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Samsung's Troubles Prove Smart TVs Are Dumb

Samsung's Troubles Prove Smart TVs Are Dumb | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it
The big problem with smart TVs isn’t that they interrupt your viewing with ads or listen to your private conversations like a horrible corporate-branded take on Nineteen Eighty-Four’s telescreens. It’s that they’re unnecessary. They’re the product of companies jostling to remain relevant and desperate to shovel more apps your way.

Samsung is currently struggling with dual controversies about its smart TVs – a glitch in Australia forcing Pepsi ads on unsuspecting viewers and a poorly-written privacy policy that suggested its screens were unwelcome eavesdroppers in millions of living rooms. The simple solution? It should stop making them.

Of course it makes sense to TV manufacturers to build smart TVs. They get to hawk us a hulking great screen that will become rapidly obsolete, meaning we’ll have to cough up for a new one in a couple of years. And while we struggle with the ridiculously button-stuffed remotes and incomprehensible menus, they’ve got another place to push apps we don’t need and commercials we don’t want to see.

We don’t need all of that crammed into our TVs. A truly brilliant set combines a great picture with decent sound and enough connectivity to hook up the devices you want to use. That it doesn’t look so grotesque that you feel like slinging a sheet over it whenever it’s not in use is a bonus. Beyond those basic features, your TV should get out of the way.

No one in their right mind wants their tweets to pop up on their TV. That Samsung and Yahoo have been working together on a scheme to bring pop-up ads to our television screens just shows how wrongheaded executives at both companies are. We’ve spent years squashing pop-ups on the Web, so it’s obviously now time to force them into our TV viewing.

Meanwhile, voice control for your TV is still basically a feature you use when you’re showing off to friends about all the cool things your newly purchased panel can do. When you’re trying to find something to watch and competing with the various sounds of domestic bliss created by kids, pets and partners, you’ll soon revert back to the trusty remote.

I’m not a luddite craving a return to the soothing hum of the cathode ray tube. I like having access to Netflix, streaming from my iPad and on-demand viewing but all of those things can be supplied by better, cheaper devices like Apple TV or Chromecast. A smart TV is just another dumb beachhead in the battle with awful ads and even more awful apps.
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Samsung Unveils Its New Curved SUHD TV

Samsung Unveils Its New Curved SUHD TV | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Samsung has yet again revolutionized the experience of home entertainment as it has launched its new SUHD television at the 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The curved television utilizes quantum dot nanocrystals to deliver the company’s highest end LED LCD for the best image quality currently available.

The very first SUHD TV from Samsung is incredibly impressive, but there is a bit of mystery still looming about it. That mystery is predominately revolving around the pricing of the device. Given that a mere half decade ago, the war of the TV’s was fought in regards to inches, the battle parameters have been altered. No longer are companies clamoring to provide consumers with the largest and cheapest price. We have officially been catapulted, by Samsung, into an era where quality is king.


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New standard paves way for 8K display in all-in-ones, laptops

New standard paves way for 8K display in all-in-ones, laptops | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

A new standard that supports higher-resolution displays should help move 8K screens from the realm of high-end TV and into laptops, all-in-one PCs and possibly even mobile devices.

The Video Electronics Standards Association’s Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a will boost image quality on screens through faster video transfer rates. The newer standard is for displays inside computers, and it will replace the older 1.4 standard that was released in early 2013. With 8K, displays will show images at a 7680 x 4320 resolution.

Displays based on the new technology will start appearing in computers and mobile devices by 2016, VESA said.

Screens with 8K resolution could find their way into high-end laptops and all-in-one desktops. Apple has used a modified version of the eDP standard in its iMac with 5K Display. Some high-end gaming and business laptops already have 4K displays.

At the moment, 8K resolution is the province of high-end TVs. Japan’s NHK is testing 8K broadcasts in time for the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.

Tablets and smartphones don’t have 4K screens yet, and may not get 8K screens. It’s hard to differentiate pixels on small screens, and 8K screens could be expensive for device makers. For now, mobile devices have powerful graphics processors that are able to process 4K video, which can then be shown on external displays.

Displays are the most power-hungry components in laptops and mobile devices. But the new eDP standard could improve battery life by reducing display circuitry and improving processing of pixels. For example, the new standard will allow a graphics processor to refresh pixels in only parts of the screen, as opposed to over the entire screen as is the case currently.

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Samsung smart TVs will soon be able to play PlayStation games without a PlayStation

Samsung smart TVs will soon be able to play PlayStation games without a PlayStation | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Sony is getting serious about bringing PlayStation-powered gaming to HDTVs regardless of whether or not you actually have a PlayStation—and not just Sony-made HDTVs, either. Sony and Samsung recently announced that the PlayStation Now game streaming service will land on select Samsung smart TVs in early 2015 in the U.S. and Canada.

There's no word on whether you'll need a 2015 Samsung TV or if earlier models will work with the new service. Samsung should provide more details in January when the company demonstrates PlayStation Now running on its TVs during the Consumer Electronics Show.

Why this matters: Similar to smartphones, smart TV makers are always trying to expand the capabilities of their hardware and improve their app catalogs. Until now, most TV makers have had to rely on mobile games like Angry Birds, but PlayStation Now is an ideal platform for any TV set since PlayStation games were originally designed for the large screen. Samsung may be just the first TV maker to offer PlayStation Now streaming as Sony looks to expand the service beyond its own devices.

Almost no additional purchases required

Like other apps available on Samsung TVs, PS Now will be a download from the Smart Hub. The only other requirement is that TV owners will have to purchase a Dual Shock 4 controller to play the games.

PS Now currently offers more than 200 games from the PlayStation 3 catalog, including Final Fantasy XII, God of War: Ascension, and Killzone 3. The complete list of PS Now games is on Sony's site.

Samsung's smart TV lineup will be the first non-Sony devices to offer the PS Now service. Currently, PS Now is available on the PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Sony HDTVs, and the PlayStation TV.

PlayStation Now is currently in an open beta period that began in late July. Sony did not say if the service would exit beta before it lands on Samsung TVs


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