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Best Gaming TVs for PS4 in 2016

You finally own a PS4 and nothing can stop you from having that awesome gaming experience, right! Wrong. One thing actually can. The television set, you pick to connect the console to. If you want to have an ethereal gaming experience you have to buy a television that can deliver. So, what exactly you should be looking for? You should find a television that responds quickly to your inputs on the controller, it should be able to clearly display static images like maps, inactive player, and so on for a long period, and should be full HD. If possible, you should look for a TV that comes with a Gaming Mode as well. This will be a really good feature to have. There are many televisions out there that cater to gamers. There will be quite a few that will easily pass the preliminary criteria too. So, to ease out your search, here are some of the best gaming TVs for PS4.

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Vizio P Series 2016

This is one of the frontrunners, when it comes to buying a gaming TV for PS4. With an input lag of a mere 17.7ms and negligible motion blur, it certainly justifies its top position. It offers a great picture quality and displays local dimming, which is not only great for playing games, but for watching movies in a dark room as well. It is an LED TV with a 4K resolution. It also should be understood that the picture quality is great indeed, but by LED standards and it does not compete with OLED. But it is the quick reaction time that makes the television a great buy for even professional gamers.

Samsung JS9000

The Samsung JS9000 SUHD series televisions deliver excellent results in the Gaming Mode. They are equipped with 4K technology, which makes them future-proof. So, you don’t have to worry about the TV becoming obsolete any time soon. Samsung JS9000 has remarkable picture production capabilities. The TVs have a very wide color gamut, which allows the final pictures to be rich, brilliant, and vibrant. This TV is particularly delightful for playing games that make intense use of color, or observe high attention to detail. Also, the TV is capable of rendering the game graphics spectacularly on the screen. The final output is beautiful in both dark and light conditions. Adding to this is the low input lag, and no perceptible motion blur, which makes it suitable for sports-based games as well.

 

Sony 810C

If you want a good quality TV, with all the bells and whistles like 4K resolution, superb audio quality, impressive picture quality, powerful brand name, and a decent price to go with it, then you should pick Sony 810C, without another thought. Granted, it doesn’t come with a lot of fancy options that are usually found in pricier 4K TVs, but it does best with what it has. It has a low input lag of 35.7ms, and a response time of 12.1ms. It even has a refresh rate of 120Hz. Together, these features combine to form a truly breathtaking gaming experience at an affordable price. The picture quality is excellent, the motion handling is noteworthy, and the sound quality is extraordinary. There is some loss of color saturation when viewed from side angles, but that has no effect on your gaming experience, unless there are multiple players.

LG UH8500

The LG UH8500 is an all-rounder of a television. It is an excellent living room entertainment system for the entire family, and also a great gaming accessory. Its low input lag of 31.4ms makes it a worthy candidate for playing all types of games on PS4. Then, there is the wide viewing angle, which makes it suitable for watching from the sides as well without having to compromise on the color or the picture quality. Thus, a whole bunch of your friends or family can sit around the television and enjoy the games together. Further, the TV sports WebOS 3.0 smart platform, which is a greatly improved interface from the previous version. Further, the low input lag, low response time of 11ms, and a refresh rate of 120Hz together make this TV suitable for playing any type of game on PS4 without compromising on anything. This TV is a delight to use.

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Samsung KS9000

The Samsung KS9000 is based on the LED screen technology. Although it does not produce as outstanding a picture quality as OLED, it has a far superior brightness level. Even in the brightest of living rooms, the pictures on the screen will be visible just fine. The 4K UHD TV is also equipped with HDR, which changes the dynamics of picture quality for LED TVs. Equipped with HDR and 4K technology, this TV is designed for the future. But, what makes is great for gaming is its low input lag, and low reflecting screen. The screen does not reflect light, which is good for playing hours at an end, without tiring the eyes. There is some deterioration in the quality of the pictures when viewed from side angles, which constrains the space for enjoying the game in front of the TV.

Vizio D Series 4K 2016

Vizio has recently come up with a truly inspiring set of televisions for its customers. They are affordably priced, despite featuring the latest technology and features. The Vizio D Series 4K 2016 is testimony to this philosophy of Vizio. Its design can only be described as uninspiring, but the TV is all about performance. So, the former can be ignored. The 4K UHD TV upscales the 1080p video output from your PS4 systematically to render it neatly on the screen. There is no loss of quality. Thanks to the revolutionary low input lag of 13.5ms, this TV can handle the most intense and the fastest games around, be it sports or live action games. However, there is significant loss in picture quality when viewed from the sides. But, at the price tag that it comes with, Vizio D Series 4K 2016 is a steal.

Ultra HD 4K TVs are Still Stupid. Here’s Why!

The craze to own the latest gadgets is a never-ending one. Smartphones, laptops, consoles, – you name it; everyone wants the latest and the best. That’s because manufacturers are always shouting to anyone who listens as to how their latest product is the best. This ‘latest equals best’ philosophy rules many of our purchase decisions, and we end up making purchases only to later convince ourselves of our sound decisions. 4K televisions are the mother of all such latest offerings presently in the market. There is a lot of frenzy around these televisions, and consumers can’t simply wait longer for these TVs to drop down in prices, so that they can own one of these. But, should you? The below points will help you in making the decision.

