Google’s new Chromecast is ultra-cheap but cuts out support for 4K resolution

The rumors are true: Google launched a new, more affordable rendition of its Chromecast devices but it comes at the cost of a few features found in older models. Dubbed the Chromecast with Google TV (HD), inklings of this new device cropped up recently with some reports speculating the company is expanding support of hardware to non-4K TVs. And sure enough, that’s what’s happening. This new HD Chromecast is essentially a toned-down version of the 2020 model which supports 4K HDR streaming and several Dolby video formats.   On the…

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Samsung and Roku TV owners can now get free Apple TV Plus for three months

Proud Samsung smart TV and Roku device owners have an extra reason to feel chuffed, with the news that Apple is offering device owners three months of free access to Apple TV Plus.   A subscription to the iPhone maker’s streaming service normally costs $4.99 / £4.99 / AU$7.99 per month but from now through to November 28, Samsung Smart TV and Roku device owners can sign up for three months of free viewing. The offer for Samsung TVs is limited to 2018-2022 models, while Roku owners will need a recent…

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Latest AirPods Pro 2 rumors are all about that case

It’s no secret that the anticipated AirPods Pro 2 Bluetooth earbuds will look almost exactly like the current version, but, according to a new leak, the same might not be said for the charging case. Not only will it get relatively subtle design updates, but some impressive new audio features. According to 52Audio, which appears to be outlining a multitude of details from what might be Apple’s own internal, leaked documents, the AirPods Pro 2 will offer all the features of the current model, but add, as expected, more health-related…

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Philips’ new projector looks like one I’d actually want in my living room

Ultra short throw (UST) projectors are the way to go if you want a big image without taking up much room space, and you prefer not to buy a huge OLED or LCD TV. Philips has ventured into the UST arena before with its Screeneo U3 model, but the company’s new Screeneo U4 appears to strike a much better balance between budget and big picture concerns. Available exclusively for pre-order on  Indiegogo at the affordable introductory price of €599 / $620, the Screeneo U4, which ships in August, is priced…

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Apple TV 4K and HomePod owners should do this update right now

Great news, Apple TV 4K and HomePod owners: just days after rolling out an emergency patch for gaping security hole in Apple Macs and Watches and barely a week since the company unveiled tvOS 15.5 to us all, Tim Cook’s behemoth has yet further updates available for HomePod, HomePod mini and Apple TV 4K users. The company has now launched tvOS 15.5.1 – a minor update, but it addresses key issues that some Apple TV and HomePod users have noted since the release of tvOS 15.5. Crucially, Apple says tvOS 15.5.1 for…

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LG’s UST projector beams bright 120-inch images from 7 inches away

LG is getting ready to launch an addition to its family of 4K Laser TV ultra-short throw projectors. The forthcoming HU915QE is the company’s brightest offering yet, spec’d to produce a 120-inch image with 3,700 ANSI Lumens when placed 7.2 inches from a wall-mounted screen and a 90-inch image from 2.2 inches away. The projector’s prodigious light output makes it a compelling alternative to ultra-large 4K OLED and LED TVs, most of which top out at 88 inches before vaulting up to an astronomical price tier. The three-channel laser engine…

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Google’s Android 13 Beta for TV adds a cool feature – but you can’t try it yet

In the aftermath of I/O 2022, Google is quietly rolling out Android 13 Beta 2 for TV which brings new features and quality-of-life (QoL) changes. Be aware that the new beta is currently available to Android developers only as a way to test apps on the OS and provide feedback on them. However, there is a good chance that most, if not all, of the features listed will be making their way to your smart TV in the future. Developing features The central theme of this new Android 13 beta…

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This 4K projector could replace your gaming TV

The new Optima UHD55 projector has been heralded as the next best gaming projector for those on a budget – and based on the specs we think the rumors have merit. This 3,600 lumens, long-throw projector offers an impressive 1,200,000:1 contrast ratio and an image size up to 300-inch. But what about its gaming prowess? For those of you looking to prioritize image quality, you can game in 4K at 60Hz with a response time of 16ms. Alternatively, those after an improved performance can drop the resolution down to 1080p…

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Sony’s new 4K laser projector should tempt you away from a big TV

Sony has announced two new 4K laser projectors, one of which is as large and high-end as these things are generally expected to be, while the other is much smaller and more affordable than previous laser options, and makes 4K laser a real alternative to a huge-screen TV. The Sony VPL-XW5000ES is the compact option that we’re especially interested in. Sony says it’s “30% smaller in size and 35% lighter in weight” than the Sony VPL-VW790ES model that these two projectors are effectively replacing, which means it’s going to be…

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What is Mini LED? The TV display tech explained

Mini LED is a type of screen tech found mostly in TV displays. Nowadays most of the major TV makers, like Philips, TCL, LG and Samsung, all have Mini LED TVs available to buy or they’re building new ones with Mini LED’s backlight tech inside them.  Some brands are even combining Mini LED with other kinds of new tech. For example LG’s Mini LED TV range of ‘QNED’ screens are now available worldwide. These TV models have both LG’s NanoCell LCD and Mini LED backlighting for the first time.  What’s…

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