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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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.

 

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.

4 Reasons Why You Should Wait Out On Your Purchase of a Smart TV

Smart TVs are stupid. Unless they are evil, that is! No, this is not some conspiracy theory proclaiming to give you some alternate perspective of reality. It has been known for some time now that the potential dangers of owning a smart TV are very real. Of course, there are a lot of things that are potentially dangerous, but they offer enough value to make up for pitfalls. However, as it turns out, smart TVs may not pack that much punch in the value department either. If all this feels confusing to you, let us explain to you more clearly.

 

Major Security Flaws

The security on these things is abysmal at best. Let’s look at the reasons behind that. What is a smart TV? It is a TV that is connected to the internet. A smart TV is part of the entire environment of internet-of-things. As we know, anything that is connected to the internet is exposed to a host of risks. These could be anything from hacking, virus, illegal monitoring, and what not. The security layers that are protecting today’s smart TVs are a joke. TV manufacturers focus more into the hardware aspect of their TV, and hardly bother about the security. As a result, it is actually incredibly easy to break into these things. Thus, even a half-decent hacker can access and steal your private information.

New television technologies allow us to see more detail than ever

We have seen in case of webcams that people have used the webcams of their own victims to spy on them, and obtain compromising information on them, including their naked pictures, videos, and so on. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Hackers are always finding innovative ways of capitalizing at your costs. So, there is no telling what horror they will unleash on you. Bottom-line, stay away from smart TVs at least until they get powerful security systems.

 

The Promise that Never was Never Delivered

When people learned that they could now own a TV that was connected to the internet, and they could watch any video they want from the internet, they believed that it was revolutionary. To be frank, in theory, it is. But, the TV manufacturers and content streamers really messed up this golden opportunity big time.

New television technologies give us more color than ever before!

When people calculated their expenses on the cable connection, they realized that it is much cheaper to cut cords and enjoy entertainment on smart TVs. This was the promise of the smart TVs. But, the interfaces of the smart TVs have so far been pathetic. Users often find it confusing to navigate the interface. Sometimes, they don’t even know what all features and entertainment options are available in their smart TVs. Therefore, it is not difficult to see why users have not been able to use their smart TVs to their fullest potential. A majority of them have never used the features like browser or music streaming. Most of the time, they are simply watching videos on their favorite streaming apps such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, and this is where lies the biggest pitfall of smart TVs.

Smart TVs offered access to the content on streaming services, which were not available on cable services. But, as it turns out, you don’t need a smart TV to access such content. By using devices like Roku Streaming Stick, Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, and so on, people can enjoy the content on streaming services, even on a regular TV. So, what is the point of having a smart TV after all?

Spying

No, not the illegal type! We mean the kind that has spooked the world lately – governmental and corporate spying. The ubiquitous prevalence of ads on the internet has forced the people to use ‘ad blocks’ on their browsers. That is why advertisers are experimenting with new ways of advertising that are less intrusive, and more effective. One of the next frontiers for advertising is the smart TV scene. With you always using your voice commands, don’t doubt for a second that the TV manufacturers will be listening to you soon, if they aren’t already, which is highly unlikely. They will use this information they gain from your interaction with your smart TV to direct ads to your television. As if the ads on the television were not enough, you will soon be dealing with these new types of ads too. Who knows, they make it impossible for you to escape them at all.

Television has never had this much contrast

You might have your own stand on the issue of government-sponsored surveillance NSA-style. But, you have to agree with the fact that if the US government is doing that, then possibly other governments are doing that as well. With the TV having been manufactured from different countries, you can never be sure of who is watching your actions.

 

Life

Typically, consumers want their TVs to last for anywhere between 5-10 years. A normal TV from manufactured by a decent brand usually lasts even more than that. But, smart TVs are a completely different thing altogether. First of all, the operating systems on the present series of smart TVs are terrible. They are very difficult to navigate, confusing for the users, and have been designed very poorly by the manufacturers. Adding to your woes, smart TVs are not like smartphones. Your manufacturer won’t be sending you a series of updates to improve your experience. This is advantageous to them, because within a matter of 2-3 years, your smart TV is stupid TV; it is obsolete. The software they carry provide you an irritating experience, and there is nothing you can do about it. But, it is the hardware that is going to be a bigger problem.

