Electronics

Samsung Q8FN

The Video Divide: 4K Haves and Have Nots

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Courtesy of Black Friday/Cyber Monday pricing, I am the proud owner of a brand new, top-of-the-line 82” Samsung 4K TV set. It is huge, awesome, and amazing. The picture quality is breathtaking. You just run out of superlatives when trying to describe the viewing experience. There’s only one problem. The best 4K content is only available over-the-top (OTT). Regular TV viewers (cable TV customers and antenna users) are simply out of luck.

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5 Things 5G Should Make You Think About – Updated

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Known simply as 5G, the next-generation wireless network has been touted as “world-changing” and a quantum leap in the evolution of communication. There’s a good reason: it will be. If you’re wondering how and why, here are 5 things 5G should make you think about.

Shelly Palmer and Jane Jetson

Smart Home: Is the Time Right?

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Since we first met the Jetsons on September 23, 1962, the idea of a smart home has enthralled us. In the 56 years since the show’s premiere, technology has advanced in ways Hanna-Barbera could never have dreamed of, yet we’re no closer to a world where Rosie the Robot is real. What gives?

BenQ Shading Hood

Is It Time for a 4K Monitor?

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I edit a substantial number of images and videos, spend some time doing graphics and animation, and, just for fun, sometimes mashup a meme or two. I have two problems: (1) resolution and (2) accuracy. So I went looking for a big, 4K HDR monitor with configurable color space and industrial-strength calibration capabilities. I found what I was looking for in the new BenQ 4K PhotoVue Photo Editing Monitor.

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Deepfakes: The Dawn of the Post-Truth Era

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For about 200,000 years, modern humans have relied on our eyes and ears to separate truth from lies and fact from fiction. Even if we ignore the rise of fake news (and how difficult it is to do anything about it), technology (like deep learning) is on the verge of making it impossible to know if what you are seeing and hearing is real or fake.