Effect of Higher Resolution

First things first. Does 4K resolution matter? The manufacturers want you to believe it; the dealers want you to believe it. But, does it really make so much of a difference to your television viewing experience? Experts do not think so. According to THX, the golden ratio for the human eye to actually notice 4K resolution is 55:6. This means that the human eye can actually notice the higher resolution of 4K only when the television screen is 55 inches or higher, and the viewing distance is lower than 6 feet. In other words, if you are watching something on a 4K TV at a viewing distance of anything more than 6 feet, you won’t be able to make the difference in picture quality if another 1080p resolution TV is put beside the 4K TV.

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Now, take a moment to understand this. The conditions wherein 4K actually becomes relevant are simply unrealistic for most homes. Sure, some people might have a better vision. But, even then, the difference is only marginal, and will not result in exceptional picture quality enhancement, in case of 4K. So, it does not make any sense to buy a 4K TV, when you can’t even enjoy the improvement. This is especially true, when 1080p TVs are now available at impressively inexpensive rates.

Huge TVs Will Never Become Mainstream

In the previous point, when we discussed the 55-inch lower ceiling for 6 feet viewing distance, you might have wondered – since the TVs are growing bigger with each passing day, wouldn’t the 84-inch TVs become mainstream? If that thought crossed your mind, then here’s the thing about 84-inch TVs. They are the kind of TVs that are a novelty for everyone. They look great in showrooms, at public places, and even at a friend’s place. But, a practical person would never buy them. They will be the “elephant in the living room”. No kidding. They will occupy an entire wall. Every time you pass by your living room, there will be this huge screen occupying a large section of your wall. After the initial delight of owning such a TV subsides, it will increasingly irritate you.

No Console Support

The next generation gaming consoles, Xbox One and PS4 do not support 4K screens. This is not something that can be fixed later with a software upgrade. The hardware of the two consoles isn’t just cut out for it. The GPUs in both the devices are not capable of rendering content in 4K. As simple as that. So, if you were planning to enjoy some graphically fantastic games in 4K on your consoles, then your dream just went ‘puff’. But, everything might not be lost for you. According to Kotaku, Sony has plans to release an upgraded, new version of PlayStation that will supposedly support 4K. Sony itself has not made any announcement on whether the PS4.5, as it is being called now, is under development or not. However, they have categorically clarified that PS4 simply can’t handle 4K resolution at present. So, why not wait until they are out with a 4K compatible console?

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4K Isn’t Everything You Ever Wanted

4K is projected to be the next step in the evolution of television by the manufacturers. Sure enough, it sounds logical too. We graduated to Full HD from 720p. Now, it only appears logical that we take the next leap forward. However, this is far from the truth. Marketers focus more on 4K because it is easily marketable. They don’t even have to convince the consumers the benefits of 4K. Consumers already think that since it is the next big leap in resolution, it obviously is better. Half the job of marketers is done there. All they now need to do is just put a tag of 4K on their television screens, without actually delivering more advancements that actually matter.

There are many things that matter much more than resolution. The reason is not that resolution does not matter. But, TV resolution has hit a point where its improvement does not necessarily translate into a much better experience. You could notice the difference when you upgraded from 720p to 1080p. That is not so with 4K. On the other hand, there are other things that you should care more about. These include sharpness, contrast, color accuracy, motion blur, and so on. At present, there is a lot that the manufacturers can do on these fronts. To be fair, manufacturers are actually doing them.

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OLED technology, for instance, delivers a far better picture quality than LED. OLED 4K televisions produce simply superb picture quality. But, very few manufacturers are putting their weight behind OLED. Also, if you truly wish to enjoy better picture quality, then you should care more about HDR than 4K. HDR TVs produce the best contrast, and offer an overall much better television experience.

Conclusion

In addition to all these major issues, there are still a number of other issues, which will be addressed in the future. But, at present, there is no solution to them, and you have no option but to suffer through them. These issues include no 4K content to enjoy, compatibility issues due to non-existent industry-wide standards, not supporting HDMI 1.2/1.4, most cameras don’t record at 4K, and so on. Even when these issues are addressed, 4K is nothing more than a fancy number, and does not add much to your television experience. Eventually, consumers will take the advice of early 4K TV buyers, and simply ignore the new technology.

10 Things That You should Know Before Buying a Television

You will find televisions of every size and specifications in the market today. LEDs, OLEDs, UHD, 4K and now even 8K, the technologies backing the television sets are getting more sophisticated by the day. There is a dizzying array of choices in terms of price, and models. The only downside to such an excellent number of options is the confusion that they cause. Do not worry; this guide has got you covered. Here are 10 useful tips that will help you zero down on the television of your choice.

 

Pick a screen that everyone can see

Size always has and always will be one of the most important factors. Television size makes a huge difference to the viewing experience. So, first ascertain the number of people who will be watching the television. The television should be big enough to provide a decent viewing angle to all the people in the living room. Other than that, the buyer should also take into account the space in which the television is going to be placed. If you have a large living room, screen sizes between 55” to 65” work best.

 

Consider your sitting habits

The dimensions of the screen that you choose should also depend on how close you sit to the TV. You should measure the height of the television and sit at a distance that is three times that height. This is the ideal distance to watch television without any pixels. This is true even for high definition television. On the other hand, if you are planning to buy a 4K powered television, you can easily reduce that distance to 1.5 times the height.

 

Do not go for less than 1080p

There is a race out there among TV manufacturers to produce TV models with the highest resolutions. For the uninitiated, resolution is essentially the sharpness that a television is able to produce. Now, here is what you should know before buying a television set. The lowest resolution available in the market is 720p. These are almost a dying breed. Now, moving on to the next level, let’s focus on 1080p. This is where you will find most HD televisions today. This is the format in which you will be able to find most cable programming too

 
 


 

Buy higher resolution to be future ready

In the resolution race, the next in line is the 4K UHD. There are latest 4K TV models available from all major manufacturers. The 4K television has four times better resolution than regular HDTVs. The benefits of the extra pixels show in the form of a richer and more lifelike picture that appears on the television. This is not the end of the line as far as pixels are concerned. Many manufacturers have come up with 8K versions as well, but they are prohibitively expensive. However, the 4K programming will slowly catch on. This is the future of television and it is only a matter of time before older TVs will become obsolete.

There is a downside to 4K. Currently, there are limited options available on cable or otherwise for 4K broadcasting. So, even if your television has the capability to display such a high resolution video, there is not a lot of content in the market to enjoy it. There is absolutely no content available for 8K television as of now.

 

Know the Refresh Rate

This is the rate at which pictures are refreshed on the television screen every second. The Refresh Rate is expressed in Hertz (or Hz). The most commonly available refresh rate in the market is 60 Hz. However, many a time, when fast moving objects appear on the screen, the pictures can get blurred. Many of the TV manufacturers now offer higher refresh rates of the order of 120 Hz and sometimes even 240 Hz. The faster the refresh rate, the better the picture quality of fast paced scenes, but the prices will also increase correspondingly.

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HDR compatibility for premium TVs

Now, before you go into the details, this is an upgrade for UHD televisions. High Dynamic Range or HDR essentially refers to the wide variety of colors that the television can showcase. In simpler words, it makes blacks blacker and whites even whiter. So, if you want your picture quality to be more lifelike, choose TVs that have UHD with HDR.

 

Look for more ports

Now, this may not look like the most important factor when picking a television, but it should be one of the criteria. The reason is simple. In the future, you may need to connect the television set to a speaker, a gaming console, a plug-in like Roku, or something else. You already need 3 ports and these are just the basic add-ons. Many times, manufacturers try to save costs by providing fewer ports. So, you should pay higher attention to the number of USB and HDMI ports the television offers. Also, makes sure that if you are opting for a 4K television, then your television has HDCP 2.2 (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).

 

Contrast Ratio Is What You See

The specifications for the contrast ratio are always available on the television. But, take this tip and completely ignore them. You should believe how the contrast is working in front of your own eyes. Most of the times, numbers can be misleading. Believe your eyes.

 

Go For Substance Over Style

Curved televisions may look grand, but the fact of the matter is that they really do not make much of a difference to the picture quality. You should understand that they add more of a pull factor than any functional feature to a television.

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Smart TV Is No Big Deal

Smart TVs are everywhere and they are not a great feature for any television. So, if you are buying a television by getting wowed by only this factor, you are barking up the wrong tree. Ask the salesman for all the other features of the television and then make your decision

 

Always Buy A Sound Bar

As the TVs have transformed from old boxes to size-zero, this development has affected the quality of speakers on them. Keeping this in mind, it would be a good idea to buy a sound bar while purchasing a television. It will serve you well.

Top 6 Best TVs for Gaming in 2016

The next generation consoles, Xbox One and PS4, are impressive gadgets for playing games. They pushed the bar for what games could do, and how they look. Games are getting more and more realistic with each passing day. So much so that, an average TV doesn’t simply do justice to console gaming. The high definition, high frame rates, and real lifelike environment in games are all lost if there is not an equally capable TV to capture all of that. That’s why, here is a list of top TVs in 2016 that are best suited for gaming.

Vizio P Series 2016

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This is one of the most inexpensive 4K television you will find in the market right now. But, don’t let it fool you. The quality of the product is as extraordinary as it can be. The picture quality is great, although it isn’t OLED. That also means that it does not suffer from brightness issues that are typical of OLEDs. Thus, the TV really brightens up the entire living room in the dark. You will experience the magic of 4K in the most wallet-friendly way. However, you should know that neither Xbox One, nor PS4 are capable of rendering 4K video. Therefore, the television upscales the lower resolution picture quality to 4K, and this is one area in which the P Series suffers. Its upscaling is very low quality, and does not match that of its pricier competitors. That being said, it has a refresh rate of 120Hz, and a very low input lag of 17.7ms. Needless to say, despite all the shortcomings, it is a magnificent choice for gaming. You even get to enjoy high quality 4K content, when it becomes mainstream.

Samsung JU7500

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If you don’t mind shelving out slightly more money, then Samsung JU7500 is a great option as a gaming television. It features 4K UHD capability, which is great for TV viewing as well. But, the good thing about this television is that it upscales the video output from your console just perfectly, without any compromise in quality. In fact, you will hardly notice that the video is upscaled. Another factor that makes this well suited for gaming is its motion handling capabilities. Whether you are playing an RPG game, a sports based game, or something else, you will not notice any blur or input lag. At 21.1ms input lag, it is surely among the TVs with the lowest lag. The only problem is that the picture quality is compromised at viewing angles other than directly ahead of it.

