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Sony's New Z9D 4K TV Is An Image-Processing, HDR-Enabled, 100-Inch Behemoth

When you watch a 4K TV, more often than not you’re not actually watching 4K content — broadcast TV, the vast majority of YouTube and Netflix, even Blu-ray video is a long way off the top quality able to be displayed on a high-end 4K HDR display. The secret sauce in Sony’s new Z9D 4K HDR Android TV — that’s a mouthful — is a new imaging processor that is 40 per cent more powerful than the previous generation, enabling some software tweaks that intelligently detect objects in video and adjust colour and contrast appropriately.


This Is The Smallest, Most Powerful 4K Gaming PC You've Ever Seen

30 centimetres, by 30 centimetres, by 10 centimetres. That’s how big this 4K-friendly, Intel Core i7-toting, dual SSD-booting, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 SLI-ing gaming rig is. The only problem? The case itself cost more than the $US3500 of high-end PC components inside. Built for an Australian hardcore PC enthusiast and engineer, it’s a prototype for what could well be the smallest 4K gaming PC that money can buy.


The Future Of 4K Is For Enthusiasts Only

The guy next to me huffed loudly — an explosive grunt of displeasure that had me halfway between amusement and horror. We were in a meeting room at the Hilton in New Jersey, seated in front of a giant TV with a giant sound system, and we’d just seen footage played back on Panasonic’s UB900 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player. Compared to the competitor, it had performed well and everyone in attendance was eager to get their hands on one for testing at home.


LG UH950T Super UHD TV: Australian Review

Here at Gizmodo, we like OLED TVs. We really like OLED TVs. But OLED is still mostly a technology for the top end of town, and if you want to buy a TV with a slightly more reasonable price tag then your only legitimate option is an LED-backlit LCD. LG, the OLED kings, also make a bunch of LED TVs, and first amongst those is the UH950T: a LED TV with the very best colour-gamut-enhancing quantum dot tech, with a native 4K resolution, a choice of 55-inch or massive 65-inch panels, and support for a new high dynamic range tech called Dolby Vision. It’s a few grand cheaper than our favourite TV, but it doesn’t sacrifice much at all to get there.


Intel Targets The Internet Of Things, Video And VR At Computex 2016

Deep learning, the Internet of Things, and virtual reality. They were already some of the biggest themes of this year’s Computex, and during their keynote conference Intel continued to hammer home the importance of all three.

But perhaps the biggest element of the chip manufacturer’s keynote was the battlegrounds they outlined for the future, battlegrounds that further highlight the company’s transition away from just being a PC company.


Mirrored Footage Of Giant Soap Bubbles Is Better Than An Acid Trip

Video: The same soap bubbles that fascinated you as a toddler can be just as engaging when you’re all grown up. They just need to be super-sized, filmed in glorious 4K and then manipulated in post-production with a mirror effect that turns them into undulating alien-like blobs. Cue up some Led Zeppelin and let your mind go to mush during your lunch break.


Deadpool 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review: This Is Detail

Chimichangas. (I’m told that’s a thing.) Deadpool is one of the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs that you can buy, and it’s definitely the newest theatrical release that you can get hold of. As well as just being a good — if brutal — movie, it’s also one of the two 4K movies that you should go out and buy if you want to justify your big expensive 4K TV to your friends. Of course, if you already have one.


Hands On: Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player

High Dynamic Range continues to prove its importance as Samsung’s UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player lands on Australian shelves.

Panasonic jumped the gun recently in order to announce Australia’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray disc first player — I’ve already put the Panasonic player through its paces, but it won’t actually be on sale until September and judging by overseas pricing it’s likely to sell for at least $1000. Now Samsung has thrown its hat in the ring with a $599 player that hits the shelves this month.


4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays Are Already On Sale In Australia

Although you can’t buy a a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player just yet, you can buy the super-high-resolution discs that work in them. 20th Century Fox is the first movie publisher with 4K Blu-rays already in Australian stores, with six movies already available — and there are plenty more on the way.


Check Out The Difference Between 4K HDR Ultra HD And Blu-Ray

Video: This side-by-side comparison video of 4K HDR Ultra HD and Blu-Ray doesn’t show the true technological difference between the two (because things get lost in translation when it ends up as a video on YouTube). But it does illustrate how there is a visual difference between the two that goes beyond just more resolution. 4K TVs are often disregarded because we can’t appreciate the resolution unless the screen is much bigger than usual, but with 4K allowing for high dynamic range, Ultra HD movies can pack a much better colour punch.


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