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LG begins promoting 8K, with its massive 7680x4320 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 hour, 19 mins ago

While 4K isn't exactly mainstream, LG has started talking about 8K and that "the world is turning to 8K". In a press release, the company has teased that 8K is coming, and it'll be here in the coming years.

 

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When the BBC took control of broadcasting the 2012 olympics, they said "Since 8K resolution is the highest resolution that the human eye is capable of seeing, it will put an end to the resolution discussion,' predicting that 'ultimately, 8K images will overtake the market". 8K sees a huge 7680x4320 resolution, pumping out four times the pixels that 4K offers, and 16 times what 1080p provides at 1920x1080.

 

LG has announced that it has "expanded the UHD lineup and is showing off diverse range of screen sizes with super-high resolution displays such as 8K". The South Korean giant showed off its 98-inch 8K UHD display at CES 2015 earlier this year, but are teasing that they will be making "great strides" into the super-high resolution display era.

Facebook's new 'Scrapbooks' feature, organizes photos of your kids

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 2 hours, 33 mins ago

Facebook wants to make it easier for parents to keep photos of their kids on the social network, unveiling its new Scrapbooks feature. The new Scrapbooks feature allows you to "opt to co-own the scrapbook with a partner who you're in a relationship with on Facebook" and much more. Here's what it can do:

 

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  • You can opt to co-own the scrapbook with a partner who you're in a relationship with on Facebook.
  • You choose what you call the tag-it could be your child's name, initials or something fun.
  • You and your partner choose which photos to tag.
  • Only you and your partner can tag your child in photos.
  • We've built in lots of reminders and tips to guide you along the way.

 

In order to use it, you just go to the "About" section of your profile, click on "Family and Relationships" and then "Add Scrapbook" next to your kid's name (as long as they're already added to your profile, and added as a family member).

Huawei secures 33% increase in profits for 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 hours, 33 mins ago

Huawei has had a strong couple of years, with the Chinese smartphone giant increasing its revenue by 21%, and its profits by 33% when compared to 2013. Huawei has pulled in overall revenues of $46.4 billion in 2014, with profits reaching $4.5 billion.

 

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The company has seen a nice growth in its smartphone sales, with the Chinese manufacturer selling over 75 million handsets in 2014. 4G services have helped the company and its increased sales, with Huawei partnering up with multiple carriers across the world to provide telecommunications equipment. While the company isn't making waves in the US, it is doing very well in other regions like Europe and India.

 

This year, Huawei has plans to launch its Ascend P8 smartphone which should feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 64-bit 8-core Kirin 930 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with expandable storage. We should see Huawei take the wraps off of the Ascend P8 smartphone at its even on April 15 in London.

Court grants RadioShack, Sprint co-branding of retail stores

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 26 mins ago

RadioShack can co-brand most of the company's remaining stores with Sprint after winning court approval. There are 1,740 remaining RadioShack stores, able to survive after RadioShack filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year.

 

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As part of the agreement, Sprint will provide a dedicated "store within a store" of the retail locations, as the company tries to solidify its No. 3 position in the wireless market.

 

US Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon understands there are more than 7,000 jobs on the line and millions in investments at risk. Judge Shannon's recent decision could preserve those jobs and business agreements, which faced four days of court battle.

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Sony unveils limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 hours, 44 mins ago

Batman fans are going to go bananas for the new limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 bundle, which sees Sony's console featuring custom artwork for the Batman: Arkham series.

 

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The new bundle will feature an MSRP of $449.99, and will include a limited edition Steel Grey PS4 system chassis with a "custom Batman: Arkham Knight faceplate, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller in Steel Grey and the explosive finale to the award-winning Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight".

 

There's a second bundle that will include "Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 Bundle available for $399.99 (MSRP), which includes a PS4 system and DualShock 4 controller in Jet Black and Batman: Arkham Knight".

 

All owners of Batman: Arkham Knight on the PS4 will get access to the bonus content before any other platform, as well as additional in-game missions and custom skins for both Batman, and the Batmobile.

No selfie sticks at Coachella or Lollapalooza for you

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cameras | Posted: 4 hours, 56 mins ago

Want to take your selfie stick before a concert or major event? You may want to think again... Two major concerts in the United States have banned selfie sticks, including the Coachella festival in April and Lollapalooza in late July-early August.

 

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Ironically, the Coachella "Rules and Policies" says attendees are not welcome to bring "no selfie sticks/narcissistics" welcome inside.

 

There are more concerts, conferences, and other gatherings with large populations where selfie sticks are banned. It seems most likely they are not allowed because they are an obstruction and occasionally pose safety problems. Anyone attending tech conferences should check the rules before potentially being turned away at the gate.

Virtual reality looks appealing, but supporters must solve problems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 5 hours, 51 mins ago

Virtual reality (VR) has great potential for consumers, especially those interested in gaming and watching movies, but there are still numerous problems. VR is poised to continue getting better due to increased investment, growing interest among developers and consumers, and because of improving processors.

 

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Hardware manufacturers are getting better at reducing physical sickness - and software is developing. However, many wonder how often they will use their VR headsets if there is a shortage of apps. Hardware is largely designed for PCs with higher-end GPUs, so console gamers are waiting for a wider selection of products to drool over.

 

Facebook plans to begin implementing VR functionality into its social networking site, so viewers will be able to interact with videos. Designers want to make VR even more immersive, and will try to make sure viewers are able to utilize their hands and bodies in virtual environments.

MMO shooter 'Survarium' from ex-STALKER developers launches on April 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 52 mins ago

STALKER holds a special place in most gamers' hearts, with some of the developers who worked on the open-world first-person shooter now teasing their next game: Survarium.

 

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Survarium has been announced for a release of April 2, just hours away from now. Survarium will launch with North American-based game servers, as well as "exclusive starter packs that will go on sale for a limited time" reports Polygon. Survarium is a free-to-play MMO shooter set in a post-apocalyptic eastern Europe, from developers Vostok Games.

Hyundai wants to put self-driving cars on the roads from 2020

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 6 hours, 14 mins ago

Hyundai joins the list of automakers looking to create self-driving vehicles in the near future, hoping to put a vehicle on the road starting from 2020. Company officials publicly announced the plans during a public demonstration in Songdo, South Korea, saying its self-driving efforts will start "in phases."

 

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Hyundai already has a "traffic jam assist system" that is able to detect and track other vehicles and the surrounding environment. It's a piece of the puzzle for Hyundai as the company looks for new opportunities to improve driver safety.

 

Google, Apple, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and other companies all have current autonomous vehicle plans in place.

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Swedish ferry operator Stena Line testing methanol ship

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 10 mins ago

Stena Line, a Swedish ferry operator, is running one of its fleet using methanol, after converting to the more environmentally friendly fuel.

 

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The dual fuel technology uses methanol for the main fuel, but has traditional marine gas oil if needed. The Remontova shipyard in Poland is where the Stena Germanica ferry was converted, with a complete cost of 22 million euros.

 

"Stena Line is steering a sustainable and particularly environmentally friendly course," said Dr. Dirk Claus, managing director of Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co., in a press statement. "We are proud that the route between Kiel and Gothenburg was chosen and that we are part of this outstanding pilot project."

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