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How to Turn an Android Box into a DVR

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Android STB maker Tablo announces a solution for customers wanting to record over-the-air (OTA) TV using their Android TV box-- the Tablo Tuner and Tablo Engine app combo.

Tablo First previewed back at CES 2016, the Tablo Tuner is a dual-tuner USB adapter connecting a TV adapter to the Android TV box in question (such as the Nvidia shield). Once connected, users need to install the Tablo Engine app on their STB, transforming it into a means to discover, watch and record live HDTV without need for DVR hardware or an always-on PC.

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Savant Presents Wall-Mounted Touchscreens

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Savant announces a product line it calls Wally-- dedicated touchscreens providing intuitive access to smart home features, designed to blend seamlessly into any decor.

Savant WallyThe Wally touchscreen line features high-resolution colour displays based on technology from the Savant Pro Remote. It can control integrated climate, advanced lighting, entertainment and even activate Savant Scenes. An integrated presence sensor activates the touchscreen automatically as a person approaches.

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Microsoft Presents Xbox One X

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E3 2017 has Microsoft detail the next iteration of the Xbox games console-- the Xbox One X, a 4K-capable machine described as "the world's most powerful console."

Xbox One XFirst announced back at E3 2016 as "Project Scorpio," the Xbox One X (not to be confused with the Xbox One S, the more compact version of the Xbox One) promises to be more powerful than the Sony take on the 4K-capable consoles, the PlayStation 4 Pro. How so? Microsoft says it carries a custom 8-core AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, a 6 teraflop GPU clocked at 1.17GHz and 12GB of GDDR5 video RAM. In comparison, the PS4 Pro has a 4.2 teraflop GPU.

The result is a machine able to push 4K resolution visuals at 60fps, as well as HDR and Dolby Atmos support. Customers without a 4K TV should also get some visual improvements, since the Xbox One X can refine 1080p visuals further through supersampling. Also included in the machine are a UHD Blu-ray drive for 4K movies and 1TB storage.

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Flipp to Control Speakers Over Wifi

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The Flipp is a Kickstarter project with a single aim-- to provide a simple means for the control of wireless audio systems, including products from the likes of Sonos, Bose and Philips.

Flipp remoteThe actual Flipp remote is a palm-size disc. It does exactly four things, namely pause/play music, control volume, skip songs and skip playlists. It has no buttons, meaning control is tied to specific motions based on how one is holding the Flipp.

Thus, rotating the remote with the speckled white face up controls the volume, while flipping (thus the name) to the black side while rotating skips through songs on a playlist. One can also simply press the Flipp once to pause/play, and press and rotate to switch between playlists.

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Crestron Presents TSW-560P Portrait Touchscreen

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Crestron announces a first portrait touchscreen-- the TSW-560P, a model featuring clean, contemporary design complete with edge-to-edge glass.

Touchscreen CrestronPart of a new generation of TSW touchscreens, the TSW-560P allows control of audio, video, lighting, shades, HVAC, security and other systems. Like other Crestron touchscreens it is fully customisable with easy to use controls and icons, true feedback and real-time status display, live streaming video, voice recognition, web browser and media player.

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Domotz Pro Software Supports Nuvo Player

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Legrand and Domotz announce the Domotz Pro remote network management software now supports the Nuvo Player Portfolio whole home music system.

Legrand DomotzDomotz Pro software adds remote management features to the Nuvo Player Portfolio system, allowing installers and Legrand tech support to work together in real-time to quickly troubleshoot configuration and performance issues. One key feature is the ability to automatically identify and remotely reboot Player Portfolio devices and systems, and installers can quickly launch support sessions with Legrand staff and provide temporary remote access to customers' Player Portfolio systems.

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Amazon Shows Things With Echo Show

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Amazon confirms the existence of a long rumoured touchscreen-equipped Echo device-- the Echo Show, a connected home hub featuring a 7-inch touchscreen together with voice recognition capability.

Echo Show“Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things," the online retailer turned cloud giant-slash-hardware maker says. "Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.”

Another feature found in the Echo show is a camera, allowing for video calls, and Alexa skills are included for integration with smart home devices. This includes baby monitors from Ring and Arlo, Philips Hue smart lights, and thermostats from the likes of ecobee and WeMo.

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