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We've all seen it before, Google TV, where it launched with the Logitech Revue. It didn't do too well at all, and Logitech in the end pulled out of the market late last year. Google TV is still baked into some Smart TVs, but now we have LG Electronics wanting a new piece of that warm, Google TV pie.
Being the second largest TV maker in the world has its benefits, so LG are launching Google TV-powered Smart TVs in the United States starting on May 21. Ro Seogho, executive vice president of LG's TV business unit said to a small group of reporters:
Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21.
Seogho also added that LG would consider launching the Google TV-enabled Smart TV line in Europe and other countries, but that decision hasn't been finalized. LG want to evaluate the performance of the TVs in the US before launching them across the pond. The move is also a preemptive strike against Apple, who are rumored to be in the middle of designing their own "smart" television.
Acer has just announced their latest monitor on the block, the Acer B243PWL. This monitor features the premium IPS technology for great colors and wide viewing angles, up to 178-degrees both horizontally and vertically which makes it perfect for swivelling, pivoting and multi-monitor setups.
The B243PWL is also EPEAT Gold registered, meaning it has reached the highest caliber of EPEAT certification possible, where it has met all of EPEAT's environmental measures plus at least 75-percent of EPEAT's optional criteria. The B243PWL is LED-backlit which reduces energy consumption by 68-percent than standard CCFL-backlit displays.
Spec-wise, we're looking at a resolution of 1920x1200 and a 60Hz refresh rate. It sports DisplayPort, where it can deliver all of your digital imaging and audio through one small cable. The screen also features both a VGA and DVI connection in case you haven't got DisplayPort on your system yet. Filling out the specs, we're looking at 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a brightness of 300 nits.
The Acer B243PWL is available through Acer's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting from $329.
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Screen resolutions are a wonderful thing, but did you know that the most popular resolution until now was just 1024x768? Yes. How would one use a screen with that resolution, I've had up and above 1024x768 for nearly a decade and a half now. But, according to independent web analytics company, StatCounter, and their research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, that for the first time ever, 1366x768 has become the most popular screen resolution worldwide, overtaking 1024x768.
StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen says:
The data reflects a continuing trend of users moving to larger screen resolution sizes. The screen resolution size people are using is a critical factor for developers when it comes to web design, particularly in the case of fixed width web pages.
StatCounter began tracking screen resolutions in March of 2009, and recorded that 1024x768 had been the dominant screen size across the world, keep in mind this excludes mobile use. In March 2009, 1024x768 made up 41.8-percent of total use, and has since fallen to 18.6-percent in March of this year. Over the same time period, 1366x768 has grown from just 0.68-percent to 19.28-percent.
LG are reportedly ready to unleash their next-generation of Google TVs in the US market this weekend, with the company yet to officially confirm release details like pricing, models, and so forth, but analysts with the Korean financial firm Shinhan Investment claiming that the first devices could arrive any day now.
LG's latest sets were previewed at CES just a few months ago, and they are some of the first Google TV-based sets to support 3D content. The new Google TVs will follow LG's previous models, which feature passive 3D glasses rather than the more expensive active-shutter frames.
Other rumors circling is that LG could be working with Google directly to develop a Nexus-branded Google TV set. This would be a huge release, as it would follow their strategy of Nexus-branded smartphones being the Google default device for the other devices to aim to be. The new LG 3D LED TVs are said to be made available in both 47- and 55-inch sizes with pricing of $1,600 and $2,100, respectively.
'YOUM'. This is the name of Samsung's flexible AMOLED technology, in which both the name and logo have been sent for trademark registration in the United States. This means that YOUM-sporting devices could soon be seen in the wild, and flexed, in the wild.
YOUM is Samsung's next-generation ultra-thin screen technology, with the unique characteristic of being able to be bent, Samsung says its even unbreakable. YOUM was showcased before it had a name at CES last year, where they were teasing a 4.5-inch screen with a thickness of 0.3mm and a resolution of 800x480 (WVGA). Samsung have demonstrated the concept of using it for an e-book reader, camera, video chat and even augmented reality and 3D visuals on tablet PCs.
We should see things like watches, smartphones and tablets built from this technology. A flexible watch connected to the Internet, Facebook, e-mail, etc would be quite cool and would definitely sell to the hipsters, and technology fans alike.
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We all know Apple TV is coming, but what would it end up like? Barclay's analyst, Anthony DiClemente thinks it could be a cool piece of hardware, that he images would look like a "large-scale iPad", that would work with the Internet through Apple's existing quite of iOS apps and services.
DiClemente doesn't think Apple CEO, Tim Cook will be able to break the traditional cable TV bundle, which means when you watch traditional TV, it's not going to look any different to what you're looking at now. But, when you're talking about a TV with access to Apple's iTunes Store, things start getting interesting, and it would really open up people's imaginations to what the future of your living room will be like in 5, 10 or 20 years time.
DiClemente is a media analyst, and not a hardware guy, so his report focuses on the reasons it will be hard for not just Apple, but other companies, to really mix up the programming/distribution business. Personally, I don't think it would take much, because all it takes is a player like Apple to hit the market with a product everyone wants, and then the big businesses will start listening and changing things up, well, hopefully.
LG has been enjoying successful numbers on their 3D TV sales in both China and North America, but now we're seeing Japanese companies Sony and Panasonic, who are both struggling in the market, opting to incorporate LG's 3D technology into their future line of TVs. A very interesting move.
Head of LG Electronics' LCD TV division, Nho Seok-ho, has said that Sony and Panasonic plan to extend their lineup of 3DTV's this year, and that their upcoming models will sport LG's 3D technology. LG's Film Pattern Retarder (FPR) and Samsung's Active Shutter technology, is the current fight, but it seems that LG has the advantage at the moment as its more affordable thanks to their battery-powered glasses.
Sony has been pushing 32- and 42-inch 3D TV's with film-patterned 3D technology in China this year, where Panasonic have been relying on LG for 3D screens for most of its TV models. LG are also planning to add a 60-inch model to its 3D TV lineup to go with their 65- and 72-inch sets in June.