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Your future gaming TV might be a wallpaper magnet

May 24 // Niero Gonzalez
We've been reading about paper-like televisions for years, and it seems like they're finally going to be commercially available. This prototype was unveiled last Tuesday, and looks similar to convex OLED panels shown by Panasonic a year ago aimed towards commercial display applications. Mashable and Yonhap are reporting that this new line of OLEDs may be see production from 55 to 99 inches this year, though no price or date have been set though LG hopes to ship as many as 1.5 million OLED sets by 2016. It's unlikely that this is the model you'll be taking home this year. I meant the television. The company was not quick to talk up the quality of such displays, so we can assume that they're similar to the 1,200x810 flexible OLED panels can be rolled up to a radius of 3 centimeters from CES 2014. The cool factor is indisputable, though. [embed]292686:58648:0[/embed] Sony can enjoy the title of thinnest 4K TV for the summer Earlier this year, Sony announced "the world's thinnest TV" which is a cow in comparison. Their 4.9mm 4K television at it's thinnest point out-slims the Experia Z3, their other cutting edge waterproof phone whose marketing department forgot isn't actually waterproof. At least their other guys got publishing Bloodborne accidentally right. Between this, the disputed islands, and Yoshinoya gouging their beef bowls it's been a shitty year for the Japanese, but LG's wallpaper TV not a high end 4K TV. How long until Sony announces expensive magnets? Anyway, how about those $300 42 inch TV's at Walmart, eh? I was going to make a joke about Vizio (because we own one) but the famous budget TV maker looks like they're close to making the best TV ever: the same Dolby Vision technology that's making people almost jizz over George Clooney is making its way to the home theater with their yet-to-be-priced reference series. We saw this set during CES this year, which promised a 120 Hz low-latency refresh rate for gaming (which they call 240 Hz Effective, but don't believe the BS). Like Sony and high-end Sharp TV's, you'll see a $2k extra dollars added to the price tag when they say stuff like "local dimming array", which is a second grid of sensors to help boost contrast, but will always have love handles because unlike OLED units it requires some form of back-lighting hardware. There's no real standard for this, so companies can put anywhere from 30 to 384 sensors and still call it the same thing. Its unclear if you can tell any of these televisions apart when you're not running around looking at all of them in a show room. It might be fun to kidnap the most serious television editors, cover all UHD televisions in duct tape, and have them tell us which ones are closest to Rec 2020, the holy grail that Vizio hinted at delivering but fell short. If you're keeping track of buzzwords this is similar to Sony's "X-Tended" technology in their higher end Bravia line, which by the way isn't compatible with HDR. It's all shit, send it back, start over. X-cept that we're halfway towards some serious pretty.  Chauncey spends his evenings in silence hoping that GTA 5 will someday play like this one frame 4K wallpaper There's not much new tech to talk about over at Samsung. The're busy making high-quality TVs tainted by Orwellian privacy concerns and pop-up ads in smart televisions. I do have one gripe, in that the company insists that their high-end TV line should be curved. This seems like the dumbest trend in TVs possible. On one hand, you have PR reps hamsplaining that OLED makes non-OLED TVs look washed out if you look at them at an angle, but what good is that when the television is then angling away from you? What if I want to watch all the amazing available 4K content in 3D at the furthest possible corner of my house? Lastly then there's Toshiba, who made a mirror. Sharp lost 1.6 billion dollars somehow. Apple was praised for ditching its 4K TV plans, as it makes more sense to market its "retina" displays, which your mom thinks means UHD but instead refers to ultra-dense pixel density.  After researching a dozen of these future television articles you might lose your mind in trying to determine what television has the best darkness contrast, in the same way you'll lose your mind actually trying to get a 4K stream that isn't about nature or more Korean women. But back to the girl. Just look at her. She's like, "Why am I wasting away my late 50's modeling? I could be installing LG TV's all day." You'll probably want to start stapling metal sheets around your toilet or moving into shipping container, because it's just as economic as it sounds. Upsampling shows, I've upsampled a few It seems there's a ton of 4K content until you actually buy a 4K TV. Enjoying 4K is mostly the art of upsampling non 4K content, unless you (1) bought an expensive computer or (2) are convincing yourself that 4K 30 Hz on your mid range equipment is the future. Chotto... I truly want 4K to happen in a bigger way already, but delivering that content over Blu-Ray or typical internet it is super inconvenient. You can't even use a GO PRO 4K with most 4K TVs. CNET says they can't tell the difference between House of Cards in 4k or 1080p with a $4K 4K Samsung. So brace yourselves for another year filled with hints of 5K, as all of the above are in an arms race to convince you that your most excellent 1080p television is garbage because you're sitting too far from it. Then there's 8k or Super-High Vision, which is different from what you did in college. We'll likely see more of this during the next Olympics. Your children and cool uncle that works for the CIA will enjoy 8k at home. For the rest of us we'll likely have to wait a decade. Let's not forget Ultrasonic TVs [embed]292686:58647:0[/embed] Did you ever have one of these when you were a kid, or recently as a hipster? Our Zenith held up for ten years before it hissed, turned pink on the edges where the giant magnet held the remote, and sometimes you could hear trapped fried moths dying a slow death from boldly going into it's dark forbidden crack. One clever colony of termites focused their efforts on its rotating base, a 20-pound slab of wood that was supplied ideal damp conditions by a mother's well intentioned mopping. Prior to that, I thought it was pretty keen and daydreamed I could stack all my gaming consoles or just come home after a hard day and plank on it.  Dtoiders, what TV do you game on? Any plans on picking up a new TV soon?
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What TV do you game on?
Doesn't it look like she's just putting up a glossy poster? They're calling them wallpaper TVs.  That's an OLED flexible TV being affixed to magnetic sticker. Put up a sticker, install a TV. The unit is light enough to b...

