Saturday, December 31, 2011

The SOPA: The Supporters, Defectors, and Opponents (As of 12/31/11)


By now I hope you know about the SOPA, and what it is aimed to do. But after a few weeks of back-and-forth posts about it stating supporters, opponents, and defectors, here is a more recent post. These have been updated since the latest post about it, but if you would like to see the PDF source file from the government themselves, it is available at the bottom of this post.

Here is some of the main ones, data current as of 12/31/11:
Opponents:
  • Disqus
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • foursquare
  • GrooveShark
  • Google
  • PayPal
  • Mozilla
  • Wikipedia
  • Reddit
  • Square The Huffington Post
  • Craigslist
  • LinkedIn
  • Tumblr
  • OpenDNS
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo
  • Zynga
Defectors:
  • Go Daddy
  • Sony Electronics
  • Business Software Alliance
  • Electronic Arts (EA)
Supporters:
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Comcast
  • NBCUniversal
  • EMI Music Publishing
  • ESPN
  • Entertainment Software Association
  • Major League Baseball (MLB)
  • Marvel
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Time Warner
  • Universal Music Publishing Group
  • Universal Music
  • Viacom
  • Visa
  • Warner Music Group
PDF Stating Supporters from U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

Skype Offers Free WiFi for NYC to Watch the Ball Drop


Being in Times Square to watch the ball drop tonight? Well while your there you'll be able to Skype what you're seeing as well as surf the net for free, on Skype of course. Valid from noon 'til January 1st, you can hop in on this. Just find the SSID that is labeled as "Skype WiFi", and all those megabytes, or even gigabytes, are yours for the taking.


Thoughts anyone?

Google Health Shutting Down

Use Google Health? Not any more. Back in June Google announced that it will be shutting down Google Health, and it appears that it is following through with its original plans. At the stroke of midnight, you will no longer be able to access your Google Health information, but it will still be available for download as a .zip file for another year. On January 2nd, 2013, all Google Health data will be deleted from their servers, as stated on their FAQ.


For more information, hit these links below:

Google Health FAQ (English, US)
Blog post from June 24 announcing discontinue
About Google Health (Wikipedia English) 



Thoughts anyone?

SiriusXM releases Lynx Satellite Radio

For $250 you can pick up this new satellite radio, the Lynx Portable Radio. It lets you start songs and shows from the beginning and pause, fast-forward, or rewind. This new radio also stores up to 200 hours of programming and features dynamic presets and a show finder, which offers up a programming schedule for the next seven days. As already stated, it's currently available for $250 online, and will hit retail stores soon. 


Below is a video, and then the press release.


SiriusXM Introduces the Lynx Portable Radio, the First SiriusXM 2.0 Radio that Offers New Features and Expanded Channel Lineup via Satellite and Internet

NEW YORK, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today introduced the SiriusXM Lynx Portable Radio, the first SiriusXM 2.0 radio that offers new features and receives an expanded channel lineup via satellite and Internet.

Lynx is the most advanced radio ever from SiriusXM, able to receive the new expanded SiriusXM 2.0 channel lineup of commercial-free music, sports, and comedy that includes SiriusXM Latino, a new suite of Spanish-language programming. Lynx is built with a flexible architecture which allows for new features and capabilities to be added through software updates.

"Lynx gives subscribers the expanded SiriusXM 2.0 content lineup and advanced features, enabling time shifting and storage of content, offering listeners more control over the programming they subscribe to," said Jim Meyer, President, Operations and Sales, SiriusXM. "Lynx will offer even more options to manage our exclusive and expertly curated content through future software updates."

SiriusXM 2.0 is a major upgrade and evolution of SiriusXM's satellite and Internet delivered service that will ultimately span hardware, software, audio, and data services.

Lynx gives subscribers more control over how they listen to SiriusXM satellite radio, allowing them to start a song from the beginning when tuning to a Favorite music channel or store broadcast content to listen to later. Subscribers can also restart their favorite content while connected to SiriusXM Internet Radio via Wi-Fi®. Subscribers can control their listening experience easily using the large touch screen display. Lynx can stream SiriusXM content to Bluetooth® stereo speakers, headphones, vehicle stereo systems or optional accessories for the home, vehicle or portable use. Lynx is based on the Android operating system and is fully updatable via a Wi-Fi connection.

