My favorite products from this year’s IFA show in Berlin, which you can read here on Techlicious.
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Last week at the IFA electronics fair in Berlin, Germany, the world’s top three TV sellers, Samsung, LG and TCL, all announced 8K TVs. Samsung’s sets will start selling this fall, TCL’s next May, and LG’s – unknown.
These high-profile 8K announcements don’t mean you need to chuck those plans to buy a 4K UHD, or chuck the 4K set you just bought. Especially since the first editions of 8K, like the first generations of regular HDTVs in the late 1990s and 4K UHDs five years back, will run in the $8,000-$12,000 range. And, you won’t get the full benefits of an 8K TV for years.
Read the rest of this report here at Techlicious
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Imagine never having to plug in your smartphone to recharge it. Imagine a world where you’re sitting in a restaurant, wandering through an airport, on a plane or at your desk — and your smartphone just automatically recharges. No more AC jack, USB charger and cable, no more battery packs.
Read more of this story here at Gear Brain.
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A roundup of top products from IFA for TWICE.com, which you can read here.
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With 4K pricing suddenly sinking perilously close to commoditization, Samsung, LG and TCL all announced next-generation 8K TVs at IFA 2018 in Berlin this week. Sharp has already started selling its previously announced 8K model in Asia and Europe.
Read the rest of this report here at TWICE.com.
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Global CE sales revenues are expected to rise to $996.25 billion in 2018, compared with $991.69 billion last year, according to GfK figures presented by Hans-Joachim Kamp, chairman of the supervisory board of the Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH of gfu, organizers of this week’s IFA in Berlin.
Read the entire report from IFA at TWICE.com.
Why buy two boxes when one will do? That’s the perfectly clever and logical solution the Polk Command Bar ($299.99) presents – it’s a soundbar plus wireless subwoofer with an Amazon Echo Dot built right inside.
Read the rest of this review here at Gear Brain.
What to do about hacking and the misuse of major social media platforms by foreign actors in U.S. elections? Much of the sturm und drang over potential cyber security solutions boils down to one compound question: should the government step in with regulation, allow the internet and social media platforms to police themselves, or a combination of the two?
Read the rest of this analysis here at Digital Technology’s Digital Riff.
Replacing wired connections with wireless ones is not a new idea. It dates back to the discovery of radio waves by Heinrich Hertz in 1888, and was first made practical by Guglielmo Marconi when he enabled telegraph signals to be transmitted through the air. Just prior to World War I, Nikola Tesla built a huge tower and power station out on the edge of Long Island with the intention of broadcasting free wireless electric power for all. In the 1950s, the first TV remote controls were physically wired before infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) technologies allowed the connecting cable to disappear. In the 1970s, landline telephones became cordless, and a decade later wireless cellular phones appeared. In the 1990s, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth appeared, untethering personal computers from the internet, headphones from music playback devices, printers from PCs, etc., etc., etc.
Each one of these wired-to-wireless advances radically altered society. And we are now on the verge of the next such “cableless” revolution: ubiquitous wireless power.
Read the rest of this report here at Digital Technology Consulting’s Digital Riff.
Modern TV viewing at home requires three components: access to broadcast programming such as that found on NBC, PBS and the like, plus cable content such as ESPN and HBO, streaming content such as Netflix — and then a DVR to record and time-shift any broadcast viewing.
Many Americans have to jury rig this triad of 21st century TV necessities, pairing a cable box with DVR capabilities — along with either a smart TV or a streaming media box such as a Roku or Amazon Fire.
Or, you can just combine access to all your TV content into a single box, the TiVo 4K-compatible Bolt Vox.
Read the rest of this review here at Gear Brain.