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Dell has used CES to introduce a number of new monitors, alongside USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks. The UltraSharp 30 is Dell's first OLED monitor, one that uses an Ultra HD resolution, the 23 Wireless Monitor and 24 Wireless Monitor both allow smartphones and notebooks to connect wirelessly, and the Dell Dock and Dell Thunderbolt Dock are able to provide connected systems with extra connectivity options, for both PCs and Macs.
Newegg.com this week has the LG 21.9-inch UltraWide screen backlight LCD monitor on sale for $250. That's already $100 off the list price of $350, and when coupon code 'AUTMNTIME88' is used at checkout, the price drops even further to $210. All together, that is around $40 less than the next lowest price. This monitor features a resolution of 2560x1080, 5ms response time, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and provides a variety of input options including DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from LG.
Apple may be prepared to launch a 5120x2880 monitor later this year, says an LCD market research firm, WitsView. That would however be beyond the limits of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard used in Thunderbolt 2; when limited to a single cable, even a Mac Pro can only support a 4K display at specific refresh rates. A more likely resolution would therefore be 4096x2160, DisplayPort's current maximum. At the same time, Dell has announced a 5K display, and whatever technology that uses could presumably be adopted by Apple.
Mackie has announced the introduction of its new Creative Reference multimedia monitors, offering studio-quality audio performance. Designed for home or professional studios, the compact monitors features 50-watt stereo sound, three-inch or four-inch polypropylene-coated woofers, and a 0.75-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeter. Its front-facing features include a volume knob with a lit power ring, and users can plug one's smartphone into the front. Prices start at $130 per pair, and are available through local dealers.
Acer is expanding its range of Aspire notebooks with a new collection of gaming systems, named the Aspire V Nitro. At the same time, the company revealed a collection of monitors for gaming and business, with the three new ranges including screen sizes between 27 inches and 32 inches, and with WQHD and 4K resolutions to choose from.
At today's Taipei Computex, Philips Monitors showed the upcoming Two-in-One Monitor (Model 19DP6QJNS). The new monitor, scheduled to ship this fall, combines a pair of 19-inch IPS displays, providing a 32-inch display with little "seam" between the two.
Samsung has revealed a trio of monitor models it will be bringing out in the coming weeks in the United States and other markets. The 1920x1080-resolution SD390 and SD590, each available in two different sizes, are accompanied by the premium UD590, a 28-inch monitor that includes support for 1 billion colors and can display an image at a resolution of 3,840x2,160.
Dell has announced a firm date and pricetag for a 28-inch 4K monitor it teased in December. The P2815Q will support resolutions up to 3840x2160, and ship for $699 on January 23. Other specifications aren't available, but Dell is promising the same performance as its recent 24- and 32-inch UltraSharp monitors.
At Dell.com this week, save big on a dual monitor bundle. It includes two 22-inch Dell monitors and a dual monitor stand. They were priced at $540 all together, but have been cut to $426. Coupon code '$KFG6NMP2MHVSJ' drops the price further to $278.24, beating the next lowest price by $230. These monitors feature 1680 x 1050 resolution, a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, and 5ms response time.
Philips has introduced two new monitors at CES, beginning with the 27" Gaming Monitor with G-SYNC. G-SYNC is an NVIDIA technology that matches a monitor's refresh rate to the connected computer's video card, improving vertical sync while minimizing any stuttering or input lag. The Gaming Monitor is capable of refresh rates up to 144Hz with a 5ms response time, and also offers a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, adjustable height, and wall-mounting support.
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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe