LAS VEGAS -- Life up on the International Space Station presents a few more challenges than most of us deal with down here on Earth. Aside from reconstituted spinach, astronauts have to deal with disrupted sleep cycles due to the station orbiting around the Earth every 90 minutes.Lighting Science created special lightbulbs for the ISS. There are daylight bulbs with bluer light to encourage energy and activity during what would be daytime hours, and then there are lightbulbs that dial back on the blue to boost astronauts' production of melatonin for a good night's sleep. Those special bulbs are now available for terrestrial use.… Read more
Tabu, the folks behind the Lumen bulb, have added a new product to their LED offerings. It's called the Lumen Mini, and as you probably guessed, it's significantly smaller than the original. This compact little bulb is bluetooth-enabled and it's coming to Kickstarter later this month.
Aside from size, this bulb has a couple of other distinguishing characteristics. First, it's a color LED bulb, so you'll be disappointed if you're expecting the same "warm white" option offered on the original Lumen. That makes the Mini a bit more of a mood light … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Sony is promoting 4K resolution as hard as anyone, from its TVs to its studios, to its video distribution service. At CES 2014, the company's TV lineup reflects the major part 4K plays in its plans.
Sony debuted three separate lines of 4K resolution televisions today, including an entry-level series aimed at a "broader base of consumers." Given Sony's history of pushing 4K TV prices down -- at least among major brands -- we have hope that the cheapest sets might actually qualify as mainstream-priced this year. We'll find out when pricing … Read more
Among the two 4K/UHD resolution LED LCD TVs we reviewed in 2013, the Samsung UNF9000 series was our favorite. The UNHU8500 is its closest match in the company's 2014 lineup.
It's available in a massive range of five sizes: 75, 65, 60, 55, and 50 inches. It arrives this April, and pricing has not been announced.
Among exotic sets like the curved HU9000 and exorbitant S9, the HU8500 is a sort of everyman's 4K resolution Samsung. Samsung says it has improved the upscaling to make 1080p and other non-4K content look better, and it also touts … Read more
Have your heart set on a non-4K resolution, non-curved Samsung LED LCD TV in 2014? You might have some tough choices to make.
The UNH7150 series -- available starting in April in 75, 65, 60, 55 and 46 inches -- is the company's highest end 2014 TV to lack both of those oh-so-trendy, and in our experience, oh-so-underwhelming, features. Unfortunately, it also lacks the kind of hardware-based local dimming that we liked so much on a couple of 2013 models we reviewed, like the UNF8000 series. Maybe Samsung will release a flat, 1080p resolution LED LCD TV this year … Read more
If previous years are any indication, Samsung will sell zillions of LED LCD TVs in 2014, and its models designated UN63-something-something will once again provide among the best value.
We really liked the combination of Smart TV excellence, decent picture and competitive prices found on last year's 6300 series, and the UNH6350 series promises more of the same.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but we do know the H6350 will first become available in March. It also offers more choices in size than any other TV series we've ever seen. Are you ready? OK: 75, 65, 60, … Read more
Samsung's slew of 2014 TVs at CES trickles from extremely high-end models with curved screens and 4K resolution, all the way down to models you might actually be able to afford. Like the UNH6400 series.
This line will hit the streets in March at 65, 60, 55, 50 and 48 inches. Pricing wasn't announced, but we expect it to be relatively easy to swallow.
Savvy buyers on a reasonable budget might be asking themselves how it compares to the step-up H7150 and step-down H6350 also announced at CES 2014. Since the picture-affecting features of the 7 and 6 … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Samsung says curved TVs are the future. Coming from the company that wrote the book on selling LED LCDs by the boatload -- not to mention setting trends like slim cabinets, hairline bezels and voice and gesture control--that's a statement to take seriously.
Billed as "the world's first curved UHD TV," the company's second-most-expensive LED LCD TV for 2014 is the UNHU9000 series. It's available in 78-, 65-, and 55-inch sizes this April, and pricing has not been announced. We know it won't cost as much as the S9, but … Read more
Unfortunately, we don't have any official announcements yet. Unlike LG, Samsung said it will not reveal any new plasma TVs at CES 2014.
On the other hand, Samsung assured me it will release new plasma TVs later in the year. I spoke to Dave Das, VP of Home Entertainment for Samsung, and he said the company was planning to release new models around … Read more
It has spent eight straight years with the No. 1 worldwide market share among TV brands, which as of August 2013 was 30 percent, with 32 percent in North America. Vizio, at No. 2 in North America, was at 17 percent. It also enjoys even larger share of premium segments, like 240Hz LED LCDs and LED LCDs that cost more than $1,999 -- both at 67 percent.
The perfect segue is … Read more