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Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Long-standing rumors of a standalone Apple TV set continue to percolate, with suggestions that Foxconn parent Hon Hai's display deal with Sharp, along with fresh Apple panel patents, lend weight to the HDTV whispers. The Cupertino company is apparently working on an advancement of Fringe Field Switching (FSS) systems suitable for HDTV-scale panels, with Patently Apple flagging up a recently granted patent for the TFT LCD display technology. FSS is currently used in Apple's smaller devices, and relies on IPS display technology of which Sharp is a notable patent holder.

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Sharp reveals 2012 AQUOS TV lineup

Sharp reveals 2012 AQUOS TV lineup

The folks at Sharp are this week revealing their 2012 lineup for televisions and it's the AQUOS brand they'll be sticking with for units ranging from a modest 42-inches all the way up to the gigantic 80-inch flagships. This lineup will bring the 5 and 6-series AQUOS LCD TVs with the relatively small 42-inch LC-42LE540U at $900 up to the 70-inch LC-70LE640U which will ring in at $3,000. Up on the higher end side of things you'll see the flagship 80-inch LC-80LE844U 3D TV for just a bit more: $6,000 MSRP.

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Apple iTV components shipping to suppliers, due for Q4 launch

Apple iTV components shipping to suppliers, due for Q4 launch

Ready for yet another Apple television rumor? Good. According to a new report from analyst Peter Misek, Apple’s television is expected to enter production in May or June, and will launch in the fourth quarter of this year. Supposedly “specialty components” have begun shipping from Asia that would allow Apple to finally build the mythical and mysterious high-definition television.

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Apple TV 1080p refresh announced for March 16

Apple TV 1080p refresh announced for March 16

This week Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple TV will be refreshed with a new device that supports 1080p video, this standard also set for the iTunes movie store as well. As Cook noted, "we're also announcing that movies and TV shows in the iTunes store support 1080p HD. They are absolutely incredible quality." In addition it was announced that Apple TV would get a software upgrade, presenting a "new streamlined user interface" as well as iTunes Match support.

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Apple iPad 3 event: We’re in, join the liveblog!

Apple iPad 3 event: We’re in, join the liveblog!

It's time to begin Apple's latest and greatest event here starting in just a moment on SlashGear via our liveblog portal at http://live.slashgear.com/. We'll be blogging the whole event through our liveblogging portal as well our main news feed which you can filter by heading to our official Apple portal as well. We're expecting the next generation iPad, either called iPad HD or iPad 3, and some updates to Apple TV or iTV, whichever it'll be called when we see it. Stay tuned!

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Samsung 2012 HDTV range priced and detailed

Samsung 2012 HDTV range priced and detailed

The high definition 2012 line of LED TVs from Samsung have been revealed, and everything from the massive 65-inch ES8000 all the way down to the 26-inch EH4000 are up for grabs throughout the year. With only 6 out of a vast list of new models being TBA for availability time, we've got so many features to look forward to with Smart TV integration with LED brightness that your head will spin. Prices on this giant line of televisions ranges from $329.99 all the way up to $5,099.99, and that again is for the 65-inch model without an availability estimation.

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Apple TV refresh imminent as stock grows low

Apple TV refresh imminent as stock grows low

This week it appears more likely than ever that Apple will be refreshing its line of Apple TV units as stock has grown low not only here in the USA, but at international retailers as well. This refresh comes right on top of rumors that Apple will be releasing a new product at the start of March, this leading analysts to suggest not only an iPad refresh, but a release of a new iteration of Apple's Smart TV solution. Join us in searching for the last Apple TV units around the country as it appears that retailers such as Target, Best Buy, and Fry's Electronics all have the device listed as completely out of stock and the rumors of a new unit begin to fly.

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Samsung Display Company mulled as LCDs give way to OLED

Samsung Display Company mulled as LCDs give way to OLED

As Samsung's own money-losing business in flat-screen TVs heads from LCDs to the OLED market quicker than a jackrabbit, Samsung is thinking about spinning off it's LCD unit to act of its own accord. This move will create a new entity by the name of Samsung Display Company and will, Samsung hopes, make it much more competitive in the smashingly popular world of HDTVs. This move has not yet been approved by shareholders, but given that the 2011 operating loss for the company's LCD business was nearly $900 million, we can't imagine why they wouldn't consider such a thing.

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