Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 4K Display

Stop the madness: We don’t need 4K smartphone displays

By on December 28, 2015 at 1:25 PM.

Stop the madness: We don’t need 4K smartphone displays

There’s been a strange disconnect lately between what many smartphone users consistently say they want (i.e., better battery life) and what smartphone vendors are actually delivering. I’m already on the record saying that I don’t want Apple to even think about making the iPhone any thinner until it figures out a way to vastly improve the device’s mediocre battery life, but it looks like the company isn’t going to listen to me. However, Apple isn’t the only company that’s giving us something that we don’t need at the expense of better battery life, as Sony has recently embarked on an insane quest to push smartphones with 4K displays. More →

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DirecTV 4K

DirecTV to launch lineup of 4K channels in ‘early 2016’

By on December 1, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

DirecTV to launch lineup of 4K channels in ‘early 2016’

While there’s no denying that the picture quality provided by 4K HDTVs is absolutely stunning, a longstanding impediment towards widespread adoption is that there remains a frustrating scarcity of true 4K content.

DirecTV, however, is planning to change that. Last week, DirecTV SVP of Video and Space Communications Phil Goswitz confirmed that the satellite TV provider is planning to launch an official 4K service sometime in early 2016.

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4K Video Space ISS Zero-gravity Water

Watch this now: This is why we need 4K iPhones and Android phones

By on October 12, 2015 at 3:51 PM.

Watch this now: This is why we need 4K iPhones and Android phones

A lot of people probably aren’t recording a lot of 4K videos with their smartphones, particularly if they only have a measly 16GB of storage to work with. Yet, as the following video will show you, 4K video recording can be flat-out awesome.

In this particular case, we’re looking at a water droplet floating inside the International Space Station that then dissolves an effervescent tablet. More →

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iPhone 6s 4K Video Test

Video: This is what 4K video filmed on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus looks like

By on September 29, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

Video: This is what 4K video filmed on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus looks like

It’s hard to pick a standout feature on the iPhone 6s, with its sturdy aluminum body, speedy A9 processors and the addition of the transformative 3D Touch, but the camera is certainly near the top of the list. More →

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720p vs 1080p vs 4K Resolution

720p vs. 1080p vs. 4K resolution: Does it really make a difference?

By on September 18, 2015 at 12:28 PM.

720p vs. 1080p vs. 4K resolution: Does it really make a difference?

I know that many of you out there are shouting at your computer screens after reading that headline. “Of course it makes a difference!” And you’re right — there is a perceptible difference between the most common resolutions for TVs, smartphones and computer monitors. But your mileage will noticeably vary based on a few important factors. More →

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NASA 4K TV Channel

NASA just announced a 4K TV channel

By on September 11, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

NASA just announced a 4K TV channel

Because there weren’t enough bombshell announcements this week already, NASA revealed on Friday that it is planning to launch an Ultra HD TV channel in North America. The agency is partnering with video delivery infrastructure company Harmonic to make the channel a reality later this fall. More →

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iPhone 6s 4K Camera

How many minutes of 4K video will it take to fill up your 16GB iPhone?

By on September 10, 2015 at 5:20 PM.

How many minutes of 4K video will it take to fill up your 16GB iPhone?

Famed tech reviewer Marques Brownlee attended Apple’s special media event in San Francisco this week and managed to get little bit of hands-on time with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus following Wednesday’s presentation.

During the course of a quick video review which touched on some of the device’s upgraded specs and new capabilities, Brownlee shifted his focus to the iPhone’s new beefed up cameras. Now it goes without saying that the ability to shoot 4K video is one of the more intriguing and impressive camera features Apple managed to incorporate into its new iPhone models. Still, all of that high-resolution clarity comes at a high price as it pertains to storage, especially considering that the base model iPhone still checks in at a paltry 16GB.

This of course begs the question: How many minutes of 4K video can one shoot and store on a 16GB iPhone?

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Comcast 4K

Comcast: We’re ready for 4K distribution today

By on August 24, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Comcast: We’re ready for 4K distribution today

While there’s no disputing that the picture quality of 4K content is absolutely breathtaking, the transition to a 4K world isn’t going to happen overnight. For starters, 4K HDTVs are relatively expensive and remain something of a curiosity for most mainstream consumers. Even though the price of 4K sets have gone down dramatically in the last 12 months alone, the percentage of 4K sets in living rooms remains small.

Even more limiting is the fact that most content today simply isn’t being produced in 4K. While Netflix is committed to shooting all of its original programming in 4K — and even 6K in the case of House of Cards — they are in the minority. Furthermore, because 4K is so data heavy, bandwidth issues may impede widespread adoption.

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YouTube 4K

Watching 4K YouTube videos on Google Chome is about to get much faster

By on May 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Watching 4K YouTube videos on Google Chome is about to get much faster

The ability to watch 4K video on YouTube has been around for a few years now. Unfortunately, though, actually getting 4K video to run smoothly is a whole another story. The problem is that 4K video simply has so much data that many folks simply lack the requisite bandwidth and/or patience to make viewing 4K clips all that practical.

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Netflix Our Planet

Netflix to deliver Planet Earth sequel in stunning 4K quality

By on April 16, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Netflix to deliver Planet Earth sequel in stunning 4K quality

Netflix’s stable of exclusive content is about to get bigger and better. The Internet streaming juggernaut announced this week that it plans to revive the BBC’s award winning nature documentary Planet Earth, a series which initially aired back in 2006. In case you’re unfamiliar, Planet Earth — the most expensive nature documentary ever produced — provided viewers an incredible and in-depth look at the world we live in, all in stunning HD. More →

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GTA 5 4K Resolution

You don’t want to know how much it costs to play GTA 5 in 4K on your PC

By on April 16, 2015 at 3:40 PM.

You don’t want to know how much it costs to play GTA 5 in 4K on your PC

Surprising no one, Grand Theft Auto 5 has had a smashing debut on PC, quickly becoming the most played third-party game on Steam just days after its release. With its detailed customization options, exclusive video editor and additional radio station, gamers who already owned the game are finding plenty of reasons to jump back into Los Santos.

But we all know that the real reason to get GTA 5 on PC is to see Rockstar’s game in stunning 4K. Unfortunately, most of us are never going to have that chance. More →

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