SiriusXM Lynx is available now at shop.siriusxm.com or crutchfield.com at an MSRP of $249.99. Lynx will be available soon at retail stores nationwide.

Lynx offers key SiriusXM 2.0 features for satellite radio when docked with the optional Lynx LV1 Vehicle Kit or Lynx LH1 Home Kit, including:

Tune Start™: Automatically starts the currently playing song from the beginning so listeners will hear the whole song when tuning to any of their satellite radio music channels saved as a Favorite channel.
Radio Replays: Subscribers can build a library of up to 200 hours of programming from their Favorite satellite radio channels which are automatically recorded to allow for playback anywhere.
Pause, Rewind and Replay: Listeners can replay up to 30 minutes of live SiriusXM content on the currently tuned channel, and also access replay content on 5 favorite preset channels currently displayed.
Featured Favorites™: A dynamic set of presets that can be automatically added as favorite channels, allowing users to easily discover new and specialty programming.
Show Finder™: An easy-to-use electronic programming guide offering a complete list of what's on over the next 7 days by channel, with the ability to set reminder alerts when favorite shows are being broadcast.

Lynx also offers SiriusXM 2.0 features for listening to SiriusXM Internet Radio via Wi-Fi networks at home, office or accessible hotspot, including:

Start Now allows subscribers to go back 5 hours to select and listen to previously broadcast programming.
View program information, album art and read artist bios.
Rewind to hear programming again or skip forward to hear what's playing next.
Pause live radio and pick up right where the listener left off
Access to Show Finder™, the electronic programming guide.

The SiriusXM Lynx LV1 Vehicle Kit gives subscribers everything needed to listen to satellite radio in the vehicle. Drivers and passengers can browse and quickly tune channels with a convenient rotary control knob. An Aux-In Cable is included to facilitate audio connection in vehicles that have audio systems with an auxiliary input connection. The LV1 can also connect to Bluetooth Audio-enabled systems, or through the vehicles existing radio using SiriusXM's PowerConnect transmitter. The vehicle kit also charges Lynx while docked. The Lynx vehicle kit is available at an MSRP of $69.99.

The SiriusXM Lynx LH1 Home Kit gives subscribers everything needed to listen to SiriusXM satellite radio or Internet radio in the home or office. Subscribers can connect to a home audio system with easy, do-it-yourself set up and stream SiriusXM from Lynx to the home kit with Bluetooth. The Lynx home kit is available at an MSRP of $69.99.

Lynx receives the new array of channels, added to the already ground-breaking and award-winning SiriusXM programming lineup. The expanded channel selection includes new commercial-free music plus new sports and comedy channels including channels created with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ESPN SportsCenter, and Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as Carlin's Corner featuring albums, concerts and comedy from the archives of the legendary George Carlin.

SiriusXM Lynx also receives the full SiriusXM Latino channel lineup. SiriusXM Latino is the most comprehensive Latin programming lineup available to radio listeners, including exclusive commercial-free music channels and a wide variety of music genres, including tropical, salsa, merengue, Latin pop hits, Latin hip-hop, Latin rock classics and more.

Listeners will also get 24/7 news and talk from RadioFormula Mexico, the leading radio broadcaster from Mexico; sexy, smart, refined and exclusive adult programming showcasing Latin talent on Playboy Radio en Espanol; and Spanish-language coverage of world-class professional sports on multiple Deportes en Vivo channels. SiriusXM Latino will also include Cristina Radio from iconic talk show host Cristina Saralegui, and featuring lifestyle, health and family programming for Latinas. Cristina Radio, produced by National Latino Broadcasting, is launching in the coming months.


What do you think about it? Drop a comment below.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Verizon Decides to Not Apply the $2 Fee

Well after a day or two of outrage, as well as pressure from the FTC, Verizon has decided to not apply their planned for next year convenience fee. This is a relief to consumers, as they now know that they are not going to be nickled and dimed again. But I think this is not over. Verizon will probably get their money one way or the other, but we'll handle that when the time comes, if they decide to do that.