Vizio D Series 4k 2016

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The Vizio D Series 4k 2016 is one of those TVs that won’t win you with its looks. If sleek, sexy, and attractive TV is what you want, then you might want to skip this TV completely. On the other hand, if you want raw performance at mind-blowing price, then Vizio D Series 4k 2016 is here to rock your world. The television is fully equipped with 4K technology, and is boasts of a rock bottom price tag. At that price, it does come with its bunch of issues. For instance, the picture quality is good only from direct front angles; the TV does not play cable TV and DVDs very well, and there is loss of quality with them. However, when it comes to gaming, it transforms into a beast. It has a truly remarkable input lag of only 13.5ms, something that most TV manufacturers drool over. The upscaling to 4K is smooth, and satisfying.

Sony KDL-50W829

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If you think you would rather not invest in a 4K TV yet, then Sony KDL-50W829 will give you everything you ever wanted out of your television. With an input lag of just 19ms in game mode, this TV is ready to take your gaming experience to the next level. Its response rate is not anything to brag about, but is decent for its price. Then, there is the color rendition capability of this set, which is simply superb. The motion reproduction is quite good, and there is no compromise to your gaming experience.

LG 55EC930V

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This television allows you to class it up a notch or two. Firstly, the LG 55EC930V is a curved screen TV. Let that sink in. Now, coming to the second bit. It is an OLED TV, which is far superior to both LED and LCD TVs. You will have crystal clear, vivid pictures playing on the screen every time you switch it on. The color rendition, the contrast ratio, and refresh rate are all good enough to deliver a great gaming experience for you. The response time is 33ms which is not great, but not bad either. Then there is the resolution. LG 55EC930V is a 1080p screen, and at 55-inch size, you might notice some pixilation when you sit too close. But, the picture quality will make the game highly immersive. If that is not enough, then the curved design will make you feel that you are in the game.

Sony X810C

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What most people don’t realize is that when you are playing games, the audio experience is as important as the video quality. But, not many TVs are capable of producing excellent quality audio, even if they are capable of producing great pictures. Sony X810C delivers impeccably on all fronts. Firstly, the 4K television produces impressive picture quality that is not surprising for 4K TVs. It also upscales the video output from consoles fairly decently. The only downside to this is that the colors are degraded when the TV is viewed from side angles. That being said, an input lag of 35.7ms and response rate of 12.1 pretty cool too. The TV handles motion very well with no noticeable lags or blur.

LG Launches the First of its Kind Anti-Mosquito TV Series in India

If you are wondering whether we just pulled this title straightaway from The Onion, then we are sorry to disappoint you. Every bit of this news is true. South Korean consumer electronics giant, LG launched its new range of television earlier this month, which it has dubbed, “Mosquito Away TV”. True to its name, the television series is capable of warding off pesky mosquitoes in the most human-friendly manner.

Our traditional arsenal against mosquitoes includes mosquito coils, liquid repellents, smelly and yucky lotions, and what not. Many people claim to have felt a number of side effects from using one or more of these products. On the other hand, LG has decided to do this in style. The electronics manufacturer gets rid of mosquitoes without using any type of harmful chemicals or other dangerous substances. Instead, these televisions are fitted with ultrasonic device, which once activated produces ultrasonic waves, which get rid of mosquitoes without harming the humans in any way. There is no radiation produced, or chemicals used in the process.

There are more than a dozen known mosquito repellants. Chemicals such as DEET are the most popular and widely used. However, herbal mosquito repellents are also gaining a lot of traction these days. Neem oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, and citronella oil, are some of the most potent herbal mosquito repellents. Although it is commonly thought that DEET is the most potent mosquito repellant, it has been known to cause a significant number of side effects in people. Numerous studies conducted on the chemical indicate that children and pregnant women seem to be the most affected by the negative effects of this chemical, which include seizures and even deaths.

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For this reason, lemon eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, and Neem oil are emerging as strong contenders in the mosquito repellant market. They do not cause any poisoning, and since they are completely natural, there is no risk of bio magnification either. However, there is a regular cost attached to these repellants. Ultrasonic devices are a completely new ‘thing’ on the mosquito repellant scene. This is a zero-maintenance set up. There is no refilling or regular maintenance required for the functioning of the technology. As long as the television is connected to a power source and the device is kept activated, the television will keep the mosquitoes away. This is a new product in the market, its effectiveness has not yet been completely tested, and it will be some time before the verdict is out on this one.

Many producers have previously manufactured ultrasonic devices, which have been rated everything from ineffective to useless to fraudulent. Prevalent scientific understanding does not consider ultrasonic devices to be effective mosquito repellents. That is why, LG’s new product launch is such a big affair. If the manufacturer manages to deliver effective results against mosquitoes, then it will not only mean a huge boost in sales of their televisions in regions with mosquito infestation problems, but they will also be creating an entire industry of ultrasonic mosquito repellants.

Although the anti-mosquito potency of the ultrasonic device in LG’s TVs is yet to be ascertained, the technology itself is completely harmless. As the manufacturer points out, it is in complete compliance with the norms of the international organizations. In fact, it has also been tested by International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology (IIBAT), India. So, the technology already has an advantage in comparison to the various chemical-based repellants presently available in the market. If the product proves to be even half as effective as the alternatives, it will still be a huge hit in the market, as it comes with none of the negative effects of the competition.

