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LG unveils prototype of OLED panel that is less than 1mm thick

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 13:08

LG unveils prototype of OLED panel that is less than 1mm thick LG Display has unveiled a "wallpaper" OLED panel this week, so thin that it can stick to a wall with just a magnetic mat.

The 55-inch panel is just 0.97mm thick and weighs only 4 pounds, making it easily the lightest and thinnest display out there. LG's current 55-inch OLED panels are "fat" in comparison at 4.3mm thick.

Yeo Sang-deog, the head of LG Display's OLED division, says the company will continue to develop OLED as a primary drivers of revenue and growth. "We should be able to supply a satisfactory volume to our clients from July or August, which means we're hoping to buckle down production as well as promotion from the third quarter," he said.

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Asus' Vivowatch is now shipping in Europe

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 12:49

Asus' Vivowatch is now shipping in Europe Asus' Vivowatch smartwatch has begun shipping in Europe, a month after launching in the U.S.

The fitness watch has a 10-day battery life, a built-in heart rate sensor and features a 'Happiness Index' that bases how happy you are based on the amount of exercise and the quality of your sleep. In addition, there is a motion detector and a UV light sensor and the watch is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Vivowatches don't run on Android Wear like most smartwatches, however, instead running a proprietary OS on a monochrome 128x128 pixel screen leading to the extended battery life.

This week, Asus has begun shipping the fitness watch in Europe, priced at 149 euros, significantly cheaper than higher end rivals like the Apple Watch or LG Watch Urbane.

Check out the watch here.




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Did Apple out a new iPhone 5c with Touch ID?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 12:20

Did Apple out a new iPhone 5c with Touch ID? Upon launch of the company's new iPhone Lightning Dock, it appears that Apple may have outed a new, updated iPhone 5c with Touch ID.

There have been rumors that Apple has been looking to update the 5c to closer match the iPhone 6 design, but there has been little official confirmation.

The image of the 5c posted with the dock shows an iPhone with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a thinner design that did indeed resemble the iPhone 6.

As of writing, Apple has removed the image.

Check out the dock here: iPhone Lightning Dock




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Gene Munster throws in the towel on an Apple television set after six years

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 11:50

Gene Munster throws in the towel on an Apple television set after six years After six years of predicting an Apple television is coming, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has finally thrown in the towel.

The analyst had confidently predicted an Apple TV set (not the set-top) every year since 2009, but it is clear one is not coming.

A recent Wall Street Journal report claims Apple considered launching its own TV plenty of times, but dropped the plans for good in 2014.

Munster sent a new note to clients titled "Facing The Reality of No Apple Television."

"Given how adamant we have been about the reality of an Apple television, it's hard to accept the reality of no Apple television," said Munster. "Our latest thinking prior to this story was that Apple would launch a television in 2016. Based on this report, we no longer expect a television to launch indefinitely."




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Sony offering big discounts on over five hundred TV episodes and games

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2015 11:06

Sony offering big discounts on over five hundred TV episodes and games Sony has announced an "Extended Play Sale" offering hundreds of TV episodes and games at discounts up to 60 percent.

Some of the titles are deluxe editions (game + season pass) and others are just season passes.

On the TV side, there are full catalog seasons available and seasons passes for current seasons that allow you to binge the episodes while they are still on TV including popular shows like Gotham, Arrow and The Flash.

The sale is good through Monday, May 25th. If you are a PlayStation Plus member, the discounts are extended to up to 80 percent off.

Check out the huge list of sales items here: Sony




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China to spend over $180 billion to boost Internet speeds in coming years

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 May 2015 21:39

China to spend over $180 billion to boost Internet speeds in coming years The Chinese State Council has said today that the government will invest $182 billion to boost Internet speeds in the world's most populous nation by 2017.

This year alone, the government will invest 430 billion yuan ($69.3 billion) on network construction.

Overall, the goal is to jumpstart development of fiber optic broadband and mobile 4G networks in a country that currently ranks 82nd in the world in average Internet speeds.

Chinese premier Li Keqiang says the Interner and technology are "vital catalysts" for the country's shift to a services-oriented economy.

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Say hello to the LG G4 Stylus and G4c

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 May 2015 21:17

Say hello to the LG G4 Stylus and G4c LG has created two variants to its newly launched G4 flagship, the G4 Stylus and the G4c.

The Stylus has a larger 5.7-inch display and comes with high-end stylus while the G4c is considered the 'budget' model and has a 5-inch display. The G4 flagship has a 5.5-inch screen.

