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No matter how jaded we become, each year the fine gadget purveyors of the world manage to find new ways to delight and surprise us with gear that’s inventive, exciting, and just plain cool. We put our heads together and collected the very best and most interesting products we were lucky enough to try this year. Here’s to more in the year ahead.

If you were waiting for Cyber Monday sales to pick up a cheap 4K smart TV, Kogan has you covered already. It is currently selling a 55-inch Smart HDR 4K LED TV, with dedicated Netflix and YouTube buttons on the remote.

Two US senators have some suspicions about smart TVs, and they're asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into the data collection practices employed by TV manufacturers to see if the internet-connected devices are quietly sucking up information from unwitting consumers.

Smart TV features are for the most part terrible, so if you're looking to pipe Netflix or whatever service into your television, you're best off buying a smart box or dongle. We would never suggest that you don't need a big beautiful screen -- you cannot watch Game of Thrones on an Apple TV alone -- but no matter how new and flashy (or old and junky) your television, a smart add-on makes sense.

The US Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that it has reached a settlement with Vizio, which it alleged misled customers about what data its smart TVs were collecting. Vizio agreed to pay $US2.2 million ($2.8 million) in penalties, including $US1.5 million ($1.9 million) to the FTC and $US1 million ($1.3 million) to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, with $US300,000 ($391,827) suspended.

If you're rocking a 2015 or 2016 model Samsung Smart TV, you can now get the Spotify app. And that means you can now get your tunes directly through the what are probably the loudest, most powerful speakers in your house.

If you bought a TV a decade ago, or even five years ago, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you need another device plugged in to get the utmost enjoyment out of it. While that's still true if you want to watch 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, any new TV that you buy will be able to beam your Netflix or YouTube or on-demand video streaming service directly to your TV -- no extra gadgets required. Here's how 2016's latest and greatest TVs can make your TV- and movie-watching experience more seamless than ever.

More and more Skype users accessing the service on their mobile devices, as opposed their television, has lead to the app being axed from Smart TVs.

From June 2016 the Skype for TV application will no longer be supported, with no further updates being made.

Two or three years ago at CES, this post probably would have been about some 3D TV equipped with dorky glasses, maybe a smart set that's more like a rusty Swiss army knife for home entertainment. This year, things are different. 3D is now a spectre of CES past. With any luck, smart TVs are next on the chopping block.

In the TV space, Samsung and Sony are bitter rivals. Except when they're not, because there's a benefit for both sides. That's the thinking behind a move that will see Samsung's 2015 range of Smart TVs including Playstation Now compatibility.

For all the promises that "Smart TVs" make, they aren't really all that smart. Generally, they're just TVs with glorified streaming boxes built into them, plus a few unwieldy bells and whistles nobody wants or uses. So when a smart TV app comes along that actually looks cool, it's pretty shocking.

Ultra HD video still isn't common, even 18 months after the release of the first UHD TV in Australia. There's no one-stop shop for buying or renting 4K video, and our dodgy 'net makes it difficult to stream. That hasn't stopped all the big Aussie TV makers from bringing out big Ultra HD TVs, though; the Panasonic WT600A is one of the more well-rounded examples you can buy today.