Google IO 2016 Coverage

New Google TV box, Hisense Pulse, set for mid-November release at under $99

As we reported earlier today, Chinese manufacturer Hisense is set to reveal a new sub-$100 Google TV box at IFA starting later this week. Hisense has now released an official press release with more details regarding their forthcoming device. Set to be named the Pulse, Hisense says it will be priced at $99 or less. The new set top box will have support for up to 1080p high definition and comes with a variety of connection options including USB, HDMI, Ethernet and wifi. Hisense indicates the remote will be two-sided, with one side getting a dedicated Netflix button and the other side getting a full QWERTY keyboard. Hisense indicates the device will be available from major retailers starting in mid-November. Hit the break for the press release on this latest entrant into the Google TV set top box market. Read more

Google’s answer to Flipboard could launch this week

We told you about Google’s new social news reader, code-named Propeller, about a month ago, and it looks like a launch could take place this week. Propeller will be a lot like Flipboard, which has been a big hit on the Apple iPad. It will also compete with the likes of Pulse, Taptu, and News360. Furthermore, we are hearing Yahoo! will also launch a similar offering this Wednesday called Livestand.

We aren’t sure if Propeller will be the actual name since it’s a code name, but there are reports that “Currents” could be the choice. It’s an HTML5 reader, and it will be available for both Android and the Apple iPad. Propeller will have plenty of media partners, and it will integrate with the Google+ social network.

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T-Mobile Pulse Finally Gets 2.1 Update in UK

Months after other countries have seen the update, the Pulse from T-Mobile has finally gotten its 2.1 update. If you have the phone and haven’t gotten the update, you can download it HERE. The phone has a 3.5 inch screen, and is offered as a pay-as-you-go option. Key features include free texting for life, as well as 6 months of free internet. Although it is easily dwarfed by the current elite smartphones, it is still an excellent option for those a little strapped for cash. With the 2.1 update now, if you’re in the UK, why not? Let us know in the comments!

[via TMobile]