Below is their press release:

Verizon Wireless Will Not Institute Single Payment Fee

Verizon Wireless has decided it will not institute the fee for online or telephone single payments that was announced earlier this week.

The company made the decision in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions. The company continues to encourage customers to take advantage of the numerous simple and convenient payment methods it provides.

"At Verizon, we take great care to listen to our customers. Based on their input, we believe the best path forward is to encourage customers to take advantage of the best and most efficient options, eliminating the need to institute the fee at this time," said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless.


What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

Facebook Messenger Client Now Available for Download



It is official, Facebook Messenger is now available. You can hit the link below to get it. It is a direct download link, so you can right click and save as the file. You would be glad to know that it not only provides access to Facebook chat, but it also allows you to receive status updates and notifications from your friends as well.


If you are not a fan of downloading another messenger application, I would like to inform you that if you have Windows Live Messenger installed, you can use that to connect you to Facebook chat. Apparently not many people knew about it, because there is a whole community on Engadget about it saying that they never knew about it.


Click here to download, or right click and save as
Click here for more info on the application


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Windows Updates Released, patches items in Microsoft .NET Framework

Today at around 5:10 AM, I was sitting at my computer checking a few emails when I got a little balloon coming from my taskbar saying that updates were ready. So I looked, and there were 4 of them, at least for my copy of XP, which is updated all the time. I have a few screen shots that I took during the update, so you can at lease saw what they were for. I'm not going to type them out, because the details are in the high res images. These updates must have been important, because it is not patch Tuesday, or "Update Tuesday" as Microsoft calls it. As said in the title, it is updates to Microsoft's .NET frame work. It applies to many versions and service packs, and goes across every OS that Microsoft currently supports.

You guys even get to see what my taskbar looks like. I use XP as my main machine, so that is what it is, but I'm sure that the taskbar gives it way with the evident "Luna" XP theme. If you have questions about what I use on my PC, send a email to techmansworld@hotmail.com. I'd be glad to answer, even make a FAQ post.

Here are some images.

Here is Windows Update installing the updates.

Here is a full screen snap shot of it updaing. It also shows what is going to be updated. Please note that the image is scaled and I'm sorry if some people have trouble reading it. If you hae a problem reading it, I'm update the post with the text typed out along with the picture.

Here is Windos Update after it is done installing. All was successful, and here is the list again.
I do not if there was any more updates for Windows 7, but I think there was because Windows 7 probably has more updates due to it being newer, and probably has more versions of the .NET frame work.

Also, if you have not seen on what do you think of the blog, go here.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

After 30 or so posts, what do you think about the blog?



After a little more than 30 posts, what do you think of the blog? Is there any suggestions? Do you like the background? I was thinking about changing it. So what are your thoughts?


UPDATE: I change the background to what you see now. Do you like it? 


Now is a time to comment....they are always welcomed.

PS Vita Sales Take a Nosedive in Week 2



It's only week 2, but the PS Vita's sales are already plummeting.
When it first came out, Sony's PS Vita was a smash, selling 321, 407 units in the first 2 days alone. In the second week, however, it only sold 72, 479 units, coming behind the PSP, which sold 101, 121 units. It also sold less than the PS3 (75, 943 sold), the Wii (81, 179 sold) and all were stomped by the Nintendo 3DS, which sold a whopping 482, 200 units.

Of course, no one should read into this too much. It's a common theme in these launches, as the high price point is more than people want to pay and they will wait until it drops to fork over their money. Also, a lot of people will buy the old system after the new one comes out, knowing that the price on an older system will drop when the new one is introduced. The 3DS went through these growing pains when it debuted and as you can see it's feeling much better now.

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BREAKING-LG unveils 84-inch 'ultra definition' 4K TV, bringing to CES 2012


At CES 2011, LG let us know that they had 4K tvs in the making, but they did not make it out this year. That will change for next year, the company just announced it's bringing an 84-inch "ultra definition" (3840x2160) TV to Las Vegas to go along with its 55-inch OLED. As for features it has all of LG's Cinema 3D and Smart TV features built-in, including support for the upgraded Magic Motion remote and voice control. For now, there is no word yet on what the prices will be or when it will hit store shelfs.


