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  • LG launches new 4K OLED TV ranges in South Africa

    September is clearly the month to launch televisions in South Africa. With Hisense kicking things off earlier this month, it was Korean electronics giant LG that unveiled its new wares at an event in Johannesburg's Cradle of Humankind Thursday. The company announced that four of its new premium 4K OLED TVs will arrive in South Africa, handpicked from its 2016 LG G6 and LG E6 ranges. The screens, which boast some novel innovations and marketing pointers, were used to showcase photography from Tanja and Cory Schmitz, two astro-photographers who look for the skyward light in the darkest of South African towns. And...

  • ULED arrives: Hisense brings new TV tech to South Africa

    If you run a quick internet search for ULED technology right now, you'd be hard pressed to find any tangible details. It seems that it's a technology Hisense is massively proud of, but isn't exactly showering consumers with much technical detail. That is, until now. At an event on Tuesday in Johannesburg, the company pulled back the curtains (quite literally) on its new 4K ULED televisions, which were made known earlier this year in Australia. This event also gave Hisense a chance to brief journalists and retailers on its new tech, deliver a new war cry to other established brands, and...

  • Japan Display’s 8K 17.3-inch screen features over 33-million pixels

    Referring to resolutions in terms of K isn't as rare as it used to be. 4K is practically the upper-echelon of gaming and content resolution standards, with the likes of Sony and Sharp vested in smartphone and television screen technology respectively. But what happens when 4K isn't quite dense enough? Japan Display has the answer. The company from the Land of the Rising Sun has developed an 8K (7680×4320) 17.3-inch display which suggests that tablets and perhaps even gaming monitors with even more pixels is just over the horizon. The pixel density is an astounding 510 pixels per inch, which is...

  • Samsung is the most popular second-hand TV brand, suggests OLX

    Online classifieds are big business in South Africa, so naturally, it's an interesting way to gauge the success of a product or brand based on how often they appear and how many second-hand units are sold. OLX, a local classifieds database, has recently revealed the list of most popular TV brands on the site and the results are telling. Samsung came out on top according to OLX, mirroring other surveys completed, with its nearest challengers hailing from Japan, Korea and China. "We were not surprised by the results as our electronics category continues to be dominated by Samsung, but some of...

  • Sharp will sell the world’s first 8K TV for R1.8-million

    If you belong to the "there's never too many pixels" club and wear your badge with pride, then you'll love what Sharp plans to do next month. The Japanese company, known for making some of the world's best television panels, is outing the world's first 8K TV next month in its homeland for a cool US$133 000. That's R1.8-million for you and I down south. But if you think that number is excessive, consider the sheer size of the LV-85001. It's 85-inches from corner to corner and boasts a resolution of 7680x4320, which is 16 times more pixels than a 1920x1080 Full...

  • 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,...