Today’s smartphones and tablets have amazing processing power. In fact, they pack more power than the ones in your smart TV. This is a huge problem. Granted that the newer TVs will have more processing power, but they will still not match the ones on smartphones. All those apps – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and others – will be undergoing tremendous changes every few months to be able to tap into the increasingly powerful processors of the latest smart TVs. Within a year of you having bought your smart TV, its hardware will be obsolete. Your apps will start freezing when you are using them; some of them may never operate at all; some apps may not even support your TV. Do you still think it is a smart decision to go for a smart TV now?!

Forget 8K and Curves, HDR is The Next Big Thing. Here’s Why

4K is already here and making waves. 8K is in its nascent stage, and it will be another 5 years before it enters the mainstream. Curve TVs have also left the fans impressed. But, if you truly want a TV viewing experience that blows your mind away with its awesomeness, then HDR is what you should consider, when shopping for your next TV. HDR has been the talk of the town lately, with almost all the major TV manufacturers featuring HDR in their flagship televisions at CES 2016. 2016 will be the year in which HDR will emerge as the next big thing. If you are wondering what HDR is, and why it will be that big, read on.

 

What is HDR?

In layman terms, HDR or High Dynamic Range, is the ability of a television to produce darker blacks, brighter whites, and overall a richer and wider range of colors. This ability gives the picture a dynamic look, which is where the technology gets its name. If you are into technology, then chances are that you have already come across this term, although not in the TV industry. HDR has been in use in photography for quite a long time. Smartphones, and cameras, both have been using this technology to produce superb quality pictures for quite some time now. Here is how it works.

Devices with HDR capability can click several images in a single burst, and combine them to produce photos that have the least error in them. These individual pictures are clicked at different exposures, with the first one being an extremely dark image and the last one being the brightest. When these images are combined, HDR retains the darker shades, hues, and colors, while simultaneously preserving the bright regions in the photograph. Thus, the final product contains the brightest elements of a scene, as well as the darkest ones. They are stacked in a single picture, which produces an amazing level of contrast, previously unseen with other technologies. In a nutshell, HDR produces the most lifelike pictures ever produced by a screen.

deeper blacks and whiter whites with HDR TV definition

This is important because no matter how great all those blog posts sound when they talk about 4K, curves, and other features, the real world works quite differently. Suppose you put two televisions of same size side by side, with one of them featuring better contrast, and the other featuring higher resolution. Most customers will pick the one with a better contrast, as the pictures are more ‘true’ in its case. In other words, “1080p resolution + HDR beats 4K any day”.

 

Do I have to pick between LED and OLED, if I choose HDR?

The short answer is ‘no’. But the long answer starts with a ‘may be’. The thing with HDR is that it has not a mainstream technology yet. The consortium of manufacturers of televisions, content producers, TV channel operators, and other parties involved in this industry only recently agreed on what qualifies for the tag of HDR. They now have a new term for HDR – Ultra HD Premium. So, TV manufacturers are not building their TVs, so that they meet the requirements of Ultra HD Premium, as set by the consortium.

The manufacturers of LED do not have any problem as LED TVs can produce intense brightness. On the other hand, OLED technology cannot match the brightness levels of LED. On the other hand, OLED can produce much crisper, and darker hues, than LEDs. Therefore, the consortium created two standards for HDR. Both the standards set different bars for the minimum peak brightness and the corresponding maximum black levels, thus accommodating both OLED and LED technology in the HDR bandwagon. So, both OLED and LED TVs can feature HDR. But, there aren’t that many OLED TVs in the market as there are LED ones. So, you might be limited in your choice if you go for OLED, although many feel that it produces a much better picture quality.

 

Will I be able to watch all TV programs in HDR if I buy an HDR TV?

Sorry to disappoint you, but if only the world were that simple. The thing is that you will get HDR programs only when the content producers, and TV channels air programs that are HDR compatible. Of course, you will need an HDR compatible TV too. It took some time before all the stakeholders agreed on common specifications for HDR. But, now that they have agreed upon common standards, it won’t take much time before they begin rolling out HDR compatible content. Netflix is already working on it. As early as last year, a few movies were released on HDR, which was met with favorable reviews from fans. So, although there is not much HDR content available in the market, it is set to change very soon.

HDR gives us more natural colors as well as richer colors

 

Will I need new cables for HDR?

