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Category: HDTV Displays

TV Connect Rates Still Growing

April 23, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
According to a report by Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG), 24% of U.S. households had a television connected to the Internet in 2010. By last year, this rose to 30%. LRG's latest research shows that this share has jumped to 38% this year. The survey includes video game consoles, Blu-ray players, network media players (such as the Roku and Western Digital boxes), and Internet TVs. One of the most interesting results...

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Best Buy Breaks More Bad News

April 4, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
The fourth quarter of every year for consumer electronic retailers is like the rainy season for farmers; it's a make-or-break time of year when you have to compensate for the slower sales from the other three quarters. So it was like the  Dust Bowl when Best Buy posted a $1.7 billion loss. This is not quite as bad as it might seem, because their fiscal year ends on March 3, so this...

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Foxconn Buys into Sharp Gen10

April 2, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Have you ever heard of Hon Hai? It's the parent company of Foxconn, which in turn has been in the news a lot lately as the firm that assembles many of Apple's products. Foxconn is a giant in its own right, assembling components for a wide range of manufacturers, large and small. And now it is taking a giant step to becoming even bigger on the world stage. Hon Hai...

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My HDTV Buying Advice [a Slashdot video]

March 27, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Do you ever wonder what I tell people when they come up to me at a party and ask "What should I buy as my new television?" The website Slashdot wondered, and they commissioned a video interview of me that they call "HDTV Expert Alfred Poor Tells You What to Buy and What Not to Buy". (The interview was conducted, recorded, and edited by my friend and colleague Robin Miller.)...

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Bed-Sized 3DTV in China

March 19, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
How much is too much? If it's possible to go too far with a television set's specfications, this could be it. China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd is a subsidiary of the electronics giant, TCL Corporation, and earlier this month, the company announced a monster of a 3DTV. [caption id="attachment_1651" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="(Credit: TCL Corporation)"][/caption] This behemoth measures 110" diagonal. It also has 4K by 2K resolution, or 4,096 by...

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Oh Boy! A New iPad!

March 9, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
You may have noticed that there has not been a lot of coverage of the new iPad 3 here over the preceding six months. While many members of the new era media were working themselves into a speculative frenzy over what the unannounced and unspecified product would be, I was content to wait for the facts. And I have to admit that at least from the display perspective, the new...

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We Control the Channel! (Well, We’re Trying)

March 1, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Are you old enough to remember the opening sequence of "The Outer Limits"? There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We...

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More Bad News for Sears

February 24, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Times have been tough for Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart retail stores. In the fourth quarter of 2011, which is the season that retailers hope to post most of their profits for the year, Sears reported a loss of $2.4 billion. As a result, the company is looking to raise money by shedding some of its assets. According to the company's announcement, it plans to sell...

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You Can’t Touch This!

February 9, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Touch is transforming our entertainment experience. Second-screen tablets and smartphones are programming our DVR services, delivering supplementary and interactive social content to linear programming, and becoming content delivery platforms in their own right. And while there still is a place for keyboard in this brave new world, touch interfaces are playing an increasingly-important role in how we interact most naturally and efficiently with some very complex systems. How much do...

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A Day Made of Glass: the Sequel

February 6, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Were you one of the 17 million who have watched Corning's "A Day Made of Glass" since it was posted last year? I know that I watched it at least a half-dozen times. And I remember thinking that it was so cool that just about all the technology required to make everything in that video happen exists today; in many cases, it's available in shipping products. Well, they've done it...

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