TV http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/tv/reviews en-SG Fully Charged: Behold the Star Trek phaser universal remote, the new Thor is female, and Russia’s tiny robot tanks pack a punch http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fully-charged-behold-star-trek-phaser-universal-remote-new-thor-female-and-russia-s-tiny-robot-ta <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the fun and curious with our morning news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Star Trek Phaser universal remote" alt="Star Trek Phaser universal remote" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/startrek-phaser-remote.jpg?1406701625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Trek phaser universal remote incoming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Set Phasers to&hellip; news? Maybe a sitcom? It&rsquo;ll be your call come November when Firebox and The Wand Company release the Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control, which is exactly what it sounds like: a replica Phaser that&rsquo;ll control your TV and other compatible devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s promised to be an incredibly accurate 1:1 replica, as its makers 3D-scanned the last remaining prop used by William Shatner on the nearly 50-year-old series. &ldquo;We have spent thousands of hours creating a collectible prop replica gadget that will bring new levels of action and enjoyment to Star Trek fans as they boldly go on their adventures,&rdquo; said Chris Barnardo of The Wand Company.</p> <p>The Phaser remote stores up to 36 commands and features force feedback, familiar sounds from the series, a detachable MK 1 Phaser unit and replica power cell, and a customizable lock code. It&rsquo;s available for pre-order now and will sell for the princely sum of &pound;119.95 (S$255), with a fuller reveal planned for San Diego Comic-Con next week.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/6679/Star-Trek-Original-Phaser-Universal-Remote-Control">Firebox</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/first-3d-printer-espresso-machine-headed-international-space-station/news">International Space Station is getting its first 3D printer &mdash; and also an espresso machine</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marvel’s next Thor is a woman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Marvel Comics will shake up its core roster in a significant way in October with the debut of a new Thor series&mdash;starring a female Thor. The bulky, blonde-haired man we&rsquo;ve come to know as the popular hero can no longer wield Mjölnir, the iconic hammer, so this new heroine will take over.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita,&rdquo; says writer Jason Aaron, who is continuing on after the current Thor: God of Thunder run ends. &ldquo;This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it&rsquo;s unlike any Thor we&rsquo;ve ever seen before.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/15/22875/marvel_proudly_presents_thor">Marvel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thor" alt="Thor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thor-woman.jpg?1406701625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Russia’s tiny, terrifying robot tanks enter combat training </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you ever encounter a diminutive tank like Russia&rsquo;s Platform-M, don&rsquo;t admire the small frame or try to take a selfie&mdash;chances are that it&rsquo;s actively plotting your demise with its Khalishnakov rifle. Oh, or the four onboard grenade launchers.</p> <p>Gizmodo brings word of the combat robot beginning training exercises, with the intent of rolling into active duty by 2018. The Platform-M can be controlled remotely over the Internet, and it can engage enemy infantry at up to 800 meters &ldquo;with 100% accuracy,&rdquo; claims the above news clip, which has surprisingly upbeat music for a profile on horrific killing machines.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/russias-military-is-getting-killer-wall-e-robot-soldier-1604674629">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/irobot/were-not-sure-why-robot-human-emotions-needs-exist-were-too-terrified-question-it/news">We&rsquo;re not sure why a robot with human emotions needs to exist, but we&rsquo;re too terrified to question it</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2G2CQE3ZV_w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fully-charged-behold-star-trek-phaser-universal-remote-new-thor-female-and-russia-s-tiny-robot-ta#comments Film and TV TV Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442331 at http://www.stuff.tv PlayStation Now game streaming is coming to selected Sony TVs next week http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/playstation-now-coming-selected-sony-tvs-next-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US residents with compatible Bravia tellies will soon be able to play PS3 games – no console required </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="PlayStation Now coming to selected Sony TVs next week" alt="PlayStation Now coming to selected Sony TVs next week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-playstation-now%20%281%29.jpg?1403765768" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>PlayStation Now, Sony&rsquo;s video game streaming service, has to date been available only via the PS3 and PS4 consoles &ndash; but as of next week owners of selected Sony televisions will be able to try it out.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Currently, PS3 games can be rented for anything between US$3 (S$4) and $20 (S$25). At present, the service is in beta and available only to a select few US residents, but at the end of July it&rsquo;ll be accessible by everyone in the US (and some parts of southern Canada) with a compatible device &ndash; be that a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 or television. Games available include <em>The Last of Us</em>, <em>God of War: Ascension</em>, <em>Saints Row IV</em>, <em>Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes</em> and <em>Street Fighter IV</em>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s as yet no word on precisely when the rest of the world will get PlayStation Now access, but having <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news">given the service a try</a> and been incredibly impressed, we&rsquo;re hoping it comes to US before the end of 2014.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/25/playstation-now-sony-bravia-tv/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news">Hands-on with PlayStation Now</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="PlayStation Now uses Gaikai technology" alt="PlayStation Now uses Gaikai technology" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation%20now%20hands-on.JPG?1403765768" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/playstation-now-coming-selected-sony-tvs-next-week/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/playstation-now-coming-selected-sony-tvs-next-week/news#comments Gaming PlayStation 3 Sony TV Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:25:08 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1440168 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung unveils new batch of curved and flat 4K TVs http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-unveils-new-batch-curved-and-flat-4k-tvs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, and there’s a new 85in model for those who happen to live in an aircraft hangar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s new HU7250 curved-screen 4K TV" alt="Samsung&#039;s new HU7250 curved-screen 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-hu7250-4k-tv.jpg?1403755986" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has pulled the dust sheets off two brand new series of 4K televisions &ndash; one curved, one flat &ndash; as well as introducing a colossal 85in model to its existing HU8550 Ultra HD range.</p> <p>The flat-screened HU8550 range already includes 50in, 55in, 60in, 65in and 75in models, and the new 85in model will slot in at the top of the range. And with a price tag to match: it&rsquo;ll set you back the princely sum of US$10,000 (S$12,488) when it goes on sale any day now.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flat or concave: the choice is yours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new set of curved-screened 4K models, meanwhile, is called the HU7250 range and will come in two screen sizes (55in and 65in) priced at US$2,200 (S$2,747) and US$3,300 (S$4,121) respectively. The range offers UHD Upscaling, which&rsquo;ll turn any source material into 4K (don&rsquo;t expect it to look anything like as good as a true 4K source, of course); Quad Screen Multi-Link, which lets you split the screen into four sections and have different content showing on all four; and a new five-panel Smart Hub version of Samsung&rsquo;s Smart TV platform powered by a quad-core processor.&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, there&rsquo;s the new HU6970 4K range, which offers the same features as the HU7250 but with a more traditional flat screen. That&rsquo;s coming in 40in, 50in and 55in sizes, priced at US$1,000 (S$1,249), US$1,500 (S$1,873) and US$2,000 (S$2,497) respectively.&nbsp;</p> <p>These exact models may or may not make it here, but slight variants most likely will. We&rsquo;ll bring you details if and when Samsung announces them.