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Teardown of iPad Air 2 by iFixit confirms 2GB RAM, smaller battery

10/22, 8:00pm

Lack of antenna for NFC radio hobbles unit for Apple Pay retail buying

A new teardown of the iPad Air 2 has confirmed much of what was speculated about the device, but has also revealed some minor surprises. The team at iFixit have rated the new iPad a "two" on a scale of 10, with 10 being the most repairable. The company says that while the new "fused" display is better visually, and sturdier when opening up the iPad, it will also increase the cost of repair for a cracked screen. The teardown also revealed that the latest full-size iPad features a smaller battery and more RAM.

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WSJ: Google X working on modular large-scale displays

10/03, 4:57pm

One Laptop Per Child project co-founder claimed to be behind Google X display project

Google X, the search company's experimental branch, is reportedly exploring the creation of easy-to-construct large-scale video displays. Not content with creating a modular smartphone, Google is allegedly looking into ways to connect multiple displays together to create one larger version, with the aim of making the building process as simple as possible.

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Developer finds evidence supporting 3x resolution coming to iPhone

08/29, 10:14pm

Could offer resolutions as high as 2208x1242, likely for larger devices

It has been speculated for some time that if Apple does decide to make larger iPhone screens as it now appears to be doing, that resolution would have to increase dramatically, which could cause headaches for developers. However, new testing by Dragthing creator James Thompson has revealed that Apple may instead rely on pixel-tripling, asking developers only to provide assets at 1x, 2x, and 3x the logical screen resolution. This could yield Retina-quality images on devices with larger displays.

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Picture of claimed 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' parts published

08/15, 11:00pm

Report is very questionable, claims product will be called '6L'

Taiwanese Apple blog Apple Daily has published pictures of three components it claims are parts from the oft-discussed but little-seen 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show what are said to be the display, logic board and battery of the device, but at least two of the three parts are identical to the claimed 4.7-inch iPhone, casting doubt on the entire report. The battery, however, may be a genuinely new part, and is said to be nearly double in capacity compared to the current iPhone 5s battery.

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Samsung reportedly testing smartphone with three-sided display

08/07, 4:49pm

Prototype in testing claimed to use screen which covers sides of smartphone

Samsung is testing a prototype smartphone with a wraparound display, according to a report. The previously-rumored smartphone is said to employ a display panel that stretches over from the front onto the two sides of the device, effectively treating the edge displays as a software-defined interface instead of the typical volume and power buttons used by current devices.

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Dell unleashes three new UItrasharp widescreen multimedia monitors

06/04, 3:25pm

Ultrasharp monitors up to 27-inches come with 2.0-megapixel webcams, built-in speakers

Three new monitors in Dell's Ultrasharp line have given customers in the market for a new display some options to consider. The new models feature sizes from 21.5 to 27 inches, with integrated 2.0-megapixel webcams, built-in speakers and dual-digital headphone/microphone combo jacks. Each monitor is said to be Full HD (1920x1080) and have a 178-degree viewing angle. Input options include VGA, HDMI (MHL) for use with tablets and smartphones, DisplayPort and USB 3.0.

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Samsung awarded design patent for tablet with foldable display

01/02, 10:47am

Patent awarded at end of 2013 shows single screen spanning two tablet halves

Samsung is still working on a folding tablet with a single seamless screen, according to a newly-granted design patent. The USPTO filing shows a tablet that appears to consist of two halves of a tablet that closes like a book, but still retains a single screen without a central seam or hinge in the middle of the display, something that the company has been working on for some time.

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Samsung hopes to bring foldable displays to market in late 2015

11/06, 10:14am

Curved displays to be followed by bendable, foldable versions

Samsung is planning to bring out devices with foldable displays sometime in 2015, according to announcements made at the Samsung Analyst Day in Korea. Buoyed by the launch of the curved Galaxy Round smartphone, Samsung will look towards building bendable displays sometime in 2014, before moving to foldable versions towards the end of the following year.

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Lawsuit charges Apple knew about allegedly-defective iMac display

10/29, 6:36pm

Backlit display from LG suspected, plaintiff seeks class-action status

In a new lawsuit against Apple, an Idaho Falls man is charging that Apple was aware of a problem with displays used in some previous generations of iMac that were made by LG for the company, but did nothing about the problem despite numerous customer complaints that the LED displays in the models made between 2009 and 2012 might fail, specifically that half the display would go dim for no user-caused reason. Apple has not yet responded to the suit.

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Japan Display starts production of 5-inch 1080p WhiteMagic screens

10/11, 1:04pm

Bright, high-resolution display panels for smartphones go into production

Screen manufacturer Japan Display has started mass production on a new panel for smartphones. The new WhiteMagic display is a five-inch TFT LCD module with a resolution of 1080x1920, giving it a pixel density of 446ppi, which uses the same display technology as earlier, lower resolution models for a bright image with low power requirements.

