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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 14, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, tech world, we're starting the day off right with some leaks of the newest system released by RIM, BlackBerry 10 in all its glory. Then the iPad 3 tips continue to flow - iPad 3 with 4G LTE, a teeny tiny iPad Mini, and there's a big tip about an iPad 8-inch iteration which, when combined with the other iDevices, would form Voltron. Meanwhile Google's Motorola buy is paving the way for future Nexus confusion.

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Konica Minolta outs first OLED inkjet printhead in the world

Konica Minolta outs first OLED inkjet printhead in the world

I remember a long time ago when the OLED display first came to market. One of the intriguing things about the display technology was that the companies making them were saying in the future they could be printed using an inkjet printer on a roll-to-roll machine. That would certainly make the production of OLED screens faster and cheaper, making devices using the high-quality displays less expensive.

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Samsung Electronics weighing in-house OLED display grab

Samsung Electronics weighing in-house OLED display grab

Samsung Electronics is considering bringing Samsung Mobile Display, the division responsible for the Super AMOLED panels that have distinguished many of the company's recent smartphones and tablets, completely in-house, tightening the Samsung supply chain. "We are considering merging the business to improve synergy, but a final decision has yet to be made" Samsung Electronics revealed in a filing to the South Korea stock exchange, Reuters reports, a move that could spell danger for the display business' other customers.

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Sony Cyber-shot TX200V and WX70/WX50 eye your pocket

Sony Cyber-shot TX200V and WX70/WX50 eye your pocket

Sonyhas outed a trio of new Cyber-shot digital cameras, including a slimline flagship, the DSC-TX200V, and a pair of affordable point-and-shoots, the DSC-WX70 and WX50. The TX200V measures in at a pocket-friendly 95.5 x 58.3 x 16 mm but still manages to fit in an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, 26mm 5x optical zoom and a 3.3-inch Xtra Fine TruBlack OLED touchscreen.

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LG OLED TV mass-production in July as Q4 panel losses narrow

LG OLED TV mass-production in July as Q4 panel losses narrow

LG Display will begin mass-production of its large-scale OLED panels, such as those used in the 55-inch OLED HDTV the company demonstrated at CES earlier this month, in July 2012. CFO Jeong Ho-young confirmed the production plans after LG Display revealed its Q4 2011 financial results, Korean site Asia Economies reports, with the line capable of up to 48,000 panels per month.

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BASF and Philips working car roof made from transparent OLED lighting

BASF and Philips working car roof made from transparent OLED lighting

BASF and Philips are working together on a really cool project that uses OLED lighting for the roof of a car. The OLED light can be a light source to illuminate the interior of the car at night. When turned off the light source can also be a transparent solar cell that allows passengers to see out while gathering power. When off the OLEDs are clear so the people inside can see out of the car.

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PS Vita originally set for on-screen controls, full metal casing, larger display

PS Vita originally set for on-screen controls, full metal casing, larger display

There's a new personal video game system in town, and it goes by the name PlayStation Vita - and what you're about to learn from no less than Tokashi Sogabe of the Sony Corporate Design Center is that it originally looked just a bit different than it exists in the wild today. In an interview done with James Gallagher of the official PlayStation Blog, Sogabe spoke on how his 27 years of experience working with Sony on such devices as the original Walkman, Vaio notebooks, and the most recent slim model of the PlayStation 3, lead him to the iteration of the PS Vita you see today - and how its original construction looked a bit different. What you'll find is that the first model, never released, had a 5.5-inch display, on-screen controls, and a full metal jacket, as it were.

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Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

The relatively short history of the Art Lebedev line of customizable keyboards is a tragic one when you consider how much we've wanted to get our hands on every single one of these OLED screen per-key boards and their subsequent delays, but now we're really getting down to business here in 2012 with not only the Mini Three and the Aux, but the Mini Six and the long-awaited Optimus Popularis as well. The great thing about these boards of keys is that not only are they customizable in their functions, they are each of them their own OLED display*, this allowing you to show yourself whatever you like to tap. While the original Optimux Maximus has been out for some time (2007), we've been waiting for the full expansion for what seems like an eternity.

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Samsung plans $41.1bn investment in 2012: Chips, OLED, more

Samsung plans $41.1bn investment in 2012: Chips, OLED, more

Samsung sinking $1bn into its Apple chip facility is only the tip of the iceberg for the Korean company's 2012 investment plans, with a whopping $41.4bn expected to go into incubating new tech and streamlining existing production. Samsung Group will most likely pitch the biggest chunk of its fund into system chips for phones, tablets and digital cameras, Reuters reports, along with OLED displays such as the panel used in the 55-inch Super OLED Smart TV the company demonstrated at CES last week, and which is expected to go on sale by the end of the year.

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