Here is the press release:

LG'S 3D UD TV PRESENTS IDEAL COMBINATION OF IMMERSIVE 3D WITH UNRIVALED DISPLAY QUALITY
With Industry-Best 3D Technology and Ultra Definition Display,
LG's 3D UD TV Raises the Bar for 3D Experience in the Home
SEOUL, Dec. 29, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) will unveil the world's largest 3D Ultra Definition (UD) TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. By combining LG's industry-leading 3D technology and Smart TV function with UD display technology, the 84-inch TV breaks new ground in immersive 3D home entertainment.


"LG is pushing the limits of home entertainment innovation with this 3D UD TV," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "We are bringing together all our Smart TV and 3D knowledge in the 3D UD TV in order to demonstrate to the CES audience that LG is committed to being the world's leading brand for immersive home entertainment in 2012 and beyond."

LG's 3D UD TV boasts superb picture quality with 8 million pixels, four times the resolution clarity (3840x2160) of existing Full HD TV panels. Combined with LG's Slim and Narrow Bezel Design, the 3D UD TV provides the most convincing 3D viewing experience currently available outside of a movie theater. What's more, 3D Depth Control allows users to customize their viewing experience by controlling the 3D effect while 3D Sound Zooming provides users with 3D sound that rivals the output of all but the best home theater systems.

Via the superior display panel, users can access LG's Smart TV ecosystem, which comprises over 1,200 apps and gives users access to a growing range of premium content services such as the 3D Zone where viewers can select from a wealth of 3D movies. The imbedded 2D to 3D conversion engine expands the availability of 3D content to limitless levels. Users can easily browse and navigate the Smart TV ecosystem using LG's new, ergonomically-designed Magic Remote which now recognizes four different types of command input: Voice Recognition, Wheel, Magic Gesture and Point.

What are your thoughts/reactions? Like/Dislike? Drop a comment below.

PlayStation 3D Display Price Slashed down from $499 to $399

I'm not sure if everyone has noticed, but recently the PlayStation 3D Display's Price has went down $100 dollars. I think this happened because they were not getting the sales figures they expected. I could be wrong, though. Now if they slashed the price down further to $300, I'm sure more people would jump on it.

What do you think about this? Did you buy a 3D Display? Does your friend own one?

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Japanese vending machine doubles as WiFi hotspot, no purchase required

Well now vending machines are not just for snacking purposes anymore. Japanese company Asahi has just unveiled an advanced dispenser that's capable of doubling as a WiFi hotspot. The machine sends out the internet waves free of charge and covers about 164 feet around it. But here is a catch: there's a 30-minute limit on each session, but a easy re-link to the machine would fix the problem. Asahi is planning on rolling out 1,000 of these in the upcoming year. If you don't live in Japan (such as me), you will have to miss this one. Unless they do make it to the US.


Thoughts?


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Researcher finds vulnerability in WPS protocol, looks for manufacturers to offer a fix


Security researcher Stefan Viehbock has just discovered a major security hole which allowed him to use a brute force technique to access a WPS PIN-protected network in about two hours. According to Viehbock, a design flaw allows the WPS protocol's 8-digit PIN security to fall dramatically as additional attempts are made. With each attempt, the router will send a message stating whether the first four digits are correct while the last digit of the key is used as a checksum and then given out by the router in negotiation. As a result, the 100,000,000 possibilities that the WPS should represent becomes roughly to 11,000. US-Cert has cought wind of the situatuion and has then urged users to disable WPS on their routers. Viehbock, in turn, claims to have attempted to discuss the vulnerability with hardware vendors such as Buffalo, D-Link, Linksys, and Netgear, but says he has been nothing but ignored and that no public acknowledgement of the issue has been released. As a possible final step, Viehbock has promised to release a brute force tool soon, thereby pushing the manufacturers to work to resolve the issue.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

BREAKING-Intel Starts Shipping Atom N2600 and N2800 Processors for Netbooks, Promissed 10hrs of Battery Life


It's official, Intel will start shipping their new Cedar Trail Atom processors. The first systems to use this new set of processors will start rolling out next year, according to Intel. The two chips you will likely be seeing the most of are the Atom N2600 and N2800- both are dual-core, and both designed for use in Netbook computers. They promise to allow for up to ten hours of battery life and "weeks of standby", and offer support for 1080p video playback. ]Rolling out today are the D2500 and D2700, which are designed for use in entry-level desktops and all-in-one computers, as well for more commercial systems. As for all those systems themselves, details remain a bit light, but Intel says you can expect to see some from Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba.

