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Could this be Samsung’s bezel-less 8K TV?

Samsung may have a new, groundbreaking type of television to show off at CES in Las Vegas next week: a completely bezel-less, 8K QLED model. Dubbed by some reports as the Samsung “Zero Bezel” TV and reportedly carrying model numbers of Q900T and Q950T, this TV is believed to have bezels so tiny that the screen edge effectively disappears when viewed from a distance. On Tuesday, German website 4KFilme says it has its hands on a pair of leaked renders showing the screen in all its bezel-less glory.

We don’t have very much else to go on, and of course this being an unannounced product, there’s no word yet on pricing, release date, or what size options a set like this would come in. But that said, it does sound perfectly in Samsung’s wheelhouse given the display innovations its pioneered on its Galaxy smartphone line. We’ll likely know more next week when CES is in full swing and Samsung announces its annual TV lineup refresh.

Source: The Verge

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[Update: Sold for $31K] Rare Steve Jobs autographed Pixar-era poster going up for auction this week

Often times when a Steve Jobs autographed item goes up for sale it’s Apple-related like a vintage Mac OS X manual or a plaque. However, a rare Toy Story poster signed by the Pixar and Apple co-founder is the latest Jobs memorabilia to go up for auction later this week.

Update 8/30: The Pixar Toy Story poster signed by Steve Jobs ended up fetching $31,250 after a starting auction price of $25,000.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions noted it was the second Jobs autographed poster that has been up for auction and sold for more than one that went for about $20K in 2017. “It was just the second Jobs poster to be auctioned. In 2017, a 1992 Job signed Networld Expo poster in San Francisco sold for $19,640.”

Nate D. Sanders Auctions will be offering the Jobs autographed 24-x 36-inch poster of the Pixar Toy Story characters Woody and Buzz. The item also includes a letter of authenticity.

Jobs signed the poster sometime after 1995 when ”Toy Story,’’ the first computer-animated feature film, debuted. Jobs’ legendary vision is evident in his backing of Pixar. ”Toy Story” was a smashing success earning three Academy Award nominations, earning $373.6 million at the box office and securing its reputation as one of the finest animated movies of all time. The film features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, and Erik von Detten. The poster measures 24” x 36” and was signed by Jobs with a black fiber-tip marker.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions also notes that a recent survey discovered that “that there less than 10 Jobs autographed items.” Bidding for this poster will begin on August 29 with a starting price of $25,000.


Steve Jobs Pixar Toy Story autographed poster

Source: 9to5mac

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Disney+ will give subscribers four simultaneous streams and free 4K

Disney’s upcoming Disney+ streaming service is shaping up to be quite the deal. According to CNET, the service will launch on November 12th with support for four simultaneous streams and 4K included, all for the base price of $6.99 a month. Subscribers will also be able to create and manage up to seven profiles on a single account.

That will make it highly competitive with Netflix, which raised its prices earlier this year and has in place stricter limitations on simultaneous streams. Netflix now costs $9 a month for a standard definition plan with only one available stream. If you want HD streaming, you need to pay $13 a month, and that gets you two simultaneous streams. For 4K and four simultaneous streams, it’s $16 a month. (The company also recently bumped prices in the UK.)

Netflix’s price changes have been so dramatic, in fact, that CEO Reed Hastings blamed the hike for its dip in US subscribers last quarter, the first drop in domestic Netflix users since 2011. The setback slowed Netflix’s overall growth and caused its stock to tumble, too.DISNEY IS MAKING ITS UPCOMING STREAMING SERVICE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE WITH NETFLIX

Notably, Disney’s ESPN and Hulu bundle for Disney+ won’t have the same simultaneous streaming benefits. With the bundle, which will cost $12.99, subscribers will only get two simultaneous ESPN+ streams and one basic, ad-supported Hulu stream.

Of course, Netflix has much more robust library than Disney+ right now, but Disney is filling out its upcoming platform with a number of original shows. The streaming limitation and 4K news, which was disclosed during interviews at Disney’s D23 Expo, joins a flurry of new announcements regarding shows and films coming to Disney+ later this year. CNET also reports that Disney will be releasing new episodes of original series on Disney+ weekly, as opposed to all at once like Netflix, a strategy that will likely help it extend the lifespan of its earlier slate of programming while it plays catch up to competitors.

