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LG's 97-inch Vibrating OLED TV Claims To Offer 5.1 Audio Without Speakers

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-10 17:22
LG Display has shown off some interesting ideas as it looks to change the way OLED panels work, from positing bizarre form factors to addressing dimmer brightness levels compared to LED alternatives. Now, the panel maker is exploring a new approach to OLED TV audio. From a report: Today, LG Display announced its creation of a 97-inch OLED EX TV panel that debuts the company's Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO), "which allows the display to vibrate and generate the sound directly from the display without separate speakers." "A 5.1 channel sound system is embedded into the widescreen, creating a performance that offers a cinematic level of immersion," LG Display said. Sony has used similar technology called Acoustic Surface in OLED TVs since 2017. These sets also don't use speakers and instead vibrate actuators behind the display. However, Sony doesn't compare Acoustic Surface to 5.1 surround sound. Instead, it encourages users to connect their own gear to the set and to use the TV as the center channel for a surround sound setup. Considering audio will be coming from a central point rather than all around you, it's hard to imagine LG Display's gargantuan TV panel can deliver the surround sound experience of a movie theater.

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Apple Reportedly Signs Deal With Podcaster Futuro Studios - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 17:21
The tech giant has apparently agreed to fund development and production of podcasts in exchange for chance to turn them into film or TV shows.

AMD Continues PC and Server Market Share Gains Amid Slumping Demand

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-10 16:42
The preliminary Mercury Research CPU market share results are in for the second quarter of 2022, arriving during what is becoming a more dire situation for the PC market as sales cool after several years of stratospheric growth. From a report: According to the recent earnings report from Intel, AMD, and Nvidia, the recovery will be a long one. Still, for now, AMD appears to be weathering the storm better than its opponents as it continued to steal market share from Intel in every segment of the CPU market. The desktop PC market is still on fire, but it isn't a good kind of fire. Intel issued a dire earnings report last week -- the company lost money for the first time in decades, partially driven by PC declines. Intel also announced it was delaying its critical Xeon Sapphire Rapids data center chips and killing off another failing business unit, Optane; the sixth unit retired since new CEO Pat Gelsinger took over. In contrast, AMD's revenue was up 70% year-over-year as the company continued to improve its already-great profitability. AMD is firing on all cylinders and will launch its Ryzen 7000 CPUs, RDNA 3 GPUs, and EPYC Genoa data center processors on schedule. That consistent execution continues to pay off. AMD continued to take big strides in the mobile/laptop market, setting another record for unit share in that segment with 24.8%. AMD also gained in the server market for the 13th consecutive quarter, reaching 13.9% of the market. Notably, AMD's quarterly gain in servers is the highest we've seen with our historical data, which dates back to 2017.

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59 Weird Objects Seen on Mars, Explained - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 16:38
From a secret doorway to a cannonball, entertaining images from Mars amuse scientists and excite conspiracy theorists and alien fans.

Ford Increases Base F-150 Lightning Range, Raises Price Across the Board - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 16:24
As the automaker reopens reservations on the F-150 Lightning, new customers can expect to pay between $6,000 and $8,500 more for the electric pickup.

The Most Curious Nation About Crypto Is Nigeria, Study Shows

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-10 16:02
Africa's most-populous nation showed more interest in cryptocurrencies than any other country since the digital assets began to decline in April, according to a study by price tracker CoinGecko. From a report: Nigeria scored 371 in the study that looked at Google Trends data for six searches such as "buy crypto" or "invest in crypto" that were then combined to give each English-speaking nation a total search ranking. The West African country was followed by the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. "This study provides interesting insight into which countries remain most interested in cryptocurrency in spite of market pullbacks," CoinGecko's co-founder Bobby Ong said in an emailed statement. "The countries at the top of this list appear to be keenest to buy the dip, and highlight their long-term outlook for cryptocurrencies."

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'House of the Dragon' Will Be 'Succession' With Dragons, Says Showrunner - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 15:30
The writers of HBO's Game of Thrones prequel looked to Succession and The Crown for inspiration.

Updated Lamborghini Urus Sets New Pikes Peak Record - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 15:26
It beat the Bentley Bentayga's record by 17 seconds.

Camouflaged Lamborghini Urus Facelift Stands Out at Pikes Peak - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 15:26
The updated Urus set a new record time at Pikes Peak.

New Webb Telescope Target: Possibly the Youngest Exoplanet Ever Detected - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 15:23
If this foreign world really exists, it would challenge our known theories of planet formation.

Google Fiber Plans 5-State Growth Spurt, Biggest Since 2015

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-10 15:20
Google Fiber plans to bring its high-speed internet service to multiple cities in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska and Nevada over the next several years in its first big expansion since it spun out as an independent Alphabet unit in 2015. From a report: In his first media interview since becoming chief executive of Google Fiber in February 2018, Dinni Jain told Reuters on Wednesday that his team was finally prepared to "add a little bit more build velocity" after over four years of sharpening operations. The anticipated expansion to 22 metro areas across the United States from 17 today includes previously announced projects to launch in Mesa, Arizona and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The choices were based the company's findings of where speeds lag. "There was an impression 10 years ago that Google Fiber was trying to build the entire country," Jain said. "What we are gesturing here is, 'No, we are not trying to build the entire country.'"