Both phones look just like the G4, but under the hood, there are some differences. The phones have 1.2GHz quad-core processors, and 13MP/5MP cameras, slightly worse than the G4. The batteries are also different sizes.

The two phones will go on sale in the coming weeks across the world, including a 3G-only model of the Stylus which will be "exceptionally priced."

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Microsoft commits to Kinect

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 May 2015 20:25

Microsoft commits to Kinect When Microsoft launched the Xbox One it included the Kinect motion control system with every console, forcing gamers to pay a $100 premium compared to the Sony PlayStation 4.

Ever since Microsoft dropped Kinect from its Xbox One as a necessary peripheral and dropped the price of the console, the company has managed to outsell its rival a number of times and that has led to a simple question: Is Microsoft dropping support for Kinect altogether?

According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, the company is not abandoning the Kinect, but the company will not focus at all on Kinect functions for gaming.

"It's not abandoned. We just developed Upload Studio 2.0, which has green screening that you can do with Kinect. We'll continue to build functionality to make it a valuable part of the ecosystem. That said, price point's really important for the console we saw that over the holidays in the UK and US, where we did well when we dropped the price, which was great," said Spencer. "And I want to make sure consumers have choice on how much they value the functionality of Kinect when they buy a console. If you want to go buy a Kinect console [bundle], then they're still available."

Spencer continued: "[Kinect's] place will be earned through the experiences that are out there and the developers that show interest. We will continue to build functionality through voice and using the RGB and depth cameras, and we'll stay focused on that, but giving the consumers choice is pretty critical."

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Here is the first very brief teaser trailer for the upcoming 'Doom' game

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 May 2015 19:28

Here is the first very brief teaser trailer for the upcoming 'Doom' game Eleven years after the release of Doom 3, we have the first very brief teaser trailer of the upcoming 'Doom' sequel.

Publisher Bethesda has confirmed a gameplay reveal at their E3 showcase on June 14th.

The trailer reveals little about the game, but we do get to see the super shotgun and a Revenant demon with its gun backpack.

'Doom 4' or whatever it will be called, was first announced in 2008, but clearly development has been delayed.

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Xbox One gets $60 Over-The-Air TV Tuner

Written by James Delahunty @ 20 May 2015 19:01

Xbox One gets $60 Over-The-Air TV Tuner Xbox One gets broadcast TV with an Hauppauge Over-The-Air TV Tuner, delivering subscription-free live TV, 30 minute live TV pause and TV streaming to other devices using the Xbox App on Windows 10.

Redmond's plan to turn the Xbox One into the living room's favorite entertainment hub advanced today with the announcement of an Hauppauge Over-The-Air TV Tuner that will cost $60 for U.S. and Canadian customers. With the tuner, the console can access local broadcast networks and use the live TV content in many different ways.

Users can view live TV on one side of their screen while continuing to game for example, or if you need to go grab something to eat the Xbox One can pause live TV up to 30 minutes. Additionally, live TV can be streamed to other devices in the home either using the Xbox One SmartGlass app on Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android, or the Xbox App on Windows 10 (uninterrupted by gaming activity on Xbox One).

If you are interested in getting the TV Tuner for Xbox One, you should remember that you will also need a HDTV antenna to use with it. Microsoft Stores (including microsoftstore.com and brick and mortar locations) will sell a $99 bundle that includes a Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One and a Mohu Leaf 50 antenna, saving you about $30.

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Rand Paul trying to block PATRIOT Act renewal

Written by James Delahunty @ 20 May 2015 17:46

Rand Paul trying to block PATRIOT Act renewal U.S. Senator Rand Paul is currently trying to block the renewal of PATRIOT Act provisions related to the mass collection of phone records in the United States.

The Republican is currently holding the U.S. Senate floor and speaking about the mass collection of telephone call records and other activities in the union. Under the rules, Paul can speak until midnight, which is when a new legislative day will commence.

Paul's twitter account and news outlets are reporting the senator's activity as a filibuster, which is not entirely accurate since he is not actually delaying consideration of a bill. Nevertheless, Paul is using his time on the floor to talk about why it's time to "end NSA spying".



On June 1, provisions of the controversial U.S. PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001) will expire. Those provisions are referenced to justify the mass collection of data related to phone calls inside the United States.

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Piracy plummets as subscribers receive notices; U.S. to copy controversial system?

