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Sony’s first post-Chromecast Google TV device is a dongle, not a set-top box

Sony's postChromcast Google TV dongle pictured in FCC docs, may be a BRAVIA accessory

We first got a whiff of Sony’s NSZ-GU1 earlier this month from an FCC filing, and now the folks at GTVHacker point out those documents have been updated with more info and pictures. The first new Google TV hardware seen since the $35 Chromecast dongle launched, this device appears to be a blend of the two. A key difference revealed from the pictures however, is an odd stepped design, with the MHL/HDMI port protruding from the bottom of the box. The brief user manual included in the filing may explain this however, as it can draw power via that MHL output and the USB connection to a BRAVIA TV. A tiny diagram in the truncated user manual shows it plugged into the side of a TV like the Chromecast or Roku Streaming Stick. If you’re wondering about the PS4 — yes, we looked, but there’s no indication it’s meant to work directly with the upcoming console.

Like previous Google TV devices, it brings HDMI passthrough to the table along with an IR blaster, remote diagrams (in a separate filing) look similar to the one included with the NSZ-GS7 and GS8. Inside is a low power Marvell DE3108 SoC, 8GB of flash memory and 1GB RAM, however the specs indicate it’s limited to 720p video output. As GTVHacker put it, the entire thing is similar to the Chromecast but with Google TV features. What remains to be seen is when it arrives, how much it costs, and what software tweaks Google and Sony can cook up to make this generation of Android-powered smart TVs more appealing.%Gallery-slideshow76478%

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Via: CJ Heres (Twitter)

Source: FCC (1), (2)

Hawaiian Airlines to offer iPad minis for in-flight entertainment on 14 planes

DNP iPad minis on Hawaiian Airlines planes

Starting September 1st, people flying Hawaiian Airlines will get the chance to spend some R&R time with an iPad mini thousands of feet in the air. It’s all thanks to the company contracting Blue Avionics to switch its existing in-flight entertainment systems (IES) with 1,500 miniature iPads on 14 Boeing 767-300 planes. Business class passengers can stream movies and shows for free, but unlike American Airlines’ Galaxy Tab program available only to premium seats, anyone onboard can rent a teensy tablet. Sure, it’ll cost them $15 for the perk — $17, if they decided to do so on a whim while already on the plane — but the existing system will cost them the same amount anyway. iPads on planes aren’t anything new — AA and Alaska Airlines have both ditched flight manuals for their digital counterparts, while Qantas and Jetstar Airways have been renting them out for years. However, HA is the first U.S. airline to offer iPads for in-flight entertainment, and some patrons might see that as a welcome change.

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Via: 9to5mac

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka Clevo P157SM), we can finally shed some additional light on the hardware and provide some thoughts on properly balancing CPU and GPU requirements. Round two of our GTX 780M coverage is ready; is this the mobile GPU we’ve been waiting for? Read on for our complete review.

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka Clevo P157SM), we can finally shed some additional light on the hardware and provide some thoughts on properly balancing CPU and GPU requirements. Round two of our GTX 780M coverage is ready; is this the mobile GPU we’ve been waiting for? Read on for our complete review.

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka Clevo P157SM), we can finally shed some additional light on the hardware and provide some thoughts on properly balancing CPU and GPU requirements. Round two of our GTX 780M coverage is ready; is this the mobile GPU we’ve been waiting for? Read on for our complete review.

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka Clevo P157SM), we can finally shed some additional light on the hardware and provide some thoughts on properly balancing CPU and GPU requirements. Round two of our GTX 780M coverage is ready; is this the mobile GPU we’ve been waiting for? Read on for our complete review.

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka Clevo P157SM), we can finally shed some additional light on the hardware and provide some thoughts on properly balancing CPU and GPU requirements. Round two of our GTX 780M coverage is ready; is this the mobile GPU we’ve been waiting for? Read on for our complete review.

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka Clevo P157SM), we can finally shed some additional light on the hardware and provide some thoughts on properly balancing CPU and GPU requirements. Round two of our GTX 780M coverage is ready; is this the mobile GPU we’ve been waiting for? Read on for our complete review.

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka Clevo P157SM), we can finally shed some additional light on the hardware and provide some thoughts on properly balancing CPU and GPU requirements. Round two of our GTX 780M coverage is ready; is this the mobile GPU we’ve been waiting for? Read on for our complete review.

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka Clevo P157SM), we can finally shed some additional light on the hardware and provide some thoughts on properly balancing CPU and GPU requirements. Round two of our GTX 780M coverage is ready; is this the mobile GPU we’ve been waiting for? Read on for our complete review.