The current high speed HDMI is perfectly capable of transferring HDR content. However, both the source, the player, as well as the TV, should have HDMI 2.0a. If you have a device with HDMI 2.0, then migrating to HDMI 2.0a is no biggie. It appears that only a firmware update is required for the migration. If you have not already received the upgrade, just call your manufacturer and inquire about it.

 

To wrap it up, we have to say that 4K has not lived up to its expectations, and 8K TVs are prohibitively expensive. Curved TVs hardly make any difference to the TV viewing experience. It appears that for now, HDR is the only thing that makes for a better television viewing experience. The smart thing to do for a TV shopper is to wait a little while until HDR content becomes mainstream, by which time HDR TVs will also have dropped in price. If you need to buy a TV urgently, or any time in the near future, do not miss the HDR feature. You will regret it big time.

Lego TVs? Just Kidding. But, Close Enough!

At the CES 2016 in Las Vegas earlier this year, Samsung had the technophiles completely floored. Anyone who ever played with Legos now can see their dreams coming true. Yes, if Samsung has its way, you will soon be able to stack up your TV just like a Lego block, and enjoy it any way you like. This might sound like something out of a futuristic movie, but this technology is here! Now! But, this TV is not here to just fulfil your childhood Lego fantasy. Samsung intends to achieve a host of things with this TV. And no, the adage – kill two birds with one shot – does not apply here, simply because Samsung is killing here at least half a dozen birds…err…features or technologies with this single masterstroke.

Samsung Killed Bezels

For as long as we have had televisions, bezels have always been something that we resented. In case you don’t know, bezels are those regions of a TV’s face, which are not covered by the screen. For long, we have come to accept the fact that the bezels are here to say. Many manufacturers have tried to make them as thin as possible, and have had some success with it. But now, Samsung intends to bid adieu to those spaces that serve no practical use to the viewer. The stackable TV will not have any ‘noticeable bezels. Not our use of the word ‘noticeable’ here. Although the company claims that it has created a bezel-free TV, that is not the whole truth. But, it has come very close to doing that. The bezels on its latest stackable TV are so small that you may not even notice them. It’s true, it looks like the pictures are just hanging in the air over there, without any support.

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Samsung Also Killed Size Wars

For decades now, TV manufacturers have been in a state of constant war with each other on who has the biggest TV in the world. And why wouldn’t they? People at Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, and other major players are not fools sitting in their board rooms with some insecurity issues. They know what their customers want, and try hard to meet that demand. Lately, the manufacturers have reached their wit’s end on how large a TV can be. But, Samsung, in one stroke, ended that years of war conclusively and in the most spectacular fashion.

The latest marvel from Samsung, the stackable TV, features a modular design. For all practical purposes, you can add as many screens as you want, until you are satisfied with the size. All the stacks, also known as panels, fit together perfectly to produce a single unified picture. In other words, YOU get to decide the size of TV you want. Whether you want a 100-inch television, or a 200-inch television, anything is possible. While the other manufacturers are slowly trying to push the bar by a couple of dozen inches every time, Samsung clearly had different ideas. And, we love this.

New television technology OLED at CES 2016

Absolute Customization

Have you seen those dark bars that appear on the top, bottom, or sides of the screen, when the video’s aspect ratio does not match that of the screen? Well, guess what? That problem is a thing of the past. The modular TV from Samsung is completely customizable. You can rearrange each and every panel of the screen in any way you deem fit. The built-in processor always knows the position of each panel, and will adjust the picture accordingly. Yup, it is quite smart.

Now, suppose you usually watch television in 21:9 aspect ratio, but the video you are watching is in 16:9 format. You can rearrange all the panels of your TV to accommodate the aspect ratio of the video. Now, your TV screen will also have the aspect ratio of 16:9. There is very little limit on how you can stack the panels of this modular TV.

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Further, if you want to have a Times Square style screen in your home for a special event, then you can bundle up a whole set of these panels to build a massive TV. In fact, this is what Samsung did with its 170-inch UHD TV that it showcased at CES 2016. Slick, isn’t it?

So, will Samsung soon ship these beauties?

From all that we have seen so far, there is absolutely no reason for Samsung to not ship these TV in the near future. In fact, we believe that this will become the thing in the near future for many reasons. For one, modular TV solves one of the biggest problems that manufacturers face during shipping – breakage. The bigger a TV gets, the harder it is to ship it. Even will all the careful packaging, there is a significantly high risk of damage in case of big TVs. Modular design solves this problem quite efficiently. Every time a TV needs to be shipped, it can be unstacked into individual panels, which are much easier, and safer to transport from one location to another without getting damaged.

The second problem that modular TVs solve is the cost of production. Manufacturing facilities are designed to facilitate manufacturing TVs of all shapes and sizes. But, the more varieties there are to produce, the higher is the cost of production. With modular TVs, this problem is eliminated completely. Samsung can now produce TVs in only one size, and then build bigger TVs simply by stacking together any number of these modules. This will increase the production of the TVs, and also make them a lot cheaper. When Samsung transfers this cost savings to customers in the form of price reductions on big televisions, there is going to be a standing outside Samsung stores looking to buy these TVs.

Top Trends In TV Technology, According to CES 2016

CES helps us get a sneak peek into the technology that the coming years have to offer. Television has been undergoing a sea change for a few years now. It was obvious that there would be a lot of breathtaking television technology on display at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and it did not disappoint. There were a lot of new names at the exhibition like Compal, Hisense, and TCL, among others. The CES 2016 has also set the ball rolling for the trends that we will see in the market in the coming year. Here is a down low on what to expect.

More OLED alternatives

OLED televisions have become a fan favorite in the year gone by. The demand side has been going strong, but as far as the supply side is concerned, it was only LG that was producing OLED TVs. However, this is all set to change in the coming year. There are also a lot of alternatives for OLED that major TV manufacturers are going to offer. One of the offerings is the Backlight Masterdrive. This technology has been poised as a contender to the OLED technology. The Backlight Masterdrive is going to build upon the already available LCD technology while weeding out all the shortcomings of the technology. It will use that exceptional picture quality of LCD, while successfully keeping the durability issues at bay.

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Then there is the Panasonic’s Honeycomb Technology. This is presented as an alternative to the OLED technology. The Honeycomb technology makes sure that on the television screen, the areas that are dimmed will always remain separate from each other. This results in the television flaunting an excellent contrast, while overcoming the halo effect that plague the LCDs. The Panasonic TV models that boast of this technology also have an Ultra HD premium badge and are THX-certified.

At present, OLED TVs are quite costly. But, as more alternatives emerge against it and as more manufacturers start producing OLED TVs, the prices of the OLED TVs will eventually drop significantly. This is definitely a good news for the consumer.

 

The Screen Revolution

Apart from the display characteristics, the screen has also undergone a complete transformation of its own. Different manufacturers are coming up with different designs to attract the users. Samsung is not one to be left behind. The transparent OLED screens from the manufacturer wowed the visitors at the exhibition. A similar offering was on display by Panasonic, which was lodged like a glass frame on a book shelf. But, once it came to life, it was an impressive high definition television. This is not exactly new technology, but it is the first time that it has been showcased at an American electronics show.

 

Portable Television

If transparent screens wowed the audience at the CES 2016, the flexible screens completely took the audience by surprise. This HD offering from LG gave the audience a totally futuristic look into television. The screen showcased at CES was an 18” screen that can fold over and touch the other side.

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Though this particular piece was only a prototype, it is almost certain that it will be converted into a commercial product. In fact, it is rumored that it will come to flaunt a good 55” screen size. It is not possible to put a finger right now on the date of the commercial release of the LG foldable screen, but it will create a big buzz whenever it arrives.

 

As Big as you Want

Building a TV as big as you want! Does it sound like a trend to you? Yes, this is something that Samsung has in mind. The manufacturer went out of its way to make its point, when the company put up a whopping 170” TV on the wall at the CES 2016. This humongous piece was made by combining numerous 20” screens together. The implications of such a technology can be far-reaching. With a modular design like this, companies and customers can benefit because of the reduction in the cost of transporting the television. Not only this, anyone can increase or decrease the size of their television at their whim.

The biggest impact of this technology will be on the manufacturing process. The company only has to build the independent units now. There is no need to create television sets of different sizes. Just imagine the kind of savings with the simplification of the manufacturing process, which will definitely be passed on to the consumers as well. Further, the individual screens can be moved from one location to another. This enables the viewer to change the aspect ratio of the TV screen to adapt it to the aspect ratio of the video they are watching. With so many benefits in the offering, modular television will be a sure shot trendsetter. The only question is – when will this technology hit the mass market?

