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Next iPhone to Have Thinner, Sharper Screen

Touch capabilities will be built in

(Newser) - The new iPhone rumored to be hitting this fall will employ a new screen technology that embeds the touch function into the screen itself, as opposed to the current method, which involves putting a "touch layer" over an LCD screen, the Wall Street Journal reports. The result: a screen... More »

B&N E-Reader Sports 2 Screens: E-Ink and LCD

Miracle device rumored to have social networking and go for less than Kindle

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble’s entry into the e-reader market, supposed to be under wraps until next week, has been ferreted out, and it’s got something no one else has. Rumors predicted color e-ink—not true—but the device has “got something almost better,” Kit Eaton writes: two... More »

Manufacturers Drop Plasma TVs as LCD Takes Over

Pioneer, Vizio axe plasma production lines; retailers slash prices

(Newser) - TV buyers are increasingly choosing liquid-crystal-display over plasma as LCD manufacturers beef up the technological capabilities of their sets, the Wall Street Journal reports. With 30 million LCDs sold in North America in 2008, compared with 4 million plasmas, Pioneer and Vizio are discontinuing their plasma lines. The shift means... More »

New Kind of LCD Promises Better Viewing

Clearer picture, wider viewing angle

(Newser) - Watch out, plasma TVs. A new kind of LCD screen in development at Samsung overcomes the weaknesses of ordinary LCD displays. A prototype of the blue-phase liquid crystal screen has a wider viewing angle and doesn’t blur fast-moving images as much. What’s more, it could wind up being... More »

Soaring LCD Sales Have Suppliers Scrambling

Profits booming in latest entertainment tech sector

(Newser) - Manufacturers are ramping up production of LCD TVs, which are selling so well there's a supply shortage, reports the Wall Street Journal. Profits are at their highest since 2004, but production cutbacks in 2006 left companies unprepared to meet demand. LG Philips reported record quarterly profits last week, at $806... More »

Electronics Giants Join Forces

Panasonic, Hitachi, and Canon announce tie-up

(Newser) - Hitachi, Canon, and Panasonic have announced plans to work to together in moving flat-panel display technology forward, PC World reports. Competition is heating up in the industry, and the companies hope the alliance will accelerate development time. The firms will work together on LCD displays and organic light emitting diode... More »

Samsung Ramps Up Plans for Bigger Flat-Screens

South Korean giant sees booming market for Huge TVs

(Newser) - Samsung Electronics will invest $2.2 billion next year in LCD panels to cash in on the growing market for bigger flat-screen TVs, the Wall Street Journal reports. The world's leading LCD producer aims to expand its eighth-generation line, which makes screens for TVs in the 46- to 52-inch range. More »

Top 10 HDTVs—Starting at $1K

Forbes picks the top 10, and busts a high-res myth

(Newser) - Forbes cuts through the confusion surrounding high-res flat-screens, picking 10 HDTVs that will give you a fab picture and a price tag to make you weep—with joy:
  1. Sharp AQUOS 37" LCD LC-37D43U, $1,000
  2. Olevia 42" LCD 342i, $1,000
  3. Philips 42" Plasma 42PF7321D, $1,000
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