Written by James Delahunty @ 20 May 2015 17:12

Piracy plummets as subscribers receive notices; U.S. to copy controversial system? It's time for America to get rid of the Copyright Alert System and replace it with the Canadian alternative responsible for a sharp decrease in piracy, an anti-piracy group has said.

Canadian Internet users that are alleged to have infringed copyright by downloading and sharing media online have begun receiving notices forwarded from their Internet Service Providers. While there are still controversial aspects of the program, a group is calling for the system to be replicated in the United States and to replace the comparably ineffective Copyright Alert System (CAS).

The Internet Security Task Force called last week for the U.S. to adopt a system more like that of the Canadian Copyright Modernization Act, citing data that shows a sizable drop in piracy activity on Canadian ISPs.

The data come from GEK-TEK International, which is a firm based in Los Angeles. GEK-TEK monitors online piracy and its business is to extract fees/settlements from alleged Internet piracy for its clients. It's main clients are Nu Image and Millennium Film and it has around 125 clients in Canada, and no doubt it would like to expand its horizons to more content owners.

Here are the figures attributed to GEK-TEK from Canada:

  • Bell Canada - 69.6% decrease
  • Telus Communications - 54.0% decrease
  • Shaw Communications - 52.1% decrease
  • TekSavvy Solutions - 38.3% decrease
  • Rogers Cable - 14.9% decrease
ISTF wants CAS to be done away with entirely, claiming that it simply doesn't work.

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Podcasts, Videos, Running Tracks... Spotify broadens content platform

Written by James Delahunty @ 20 May 2015 16:35

Podcasts, Videos, Running Tracks... Spotify broadens content platform Spotify is broadening its content distribution platform to include support for podcasts and short videos as it stares down rapidly growing competition in the media delivery space.

It's not economically feasible to rely on the volatile music streaming business these days with so many vultures in flight. If you stagnate and stand still you will fade into irrelevancy in an unforgiving market and an every-changing, increasingly demanding digital entertainment space.

Spotify is taking no risks and is squaring up to services like Tidal by adding support for videos and podcasts to its service. It won't be offering what you'd consider "full length episodes" in video, instead subscribers will have access to short videos around 10 minutes or shorter.

With commuters in mind, audio-only streams from video content will also be supported.

Spotify will of course make suggestions of what videos or podcasts you might like, just as it does with music, and content from the likes of ABC, BBC, Comedy Central, Cond Nast Entertainment, ESPN, Fusion, Maker Studios, NBC, TED and Vice Media will be available.

Also announced today is Spotify Running (video below) for those who listen to music when they go for a run. It will match your running tempo (BPM etc.) to music specifically selected for running activity, delivering music in time with your step. Some original tracks will also be available (six at launch).

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White Xbox One resurfaces in Halo: Master Chief Collection bundle

Written by James Delahunty @ 20 May 2015 16:08

White Xbox One resurfaces in Halo: Master Chief Collection bundle Microsoft is put a white Xbox One console on sale again this month as part of a Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection features Halo: Combat Evolved, a re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. For a limited time, fans can purchase an Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle, that includes a digital download code for the four Halo titles.

The bundle includes a Cirrus White Xbox One console and wireless controller.

Right now, the bundle is limited to consumers in the United States, with a price tag of $349. It will be available for a limited time at U.S. retailers, so long as supplies last.




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Kim Dotcom has more harsh words for Hollywood studios

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 May 2015 23:03

Kim Dotcom has more harsh words for Hollywood studios Kim Dotcom had some more harsh words for the big Hollywood studios, as he faces charges for copyright infringement thanks to his former ownership of Megaupload.

"If Hollywood had some smart people working for them, they would probably have the biggest Internet company on the planet,"
Kim Dotcom said in an interview. "Instead, it's companies like Apple and Netflix that steal their thunder and this opportunity to monetize the power of the Internet. They completely missed the train."

Dotcom ran Megaupload until 2012 when it was shutdown by a police raid. At the time, the site was responsible for over 25 percent of all traffic on the Internet. Dotcom has been accused of copyright infringement, wire fraud and racketeering and is facing extradition to the U.S. although it is nowhere near a guarantee that he will ever leave New Zealand.

The studios are now trying to bully Dotcom out of fear, he added: "It's like the candlestick maker that didn't like the light bulb when it came along." Dotcom says Hollywood encourages piracy by not releasing films globally at the same time but rather choosing to roll it out sometimes over months. "Because people don't get that access, they are looking for the stuff elsewhere. So it's a problem created by the content creators, I'm not responsible for that."

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