LG Display Goes All Out on OLED

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LG Display has big plans for OLED technology-- the company announces the investment of almost $7 billion (or 7.8 trillion Korean won) over the next 3 years in OLED panel production in order to meet demand from smartphone and TV makers.

LG OLEDsThe company plans to open 3 OLED production lines, two in S. Korea and one in China. Both will produce glass and plastic panels suitable for next-generation smartphones and in-vehicle displays. In addition, around $2.5bn will go in the development of larger OLED displays, while $4.5bn will go towards a separate line of flexible OLEDs.

As a result, the total LG is investing in OLED technology totals $13.5 billion (15 trillion Korean won). The success of recently launched OLED panels for TVs such as the Wallpaper OLED and Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) is cited as part of the reason behind such spending.

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TrendForce: TV Panel Sizes on the Up

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According to TrendForce's WitsView global LCD TV panel shipments total 123.35 million units in H1 2017, a -0.1% Y-o-Y decline, with demand for mid-size panels offsetting the traditional seasonal effect during H1 2017.

The industry was faced with the risk of tightening panel supply following the closing of the Samsung Display L7-1 Gen-7 fab at the end of 2016, leading to TV brands stocking up on panels.

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In the meantime prices of panels in the 40-43-inch size range are up by an average of nearly 70%, the result of TV brands shifting demand towards larger size segments. Thus, the average TV panel size is 44.7-inch in H1 2017, a 1.7-inch increase from H1 2016, and global shipments of TV panels in total area for H1 2017 is also up by 8.7% Y-o-Y.

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Ring Intros Spotlight Cams

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Ring makes a trio of additions to the Floodlight Cam outdoor security camera line-- the Spotlight Cams, with models featuring either wired, battery or solar power.

Spotlight CamThe Spotlight Cams are similar to the Floodlight Cam, but feeature a different lighting system in the shape of LED panels that automatically turn on when the cameras detect motion. In addition, they also feature a 1080p camera with night vision, two-way audio and a 110 dB siren. User control and integration with other Ring products come through the companion Ring app.

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The First MFi Choclear Implant Sound Processor

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Implantable hearing solution Cochlear teams up with Apple to launch a first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor-- the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor.

Cochlear implantThrough the Nucleus 7 users will be able to directly pair their hearing implant directly with an iPhone or iPod touch. They also can control, monitor and customise hearing via companion Nucleus Smart app. Further app features include a tracker (records coil-offs times, or each time the sound processor does not detect the implant coil), time in speech (measures time spent in speech environments, including FM and streaming) and Find My Processor (locates lost sound processor via location services).

In addition, Cochlear says the sound processor is smallest and lightest behind-the-ear option on the market. It carries SmartSound iQ with SCAN and dual microphone technology, enabling clear hearing in any environment. A new processing chip also promises more efficient processing with up to 50% longer battery life than the previous generation.

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Farewell, iPod nano and shuffle

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A pair of iconic Apple devices bite the dust as the company pulls the iPod nano and shuffle from its online retail site, three years after it stopped making the iPod classic.

iPod nanoIn fact, the dedicated websites for the nano and shuffle now redirect to the Apple Music site with no so much of a word of explanation.

“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano,” an Apple statement to TechCrunch reads. As such, the iPod touch is now available in 32 and 128GB capacities, with the 16 and 64GB also no longer available.

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