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DisplayMate crowns 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best LCD display

DisplayMate crowns 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best LCD display

It is really no surprise that the newest and smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro would outperfrom the iPad Air 2 in the display department, since it does outrank it everywhere else except in price. It is, however, perhaps unexpected that this iPad Pro would also trump all other LCD displays, including the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro (except in one case). That is definitely the finding that DisplayMate reached with the iPad Pro, claiming unambiguously that it was by far the best performing LCD screen they have ever tested.

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Imagine flying with 21-inch touchscreen seatback displays

Imagine flying with 21-inch touchscreen seatback displays

The state of in-flight entertainment has been steadily improving over the last few years, with WiFi increasingly being offered by more airlines, and a wide range of movies and TV shows available from the built-in seatback displays. But what if airlines went all out and provided flyers with luxurious-sized touchscreens to help distract them from the miserable amount of legroom? Well, it might look like these 21.3-inch screens in a prototype from Thales, a French aerospace company.

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FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

Flexible displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction, but it's only recently that they've started to filter through into production. FlexEnable hopes to overshadow Samsung's curved OLED with its own technology, relying on cheaper LCD panels that use plastic substrates rather than glass so as to be both more imaginatively-shaped and more resilient to impacts and other damage.

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Japan Display updates Pixel Eyes touchscreens with thinner bezels, wet skin support

Japan Display updates Pixel Eyes touchscreens with thinner bezels, wet skin support

Display manufacturer Japan Display recently announced that it had developed the second generation of its Pixel Eyes LCD modules, complete with details on improvements, including slimmer bezels and the ability to function with wet fingers. As a supplier for many smartphone companies, including Apple, the new touchscreens hint at some features and designs we might see on devices over the next few years, including future iPhones.

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New liquid crystal mixtures keep touchscreens from freezing

New liquid crystal mixtures keep touchscreens from freezing

Researchers from the University of Central Florida have been working to develop new liquid crystal mixtures for use in LCDs inside cars and other devices that are able to operate at both high and low temperatures. The goal of the team of researchers is to create a display screen that performs just as well in temperature extremes as it does in moderate climates. According to the team, current LCDs have images that blur and displays are slow to respond in extreme temperatures.

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Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

While my first inclination was to title this post "what no other smartwatch has", that just wouldn't be accurate. What we've got here is a bona-fide piece of technology in the Moto 360 Sport that's never been released in any device before. Here, according to Motorola, the Moto 360 Sport equips a "first of its kind LCD display." It's a first of its kind, that is to say, in that it "combines a traditional backlit transmissive screen with a front lit reflective technology." The best of both worlds - always visible.

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Apple could be moving iPhones to OLED by 2018

Apple could be moving iPhones to OLED by 2018

Long overdue change or wishful thinking? Chances are, Apple fans, particularly those who pay much attention to technical details such as this, might be split over this latest rumor. According to Japanese site Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, the Cupertino-based tech company is planning to launch iPhones with OLED screens in 2018, which would be named the iPhone 8, with Japanese display maker JDI said to be in talks to be Apple's supplier when that time comes around. That is, of course, it if comes around at all.

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Some Nexus 5X units may have an overly-yellow hue

Some Nexus 5X units may have an overly-yellow hue

This week it would appear that a number of Google's newest Nexus devices made by LG have an overly-yellow hue to their displays. Customers reporting from various locations around the United States have sent in images to a Reddit thread in which they also suggest that Google customer service has been contacted with mixed results. While some users suggest Google has sent a replacement unit, other say that the new yellowish hue is just a feature of the newest display.

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Japan Display unveils a 17-inch 8K LCD panel

Japan Display unveils a 17-inch 8K LCD panel

It seems limits are just an afterthought when it comes to display resolution these days. Manufacturers are just now starting introduce more 8K-compatible screens, but at sizes like 85 inches. Japan Display has said "no, that is not adequate," and somehow managed to cram an 8K LCD module into a meager 17.3-inch screen. If you're already trying to do the math, we'll save you the time: the resolution measures 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, with a mind-boggling 510 pixels per inch.

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Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung just released its financial performance for the first quarter of the year and, good news for Sammy and its fans, it has beat the rather negative analyst expectations. But it might be too soon to rejoice. While the Korean consumer electronics giant did seemingly beat the odds, it's smartphone business, believed to be the culprit for Samsung's decline, isn't looking any better. Instead, the company has its chips and LCD displays to thank for greeting 2015 with more of a bang instead of a flop.

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Sharp seeks government investment to spin off LCD unit

Sharp seeks government investment to spin off LCD unit

Sharp is a large Japanese electronics firm that has been struggling of late. The company has a LCD panel making arm and people who claim to be familiar with workings at the company are saying that Sharp is looking to spin that LCD arm off. To get the funds it needs to spin the LCD arm off, Sharp is said to be courting an investment fund handled by the Japanese government.

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Pixel Qi has seemingly vanished without a trace

Pixel Qi has seemingly vanished without a trace

More than half a decade ago, an odd-named company became the center of attention and hype because of the promised holy grail of LCD displays. And although Pixel Qi was able to deliver, to some extent, that much sought after readability in whatever lighting condition, the company has failed to make a profit, enough to sustain its business in a viciously competitive display business. But while it has yet to issue a formal admission, provided the company actually does still exist, for all intents and purposes and as far as official communication channels go, Pixel Qi is practically no more.

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