 

Smarter TVs

TV has become much more than just an entertainment station. With the Samsung’s SmartThings platform, the humble box in the living room can become the guard of the house. The platform from Samsung helps TV owners to use the television to keep an eye out for any untoward activity. With this, the television sets are all set to take up more responsibility. With the provision to add all smart devices on to the Samsung platform, this is definitely a trend that will catch on to make households safer and smarter.

New TV technologies ultra HD smart Television

The new television technology at CES 2016 has shown way too many trends in the television fieldv. From better display to completely changing the very concept of television, there are many things that will follow post-CES 2016. It will be interesting to see how many of these trends will have a longer shelf life and how many will just fade away.

New TV Technology 2016 CES In Las Vegas

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) always witnesses a huge participation from all the top TV manufacturers, who love to flaunt the latest technology they have in store for their consumers. The previous edition of CES left us with a glimpse of what this year’s CES might have for us. With 4K to 8K resolutions, with the constantly expanding screen sizes, and the ever increasing curves, the CES 2016 was one of the most anticipated events of the year and it did not disappoint either. Every year big guns like Sony, LG, Philips, and so on, come out with their latest television sets and this year’s event in Las Vegas was no exception either. But, 2016 is no ordinary year for television. 2015 saw flashes of the new TV technology that is all set to revamp the concept of TV, but 2016 is going to make it all a reality. If the show is anything to go by, 2016 is going to be a milestone year in the television history.

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LED Backlighting

Sony is offering a 75-inch slim TV, XBR-X940D, complete with the direct LED backlighting system. The XBR- X930D comes in two versions – one with 55 inch screen, and the other with 65 inch screen. Both of them have the Slimline Backlight Drive Technology from Sony. This technology allows the television to offer better lighting for specific zone, while maintaining a slim body. Of the three models showcased from Sony, only XBR-X850D does not come with these features. However, all the three new models flaunted complete HDR-compatibility. These models, showcased in Las Vegas, use Sony’s display technology, Triluminos, with seamless HDR compatibility. Further, they are able to churn out crisp picture quality, thanks to the 4K Processor X1 inside them.

Backlight Masterdrive
A Sony original, Backlight Masterdrive is what the company claims to be the future of displays. There were some prototypes that were on display at the show. This is a technology that seeks to do away with the shortcomings of the LCD and is being built as an alternative to OLED. With brightness levels peaking at 4000 nits and a large number of dimming zones, the Blacklight technology will be released over the coming years. Although OLED provides an exceptional picture quality, it is wrought with durability issues. This is why it has found very few takers among the TV manufacturers. If Backlight Masterdrive proves to be feasible, then it can become a serious replacement for OLED’s quality capabilities.

Honeycomb

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This is another serious contender against OLED, and has already proved its mettle. Panasonic’s DX900 series television flaunts this latest technology and promises superb contrast, and crystal clear picture quality. Despite ditching the OLED technology offering, these latest models will be able to rock top notch HDR, because of following the Honeycomb structure. What it means is that on the screen, the areas that are locally dimmed will always remain separated. This process removes any of the halo effect that LCDs

are infamous for and they also create rich contrasts on the screen. This is the reason that these models also flash the Ultra HD Premium badge and certification from THX.

The Smart Things
The new televisions from Samsung feature the SmartThings platform. This technology allows the users to connect all their smart devices to a central system. This centralized system turns every smart device in the home into the homeowner’s eyes and ears. The homeowners will be able to monitor each and every aspect of their house using this system. As the new Samsung televisions have this functionality built into them, they act as a monitor as well. This technology allows for video monitoring and storage of data, when necessary.

Transparent Screen
This has more of a ‘wow’ value than anything else. Samsung has come up with new transparent OLED screens. They are slim, beautiful, and exquisite to look at. It is not necessarily a brand new technology. This technology has been showcased before. But, it is certainly the first time that America has seen the transparent screens displayed at one of their electronic shows.

Panasonic also had a somewhat similar offering at the show with its Invisible Display. The company thinks that in a future living room, television should be visible only when it is in use. Planted on a bookshelf during the demo, the television looked like just a glass frame. But, as soon as it was turned on, it came to life. Once it was switched off, it went back to looking like a standard glass pane.