Here is the press release:

Intel Begins Shipping New Intel® Atom™ Processors; New Features, Great Battery Life on Tap

Systems Using New Intel® Atom™ Processor Available in Early 2012


NEWS HIGHLIGHTS


Third-generation Intel Atom processor-based platform introduces several new features for low-power designs such as netbooks, retail and healthcare IT devices.

Platform's power management features provide the potential to improve performance and battery life by 20 percent compared to previous generation.
Netbooks based on this platform offer up to 10 hours of battery life, weeks of standby and full 1080p high-definition video.
Systems using new Intel Atom processor-based platform from Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba will debut in early 2012.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 28, 2011 – Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the latest mobile Intel Atom processor-based platform, formerly codenamed "Cedar Trail." Designed to provide small, compact, on-the-go computing with great battery life at an affordable price, the latest platform adds several new features to netbook computers made popular by students, families, and those looking for light productivity and Internet browsing. These devices will be available in early 2012 from major OEMs including: Acer*, Asus*, HP*, Lenovo*, Samsung*, and Toshiba*.


The new design's dedicated media engine enables full 1080p high-definition playback of videos and Blu-Ray content and includes additional digital display and output options including HDMI and DisplayPort. The integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 combined with the integrated memory controller provides enhanced performance and system responsiveness, including an improvement in graphics performance up to 2X compared to the previous generation platform.


Systems based on the new Intel Atom processors may have up to 10 hours of battery life and weeks of standby, allowing for all-day use between charges. Additionally, Intel increased processor and overall system performance while reducing power consumption up to 20 percent compared to the previous platform.


Based on Intel's leading-edge 32nm process technology, Intel incorporated several new features into the platform such as Intel® Wireless Display and Intel® Wireless Music. With these new features and wireless enabled devices, people can share videos or photos wirelessly from their netbooks to a television, or stream music through their home stereo speakers.


Additional features such as Intel® Smart Connect Technology allows users to have an instant Internet connection as soon as they open their netbook, and have email, Twitter* and RSS feeds automatically updated even in sleep mode. Intel® Rapid Start Technology enables fast resume from standby mode and helps conserve battery life.


The dual-core Intel Atom processor N2600 and Intel Atom processor N2800 are paired with the Intel® NM10 Express Chipset and feature a small form factor package size that saves system board real estate and enables thinner netbook designs. In addition to the mobile processors, Intel offers the Intel Atom processor D2500 and D2700 for entry-level desktop and all-in-one designs, as well as intelligent system solutions. The platform supports a range of operating systems including: Windows*, MeeGo*, and Tizen*.


New Features, Lower Power Have Broad Appeal

The new Intel Atom processors provide a lower thermal design power (TDP) and power management features such as Intel® Deeper Sleep and Intel® SpeedStep Technology that enable lower power designs, making it especially attractive for netbooks as well as intelligent systems including: healthcare equipment, retail systems and entry-level digital signage.

In health care settings, the improved battery life and enhanced graphics means medical professionals can enhance patient care and bring infotainment services to a patient's bedside. ARBOR* technology will release a new patient infotainment bedside terminal, based on the Intel Atom processor N2800 that helps clinicians improve workflow management and work efficiency, reduce human error, and enhance healthcare quality. Patients can also enjoy access to plenty of multi-media entertainment, hospital information and communication services on the system.


The always on, always connected capabilities are also ideal for entry-level point-of-sale systems with the ability to boot up instantly to serve customer's at a moment's notice. Point-of-sale terminals based on the Intel Atom processor D2700 and manufactured by NCR Corporation* will be installed in restaurant and retail locations throughout the U.S. beginning in the first quarter of 2012.


Intelligent system designs are offered 7-year lifecycle support, as well as support for Windows Embedded Standard 7*, Windows XP and XPe*, Windows Embedded Compact*, Yocto Project* and Wind River VxWorks* operating systems.


What do you think about this?

