I take security and privacy issues seriously, but sometimes I despair when news stories such as that regarding Samsung TVs eavesdropping on private conversation explode across the media as happened last week. The reason for my despondency has less to do with the data privacy debate and more to do with the human stupidity one. That said, let's get the technical bit out of the way first. The privacy scare story kicked off after someone, eventually, noticed that privacy policy relating to Samsung smart TVs included the line: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other …

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I'm not sure why...but everything just started appearing more than once on my T.V and there are lines going across in two's... DLP Projection TV Specifications Screen Size 62" diagonal Screen Aspect 16:9 Displayable Colors 16.77 million colors Data Signals (N/A) TV Scan Lines 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i Input Terminals Composite Video 3 (RCA) S-Video 3 (4-pin mini DIN) Component Video 2 (RCA x 3) HDMI Digital Interface 1 (19-pin HDMI interface) Stereo Audio In 3 (RCA L/R) Output Terminals Composite Video 1 (RCA) Stereo Audio Out 1 (RCA L/R) DLP TV Accessories Speakers Built In Dimensions and General Specs …

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The Nintendo Wii has introduced many families to the joy of gaming and has also introduced others to the fragility of modern television screens. Today’s flat panel TV’s are thin, sexy and unfortunately rather fragile, a fact we have been forced to live with, until now. Corning Inc. claims to have the answer we have all been hoping for, [URL="http://www.corning.com/gorillaglass/index.aspx"]Gorilla Glass[/URL]. Gorilla Glass is roughly two to three times stronger than the standard chemically treated versions of common soda lime glass, an attribute bolstered by the fact that the increased strength is present even when the Gorilla Glass is half …

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Make no mistake, Apple and Google both want to be the gateway to your TV. Back in May, Google [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/announcing-google-tv-tv-meets-web-web.html"]officially announced[/URL] its TV initiative. Just yesterday came rumors in [URL="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/apple-hopes-to-re-enter-the-living-room/"]this New York Times blog post[/URL] that Apple is working to revamp its failed Apple TV. Google and Apple, like many folks recognize that the long awaited merging of our PCs and our TVs has to come eventually, and there is definitely a growing sense that the joining could be finally near. That Google and Apple are fighting for our attention in this area proves it must be a worthwhile area …

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VIZIO has long been the bargain shopper’s HDTV brand of choice. Peppered across shelves in Wal-Mart, Costco, and Target electronics department, the displays—albeit not the most advanced in terms of picture quality—have always been reliably, affordable, and completely viable options for people wanting to achieve the new American dream of owning a HDTV and Dolby Surround setup to come home to after another laborious 9-to-5. For a company that started with three employees and $600,000, VIZIO has gone on to become one of the leading LCD television manufacturers, just a fraction of a percent behind Samsung in 2010 sales. Their …

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I recently bought a new tv for my upstairs room and replaced my old projector/CRT TV. I still wish to use my old speakers on my new tv, but there are no ports on the back of my new tv that would allow me to connect the speakers. Below are some images which show what kind of connection the speakers use on my old TV, as i dont know the actual name for the port. My question is, are there any types of 'converters' that i can use to plug the speakers into my new hdtv? Anything similar to how …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16431[/ATTACH]Blitz Arcade, the downloadable division of Blitz Games Studios found themselves a World Record holder today, despite having accomplished this feat last year. With the creation of[I] Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Toa[/I] in 2009, Blitz now holds the Guiness World Record for the very first stereoscopic 3D console game. This was exciting news for the developer, as well as a fitting birthday present as [I]Invincible Tiger[/I] turns one year old this month. The game is a 70's Kung Fu movie-style side-scroller that sends gamers on a quest through China to reclaim the Star of Destiny. Although fully playable …

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As the ispiron has no screws to fasten the vga connection, does anyone know anything else that can be done to prevent disconnection apart from not moving the laptop?

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On March 10th Panasonic teamed up with Best Buy, DIRECTV and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to offer consumers a "Full HD 3D" home theater system. The set includes a 50-inch class (49.9” measured diagonally) [attach=right]14052[/attach] Panasonic VIERA VT20 Plasma 3D HDTV and a Panasonic BDT300 3D Blu-ray Disc Player and it retails for $2899.99. For that price you also get one [yes just one] pair of 3D glasses. The glasses look great, resembling high-tech sunshades but in my opinion they cost too much [around $150 a pop]. The first customer to purchase this set from Best Buy’s store in …