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Speaking at the launch of the product, the Director – Home Entertainment of LG Electronics, Howard Lee Stated, “LG is constantly introducing products based on Indian insights, making them more meaningful to the Indian consumers. The new Mosquito Away technology in television is an extension of this philosophy, transiting beyond viewing experience and truly building a healthy environment at home.” The television is designed particularly for the Indian consumer segment as the country still faces regular outbreaks of diseases caused by mosquito bites. Diseases such as dengue, malaria, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, and many others are quite common. If the product proves to be popular in the country, then the consumer electronics giant may take the product to other markets that face similar mosquito problems.

The company has announced that the televisions will soon be made available in the LG brand stores for sale. Initially, the company will be coming out with two variants of the Mosquito Away TV. The 80cm model will be priced at INR 26,900, and the 108cm model will be priced at INR 47,500. In terms of American dollars, the 80cm version would cost slightly more than $400, and the 180cm version would cost slightly more than $700. At present, LG has no plans to release the product in the US, or any other Western country, as mosquitoes are not much of a problem there.

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Although this is a first of its kind television in the market, the technology itself is not new for LG. Back in 2014, LG has launched another consumer oriented electronic product with the same ultrasonic technology. Then, it was an air conditioner. Whether the technology itself was effective in warding off the mosquitoes is highly debatable. The reason is that mosquitoes are cold blooded insects, and thrive in warmer climates. In other words, they need temperatures higher than 26 degree Celsius (78.8 degree Fahrenheit) to survive. Moreover, nobody would buy an AC to maintain a temperature more than 26 degree Celsius. Thus, the mosquitoes that are stuck in an air conditioned environment simply die.

Thus, it has not been established clearly whether the mosquito-free atmosphere enjoyed by the LG AC users, was a result of the cooling or a result of ultrasonic technology. Perhaps, the Mosquito Away TV users will be better placed to give their verdict on this.

The Best 5 Streaming TV Services In The USA

Streaming services have been successful in capturing a large market share from the all-powerful cable companies. This has created a whole new breed of viewers, who are appropriately called ‘cord cutters’. The streaming services are growing bigger and bolder and are excited to offer their customers a better selection and experience on their respective platforms. Here is a comparison of some of the best streaming services in the United States, so that you can make your own pick.

Netflix

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Netflix & Chill has become an urban slang and that says a lot about the popularity of this service. Not only is Netflix one of the first services to offer streaming services to its clients, it is also one of the most loved across the world. One of the major reasons for its popularity is the excellent collection of content that is offered on it. The user interface of the service has dramatically improved over the years. There is an effective recommendation system in place as well, which makes it more engaging and easier to use. Then, there is the whole lot of original programming that includes hit shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and many others. However, when compared to other services, Netflix is a little pricier and its packages start at a monthly fee of $9. Though there is a good selection of content, there are not a lot of brand new shows or movies to watch.

Hulu Plus

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This is another biggie in the streaming space in the US. If you are a TV junkie, this is a service for you. Hulu Plus has an excellent selection of latest television programming, along with some original content for its customers. This is the most inexpensive of all streaming services at only $8 per month. But, this streaming service is rigged with ads all over and it is not as easy as Netflix to navigate through its content collection either. Moreover, if you are a movie buff, this is not the service that you should go for. The complete collection of movies on Hulu Plus is, at best, OK.

Amazon Prime

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As an Amazon product, this comes with the promise of quality content selection at a decent price of $99 per year. The content on Amazon Prime is new, regularly updated, and there is a lot of it. So, the subscriber gets a lot of options to choose from. There are good original shows on offer too. Owing to its Viacom deal, Amazon Prime offers a more comprehensive selection of comedy and kids’ programming, than other streaming services. The HBO favorites like The Wire and The Sopranos are also available on Amazon Prime.

Amazon Prime also includes many Amazon benefits like exclusive access to Kindle books, music, videos, and so on. There is also the free two-day delivery included in these benefits, which makes Amazon Prime a great deal for anyone who is an online shopaholic. One big letdown with Amazon Prime is that the monthly fee is quite high at $10.99.

Sling.TV

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At $20 per month, Sling.TV is more expensive than all the streaming services. Then, why would you buy it? Good question. Here is a good answer. Sling.TV is basically offering you a service just like your cable connection, which means you get to watch live TV that is being aired on cable networks. But, you will only pay for what you want. You will not pay for any equipment installation, nor do you need to sign any contracts or undergo a credit check. It is basically cable television without the cable and its hassles. This is a huge blessing for sports fans, who were feeling left out when they embraced the streaming action. Now, they too can cut the cord, as Sling.TV offers both ESPN and ESPN2. These channels were not available on any other streaming service previously. Of course, Sling.TV also has all the other popular networks and you can pick from the buffet, whatever you like.

PlayStation Vue

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With Vue, Sony has entered the highly competitive live TV space. PlayStation Vue is almost like cable, both in programming and in price as well. Sony is offering three packages under Vue, with the most basic package, Access, costing a meaty $50. If you want more channels and content, then you will have to shell out $60 for the Core package, and $70 for the Elite package. Though the service offers a huge selection to its subscribers, it is only available in a few regions, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. Of course, Sony will slowly take the service to the national scene in time. 