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nintendo Introduces Paid DLC for 3DS and Upcoming Wii U



Get a 3DS for Christmas? Well now you can get DLC for the games you buy for it. The first title to get the goods is Fire Emblem. As of now, there is not word on what treats you will have to pay "several hundred yen" for. The release of the first packs of DLC is scheduled to be around March.


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PS Vita Gets Second Firmware Update


Just a few days ago, Sony released a firmware update for the Vita. It is supposed to fix some bugs when running certain games. Dynasty Warriors: Next was mentioned in the update. This patch does not cover any hacks or anything like it, and their has been no hacks for the Vita itself yet (thank goodness, because if it does get hacked, the life of it will be over before it even started). You can update using the Vita itself, using a PS3 that is firmware 4.00 and above, or a PC using its new content manager. Above is a picture of the update taking place. Hit the link below to visit PlayStation Japan's website to get the update. It has been translated to English to save you some time, or you can hit the link that takes you directly to the website with no translation.


PlayStation Vita Update Site from PS Japan (Untranslated)


PlayStation Vita Update Site from PS Japan (Translated)


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Monday, December 26, 2011

Windows 7 flaw puts Safari surfers in danger

 


According to the security firm Secunia, Windows 7 is housing a major flaw for Safari for Windows users. It is said to to be critical, because it allows a remote attacker to run malicious code at kernel level. This is done thorough a memory corruption flaw. It allows a remote attacker to target a system and exploit it to run malicious code at kernel level. It uses Safari by loading a rigged iframe- a part of a webpage that loads content from another webpage. For now, there is no effective solution to patch this exploit. So it is recommended that you run a strong Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware program.


What are your thoughts? Drop a comment if you will.

Apple kicks off 12 Days of iTunes, offers a dozen freebies to last into 2012



Need gentle nudging into using iTunes after getting an Apple-branded gift? Well Apple has just now created a program called the Twelve Days of Christmas, which starts today-January 6th.  The free gifts kick off with some Coldplay tracks and videos from the band's latest Apple-sponsored festival appearance. But don't let that put you off;  you can expect to see more music, some apps and even books over the next few days. Each one's available for just 24 hours, so it could be worth checking the dedicated app daily. It's up for grabs at the link below.


Note: For now this is only for the UK. I know that sucks, but this post will be updated when changes occur.


Here is the source link from iTunes


What are your thoughts?


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BREAKING-LG's 55 in 'World's Largest' OLED HDTV Panel Official-coming to CES 2012


LG has already tipped the table of CES 2012 by claiming that they are bringing the largest OLED panel to the show. We have already seen LG make smaller OLED HDTV's, and they have promised a 55" OLED mid 2012, but this is a definite hint that they are going to follow through with what they said. LG's tech uses white OLEDs overlaid with colors, which it claims makes for a lower error rate and clearer "ultra definition" screen, with more colors than standard LCDs. 


Below  is a pic LG's super skinny 5mm prototype
And below is their press release.

LG Display Announces World's Largest OLED TV Panel
   55" Panel to Advance Popularization of OLED TV Market


Seoul, Korea (December 26, 2011) – LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, today announced that it has developed the world's largest 55-inch OLED(Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel. The 55-inch panel is a significant step forward in the popularization of OLED TVs and demonstrates the effective application of AM OLED technology to larger panel sizes at a more cost efficient level.

"Our objective has always been to actively define and lead emerging display technology markets," said Dr. Sang Beom Han, CEO and Executive Vice President of LG Display. "Although OLED technology is seen as the future of TV display, the technology has been limited to smaller display sizes and by high costs, until now. LG Display's 55-inch OLED TV panel has overcome these barriers."

Superior Image Quality in an Ultra Thin Design
LG Display's 55" OLED TV panel produces remarkable image quality with no after image due to its high reaction velocity, as well as high contrast ratio of over 100,000:1 and wider color gamut than that produced by LCD panels.

OLED, a medium that controls pixels is a departure from LCD panels which utilize liquid crystals. The new technology allows light emitting diodes to self-generate light and features a reaction velocity to electric signals over 1000 times faster than liquid crystal.

The environmentally conscious will also appreciate LG Display's 55" OLED TV panel. While light sources in backlight units, like LCD panels, must always be kept on, the OLED panel allows diodes to be turned on or off which enables lower power consumption than conventional LCD panels.

