CES 2019 highlights: 8K, rollable TVs finally become a reality

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Display technology has always been one of the big attractions at international tech conferences such as CES. Royole Corp’s FlexPai and Samsung late last year revived the buzz around the displays and what it has to offer in the future. The ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Vegas has given us an idea – screens are becoming smarter, flexible and more premium.

Rollable displays
Samsung and Royole Corp may have paved the way for rollable phones, LG has been at the forefront of rollable displays for quite some time. Just last year, it launched 65-inch OLED panel that could be rolled up like a paper. At this year’s CES, LG showcased the 65-inch rollable screen as well. The difference is the rollable screen is now a full-fledged TV and will be commercially available soon.

Called Signature OLED TV R (model 65R9), LG describes its new device as the “gamechanger.” Continuing its focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, the latest LG TV comes with second generation α (Alpha) 9 intelligent processor and deep learning algorithm. It also comes with Amazon Alexa and support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

The Signature OLED TV R, a roll-up television, is presented at the LG press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas (AFP)

8K TVs
Tech companies have finally succeeded in crossing the 4K threshold. Samsung introduced a massive 8K 98-inch TV. The company is extending the resolution to 65-, 75-, 82- and 85-inches models. Samsung’s 8K TVs are powered by AI-enabled Quantum processor 8K chip. Just like LG, Samsung will add support for Apple AirPlay 2 support.

Dave Das, Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics America, unveils the 98-inch QLED 8K at CES 2019 (Samsung)

Sony too joined the 8K bandwagon with Bravia Master Z9G 8K (LCD) and A9G 4K OLED TVs. While Z9G 8K (LCD) will come in large 85-inch and 98-inch models, A9G 4K OLED TVs will be available in smaller 55-, 65-, and 77 inches sizes. LCD panel with 8K resolution is rather interesting as it misses out various advantages that OLEDs bring to the table.

Sony’s 8K TVs come with next-generation image processor X1 Ultimate with 8K X-Reality Pro tech to upscale any content into 8K resolution.

“Additionally, Sony’s unique and evolved Backlight Master Drive technology features a newly developed LED module and control algorithm optimized for 8K. The combination of these technologies brings high resolution and high contrast picture quality images to life in stunning fashion,” Sony explains on its website.

Sony has also added a screen-casting-like ‘Acoustic Multi-Audio’ that makes the sound appear come from the screen.

TCL, which sells BlackBerry phones in select markets, introduced 8K Roku TVs. As the name suggests, these TVs will be powered by Roku’s smart TV technology. TCL’s 8K TVs will launch later this year.


“For Opposition Leaders, Modi Is The Issue,” Says PM: Highlights

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He also spoke on BJP’s loss in assembly elections in five states in the recently concluded assembly elections. “In Telangana and Mizoram, nobody gave BJP any chance. In Chhattisgarh, a clear mandate was given, BJP lost. But in two states, there was a hung assembly. Secondly, we were fighting against 15 years of anti-incumbency.We are discussing what was lacking,” PM Modi said

Taking a jibe at the opposition, PM Modi said that 2019 elections will be “grand alliance versus the people”.  PM Modi also spoke on the Ram Temple issue ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on January 4. “Ordinance on Ram temple can be considered after legal process gets over,” he told ANI.


Raghuram Rajan To Prannoy Roy On India’s 3 Biggest Economic Problems: Highlights

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PM Modi In Dharamshala As BJP Completes 1 Year In Himachal: Highlights

PM Modi In Dharamshala As BJP Completes 1 Year In Himachal: Highlights

PM Modi addressing a public rally-Jan Aabhar Rally-in Dharamshala.

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh to mark a year of the BJP government in the state. PM Modi addressed a public rally-Jan Aabhar Rally-in Dharamshala. PM Modi also released a booklet on the achievements of the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, the opposition Congress observed December 27-the first anniversary of the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh-as “Nikamma Diwas”. The Congress demanded appropriate action against the BJP government by handing over documents of “scams” and “failures” of the Jai Ram Thakur government in Himachal Pradesh along with the “charge sheet” of allegations on inefficient government to the Governor.

The BJP had wrested power from the Congress in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections last year.

Here are the HIGHLIGHTS of PM Modi’s visit to Dharamshala:

Dec 27, 2018
15:53 (IST)
Comparing the financial incentives extended by the previous United Progressive Alliance-led Congress government at the Centre with his present government, PM Modi said during the previous government, Himachal Pradesh used to get Rs. 21,000 crore. “When the BJP government came to power, I was given a chance to serve you all, and Himachal is being given Rs. 71,000 crore. It has only become possible because the government of India believes that each and every penny from this amount will be spent by the Himachal government judiciously for the state’s development,” news agency IANS quoted the prime minister.
Dec 27, 2018
14:45 (IST)
PM Modi also claimed that it was his BJP government that implemented the “One Rank One Pension” in “real” sense while the previous Congress government “misled” nation, news agency PTI reported.
Dec 27, 2018
14:43 (IST)
PM Modi alleged that Congress was misleading farmers in the name of loan waiver, news agency PTI reported.
Dec 27, 2018
14:20 (IST)

Earlier in Dharamshala today, PM Modi went through an exhibition put up by the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh to showcase the benefits of state and Centre-sponsored schemes for the general public.
Dec 27, 2018
14:18 (IST)
In Dharamshala, PM Modi said that projects worth Rs. 26,000 crore were underway in Himachal Pradesh.
Dec 27, 2018
14:13 (IST)

The opposition Congress in Himachal Pradesh submitted a “chargesheet” against the BJP government. As the BJP is celebrating a year of their government in Himachal Pradesh, Congress is observing the day as “Nikamma Diwas”.
Dec 27, 2018
14:01 (IST)
Congratulating Jai Ram Thakur on completing one year as chief minister, PM Modi said, “Himachal Pradesh is like my home. I worked here for several years for the party’s organisational work.”
Dec 27, 2018
13:41 (IST)

“Himachal is land of brave soldiers, ever ready for supreme sacrifice,” news agency PTI quoted PM Modi.
Dec 27, 2018
13:41 (IST)
“I have worked here, learnt a lot travelling through state. I feel happiness seeing those I worked with become front line leaders,” PM Modi said in Dharamshala.