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Kutcher Scores Luxe $35K-a-Month, Er, 'Trailer'

Somebody (else) is winning

(Newser) - Not to be outdone by the leader of the free world , Ashton Kutcher is getting a two-story, luxury "mobile estate" as his trailer for Two and a Half Men. Measuring in at nearly 16 feet tall and 53 feet long, the trailer costs $35,000 per month to rent,... More »

California Plans Ban on Power-Guzzling TVs

Nation's first TV energy standards expected to pass

(Newser) - The consumer electronics industry is kicking hard against California's plans to introduce energy consumption maximums for TV sets. An industry lobby group argues that buyers should be allowed to decide whether they want a power-hungry flat-screen TV set or not, and warns that the move could cost the state jobs... 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 »

This View Zaps Stress, Naturally

Study finds plasma TV images no substitute

(Newser) - For stress relief, there is no substitute for views of nature, the Seattle Times reports. A University of Washington study found that students who faced a stressful task returned to a normal heart rate most quickly while looking out the window at trees and grass. More »

'Lifelike' Sony TV Wows Viewers

3mm-thick wonder trumps LCDs, plasmas — though it's tiny, and pricey

(Newser) - Sony’s new XEL-1 television is neither plasma nor LCD: it uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology, and “its picture is so incredible, Sony should include a jaw cushion,” David Pogue writes in the New York Times. Sony is the first to sell TVs using the system, which... More »

Sex or a Plasma TV? British Men Split 50-50

Survey finds half would abstain for six months to get a TV

(Newser) - With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it might not be a good time to bring this up, but nearly 50% of British men surveyed said they’d abstain from sex for six months if it meant they’d land a 50-inch Plasma television, Vunet reports. The poll, by retailer... More »

Plasma TV Back From the Dead

Finds niche in developing countries, but boom may not last

(Newser) - Plasma TV's rollercoaster ride continues as the technology given up for dead more than a year ago has made a booming sales comeback, Reuters reports. Demand in the developing world, especially in China, is driving the upswing. LCD technology seemed until recently to have trampled plasma, but it turns out... More »

Tech Doldrums Coming in '08

But 2009 will bring boom, predicts ABC 'Silicon Insider' Michael Malone

(Newser) - Expect a tech recession this year, says Michael Malone of ABCNews.com. He predicts a failure by Apple to produce any new blockbuster products, forcing it to compete on price and distribution—“not its greatest strengths”—and a “major stumble” by Google, for which he cites the... More »

The Quest for Higher-Def TV

New technology will sharpen and improve picture quality on flat-screen TVs

(Newser) - All the flat-panel TV technologies on the market—whether liquid-crystal or plasma—have picture-quality issues, the Wall Street Journal reports, but TV makers think they can do something about that, and use those tweaks to distinguish themselves in a crowded market. Improving picture quality has emerged as one of the... More »

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