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8K Association sees Samsung, TCL and more push next-gen TV tech

8K Association sees Samsung, TCL and more push next-gen TV tech

It may seem like early days for 8K, but TV-makers are keen to get even higher resolution sets on your agenda - and for you to open your wallet - even before many have upgraded to 4K Ultra HD. A group of the biggest names in TV hardware and display manufacturing - including Samsung and TCL Electronics - have joined forces to create the 8K Association.

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LG OLED Falls is the mesmerizing CES 2019 display the tech was born for

LG OLED Falls is the mesmerizing CES 2019 display the tech was born for

LG may have a rollable OLED TV to release this year, but it risked overshadowing its own flagship with its incredible LG OLED Falls installation at CES 2019 this week. The latest in a line of Consumer Electronics Show demoes of the company's display prowess, it comes after the LG OLED Tunnel in 2017 and the LG OLED Canyon in 2018.

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VLC gets Airplay soon: what 3 billion downloads mean for the app

VLC gets Airplay soon: what 3 billion downloads mean for the app

You can pretty much tell that we’re living in an app-centric world when we take note of and celebrate how many downloads they have achieved. But it isn’t just bragging rights, though there’s definitely some of that involved when you reach 3 billion downloads and you’re not Microsoft, Google, or Apple. But more than just the numbers, VLC’s milestone also speaks to its business model or, to be more precise, the lack of one that, in more than 20 years, has made the world’s most popular media player a household name.

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IMDb Freedive free video streaming service launches for Fire TV

IMDb Freedive free video streaming service launches for Fire TV

Last year, rumor surfaced that Amazon-owned movie database IMDb was working on its own streaming service, which would differ from Prime Video by offering free content in the US. The rumor wasn't made official at the time, but IMDb has laid the matter to rest today with its announcement of Freedive, a free video streaming service that can be accessed on Fire TV and computers.

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The Punisher season 2 gets a brutal trailer ahead of premiere

The Punisher season 2 gets a brutal trailer ahead of premiere

After a publishing a few teasers on Twitter, Netflix has at last delivered an honest-to-goodness trailer for the second season of The Punisher. The trailer is arriving just in time as well, since the second season premieres on Netflix in just over a week. The trailer is predictably violent, but of course, we wouldn't expect anything less from The Punisher.

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The Best of CES 2019

The Best of CES 2019

The year's most interesting collection of gadgetry and technology of many sorts hit Las Vegas this past week in the form of CES 2019. We looked at the lot, perused the booths, and met with the biggest brands in the business to see what stuck out most. Today we've listed our yearly "Best of CES" awards so that you might discover what we found to be the best, the brightest, and that which had the most potential. Computers, cars, TVs, gaming products, and smart devices are all in the mix.

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Twitter pens deal to stream NBA games focused on a single player

Twitter pens deal to stream NBA games focused on a single player

Twitter has penned a new deal with the NBA and Turner Sports to livestream the latter half of 20 NBA games, the companies have announced. The streamed content will be part of games aired on TNT during the upcoming basketball season, but Twitter's broadcast won't be a copy-cat feed: the company will focus cameras on a single player for each game.

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Captain Marvel Special Look clip heralds start of ticket sales

Captain Marvel Special Look clip heralds start of ticket sales

This year is going to be big for comic books fans on both sides of the fence but most especially for the Marvel faithful. This year will see the conclusion to mystery left by Avengers: Infinity War. But to solve that mystery, one has to look back to the past. Almost literally too. With exactly two months left, the marketing machine for Marvel’s Captain Marvel is finally kicking into full gear. Starting with the opening of ticket sales this early.

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Sony soundbars, 4K Blu-ray player aim for a more immersive experience

Sony soundbars, 4K Blu-ray player aim for a more immersive experience

Almost everyone seems give priority to image and video quality but it’s no secret that terrible or even just unsatisfying audio can ruin the experience just as well. As TVs become thinner, TV makers have found the opportunity to offload the audio duties to dedicated speakers, particular stylish soundbars. At CES 2019, Sony is announcing two such products, including its first with dual built-in subwoofers. And to complete the set, it is throwing in a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player into the mix as well.

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How iTunes content and AirPlay 2 came to Samsung TVs

How iTunes content and AirPlay 2 came to Samsung TVs

The folks behind the latest round of Samsung Smart TVs seem to have reached an agreement with Apple to bring a whole lot of content to their sets this Spring. News this morning is that Samsung Smart TVs will launch iTunes Movies and TV Shows starting in Spring of 2019. They'll also be bringing support for AirPlay 2 starting at around the same time.

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LG XBoom Speakers get powerful and tiny

LG XBoom Speakers get powerful and tiny

At CES 2019 we'll be seeing our fair share of speakers - but likely none so extravagant as these from LG. These are the latest LG XBOOM speakers and speaker systems, ready to roll for the first quarter of 2019. Included in the mix are a high-end LG XBoom OL100 single speaker and all-in-one as well as the LG XBoom CL98 mini system - so tiny!

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Facebook deadline tomorrow – not so fast!

Facebook deadline tomorrow – not so fast!

There's a message floating around Facebook that you might've seen pasted in your uncle's feed. It suggests that "everything you've ever posted becomes public from tomorrow." It also suggests that you'll only be able to stop Facebook from sharing all your information if you post a certain block of text and reference to a certain statute. I cannot emphasize enough: This is absolute nonsense and no such event will take place tomorrow - or ever, really.

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