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    Samsung to stop (monitor) LCD production - Focuses on quantum dot OLEDs

    People should understand, the way quantum dots are used today in LCDs is not the same. Current Samsung QLEDs use a blue inorganic LED backlight with random red and green QDs of a certain density. Together they all form white and pass through the normal LCD color filters....The advantage is the...
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    Nintendo Is Bringing Back the NES Classic in 2018

    A lot of us are used to this song and dance from Nintendo since the days of the original NES (and remember what it was like when Zelda II was first released, and Super Mario 2?) ....This one annoyed me much more than any of the others, absolutely huge demand and Nintendo made it sound like they...
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    Sennheiser HD 800 High-End Audiophile Headphones, $899

    This would have been an insane deal prior to a year ago when they introduced the HD800S, which is now at or slightly higher than the original HD800 price point. The HD800S is comparable to the difference between HD600 and HD650. However, HD800 is still HD800. It's just as good as it always...
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    Samsung To Temporarily Halt Galaxy Note 7 Production

    Now I'll bet Samsung wishes they hadn't a) skipped over the Note 6 name since that's what they'd be burying right now b) continued to follow the trend of nonremovable batteries. Although it's possible some hardware fault in the phone is at play (maybe even some tiny little plastic support bit is...
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    Your Tesla Is Watching You

    All Teslas are made with the Autopilot hardware whether you order it or not, but you still have to pay for it as an option to enable it. The incremental cost of adding the hardware to every car is mitigated by simplifying the production process, and I assume using the collected data to revise...
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    Tesla Faults Brakes, But Not Autopilot, In Fatal Crash

    They can say drivers were warned that they are still ultimately responsible for what they do with Autopilot, but as we saw with BuckyBalls and the Jeep Grand Cherokee shifter, that's not always accepted. I think of it as a glorified adaptive cruise control system, which is what it is, but being...
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    Sony's High-End 4K HDR LCD TVs Start At $7,000

    They said the same thing about plasmas (burn-in, doesn't last long, not bright enough, etc), but I was blown away by my Kuro since the first day, and I never saw anything close until these OLEDs. The 2016s have made strides and I think the longevity and brightness issues are similarly overblown...
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    How Old-School Floppy Drives Worked

    I remember people calling the old Apple II 3.5" disks "hard disks"....I used to do the notch trick with 3.5", the hole opposite the write protect signified high-density so you could use 720KB discs as 1.44MB.....It worked to varying degrees of success, good quality disks generally worked the...
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    Consumer Reports Calls On Tesla to Disable Autopilot

    If they make them change from Autopilot to another name, then someone should force Mercedes to change Magic Body Control to something else too. Because I was very disappointed to learn there was no actual magic or sorcery involved.
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    Man Blames Tesla Model X For Crashing Into Building

    Almost all of the time this happens, it's a case of mistaking the accelerator for the brake pedal. Most of these first Xs have been delivered fully-loaded, and being a P90D it's highly likely it has the Ludicrous upgrade which gives it 3 sec 0-60 time, so this could have seriously taken the wife...
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    Red-Light Cameras Producing Profits More Than Protecting Drivers

    One thing I noticed in New Orleans was that there is absolutely no delay between lights turning red and cross street lights turning green. It goes instantly from red to green the moment the crossing intersection goes from yellow to red....sometimes there isn't even a yellow. There's no short...
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    Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs Probably Won’t Be Cracked For A While

    Have to say, for a small portion of a market that already isn't a runaway success by historical standards, something as heavy-handed as this is so counterproductive it's almost like they're trying to kill 4K physical media before it even catches on. Don't know why, it's not like we can all be...
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    AOL Considering Ditching Its Brand Name

    The prune industry spent a good deal of time and money convincing people they were "dried plums" due to negative connotations (I still think of the "King's Quest: Quest for the Prune Juice" gag from way back). It would take too many years for enough people to forget the old AOL to give it a...
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    Seagate Unveils 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive

    "Do you think that amount of data is too much to entrust to a single HD?" Yes if Seagate is the manufacturer....Although the 340MB ST3385A I got as a refurb from Midwest Micro in 1993 is still running fine in my DOS rig for old games.
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    Netflix Has Been Streaming The Wrong 'Lost' Finale

    Ah yes, the show that kept me captivated before a writer's strike and indecision sent it off a cliff....It's too bad, so many of the unanswered things that kept people fascinated for years and seemed to be building up to mind-blowing ideas ended up with lame and abrupt wtf?-type explanations...