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140624005616/en/Samsung-Expands-UHD-TV-Lineup-Super-sized-Model#.U6qQN41dUbs">Business Wire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news">Sky&rsquo;s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recordings and more</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-unveils-new-batch-curved-and-flat-4k-tvs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-unveils-new-batch-curved-and-flat-4k-tvs/news#comments 4K Samsung TV Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:40:34 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1440158 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 Samsung gadgets that created a brave new tech world http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/10-samsung-gadgets-made-headlines/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slapping a Super AMOLED screen onto their latest tablet is just one of the many advancements Samsung made for gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="10 Samsung gadgets that made the headlines" alt="10 Samsung gadgets that made the headlines" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Last week, Samsung unveiled the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-arrives-screen-thats-exploding-colour/news">Samsung Galaxy Tab S</a>, ready to please your peepers with its Super AMOLED display.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2008: Samsung Omnia I </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-618b-321f-b581-792726ef8b5e">Owned a Windows Mobile phone before? Welcome to the exclusive club of geeks who once hailed the first Samsung Omnia as the ultimate Windows Mobile device. In retrospect, smartphone choices were severely limited six years ago. But it was the best we had, allowing you to have your personal digital diary, media player and all sorts of new-fangled tech that were squeezed into one tiny device.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: it redefined Windows Mobile. Not for long though, just until iOS and Android showed up and decimated Microsoft&#39;s mobile operating system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Omnia I" alt="Samsung Omnia I" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Omnia.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2008: Samsung Pixon 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-618d-e0e1-8b19-861cc4ab385c">8-megapixels? Pfft, that&rsquo;s nothing in today&rsquo;s context. But back then, the Pixon 8 was the pinnacle of smartphone imaging, squeezing camera features into this tiny mobile device. Did we mention that Samsung inserted an 8-megapixel sensor to make the Samsung Pixon a serious shooter? Now? We have 41-megapixels. The same rule applies - the numbers do not matter, if you can&rsquo;t shoot for nuts.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: don&#39;t knock it, it made smartphone photography what it is today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Pixon 8" alt="Samsung Pixon 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Pixon%208.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2010: Samsung Bada OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6190-1577-921d-0f358ffda4e0">Bada bing, bada boom. Realising that it&rsquo;s getting too reliant on Google Android, Samsung attempted to break free with its own mobile operating system. Bada, meaning sea or ocean in Korean, was first introduced on the Samsung Wave. It tried to lure developers to release more apps on an untested and unheard of mobile operating system. Three years later, Bada folded into another operating system, Tizen. Never heard of it? Well, you should, especially since it&rsquo;ll power the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-gear/mwc-2014/samsung-unveils-galaxy-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-one-day-mwc-2014-kicks/news" target="_blank">new Samsung Galaxy Gears</a>.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: it tried, but failed to lord over iOS and Android.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Bada OS" alt="Samsung Bada OS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Bada%20OS.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2010: Samsung Galaxy S </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6191-77ae-3247-8fc67e0ad329"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Into its fifth year</a>, the Samsung Galaxy S series has spawned millions of Android smartphones into the warfront against its fellow droid supporters. Against Apple, the South Korean company&rsquo;s poster boy faced numerous patent lawsuits and launched snarky commercials. Despite all that, it&rsquo;s still the definitive smartphone that contributed to Android&rsquo;s growing popularity and its never-ending battle against iOS.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: life-changing is an understatement when you consider how many Galaxy S phones have been sold.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S" alt="Samsung Galaxy S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2010: Samsung Galaxy Beam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6191-dcb4-b303-45f8082521ef">Why bother to watch a movie on the phone&rsquo;s pathetic 3.7in display, when you can project it onto a wall and view it on an insanely huge, albeit grainy, 50in screen? Problem is, where are you going to find a wall suitable for the pico projector to shine on? Good effort, Samsung, but it wasn&#39;t enough.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: stick to your TVs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy Beam" alt="Samsung Galaxy Beam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Beam.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2011: Samsung Galaxy Note </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6192-59a7-2b06-b3bca6f295d9">Hey Samsung, we owe you an apology. We didn&rsquo;t believe in your vision of a smartphone and tablet hybrid. We ridiculed phablets and thought the first Galaxy Note was a monstrosity and had an identity crisis. We were wrong. The Galaxy Note series changed our lives. It gave us unbelievably great video quality, fast processing power and most importantly, it wasn&rsquo;t too big in our hands. We can&rsquo;t say the same for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: the phablet was born because of it. Surely, that says a lot about its importance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy Note" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Note.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2012: Samsung Galaxy Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6193-70fe-c009-34b36a571d48">Ironically, while Samsung&rsquo;s smartphone business was turning a huge profit, its camera category was suffering, forcing it to re-think its approach towards digital imaging. Enter the Galaxy Camera. Yes. It can post Instagram photos. You can send images to other devices via Wi-Fi. No, you can&rsquo;t make or receive calls with it. Even if you can, don&#39;t. You&#39;ll just look plain ridiculous doing it.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: we&rsquo;re not sure if you&rsquo;ll need an Android-powered camera. Don&rsquo;t we have smartphones for that?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy Camera" alt="Samsung Galaxy Camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Camera.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013: Samsung Galaxy Gear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-619a-7272-e017-f2841987985d">Dick Tracy, Samsung has your watch. Wait, what do you mean it&rsquo;s way ahead of your time? The Samsung Galaxy Gear does exactly what your watch does. It takes calls, snaps pictures and plays music. Oh right, take photos and listening to music isn&rsquo;t exactly your thing, since you&rsquo;re too busy foiling The Big Boy&rsquo;s nefarious plans.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: similar to the Galaxy Camera, we&rsquo;re still torn on this, but we&rsquo;ll give it a borderline passing mark.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/f2AjPfHTIS4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013: Samsung Youm </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6197-10b2-bd92-ee24919e31f0">Curved TVs? Been there, done that when Samsung had one hell of a showcase at CES 2013. The show stealer, however, was Youm, an OLED display that can bend it like Beckham. It was a glimpse into what future displays could do. In 2014, concept became reality with a TV that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/ces-2014/samsung-gets-flexible-worlds-first-85in-bendy-tv/news" target="_blank">transforms from a flat panel into a curved display</a>. Wearable tech that bends and fits on your wrist? Make it so, Samsung.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: it&rsquo;s still early days, but we say this will be life-changing for wearable tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Youm" alt="Samsung Youm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Youm.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013: Samsung Evolution Kit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-6199-4082-7514-07f5ce64d467">Someone in Samsung must have done this before - convincing the missus that it&rsquo;s time to spend a few thousand dollars to upgrade a TV that was bought last year, only to end up sleeping on the couch. Behold, the Samsung Evolution Kit - a black box that gives your last generation smart TV a brain upgrade, adding next-generation specs to an outdated smart TV.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: if only we can upgrade our brain like Samsung TVs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Evolution Kit" alt="Samsung Evolution Kit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Evolution%20Kit.