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- Samsung releases Bixby voice control in its QLEDTV
- The QLEDTV saw prebooking in large amounts
- The TV is highly anticipated because of its many features
A second Nor’easter that hit the storm-weary US East Coast in less than a week with heavy snowfall, power outages and crippled transportation on Wednesday did not deter Samsung Electronics from unveiling its next-generation 4K QLED TVs that are set to redefine our living rooms.
The new line-up of flagship QLED (Quantum dot Light Emitting Diode) TVs – including the 85-inch, 8K Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered TV – houses an “Ambient Mode” feature that mimics the pattern on the wall behind the TV to create a visual effect, in which the TV blends seamlessly into the wall like a chameleon. To achieve this effect, download the “Samsung SmartThings” app on your smartphone and take a picture of the wall.
The app — available for both iOS and Android devices — then sends the image to the wall-mounted TV and figures out how to fill the screen with that image. In a demonstration, this left only the TV frame to be visible, and the screen seamlessly merged with the colour of the wall.
“Ambient Mode” also provides useful information throughout the day like weather reports and important news of the day etc, even when someone is not actively watching the TV.
With the intelligence platform “Bixby,” you can use voice commands to ask for your favourite movies or songs — along with controlling compatible Internet of Things (IoT) home devices like a robotic vacuum cleaner or cameras inside your home.
“Our 2018 line-up of televisions are most innovative and sophisticated yet, designed for today’s consumer who is mindful of the aesthetics of their space,” Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, told the gathering during the launch event at the American Stock Exchange here.
Ending months of speculations and teasers, Samsung’s flagship televisions — for which the price is yet to be announced — will be available later this month.
The new QLED TVs don’t have clumsy cables around them. There is only one slim cable that sends both power and data (audio-visual content) to the TV.
Available up to 15 metres, the cable frees consumers from having to place their TV near data or power outlets. The cable is connected to a separate external box.
“We are excited for consumers to experience our new TV line-up and features that offer more freedom to decide where and how the TV can be best enjoyed within the home,” Han added.
Samsung also showcased “The Frame,” a customisable TV that can blend into any room like a photo frame hanging on the wall. Launched last year, “The Frame” houses artworks that have been contributed by renowned artists from across the globe. Samsung collaborated with world-renowned designer Yves Behar to develop “The Frame”. Out of the the new QLED TVs — Q9F, Q8F, Q7C, Q7F and Q6F — the Q8F and Q9F models deliver stunning images through Direct Full Array (DFA) technology.
The DFA technology uses a panel with zones of smartly-controlled backlighting that adjust automatically to deliver deep blacks and pure whites. The new QLED series supports Samsung’s new HDR10+ technology.
The company showcased “One Remote” technology where consumers can control most connected TV devices with just one remote control.Samsung also unveiled its expanded line-up of UHD, Premium UHD and Ultra-Large Screen TVs.
Apart from TVs, the South Korean giant also showcased a new audio line-up that included the “HW-K950 Dolby Atmos” soundbar; “HW-N650” soundbar for gamers; “HW-NW700” soundbar that features a wall-mounted design and “VL550” that includes a unique metal dial that consumers can attach to any metallic surface and use to control music with their voice.
Samsung has been ahead of the curve with innovations like LED TV, Smart TV, Curved TV, Curved UHD TV and now QLED TV and “The Frame.” As a market leader, Samsung registered 30 per cent share in the overall TV category and 50 per cent market share in the premium TV category in India in 2017.
Last year, the QLED series witnessed an overwhelming pre-booking response in India within a month of the launch, and the surprising trend was that 40 per cent of these bookings came from non-metros, the company said. IANS
South Korea remained the No. 2 supplier of popular content to Netflix in the fourth quarter of last year, US online media have reported. According to What's On Netflix, a private online site that provides information on Netflix content, on Wednesday (US time), South Korean-made shows accounted for 11.8 per cent of the top 10 films and TV series in the final three months of 2021.
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Korean content thus ranked No. 2 for the second consecutive quarter after the United States, which accounted for 59 per cent, reports Yonhap News Agency. The figures are based on data by the streaming analytics firm FlixPatrol, it added. It marked a sharp increase from its share of 5.4 per cent for the third quarter, thanks to the breakout hit 'Squid Game', released on September 17, and other hit series.
South Korean-made shows accounted for 11.8 per cent of the top 10 films and TV series in the final three months of 2021. | Unsplash
"The fourth quarter of 2021 is likely to be an outlier with the arrival of 'Squid Game', but Korean content has been on a slow march up the charts regardless of 'Squid Game'," the report said. 'Squid Game' became the most successful Netflix show in history, with its total viewership reaching a record 1.65 billion hours in the first four weeks of its release.
Two subsequent series, the fantasy horror 'Hellbound' and the sci-fi thriller 'The Silent Sea', also topped Netflix's official weekly viewership chart for non-English TV shows. (IANS/ MBI)
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There has been a significant growth in adoption as well as deepening of digital payments across the country, showed the Reserve Bank of India - Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) on Wednesday. Accordingly, the index reading for September 2021 rose to 304.06 (index value) from 270.59 in March 2021. "The RBI-DPI Index continues to demonstrate significant growth in adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country," the RBI said in a statement.
Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. This improved to 207.84 in March 2020, 217.74 in September 2020 and further increased to 270.59 in March 2021. Earlier, the RBI had announced construction of the composite index with March 2018 as a base to capture the extent of digitisation of payments across the country.
Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. | Wikimedia Commons
The RBI-DPI comprises of five broad parameters that enable measurement of deepening and penetration of digital payments in the country over different time periods.Notably, these parameters are 'payment enablers', 'payment infrastructure -- demand side factors', 'payment infrastructure -- suppy side factors', 'payment performance' and 'consumer centricity'.Each of these parameters have sub-parameters which, in turn, consist of various measurable indicators. (IANS/ MBI)
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After an embarrassingly slow start to the crypto new year, the tides of the crypto machine are starting to change and with it, the investors of Avalanche and HUH Token have received some rather spectacular rewards.
The cryptocurrency market this week saw value increases of over 20% and that’s enough to signal to any crypto investor that things are going better in the crypto sphere than last weeks value increase percentages, which, for the most part, were on a downtrend.
But with the spirits of the cryptocurrency community well and truly perked up, it’s no wonder that hungry crypto investors like yourself are looking for the next bonus round of value increases.
What’s So Special About Avalanche?
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It seems like the crypto bug has been biting and the crypto sphere is regaining its pre-New Year vigour.
Avalanche the low-cost, eco-friendly programmable smart contracts platform saw an astonishing 3,042% from that point and investors are rejoicing at their before-the-curve investment in an altcoin.
Though if the numbers and investment trends of 2021 are anything to go off, altcoins like Avalanche and HUH Token are becoming the prefered crypto choice for whale investors.
HUH Token are making steps in this direction with their play-to-earn game launching in February.Dailyhodi
Not many currencies saw such a drastic increase of value like Avalanche, and aside from its forward-thinking, inclusive crypto technology, this is one of the abilities that make Avalanche special.
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HUH Token saw an incredible increase and is set to see more value rises over the next month with its 500 wide influencer launch, play-to-earn launch and dropping their presale holders NFTs on the 31st of January.
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