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More Stuff From Polaroid: Smartwatches, Smart TV And More

Rest assure that this blog and these few posts are not sponsored by Polaroid. I wish it was, so we could stop worrying about our finance. Anywho, there are few more products coming from this 80 year old company which serve to further cement that fact that it is here to stay after being revived. These products include a spanking new smartwatch series, Chromecast built-in Smart TVs, an updated Cube action camera, its first 3D pen for EU market, and 3D printer and 3D pen for North America markets. We shan’t bore you with details; instead we will give you a quick rundown, starting with a new smartwatch and fitness tracker series. Continue reading More Stuff From Polaroid: Smartwatches, Smart TV And More

Roku Introduces New Full HD Roku TV by Sharp, Priced at $380 and Up

While the rest of the world are all over Android TV, Roku is working hard to infiltrate more TVs so you could have “access to the biggest streaming channel line up in the industry” without the need for set-top box. It may look like Roku is cannibalizing its own market; perhaps they are but it must be working well for the California-based media company. Why else would they keep getting more and more TV manufacturers to come onboard? Speaking of which, Sharp is the latest to ride the Roku bandwagon, joining the likes of Haier, HiSense, Insignia, TCL and Polaroid. Built around Roku TV reference design and running on Roku OS, Sharp’s iteration comes in a choice of 43” and 50” screen sizes and boasts 1080p resolution with 60hz native refresh rate, along with features like built-in WiFi, dual 8W speakers, USB input, HDMI inputs, and compatibility with Roku mobile app for channel browsing, reading Roku Feed and voice search functionality. Continue reading Roku Introduces New Full HD Roku TV by Sharp, Priced at $380 and Up

Sony’s XBR X900C Series UHD TV Is Thinner Than An iPhone 6. Mind-blown.

While Samsung and LG are busy in the pursuit of curved displays, Sony has not forgotten that we, the consumers, might still be yearning for a thinner TV set (do we?). At the world’s most celebrated consumer electronics show earlier this month, the Japanese electronics giant debuted its 2015 4K Ultra HD TVs and among them is the super thin XBR 900C series sets, featuring a new ultra-thin floating style design. The new lineup is built with a new 4K processor X1 that promised improved color accuracy, contrast and clarity and will be offered in sizes ranging from 43 through to 75 inches. Four new series, including the XBR 900C, and ten new models were introduced. It is worthy to note that the XBR X900C series will only available in three sizes: 55, 65 and 75-inch, which will be available this Spring, along with the rest of the lineup. Continue reading Sony’s XBR X900C Series UHD TV Is Thinner Than An iPhone 6. Mind-blown.

Insignia and Haier Joins The Rank Of Smart TVs Loaded With Roku OS

If you have yet to dive into Roku TV or in the market for one, you’d be glad that you will have more options this year. Roku has announced (at this year’s CES, naturally) that Roku TV models will also made by Insignia, as well as China’s appliance giant Haier. Built by the manufacturers using Roku TV reference design and Roku operating system, Roku TV aims to expand your entertainment options with over 2,000 streaming channels sans external streaming media player or stick. In a nutshell, those TVs are Smart TVs, offering what brands like Samsung, Sony, LG and more has been offering. It offers personalized home screen, bringing a myriad of TV entertainment options, including devices such as game consoles, cable boxes and Blu-ray players, together along with your favorite streaming channels. There’s no multiple inputs or complicated menus to deal with; just flick on the TV and in a few clicks on the intuitive remote, you will be able to catch a live TV show, stream a movie, or listen to your favorite tunes, right from the Roku TV. Continue reading Insignia and Haier Joins The Rank Of Smart TVs Loaded With Roku OS

Samsung’s New Tizen-powered Smart TVs Has Quantum-dot Technology To Make UHD Even More Vivid

Even before dust for Ultra HD resolution TV has barely settled, South Korea’s forerunner in flat panel TV, Samsung, promised to make them even more compelling with its new line of smart TV called SUHD TV. We are going to assume the ’S’ here stands for ‘Super’, which is Samsung’s way of saying it is a step above the ‘regular’. Right off the bat, Samsung has three series, namely JS9500, JS9000 and JS8500, with screen sizes ranging from 48-inch all the way to 88-inch that falls under the SUHD TV. So what the heck is SUHD? In basic layman language it simply promised “stunning contrast, striking brightness and spectacular color” and in a more techy speaks, it uses quantum-dot technology that allows Samsung to create displays to produce more colors (64 times more, to be precise) than standard LCD TVs, at a lower cost. Continue reading Samsung’s New Tizen-powered Smart TVs Has Quantum-dot Technology To Make UHD Even More Vivid