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bonus: the future Samsung smart home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50829376-619a-1578-3255-fb8803f4410c">It&rsquo;s almost 2015, and the McFly&rsquo;s smart home is still nowhere in sight. Or is it? This concept smart home by Samsung, which even scans and recommends how you cook your food, shows that it&rsquo;s not impossible for your house to turn against, we mean, work for you.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Verdict</strong>: Samsung, if you&rsquo;re reading this, get cracking, we&rsquo;d like to live in one. If the price is right.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2mxocMgUrvo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 life-changing Samsung gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We know you have at least one of them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S_0.jpg?1403664960" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/10-samsung-gadgets-made-headlines/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/10-samsung-gadgets-made-headlines/feature#comments Android Galaxy Camera Samsung Smartphones TV Mon, 16 Jun 2014 06:23:51 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432766 at http://www.stuff.tv Xiaomi unveils a tablet, and it's called, wait for it, the Mi Pad http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/xiaomi-unveils-tablet-mi-pad/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speculate no more, Xiaomi&#039;s first Android tablet is finally official </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi unveils a tablet, and it&#039;s called, wait for it, the Mi Pad" alt="Xiaomi unveils a tablet, and it&#039;s called, wait for it, the Mi Pad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1n.jpg?1403258404" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Xiaomi has finally let the cat it&rsquo;s been <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xiaomi-teases-its-singapore-fan-base-with-15-may-product-announcement-date/news" target="_blank">keeping under wraps for the past few weeks</a>&nbsp;out of the bag.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One more thing, there&#039;s a Mi TV 2 too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Xiaomi also unveiled the Mi TV 2, which is a 49in 4K display unit with an MStar quad-core 1.45GHz processor, Mali450-MP4 GPU, and 2GB DDR3 RAM.</p> <p>Oh, and did we mention it also has a cool functionality that lets you tap on your Mi TV 2 to locate a beeping remote control? It&rsquo;s perfect for those of you that constantly lose your remotes and have trouble finding it beyond your plush sofas.</p> <p>The Mi TV 2 will cost &yen;3,999 (S$800) but sadly, the unit might not be shipped to any of the countries <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xiaomi/xiaomi-box-and-mitv-wont-be-town-anytime-soon/news" target="_blank">outside of China due to licensing issues</a>, unless Xiaomi has some sort of local arrangement in the works that it&#39;s not telling us.</p> <p>Unlike Apple, there wasn&#39;t a &#39;one more thing&#39; moment with Xiaomi. No confirmation of the Xiaomi Mi3S was made, which left many wondering what the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/xiaomi-mi3s-images-leaked-will-it-land-in-singapore-on-15-may/news" target="_blank">leak image</a> was about. But surely, there will be a successor for the Mi3, we&#39;ll just have to keep an eye out for it, and you&#39;ll need to keep reading <em>Stuff</em> for more updates.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xiaomi/startup-asia-2014/xiaomi-becoming-aggressive-asia/news" target="_blank">Xiaomi is eying more markets for global domination</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="One more thing, there&#039;s a Mi TV 2 too" alt="Xiaomi unveils a tablet, and it&#039;s called, wait for it, the Mi Pad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10258.jpg?1403258404" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xiaomi Mi Pad unveiled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1n.jpg?1403258404" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/xiaomi-unveils-tablet-mi-pad/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/xiaomi-unveils-tablet-mi-pad/news#comments Android Tablets TV Xiaomi Thu, 15 May 2014 07:56:52 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1437242 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: Amazon’s Fire TV shows it’s time for the Apple TV to embrace gaming http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/opinion-amazon-s-fire-tv-shows-it-s-time-apple-tv-embrace-gaming/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s time for Apple to finally get serious about gaming on its little black box, thinks Craig Grannell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV&#039;s lacking its gaming, er, game" alt="Opinion: Amazon’s Fire TV shows it’s time for the Apple TV to embrace gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-tv-fire-tv.jpg?1398302671" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems whenever certain companies release a piece of tech kit, everyone clamours to bang the &lsquo;Apple is doomed&rsquo; drum, or at least shake the &lsquo;Apple screwed up in not getting there first&rsquo; maracas.</p> <p>Mostly, such people should keep their oddly musical pundit aspirations to themselves, but when the Amazon Fire TV arrived, I had to concede such grumblers at least had a point regarding gaming.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nevertheless, this is an audacious living-room land-grab that leaves Apple looking rather leaden-footed. Although the Apple TV continues to evolve, it does so at a lethargic pace, only very occasionally adding the odd new channel that no-one in particular asked for, and ignoring other applications the device might be good for, such as gaming.</p> <p>To outsiders, this must seem strange, especially given that important gaming pieces have been in place within Apple&rsquo;s ecosystem for some time: iOS has a huge range of games, many hundreds of which are really very good indeed; and AirPlay enables any game to be slung at a TV via an Apple TV. </p> <p>More recently, iOS games controllers entered the mix, providing console-like controls, rather than you sliding fingers around on glass and cursing as Sonic the Hedgehog blunders on to a spike and impales himself like the blue-furred idiot that he is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="AirPlay lets you beam iOS games to the big screen" alt="Opinion: Amazon’s Fire TV shows it’s time for the Apple TV to embrace gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-gaming.jpg?1398302671" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A closer look, though, shows cracks in this line of reasoning. Existing iOS games controllers are pricey and mostly mediocre, games support is spotty, and those games that do support controllers often require the touchscreen for menus.</p> <p>The Apple TV itself still lacks its own App Store, and even if it had one, developers say creating games for it would be akin to working with an entirely new system, given how radically different the interface would be from other iOS devices. Even if they did make the effort, the Apple TV has a tiny amount of on-board memory, and so is hardly suited to anyone installing high-end games; a suitable bump in storage would almost certainly be met by a hefty change in price-tag, either splitting the Apple TV line or moving a solitary offering well outside of the current impulse-purchase price-bracket.</p> <p>So: the controllers aren&rsquo;t much cop, developers argue it would be a ton of work to support a more games-friendly Apple TV, existing hardware can&rsquo;t cope anyway, and a new Apple TV might put people off by being prohibitively expensive.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moga-ace-power-first-official-iphone-games-controller/review" target="_blank">Moga Ace Power - the first official iPhone games controller review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Steel Series&#039; Stratus controller" alt="Opinion: Amazon’s Fire TV shows it’s time for the Apple TV to embrace gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steel-series-stratus.jpg?1398302671" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Moga Ace Power controller" alt="Opinion: Amazon’s Fire TV shows it’s time for the Apple TV to embrace gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACE%20POWER%201_0.png?1398302671" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Still, none of those problems is insurmountable; the bigger issue is probably that Apple still doesn&rsquo;t seem to get gaming, nor seem to really care about it. Once, this was a boon to the platform, Apple leaving alone developers sick of platform-owner interference, but with a resurgent Sony courting developers for Vita, Microsoft fighting for the living room, and now Amazon entering the fray, it would seem that if Apple were to ever get serious about gaming, now would be the right time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This makes me for the first time seriously reconsider that other piece of pundit madness: the idea of Apple buying Nintendo. It&rsquo;s something I&rsquo;ve routinely readily dismissed in the past, but Apple could now do with a like-minded games-savvy partner, with great IP and a penchant for innovation, and it certainly wouldn&rsquo;t be a smart move to risk such expertise ending up in another tech giant&rsquo;s hands.</p> <p>I still think such a partnership is very unlikely &mdash; Nintendo&rsquo;s more or less said it&rsquo;d sooner implode than sell out; but a joint venture could solve Nintendo&rsquo;s woes and Apple&rsquo;s gaming gap, assuming either company actually cares and isn&rsquo;t instead intent on going headlong into gaming&rsquo;s future with blinkers on, ignoring everything going on around it, and merely hoping for the best.