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Theatre mode

I can think of about one good use for Samsung's Gear VR


Get robbed on the train
Nov 06
// Steven Hansen
The Crescent Bay model of the Oculus Rift is pretty neat. Going immediately after to try out the Samsung Gear VR, which lacks the positional tracking and cool set of demos, at Games Connection Europe was weird.  There wa...
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OnLive brings free game play to Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Part of Galaxy Gift package
Oct 16
// Dale North
Cloud gaming service OnLive has partnered with Samsung to bring streaming games to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users for free for three months as a part of a new Galaxy Gift package. This means that PC and console games from OnLive's PlayPack bundle can be streamed right to that big ol' phone over any Wi-Fi or 4G connection. Do you have one of those huge phones?  
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Ustwo

Monument Valley dev working on pretty VR game Land's End


Pirates of the Cari-VR
Oct 06
// Steven Hansen
Monument Valley was a chill little game and now the team is working on a new project for the Samsung Gear VR headset. Now that Samsung's involved (and Sony still toiling away with Morpheus), how long before VR is a...
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Samsung announces Gear VR, powered by Oculus


Uses Galaxy Note 4's innards and screen
Sep 03
// Dale North
Stick a phone on your face for instant VR! We've heard that Samsung and Oculus were working together, and today we finally get to see what they've been working on. It's a virtual reality headset that uses the Galaxy Note 4, c...
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Samsung

Here's the more expensive version of Google Cardboard from Samsung


Samsung's new VR headset will be a lot pricier than cardboard
Aug 14
// Brittany Vincent
Samsung has announced that it will be showing its rumored virtual reality headset, codenamed "Project Moonlight," at its upcoming product event show in early September where it is widely expected to also announce the Galaxy N...
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Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift DK2 uses a Samsung smartphone screen as its display


This thing's got the biggest bezels I've ever seen!
Aug 01
// Brittany Vincent
During a teardown of the new Oculus Rift DK 2 unit, iFixit.com has found that the Oculus Rift uses a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen as its display unit. Speculation is that with Oculus trying to ship 45,000 units as well as ha...
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Samsung

