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LG purchased webOS nearly a year ago, and is finally using its investment. The South Korean electronics giant announced today that it will be showing off its first webOS-based device at CES 2014 in January.
The company will be unveiling a new webOS-powered TV at CES, which will feature a dual-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. The TV should be multi-task-capable, too. With LG's current 'smart' TVs, most consumers aren't using most of the smart features, but the company is optimistic that its new webOS-powered TV can change that.
We were in Montreal, Canada when NVIDIA announced its glorious, V-Sync killing G-Sync technology, but now you can buy monitors with the game-changing technology built-in.
The first off the production line is the tweaked ASUS VG2480QE, which is a 1920x1080-pixel monitor at 144Hz, which has a G-Sync module installed into it. Digital Storm is offering the panel with the G-Sync module installed for $499, or you can bring in your own VG2480QE, and Digital Storm will install G-Sync goodness into it for $299.
If you want some of the most bleeding edge gaming technology available, and think the next-gen consoles are for peasants, well, your meal ticket is right here. We'll have one in the labs ASAP, and I'll be all over that.
In today's world, a serious gamer, developer or designer needs to have a serious monitor and that is where AOC comes into play. Today, the company released its latest 27-inch high-resolution beast, the q2770Pqu. The monitor is a 27-inch WQHD unit that features a resolution of 2560x1440.
The new Ultra-HD monitor boast a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a response time of just 5ms. A built-in USB 3.0 hub is present to add more connectivity to the desktop, while Dual-Link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI handle the video input. AOC says that the monitor draws only 29W of energy while in Eco-Mode, and we can expect it to retail for around $500.
DisplayPort technology is continuously improving, with DisplayPort 1.3 now being teased with some huge improvements. DP 1.3 will feature a bitrate of 8.1 Gbps per channel, up from 5.4 Gbps found in DP 1.2.
We should see a wonderful world where multiple 4K displays are supported from a single cable - something I'm longing for as I type this on a 4K display - and DP 1.3 will allow this. DP 1.3 will see support for 8K thanks to its insane bandwidth of a theoretical 32.4 Gbps. We should also see 4K 3D support ushered in with DisplayPort 1.3, which will be another awesome addition going into 2014.
What I would like to see, is some confirmation that we will indeed be seeing 4K in 3D, and whether this means I'll get what I've been waiting for, for quite sometime now: 4K at 120Hz. Unfortunately, we won't see the fruits of high-resolution labor until sometime in 2014 - where we'll see it announced, but it won't be pushed into devices until 2015.
Dell already has the Ultrasharp UP3214Q, 32-inch 4K display in its corner, but it looks like it's about to have a smaller, cheaper brother. The 24-inch monitor will arrive with the usual 3840x2160 resolution, which will see 183 pixels per inch on the display.
We also have 178/178-degree viewing angles, 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB, 10-bit, 10.7 billion colors and connectivity is covered by HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-DP, four USB 3.0 ports and a 6-in-1 card reader. We should expect it as an IPS-based panel, but we can't confirm this yet. The price should be cheaper than the UP3214Q, which is still around $3500.
Most people, including myself, have expected Apple to unveil a 4K-capable Cinema Display, but we're not quite there, yet. Well, now we have a tease thanks to Reddit, that Apple could be working on some 4K panels.
There are two panels, a 27-inch panel, and a bigger, 32-inch display. Both panels offer 3840x2160 resolution, and would use Thunderbolt 2 technology to drive the display past the usual 2560x1440 resolution of the current Apple Thunderbolt Display. The more exciting tease here is that could not use the 16:9 aspect ratio (which provides the 3840x2160 resolution) and push a little bit further for 16:10, which would push out a resolution of 4096x2160, or the "Cinema 4K" standard.
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%."