Posts Tagged ‘Smart TVs’

New arrival: ESET Smart TV Security against Android TV malware

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The new ESET Smart TV Security was showcased during MWC 2018 to protect against targeted malware attacks on connected TVs and other devices with the Android TV operating system.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

According to statistics, there could be as many as 30 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. While these gadgets bring numerous benefits to households, they also pose a threat to consumers’ everyday lives.

Smart TVs – with their microphones, cameras and USB ports – are increasingly becoming prime targets for malware attacks.

“Given the risks to security and privacy, consumers need to think about protecting smart home devices in the same way they would protect their laptops, tablets or mobiles – they cannot treat them like an average TV, kettle, or watch,” said Branislav Orlik, Mobile Security Product Manager at ESET.

By gaining control over a smart TV, cybercriminals can not only attack other devices on the user’s home network but also spy on individuals to gather sensitive and personal data.

Smart TVs with Android TV OS will also undoubtedly contribute to the spread of Android ransomware, which has already been persistently targeting Android devices for a number of years.

The threat has now crossed over to Android TVs, as incidents of smart TV screen-locks and ransom demands reported in the news have illustrated.

The ESET Smart TV Security application protects consumers with the following security features.

  • Antivirus protection safeguards against increasing levels of Android malware.
  • Anti-ransomware technology combats screen-locks.
  • Multi-device scanning for malware on devices and USBs that connect to the smart TV.
  • Anti-phishing to protect users from attempts to steal sensitive, personal information. This feature will be available only in the premium version of ESET Smart TV Security.

If ransomware is activated, users are advised to switch their smart TV off/on while the virus database is updated and scanning is initiated.

“Users need to feel safe in the knowledge that they can watch their favourite shows and browse the internet on their smartphones without fear of being watched or having their personal data compromised. ESET is the top-rated provider of security solutions for Android OS devices, so we are the smart choice for consumers to ensure all the devices in their homes, and the data they collect, are kept secure,” explains Orlik.

When ESET Smart TV Security detects ransomware on the device, the user is advised to uninstall the malware.

Once uninstall is confirmed, the ransomware will be cleared.

ESET’s Smart TV Security is available for download via Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a user’s TV device.

Once installed, users will be protected by ESET across their entire Android ecosystem – both smartphone and TV.

New arrivals: 80-inch Sharp AQUOS Android TV with 8K & Netflix

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Only the 80-inch version is available in Singapore. The flagship from Sharp’s AQUOS Super Premium XU series is now available for S$22,999.

Sharp’s new TV is currently the highest resolution Android TV in the world.

The TV is able to display still images up to 8K. For videos, it up-samples 4K video into 8K resolution.

Below are more details from the press release.

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New arrivals: Toshiba Ultra-HD 4K Pro Theatre TV L9450 series with Android

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The latest Ultra-HD 4K L9450 series with Android Pro Theatre TVs from Toshiba embraces the Android platform. Now available throughout Asia, prices range from S$2,299 to S$17,999 and are listed below.

The L9450 Pro-Theatre TVs with Ultra-HD 4K and Android come in 50, 65 and 84-inch models.

The L9450 Pro-Theatre TVs with Ultra-HD 4K and Android come in 50, 65 and 84-inch models.

The Android compatibility makes available an abundance of apps that are downloadable on Google Play

Toshiba Price
50L9450VE S$2,299
65L9450VE S$4,999
84L9450VE S$17,999

Four times sharper than Full HD, Ultra-HD 4K offers unparalleled clarity for a growing selection of 4K content, ranging from movies to games and photos.

Not only are visible on screen details significantly bolstered, viewers can also sit closer to the display without being distracted by pixilation.

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Review: LG 79UB980T ULTRA HD (4K) TV with intuitive webOS UI

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

LG goes back to basics with new webOS user interface, marrying intuitive ease-of-use with good image quality. The LG 79UB980T has an RRP of S$14,999.

The LG 79UB980T uses a 3840 x 2160 resolution In-Plane Switching (IPS) 4K panel that reproduce vivid and accurate colors. Its wide viewing angle offers a good viewing from nearly any vantage point.

The LG 79UB980T uses a 3840 x 2160 resolution In-Plane Switching (IPS) 4K panel that reproduce vivid and accurate colors. Its wide viewing angle offers a good viewing from nearly any vantage point.

First launched in Singapore back in end May as part of LG’s 2014 ULTRA HD (4K) TV lineup, the 79UB980T offers stunning display and easy connectivity, yet keeps it simple for users to watch the content that they desire – be it live TV, Blu-ray movies, 4K or upscaled 4K content, YouTube videos, and game consoles.

You can Skype using the 8-megapixel built-in camera.

The LG 79UB980T user interface uses the webOS platform that the Korean company bought from HP in March last year.

The webOS platform simplifies the TV experience, making it easy to search, navigate and view content, connect with other devices, and also makes the the initial setup process smoother for users unfamiliar with their new TV.

The first time the user turns on the webOS-enabled LG Smart+ TV, an animated character named BeanBird appears onscreen to help users get connected and walk them through the setup process.

The first time the user turns on the webOS-enabled LG Smart+ TV, an animated character named BeanBird appears onscreen to help users get connected and walk them through the setup process.

You control and interact with the UI using the LG Magic Remote, which enables you to scroll, point, click, or activate voice control.

webOS introduces the new content Launcher is a left-to-right scrollable menu that runs along the lower portion of the screen.

Making smart simple

TVs nowadays are getting more and more sophisticated and are no longer the single-function appliances used to watch live TV and pre-recorded movies from VHS/CD/VCD/DVD/Blu-ray media.

The Internet and broadband connectivity has brought a wealth of content sources to the modern digital life – including videos shared on YouTube and social media, as well as movie websites.

The contemporary consumer also wants to use their TVs with games consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation, and even Skype and surf the Web from the comfort of the living room.

The latest lineup of TVs from the most manufacturers offer these, but usually involve a steep learning curve to wrap the head around user interfaces that tend to get overly complicated as there are so many content sources and options available.

It is therefore refreshing to see LG’s new webOS-based UI, which makes it simple and intuitive for the user to get the content they want on screen – conveniently and speedily.

Seems like LG has succeeded in making smart simple for the user, unlocking the wealth of content available without making it too complicated.

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PC Show 2012 promotions: Samsung

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Samsung will be at the PC Show 2012 at Suntec Singapore at Levels 3 and 4.

Samsung's PC Show 2012 promotions for notebooks, ultrabooks, digital cameras, monitors, Smart TVs, and printers.

Samsung's PC Show 2012 promotions for notebooks, ultrabooks, digital cameras, monitors, Smart TVs, and printers.

Here are six brochures for Samsung’s PC Show 2012 promotions for notebooks, ultrabooks, digital cameras, monitors, Smart TVs, and printers.