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Ultra HD TV Hitting Top

By end-year 2014, Ultra HD TVs are expected to gain a bigger market share against Innolux predictions. Indeed, popularity of the technology is skyrocketing.

According to earlier forecasts, the UHD segment was supposed to make up 6% of the total sales volume by end-year 2014. However, the share has proved to be substantially more significant, reaching 10%, with total quantities to be sold estimated at 20 million units.

Market demand for the technology is growing at a break-neck pace. In January, the technology’s total market share was as big as 1%, while, by April, it reached 6,8%. So, with consumers increasingly interested in the technology, UHD-devices are likely to gain a 10% market share by the end of the year.

This is mainly due to Korean giants, such as LG and Samsung, replacing their conventional OLED technology with Ultra HD, the reason for it being OLED inefficiency resulting in high reject rates. Now that the competition between these two major players is really severe 4K LED TV sets are becoming sales hits.

Both Samsung and LG boast sustainable shares of European, American and Asian markets (except for China and Japan where they have to really fight for consumers with local manufacturers).

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HTC to release new camera

HTC, most widely renowned as a manufacturer of Android smartphones, has announced the release of a new device – the standalone digital Re Camera. The camera is said to be compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones and, unlike the famous GoPro, popular with those keen on extreme sports and adventures, is designed for regular people.

It will be available in the US later this month for $199.99 in orange, blue, teal, and white, complete with a 8GB micro SD. HTC also offers a range of accessories for the camera, such as handlebar mount for bikes and a case to enhance its waterproof qualities.

As for the appearance, it is a pocket size camera of a simplistic design with a solid water-tight body in glossy plastic. All you can see on its outside is just a button on the front, another on the back, a red LED to indicate video recording, and a blue one for slow motion. However, even though the camera has nothing like a viewfinder, a display or a graphical user interface, it boasts 16-megapixel resolution, a 146-degree fixed-focus lens and can shoot 1080p HD video. The device is turned on automatically as you pick it up, and its 820 mAh battery allows shooting for as long as 1 hour 40 minutes on end without recharging.

According to HTC, the Re Camera is designed to make photographing more enjoyable. Using the camera, you supposedly won’t have to worry about framing a shot or starting a camera app, with your eyes off the display and open for the beauty of the moment. However, from preliminary testing, it doesn’t seem like a better option to take pictures than a smartphone. It takes too long for the camera to wake up and to capture an image, and the picture quality leaves much to be desired.

So, though HTC claims to be working on improvements, they will sure have to struggle to win a market for a non-pro camera in that price range.

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Dubai Police runs anti-fake operation

As a result of the two-week undercover operation, Dubai Police seized 60 000 fake phones, including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models, worth 13 m USD, and arrested 45 people.

According to the Police, the criminals smuggled the phones as separate parts to assemble them later when already in the UAE. The Police also warned that, because of the cheap battery, the phones posed a risk of explosion.

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Google Androidis the most popular mobile OS in the world, far from being named the most secure.

On the scale of vulnerability threatening the security of personal data of Google Android users, specialists of Bluebox Labs said, but the portal of PCWorld noted that it is probably one of the biggest in the history of Android system. The first informations about this problem were obtained in 2010, and the Google company, of course, has taken steps to close the breach in security that prevents malware to actually penetrate smoothly to mobile devices, making their users helpless in the face of intruders. Nevertheless, to eliminate Google problem was managed only in the latest version of Android, so that all users of previous OS versions should remain on the alert.

This problem, or «FakeID», as it is called in the Bluebox Labs, according to the same Bluebox Labs, is associated with deficiencies in the mechanism of verification of certificates and fraught with consequences not only for users of Android, but also for the reputation of Google company. Taking advantage of the privileges granted on the mobile devices in some applications, intruders can break into the system that give them access to personal photos and passwords, and credit card numbers. So what is the advice to all users of OS Android versions 4.3.1 and below: arm with reliable antivirus and beware!

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According to In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV division at LG Electronics, the EC9300, boasting a large cinema design screen on a neatly shaped stand plus LG’s WRGB OLED technology, is made for everyone to enjoy high-quality picture and feel the difference.

Announcing new releases upcoming this year, In-kyu Lee also explained that the company would be further expanding its range to give as many consumers as possible a chance to experience the true value of the LG OLED TV.

Ultra-slim and ultra-thin, EC9300 offers webOS based LG Smart+ TV, CINEMA 3D, incorporating LG’s proprietary FPR technology, and an advanced 2D to 3D conversion engine.

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The Kepler toxic gas detector has become a fresh Kickstarter hit. The smart sensor is mainly designed to prevent natural gas leaks. Once the gas in the air concentration is above the admissible threshold, Kepler generates an audible beep, warning about the dangerous situation via a mobile device. When the air becomes lethally toxic, the detector sounds an alarm.

As for its appearance, Kepler looks like a round display disk attached to a flat panel. It is possible to dismantle the disk-shaped main module from the panel to use it as a portable gas leak detector. The device can either be mains connected, which requires a USB cable and an adapter, or supplied from an integral battery. The battery charge lasts for about two hours. Besides, the Kepler detector can function as a timer clock and transmit data to mobile devices.

Kickstarter users can already pre-order it for some 60 Canadian dollars.

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It has been reported on the Texas Governor’s web-site that the world’s first spaceport is to appear 27 km away to the north-east of Brownsville. The project has already been approved by Brownsville’s mayor and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Plans have it that the spaceport’s annual throughput will be 12 space launch vehicles. It is to be used both for NASA purposes and for private companies’ projects. The new spaceport will create 300 jobs, the state’s benefit amounting to around $85 mln. So, the authorities are expected to invest some $15 million in it.

The project was initiated by SpaceX company, namely, Elon Musk, its founder and chief designer (and PayPal originator). The company specializes in manufacturing and launching Falcon space launch vehicles and Dragon recoverable capsules.

The first three attempts to launch Falcon family space launch vehicles failed. Only the fourth one was a success, with Falcon-1 placing into orbit a test payload of 165 kg and, a year later, – Malaysia’s RazakSAT satellite.

In 2010, the new Falcon-9 delivered a Dragon spaceship to the earth orbit, which, having accomplished its mission, splashed down successfully in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, the Dragon spaceship delivered its first cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Later, SpaceX and NASA concluded a $1.6 bln contract for Dragon to take another 12 space flights to the ISS.

Currently, SpaceX is developing a new Falcon modification – Falcon Heavy, while launching space vehicles, using the Cape Caneveral spaceport and Vandenberg Airforce base.