Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Will new Atom CE5300 Media Processor chip power an Intel TV service?

Will new Atom CE5300 Media Processor chip power an Intel TV service?

Intel hasn't had much luck to date with its system-on-chip designs for living room set-top boxes, but that hasn't stopped the chip giant from rolling out a new processor for the next generation of connected home theater devices.The Atom CE5300 Media Processor, code-named Berryville, is the first 32nm CPU Intel has offered for set-top boxes and "smart" TVs.

published March 20, 2012 by

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Can Apple bully its way to a streaming TV service?

Can Apple bully its way to a streaming TV service?

Apple may have ultimately earned the upper hand over the music industry with the iTunes store, but its similar bare-knuckled negotiating tactics don't seem to be working as well with the TV industry, according to a recent report in the NY Post.At issue is a streaming TV service that Apple is supposedly trying to develop, presumably to work with a rumored Apple television set (though it could also be a possibility for its Apple TV boxes and even the iPad).

published March 3, 2012 by

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Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

Vizio is taking a chance that there's a set of TV buyers who is looking to recreate the ultra-widescreen experience of the movie theater in its living rooms. The company introduced its new CinemaWide set, which uses a 21:9 aspect ratio instead of the 16:9 aspect ratio of conventional HDTVs, at CES last month, and has just put a (big) price tag on it.

published February 2, 2012 by

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CES 2012: Can Sony Crystal LED Display HDTVs beat OLED sets?

CES 2012: Can Sony Crystal LED Display HDTVs beat OLED sets?

Sony has given up on consumer OLED HDTV production, leaving it to the LGs and Samsungs of the world, but that doesn't mean it has lost sight of it as a potentially disruptive display technology. So in response, the electronics giant has unveiled at CES a competing concept that it's calling Crystal LED Display.

published January 15, 2012 by

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