Here's Samsung's bid at entering the VR market


It's all red
Jul 09
// Brittany Vincent
A new leaked image of Samsung's entry into the VR headset arena is making its rounds on the internet today. Known as Gear VR, it's poised to implement software co-developed by Rift creator Oculus, with screens and additional ...
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Looks like Samsung wants to get into the VR headset space


It would be focused for mobile devices
May 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Engadget is reporting that Samsung is getting into the virtual reality headset business. The VR headset is being developed by Samsung's mobile division, and it's set to be announced sometime this year. Apparently there's some...
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Mario's Galaxy 5

Samsung announces Galaxy 5 in ridiculously-named colors


And a weird bumpy exterior
Feb 24
// Steven Hansen
Can I be on the committee that names the colors for cars and tech? Samsung's new Galaxy comes in "shimmery white, electric blue, and copper gold." It also has other features.  Copper gold? C'mon. Get creative. What's nex...

Contest: Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 from Dtoid and Kabam!

Sep 24 // Mr Andy Dixon
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Second and third place get cuddly dragon plush toys
[Update: Contest over! Grand prize winner is The Deeg (thanks for being HUGE!), and runners-up are hlarge4 and ASaiyan!] Our friends at Kabam are celebrating the launch of the newest dragon in Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of th...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 gets 13 optimized games from Gameloft


Available on Google Play and Samsung Apps
Apr 29
// Dale North
Me? I'm an Apple kid, but that new Samsung Galaxy S4 looks to be a pretty hot phone. If you're looking to get one and are hoping to get your game on, Gameloft has got your back with 13 optimized titles for the device. Geared ...
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Samsung Galaxy

Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Bluetooth controller


Bears a striking resemblance to that other controller
Mar 15
// Keith Swiader
Samsung yesterday showed off its new Galaxy Bluetooth controller at the Galaxy S4 Unpacked event in New York City, where the company unveiled its new flagship phone. The controller, referred to as the "Game Arcade," will see ...
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Apple lists 8 Samsung mobile devices to be banned


Aug 29
// Dale North
After last week's smackdown, where the court ordered Samsung to pay Apple over $1 billion in damages, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh asked Apple for the list of devices they would like to see banned. Apple handed over the ...
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DAMN. After a short three days of deliberation, a California court has found that Samsung infringed on six of the seven Apple patents originally brought to the case. The result? Apple was awarded over $1 billion in damages. I...

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Samsung Smart TVs getting gesture-controlled Angry Birds


Jul 20
// Brett Zeidler
In Rovio's quest to get Angry Birds on every single platform currently active in the market, the bird launching simulator will be headed to the twenty people out there who were able to afford a Samsung Smart TV (Samsung 2012 ...
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Judge orders Apple to say Samsung didn't copy the iPad


Jul 19
// Jim Sterling
For those not up on their corporate legal dickery, Apple has been trying to stop Samsung from selling its Galaxy tablet, claiming that the device is a direct rip-off of the iPad. In a rather amusing backfire, a UK judge has o...
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CES: Samsung comes out strong with first gaming laptop


Jan 13
// Dale North
Samsung is getting into the gaming laptop ring with their newly revealed Gamer Notebook Series 7 and Ihad a chance to get my hands on them at CES 2012 this week. Judging from what I saw it seems like Samsung has done their ho...
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Get a free copy of Arkham City with Samsung's new SSD


Oct 26
// Joshua Derocher
If you're thinking about upgrading to a solid-state drive for your PC, this would be a good time to do it. Not only is Samsung offering them as cheaply as $230 for 128GB, they are tossing in a copy of Batman: Arkham City as w...
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Unboxing porn: Samsung Galaxy S II, AT&T edition


Oct 06
// Niero Gonzalez
Since the iPhone's debut every mobile phone company has had to rethink their device strategy, and countless clones later we're finally starting to see some worthy Android-powered contenders. One of the latest players, the Sam...

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