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2159" height="1619" title="It&#039;sa me, Apple&#039;o!" alt="Opinion: Amazon’s Fire TV shows it’s time for the Apple TV to embrace gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-mario.jpg?1398302671" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/opinion-amazon-s-fire-tv-shows-it-s-time-apple-tv-embrace-gaming/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/opinion-amazon-s-fire-tv-shows-it-s-time-apple-tv-embrace-gaming/feature#comments Amazon Apple Fire TV Gaming TV Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:11:04 +0000 Elissa Loi 1436037 at http://www.stuff.tv Masterch(i)ef: The top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/masterchief-top-10-tv-shows-we-d-see-remade/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix’s remake of House of Cards was the first online-only TV show to win an Emmy. Here are 10 ideas we hope might repeat its success if we were in charge… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Please don&#039;t sue us Netflix" alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stufflix.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve spent enough hours in front of the telly to know what makes good watching. Naturally, we reckon we could have a pretty decent stab at producing our own shows, so we&#39;ve compiled a list of guaranteed hits.</p> <p>They&#39;re all remakes designed to breathe some fresh air into some bona fide classics.</p> <p>Send all cheques to Stuff HQ and we&#39;ll start calling Hollywood now.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Breaking Bad in Flemish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Why is it always foreign shows that get remade in English? Why not vice versa? Breaking Bad in Flemish tells the story of Wilhelm White, a teacher from the Belgian city of Genk, who turns locally grown poppies into heroin, which he sells to support his family after he&rsquo;s diagnosed with a terminal illness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="768" title="[COUGHING INTENSIFIES]" alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flemish-bad.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five Children and IT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A loosely educational show about a group of school children who discover a mysterious creature in a local park that assesses their levels of computer literacy and then teaches them how to code. Their newfound skills lead to highly lucrative jobs at Facebook. Zuckerberg promptly buys the land housing IT and fills it with adverts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ch@ng1ng R00m5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stuff&rsquo;s very own Laurence Llewllyn Bowen lookalike, Tom Parsons, spends the weekend in a stranger&rsquo;s house sorting out the patchy Wi-Fi in the back bedroom, installing a decent surround sound system and ripping all their DVDs to a 5TB NAS drive (for their own personal use you understand), while subjecting them to his awful taste in music.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="956" height="717" title="Tom Parsons has never looked better" alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/parsons-bowen.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Goodnight Sweetheart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gentle, time travel comedy about a social media evangelist (played by Paul Danan) who lives a double life, travelling through a wormhole in the airing cupboard of his Dalston flat to the first Gulf War. There he falls in love with an Iraqi market stall owner who fails to understand the importance of engaging with brands and refuses to &lsquo;like&rsquo; any of his Instagram posts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Masterch(i)ef </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Halo&rsquo;s near-mute hero swaps his plasma rifle for a miniature blowtorch and shows viewers how to cook various delicacies from the Halo universe, including slow-roasted Grunt with a pea foam. At the end of each episode he tries to feed his culinary creation to Guilty Spark but always fails because Guilty Spark is a computer that doesn&rsquo;t have a mouth.</p> <p>Image credit: Dekanuva, <a href="http://dekanuva.deviantart.com/art/Master-Chef-371887321" target="_blank">deviantART&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Finish the food" alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/master-chief-chef.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hurricanes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Live-action remake of the &lsquo;90s cartoon about a superstar football team made up of slightly offensive national stereotypes. Similar to WWF wrestling each game will be scripted, with real-life professional footballers filling each on-pitch role. Well, they&rsquo;re so accomplished at pretending to be hurt during real games, why not put those skills to good use?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The APPrentice with Steve Ballmer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>5-minute &#39;interactive webisode&#39; in which Microsoft&rsquo;s bellowing ex-boss, Steve Ballmer, pitches you a selection of the best apps from the Windows Phone store in his own unique way. At the end viewers can use an on-screen voting system to pick their favourite, with the rest consigned to the internal memory of a Nokia Lumia 800 and buried in the Finnish tundra. Part one of one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This isn&#039;t even Photoshopped..." alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ballmer_1.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lovejoy: Reserve Not Met </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Antiques dealer and professional Ebay user Jack Lovejoy (played by Danny Dyer) tracks down rogue sellers while making last-second bids on vintage furniture. Rather than making all episodes available to watch at once, Netflix-style, the viewer will have to pay over the odds for them to be delivered individually, or hire a van and collect them from the studio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Desmond’s (pilot only) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Using state-of-the-art CGI techniques Lenny Henry plays all characters (including animals) in this remake of the &lsquo;90s sitcom, with the original&rsquo;s barbershop setting changed for a budget hotel, owned and run by Mr Desmond. In this pilot episode he hires a pig to run the hotel bar but its lack of opposable thumbs proves to be an obstacle and chaos ensues.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Killing for Kids </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Animated remake of the Scandinavian murder mystery with all characters replaced with talking sheep. Morten Sheep has lost his favourite wooly jumper and, fearing it dead, enlists the help of Jan Sheep, Ann Sheep and Lars Sheep to track it down. So slow-paced it&rsquo;ll send even the most hyperactive child to sleep, it&rsquo;s perfect bedtime TV for little Tarquin and Ocado.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-15-future-tech-predictions-next-15-years/feature" target="_blank">Stuff at 15: future tech predictions for the next 15 years</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" title="Sheeplock Holmes. Sorry." alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sheeplock.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/masterchief-top-10-tv-shows-we-d-see-remade/feature#comments TV Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:28:54 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435391 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's Fire TV box is a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more http://www.stuff.tv/sg/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The retail giant has just announced a do-it-all box that could be set to take over your living room. Chromecast, Apple TV et al - take note </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="515" height="386" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-main.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of rumours, Amazon&#39;s set-top box has been revealed at last. And at first glance it&#39;s a feature-packed entertainment monster.</p> <p>For starters, it&#39;s one of the most powerful set-top boxes around, despite its little-black-box appearance. A quad-core processor, dedicated graphics chip and 2GB of RAM make it, according to Amazon, three times more powerful than rivals such as the Roku and Apple TV. It&#39;s basically a high-end tablet, minus the screen.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&#39;s just jump straight to the main course. All that power means that, yes, the Fire TV can play games, and there&#39;s a dedicated US$40 controller to take advantage of it.</p> <p>Aimed at people who&#39;d prefer to play mobile games on the big screen, the Fire TV has thousands of existing games to choose from, with big names like Minecraft and Asphalt 8 among the A-list titles.</p> <p>Amazon Game Studios also introduced its first game, Sev Zero, a first-person alien shooter with tower defence elements.</p> <p>The controller itself has all the usual buttons and sticks, along with media playback controls.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="671" height="503" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-controller.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice search at last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="392" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/EnchantingIcyBaboon" width="482"></iframe></p> <p>The Fire TV also has another impressive accessory - a bundled remote - which has a built-in microphone for voice search.