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  • 5 pivotal moments in the development of TV technology

    It’s hard to believe how far the television, and TV technology for that matter, has come in a little under a century. As we enter a new age of television thanks to UHD and OLED, let’s look back at the pivotal technological moments that have shaped television as we know it today. The TV is invented A multitude of inventors came up with the technologies that define what we know as television. Vladimir Zworykin was the first to patent the idea for a television as we know it, then known as the Iconoscope. A few years later, Philo Farnsworth was able to produce...

  • Android TV brings casual games, videos and ‘okay Google’ to the big screen

    Android TV joins the roughly billion-and-a-half smart TV and streaming set-top boxes on the market, such as Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV but with one small difference: namely that Google's positioning Android TV as a casual gaming console too, in the hope that it will decimate the Ouyas of the world. Those familiar with set-top boxes like Roku's will know what Android TV's all about. Download apps from Google Play, stream video from YouTube or Netflix and play games with a brand new Google gamepad that looks like it was modeled after the pad from the original Xbox....

  • Roku HDMI Streaming Stick 100% more purple than Google Chromecast

    TV set-top boxes are getting shrunk to the size of a packet of gum, and the ability to stream 1080p content from the internet is as simple as plugging it into the back of your TV. With a move that seems to directly compete with Google's Chromecast and Apple TV, digital media company Roku has recently announced its latest and greatest Streaming Stick for HDMI. The new Roku Streaming Stick uses an HDMI input, is powered by a mini-USB port and comes with a WiFi remote control which has dedicated Netflix and Amazon buttons. Apart from functioning almost exactly like Google's...

  • LG’s curved UltraHD TV packs 11-million pixels into 105″ of LCD

    The world's first 105" curved UltraHD TV is coming to CES 2014, care of LG and its obsession with all things curved, said PCMag. It's called the 105UB9 LCD TV and says LG " officially the largest curved TV ever made." Look at that image -- the thing is freaking gigantic. The model next to it could pump up the brightness and use it as a tanning bed. It's a TV first though, and LG says that its bright new display "renders the minutest detail in breathtaking clarity to create an unprecedented level of viewer immersion. With a resolution of...

  • LG Smart TVs to use any phone as controller by 2014

    Using a smartphone as a TV remote is a nifty idea that has been championed by a few mobile phone makers, like Samsung and Sony, but until now, it's been locked to a few specific models. Even worse, iPhones are left out of the phone-as-remote market unless an expensive accessory is tacked onto it. No more, says LG who've recently announced a partnership with AllJoyn to create Smart TVs that can use any phone as a universal remote, reports Pocket-Lint. The AllJoyn protocol forms a connection between TV and phone, regardless of the mobile ecosystem. As Gigaom rightly says,...

  • Dell announces impressive 24″ and ‘world’s most affordable’ 4K Monitor

    While we all love seeing 4K display's popping up from every corner over the last year or so, they all seem more like giant televisions than a crisp, clear desktop alternative. Anything past the 30" mark should be considered television, living room material and not much else. Until now it seems as a very impressive 24" UHD Monitor by Dell has been announced together with the "world's most affordable" 28" Ultra HD Monitor. The Ultra HD, slash 3840x2160, slash four times full HD monitor is Dell's highest pixel density yet. Officially known as Dell's UltraSharp 24 Monitor -– UP2414Q, it's meant...

  • 5 concept TVs that showcase the evolution of the silver screen

    I own a 20-year-old television set and I am pretty attached to it. Everyone thinks I should get a new one and I really want to, but in today's society we are quite spoiled for choice and choosing a new TV is daunting. In the last decade, the world of television has evolved so much so that now your TV experience is equivalent to a cinema experience expect that you can pause it and check your mail while watching YouTube. Hisense, a global manufacturer of consumer electronics, agrees and is showcasing a number of concept TV models which demonstrate the evolution...

  • RIP TV? 5 new ways we watch our favourite shows

    There is an argument that says that TV is dead. Perhaps this is true. But considering the fact that I work in the TV industry, I sincerely hope not or I’ll be out of a job. That said, the way we consume television shows has evolved considerably, forcing networks to become more creative in order to attract viewers. This includes aiming for an integrated broadcast and digital experience that allows viewers to consume media on more than one platform simultaneously. Gone are the days when millions of viewers around the world tuned in to their televisions for an evening of...

  • Sharp debuts 32″ 4K IGZO touchscreen monitor running OS X

    Sharp has announced full OS X support for its 32-inch 4K IGZO touchscreen LCD LED monitor (aka PN-K322B). Who will use a 32-inch 4K IGZO touchscreen display? Well certainly not your average Joe. First off, it will be way too expensive and your arms will probably get tired after playing a few rounds of Angry Birds. Then again the 3840x2160 display is more meant for retail or commercial use. Think promos, tech savvy classrooms, sports commentary and such. The display, sans OS X, was shown-off at CES this year. By itself, it seems incredibly impressive while the UI could...

  • The smart TV buyer’s guide: 5 of the best

    I like having a large television in my house. Perhaps it's because I'm of an age that still remembers old school CRT-tube TVs that didn't have remotes. I had to get out of my seat to change the channel. Now of course I have a sizeable TV with excellent picture quality. But how did I arrive at my particular model choice? It can get rather confusing when we enter an electronics store and are faced with a variety of televisions on display, with those flashing lights and pictures getting into our heads. We can normally spot the ones with a...