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Flexible Display
If LG would have it, people would be carrying 18” television sets in their pockets. At the CES 2016, LG showcased a full HD screen that can be completely bent. The television can go all the way around and touch the other side. However, this is more of a prototype than a complete product of its own. It can also be seen as a functioning fundamental block of sorts that will be used to build bigger televisions. The company has plans to actually extrapolate this technology to 55” screens. There is no set date on when that would happen, but it would be a really cool addition to any living room.

Modular Design
In addition to a transparent screen, Samsung gave the CES 2016 the biggest television screen so far. The 170” SUHD covered an entire wall. Now, before you get any ideas, no, it is not some new giant television model from the manufacturer. In fact, this offering from Samsung aims to put a full stop to the size war in the television industry. The 170” mammoth television was built by combining together a number of 20” screens. This is an impressive feat, and a rather, game-changer in this industry. This kind of a modular approach will solve the higher costs of transporting bigger TV sets, because they can now be broken down into smaller pieces. Moreover, Samsung can now make one standard-sized television screen, which can then be used to make a bigger television screen. 

DISH Hopper 3 Is Amazing!

DISH Hoppers have been around for a while now. They made quite a name for themselves on the ability to skip over ads, when the users are playing content recorded on the DVR. However, DISH Hopper 3 has catapulted the Hoppers to another level in the world of cable box/DVR. DISH Hopper 3 is a great addition to the Hopper family. It is like all the good things about the previous Hoppers in one place, plus some awesome upgrades. It is the probably the best offering from the house of DISH yet and it has created quite a stir.

Hopper 3 is every bit of the whole home DVR system, it claimed to be. There are so many great features rolled up in this one product, it is insane. This is truly new TV technologyLet’ have a look at the list of features and upgrades that are there on offer.

The first thing that the users will notice about the Hopper 3 is the intuitive interface of the service. The layout is really user friendly and is easy to navigate even through the multitude of options that the service offers. The predictive search is so powerful that the users can find for pretty much anything that they wish to watch. Whether they want to watch a Meryl Streep movie or an Academy winning production, they can find it easily and watch it.

hopper revolutionizes all DVRs year after year

hopper revolutionizes all DVRs year after year

Hopper 3 also has an increased focus on the 4K content from both Sony and Netflix. With Netflix being added to the universal DISH search, the users are for a treat. They will not only be able to search through their recordings and available rentals, but can also stream the Netflix shows and movies directly from the app. There will be large archives of on-demand content that the users will be able to tap into. With the surge in demand for 4K televisions, it is just the right time for Hopper 3 to hit the market.

DISH Network has pulled all stops with Hopper 3 for sure. It does not want the consumer to feel any distinction between on the content that is on network television and the content that is on demand. There is a lot of consolidation happening in the backend and the results will be there for the users to enjoy.

One of the most talked about feature of the Hopper 3 is its 16 tuners. The last Hopper had eight of them and Roamio from TiVo sport only six. 16 tuners essentially mean that the users can now record up to 16 of their favorite shows. This is amazing. So, basically there is no need to fight with family or friends over a recording slot. Moreover, these shows or movies can be stored for days on the DVR, which can also be transferred to a hard drive for later viewing. Not only this, one Hopper 3 can connect to up to 6 Joeys. This means that the users can connect as many as 7 televisions to this one cable box, which is incredible.

Then, there is the mind blowing 4-part screen that the users of Hopper 3 can enjoy. What this means is that the user can actually watch 4 screens at once. They can watch their favorite sport in one, keep a tab on the world news on another, play the weather channel in the third and keep a standup comedian entertaining them in the fourth, or some other combination may be, as they like. The users can choose which one screen they want to hear the audio output of. This is a really nice way to keep updated on all fronts and still watch your favorite show. This is also a pretty neat way to take full advantage of that crystal clear 4K resolution. The Hopper 3 will make the users glad of the investment they made in their television set.

hopper 2 go allows you to take television wherever you go

hopper 2 go allows you to take television wherever you go

The Home screen on the Hopper 3 has a lot of information for the users. It tells about what is trending live, user’s recordings, Netflix, video on demand, weather report and so many other menu options. There are also dedicated tabs for sports and movies, which is nice. However, if the user has a 1080p TV, it will not be possible for them to access the Sports Bar Mode. However, if that is not a problem, it will only be sensible to upgrade.