&nbsp;</p> <p>That means no more pecking way at individual letters painfully slowly like on the Roku or Apple TV. Simply say the name of an actor, show or movie, and you&#39;ll be presented with the search results instantly. Bliss.</p> <p>There are tonnes of services to choose from too. Amazon Prime Video is naturally one of them, but so is its rival Netflix, along with Hulu, Vimeo, YouTube and more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tasty extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One feature we&#39;re looking forward to testing out ourselves is called ASAP. It learns and predicts what content you like and caches it in the background when idle, meaning instant playback without any buffering.&nbsp;</p> <p>IMDB integration is also on the cards in the form of an &#39;X-Ray&#39; feature, allowing you to read up about on-screen actors during movies on your Fire HDX tablet.</p> <p>Other extras include Music in the form of Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and music purchased from Amazon itself. You can bring up lyrics of songs you&#39;re listening to with X-Ray as well, which is handy for spontaneous karaoke nights, if you&#39;re into that sort of thing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="451" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-pandora.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Child friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>FreeTime, the Kindle Fire HDX feature which limits children&#39;s gaming and video-watching activities also returns, making sure that little Timmy doesn&#39;t get too distracted by blasting aliens instead of finishing off his homework.</p> <p>FreeTime mode also serves up a simpler child-friendly interface with whole host of free children&#39;s content from Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and more. FreeTime mode needs a password if you want to revert to the standard interface, for extra peace of mind.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="560" height="421" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kids.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kindle Fire TV will be shipping in the US from today, for US$99. We&#39;ve contacted Amazon with regards to pricing and release dates outside of the States and were told that &quot;Fire TV is not available outside the US at this time and we&#39;re not able to speculate on future plans&quot;.</p> <p>We&#39;ll keep you posted, as always.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t pin your hopes on Singapore availability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Till now, even the most basic Amazon Kindle e-book readers and Fire tablets have not made its way into Asia Pacific, let alone Singapore. Our advice? Don&#39;t expect it here anytime soon.</p> <p>There are alternatives to have the Fire TV shipped outside of the States. And if you&#39;re using a service provider such as MyRepublic which comes with a VPN service, you should be able to access Amazon&#39;s services provided you have a valid credit card or Amazon gift card.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon launches Fire TV box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news#comments Amazon Games consoles TV Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:34:58 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434766 at http://www.stuff.tv LG innovates: 5 life-improving gadgets you'll wish you own http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/5-lg-innovations-you-should-keep-your-eye-out/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From heart rate-tracking earphones to air-conditioners to keep mosquitoes away, these creative gadgets put the “Inno” in LG InnoFest 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/innofest.jpg?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG unloaded a whole slew of products you can expect in the coming days, and we waded through the entire showfloor to bring you the ones you should truly be psyched about.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lifeband Touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&rsquo;s first wearable is a water-resistant activity tracker that&rsquo;ll keep you up to date with your social life, even providing music control as you go on a run and monitor your activity rate. Swipe through notifications on its OLED screen and stay connected to phone calls coming in, you social butterfly, you. Available in three sizes with a fourth (S) coming soon, you&rsquo;ll find your perfect fit.</p> <p><strong>Mind-blowing feature</strong>: The display comes on with a flick of the wrist, saving you the hassle of having to activate it with a push of the button. Some people are just that lazy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG&#039;s Lifeband Touch is watching you. Always." alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lifeband.jpg?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5472" height="3648" title="LG&#039;s Lifeband Touch is watching you. Always." alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_0134.JPG?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovative air-conditioners </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ok, make that two air-conditioners you should be excited about. The first responds to voice commands (if it recognises your accent) so you can adjust temperature, air volume, and power nestled in the comfort of your bed. The other is a mosquito-killing machine that operates via ultrasonic wave technology to stun those annoying insects into eternal slumber.</p> <p>Bad news is, the voice-command unit is available only in Thailand, while the mozzie killer is heading to Bangladesh. Will it come to our part of the world? Wish hard enough and it just might, according to the LG rep.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mind-blowing feature</strong>: Mosquito-incapacitating ultrasonic wave technology, duh.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bye bye, mozzies" alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aircon.jpg?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 105-in Curved UHD TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Why choose one killer feature when you can cram both curves and detail-unforgiving 5K (5120 x 2160) resolution into one gigantic 105-in slab of display? Showcased at CES this year, this monster is what all baby tellys want to be when they grow up.</p> <p><strong>Mind-blowing feature</strong>: The smart telly&#39;s operating system should be familiar to you - it&#39;s Palm&#39;s intuitive webOS that sent everyone into a frenzy years ago. The sleek simple interface lets you click left for your viewing history and right for apps to line up in your watch. Hover the cursor over any app and you get a nice fat preview of what it offers too.&nbsp;Also, the Bean Bird that helps with the usually mundane setup process is pretty cute.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Look at those curves and the size of the TV!" alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/telly.jpg?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5472" height="3648" title="Such a sight for sore eyes, these LG TVs." alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_0081.JPG?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="5472" height="3648" title="Such a sight for sore eyes, these LG TVs." alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_0078.JPG?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="5472" height="3648" title="Such a sight for sore eyes, these LG TVs." alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_0091.JPG?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hom-Bot Square </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No more frustrating game of real-life Tetris when you angle your vacuum cleaner into those awkward corners. With different cleaning modes and a timer function, the Hom-Bot gets to work more punctually than any salaried worker, giving you a clean home to return to. It even has a Turbo mode to suck up the most clingy of dust balls.</p> <p><strong>Mind-blowing feature</strong>: It cleans your home by itself, enough said. And its amazingly accurate - LG put a burning candle in front of the Hom-Bot, and it refused to move forward even when it was manually commanded to do so. But we still wouldn&rsquo;t recommend leaving lit candles around your home when this is on the move.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5472" height="3648" title="The best homie you can get, the LG Hom-Bot" alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_0053.JPG?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="2667" title="The best homie you can get, the LG Hom-Bot" alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_0054.JPG?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="5472" height="3648" title="The best homie you can get, the LG Hom-Bot" alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_0052.JPG?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heart Rate Earphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If a wristband isn&rsquo;t quite your thing, how about a pair of earphones instead? This jack- of-all-trades measures body statistics like metabolic and maximum oxygen consumption rates, on top of the fitness usuals like distance, calories, and steps taken. It works via Bluetooth to operate side by side with the Lifeband Touch as well, bringing you the information instantly. Of course, it also streams your music in high fidelity and packs a built-in mic for calls on-the-move.