With no need for a special light source, LG Display's 55" OLED TV panel is also able to utilize a simplified structure thinner than that of a pen (5mm), and lighter than LCD panels. The panel's minimalist structure also allows for the realization of unique design elements.

Advancing the Popularization of OLED TVs
Although industry watchers anticipate OLED as the future of TV display, to date, the technology has faced challenges due to limitations on the sizes of displays it can be applied to and a high level of investment required. LG Display has successfully addressed these issues with its 55" OLED TV panel.

The panel adopts an Oxide TFT technology for backplane which is different from a Low Temperature Poly Silicon (LTPS) type generally used in existing small-sized OLED panels. The Oxide TFT type that LG Display utilizes is similar to the existing TFT process, with the simple difference lying in replacing Amorphous Silicon with Oxide. Moreover, the Oxide TFT type produces identical image quality to high performance of LTPS base panels at significantly reduced investment levels.

Additionally, LG Display uses White OLED (WOLED). WOLED vertically accumulates red, green, and blue diodes. With white color light emitting from the diode, it displays screen information through color layers below the TFT base panel, which leads to a lower error rate, higher productivity, and a clearer Ultra Definition screen via the benefits of small pixels. Further, it is possible to realize identical colors in diverse angles via color information displayed through a thin layer. Lower electricity consumption in web browsing environments for smart TVs is another key strength of WOLED.

Showing at CES 2012
The world's first 55" OLED TV panel from LG Display will be made available for showing to select media and customers at a private booth starting on January 9 in Las Vegas through the end of CES 2012. For information regarding a product tour, please contact the individuals listed below.

About LG Display
LG Display Co., Ltd. [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220] is a leading manufacturer and supplier of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, OLEDs and flexible displays. The company provides TFT-LCD panels in a wide range of sizes and specifications for use in TVs, monitors, notebook PCs, mobile products and other various applications. LG Display currently operates eight fabrication facilities and five back-end assembly facilities in Korea, China and Poland. The company has a total of 55,000 employees operating worldwide. Please visit http://www.lgdisplay.com for more information.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and therefore you should not place undue reliance on them. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or future events. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution you that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Additional information as to factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements can be found in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Sunday, December 25, 2011

So what did you get for Christmas?


So, what did you get for Christmas? A new toy? A electronic gadget? Drop a comment.

Merry Christmas from Techman's World


Dear readers,

I hope that all of you have a very Merry Christmas. I hope that all of you have a good day.

For comments, talk about what you want that is related to Christmas. What did you get? Did you like it? What did you want but didn't get? Get any gifts for your self? Drop a comment.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

New Google Doodle Trick says Happy Holidays with a nice Jingle Bells Tune

If you go to the Google homepage, and you click on the six little squares, Google will then preform a little animation and a Jingle Bells tune for you.

Go check it out, or you can watch a YouTube video below:



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PS Vita Sells 321,000 in Two Days!


The PS Vita is selling fast! According to Sony, they have managed to sell ~321,000 units in just 2 days.  After hitting Japan December 17th, it has sold that much. I'm not surprised, as portables are insanely popular over there. But one thing that I do know is some of those sales were US imports. There has been plenty unboxing videos from YouTube unboxing the Vita imported from the US. Since the Vita is region-free, importing has made it possible. That also means that you can import and play game cards that are in a different region as you, unlike the PSP and other consoles that are region locked. Sure, there has been hacks the the PSP that allowed it to play games from another region, but that was a hack, not an official making of it. Below is a video from YouTube that I found that has an unboxing in English.


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Friday, December 23, 2011

You have to go look at this!

Aside from the usual tech stuff around here, I would like to show you something that I found on the internet. It is a Christmas tree made about of bacon and some other fast food ornaments. It is 216, 960 calories. Above is a picture of it. Click here to go to the site where I found it. It is one tree though. Go check it out. 

 By the way, that dude is NOT me.