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Given all the media excitement that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story229555.html"]Apple[/URL] can generate with the mere mention of a new 'i' product such as the new iPad, you might think that the iPod would kick television ass in terms of SEO. But hold your horses, according to UK [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story254786.html"]search marketing[/URL] agency Greenlight, it's the other way around. In the newly published '[URL="http://www.greenlightsearch.com/sectorreports/browngoods.html"]Brown Goods Sector Report[/URL]' (and oh boy does that sound like an exciting read - irony detected, irony detected) Greenlight reveals that televisions were the most searched for entertainment product online at the end of last year. It reckons that in November 2009 …

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I was watching TV the other night (I have Dish Network) and I saw a commercial for placing targeted TV ads on Dish Network through Google TV ads. I checked out the Google TV ads info (including watching a really quick informative how-to video) and discovered that is built along the sames lines ad AdWords but for TV. You can pick the regions targeted, the shows who's audience you want to target, the length of your campaign and your CPM (in this case, cost per tv's the ad is shown on). In terms of creating the ad, they offer you …

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Years ago [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_medium_is_the_message"]Marshall McLuhan[/URL] uttered the famous phrase, "The medium is the message." He said this long before the World Wide Web. If he were alive today, he might have said something else: "He who controls the distribution method, controls the money." When you look at the Web's influence on media companies over the last 15 years, it's clear, whether we are talking about news, music or television programs, as the distribution channel has shifted to the web, these media companies have struggled mightily to adapt. [B]Newspapers[/B] Newspapers [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4481.html"]as I've written in past[/URL] have been notoriously bad at this. When …

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I've been writing in the UK's Guardian newspaper about the prospects of 3D in the television world. There was some excitement at CES about the new technology (I say 'new', I'd seen demos in 2006 in Paris) and it's apparently going to be the Next Big Thing. Or not. In my [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jan/22/3d-television"]article[/URL] I mention the fact that several leading TV programmes in the UK aren't made with HD in mind, let alone 3D. And in the current economic climate nobody's going to be racing to buy a new television while the old one's working. No, where it's going to make …

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Reports just in suggest that a couple of manufacturers are about to launch televisions with the capacity to view films immediately built in. At least that's what the confusingly-worded [URL="http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKTRE5040E820090105?feedType=nl&feedName=uktechnology"]news report[/URL] I picked up said (unusual for Reuters to confuse us in this way). What it means is that TVs will start to have video on demand software embedded into them. To which I can only reply, oh great. Ter-riffic. Last month I blogged about [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3676.html"]3D TV[/URL] and how the Murdoch empire wants to deliver it as soon as possible. Meanwhile the recession means end customers are having ordinary high-def …

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This is unusual. When I started as a journalist in the late eighties it went pretty much without saying that some territories would be ahead of my own home in the UK for technological take-up. America and Japan would typically be three years ahead of us while Germany would be one or two. That seems to be changing a little. Of course, mass communication means change is faster overall so the gap was always going to narrow. Then there are individual product launches in which companies decide we're going to get stuff later - we still don't have Amazon's Kindle …

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I'm on vacation right now in Germany, and I thought I could watch some American TV here on my PC. But I've learned that US sites consistently block their TV shows outside the US, a practice I find more than a bit curious. I tried the network sites. I tried alternative sites like [URL="http://www.hulu.com"]Hulu.com[/URL], but all the shows I wanted to watch are blocked. It seems my only recourse is YouTube. Unfortunately, it has low quality (often illegal) copies. When you log onto the internet, whether you realize it or not, your browser broadcasts your IP address, which provides the …

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It should be a slow week for technology stocks, what with the holidays fast approaching and a dearth of any meaningful quarterly earnings surprises. The former you know about, with Christmas only a week away. Late December is notoriously dull for the stock market as traders think more about fun and family than they do financial statements. The latter is just a quirk of the calendar. The only meaningful earnings rollouts this week come from Micron Devices and Oracle. Zacks Research that Oracle should meet analyst expectations but Micron could disappoint. Says Charles Rotblut, CFA, Senior Market Analyst for Zacks.com, …

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Everyone wants to know what the next big thing is going to be, and if market analyst [URL="http://www.datamonitor.com"]Datamonitor[/URL] is to be believed the answer is mobile broadcast television. With the opportunity to combine two of the undeniably most popular and successful consumer products in history, namely TV and mobile telephones, Datamonitor predicts the number of mobile broadcast TV subscribers will grow from the 4.4 million there are today to an estimated 155.6 million by the end of 2012. However the Datamonitor report “Opportunities in the mobile broadcast TV market, 2006 – 2012” does note that that although Mobile broadcast TV …

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The End.