</p> <p><strong>Mind-blowing feature</strong>: The Performtek sensor in each earbud is what brings you your bodily data to fine tune your workout. Now, this is truly close to any athlete&rsquo;s heart.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Are you listening? Because the hear rate earphones are eavesdropping on your heart beat" alt="5 interesting LG innovations to keep an eye out for" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/earphones.jpg?1397025580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/5-lg-innovations-you-should-keep-your-eye-out/feature#comments Home LG TV Wearable tech Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:18:08 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434726 at http://www.stuff.tv Inside LG's Inner Sanctum: the past, present, and future of its displays http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/inside-lgs-inner-sanctum-past-present-and-future-displays/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take you behind the scenes of the Korean giant&#039;s growth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Inside LG&#039;s Inner Sanctum: the past, present and future of its displays" alt="Inside LG&#039;s Inner Sanctum: the past, present and future of its displays" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo%205.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We got the chance to sneak a peek behind LG&#39;s display front at its Paju location in South Korea, and because there&#39;s no one else we&#39;d rather enjoy gawking shamelessly at display technology with, we take you with us.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Humble beginnings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When founder Koo In-Hwoi started LG, its very first products were toothpaste and face cream.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="Humble beginnings" alt="Humble beginnings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_0.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Those were the days </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember when televisions looked like this? No? Us neither.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="Those were the days" alt="Those were the days" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%201.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And so it begins </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These old things? Just a few of LG&#39;s game-changing accomplishments in the display arena.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="And so it begins" alt="And so it begins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_0.JPG?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Risky business </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And here&#39;s the Paju plant in all its miniature model-ly glory. That thin orange line you see across the top? That marks the border between North and South Korea. There&#39;s much to be said for a company gutsy enough to live life on the edge.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="Risky business" alt="Risky business" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We finally meet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember this 105-in overgrown baby? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/ces-2014/screen-wars-lg-and-samsung-will-reveal-huge-105in-4k-219-curved-tvs-ces-2014/news" target="_blank">Revealed</a> at this year&#39;s CES, it&#39;s packing all kinds of firsts - curvature, size, and of course that eyesight-challenging UHD resolution. It&#39;s every bit as beautiful as they said it would be.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="We finally meet" alt="We finally meet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_0.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same but different </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&#39;t take that brilliance for granted, thank display technology today.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="Same but different" alt="Same but different" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo1.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look ma, no glasses! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where do we go from here? The future looks like it could be free of those dorky 3D glasses.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="Look ma, no glasses!" alt="Look ma, no glasses!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%201_0.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I&#039;ll fold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bendable displays, foldable ones, it doesn&#39;t matter as long as it shows you how design can go beyond plain original flatness.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="I&#039;ll fold" alt="I&#039;ll fold" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;re so transparent </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If flexibility isn&#39;t your thing, how do transparent displays sound? Have them display weather information in place of your windows or recipes on your fridge, and have the option of interacting with them too, since you know, we have the urge to touch everything now thanks to touchscreen technology.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="You&#039;re so transparent" alt="You&#039;re so transparent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_0.JPG?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2448" height="3264" title="You&#039;re so transparent" alt="You&#039;re so transparent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_1.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="2448" height="3264" title="You&#039;re so transparent" alt="You&#039;re so transparent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo5.jpg?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tunnel into this videoscape </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Behold the excitement of tech journalists in a wall to ceiling display of 3D screens. If LG can do <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/5-outrageous-world-records-suntec-s-giant-video-wall-can-smash/feature" target="_blank">this</a>, they can do anything. We look forward to a future plastered head-to-toe in 3D UHD displays.</p> <p>Read More:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/5-outrageous-world-records-suntec-s-giant-video-wall-can-smash/feature" target="_blank"> 5 outrageous ideas for Suntec City&#39;s giant record-breaking video wall</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="Tunnel into this videoscape" alt="Tunnel into this videoscape" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%201_1.JPG?1396456315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/inside-lgs-inner-sanctum-past-present-and-future-displays/feature#comments LG TV Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:15:34 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434662 at http://www.stuff.tv No games console needed: Philips' 55in 4K TV is powered by Android http://www.stuff.tv/sg/philips/55in-4k-tv-pixel-packed-and-powered-android/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Console, TV, streamer and more, this huge Google screen will make jaws hit the floor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This 55in 4K TV is pixel-packed and powered by Android" alt="This 55in 4K TV is pixel-packed and powered by Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-4k-hot-stuff.jpg?1395969266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>4K?&nbsp;</strong><br />Yep. Ultra High Definition. More pixel packed than 1080p at 3840 x 2160 pixels. Your eyes won&#39;t know what&#39;s hi them.</p> <p><strong>I had no idea Sky and Freeview broadcasted in 4K!</strong><br />Sadly, they don&#39;t. And won&#39;t for a while yet. Admittedly, 4K content is very thin on the ground at the moment, but you could always jump on board the expensive early adopter bandwagon.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plus, there&#39;s another, very compelling reason to drain your child&#39;s college fund to snap up a Philips 8800 series telly.&nbsp;Android.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Android?</strong><br />That&#39;s right. The Philips 8000 series models are the first to land in SG running Google&#39;s OS, which means full Play Store access. Powered by a hexa-core processor, your TV becomes a games console, media streamer and web browser, all rolled into one neat package.</p> <p><strong>Impressive stuff. Anything else?</strong><br />You bet. An integrated camera can measure how far you are from the screen so that sharpness can be adjusted accordingly, and Philips&#39; four-sided Ambilight tech is also thrown in for room-filling colour immersion. Chuck in voice and gesture control, and you&#39;ll have the smartest TV on the block.</p> <p><strong>Is there any point asking how much it is?</strong><br />Nope. No official prices have been released, but we&#39;re betting your bank account isn&#39;t going to like it one bit. It&#39;ll be out in &#39;the second quarter&#39; of this year, which translates to anywhere between April and June, but an SG release has yet to be confirmed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="848" title="This 55in 4K TV is pixel-packed and powered by Android" alt="This 55in 4K TV is pixel-packed and powered by Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-4k-tv-2.jpg?1395969266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/philips/55in-4k-tv-pixel-packed-and-powered-android/news#comments Hot Stuff Philips TV Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:29:40 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434446 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung UHD Video Pack is a 4K hard drive that makes even rubbish films look pretty http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-uhd-video-pack-4k-hard-drive-makes-even-rubbish-films-look-pretty/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 1TB drive comes with five movies and three documentaries in ultra HD quality – and there&#039;s more to come </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung UHD Video Pack is a 4K hard drive that makes even rubbish films look pretty" alt="Samsung UHD Video Pack is a 4K hard drive that makes even rubbish films look pre" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-4k-tv.jpg?1394587159" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>4K is amazing (we know because we&rsquo;ve seen it), but the TV manufacturers have been so busy making fancy 4K TVs they&rsquo;ve not had the time to produce much in the way of fancy 4K content to watch on them.