|These are the Daily Tech Headlines for January 8, 2018 I'm Rich Stroffolino|
|Samsung announced a 98-inch 8K QLED TV, which includes machine learning to upscale 4K content. It and other Samsung TVs will offer Google Assistant compatibility to interact with the TV, but only with a seperate Google Home device. Bixby will still be the native voice control built into Samsung sets.|
Sony announced an 8K LCD TV and a 4K OLED TV as part of its Master Series. The Z9g 8K comes in 85 and 98-inch models and the A9G runs 55, 65 and 77 inches. Sony says its 8K TVs have an algorithm to provide "exceptional detail and contrast for a more realistic picture that represents the creators’ intent,” and uses a proprietary algorithm for upscaling 4K content. Both models offer support Dolby Vision/Atmos, run Android TV and will support Apple's Airplay and HomeKit. No pricing or ship dates were released.
Panasonic announced the 55 and 65-inch GZ2000-series of 4K TVs, the first OLEDs offered by the company. The GZ2000 supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision for HDR, and is equipped with a processor designed to speed HDR processing, providing the correct color in changing brightness and contrast conditions. The TVs support industry standard Calman test pattern calibration for further color accuracy. The GZ2000 also has upward firing Dolby Atmos speakers, and support for Google Assistant and Amazon Voice Services, but currently lacks a price or release date.
TCL announced a 75-inch version of its 4K HDR Roku TV with Dolby Vision HDR10 for less than $1700, preorder are available now with shipping in the coming weeks. TCL also introduced his first Alto soundbars either standalone or bundled with a wireless subwoofer and its first headphones. 4 models will come out starting with wired in-ear and earbud models February 1. TCL and Roku also announced a partnership to make 8K TVs coming later this year with some having built-in far-field mic arrays for voice control. This 8-Series line will offer Quantum Contrast, a new backlight technology based on mini-LEDs, and QLED.
|Intel demonstrated its first Ice Lake 10nm chips based on the Sunny Cove architecture, with Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, and DL Boost (deep learning boost). Intel says PC makers will have devices with Ice Lake processors on the shelves by the end of 2019, showing what appeared to be a Dell XPS 2-in-1 demo unit. Intel also announced six new desktop 9th gen chips from the Core i3 up to the Core i9 shipping later this month and said it would bring 9th gen processors to laptops in the H-series sometime in Q2.|
Intel also announced a partnership with Comcast for 10 Gbps service and WiFi 6 connectivity as an alternative to 5G using Intel's Puma system on a chip. Comcast expects its first 10 gig service to arrive in 2020.
But if you're into 5G, Intel has something for you too. Project Athena is Intel's push to get companies to make ultrabooks with 5G and AI support using Intel specs, though Intel isn't sharing those spec publicly yet. A road map is being shared with manufacturers, with Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Innolux, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, and Sharp all working on Project Athena, and include Chrome and Windows.
And Intel is working with Facebook on an AI chip due in the second half of the year to go up against AI chips from Nvidia and AWS. The chip is designed to help with inference which puts AI agorithms to use. Intel has the predmoniant marketshare in inference chips.
|HTC showed off the Vive Cosmos that has cameras that don't require external tracking equipment and can be powered by PC, laptop or possibly at some point even by a smartphone. No price but it is expected to launch later this year. It features a flip-up screen so you can see the world without having to take the headset all the way off. HTC also showed a new version of the Vive Pro with eye tracking called the Vive Pro Eye coming in April. And HTC announced VivePort Infinity, an upgrade to the subscription service that includes access to 500 titles. The previous subscription only allowed 5 games a month. The new service launches April 5 but we don't know how much it will cost. Finally HTC is working with Mozilla on a browser optimized for VR.||https://www.cnet.com/news/htc-teases-vive-cosmos-vr-headset-for-masses-and-eye-tracking-vive-pro-eye/|
|Amazon announced new additions to their smart lock lineup. Amazon Key, the system that lets couriers unlock your door to leave packages inside, is now called Key by Amazon. It's also adding Key by Garage so they can leave your Amazon deliveries in the garage rather than your house or car. There's also Key for Business which lets building managers control hours and entry for deliveries. There's also the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt coming Q1. Ring Doorbells are also getting Key access so you can look at your Ring monitor and unlock the door if you verify it's someone who should have access. Amazon also announced the Ring Door View Cam, designed to capture live video from a front door peep hole. Door View Cam requires no additional wiring or drilling to mount, support Amazon Voice Services, and will be available in the US later in 2019 for $199.||http://venturebeat.com/2019/01/07/amazons-ring-unveils-door-view-cam-for-peephole-video-and-smart-outdoor-lighting/|
|Huawei announced the 13-inch MateBook 13 a mid-range laptop between the MateBook D and MateBook X Pro. It's 14.9 mm thick making it thinner than the MacBook Air. Both models have 8GB of RAM and a fingerprint reader on the power button. The core i5 model is $999 and the Core i7 with a discrete Nvidia MX150 GPU is $1299. Both go on sale in the US January 29.||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/1/7/18167124/huawei-matebook-13-x-pro-vs-macbook-air-competitor-ces-2019|
|Samsung announced that third-party apps from Google are coming to their Bixby virtual assistant, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps and Google Play. Sadly no release or implementation details have been announced.||https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEOl506hCb3D100tBdO8VZn4qFAgEKg0IACoGCAowlIEBMLEXMOc_?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen|
|Samsung announced an estimated 29 percent drop in quarterly profit for the last quarter of 2018, and it issued commentary along with the guidance for the first time since mobile phone sales dropped in 2014. Samsung blamed unexpected weak demand from data center customers for chips. Data centers, mostly in the US make up almost 30 percent of demand for Samsung's DRAM chips. Prices for DRAM chips fell 10 percent in Q4. Samsung also blamed a “stagnant and fiercely competitive smartphone market.”||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-samsung-elec-results/samsung-electronics-says-fourth-quarter-profit-likely-fell-29-percent-china-demand-weak-idUSKCN1P12C7?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|Roku announced that the number of active accounts increased 40% on the year to 27 million by the end of 2018. Total streaming time increased 61% on the year to 24 billion hours, with an estimated 7.3 billion hours streamed in Q4.||http://techcrunch.com/2019/01/07/roku-tops-27m-accounts-24b-hours-streamed-by-end-of-2018-announces-more-tv-partners/|
|Meanwhile Hulu announced subscribers grew 47% year over year, adding 8 million in 2018, for a total of 25 million. The company also announced ad revenue increased 45% on the year to a company record $1.5 billion.||https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/hulu-25-million-subscribers-2018-ad-revenue-1203102356/|
|TechCrunch reports that Plex is in talks with content providers to offer free, ad-supported movies to its platform, as well as premium networks to offer subscriptions through Plex. The move may be similar to discounted price for the music streaming service TIDAL offered to Plex Plus subscribers last month. Plex is reportedly still working through the DRM required for the service, but may debut ad-supported content in 2019.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/07/plex-plans-to-offer-ad-supported-movies-and-more-premium-subscriptions/|
|GitHub announced that users of its free tier would now have access to unlimited private repositories. These private repositiories would be limited to three collaborators per project. Public repositories with unlimited collaborates are also still included in the free tier. The company also announced they were combining their cloud and self-hosted enterprise offerings into a unified GitHub Enterprise solution, with consistent per-seat pricing.||http://thenextweb.com/dd/2019/01/05/github-now-gives-free-users-unlimited-private-repositories/|
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