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  • Samsung's curved OLED TV drops price by a third, LG brings cheaper 4K TVs

    Samsung curved OLED TV and LG's smaller 4K TVs get big price cuts in Korea

    Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG often match each other in product introductions, but today they were together in announcing cheaper options for some of their latest TV technology. Samsung is dropping the price on its new 55-inch curved OLED (above) and LG rolled out two lower priced versions of its 55- and 65-inch 4K TVs that sacrifice a few premium features. In Samsung’s case, the price is dropping by 34 percent, from 15 million won ($13,500) to 9.9 million ($8,910). While we’d heard the KN55S9 will arrive in the US mid-August for $15,000 there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but Value Electronics is promising more details on the 14th.

    For LG, the new LA9650 (pictured after the break) variant of its 65-inch UHDTV drops to 8.9 million won ($8,010) compared to 10.9 million ($9,810) for the original LA9700, while the 55-inch is 5.9 million won ($5,310) compared to 7.4 million ($6,660). In the US the original models sell for $7,999 and $5,999, respectively, while retailer B&H already has placeholders for the new models with US prices of $6,999 and $4,999. If the listing is accurate, we could see these versions ship in the US around October 23rd. These new models give up a few creature comforts like the bottom-mounted motorized 4.1 speaker and camera, but keep the pixel count along with fixed 2.1 speakers and 16GB of memory for DVR functions.

    According to the Korea Times, Samsung’s price cut came as a result of improved manufacturing yield, and customers that already purchased one will be refunded the difference. Of course, these prices are still hardly challenging the value priced entries from Chinese manufacturers Seiki or TCL, but is remarkable to see OLED technology dropping below $10,000 so quickly.

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    Source: Samsung, LG

  • Element14 unveils Raspberry Pi Projects hub and 8GB Model B bundle

    Element14 unveils Raspberry Pi project hub, tinkeringfriendly Model B bundle

    While it’s comparatively easy to get started with Raspberry Pi programming, it can be tough to find suitably challenging projects afterward — what’s good for rookies may bore seasoned pros. To solve this, Element14 has launched a Raspberry Pi Projects hub that organizes community projects by skill level. First-timers get tutorials for basic tasks, such as loading Minecraft: Pi Edition, while veterans learn how to build home monitoring systems and other advanced devices. Those who want a faster start on their projects can also spend $40 on a new Raspberry Pi Model B bundle that includes both the tiny PC and an 8GB SD card preloaded with six operating systems. There’s no guarantee that you’ll become an expert through Element14’s hub, but you’ll at least be saved from getting in over your head.

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    Source: Element14 (1), (2)

  • iDoorCam shows you who's at your door, helps you hide from unwanted visitors

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    If you’ve ever gone on a long vacation (or hidden from someone at least once in your life) there’s a chance you’ll find high-tech doorbells useful. A new device called iDoorCam, in particular, claims to be able to notify you via iPhone or iPad whenever there’s someone at your door — even if you’re not at home. Sound familiar? That’s because we’ve seen a similar technology called DoorBot in 2012. Like DoorBot, iDoorCam’s camera-equipped device connects to your home internet through WiFi and attaches to your existing doorbell power wires. It beams a video of your visitors to all connected iOS gadgets, and you can even talk with them, assuming it’s not a crazy ex or a pushy solicitor. iDoorCam’s website has yet accept preorders for the $165 system, but those first in line could get their devices as soon as October.

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    Source: iDoorCam

  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: lab-grown meat, eSpyder airplane and terabytes of RAM

    Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

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    Summer is traditionally a time for firing up the grill and cooking up some burgers and dogs, but this week saw a high-profile foray into the realm of lab-grown meat. The world’s first £250,000 lab-grown hamburger was taste-tested in London, and those who tried it said it isn’t terrible, but it needs more fat. In response, Inhabitat polled readers to see what they would be more inclined to eat: the lab-grown meat, which was financially backed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, or Beyond Meat chicken strips made mostly with soy protein, which are backed by Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams. On the design front, interior furnishing giant IKEA is set to debut a new augmented reality catalog that will allow you to preview what different products would look like in your apartment. And to find out how the company is able to produce cheap products while maintaining a small impact on the planet, Inhabitat interviewed IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard.


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