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BitTorrent Will change TV with It’s New Streaming Service

What is BitTorrent

BitTorrent is the biggest name in file sharing. It has been working on live streaming for many years and now, it is all set to offer live video streaming service, BitTorrent Live.

Whenever broadcasters want to transmit a live video, they need to invest heavily into their capabilities in terms of hardware and infrastructure to stream content in real time to their users. During peak hours, especially if the broadcasters have miscalculated the demand, lags in videos is the most commonly encountered issue. BitTorrent solves this problem by using P2P (Peer-to-Peer) technology. This means that if anyone is downloading or streaming a video on BitTorrent’s streaming service, then the video content will not be aired from the BitTorrent’s servers. Instead, the content will be streamed from the devices of other users who have previously downloaded or streamed the content.

This is in contrast to other streaming services offered by competitors who use digital broadcasting with central servers distributing programmers to users via their content delivery networks. P2P technology has made BitTorrent successful, so much so that it accounts for approximately 5% of the internet traffic. BitTorrent Live will launch its service on Apple TV with both iOS and Android versions.

With BitTorrent Live, a large number of viewers can watch live video with only a minute level of latency, and that too without requiring any massive infrastructure. The failure rate in content delivery by BitTorrent’s streaming service is likely to be much less under high demand.

What is Bittorrent

This is something that is quite uncommon with other providers. In fact, in 2014, BitTorrent CEO, Eric Klinker suggested Netflix to switch to P2P architecture. Netflix has hired employees to develop P2P technology, but has not announced any specific plans to use it in its product.

Right now, BitTorrent will launch only a handful of channels free of cost. There is a decent selection of content that includes channels for news, sports, music, youth culture, and technology. Free channels include AWE, Clubbing TV, Fast & Fun, Filmbox Arthouse, Newsmax, NUsicTV, OANN, One World Sports, OpenNews TV, Pursuit Channel, and TWiT, FightBox and Heroes TV. He defended his decision for providing lesser known channels by arguing that BitTorrent is providing a free service, whereas other competitors like Sling TV charges people for the basic packages as well. These channels are lesser known. However, the future versions will charge a subscription fee and will include many more channels.

The Vice President of Media at BitTorrent, Erik Schwartz announced that the company is in talks with major content providers for licensing their offerings. In future, BitTorrent Live will include all major channels. It will live-stream all regional and international content including sports, music, movies and everything else.

What does BitTorrent provide?

BitTorrent powers a massive file sharing culture and this might allow it to become a big player in the market of streaming services as well. BitTorrent Live will become a particular success in regions with slow internet connections. BitTorrent Live will be immensely useful for bloggers and internet marketers who heavily rely on live broadcasts. One unique feature for broadcasters and viewers is that they can chat with each other using the ‘Live chat’ feature.

This service is free at present and anyone can sign up for an account.

To watch hassle free videos, users just need to download BitTorrent Live from its official website. It is available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu operating systems. One drawback with this service right now is that people can’t stream videos on smart phones or videos.

How to use bittorrent

Highlights of the Service are:

 Biggest file sharing service
 Use of P2P technology which means you get no lag while streaming videos live
 No need for an expensive content delivery network
 Facility where broadcasters and viewers can interact with each other
 Works well with slow internet connections
 Free of cost channel packages
 Free of cost broadcasting
 Services available on Apple TV and Android

According to Christian Averill, Vice President of Marketing at BitTorrent, their streaming service Live should not be considered as a competitor of Facebook Live, but rather as an alternative to Hulu. BitTorrent has always contributed towards mobilizing content on the internet and will now dive in to fix the major streaming issues that plague the market.
BitTorrent will soon be preparing to compete with cable television and satellite TV too, but that will come later. BitTorrent is likely to change the way we see television right now. It will provide both subscription based, and ad-supported services. In addition, there will be on-demand pay per view content available too.

Why NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 is the one thing that you have been waiting all this long

Recently, NVIDIA made its biggest launch yet in the gaming world – its latest GPU, the GTX 1080. The officials claim that it is better than Titan X and would beat its performance by about 30%. The video card is available for $599 and the special founder’s edition is priced at $699. This is the golden time for PC gamers, who can now enjoy their games in the full glory of 4k resolution.
Once this beast of a GPU has been fitted on a computer, the games, and videos run super smooth, and look a lot better. The GTX 1080 has 7.2 billion transistors in a 314 square millimeter die. These features allow for a smaller and more densely packed GPU that runs cooler and is energy sufficient.

NVIDIA’s Hardware

This new model of GPU is both cost and energy efficient. It uses 180W of power, smaller than GP100, and is perfectly designed for gaming. It can clock nine teraflops, which is simply impressive to say the least. It also runs at 1,607 MHz and comes with 8GBs of Micron’s new GDDR5X RAM. The GTX 1080 uses the latest Pascal GP104 architecture, which is incredibly fast and light in terms of performance. It runs like a horse without overloading itself.

The founder edition of GTX 1080 features three DisplayPort connections and one each of HDM1 and DVI socket. People can now play many games at a single time. If there are no ambitions beyond 1080p, then going for this card right now is the best option. For high-end visuals, the high dynamic range (HDR) displays are a must. The Pascal has hardware support for 12-bit color, BT.2020 wide color gamut, SMPTE 2084, and HDMI 2.0b/12b for 4K HDR.

