Fully Charged: Smaller Samsung 4K TVs, skinnier iPad screens and a fat slice of Assassin’s Creed 4 footage

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Today's round-up of technology news covers big tellies, piratey open world games, next-gen screens for MacBooks and a more web-friendly Instagram. Read on...

Samsung launching two “small” 4K TVs

Good news for those of you who couldn’t afford – or didn’t have the space for – Samsung’s 85in, £35,000 S9 4K television: the company will be releasing two smaller, more affordable models in the coming months.

OK, so “smaller, more affordable” is all relative, and these F9 models are 55in and 65in in size and will be priced at US$5,500 and US$7,500 respectively, which converts to about £3,690 and £5,030 respectively. Both feature 3840 x 2160 resolutions and will be out (in the US, at least) in August. [Source: CNET]

Instagram photos and videos now web embeddable

A mere few days after adding a Vine-esque micro video option, Instagram has revealed another new feature: web embedding. While that won’t mean much for those of you that mostly view your ‘grams via the mobile app, Instagram website or Facebook, it means anyone with a blog or other site will be able to swiftly drop in their tastefully tinted, retro-style images and videos. Instagram’s embeds use the same <iframe> HTML tags as YouTube and Vine employ for the purpose. [Source: Instagram]

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Apple MacBooks and iPads “to get IGZO screens”

Stuff has written about indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO to its mates) screens before, and they’re pretty amazing: their high translucence means they don’t need huge backlights, which makes them (a) skinnier and (b) less power-hungry than standard LCD panels.

Well, according to rumours Apple will be making use of this technology soon, and is currently in discussions with manufacturers including Sharp and LG with a view to using IGZO in future MacBooks and iPads. The MacBooks, say the report, will be released in the first half of 2014. [Source: ET News]

Watch seven minutes of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag gameplay

Shiver me timbers? Shiver YOUR timbers, more like – by watching this official gameplay video from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. There’s nearly eight minutes of piracy-themed action to watch, from treasure hunting to naval combat to upgrading your ship. Hoist the mainbrace (pour yourself a cup of tea) and watch.

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