Samsung’s New Smart TVs in 2015 To Be Powered By Tizen

Unless you are a complete smart TV fanatic, this piece of news may come as a, well, non-news to you. In any case, this is what’s going to happen to Samsung smart TVs in 2015: all of them will be running a new platform built around the Tizen operating system. Yup. You heard that right. Tizen. The fairly new OS which Samsung has been an active advocator and have since seen adoption in at least one smartphone and a couple of smartwatches. So what can you expect from Tizen OS? Well, there is a redesign in the UI with the Smart Hub now on one screen for easy navigation and quick access to, say for example, your most recent content, as well as tailored content recommendations. There is also an optimized four-direction control which Sammy said is both “playful and responsive”. We hate lag on anything and so if Tizen can solve the problem and promise no lag, we will be embracing it wholeheartedly (we are not Smart TV fanatics, btw). Continue reading Samsung’s New Smart TVs in 2015 To Be Powered By Tizen

Loewe’s Entry Level Ultra HD TV, Art TV, Launches This December for £1,299+

After nearly becoming part of the luxury electronics’ history, German luxury TV maker Loewe is back and presenting the firm’s first 4K TVs at the IFA last month. For a company who experienced a “near-death” experience, time is a luxury it does not have and therefore, it is quick to make the first Ultra HD TV, the Art TV, official. Available in 40, 48 and 55-inch variations, the Art TV is Loewe entry level 4K TV that packs some serious tech features. Engineered and manufactured in Germany, the Art TV also boast a rather usual claim of being the world’s fastest TV for switching between channels – made possible by its ‘Instant Channel Zapping’ technology. Continue reading Loewe’s Entry Level Ultra HD TV, Art TV, Launches This December for £1,299+

Samsung Curved 105-inch 4K TV Cost A Cool $120,000, Available For Pre-order Now

when Samsung first show off its curved 105-inch 4K TV at the CES this year, the company described it as “the world’s first, largest and most curved 105-inch curved UHD TV”, which won’t argue with. now that the price is out, it should add “the most expensive” to the description so you won’t caught falling off the chair when learn that it cost a super cool $120,000. the good news is, Samsung will be offering the UN105S9W with the firm’s “Samsung Elite Service” where Samsung Field Engineers will be there to walk you through your new acquisition’s features and optimized it in accordance to your viewing environment. after which, they will leave and so no, the field engineers are not yours to keep. what’s left is a hulking gadget that has 11 million pixels spread across a display with an unusual aspect ratio and resolution of 21:9 and 5,120 x 2,160 pixels, respectively. Continue reading Samsung Curved 105-inch 4K TV Cost A Cool $120,000, Available For Pre-order Now

Xiaomi Mi TV 2 Goes Official, Packs 4K Display, Separate Audio and Bluetooth Remote

along with the announcement of the firm’s first tablet, Xiaomi also unveiled its second Smart TV, simply called Mi TV 2. now, don’t let the ultra simplistic, less than bombastic product name fool you. this second smart TV offering from this fast growing Chinese handset maker is a 49-inch Ultra HD TV equipped with a 4K 3D panel with 178-degree viewing angle, flanked by alluring 6.2mm aluminum bezel. under the skin, there is a MediaTek MStar 6A918 SoC, featuring a 1.45GHz Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and a quad-core Mali 450 MP4 GPU, and 2GB RAM. it has 8GB of built-in storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD card slot. in what we thought as a surprise design move, Xiaomi chose to separate the audio reproduction unit from the TV, which should be the first in modern TV history, to keep the profile down to the minimum. the separate audio comprises of a sound bar with 2.25-inch full-range drivers with “acoustic waveguide technology” and a Bluetooth 8-inch subwoofer. the audio system is fully capable of handling Dolby and DTS too. Continue reading Xiaomi Mi TV 2 Goes Official, Packs 4K Display, Separate Audio and Bluetooth Remote

Roku TV

unlike the Apple TV, the Roku TV is really a TV and not just a little black box. billed as the new generation of Smart TVs, the Roku plans to grow it (the TV) by licensing the “new reference design platform and software stack to manufacturers to build and distribute Roku TV models.” just think of Roku as the Android of TV where the various makers will turn out Roku-powered TV, which will be collectively known as, well, Roku TV. the first of the Roku TVs will be offered by TCL and Hisense, and they were recently highlighted at Pepcom’s Digital Experience media event during the 2014 International CES. Continue reading Roku TV