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15-inch, 4K OLED laptops are coming thanks to new displays from Samsung

Ars Technica - January 23, 2019 - 3:28pm

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Larger OLED laptop screens are coming sooner than we anticipated. Samsung Displays announced that it has made a 15.6-inch 4K laptop display and will begin producing the panels next month. The company plans to provide them to other manufacturers to put into their premium notebooks.

"Samsung's 15.6-inch OLED offers a display solution that is optimized for portable IT devices such as overwhelming HDR, excellent color reproduction and high outdoor visibility," Samsung Display Marketing Director Yoon Jae-nam said in the announcement. "Consumers will enjoy a higher level of visual experience through OLED notebooks."

Samsung's 15.6-inch display has a brightness range of 0.0005 to 600 nits, and its spectrum of 34 million colors is double that of similar, 15-inch LCD panels. Samsung claims that its panel can produce blacks that are 200 times darker than those of LCD panels, and whites will be more than twice as bright. These attributes contribute to the HDR capabilities of the panel, and the company claims that the panel passes VESA's new DisplayHDR TrueBlack standard.

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Brexit? Now that it's raining more than ever, know we're OK at Computacenter

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 3:13pm
We're just a humble reseller, eller, eller, eh, eh, eh

Amid talk of Brexit uncertainty, Computacenter has issued a pre-close trading update that showed the sales dials for calendar '18 pointing upwards. And it was boring old tech reselling that helped it get there.…

CRISPR explained: The revolutionary tool that's transforming genetic engineering - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 2:59pm
Everything you need to know about the gene-editing breakthrough that one day could cure disease, eradicate species and build designer babies.

Xiaomi reveals fold-in-three smartphone

BBC Technology News - January 23, 2019 - 2:53pm
The Chinese tech giant confirms it has developed a smartphone-tablet hybrid with a flexible display.

'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 2:40pm
Pretty f***ing metal tbh

Christians enjoy reminding the heathens, atheists and sinners who share this world that they're all going to Hell. Whether it's by peppering conversation with Bible quotes or just a little smug smile, we know what they're thinking.…

Intel applies hobnailed boot to countries where its men and women workers aren't paid the same

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 2:05pm
While others fidget awkwardly, silicon slinger hits 'pay equity'

Intel took time out from its hardware woes to buff its inclusivity halo and announce it had reached gender "pay equity" globally.…

Black hats are great for language diversity, says Eugene Kaspersky

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 1:21pm
Also reckons Russian hackers go quiet over the Christmas holidays

FIC2019 According to Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus company, black-hat hackers are increasingly likely to speak Portuguese and Spanish as well as the traditional English, Russian and Chinese.…

Oz auditor: Number of times failed government biometric project met a milestone = None

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 12:42pm
Nope, never. We think buying nothing cost us AU$34m, but nobody's sure

How much IT can you buy for AU$34m (£18m, $24m)? None at all, if you're the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission in the market for a biometric system.…

An extreme sports game with a story? FutureGrind’s developers talk cyberpunk

Ars Technica - January 23, 2019 - 12:30pm

Yesterday, an indie extreme-sports game called FutureGrind launched on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows. And it's about time, too. I had played the game at events like E3, PlayStation Experience, and the Game Developers Conference several times over the years, and I got addicted—to the point that, in the lead-up to any new industry show, I started to wonder, "Oh man, I wonder what's new with FutureGrind."

Now FutureGrind is here, and I'm enjoying it just as much as I expected. In it, you ride bikes on rail-based tracks and perform stunts that draw from popular extreme sports titles like OlliOlli, SSX, and most of all Trials. But there are all sorts of unique spins (pun only sort of intended) made possible by the game's futuristic setting.

FutureGrind is hardly the only extreme sports game set in the future, but it doubles down on story more than most others do, and it uses the setting to add to game design in fresh ways.

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Martin Lewis drops Facebook legal action

BBC Technology News - January 23, 2019 - 12:25pm
Facebook has promised the consumer rights champion measures to tackle fake ads on its platform.

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 12:06pm
Looks like the final act in the grubby Vega+ saga

Just as readers thought the saga of dodgy Sinclair reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd had ended, the High Court has ruled that its current and former directors owe £38,000 in legal costs to two of its founders.…

Huawei CFO may face formal extradition to the US, says report - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 12:03pm
Canada's ambassador to the US tells the Globe and Mail about the upcoming request.

Social media stars agree to declare when they post ads

BBC Technology News - January 23, 2019 - 12:02pm
Vlogger Zoella and pop star Rita Ora were threatened with court action over social media ads.

Remember Woolworths? Well there's a different* one that still exists in Oz. Telstra wants NBN Co to help shove fibre in it

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 11:33am
3,000 sites on list

In one of its first major wins in the enterprise market, NBN Co** has confirmed it will pull fibre to Woolworths' properties in support of a Telstra contract with the supermarket giant.…

Register Lecture: Can big science keep up with discovery?

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 11:20am
Lessons from LHC – the world’s largest scientific machine

Reg Lectures The Higgs Boson particle was first predicted by scientists in 1964 but it wasn't until 2012 that the existence of this fundamental of physics could finally be proven. That was thanks to CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).…

Oracle's priorities for 2019? Repeat this handy mantra: Applications! Automation! Integration!

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 10:47am
Mark Hurd eyes up half the world's app market

Analysis All too aware database sales alone won't sustain it, Oracle's execs are seeking to push Big Red as a one-stop shop for cloudy apps.…

Sony to move Europe headquarters to avoid Brexit disruption

BBC Technology News - January 23, 2019 - 10:46am
The Japanese firm will move its European headquarters to the Netherlands to avoid customs issues.

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 10:14am
Chronicles of Delphi scribe podcasts, er, scribbles her musings

Stob I have started testing techie podcasts at getting up time, as Brexitless alternatives to radio.…

White-listing Azure cloud connections to grease your Office 365 wheels? About that...

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 9:53am
Dev fears sub-domain abuse – Plus, unofficial patches for trio of Windows zero-days

Microsoft has been accused of ignoring an IT security risk that could be exploited to create legit-looking malware-laden webpages that sport seemingly trusted Azure and Office 365 domain names. Alternatively, the domains potentially could be used to stealthily leak stolen data from networks.…

Qualcomm: Please don't hate us just 'cause we're so freaking excellent

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 8:13am
FTC case continues as chipmaker starts defense

Analysis Qualcomm has launched its rebuttal of antitrust charges by claiming it's just too damn good at its job.…

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