (and a tweet), SageTV is announcing that the software company has just been taken under Google's wing. It's unclear what Google plans to do with the company, but it's not a stretch to think that the Google TV team has its eyes on SageTV's DVR, [...]

Android Dips Its Toes in Home Automation with @Home, Will Have App Market Support for Google TV by Summer

Android Honeycomb GraphicThis morning was day one of Google I/O 2011. Lots of great new technologies and platform advancements were revealed today, but the three our readers will be interested in is Android Accessories, Android @Home, and Project Tungsten. Oh, and I guess Android Market: Movies (compatible across phones and tablets), which provides the ability to stream [...]