The 2013 Consumer Electronics show is a wrap, and now that we know something about the hundreds of new TVs models, it's worth asking whether all those new technologies will improve what matters: picture quality. I'm guessing "Yes" in the case of the Best of CES nominee Panasonic TC-PZT60 and the re-engineered Samsung UNF8500, very likely the two best-performing TVs of 2013 under $10,000. But those two are hardly the TV hardware poster children of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, where all the headlines touted expensive 4K and OLED sets as well as new gadgetry of questionable usefulness. Finger-gesture control, anyone? I got a chance to see both the Panasonic and the Samsung plasmas in extended private viewing sessions and suffice it to say, I think both will be able to surpass the mind-bogglingly good Panasonic TC-PVT50 of 2012 at doing what TVs are supposed to do best: make beautiful pictures. I can't wait to review them, nor to test a few other TVs that stood out … [Read more...] about The 2013 TVs of CES are bigger and smarter, but what about the picture?
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Guanine, adenine, thymine, cytosine... Android? The Droid DNA the latest addition to Verizon's Droid series may not contain any actual nucleotides, but that doesn't make this HTC-made superphone any less of a powerhouse. On the contrary, we've been eyeballing this handset with eager anticipation ever since it first launched in Japan as the J Butterfly; much like its counterpart from the Land of the Rising Sun, the DNA boasts a jaw-dropping 5-inch, 1080p display. But while that may be the headliner-worthy feature, you certainly can't go wrong with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM taking charge behind the scenes, along with an ImageSense camera and other top-notch specs. In certain respects, the Droid DNA is a sneak preview of what's to come in 2013: a wave of high-performance "superphones" that take advantage of this improved resolution, and offer a long list of other top-notch features. Indeed, that's a future we could all definitely live with, but let's not … [Read more...] about HTC Droid DNA review
With a seemingly endless stream of flagship phones hitting the market before the holiday season, it can be easy to forget some of the other devices that play a more niche audience. The Samsung Galaxy Beam definitely belongs in this category, as it includes a built-in Texas Instruments DLP pico projector. All told, the phone faces a lofty challenge: while the projector could be useful for the PowerPoint crowd, the phone itself falls on the lower end of mid-range, and isn't powerful enough to do business users much good otherwise. With a 1GHz dual-core NovaThor CPU, an overly outdated OS, a 2010-era display and a middling 5-megapixel camera, the Beam's target demographic appears to be ridiculously small. Still, might the projector be enough to carry this device to its full potential? Does a niche device like this have a place in such a crowded market? Read on to get in touch with our thoughts, feelings and emotions regarding the Samsung Galaxy Beam. Hardware In many respects, … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Beam review: stay for the projector, but nothing more
Unrepentant and seemingly unconcerned, Lance Armstrong was going about his business as usual on Thursday as the cycling world was left reeling by the revelations about his alleged role as a doping ringleader. … [Read more...] about Armstrong unfazed by doping maelstorm
Half of a 30-year-old Vietnamese man’s face has been consumed by a massive tumor that covered his entire right ear and disfigured part of his mouth, making it difficult for him to breathe and eat for years. Le Hoang EmPhoto: Viet Toan First surgery When Le Hoang Em was born in a remote area in the Mekong Delta’s Dong Thap province 30 years ago, a small tumor that looked like a birthmark appeared on his right cheek. The family thought the small clump of tissue would soon disappear. Instead, it has grown uncontrollably ever since. He was the fourth son in a poor family with 5 children. His father, Le Van Cho, 58, and his mother Tran Thi Thu, 57, are hired laborers. At the age of one, his parents took him to the Oncology Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, where he was treated with radiotherapy but the doctors failed to diagnose his condition. In 2005, when the tumor covered almost half of his face, Hoang Em and his mother decided to go to the Oncology Hospital again to see if … [Read more...] about Man with large facial tumor waits for a miracle