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LG announces Flexible Curved Television

Published by on Jan 8th, 2014, No Comments


There are two big trends at CES this year – wearable electronics, and high end TVs with curved and QHD displays. While curved televisions look cool, it does kind of make you scratch your head and say why? The idea is that these new ultra high resolution displays can be put closer to the viewer, and a curved display allows for a more immersive experience.

LG Electronics today took the cover off the world’s first Flexible OLED TV at CES in Las Vegas. With this revolutionary TV unit, viewers can control the angle of curvature for the ultimate viewing experience that was only available in the realm of science fiction.

“LG’s Flexible OLED TV is a product that has to be seen to be believed, because it defies description,” said H. H. (Hyun-hwoi) Ha, President and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “What curved is to flat, flexible is to curved. LG continues to lead the evolution of televisions into the next generation.” 

What separates LG’s Flexible OLED TV from every other TV set in the world is that the curvature of the display can be altered using the TV remote to suit the viewer’s preference. The range of curvature was determined by taking into account key factors that affect the viewing experience such as screen size and viewing distance. Since the viewer can adjust the curvature, they can enjoy the best TV viewing experience, tailored to their tastes, every time.

The 77-inch TV unit is the result of technological integration encompassing all aspects of producing a product as innovative as this TV, such as design, displays, quality assurance, etc. The Flexible OLED TV has been subject to tens of thousands of hours of tests to ensure the reliability and durability of its unique display. With the introduction of the Flexible OLED TV, LG now has achieved a major grand slam, having introduced its share of world firsts in the OLED TV space — flat, curved and now flexible.

How about a smart braai to go with your smartphone and smartwatch?

Published by on Jan 8th, 2014, 1 Comment


It’s getting weird now. Just when you thought techies around the world are getting a bit ridiculous with the amount of things they are turning into ‘smart’ devices, they come up with something like this: a smart-braai. Or in American terms, a smart grill. 

Now, while I am all for innovation and expanding technologies, this is a little hard to wrap my (South African) head around.

Yesterday, at the CES Show in Las Vegas, Lynx Grills unveiled their concept smart grill.

The idea with the smart grill, is that it will serve up your food based on your preferences. It is also voice-activated, so you can talk to it like another buddy ‘round the braai. (more…)

Audi reveals Smart Display Android tablet – for your car

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Well it sure seems that Audi and Google aren’t waiting around for anybody after they announced their partnership to bring Android systems into cars a mere two days ago.

Yesterday, we reported on the formation of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), an alliance spearheaded by Google that will focus on bringing Android-based platforms and tech to various cars in 2014.

In the wake of their announcement, Audi held the attention of the media  by revealing the Audi Smart Display – a 10.2 inch tablet that is specifically designed for in-car use and runs – you guessed it – Android.  (more…)

Motorola Euro Jan 14th Event could be for Moto X

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The Moto X that was launched last year was initially only released in North America. Motorola’s flagship is built in Texas, USA and was intended for their market to test the water for the first phone built since Google bought the struggling smartphone maker. (more…)

Intel Edison: a computer the size of an SD card

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Earlier this year Intel announced a small chip with great power meant to power wearable technologies, called Quark. Now, they have taken it a step further and announced a tiny computer that can house the small chip. At CES 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced Edison, “a full Pentium-class PC” that’s the size and shape of the SD card you might otherwise put in your camera. It’s powered by a dual-core Quark SOC, runs Linux, and has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. (more…)

Razer introduces Project Christine Gaming PC

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razer-christine-gallery-02-790x526What would a tech show be without a few very original concept ideas? I have been a PC gamer for most of my life and more recently also an avid Xbox fan. The reason for my partial shift to consoles are pretty straight forward. Consoles just work. Since joining the workforce about 4 years ago, I struggled to find time for the gym let alone gaming. Thus the no-fuss, no-install, no minimum requirements idea of console gaming became very attractive. I do still believe that PC gaming is the ultimate platform (my opinion), but if you don’t have the technical knowledge of building a decent gaming machine you’re not going to get very far. Thus RAZER introduced Project Christine at CES 2014 yesterday. Razer’s modular concept design is aiming to bring the domain of the hardcore enthusiast to the mainstream public by making the whole “build your own gaming machine” easier. (more…)

Fireweb: LG’s Firefox OS device

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The LG G Flex may have been the company’s main focus for phones at CES, but it has a few other devices to show too. One of these is the Fireweb, its first Firefox OS device meant for developing markets. (more…)

Samsung’s profits decline for the first time in years

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Samsung set the record sheets alight in Q3 with record profits and while the results for Q4 2013 are still very good, it’s the first quarter in a couple of years that the year on year profits have declined.

The Korean tech giant estimates that it’s operating profit dropped to about 8.3 trillion won ($7.8 billion) in the fourth quarter, or lower than both the 8.84 trillion won ($8.3 billion) from one year ago and the 10.16 trillion won ($9.6 billion) from Q3. (more…)