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Latest macOS Update Disables DisplayLink, Rendering Thousands of Monitors Dead

Latest macOS Update Disables DisplayLink, Rendering Thousands of Monitors Dead

rh2600 writes: Four days ago, Apple’s latest macOS 10.13.4 update broke DisplayLink protocol support (perhaps permanently), turning what may be hundreds of thousands of external monitors connected to MacBook Pros via DisplayLink into paperweights. Some days in, DisplayLink has yet to announce any solution, and most worryingly there are indications that this is a permanent change to macOS moving forward. Mac Rumors is reporting that “users of the popular Mac desktop extension app Duet Display are being advised not to update to macOS 10.13.4, due to ‘critical bugs’ that prevent the software from communicating with connected iOS devices used as extra displays.” Users of other desktop extensions apps like Air Display and iDisplay are also reporting incompatibility with the latest version of macOS.

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Viotek GN32Q 32-inch Curved 1440p 144Hz Monitor Review

Viotek is a company you might not have heard of. While they offer a variety of different products, they are really making waves with their gaming monitors. Offering some great specs and features for a lower cost than some of the well-known brands out there. Today we have their GN32Q which is a 32-inch curved VA panel with a 1440p (2560 x 1440) resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate, Freesync compatibility, and a very modern design. At only $429.99 this display could be a steal, let’s see if that is the case…

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Posted by amiller in 144 Hz, 1440p, Blog, Curved, Display, displays, Gaming Monitor, GN32Q, Monitor, Review, Reviews, Viotek
Google To Reveal 'World's Highest Resolution OLED-On-Glass Display' For VR Headsets

Google To Reveal 'World's Highest Resolution OLED-On-Glass Display' For VR Headsets

An anonymous reader writes: Last year at SID Display Week 2017, Google’s VP of VR/AR teased a “secret project” that the company was working on — a VR-optimized OLED panel capable of 20 megapixels per eye — which was being undertaken with “one of the leading OLED manufacturers.” This year, the schedule for SID Display Week 2018 indicates that Google plans to reveal its made-for-VR panel on May 22nd, which it calls the “world’s highest resolution (18 megapixel, 1443 ppi) OLED-on-glass display.” The company plans to detail the display in a presentation at the event, which will be co-presented with engineers from LG, suggesting the identity of the second partner on the project. Ideal for VR, the 4.3-inch panel is capable of 120Hz refresh rate and is expected to have a resolution of some 5,500 by 3,000, representing a massive leap over today’s leading VR panels which offer 1,600 by 1,440 resolutions at 90Hz.

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Samsung's New TVs Are Almost Invisible

Samsung's New TVs Are Almost Invisible

Mike Murphy reports via Quartz of Samsung’s new top-of-the-line televisions announced at an event in New York today: Samsung’s new QLED line of 4K TVs features a technology the company is calling “Ambient Mode.” Before you mount the TV, you’ll snap a picture of the wall it’s going to hang on — it doesn’t matter if it’s brick, wood, patterned wallpaper, or just a white wall — and then after it’s up, you can set that picture as the TV’s background. The result is something that looks like a floating black rectangle mounted on a wall. Samsung even includes a digital version of the shadow this black rectangle would cast on the wall, as if there really wasn’t a large LED panel sitting in the middle of the thin metal strips. There are five QLED models, with minor tweaks between them, ranging in size from 49 inches, up to an absolutely massive 88 inches. The televisions have a built-in timer so that the ambient setting will turn off after a while, in order to spare your electricity bill. Viewing the televisions before Samsung’s event, the ambient really did appear to blend them into the walls at first blush. One, against a fake brick wall, was indistinguishable from what was behind it until you really got close up to the screen. The distinction on another, attempting to mimic a painted off-white wall, was a little more obvious. But that’s not really the point — the mode is just intended to give the illusion of invisibility between watching TV, and when you want to show off your new television to a visitor. Pricing isn’t available but you can expect them to range from a few thousands dollars all the way up to $20,000 for the largest, sharpest models. Samsung also announced that it’s partnering with The Weather Channel, The New York Times, and others to overlay content on the ambient TVs. They will also be able to control any smart device that can control to Samsung’s SmartThings system, like Amazon Echoes, Ring doorbells, and Philips Hue Lights. Bixby is baked into the remote to help you search for content and cater to commands.

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Samsung To Cut OLED Production Due To Poor iPhone X Sales

Samsung To Cut OLED Production Due To Poor iPhone X Sales

Samsung’s panel-making division, Samsung Display, is reportedly reducing OLED panel production at its South Chungcheong plant due to lower than expected iPhone X sales. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Samsung now plans to cover 20 million or fewer iPhone X devices for the quarter ending in March, a large decrease from the expected 45 to 50 million units. CNET reports: Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the quarter ending in January, down by 1 percent on the previous year. The $1,000 price tag on the iPhone X was blamed for the volume shortfall — but also contributed to the company making record-breaking profits. Samsung did not respond to CNET’s request for comment.

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AOC’s New Monitors Designed By Porsche

AOC has partnered up with Porsche to release two new monitors with very sleek designs. They are the PDS241 and PDS217, both of which feature a 1080p AH-IPS panel at 24″ (PDS241) and 27″ (PDS217). These displays come in super-thin at only 5.2 mm and have a three-way-frameless design.

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Religion Meets Virtual Reality:  Christianity-Themed VR Demo Scheduled For Easter

Religion Meets Virtual Reality: Christianity-Themed VR Demo Scheduled For Easter

“Anyone looking to experience God in a brand new way will soon have his or her chance — virtually,” writes NBC News, reporting on “a new immersive faith-based virtual reality experience…part of a larger project created by L. Michelle Media called Mission VR.” An anonymous reader writes:
The company was founded “to create a signature virtual reality environment — a faith world of sorts — where dynamic, never before seen, Christian lifestyle stories and experiences could have a home.” Demos have been timed to coincide with this weekend’s Easter celebration, while the official launch happens later this spring. Viewers will apparently experience biographical stories combining VR applications and YouTube videos to showcase the power of belief. “Up until now, we’ve only been able to watch Christianity from a third person perspective — preached sermons, music videos, interviews, even reality shows…” says the founder of Mission VR. “This is the future of Christian programming.”

But one reverend told NBC that VR worlds could be dangerous because they “may take people from community and from the incarnational aspects of Christian life… [W]e always run a very serious risk that the medium overtakes the message… What we must do is guard against the use of technology through market logic where people become brands and all things spiritual become commoditized.”

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