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Samsung kills Boxee project

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Originally Boxee was developed as a software platform, it later launched its own set-top box, pitching the Tel-Aviv start up against other devices including the Apple TV box and Roku. It has also developed its own cloud based PVR, known as Cloudee. These services were later shut down by Samsung. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Samsung Smart TVs Insert Ads Into Streaming Apps

Amidst a controversy over how much data its smart TVs collect, Samsung this week also had to contend with a glitch that embedded Pepsi commercials in the middle of movies. […] “This seems to be caused by an error, and we are currently conducting a full and thorough investigation into the cause as our top priority,” [Samsung Spokesperson said] . “This situation has so far been reported only in Australia. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience experienced by our customers.” – Stephanie Mlot, PCMag
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Samsung’s smart TV privacy policy should scare you to death

If you’re already worried about your smartphone or PC spying on you, just wait until you see what smart TVs are capable of. The Korea Times reports that Samsung’s smart TV privacy policy has been coming under heavy scrutiny because it says that your TV can record your voice and sell the contents of what you say to undisclosed “third parties.” – Brad Reed, BGR
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Smart TVs, Dumber By The Moment

Sadly, to get the very best panels and processing these days, whatever new set one acquires will likely be saddled with an Internet platform. And no one abuses that connectivity and customer goodwill as effectively as Samsung. What they and Delivery Agent call a “Solution” the rest of us will call a “problem” … as David Chartier and the Boston Globe point to a newly introduced overlay that drops a (Dunkin’ Donuts) ad unit on top of a possibly related commercial. They presumably use metadata markers, as TiVo has, to determine when to hit you with an ad. But really the technical intricacies are secondary to the compromised user experience and disruption. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny 
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Samsung Brings Milk Streaming Service to TVs, VR and the Web

Starting today, Samsung Smart TV’s can download the Milk Music app and will soon be able to get a Milk Video app, alongside a new web interface for the music service. But that isn’t enough for the company; it’s also made Milk Video into a Virtual Reality app that works on the Gear VR. You’ll be able to download the app on a Galaxy Note 4 and watch 360-degree videos with new content delivered five days a week. – Owen Williams, The Next Web
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PlayStation Now is coming Samsung smart TVs

In a press release Sony and Samsung gave a brief overview of this partnership. Sometime in the first half of next year, the PlayStation Now application will be available for download on Samsung’s Smart Hub. Select Samsung Smart TVs will run the app, and pair with a DualShock 4 for gameplay. It’s unclear exactly how widespread support will be on Samsung’s televisions, but it’s promising to see Sony working with other hardware companies. – Grant Brunner,ExtremeTech

Samsung picks up the team behind the Plair streaming stick

Plair was an early entrant in the streaming stick market. The startup launched an HDMI stick capable of receiving video from a smartphone or laptop in early 2013, but the first device was plagued by technical challenges as well as a high price: Plair tried to sell the stick for $99, only to see Google introduce its much more capable $35 streaming stick a few months later. Plair tried one more time in late 2013 with a second version of its adapter that came with pre-installed Android apps, but the company simply couldn’t compete with the likes of Google, Roku and now Amazon in the streaming stick race. – Janko Roettgers,Gigaom
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Samsung and Google Play Team Up to Corner the Latin-American Streaming Market

Google Play has joined with Samsung in a bold move for the quickly growing Latin American music streaming market. Via a promotion launched in September, anyone who buys a new Samsung device (Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Tab) in any of 17 countries gets a free six-month subscription to the service — and beginning Nov. 1, all owners of a Samsung smartphone, tablet or Level product get a three-month free subscription. […] There are 41 million smartphone users in Brazil alone — the biggest Latin market — and 90 percent of those run on the Google-developed Android system, according to Kantar Worldpanel. In Mexico, there are 25 million smartphones, of which 84% run on Android. – Leila Cobo,Billboard  
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Samsung has found a way to boost Wi-Fi speeds fivefold

Thanks to real-world elements like walls and household appliances, the maximum network bandwidth you see on a router’s box are never achieved – until now, if Samsung is to be believed. The technology giant claims to have developed a 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology that will bridge the gap between theoretical and actual Wi-Fi speeds. […] “Unlike the existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi technologies, Samsung’s 802.11ad standard 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference, regardless of the number of devices using the same network,” according to Samsung’s announcement. – Jason Hahn,Digital Trends
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