LG Electronics unveiled a new series of smart appliances at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (booth #8204) that reflect the company’s vision for a more connected, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Centered on LG’s proprietary Smart ThinQ technology, LG’s new smart appliances are equipped with innovative device-to-device connectivity features and the LG Home Energy Management System (HeMS), opening up a new era in convenient and efficient home management.

“LG’s direction in smart appliance development has been in pursuing technological advancements that will make consumers’ lives more convenient and ultimately upgrade their quality of life,” said Moon-bum Shin, CEO of LG Electronics Home Appliance Company. “Device-to-device connectivity with smartphones and among LG appliances is a new and exciting way for us to realize this goal, helping consumers handle housework in a smarter manner by saving time, money and energy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Western Digital Adds Thousands of New HD Movies for WD TV Customers

Western Digital has added streaming movie service VUDU, as well as several additional new sports and entertainment services to the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub media players, adding to the media player family’s current content offerings from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook and many others.

In addition to VUDU, new services include SnagFilms, XOS College Sports, SEC Digital Network, Comedy Time and Watch Mojo.

Additionally, the new WD TV Remote app improves the navigation experience for WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub users by turning their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their WD TV.

The WD TV Remote advanced features allow users to more easily navigate the wide variety of digital media WD TV users enjoy on their television, from leading entertainment services to personal video, photos or music. Read the rest of this entry »

World Cyber Games (WCG), organizer of the premier international video game competition and festival, has announced Samsung SyncMaster as the official monitor for the upcoming WCG 2011 Grand Final.

Samsung SyncMaster S23A950D and S27A550H will be used for the tournaments during the WCG 2011 Grand Final. 600 Players from 60 countries will compete against each other through these monitors.

The WCG 2011 official monitor, Samsung SyncMaster S27A550, provides vivid color & lifelike picture quality that gamers have dreamed ever by supporting Mega DCR (Dynamic Contrast Ratio). So gamers can enjoy blur-free picture quality and clear images even in fast moving images like games. Furthermore, Samsung’s Magic Angle technology is employed – covers a 178 degree viewing angle both vertically and horizontally, as well as delivers a crisp and detailed picture without any color reduction – so gamers can enjoy games in more comfortable environment. By adopting Eco solution, “Eco light sensor” adjusts screen brightness to match the surrounding environment and people can reduce and minimize eye strains even if they’re exposed to monitor screen for a long time.

“Samsung SyncMaster monitor, adopting innovative display technology, is a widely beloved monitor brand from consumers and gamers as a global display leader at the world market. We will do our best to provide the best visual display environment to professional gamers by listening to the feedbacks,” said an official at Display Sales and Marketing Team, Visual Display, at Samsung Electronics. “WCG is proud to have Samsung SyncMaster as the official monitor. We expect the players to enjoy the best quality.” said Brad Lee, CEO of World Cyber Games.

WCG will also have ‘WCG 2011 SyncMaster 3D Live Match’ booth during the Grand Final with EA’s latest 3D game ‘Need for Speed™ The Run’. This is an action racing game developed through Frostbite 2, the same engine at the core of Battlefield 3. At this booth, audience will be able to not only experience the live 3D from SyncMaster but also enjoy various special events. On Dec. 9thand 10th, a famous Korean star gamer Byung Gu ‘Stork’ Song (StarCraft I) will have special matches with the audience and also have a signing event.

IBM scientists unveiled several exploratory research breakthroughs that could lead to major advancements in delivering dramatically smaller, faster and more powerful computer chips.

For more than 50 years, computer processors have increased in power and shrunk in size at a tremendous rate. However, today’s chip designers are hitting physical limitations with Moore’s Law, halting the pace of product innovation from scaling alone.

With virtually all electronic equipment today built on complementary-symmetry metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technology, there is an urgent need for new materials and circuit architecture designs compatible with this engineering process as the technology industry nears physical scalability limits of the silicon transistor.

Following years of key physics advances previously only achieved in a laboratory, IBM scientists successfully integrated the development and application of new materials and logic architectures on 200mm (eight inch) diameter wafers. These breakthroughs could potentially provide a new technological basis for the convergence of computing, communication, and consumer electronics. Read the rest of this entry »

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