The latest offering from DISH is great on the inside too. It is backed by a powerful BCM7445 Broadcom ARM quad-core chip. This addition means that the Hopper 3 can process information 7 times quicker than the older Hoppers. This ensures that all the great features of the Hopper 3 can be enjoyed by the users at all times without a hitch. It is also the company’s first DVR offering that allows the users to store their recordings to an external storage unit.

The hardware backing the product is awesome too. The Hopper 3 comes with a new 52.0 remote. It has some different features than the older versions. Users can hear a click sound while pressing the buttons, which gives it kind of a seventies vibe. Hopper 3 also comes with a remote locator, like some of the previous versions. It is a compact remote and is armed with advanced voice recognition.

hopper 3 will revolutionize the way you watch television best DVR available

Hopper 3 will revolutionize the way you watch television best DVR available

Other than this, DISH Network Satellite TV is also offering its users an additional accessory called Hopper Go. This small unit can be connected to the Hopper and can store up to 100 hours of movies, shows, or anything they want from the television. This can then be carried along anywhere the user goes. This is not all. The HopperGo can also be used to create a private network, which can be further accessed by up to 5 different devices. This is huge. So, not only is Hopper 3 offering complete home entertainment options, it is also taking care of their entertainment need, while on the go.

Hopper 3 is a monster of a DVR system. It has created waves for a reason and it has certainly matched up to the hype. 

8K Ultra High Definition Televisions

Television is a big part of most people’s lives. Even after the advent of laptops, desktops and smart devices, television continues to be the primary mode of entertainment. The quaint little box that used to acquire a small place in people’s living rooms has seen a whirlwind of change over the past half century. It is no more a quaint little box, but the centerpiece of any room that it is a part of. Television is growing bigger and bigger in size, as is the technology backing them. From LCD, LED, OLED, 3D, 4K to 8K now, picture quality has simply gone out of the rood. 8K is the highest ultra-high definition resolution that can be found for televisions today.

It is really not possible to over praise 8K televisions. This new TV technology is absolutely stunning. Even at very close quarters, it is difficult to spot the pixels on the screen. The screens are huge, and the users will actually feel like that they can touch the images through their screens. The television sets are huge, irrespective of the company offering it. They have screens measuring as large as 85 inches. Whether it is Panasonic, LG, or Sharp, any big television manufacturer worth its salt, has an 8K TV to offer.

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8K technology is definitely the future. However, as of now, there is not much content that is available for 8K. There are not even many cameras that can record at that resolution. Camera manufacturers like Canon, NHK, and Sony, have produced some cameras that can record at 8K, but they are limited in number, and very costly at the present. Also, people would not be able to connect an 8K display to a regular DVD player, because four separate HDMI cables are required for streaming content to an 8K TV set. That’s because, one cable cannot support so much data transfer all by itself. New technology like 8K will sooner or later find its footing in the market. Of course, not everyone can afford 8K televisions right away. They cost over $100,000 now, and certainly not meant for the mass market at the present.

Whether it is movies, television shows or any other kind of videos, a platform has to be there which can support the content of this resolution. Cable providers are not going to upgrade their technology on their end until and unless a large number of people start opting for content of this high a resolution. The television technology has been developed and presented to the market by the manufacturers in order to prove that it is possible to develop such technology and to show the world a glimpse of the future.

This is how things have always worked in this industry. Even when the HD television came out, it took a while for them to make a dent in the market. It was primarily because of the love of sports that people opted for high definition television. People could see their favorite players in all their glory. Each shot, each kick, and each move could be seen in crystal clear clarity. HD television took off. People bought more and more of this technology, driving the prices down, opening the market for even more consumers. That was when cable companies also decided to support the high definition content. With more content, the feedback loop pumped more consumers into the system.

The same goes for content creators as well. Until there is a sizeable market available to watch their content, they are not going to spend money on expensive cameras and accessories to create content especially for 8K televisions.

The primary aim of the manufacturers was to present the futuristic technology to the world, slowly create a market, so that the price point comes down and pave the way for production and sale on a larger scale. They have made their move. Now, we will see how the market evolves over time.