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Apple will move to larger, Retina screens next year, say analysts

10/09, 3:41am

Reports reinforce supplier rumors of 4.8-inch screen on iPhone 6, more

Citing supply chain sources, NPD/DisplaySearch Vice President for the Greater China Market David Hsieh believes that Apple will rely heavily over the next year or so on display technology innovation to help drive growth of some of its most popular products. He predicts both common changes like the expected upgrade to Retina-quality displays in the next iPad mini and off-beat options like the addition of Retina screens in future MacBook Airs, along with a larger 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" in 2014, echoing other analysts.

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LG Z curved smartphone being prepared for launch, claims report

10/02, 6:58am

LG smartphone to use flexible display in rigid body

LG will be following its success with curved televisions by announcing a smartphone with a curved screen in the future, claims a report. The manufacturer has entered mass production of the device, dubbed the LG Z, with the central feature consisting of a flexible display attached to a rigid body, and will apparently have similar specifications to the recently-launched LG G2.

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Rumor: Sharp to begin display ramp-up for iPhone 5S next month

05/08, 2:00am

Report conflicts with other rumors, reflects late-summer release

As talk of the next iPhone model -- which will arrive in June, July, or August depending on which supplier report one wants to believe -- heats up, rumors and reports from component suppliers and other sources often contradict each other on timetables. This confusion reinforces Apple CEO Tim Cook's statements that any one bit of information -- even if true -- was unlikely to provide the proper context given Apple's complex supply chain. That said, a source in Japan has reported that Sharp will be ramping up display units for the iPhone 5S next month.

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Samsung offices searched by police in OLED investigation

04/10, 5:20am

Investigation instigated by police, not LG

The headquarters of Samsung Display has been searched by police, as part of an investigation into possible OLED technology theft. Officers from the South Metropolitan Police Agency searched the offices in Asan, South Korea, for documents relating to the leak of secrets to LG, specifically anything that can show if Samsung itself is involved.

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Class-action lawsuit filed over LG displays in Retina MBPs

03/14, 7:51pm

Problems with ghosting, burn-in on some Retina displays

A Retina MacBook Pro owner is launching a class-action lawsuit alleging that Apple has not acknowledged, fixed or warned users that displays in the Retina unit made by LG (one of two primary suppliers) have problems with "ghosting," retaining an after-image for a time. Beau Hodges has filed suit in California, complaining that users have no way of knowing until after purchase whether they have an LG display version and that "none of Apple's ... representations disclose that it [has RMBPs] with different levels of performance and quality."

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Dell launches U3014 large-format display

02/12, 8:05am

New display Dell's largest to date

Dell today announced the availability of a new flagship monitor -- the U3014 30-inch display. The U3014 is noted by Dell as its largest screen size to date, and ships with the company's PremierColor feature for accurate, customizable colors that cover industry standards with a large color gamut.

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Eyes-on: HP's 23- and 27-inch xi-series IPS monitors

01/10, 10:02pm

HP modernizes monitor aesthetics

HP brought its latest hardware to Las Vegas this week for CES, where Electronista checked out the company's new xi-series displays. The offerings range from the 20-inch 20xi to the 27-inch 27xi, bringing a modernized appearance and LED-backlit IPS panels.

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Sharp set to launch Big Pad multitouch display in Japan

12/03, 12:26pm

LED screen measures 20-inches, supports stylus input

Shortly after its announcement to sell a 4K IGZO monitor in February, Sharp is also preparing to release a 20-inch touchscreen display in Japan. The LL-S201A, branded "Big Pad" by the manufacturer, supports up to ten points of multi-touch input, as well as a stylus with a 2mm tip for more precise work.

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Report: Apple iPad mini display 'adequate,' not excellent

11/08, 1:22am

Need to support existing resolution, technical limitations forced choice

The monitor specialists at Displaymate have put a new iPad mini through its paces, and have found the display to be "very capable" but a distinct decrease in quality over Apple's Retina display choices as seen in the more recent iPads. Citing the iPad mini's resolution of a lower-than-expected 1024x768, the analysts believe that Apple's choice of panels for the iPad mini was a combination of constraints on display technology, cost minimization, plus a number of "poor choices and compromises."

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Dell launches 2013 S display line with five new models

09/21, 4:28pm

New array of displays range from 21.5 to 27 inches

Dell has unveiled a new S Series of displays. All five models feature 178-degree vertical and horizontal wide viewing angles, in-plane switching panel technology. Included in the new displays is the Dell Image Enhance feature, said to improve visual quality. The Dell Display Manager allows fast access to software such as Auto Mode, which lets users select the preferred preset mode for specific applications. 

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'Assertive Display' tech demoed on iPad at IFA conference

09/03, 3:00pm

May help with better visibility in sunlight

One flaw present in the iPad and most other tablets is the difficulty seeing the screen as clearly in bright sunlight. While there are several workarounds (users can find a shady area, or block the sun with their own shadow among other options), the issue is most acute when trying to read or play a game outdoors. A new technology from Apical aims to help with the issue, and was recently shown on an iPad in a demo that avoids the battery-draining "fix" of simply cranking up the brightness.

