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Several of Samsung's smartphones feature displays that support high dynamic range (HDR) visuals, though for whatever reason, streaming giant Netflix up to this point has chosen not to support HDR on any of them. That all changes with the Galaxy Note 8. It joins LG's V30 handset and Sony's Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium phones as the only Android phones where Netflix is available in HDR.Samsung has a reputation for using high quality displays on its smartphones. Its Super AMOLED panels are top notch and often a step above the competition. When it comes to HDR visuals, peak brightness is a key metric.... Read more...
For ages, a 1ms response time has been the de facto standard for serious gamers, although we think most would agree that up to 4ms isn't too bad. 8ms is outright ridiculous. Well, both 4ms and 8ms seem real lackluster when compared to AOC's upcoming offerings: a couple of monitors sporting a 0.5 ms response time; or in other words, a response time that's 1/2,000th of a second. Whether or not most gamers would even notice the perceived difference between 1ms and 0.5ms is hard to gauge, but many serious gamers are likely to take this kind of release seriously simply because every little bit helps.... Read more...
Apple iPhone fans by and large are eagerly anticipating the launch of the iPhone 8, the next-generation handset that will mark the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. However, that is not the only electronic gadget Apple is planning to unveil next month. Tim Cook and the Cupertino gang will trot out a new Apple TV set-top box, one that will be upgraded 4K streaming and high dynamic range (HDR) support. The streaming device sector is a crowded field these days with competitive solutions such as Google's Chromecast, Amazon's Fire TV, and of course the Roku. Versions of all three of these popular devices... Read more...
If we are allowed to be hyperbolic, we can say your local movie theater is obsolete. Or more specifically, the large screen displays inside your local theater are outdated. Sure, there might be exceptions in various spots around the country, but next to Samsung's new Cinema LED Screen, a massive 33.8-foot (10.3 meters) wide display with a 4K resolution (4096x2160) and high dynamic range (HDR) support, most theaters are left found wanting. Samsung has found its first customer for this display in Korea, where it recently installed the Cinema LED Screen at the Lotte Cinema World Tower. In addition... Read more...
Samsung earlier this month blitzed the home consumer market with a bevy of new 4K Ultra HD televisions with high dynamic range (HDR) support and its fancy quantum dot technology, though rather than hedge its bets on a single sector, it's bringing some of those same technologies to the big screen. We're talking movie theater screens—the new Samsung Cinema Screen is a 34-foot display with "unprecedented picture quality." This is a shot at digital projectors. The 34-foot display "easily accommodates modern theater dimensions" and delivers LED quality visuals at a 4K (4096x2160) resolution. It is also... Read more...
AMD and the Radeon Technologies Group have seen great success with their FreeSync adaptive refresh rate technology. Since its introduction, over 120 FreeSync compatible displays have been brought to market that target a wide array of form factors and price points. With CES and the impending launch of its next-generation GPU architecture codenamed Vega, AMD is now ready to unleash FreeSync 2 on the world, with a goal to ultimately improve pixel quality and address some issues with first-gen products.One of the growing pains associated with FreeSync and its wide-array of compatible displays, is that... Read more...
Google is jumping on the HDR bandwagon, as users can now watch HDR videos on YouTube with supported devices. Steven Robertson, a software engineer, and Sanjeev Verma, a product manager for Google, remarked, “HDR adds a whole new dimension of creative freedom and visual spectacle, and we've barely scratched the surface of what this means for storytelling. We can't wait to see the amazing videos you're going to make with HDR.” Before and After HDR What is HDR? HDR, or high dynamic range, improves the contrast ratio and color accuracy for displays. According to Google, “HDR unlocks the most spectacular... Read more...
Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Maybe you're a New England Patriots fan (like this editor), in which case your favorite football team is on a bye week. Well, Microsoft has your back—the Forza Horizon 3 demo for Windows 10 is finally available to download for free from the Windows Store, provided you have the requisite hardware to get behind the wheel. The minimum system requirements call for an Intel Core i5-3570 processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R7 250X graphics card with 2GB of memory, and Windows 10. Microsoft recommends bumping... Read more...
We are now just a week away before the retail launch of the PlayStation Pro, a beefier version of the original PlayStation 4 console with burlier hardware and support for 4K video output and High Dynamic Range (HDR). As we get closer to launch, the question on everyone's mind is how many games will support the PS4 Pro's new capabilities out of the gate. The answer is more than 30. That figure comes straight from Sony. And by the end of the year, Sony said there will be more than 45 titles optimized for the PS4 Pro. In both cases, some of the games will need an update to support the PS4 Pro's new... Read more...
We recently had the chance to attend a summit with the Radeon Technologies Group leadership to discuss the group’s plans for the upcoming year. There will be a series of announcements made in the coming weeks, but today we can share some FreeSync-related updates as well as some news regarding HDR displays and new display-related technologies.On the FreeSync front, the Radeon Technologies Group announced a few things: FreeSync support over HDMI, the first FreeSync compatible notebook, and a slew of new FreeSync displays.FreeSync over HDMI support will be coming to all Radeons that currently support... Read more...
There's been a lot of attention paid to Ultra HD (4K) content, and deservedly so, but bumping up the display resolution isn't the only way to enjoy to better visuals. Just ask Amazon, which today announced that Prime members living in the U.S. can watch the first season of its original series Mozart in the Jungle in high dynamic range (HDR). Mozart in the Jungle is the first series to be made available in HDR, and according to Amazon, you can expect greater contrast to the screen with bright colors, enhanced shadow details, and distinct highlights for a superior viewing experience. Just as HDR... Read more...
Anyone who picked up the $9.99-per-month offer Adobe has been running for a subscription to its Photoshop and Lightroom software is about to enjoy one of its biggest benefits. Adobe just released Lightroom CC 2015 and mobile apps. Subscribers will be able to upgrade from Lightroom 5.7 to the new 2015 version by simply downloading the update. Say what you will about the software subscription model – having the latest software ready for you the minute it releases is pretty slick.As you’d expect from a new version, Lightroom Creative Cloud (CC) 2015 has some new capabilities. One of them is facial... Read more...
It’s sometimes easy to forget how far camera quality on smartphones has come in a relatively short time; just like point-and-shoot digital cameras did, mobile cameras pumped up the megapixels and then started enjoyed higher-quality optics and manual exposure controls, as well. Samsung’s latest flagship handheld, the Galaxy S5, has what is apparently a very nice camera, as evidenced by a short film called “Sunrise to Sunset”. Unless you knew that the whole thing was shot on an S5, you’d never have guessed. Samsung Mobile created the film, a sort of day in the life bit... Read more...
Scientists at Stanford are working on an open source camera that could change the world of photography by giving programmers the power to change and add features to a camera via software updates. If the technology catches on, our cameras will no longer be limited by the software that comes pre-installed from the manufacturer.Nearly all of the features of the “Frankencamera,” including focus, exposure, shutter speed, and flash, are able to be controlled by software. According to Marc Levoy, professor of Computer Science and of Electrical Engineering at Stanford, “The premise of the project is to... Read more...
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