</p> <p>Samsung has taken note, and while it waits for the promised 4K streams from Netflix has also come up with it&rsquo;s own solution - the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin UHD Video Pack.</p> <p>The UHD Video Pack is essentially a 1TB hard drive that comes pre-loaded with five movies and three documentaries, all in razor-sharp 4K.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300 for 50 4K movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The good news is that once you&rsquo;ve got the UHD Video Pack at home you can download more movies and documentaries from a dedicated portal, and they&rsquo;re included in the price of the device itself, which while unconfirmed is rumoured to be around &pound;300 (S$632). No news yet on whether the artistic worth of the downloads is higher than the pre-installed bunch, but there will be over 40 of them - so here&rsquo;s hoping.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no denying that 50 4K movies for S$632 is a pretty great deal, though, and it&rsquo;s exciting to finally get some 4K movies.</p> <p>If you agree, you&rsquo;d best make sure you get a Samsung UHD TV - there&rsquo;s some sort of handshaking involved that means the UHD Video Pack won&rsquo;t work with tellies from other manufacturers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/heres-why-4k-tv-set-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">Here&#39;s why 4K TV is set to conquer your living room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung 4K curved TV" alt="Samsung 4K curved TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-curved-4k-tv.jpg?1394587159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-uhd-video-pack-4k-hard-drive-makes-even-rubbish-films-look-pretty/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-uhd-video-pack-4k-hard-drive-makes-even-rubbish-films-look-pretty/news#comments 4K Samsung TV Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:40:26 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433592 at http://www.stuff.tv Here's why 4K TV is set to conquer your living room http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/heres-why-4k-tv-set-conquer-your-living-room/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stop all that talk of it being &quot;the new 3D&quot;. Ultra HD is awesome – and it&#039;s here to stay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG EC9800" alt="LG EC9800" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-curved-oled-4k.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The relentless march of tech progress is tramping through our living rooms again, with current-gen TVs set to be booted out by this year&#39;s poster boy &ndash; 4K.</p> <p>Sound familiar? Yes, we heard all this before, with 3D TV.</p> <p>But where 3D faltered, despite manufacturers trying repeatedly to ram it into our retinas, 4K really is set to soar this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 4K picture is simply astonishing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Watch native 4K footage and HD will never look the same again. For one thing, you&#39;ll find yourself trying to wipe non-existent Vaseline from the screen, or flapping your arms to clear the fog that must surely be obscuring your vision.</p> <p>4K is just that sharp. If you want to get into specifics, it delivers 4096x2304 pixels versus 1080p&#39;s 1920&times;1080 pixels. Many &quot;4K&quot; TVs are actually Ultra HD resolution, cramming 3840x2160 pixels into a 16:9 aspect ratio &ndash; whatever the case, you&#39;re getting around four times the resolution.</p> <p>Even your old films will look better in 4K &ndash; the resolution of 35mm film is roughly equivalent to that of 4K, meaning it&#39;s time to restock your media library yet again.</p> <p>On the plus side, older films will look even better than they did at the cinema on release. After scanning Lawrence of Arabia at 8K resolution for its 4K restoration, Grover Crisp&#39;s team at Sony Pictures discovered that white streaks in several scenes were actually cracks caused by heat damage to the emulsion itself. &quot;They&#39;ve always been there, they&#39;ve been visible on every print anyone has ever seen,&quot; explains Crisp. Not any more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lawrence of Arabia restoration" alt="Lawrence of Arabia restoration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lawrence-of-arabia-restoration.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Netflix 4K hands-on" alt="Netflix 4K hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-4k-hands-on-01_3.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K is hitting the high street hard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&#39;s 4K sets came in at around &pound;4000-&pound;6000 (S$8000-S$12,000) on release, but&nbsp;2014 has already seen prices slashed dramatically &ndash; Polaroid has announced a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/polaroid/ces-2014/polaroid-unveil-affordable-4k-tvs-ces/news" target="_blank">50in set that costs S$1200</a>, and Australian firm Kogan has launched a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kogan/ces-2014/kogans-new-55-inch-4k-tv-costs-s1100/news" target="_blank">55in set</a> for a wallet-friendly S$1100.</p> <p>Of course, if you want to spend the big bucks, there are still plenty of options, with LG announcing 55in, 65in and 77in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/ces-2014/lg-ec9800-4k-oled-webos-4k-netflix-might-well-equal-ultimate-tv/news" target="_blank">EC9800 curved 4K OLED TVs</a> running WebOS at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/ces-2014-all-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a> &ndash; and netting a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards-winners-meet-10-best-launches-show/feature" target="_blank">2014 CES Hot Stuff Award</a> for its trouble.</p> <p>If you&#39;re feeling particularly flush, there are also massive flexible 4K OLED screens from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2014/hands-video-preview-lg-77in-4k-flexible-oled-tv-transforms-touch-button/video" target="_blank">LG</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsungs-flexible-oled-tv-bends-your-command/news" target="_blank">Samsung</a>. And Sony&#39;s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector &ndash; also a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards-winners-meet-10-best-launches-show/feature" target="_blank">2014 CES Hot Stuff Award</a> winner &ndash; can blast 147in images onto your wall for an eye-watering US$30,000-US$40,000 (S$38,200-S$50,900).</p> <p>You can also pick up a 4K monitor for your computer &ndash; Asus&#39; PQ321 31.5in 4K monitor, for example, is priced at US$3800 (S$4850) &ndash; though you&#39;ll need a pretty powerful graphics card to play games at that resolution. Time to buy a pretty powerful graphics card.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Polaroid 50GSR9000" alt="Polaroid 50GSR9000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaroid-4k-tv-01_0.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="403" title="Kogan 4K TV" alt="Kogan 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kogan%20TV_0.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Ultra Short Throw Projector" alt="Sony Ultra Short Throw Projector" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ultra-short-throw.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With 4K, bigger is better. And big is good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Almost all 4K TV sets are big, starting at around 50in. There&#39;s a reason for that &ndash; those extra pixels mean that the video you&#39;re watching will look crisp even when blown up to epic proportions.</p> <p>Scot Barbour, Vice President of Production Technology at Sony Pictures, explains: &quot;Basically, to be able to even see 4K resolution, there&#39;s a given distance sweet spot from the screen, one and a half screen heights away. So you&#39;re going to want to have a bigger screen and be closer to it to actually be able to perceive 4K for what it&#39;s really about.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OK, so there&#039;s not much to watch yet – but it&#039;s coming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to watch something in native 4K? Your options are limited, although they are set to expand throughout 2014. The big movie studios have yet to agree on a disc standard, meaning that for the time being, the only way to watch 4K is using streaming media.</p> <p>4K media streamers include the US$1750 (S$2230) Redray and the more reasonably-priced US$300 (S$385) Nuvola NP-1. Sony offers the FMP-X1 for US$700 (S$890) &ndash; currently in the US only &ndash; with a fairly limited choice of films including Taxi Driver, Salt and The Amazing Spider-Man.