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1080p has been around for a long time now. In fact, television companies pitched them as full HD, which meant that they encapsulated everything high definition and was the final step in the evolution of television. However, now there is 4K, which offers four times better resolution. And then there is 8K. These 8K televisions have really opened up a world of possibilities for people.

Also, the interesting part is that television technology was not that easy to put across to the user. A layman would not necessarily be able to make a difference between quadHD, Full HD, UHD, and so on. These would end up confusing them, rather than attracting them to make a purchase.

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However, the progression has now become numeric in the form of 4K and 8K, which makes things much easier for understanding for the average person.  This has started brand wars of its own. These straightforward numbers are very marketable and the users will automatically be drawn to a higher number, when they are making a purchase decision. Companies are now striving to put the highest number in front of the ‘K’. So, without a doubt companies are going to compete to put a better TV out there on the shelf. As new technology comes in, it is bound to drive down the prizes of the previous one. With these never-ending resolution wars between television manufacturers, the consumer is going to be a surefire winner.

So, what is the need for these 8K televisions now? Right now, they might be prohibitively costly and something that not many people bother about. 8K brings two benefits to the market straight away. One is unbelievably high clarity of pictures. Another is that even though people may not want 8K right now, they do want 4K to be a little cheaper and that is what this technology will do. 8K is definitely a thing of the future, and people who have no problem paying for quality, should not settle for anything but the best. The 8K television in the market right now are for affluent early birds, who can set the trend and help technology advance. 

Mr. Robot Is A Psychological Thriller

Created by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot is an American drama and psychological thriller. The show stars Rami Malek as the lead character, Elliot Alderson. It was released on multiple online and video on demand services in 2015. The first season of the show premiered on June 24, 2015, and even before the launch, the show had received a nod for the second season. The first season consisted of 10 episodes.

The show is produced by Igor Srubshchik, along with the executive producers, Steve Golin, Sam Esmail and Chad Hamilton. It is distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution. From the very beginning, the show has constantly received excellent critical acclaim and has been nominated for a number of awards.

From the 'Elliot Hacks His Hospital' scene

From the ‘Elliot Hacks His Hospital’ scene

The series revolves around the life of a young man, Elliot Anderson, who works, at the cyber-security company, Allsafe, as a security engineer. It appears that Elliot’s thought processes are significantly influenced by delusions and paranoia, as he is suffering from Clinical Depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. The only way in which the character is able to connect with people is by hacking their devices or online accounts, which is the main reason for him being a cyber-vigilante. One day, he is recruited by a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist known by the name of Mr. Robot. After that, he joins “fsociety”, which is a team of hacktivists, with a mission to take down one of the largest corporations in the world, E Corp, by cancelling all their debts. The show became all the more interesting with the revelation that E Corp is one of the biggest clients of Allsafe.

The main protagonist of the show, Elliot Alderson, is portrayed by the actor Rami Malek. He is vigilant hacker and also a security engineer at Allsafe Cybersecurity. He lives an isolated life, away from people, due to his social anxiety disorder. He considers hacking as the only plausible way for him to interact with people. The character of Mr. Robot is played by the actor Christian Slater, who is an anarchist. He recruits Elliot into society and gives him the alias Edward Alderson. His fellow mate at fsociety, Darlene, is played by the American actor, Carly Chaikin. Alderson’s colleague at Allsafe, Angela Moss is portrayed by Portia Doubleday.

Angela Moss as Portia Doubleday

Angela Moss as Portia Doubleday

Furthermore, there are many recurring characters such as Gideon Goddard (Michel Gill), Krista Gordon (Gloria Reuben), Terry Colby (Bruce Altman), Shayla Nico (Frankie Shaw), Romero (Ron Cephas Jones), Ollie Parker (Ben Rappaport), Mobley (Azhar Khan) and many more.

Mr. Robot has been praised by the critics and audiences alike. It got a rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes with a score 8.2/10. It made appearances in many critics’ list as one of the best TV shows of 2015. Three critics even called it the Best TV Show of the year.

In the year 2015, the show won Gotham Independent Film Award, American Film Institute Award, and 2015 SXSW Film Audience Award. Further, it has been nominated for many awards for the year 2016 including Satellite Award, People’s choice Award, and Writers guild Award, whose decisions on winners is still pending. 

Rami Malek is Elliot Alderson

Rami Malek is Elliot Alderson