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Best Car Lifts for Home Garages in 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 15:00
From offering you easier car maintenance to additional vehicle storage, a home garage car lift is a dream for every car enthusiast.

One of 5G's Biggest Features Is a Security Minefield

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-10 14:41
True 5G wireless data, with its ultrafast speeds and enhanced security protections, has been slow to roll out around the world. As the mobile technology proliferates -- combining expanded speed and bandwidth with low-latency connections -- one of its most touted features is starting to come in to focus. But the upgrade comes with its own raft of potential security exposures. From a report: A massive new population of 5G-capable devices, from smart-city sensors to agriculture robots and beyond, are gaining the ability to connect to the internet in places where Wi-Fi isn't practical or available. Individuals may even elect to trade their fiber-optic internet connection for a home 5G receiver. But the interfaces that carriers have set up to manage internet-of-things data are riddled with security vulnerabilities, according to research that will be presented on Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. And those vulnerabilities could dog the industry long-term. After years of examining potential security and privacy issues in mobile-data radio frequency standards, Technical University of Berlin researcher Altaf Shaik says he was curious to investigate the application programming interfaces (APIs) that carriers are offering to make IoT data accessible to developers. These are the conduits that applications can use to pull, say, real-time bus-tracking data or information about stock in a warehouse. Such APIs are ubiquitous in web services, but Shaik points out that they haven't been widely used in core telecommunications offerings. Looking at the 5G IoT APIs of 10 mobile carriers around the world, Shaik and his colleague Shinjo Park found common, but serious API vulnerabilities in all of them, and some could be exploited to gain authorized access to data or even direct access to IoT devices on the network. "There's a big knowledge gap. This is the beginning of a new type of attack in telecom," Shaik told WIRED ahead of his presentation. "There's a whole platform where you get access to the APIs, there's documentation, everything, and it's called something like 'IoT service platform.' Every operator in every country is going to be selling them if they're not already, and there are virtual operators and subcontracts, too, so there will be a ton of companies offering this kind of platform."

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See Death Valley's 1,000-Year Rain Event From Space - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 14:07
Furnace Creek was more like Flood Creek after an epic rain in the national park.

Newly Identified Langya Virus Tracked After China Reports Dozens of Cases

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-10 14:00
Researchers have begun tracking a newly identified virus in China, with dozens of cases recorded so far. From a report: The novel Langya henipavirus (LayV) was first detected in the north-eastern provinces of Shandong and Henan in late 2018 but was only formally identified by scientists last week. The virus was likely transmitted from animals to humans, scientists said, and Taiwan's health authority is now monitoring the spread. The researchers tested wild animals and found LayV viral RNA in more than a quarter of 262 shrews, "a finding that suggests that the shrew may be a natural reservoir." The virus was also detected in 2% of domestic goats and 5% of dogs.

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Peloton Crash: Exercise Platform Experiences Major Outages - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 13:52
Peloton says it's implemented a fix and is monitoring the situation.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Beats Tesla Model S Plaid's Nürburgring Record - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 13:48
The record-setting Taycan was fitted with a newly available performance kit.

Dark Brandon: Why White House Officials Are Tweeting Images of Joe Biden With Laser Eyes - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 13:21
Everything you need to know about the viral Joe Biden meme.

Archaeologists Rebury 'First-of-Its-Kind' Roman Villa

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-08-10 13:20
Ruins of a sprawling ancient Roman villa discovered in the United Kingdom have been reburied, just one year after their discovery was announced. From a report: Historic England, a government preservation organization, hopes the move will safeguard the "first-of-its-kind" archeological site for future generations, reports BBC News. The discovery last year delighted experts, who underscored its historical significance. "These archaeological remains are a fantastic find and are far more than we ever dreamed of discovering at this site," said Keith Emerick, inspector of ancient monuments at Historic England, in a statement last year. "They are already giving us a better knowledge and understanding of Roman Britain." Archaeologists unearthed the ruins in Scarborough, England, in 2021 when investigating land slated for a housing development. The structures found are likely from a "high status" property, such as a luxury dwelling or religious site. The compound, which included a luxury bathhouse, could even have been a "stately home-cum-gentleman's club," reported the Guardian's Alexandra Topping last year. Roughly the size of two tennis courts, the villa had a circular center that was probably a tower, per the BBC, with hallways leading to several rooms and outbuildings. Regardless of how the villa was used, archeologists agree it was "designed by the highest-quality architects in northern Europe in the era and constructed by the finest craftsmen," said Karl Battersby, who works for the North Yorkshire county council, to the Guardian.

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Outfit Your Whole Home for Less Through This Philips Hue Lighting Sale - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 13:16
These factory reconditioned options are easy to set up and let you customize your space for less.