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LG’s message in its 2015 televisions was about curved OLED, later releasing flat models to accompany the curved versions. With 2016, the message is still very much about OLED, Ultra HD and HDR, but guess what? The lead model moves to flat instead.
OLED is expensive to make but has always pushed the message of offering superior blacks and superior colours over its LCD competition. That’s down to the way that OLED can turn off each pixel to achieve absolute blacks, where LCD lights in sections. With LCD offering more affordable panels and increasingly proficient visuals with a range of enhanced dimming techniques, LG’s refinement of its OLED TVs continues.
All the LG OLED models for 2016 feature Ultra HD/4K, HDR, LG’s Perfect Black, Perfect Colour, Perfect Clarity and webOS.
LG G6 Signature
The flagship television for LG in 2016 is the G6, not to be mistaken for the equally lavish private jet, part of LG’s new Signature family of premium products.
The LG G6 Signature features Ultra HD, HDR and 3D. But it’s the Picture on Glass design that makes this a very attractive telelvision. Thanks to the super thin nature of OLED, this screen is just 2.57mm in depth, so that’s thinner than your smartphone. It’s certainly a showcase design.
As a result all the components are placed in the bottom where LG has cleverly doubled the stand as a soundbar. This offers 60W front-firing audio with a 4.2 channel system designed by Harmon/Kardon. So smart is the design, even the stand can be folded back in case you want to wall mount this TV.
The G6 comes with the webOS Smart TV platform, meaning super-simple access to everything via clear icons and premium motion sensitive remote control. This TV is Ultra HD Premium certified, as well as supporting Dolby Vision HDR standards. In the UK this display won’t support Freeview Play, as LG thinks that those opting for this premium flagship will likely pay for premium TV services too, like Sky Q.
The LG G6 also comes Netflix recommended, supporting the clever instant on feature, that will mean when you turn your TV back on, you’ll be returned to the Netflix programme you were watching when you switched it off, rather than booted back into the main menu.
Of course all these specs and design flair come at a cost: the 77-inch G6, out later in the year, is £25,000 while the 65-inch model, out in May, is £6000.
The LG E6 is the model that stands a step down from the G6 flagship. While this means a drop in price, the spec change is not hugely different.
You still get the Ultra HD OLED 3D panel with HDR but it also features that Picture on Glass design 2.57mm screen, plus the addition of Freeview Play in the webOS platform. This is also an Ultra HD Premium certified TV offering support for Dolby Vision too.
The E6 comes in smaller size options and has a similar soundbar but one that tops out at 40W and 2.2-channels. The design is also different in the rear with a crystal glass backing.
The LG E6 65-inch and 55-inch televisions, available in April, are £5000 and £3500 respectively.
The LG C6 represents a more significant level drop in the OLED range, both in offerings and price. The big difference here is that the C6 does not feature the super thin Picture on Glass design nor does it sport a built-in soundbar. This model offers a curved OLED display, very much like LG’s 2015 offerings, but is still only 5mm thick.
The LG C6 offers an Ultra HD/4K panel offering 3D, and Ultra HD support in the form of Dolby Vision and again carries the Ultra HD Premium badge.
The LG C6 comes in 65-inch and 55-inch models, due in June, for £4500 and £3000 respectively.
The LG B6 is the same as the C6 but offers a flat panel rather than a curved one. It’s still a slim profile television, but a step down from the picture on glass flagships.
The LG B6 offers an Ultra HD/4K panel with HDR support, carrying the Ultra HD Premium badge and supporting Dolby Vision. It runs on the webOS platform, offering Freeview Play in the UK.
The LG B6 is available in 55 or 65-inch options, costing £4500 and £3000 respectively. They will be available from June 2016.
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Scrivener is a hugely popular word processor and project management app for Windows. Writing professionals love Scrivener’s dedication to providing a clean writing interface and essential reference tools, streamlining and organizing research and writing on your computer.