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Samsung prototype Series 9 laptop has WQHD 'Retina' display

09/03, 6:12am

Prototype notebook screen equals Retina pixel density

Samsung put a prototype Series 9 notebook on show at IFA 2012, complete with a high-resolution WQHD display and running Windows 8. The 13-inch notebook's display was seen to have a resolution of 2560x1440, far exceeding others in the same product range with 1600x1200 screens, despite being diminutive in size.

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Samsung pushes square, transparent displays for business use

08/27, 11:50am

Clear case uses transparent front for product overlays

Samsung is attempting to make more headway in the business display market with two new displays. One is a square screen designed to be used in complex video walls, while the other is a transparent display in the front of a case, with the aim of adding marketing-related visuals, such as specifications or pricing, to items seen inside the case.

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HP patents transparent display using reflective slats

07/06, 1:24pm

Concepts based on the technology offered to Real Steel producers

HP has been granted a patent for a see-through display, opening up more possibilities for augmented reality computing. Originally filed in 2006 with the USPTO, the patent describes a way for people to see both an image on-screen and whatever lies behind the monitor itself, using a system of light-reflective slats on a transparent panel, according to the BBC.

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ASUS outs Thunderbolt-powered monitor, expansion card

06/07, 7:07am

Expansion adds Thunderbolt to Asus 7-series motherboards

ASUS has demonstrated its first Thunderbolt-based monitor at Computex. It is the first PC display to use the technology outside of Apple's display range suggesting that the new high-speed I/O standard is starting to gain momentum. The 27-inch screen using the connection was shown at the same time it revealed an adapter for ASUS 7-series motherboards that added the port as an extra connectivity option.

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Expert: iPad heat claims overblown, not a real issue

03/22, 3:15am

Driving 3.1 million pixels a big job

DisplayMate Technologies Corporation president Ray Soneira has delved further into the technology behind the new iPad's Retina Display as well as its relationship to the battery and come up with a simple conclusion: the new iPad, operating normally, should run a bit warmer than the previous model. He calls the thermographic portraits circulating the web "overblown" and says the extra heat is the natural consequence of increased power.

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Apple refurbs: 27-inch Thunderbolt display, only $849

01/06, 3:50pm

Save on refurbished Apple products.

Today at Apple's online store Save $150 on the refurb. 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, now only $849. Refurbished iPod nanos start at $109 for the 8GB configuration, or $129 for the 16GB configuration.

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Vuzix Tac-Eye LT video eyewear arrives in Europe

11/29, 11:55pm

Display detachable for other eyewear

Vuzix has announced that its Tac-Eye LT, a rugged monocular display mounted on Oakley's SI Ballistic M-Frame 2.0 protective glasses, is now available for customers in Europe. The system integrates a small AMOLED display with 852x600 resolution, enabling users to view content from a wearable computer or other video sources.

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Samung previews 19" transparent AMOLED panel

05/24, 6:45pm

Largest transparent AMOLED yet

Samsung is currently demonstrating a 19-inch transparent AMOLED display. The technology preview has been scheduled for the annual Society for Information Display (SID) International Symposium. The panel is claimed to be the largest in the industry, an improvement over Samsung's 14-inch component shown at CES, while still maintaining a transparency above 30 percent.

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First Look: See2 Xtreme, USB video card

08/28, 3:50pm

See2 Xtreme, video card

Monitors keep getting bigger and bigger, but it seems that the more display space you have, the more you may want. While Leopard provides Spaces so you can flip through multiple virtual desktops, you may prefer connecting multiple monitors to your Mac instead. For a simple solution to plugging in additional monitors to any Mac, take a look at Tritton’s See2 Xtreme external video card.

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Kensington video station supports MacBooks

05/20, 4:00pm

Kensington supports Mac

Kensington on Tuesday unveiled an update to its sd200v Notebook Docking Station with Video, announcing a new beta software which supports the various MacBook computers. The sd200v allows users to extend the machine's capabilities by offering an external VGA display connection, keyboard, mouse, or up to five USB device connections through a single USB port. The sd200v is available from Kensington for $140, while the updated beta driver is located on the company's website.

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Apple sued for iMac display "deception"

03/31, 3:05pm

iMac display suit

Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP, a law firm out of Los Angeles, California, has filed suit against Apple on behalf of a class of users claiming that the computer maker "deceptively marketed" the 20-inch iMac by purporting improved display performance, though the device's monitor is allegedly of "inferior" quality. The suit claims that the monitors are incapable of displaying “millions of colors,” despite Apple's marketing claims. "Apple is duping its customers into thinking they’re buying 'new and improved' when in fact they're getting stuck with 'new and inferior,'”"said Brian Kabateck, Managing Partner of Kabateck Brown Kellner.  "Beneath Apple’s 'good guy' image is a corporation that takes advantage of its customers. Our goal is to help those customers who were deceived and make sure Apple tells the truth in the future."

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