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Samsung’s Galaxy Round is gimmicky not geekery

Samsung’s Galaxy Round is gimmicky not geekery

I love odd gadgets and weird technology. I like manufacturers that think at right-angles when it comes to designs and functionality. Yet Samsung's newly announced Galaxy Round, the Android smartphone with a curved AMOLED display like a techie taco, for all its new screen technology, leaves me cold. "Samsung's Galaxy Round is the epitome of in-fighting with LG" I tweeted last night. ""We got there first" and never mind if "there" is pointless." That prompted a discussion on how I could be enthusiastic about Samsung's Galaxy Gear, also derided by many in recent weeks, but not about the South Korean company's other more unusual designs. For me, it comes down to innovation versus excess.

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LG flexible smartphone OLED panel enters mass production

LG flexible smartphone OLED panel enters mass production

LG has announced that it has started mass production of what it claims to be the world's first flexible OLED panel for smartphones. LG previously grabbed the distinction of being the first to company commercially rollout 55-inch OLED TV display earlier this year. The company is building it's flexible panels on plastic substrates.

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IFA 2013 Wrap-Up

IFA 2013 Wrap-Up

IFA 2013 has come and gone, and with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, various super-sized (and often curved) TVs, and a number of superlative-toting smartphones, there was no shortage of geek appeal. As ever, the Berlin tech show saw a few key themes surface, and while not everybody is necessarily ready to snap a cellphone companion to their wrist, that didn't stop manufacturers from trying to push everything from wearables to Ultra HD. Read on, then, as we run through the best of IFA.

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LG 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED eyes-on

LG 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED eyes-on

Big, curved, and OLED: every year there are some keywords IFA's prime competitors cling to, and in 2013 LG is leading the pack with its whopping 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED TV. Full 4k resolution spread across a near-painfully bright, sweeping pane of OLED technology; does the world need a set so big, so detailed, and so painfully expensive? We basked in the glow of organic semiconductors to see what the fuss is about.

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LG 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED TV is the world’s largest

LG 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED TV is the world’s largest

Clearly, the big thing at IFA 2013 for TV manufacturers this year is curved televisions. So far, we've seen curved OLED sets and curved LED TVs at the show. LG has rolled out what it claims to be the world's largest curved screen OLED TV called simply enough the 77-inch Ultra HD Curved OLED TV.

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Sony HMZ-T3W wireless head-mounted display hands-on

Sony HMZ-T3W wireless head-mounted display hands-on

Last year, Sony brought the HMZ-T2 to IFA and tried to convince us to wear a 3D display helmet; at IFA 2013, the company is hoping that cutting the cord with the new HMZ-T3W will persuade us to open our wallets. As before, the concept is straightforward: two small OLED screens that give the impression of a much larger display, optional 3D, and the privacy of your own virtual screening room. This time around, however, at least one of the cords has disappeared, though it's not quite the wireless nirvana Sony might like you to believe.

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Sony: Our 56-inch 4k OLED TV is biggest & brightest (we just can’t make it)

Sony: Our 56-inch 4k OLED TV is biggest & brightest (we just can’t make it)

Sony is showing off a new prototype 4k Ultra HD OLED TV at IFA 2013, and the company isn't short on hyperbole about the new set. The 56-inch panel is both brighter and more colorful than either of the OLED TVs on sale from Samsung and LG, Sony told us, as well as being bigger, at least by an inch. However, there's a hitch: right now, Sony isn't producing it, and it isn't quite sure whether it could.

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Samsung 55-Inch Curved UHD OLED TV has Multi-View and more

Samsung 55-Inch Curved UHD OLED TV has Multi-View and more

Samsung's press conference at IFA 2013 is over and we have more details on the company's new line of televisions. One of the TVs it was unveiled during the conference was the new 55-inch Curved OLED TV. Samsung says that this new TV delivers an "unprecedented leap forward in picture quality and design" thanks to adding Ultra HD resolution.

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Flexible OLED viewfinder and camera array combine for panoramic FlexCam

Flexible OLED viewfinder and camera array combine for panoramic FlexCam

The Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada just released a video showing off the FlexCam, a new panoramic camera that combines a flexible OLED viewfinder with a camera array. The lenses are located on the back of the device, allowing users to bend and flex it to take panoramic photographs. The original research was published in 2012 but a video detailing its function just showed up on YouTube.

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Samsung Curved OLED TV hits USA with split-screen Multi View technology

Samsung Curved OLED TV hits USA with split-screen Multi View technology

This week Samsung's KN55S9C model Curved OLED TV is appearing in the USA, complete with the ability to allow you to see the finest in video entertainment from all angles. Of course you'll be paying a hefty price for this industry-leading bit of technology, especially since this device rings in at right around $15k overseas - but no worries, there's been a bit of an adjustment made on the plane ride over. And there's a full-on Smart TV collection of bits and pieces under the surface, too.

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Samsung curved OLED TV arriving in the US after Korean release

Samsung curved OLED TV arriving in the US after Korean release

Both LG and Samsung seem to be doing some direct battling with their new OLED displays, which isn't surprising at all and quite expected really. Samsung will begin selling its new curved OLED HDTV in the US starting sometime this week, with LG barely beating them out with theirs releasing today. The best part is, Samsung's offering also has the same exact price tag.

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LG Curved OLED HDTV rolling out in the US

LG Curved OLED HDTV rolling out in the US

The curved television era has officially begun, with LG announcing US availability for their new Curved OLED HDTV, which is the first of its kind to reach the US. LG's 55-inch class model is going on sale starting today at select Best Buy locations. However, you'll want to save up and go through your piggy bank to make sure you have enough cash, because these things aren't cheap.

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