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PlayStation Vita Memory Card Prices


Its official- it has been a good week now and now I think it is the right time to post the info on this site as well. The PlayStation Vita is a new console that will be released in the US in February. It has a Quad core processor and has tons of features that the PSP had, such as dual analogue sticks. So without a word more, here is the list, these are the suggested retail prices:

Prices:

  • 4GB = $20
  • 8GB = $30
  • 16GB = $60
  • 32GB = $100
Also here are some more things to note.

  • The PlayStation Vita has no type of internal storage, unlike the PSP Go. This has made many gamers upset.
  • PS Vita games that are high profile will be priced at $39.99, same as PSP games that are high profile.
  • Some games will require a PS Vita Memory Card. Some others won't though.
  • PS Vita memory cards are closed platform meaning that it only works on the Vita, so the cost of these cards will be pricy.

Are you going to get a Vita? What size memory card are you going to get?

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Microsoft says 2012 Will Be its Last Major CES Appearance


Microsoft says that 2012 will be the last time that they are at the CES in January. They said that that will be their last major appearance, according to their blog.

“We have decided that this coming January will be our last keynote presentation and booth at CES. We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing.”
Microsoft has been a long-time staple of CES, and its keynotes are often the most popular at the show. The move is an interesting one as far as CES is concerned. It will be interesting to see if other companies follow suit and decide to not attend in the future as well.

 What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to pull out of the show?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Web Browsers: What do you use?

What web browser do you use? A web browser is a piece of software that accesses the internet and allows you to visit web sites and other services, such as FTP (File Transfer Protocol). So here some images of the main web browsers. 









Safari Mac/Windows






Internet Explorer






I know that this is not all of them, but those are the main ones. Mobile browsers were not included. If yours is not listed, tell about it in the comments. What is your favorite browser(s)? 

Playstation Plus: Do you have it?


For a while now, Playstation has their own subscription service called PlayStation Plus. It has been around now for over a year, and it provides free games*, discounts, special offers, free wallpapers, etc. Free games only last as long as your subscription period. They have a period of time that you can play that game, like it is when you rent a movie off the PS Store, except you don't have the 24 hours after you start watching to finishing it. PS Plus comes with 2 plans. A one year plan for $50, or a 3 month plan for ~$20.

So do you have it?

PS Plus contest is now over. Go here to see the winners.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

If you had a choice, would you choose to have a RC Helicopter or an RC Plane?



Hey guys, welcome to a new series of posts called would you rather. The other day I was on YouTube and was watching the guys channel on YouTube. His channel is called the NightFlyyer. Well he flies all kinds of RC aircraft, and there born was a would you rather question. So once again, would you rather have an RC Plane or Helicopter? Now keep in mind that these are large size and that it takes some skill to fly. So that is no walk in the park. What are your thoughts? Post in the comments below.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Windows 8 will let you sign in using a Picture password





A day or two ago, the Windows 8 team announced that you will be able to sign in to Windows using a Picture password. What you have to do is choose an image, and then draw circles around figures and draw lines to one figure to another, but that has to be in order. Above is a snapshot of a frame in their video showing it off. Not any word on how you would sign in if you forgot your Picture password. That will be interesting to see how they do that. Also you should note that the picture password can run along side or replace your text password. So meaning, I can use my text or picture to sign in, or now I can just use a password to sign in.  Below is a video from the Windows Team showing it off. If you would like to see picture password, it is included with the Windows 8 Developer Preview.







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Interactive White Boards-SMART or Promethean?

Today in this world, there are 2 main brands of IWB's (interactive white boards). These boards use a projector, a computer, and the board itself to write notes or make other presentations using digital ink and requires not physical ink to use.


The two main brands are 
 

and
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Promethean entered the market as an education provider right off the bat, as SMART was originally intended for business markets and now is available for education for market as well. Another big difference between the two technologies is what is inside the boards. Promethean uses its patented Electromagnetic Plus technology, and now with its new 500 series boards (their entire line of IWB's are called ActivBoards), a sensing grid for touch. Smart uses resistive touch. For more info on these two, click here to read more info about it. If you don't know about any of these, then go to YouTube and look at the two. But for those that do know what these two brands are, then go and post your thoughts in the comments.

What Email service do you prefer?

In today's topic, I'm going to ask you a debate question-What email service do you prefer? That can be like Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc. But that can also include ISP mail, Exchange, and other less commonly known or corporate services. 


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