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LG’s latest flagship phone, the G5, is a fascinating device. Just plug in optional modules — excuse us, “Friend” accessories — and you can enjoy extra functionality when you need it: everything from a camera grip with a secondary battery to an audio DAC that upscales sound quality. It also offers fast performance and a dual-camera setup that’s actually a lot of fun to use. But while the phone wins points for innovation, the first modules fail to impress in real-world testing. Meanwhile, it’s clear LG cut corners in other areas, with the forgettable design and middling battery life being the biggest offenders. As our reviewer Chris Velazco notes, the device has the potential to improve over time as new and improved Friend modules come out, but for now, it’s a work in progress.
When firefighters tackle a dangerous blaze, thermal imaging can be their greatest ally. It’s usually integrated in a small handheld camera, helping team members to quickly locate civilians, peak through walls and identify safe passageways. Tyco’s Scott Safety has now developed a face mask which includes an integrated thermal camera and display, called “Scott Sight.” A small image is shown inside the mask — similar to how Google Glass’ would appear in your peripheral vision — at nine frames per second, for up to four hours. The user can also switch between four different interfaces, as well as ambient and max temperature settings.
The combination should allow firefighters to keep their hands free. Whether they’re guiding people to safety, or using specialized equipment, Scott Sight should help firefighters to be more effective and tackle blazes faster. The only downside is that each crew member will need their own mask to see the world through thermal vision — a handheld camera, in comparison, can be easily viewed and shared between multiple people.
Nevertheless, Scott Sight feels like a logical step forward. It sets the foundation for a more advanced overlay, similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens, which firefighters could enable on the fly. Such a system would remove the need to constantly peer at a tiny screen, keeping the wearer’s gaze front and center — a behavior that’s paramount in a fire-fuelled situation, where potential dangers could present themselves at any moment.
Source: Tyco, Scott Safety
Sir David Attenborough has been making natural history and wildlife documentaries for more than 60 years. One of his earliest productions, Zoo Quest, was broadcast in the early 1950s, before colour TVs were a household staple. Now, decades later, a BBC archivist has discovered six hours of Zoo Quest footage shot in gorgeous colour. It was a complete surprise because everyone, including Attenborough, had assumed the films were captured in monochrome. As he tells the BBC:
“I was astonished when someone said we’ve got nearly all the film of the first three expeditions you did in colour. I said it’s impossible — we shot in black and white.”
As Radio Times reports, the film canisters were found in the library of the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol. The labels simply read “Attenborough,” which is presumably why no-one had noticed them or thought to play them back. “The most experienced archive researcher who’s been here 30 years didn’t know about them,” Miles Barton, Attenborough’s filmmaking partner said. “They were uncatalogued and unlabelled. I find it unbelievable myself. I was totally amazed.”
The newly discovered footage will be edited into a 90-minute special and and broadcast on BBC Four next month. It’ll be called Zoo Quest in Color and feature new commentary from Attenborough and his cameraman Charles Lagus. Three documentaries will feature — Zoo Quest to West Africa, Zoo Quest to Guiana, and Zoo Quest for a Dragon — hopefully providing a new perspective on Attenborough’s prestigious career.
Source: BBC, Radio Times
We’re still not sure what the future of VR looks like. Oculus, HTC and Valve are focusing on systems based around powerful gaming PCs. Sony will use its PlayStation 4 as a standardized base for PSVR. Samsung wants you to slot a flagship phone in front of your eyes. Chinese company Pico has a different idea. Its Pico Neo is an all-in-one system that offers an Oculus-like headset, but gets all of its computing power from a controller.
Inside that controller is a chip you’d find inside a flagship many smartphones: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. That means you’re getting a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU, an Adreno 530 GPU and a Hexagon 680 DSP. That’s paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (expandable by MicroSD).
The headset itself has a pair of 1,200 x 1,080 panels (one for each eye), which matches the resolution of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Those panels refresh at 90Hz; on pare with the Vive and Rift, but slower than PSVR, and 102-degree field of view — less than the Vive and Rift, but more than PSVR. While specs don’t tell you much about a device’s quality, on paper the Neo matches up with its contemporaries.
