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We've all heard the rumors of Apple's TV for quite some time now, but it looks like the rumors are beginning to form something solid. The latest out of Foxconn is the company's chief Terry Hou saying that the company is making preparations for iTV.
iTV would be the name of Apple's upcoming high-def TV, but development and manufacturing is said to not yet have begun. iTV will reportedly sport an aluminum construction, Siri, and FaceTime for video calls. Gou also added that Foxconn's recent 50-50 joint venture factory with Sharp in Japan is one of the preparations made for the new device.
Hou, you're such a tease. That's all I'm going to add. Just days ago, Cult of Mac claimed to have actually seen an Apple HDTV prototype, where the sources claimed that it looked like Apple's current line-up of Cinema Displays, but much larger.
When I think of OLED screens, I think of Samsung. Samsung pretty much has a chokehold on the market as far as OLED screens go. Now, however, Samsung's Korean competitor is planning to make OLED screens with a new production line. LG is actually using a completely different production process than Samsung which will allow the screens to be flexible.
Now, don't get too excited over this news. It's unlikely that we will be seeing flexible handheld devices anytime soon as the other portions of the device are still pretty rigid. However, this flexible screen is said to be thinner and more durable, "unbreakable," if you ask some people, and most importantly, less prone to damage from impact.
As such, these screens could still find their way into mobile devices pretty quickly. By switching to these screens, Corning Gorilla Glass would most likely no longer be necessary, which would reduce the weight of the device. The new production line has cost LG $176 million and should get the green light to start producing by the end of the year.
This is the stuff dreams are made of. Samsung have just surprised most people by showing off the first mass produced Samsung ES9500 models at the 2012 World's Fair in Korea. What does the new ES9500 model sport?
Well, for starters, we're looking at Smart Interaction voice and gesture control, Smart Content and Smart Evolution upgradeable dual-core CPU, as well as Samsung's Smart Dual View technology. What this does is allow users to watch two different 2D programs on the one screen at the same time using the set's 3D glasses and sound fed through headphones.
Because the individual pixels on the TV are lit individually, Samsung says its OLED technology has 20-percent better color reproduction than existing LED-backlit LCD HDTVs. We should be looking at a 2H 2012 release, and around US$9,000. Not bad, not bad at all. Samsung also took the opportunity at the 2012 World's Fair to announce bigger LCD models that will arrive this year, ranging from 60- to 75-inches.
It looks like Toshiba is ready to unleash a new quad HD-capable TV in Japan, which is a little less filled up on specs than its top-of-the-line model, the 55X3 with its 4K resolution and glasses-free 3D technology that hit the US.
The new model keeps the same 4K technology, but switches to edge LED lighting instead of local dimming and completely dumps 3D, autostereoscopic or otherwise. Inside the TV, you'll find CEVO Duo image processing engine, which upconverts standard HDTV inputs to QFHD, as well as support for apps and USB hard drives for recording broadcasts.
This model is expected to ship in June for a not so bad 750,000 yen, or US$9,410. Much lower than the X3's opening price of 900,000 yen last December. 4K TV's are finally getting under that magical $10,000 mark, and I'm wanting one more and more.
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.