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Samsung brings ‘invisible’ QLED TVs with Bixby voice control

the QLED series witnessed an overwhelming pre-booking response in India within a month of the launch

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Samsung brings QLEDTV with Bixby voice control to life. IANS
Samsung brings QLEDTV with Bixby voice control to life. IANS
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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 QLEDTV is highly anticipated.
The QLEDTV is highly anticipated.

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.

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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 Bixby launch conteol and amazing picture quality are some of the features of this TV.

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.

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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

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Pakistan’s Court Summons TV Team for ‘Disrespecting’ Valentine’s Day Ban

On February 14, Geo TV’s popular Report Card show dedicated a 15-minute segment to discussing the justification of the court’s ban on Valentine’s Day coverage and celebrations

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People buy flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 14, 2018. Pakistan's media regulatory authority, acting on a court order, has instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to refrain from promoting Valentine's Day. VOA

A Pakistani court has summoned several TV reporters from the country’s largest private TV station over accusations of “ridiculing” last year’s ruling that barred Valentine’s Day celebrations and its media coverage across the country.

On February 14, Geo TV’s popular Report Card show dedicated a 15-minute segment to discussing the justification of the court’s ban on Valentine’s Day coverage and celebrations.

Two of the panelists in the show questioned the rationale for the ban.

Hasan Nisar, a prominent Lahore-based political analyst, declared the restrictions “illogical” and “ridiculous” for society.

“I do not even have anything to say on it, it’s funny,” Nisar said.

Echoing Nisar, Imtiaz Alam, a leading reporter and panelist of the show, said the restrictions were “useless.”

“How can the court interfere as it is against the fundamental rights of the people? Do we have Taliban regime in Pakistan?” Alam asked.

“This is a cultural martial law and curfew to enforce the extreme ideologies. This is a sick mindset, and the moral policing through PEMRA [Pakistan Electronic Media Authority] is shameless,” Alam said.

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People buy flowers to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 14, 2018. Pakistan’s media regulatory authority, acting on a court order, has instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to refrain from promoting Valentine’s Day. VOA

Court order

Last year, on February 13, Islamabad’s High Court declared Valentine’s Day celebration un-Islamic and imposed a ban on any public or official celebrations.

The government reinstated the ban for a second consecutive year earlier this month to comply with the court’s ruling.

PEMRA also issued a fresh directive to remind its TV and radio licensees to refrain from promoting the day on their stations.

“Respondents are directed to ensure that nothing about the celebrations of Valentine’s Day and its promotion is spread on the electronic and print media,” PEMRA’s notification reads.

On charges of failing to adhere to the court’s order and PEMRA’s instruction, Islamabad court summoned the Geo TV host, two guests and the chief executive officer of the station to appear before the court next week and defend themselves in a contempt-of-court case.

“This act of the host and the participants apparently is tainted with malafide, ulterior motives, aims to undermine the authority of the court and to disrespect the order passed by the court, which clearly comes within the definition of the contempt of court,” the court said, according to local media.

The ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations and sensitivity toward it are not new in Pakistan. Some political and religious groups, such as Jamaat-i-Islami, have carried out rallies and protests against the celebration of the day, declaring it “unethical and un-Islamic.”

There have been instances in the past where local authorities prohibited the February 14 festivities in different cities across the nation.

In 2016, President Mamnoon Hussain also warned Pakistanis to stay away from celebrating Valentine’s Day, declaring it was “not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West.”

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A couple buys flowers to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations in the country’s capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. VOA

General debate

Valentine’s celebrations have increased in Pakistan over the last decade, particularly among the country’s youth.

The enforcement of the ban on its celebration and media coverage for a second consecutive year has sparked a larger debate among some of the country’s liberal and conservative circles.

A section of the society defends the celebrations and considers them harmless, though for others the day does not have any place in their religious practices or their traditions.

Pakistan, for the most part, is a conservative Muslim society. Public displays of affection are not the norm and often are viewed as unacceptable.

But some Pakistanis, like Saleema Hashmi, a Lahore-based artist, and renowned educator, believe the system is focusing on “irrelevant issues” at the expense of more important and pressing issues the country faces.

“Don’t our courts have better things to do instead of passing rulings on celebrating a mere romantic day?” she asked. “I do not understand how celebrating or denouncing Valentine’s Day can impact our religion, traditions, social or cultural norms.” (VOA)