NVIDIA

GTX 1080 comes with new features like 4K at the rate of 60Hz 10/12b HEVC decode, and DisplayPort 1.4 ready HDR metadata transport. Most of the televisions are not capable of utilizing the capabilities of this GPU. To fully appreciate the beauty and picture quality that this GPU can produce, one needs an HDR television, which provide much better television experience than even 4K.

NVIDIA’s Installation

The setup for GTX 1080 is not very different when compared to other video cards. You should have enough room to place it in the case. It snaps right into the PCI-E slot and is powered by a single 8-pin power connector. GTX 1080 has simultaneous multi-projection (SMP) and allows geometry setup work to be done in a single pass. SMP can support up to 16 pre-configured projections, which allow for sharing of up to two projection centers. This enables developers to render both projections at the same time, which is something naive in the market right now. This feature also renders different viewports at lower resolutions. GTX 1080 can be twice as fast as Titan X.

Performance

NVIDA’s latest technology is a powerhouse that not only keeps pace with the likes of GTX 980 and Titan X, but outmatches them in every aspect. In the tests conducted by 3DMark Online, which compared GTX 1080’s performance against other top of the range GPUs, the 1080 came out at the top in 92-95 percent of the cases. In fact, it could be outperformed only when two or more 980 and 980 Ti cards were used together in SLI mode. That’s right, it makes multiple Titans to beat this workhorse.

In many benchmark tests that have already been run on the GPU, it has registered a much better FPS rate in comparison to the likes of the present top GPUs such as GTX 980, Titan X, and R9. Even at a stupendously high resolution of 4K, the GPU delivered consistently higher FPS of above 40 FPS, with games like Witcher 3, Fallout 4, and Hitman.

GTX NVIDIA

Then there is the matter of virtual reality games. Most of the VR devices run games at 1200×1080 pixel resolution. Further, in case of VRs, the games need to be at least 90 FPS to run smoothly. All of this is like a walk in the park for a GPU like GTX 1080. Presently, all the games designed for Virtual Reality run at a low resolution by gaming standards, and at higher FPS. So, the advent of GTX 1080 may probably start a new era of gaming for VRs, and inspire the designers of the next-gen VRs to fully exploit the graphics capabilities of this GPU.

If that happens, the next gen VR games will support 4K resolution, and mark a new milestone in VR itself.

Overclocking

GTX 1080 comes with overclocking capability. GTX 1080 from the Maxwell generation have typically hit 20-25 percent overclocks with relative ease. At default settings, you can let GTX 1080 run for about 25-30 minutes, as it uses the new version of EVGA’s Precision X16 software. It attempts to tune clocks to your particular card and GPU. The Precision X16 OC Scanner works by limiting the maximum overclock to 200MHz. It applies a static +200MHz across all voltages, which sort of defeats the point of tuning each voltage step in the first place.

Here’s Why Augmented Reality Will Kill TV!!

Very soon, well maybe not so soon, but soon enough, you won’t need a television! Guess what, you won’t be needing a smartphone either. Since we are on the topic, you won’t be needing anything with a screen for that matter. Imagine a world without any flat screens to entertain you. No, this is not some apocalypse prediction, but a technological revolution. How would you like to be able to enjoy the convenience of all your entertainment gadgets, and squeeze it into one? If people working on various Augmented Reality (AR) devices have their way, then all you need in your life is an AR device to take care of all your entertainment needs.

Augmented Reality

An AR device projects a digital screen right in front of you, no matter where you are. There are different types of AR devices in various stages of development. Some of them need only a surface to project digital images. The surface can be anything – a wall, a table surface, a door, or even white board. Whenever you want to catch a movie, a TV show, or even a sporting event, all you will need to do is point the AR device on a surface, sit back, and enjoy. The best example of this is Microsoft’s HoloLens. You can use HoloLens as a replacement for any screen. This AR device is so versatile that you can even play console games on it.

augmented reality glasses
If projecting images on a surface doesn’t sound like your thing, then you can simply choose to go with an eyeglass. This type of device will be easy to wear, pretty much like an eyeglass. It may come with a headset design too. The eyepiece of the glass is where all the images will be projected. So, you will have ready access to entertainment on-the-go wherever you are. Whether you are travelling, lazing away on your porch, or sitting in a park, you will be able to enjoy your favorite entertainment, without any disturbance or inconvenience. There are also the contact lens ARs being developed, which can project images right to your retina. Thus, all you will need for your all-round entertainment is a pair of contact lenses, enabled with AR technology.
There are many more types of VRs being developed by organizations, universities, and startups all over the world. All of them aspire for one thing – to become a one-stop-destination for all their consumers’ entertainment needs. To a large extent, their plans are quite practical too. Why would you bother to have multiple televisions at home, when all you need is one AR device to enjoy all your entertainment?

screens

Perhaps the biggest move that the AR devices can make against the traditional screens will be to make the user experience much more immersive. With augmented reality, rendering content in 3D will become very easy. In addition to this, the 3D experience will be superior to anything we have seen so far, and make it a huge winning point for augmented reality. Perhaps, the only major competition the AR technology might face will be from virtual reality technology. The traditional screens like televisions will be simply outdated and a poor form of entertainment. They might continue to exist, just like radios do today, but they will cease being the centerpieces of our living rooms as well as our entertainment.

augmented reality 1st person view
Even if you don’t wish to get sold on the AR for its entertainment potential, there is a lot that this technology offers that you simply won’t be able to resist. For instance, you go to a mall and point your AR device at the outlets there. You will be able to see in real time the customer reviews, trending products, recommendations, and a host of such data. Perhaps, you are travelling, and find yourself in an emergency needing medical attention. Your AR device might use Google’s Street View feature to give a quick walkthrough to the nearest hospital. The potential of these devices is immense. You surely would want to get in on the bandwagon. In fact, the only thing that can hamper your efforts to buy an AR device is its price. Presently, many of these devices are quite pricey. But, as their production technology advances, and they become more popular, they will soon be as affordable as our smartphones. So, when that finally happens, prepare yourself for a television experience unlike anything you have ever dreamed of before. That TV set in your living room will look like a thing of previous century technology, and you will be left wondering why they didn’t come up with AR technology earlier.

Cyber Security: most present problem in American Culture today?

The wide net provides an incredible amount of services that make your life easier. Smart TVs have never made people so vulnerable when it comes to home security. When you don’t have time to go to the store, you can go on Amazon, or Ebay, Modcloth, whatever. The recent FBI and Apple ‘PR war’ over encryption on the iphone makes this a much more urgent issue than ever before. Your phone, and television set,  knows so much about you, that if in fact the FBI could have a back door to your phone, no waterboarding would be done to Siri. She would just be the welcome mat to all of those weed-pics your mom almost took your iphone away for.

goods and services information are on the line with cyber security

So why is it beginning to feel like this is politics, and not technology?

Because everyone in a first world country has advantages over the poor. Let’s say that you have a job as an online publisher. This job will allow you to work almost entirely from your phone, or television. If you have to go somewhere you have access to uber, subway routes, maps, taxis, etc… If you were living in- let’s say- San Salvador you would be putting your hand out at the mercy of whatever bus or cab wanted to stop in front of you. Technology saves us time. Time is money. Every entity in America runs on this precious time, and money. You can find a reliable resource wherever you are within minutes.

If in El Salvador iphones and smart TVs were a thing for everyone, MS-13 would have already designed their own uber-like-service for human trafficking

Does this take away from anything previously seen in politics?

Yes. This allows for voters, average people, to be informed. Therefore they make more educated decisions. More and more people are jumping on this train. Social media technology also allows for ideas to be spread like wildfire. This poses a threat to security systems that are based upon censorship. So when it comes to finding out about Isis, or other terrorist groups that might be active online, the FBI would love to have all encrypted info at hand. An informed public takes everything away from propaganda efforts.

protect your home security on the internet

Does this shape our society?

Maybe. The more cases like these are brought up to the public, the more we freak out over it. How do you know if your passwords are secure? What’s not to say that because you used a keyword- the government does not like- they might be able to remove it, and what’s worse, prosecute you for it? This makes all young minds more active in how they protect their online presence. The rise of online trolls might be an indication that this is the way pop-culture deals with some of the repressed ideas. For the TV show Arrow fans, Felicity Smoak has become a sensation because she represents the ultimate underdog in cyber-security problems. She is a woman with no superpowers that somehow hacks the police, fellow superheroes, and- of course- villains.

The show Mr. Robot has made an entire world in which the ones in control are also the ones that have access to information. This leaves Elliot Anderson with no other option, but to relate to people online more than in real life. The result of a life of alienation because of technology can lead to depression, and many other health problems. All millennials fear this. (If you don’t believe it, just look up depression on tumblr.com)

People like Edward Snowden have become popular figures in our society today. If cyber security was never threatened, what is to say we know our real rights within the nations that we live in? When you promise to protect a nation does this include its citizens also? or does it only include that nation’s “institutions”?

What to do about it?

Applications like Lastpass allow users to only memorize one password in order to access all accounts. This also blocks out any software that detects how things are typed and copied and pasted on the user end of things. Finding some software that serves as a vault for all of your personal information might reduce the amount of info you are putting out on the web for everyone to see. Maintaining your passwords updated every year- at least- can prevent many problems as well. This is probably because too many people have the same password for everything, so if one account is hacked, they are left with many more services vulnerable.

smart televisions can allow your cyber security to be at risk

Are we protected at all?

There is a branch of the Army that looks into these types of issues. Army Cyber Command and Second Army directs and conducts cyberspace and information operations as authorized or directed, to ensure freedom of action in and through cyberspace, and to deny the same to U.S. adversaries.

The National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) is a division of the Office of Cyber Security & Communications, within the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Directorate for National Protection and Programs.

The Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), within the National Protection and Programs Directorate, is responsible for enhancing the security, resilience, and reliability of the Nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure. CS&C works to prevent or minimize disruptions to critical information infrastructure in order to protect the public, the economy, and government services. CS&C leads efforts to protect the federal “.gov” domain of civilian government networks and to collaborate with the private sector—the “.com” domain—to increase the security of critical networks. In addition, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) serves as a 24/7 cyber monitoring, incident response, and management center and as a national point of cyber and communications incident integration.

 

 

So if you ever have any problems with you online security, those are the people to call.