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s plugging the gap with &quot;4K mastered&quot; Blu-rays - scanned at 4K, downscaled to 2K and upscaled back to 4K by your 4K telly or a 4K-ready player. Having seen The Amazing Spider-Man&#39;s 4K Mastered Blu-ray side by side with a native 4K version, it&#39;s impressive - but it&#39;s still not the real deal.</p> <p>No need to cast down your popcorn in anger, though &ndash; 4K Blu-rays are on the way. Eventually. &quot;There have been some discussions about how to do 4K delivery via physical media,&quot; says Jeremy Glassman, Manager for Emerging Platform Development and Marketing at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. &quot;The Blu-ray disc itself is a great foundation - if they were to go that way. Because it&#39;s been able to support internet connectivity, it&#39;s been able to support 3D &ndash; 4K is a great evolution of that.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony FMP-X1" alt="Sony FMP-X1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-FMP-X1.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Taxi Driver Mastered in 4K Blu-ray" alt="Taxi Driver Mastered in 4K Blu-ray" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/taxi-driver.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix to the rescue </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fortunately, you don&#39;t need extra hardware to stream 4K &ndash; YouTube can stream some videos in 4K using Google&#39;s royalty-free <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/youtube/ces-2014/youtube-show-low-bandwidth-4k-streaming-ces/news" target="_blank">VP9</a> codec, while streaming rival Netflix will be launching an Ultra-HD streaming service on 14th February, with the second season of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">House of Cards</a> airing in 4K.</p> <p>Netflix will also play host to the entirety of Breaking Bad, shot in 35mm and remastered in 4K &ndash; though it&#39;s keeping tight-lipped on other 4K series for the time being. Expect to see plenty of visual wallpaper in 4K before more Netflix Originals drop in Ultra-HD.</p> <p>Netflix is able to deliver 4K over broadband thanks to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/how-netflix-going-bring-4k-streaming-your-tv/news" target="_blank">H.265 codec</a>, which enables it to stream 4K at bitrates of around 15Mbps. The catch is that your 4K set will need a HEVC decoder, which isn&#39;t included in last year&#39;s models. Netflix reckons that manufacturers will be developing HEVC set-top boxes, though &ndash; and in the short-term, expects a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/netflix/ces-2014/eyes-netflixs-stunning-4k-streaming-video/news" target="_blank">firmware update to the Sony PS4</a> that&#39;ll make it 4K-capable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/house-of-cards_2.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Breaking Bad" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breaking-bad_2.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K broadcasting isn&#039;t as far off as you think </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although BBC North controller of production Mark Harrison&nbsp;notes that, &quot;We are years away from being able to make and transmit in 4K,&quot; broadcasters are already gearing up for the 4K revolution. The HEVC H.265 codec brings bitrates down to around 15Mbps, close to the 12Mbps currently used for some 1080p HD broadcasts &ndash; which means that 4K could be broadcast using the existing physical infrastructure.</p> <p>Over in Japan, the government is preparing for full-fledged&nbsp;4K broadcasts this year, while in Blighty the BBC has begun 4K trials, shooting last year&#39;s Wimbledon in 4K.</p> <p>&quot;There are three pieces of the puzzle,&quot; says Keith Vidger, business development manager for digital cinema production at Sony. &quot;Display technology, content - and people have been making content for years in 4K - and transmission. That&#39;s the thing that we have the least control over, but it seems to be taking care of itself in short order, far and away over the 20 years that it took for HD to take hold.&quot;</p> <p>Unencumbered by ludicrous glasses, and with an arsenal of films, documentaries and dramas set to blast our eyes with razor-sharp detail, 4K is going to dominate our living rooms in 2014 &ndash; and beyond.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wimbledon 4K" alt="Wimbledon 4K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wimbledon.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/imho/stuff-cool-list-2013-this-year-4ks-jaw-dropping-picture-will-conquer-your-liv </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/heres-why-4k-tv-set-conquer-your-living-room/feature#comments 4K Cool List TV Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:27:19 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431380 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung gets flexible with the world's first 85in bendy TV http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/ces-2014/samsung-gets-flexible-worlds-first-85in-bendy-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sammy&#039;s flexible friend can change from flat to curvy in seconds [updated with video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s bendable 85in TV" alt="Samsung&#039;s bendable 85in TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung_105inB_1.jpg?1389490966" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/ces-2014-must-read-news-best-day-one/news" target="_blank">CES 2014</a> is well underway, and with metronome predictability, the big electronics manufacturers are racing to present &quot;world firsts&quot; at the show.</p> <p>Samsung is first out of the gate, conjuring up a 85in TV that can change from a flatscreen to a curved screen at the drop of a hat.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/news/samsung-creates-the-worlds-first-85in-bendy-tv </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Curved LED screens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Leaving aside the question of whether you&#39;d want a flexible TV &ndash; and whether it&#39;ll actually make it into production &ndash; Samsung brought along some more concrete products to the show.</p> <p>The forthcoming UE9000 series of curved LED (not OLED) Ultra HD 4K screens were unveiled with great ceremony, showing off a flagship 105in model alongside &#39;smaller&#39; 78in, 65in and 55in versions.</p> <p>They&#39;ll all get a UHD Evolution Kit so they can easily be upgraded if the 4K spec changes, come fitted with a Quad Core Plus processor and, in the US at least, will include a UHD Video Pack with pre-loaded 4K film content from 20th Century Fox and Paramount.</p> <p>Via <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/samsung-creates-the-worlds-first-85in-bendy-tv" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - all of the biggest news so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3025445027001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3025445027001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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They also all get the new and rather lovely looking <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/ces-2014/lgs-drop-dead-gorgeous-webos-tv-leaks-ahead-ces/news" target="_blank">webOS-powered smart TV platform</a>, which we&#39;re hoping to go hands-on with very shortly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3029461217001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3029461217001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" alt="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%204K%20OLED%202%20Cropped.jpg?1389748316" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix going 4K crazy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course it&#39;s native 4K you really want to be watching, which is why Netflix President Reed Hastings stormed the LG stage at CES, to declare that LG would be the first manufacturer to integrate Netflix 4K streaming into its TVs, and to confirm that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">season 2 of House of Cards will be available to stream in 4K this year</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s a big win for LG. Combined with what looks to be the most compelling smart TV platform yet, it&#39;s making the company&#39;s 2014 TV lineup look pretty formidable.</p> <p>There will be plenty more 4K news at CES over the coming days, so stay tuned to Stuff - and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/ces-2014-all-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">check out the other big CES 2014 news right here.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Netflix streaming 4K in 2014" alt="Netflix streaming 4K in 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/house-of-cards_0.jpg?1389748316" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where forth art thou, Netflix? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s all good and great that 4K TVs are picking up pace, and from the looks of it, curved TVs will be dominating 2014. But for Singapore and Malaysia viewers, tough luck with Netflix. Unless you&#39;re using a VPN service to bypass the geographical restriction, you won&#39;t get first dibs on the latest shows on Netflix. Avoid the internet, if you don&#39;t want to read spoilers from House of Cards.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/ces-2014/lg-ec9800-4k-oled-webos-4k-netflix-might-well-equal-ultimate-tv/news#comments CES 2014 LG Netflix TV Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:17:48 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1430804 at http://www.stuff.tv