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LG will be releasing a firmware update regarding the issue of their Smart TVs overriding privacy settings and sharing your history of media you have been watching. A user discovered that his LG Smart TV was sending his personal data including media from an external hard drive to an LG web address even when he had his privacy settings turned on. LG says that some over their TVs have failed to apply the settings and that they've been sending data to their servers. LG mentions that the data that is being sent to the servers is not being retained.
LG's comments about the privacy issue: "We have verified that even when this function is turned off by the viewers; it continues to transmit viewing information although the data is not retained by the server. A firmware update is being prepared for immediate rollout that will correct this problem on all affected LG Smart TVs so when this feature is disabled, no data will be transmitted."
If you were like me, and expecting Apple to unleash a TV set next year, then you'd be wrong. One thing that could've dug Apple out of its financial mess on the stock market, would've been a TV set, but according to a KGI Securities analyst, it won't be happening next year, and maybe not even the next.
Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually spot on with Apple rumors and insider talk, told investors today that he doesn't expect Apple to unveil a TV set until at least 2015, if not 2016. Kuo says that one of the big reasons behind this is that the supply chain for TV set production is a huge problem for Apple, as it continues to struggle getting additional content deals.
The analyst believes that integrating TV content, an App Store, and other services are absolutely necessary to Apple being successful with a TV. I agree, and I think if Apple wants to bring a TV to the market, it won't be cheap. If it's not cheap (which it won't be), then it needs to have its services, and content, nailed down, firmly.
Samsung really is at the bleeding edge of technology right now, with its own curved smartphone, but what about 2014 and beyond? Well, according to Samsung's Analyst Day held in Korea, the company has teased the future of its technology.
You can see from the image above, that display technology is currently at the curved part, next year and into 2015 we'll see bended displays, but then - bam, technology barriers broken - and voila: foldable displays! This would be quite the boon to the technology market, especially tablets and Ultrabooks. Mobile devices will also see an injections of pixels from the 1920x1080 that we have now on most of its high-end Galaxy devices, to 3840x2160 - yes, 4K by 2015 on mobile devices.
MultiTouch has just unveiled one of the largest portable touch-screen displays in existence. MultiTouch showed of off the new 4K resolution, 84-inch multitouch display prototype earlier this year at its company's developer conference in Helsinki Finland and now we are getting more information on the mammoth display.
The 84-inch display features all the benefits of the company's MultiTaction Cell technology which includes ultra-fast response times, simultaneous pen and touch support and the ability to precisely track multiple points of contact simultaneously from hands and fingers. The display is supported by the company's Cornerstone 2 SDK which allows developers to build stunning interactive applications, and greatly simplifies 4K Resolution scaling from single displays to walls featuring several displays up to 50-megapixels in resolution.
"Our 84-inch MultiTaction Cell prototype represents a giant leap not just in screen size but in resolution too," explains Hannu Anttila, VP of Business Development at MultiTouch. "Customers who take advantage of the pre-ordering programme will not only be among the first to benefit from this ground-breaking technology, but will also be able to purchase the complete package at a discount of more than 20%."
Japan Display Inc. impressed us earlier tonight by unveiling a 5.4-inch panel that is capable of delivering a resolution of 2560x1440, but the display manufacturer has taken it to another level.
Marvel at the 12.1-inch display that has a 4K2K resolution, which is absolutely stunning. We're looking at tablets within a 12.1-inch space pushing a huge 3840x2160 resolution, which is just insane. This all results in a device that will feature a 365PPI, which is great. Better yet, it's also going to be thin, measuring just 2.0mm at the top, 6.8mm at the bottom and 2.0mm at its sides.
The same Low-Temperature Poly Silicon (LTPS) manufacturing technology is at play here, which will see lowered power consumption. Japan Display Inc. will be showing off its 12.1-inch 4K-capable display at the Full Panel Display (FPD) International 2013 in Japan later this week.
Japan Display Inc. has just unveiled its new WQHD TFT LCDs that will be baked into future smartphones. The two models come in both a 5.4- and 6.2-inch model, with the 5.4-inch model featuring some impressive specifications.
The 5.4-inch panel features a 2560x1440 resolution, providing 543PPI which is nothing short of impressive. The viewing angle on this panel is 160 degrees, which should give it some nice image quality from an angle. The 6.2-inch model features the same 2560x1440 resolution, but because of the bigger screen the pixel density is more spread out and results in a 473PPI display. This is still an achievement worth talking about.
JDI's new panel features low temperature poly silicon (LTPS) technology, which provides low power consumption thanks to its increased panel transmissivity, as well as a thinner module and narrower dead-band, which is a perfect fit for smart devices. I also think this is going to be a great thing for Oculus VR, who wants a high-res panel for their Rift VR headset.
We already have Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort and miniDisplayPort but now the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has just announced that it is working on defining a micro-DisplayPort standard.
The upcoming micro-DP will be aimed at smartphones, tablets, ultra-thin notebooks and other systems that require a super-slim connector to drive external displays. The upcoming micro-DisplayPort connector will be much smaller than the current mini-DisplayPort connector, which is already small. Better yet, micro-DisplayPort will be capable of driving 4K displays, and beyond.
VESA will be pushing for backwards compatibility with micro-DisplayPort, which will help as there are more and more DisplayPort-capable devices entering the market. We should expect the group to find a new standard by Q2 2014.
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - If you thought current generation consoles barely being able to render their games at 720p, and most PC gamers enjoying 1080p, then 4K is a big leap. But what about three 4K displays? That would result in NVIDIA 4K Surround, something the company was showing off in Montreal, Canada.
4K Surround runs triple 4K displays obviously, pushing out a retina-busting 6480x3840, which requires some serious GPU horsepower to even provide 30FPS or so. NVIDIA was running Assassin's Creed on the triple ASUS 4K displays, which was absolutely, jaw droppingly beautiful. What do you think? This type of setup is purely for the 1%, but those 1% would have a beautiful experience.
We thought we'd show off a 84-inch 4K-capable TV blasting away with Star Citizen. Swoon.
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA has just solved an issue that has plagued the world for over 40 years: vertical sync and tearing. This is a big problem that effects all products, no matter the monitor or the GPU, introducing... NVIDIA G-Sync.
G-Sync is a module that is baked into the monitor, with NVIDIA partnering up with ASUS, BenQ, Philips and ViewSonic, who will build G-Sync-capable monitors. This way the GPU drives the monitor timing, removing all stutter, lag and tearing. It's an incredible sounding new technology and you can bet your bottom dollar we're going to be all over this at TweakTown, especially me, a resolution and frame rate fan who loves to live on the bleeding edge.
NVIDIA, you've impressed me with this technology, kudos! We have some videos coming up, but they're large and the Wi-Fi here in the hotel isn't that great when a hundred other press members are uploading videos too. Hold your hats because there's some impressive stuff coming!
Lovers of large monitors will be happy to hear that today, BenQ unveiled a new 27-inch monitor that features full HD resolution and a decent contrast ratio. The all new EW2740L is the latest addition to the EW40 series of monitors offered by the company and features a native resolution of 1920x1080-pixels.
BeenQ says that the monitor uses a VA Panel display that allows for flawless streaming that provides for flawless streaming from any MHL-compatible device. The display also has a flicker-free backlighting system that provides relief from eye strain. The monitor features a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and a 4ms GTG response time. Input connections include D-Sub, and dual HDMI with the display being backed by a three-year warranty. The new EW2740L retails for about $400 and is available now.