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Netflix Recommends 2017 TVs

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Netflix releases its list of recommended TVs for 2017-- a program highlighting TVs offering seamless integration with the video streaming service.

netflix tvSets making the list include LG 4K UHD TVs with Web OS 3.5 (namely models UJ6300, UJ6500, SJ8000, SJ8500, SJ9500, UJ7700, B7, C7, E7, G7 and W7 4K), Samsung 7-, 8-, 9- and Q-series smart TVs, and Sony X850E, X900E, X930E, X940E Android TVs. All models promise "better usability," faster performance and features making getting to Netflix and other online TV services as easy as getting to live TV.

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A "Flow" Battery Powers and Cools Chips

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Scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich build what they call a tiny "redox flow" battery-- a battery able to simultaneously power and cool chips, especially those stacked on top of each other, pancake-style.

liquid batteryA flow battery creates electricity through the electrochemical reaction of two liquid electrolytes. A closed electrolyte loop pumps the two liquids into the battery cell from outside, and the liquids also serve as a cooling medium, dissipating excess heat from the chip stack via the same circuit.

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April Reveal for New iPad Pro?

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Apple plans an "early April" launch for the rumoured 10.5-inch iPad Pro, DigiTimes reports-- with the date chosen to "mark the inauguration" of the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

iPad trioApparently the tablet was initially slated for a May/June release, but DigiTimes says Apple "moved ahead the production" for the aforementioned inauguration. Earlier rumours suggested the event would take place in March, but since the month is already halfway through with no sign of an event in sight, the thought of such an can be safely scrapped.

Further collaborating on the DigiTimes story is Macrumors, whose "reliable supply chain source" says Apple will announce products some day between 20 and 24 March.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Life in a Two-OS World

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According to Kantar Worldpanel the days of a BlackBerry OS, Symbian or Windows Phone making "significant" impact are over, since the mobile industry is all but dominated by iOS-Android duopoly.

Kantar mobileThe biggest 5 European markets (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) are dominated by Android-- the Google OS accounts for 74.3% of smartphone sales in the quarter ending January 2017, a "marginal" increase over the 72.9% of the same period in the previous year. In the meantime iOS holds 22.7%, with the iPhone 7 remaining the top-selling device in Great Britain, France and Germany.

Kantar points out Nokia as a potential success story in the region, as brand owner HMD Global is focusing on quality for cost with well made mid-tier devices. Such smartphones will not rival the iPhone 7 or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, but do compete with the likes of the Huawei 8 and P9 Lite, both strong sellers in the price-conscious Italian and Spanish markets.

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The ColorWare Retro-Style iPhone 7 Plus

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ColorWare presents a custom-painted version of the iPhone 7 Plus that will surely appeal to longtime Apple fans-- the Retro Edition comes in 1980s shade of beige reminiscent of vintage Macintosh products.

iPhone 7 RetroAvailable as a SIM-free model with 256GB storage, the Retro edition includes a nice little detail in the shape of dark beige edge stripes resembling the vents of older computers. The monochrome logo on the back also gets a makeover, since it is replaced with the classic rainbow-striped Apple logo.

"At ColorWare, the product goes through a labor intensive process of disassembly, cleaning, masking, painting and inspection," the company says on the customisation process. "Then, the product is buffed and reassembled. The product goes through final inspection and is packaged into the original packaging."

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