This all sounds pretty good so far. But then you look at the controller itself. It’s… pretty simplistic, offering a SNES-like layout with a D-pad, four action buttons and a pair of shoulder bumpers. Pico has added a little more flexibility with the super successful backtouch feature from the Vita, and also movement sensors, but the decision to not include analog thumbsticks is strange given VR experiences are almost universally in three dimensions.
There are analogs on the optional add-on TrackingKit and Beacon, which appear to be a straight clone of Sony’s PlayStation Camera and Move controllers. It’s not clear where you’re supposed to stash the controller with the processing power inside while you’re holding onto them.
One advantage the Pico Neo has over the Vive, Oculus and PSVR is freedom of movement: with a 5000mAh battery inside, you can apparently get 3 hours of gaming or video playback untethered, after which you can use a Quick Charge 3.0 charger to top up.
One disadvantage it has is compatibility. The Pico Neo is unlikely to see widespread support. It’s based on Android 6.0, so you’d expect a reasonable amount of games can be played, but it’s not clear if head tracking or controller support will require additional coding from developers. Pico says you can also just plug the headset into a PC to play more games, but support there also seems questionable — and it kind of negates the main selling point of the Neo in the first place.
The Neo Pico will launch this summer for 3,399 Yuan ($525) with controller and headset, or 1.899 Yuan ($295) if you just want the headset to use with a PC. We can’t imagine many gamers are going to be dissuaded from their Rift, Vive and PSVR headsets by the proposition, but it’s an interesting idea that we might see implemented by other companies soon.
Source: Pico, GeekBuying
Ever struggled to keep up with a calendar event as people email changes in their plans? You won’t have to panic after today. Google is updating Inbox with a smarter approach to Google Calendar events that pools together all the emails from an event and shows changes in one place. If someone can’t make it or the time changes, you shouldn’t be caught off-guard.
The update will also be handy if you’re the sort to email yourself web links instead of relying on read-it-later services. There’s now an option to share links to Inbox, giving them a special place in the email app. It takes advantage of native sharing features on Android or iOS, and Inbox’s Chrome extension will handle the same duties when you’re on the desktop web. And lastly, the new Inbox is much better at handling newsletters — it’s easier get a peek at those recap messages, and they’ll minimize once you’ve had a look.
Source: App Store, Google Play, Chrome Web Store
I can’t believe I even had to type that as a title. But apparently it’s a thing on the internet to believe that we live on a flat planet. Whether or not they’re trying to troll us is unimportant; what’s important is that Dr. Kiki Sanford is back to tell those dummies to prove it, with SCIENCE!
I also take a look at what could be causing your “ghost” Twitter notifications on your phone, and let a snacky fan know that it’s ok if he brings food into the theater. I won’t tell.
It’s the end of a gaming era: Microsoft has stopped making the Xbox 360, a little over 10 years after the console first reached shelves. As the company explains, the problems of making a decade-old product are “starting to creep up” — it’s just not worth the effort to keep the venerable system around. Microsoft will continue to sell consoles and games while supplies last, and Xbox Live support (including perks like Games With Gold) will carry on for the foreseeable future. However, it’s reasonable to say that it’s almost exclusively about the Xbox One from here on out.
You could certainly see this move coming. Microsoft has been big on Xbox 360 backwards compatibility for the Xbox One as of late, and falling Xbox One prices have reduced the incentive to pick up a 360 as your budget gaming system. Moreover, even those developers that bent over backwards to bring games to legacy consoles are dropping support. All told, there isn’t much reason to stick to the older hardware outside of playing classic games on their originally intended platform.
Still, it’s sad to see the end of the Xbox 360. It’s Microsoft’s most successful system to date, having shipped over 84 million units (as of June 2014) and bringing a temporary end to Sony’s lead in the North American console market. It was where key franchises like Gears of War got their start, and existing series like Forza Motorsport or Halo really came into their own. And like it or not, some of its failures were as memorable as its successes — who can forget the notorious Red Ring of Death (which seemed like it would kill most early units at one point) or the beleaguered HD DVD add-on? Console technology has advanced considerably since the 360 first arrived, but it’ll be missed all the same.
Source: Xbox Wire