The company is bringing a Ms. Marvel series to its platform, as well as one centered on She Hulk and one on Moon Knight. Disney also today announced a live-action Lady in the Trampadaptationthat will be exclusive to Disney+ and confirmed the much-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi original series starring Ewan McGregor.

Prior to D23, Disney has promised a number of other enticing Disney+ benefits, including numerous other Star Wars series like The Mandalorianand a seventh season of The Clone Wars; shows focused on popular Marvel characters Hawkeye, Falcon / the Winter Solider, and Loki; and streaming exclusivity for a number of upcoming high-profile films like Frozen 2and the live-action The Little Mermaid.

Source: The Verge

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Apple TV Plus release date is leaked, along with $9.99 per month pricing

Apple is planning to release its streaming service Apple TV Plus by November 2019, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Citing “people familiar to the matter”, the report says that Apple’s also considering a subscription price of $9.99 per month (around £8.20 / AU$15), which would match the cost of Apple Music and Apple News Plus – though Apple Arcade looks set to undercut it with a subscription that’s half the price.

What’s coming to Apple TV Plus?

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the roll out of Apple TV Plus is “part of a drive to reach $50 billion in service sales by 2020”, suggesting that Apple has very high hopes indeed for its fledgling streaming platform. 

To do that, Apple will likely have to poach a large proportion of Netflix’s 151 million users; and by extension, Apple TV Plus shows will need to be enticing enough to lure loyal Netflix and Amazon Prime Video users away. 

The streaming service is set to offer exclusive shows, movies and documentaries from acclaimed filmmakers, including JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan.

The company will reportedly “introduce a small selection of shows and then expand its catalog more frequently over several months”. 

Apple TV Plus looks to be a star-studded affair in general, with Apple having just released its first full trailer for news set drama The Morning Show, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carrel, and Reese Witherspoon.

The drama looks to be a lot darker than we imagined, examining the complicated power dynamics between men and women in a bustling morning news show, with Carell and Aniston playing co-anchors.

The trailer opens to Aniston breaking the news that her co-anchor has been fired amid a scandal; the details of the scandal aren’t revealed in the trailer, but Carell is seen screaming at his TV that Aniston has “thrown me under the bus”. 

Whether series like The Morning Show, as well Steven Spielberg’s anthology stories, and a collaboration between Prince Harry and Oprah will be enough to beat Netflix remains to be seen – at least we only have to wait until November to find out.

Via Bloomberg

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NVIDIA is actually working on two new Shield TV devices

The new smaller NVIDIA Shield device is codenamed “sif”.

There has been a lot of news about the NVIDIA Shield TV lately. First, we found out that NVIDIA is working on an updated version of the Android TV box, and then it dropped the Android Pie update at the end of July.

Now, thanks to the guys over at XDA-Developers and their keen eye while digging through the code, we’ve learned NVIDIA has another Shield device in the works. We’ve already covered that NVIDIA has a new Shield device with the codename “mdarcy”, but the new code makes reference to another device, this one codenamed “sif”.

According to the code, “sif” will not feature a TV Tuner or USB support, meaning we could be looking at a new Shield TV form factor. The code does make references to “sif” including SD card support, though. To further back up that “sif” will be a new form factor, we have the FCC listing which shows off two different label designs, one of which is made for a much smaller device.

The new Shield TV Remote (P3700) is now on FCC website. OEM: Remote Solution. 

Also the 2017 model (P2897) has new Exhibits. 

P3430 is probably a Shield TV Dongle (compare the 2 pics) & the 2017 model is getting the new processor.

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Putting this all together, it appears “sif” will be a smaller dongle or puck-sized Shield TV device. We can also assume it will be cheaper than the NVIDIA Shield TV, which would give consumers more choices when looking to purchase an Android TV device.

There’s a reason we get excited about the NVIDIA Shield TV around here, and that’s because the current model is the best Android TV box you can get. Sure, there are cheaper alternatives out there such as the Mi Box, but no Android TV box has been able to stand up to the NVIDIA Shield. Even Google’s own Nexus Player was no competition for it.

It’s unclear when the new Shields will be announced, but with IFA 2019 right around the corner and CES 2020 coming up in January, hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer before we learn more.

Source: Android Central