The annual Consumer Electronic Show took place this week and a wide array of new products were showcased:
LG launched 65-inch ‘rollable’ TV at CES 2018: LG has set up a new benchmark first by announcing the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED TV and now by introducing a 65-inch ‘rollable’ TV.
The firm’s new 4K TV can be rolled in a tube form and carried around in a box, making it highly portable.
The prices and the availability details of the ‘rollable’ TV have also not been revealed, making it clear that the appliance is still in the ‘prototype’ stages.
Samsung launched its first 146-inch modular TV: Samsung unveiled what can be called its first ever 146-inch ‘modular’ TV. Named as ‘The Wall’, the micro-LED TV is said to ‘transform in to any size’ while showing bright and colourful content.
Asus announced new range of laptops: Asus has also showcased its latest range of laptops and AIOs at CES 2018. The company has unveiled ZenBook 13, ZenBook Flip 14, ROG G703, X507, Vivo AiO V272 and Vivo AiO V222 at the event. Along with this, the company also announced its Windows Mixed reality headset.
Sandisk launched world’s smallest 1TB USB Type-C flash drive at CES 2018: Western Digital-owned Sandisk has announced what can be called as the world’s smallest 1TB USB Type-C flash drive. The firm has also launched the smallest 256GB USB flash drive at the conference.
Sandisk’s smallest 1TB flash drive is for now in the ‘prototype’ stages and may take a while to hit the mass market. It is, however, not the flash drive with the most storage as Kingston last year already came with 2TB storage flash drive.
Facebook to add more ‘meaning’ to your news feed:
Facebook Inc on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centerpiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network.
Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook, said the company would change the filter for the News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) with dual front camera launched:
Samsung has made the first big launch of the year with its Galaxy A8+ smartphone in India. This is the first A series smartphone of the year and Samsung’s second smartphone to come to India. The Samsung Galaxy A8+ bears a price tag of Rs 32,990 and will directly lock horns with handsets such as OnePlus 5T, Nokia 8, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. The A8+ was already confirmed to be exclusively available on Amazon, but now the date has been set to January 20.
In terms of other specs, the handset features a 6-inch FHD Super AMOLED Infinity Display of 2220 x 1080p resolution. The handset is powered by octa-core Exynos 7885 processor with Mali-G71 GPU. In terms of storage it has 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM, along with microSD card support of up to 256GB. The key highlight of the Samsung Galaxy A8+ will be its dual front camera setup, which makes this handset the company’s first handset to boast of this feature. It sports a 16MP primary camera and 8MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture each. The selfie camera setup is capable of clicking portrait mode shots. Samsung is calling it the Live Focus feature, that will let users create a ‘bokeh’ effect in images before and after clicking the shot.
After Zurich, Apple iPhone battery now catches fire in a store in Valencia, Spain:
While different tech brands were in news around the globe for their innovations at CES 2018 conference, Apple is in the news for a different reason. It was reported yesterday that one of Apple’s iPhone batteries caught fire at the Cupertino-based tech firm’s Zurich store. Now, another Apple iPhone’s battery has reportedly caught fire in a store in Valencia, Spain.
The iPhone battery caught fire while the unit was being repaired. It has not been mentioned as to which particular handset caught fire. Fortunately, the store was evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The incident took place at 1.30PM local time.
Bengaluru-based startup wins innovation award for 3D printing at CES 2018:
Ethereal Machines has become the only Indian company to win the `Best of Innovation’ awards at CES 2018, the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The three-year-old Bengaluru-based startup won the award in the 3D printing category for creating a unique five-axis machine that does both additive (printing) and subtractive (cutting) manufacturing. While a three-axis machine is the most prevalent printing machine currently, a five-axis machine cuts across in more directions, but is normally bulky in weight and size. Ethereal Machines managed to compress it to a desktop-size machine that weighs 1.5 tonnes, and lets you both print and cut material. This technology is the first in the world, claims Kaushik Mudda, who started Ethereal Machines with his batchmate from RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru, Navin Jain in 2014.
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