television
How Much Better is House of Cards in 4K?

Netflix announced at CES that it would begin shooting original series in ultra high-def 4K, and now British site HDTVtest has caught the first glimpse of the streaming giant's 4K content in the wild. How much more evil does Kevin Spacey look? Read More >>

cameras
Sony A7s: Sony's Compact Full-Frame Camera Gets a Video Overhaul

Just half a year after Sony announced the A7 and A7r full-frame compact interchangeable-lens cameras it's pushing out a new iteration of the mirrorless shooter. This one's built around video. It does 4K video, too—sort of. It's not what people were expecting from the A7s, but it might be incredible anyway. Read More >>

cameras
Panasonic Has a 4K Action Camera and it is Rather Strange

Panasonic has officially announced the HX-A500 wearable action camera, the real-world version of the prototype we saw back at CES. It's dustproof, waterproof down to three metres, and it straps to your head like some weird kind of Universal Soldier head piece. Read More >>

storage
SanDisk Just Made the Fastest 4K-Slinging SD Card Yet

SanDisk just announced an absurdly fast card that can go almost three times faster than the previous champ. Why do you need all that horsepower? To chomp 4K video, of course. Read More >>

photography
Panasonic's Lumix GH4 Packs 4K Video into a Tidy Mirrorless Shooter

Accessible 4K video shooting is still in its infancy, but it was only a matter of time before it started showing up in consumer cameras. The Panasonic GH line's history of robust video capability makes it a natural fit for 4K, and the new Lumix GH4 squeezes as much as it can into a familiar frame. Read More >>

televisions
A 55-inch, Android-Enabled 4K UHD TV for £550? What's the Catch?

The catch is you'll be handing your money over to the new kids on the block, Kogan, rather than the stalwart likes of Samsung or Sony. But that shouldn't be too much of a concern, with the Australian manufacturer making a name for itself in the UK for offering high-end tech at low-end prices. So what's £550 bag you, in detail? Read More >>

gadgets
You Might Actually Be Able to Afford a 4K Monitor Soon

These days, any mention of 4K immediately conjures up images of crystal-clear definition—-and absurdly exorbitant price tags. Well, that's quickly changing. Read More >>

televisions
LG's WebOS TV Hands-On: An Awesome Resurrection

CES this year has seen LG give official word that it would be using WebOS as the brains for 78-percent of its upcoming smart TVs. There was a lot to like about WebOS back when it ran on smartphones, but we were a bit skeptical about how it would get by in a smart TV. After all, smart TV user interfaces are almost universally bad. Not this time. We just got to spend some hands-on time with WebOS running on a few of LG's 2014 TVs, and we really liked what we saw. The first thing you'll notice is that navigation is incredibly fast. Using the joystick on the remote control, you guide the cursor around the screen, and as you do things pop up instantly. Not only that, everything is animated and really attractive. From the home screen you can access all of your favourite apps (and there are a lot already, from Netflix to Google Maps). If you don't like how they're laid out, you can just drag and drop to move them around. Very intuitive. There are a fair number of second-screen like features built-in. For example if you're watching a Danish murder mystery on TV you can pop open an overlay on the right side that will give you more info on it, and/or links to other shows it thinks you'll like. It's all very nicely integrated. The LG store acts as a sort of integrated hub for content. There you'll be able to download movies, TV shows, apps, and even games. You can plug a USB controller directly into the TV and play games as if there were a console attached. Or, if you don't have a physical controller, you can download an app to your smartphone and use it as a remote (it pairs via Wi-Fi). It was pretty responsive when playing a Spiderman game that had been downloaded for the demo, and while it looked pretty good, we're not talking PS4 graphics here or anything. One of the sticking points is text entry. If you wanted to enter in some search terms, or type a URL into the built-in web browser, you'd have to pull open a keyboard, and hunt and peck your way through with the cursor. That's how Roku players work, too, and it's very tedious. To counter this, LG has included options for voice and gesture controls. Using a voice search we were able to get the upcoming weather forecast and search for content. It wasn't entirely accurate, but to be fair, there was a lot of background noise. Hopefully it would work better in a home environment. The gestures are slick, too. You just raise a finger in the air (a polite one, please) and it immediately brings up an interface for adjusting the channel or volume simply by waving your finger. You can also bring your finger up to your lips to instantly mute. It was surprisingly responsive, though we have yet to see how it handles a room full of furniture and people. Some of the higher-end TVs will come with built-in cameras for this. Others will require you to purchase the small camera separately, and while WebOS will be on some of LG's Blu-ray players, the voice and gestures will be limited to the TVs. Overall, we were really impressed by how polished the system looked and how responsive it is. We generally hate smart TV UIs, but this felt like something very different. I can say without question that it's the best smart TV interface I've ever seen. It was actually smart! It didn't look like an early-2000s feature-phone. It didn't lag or stutter. It was designed like it was meant to be on a beautiful 4K TV, and that says a lot. Obviously, we only got to see a little bit of it, and the only thing we were allowed to use ourselves was the gesture control, so only time will tell if it can measure up to these auspicious first impressions. Hopefully we'll be reviewing one when they start rolling out later this year. Read More >>

cameras
This is Panasonic's Future 4K Video Micro Four Thirds Camera

Panasonic is showing off a prototype of a 4K micro four thirds format interchangeable lens camera. It looks just like Panasonic's video-chomping GH3. Read More >>

sony
Eyes On: Sony's Ultra Short-Throw 4K Projector Sure Lights Up a Room

Earlier today Sony announced a new short-throw digital projector that lies within a sleek credenza-like rectangle, and shines glorious 4K video against the wall it's up against. We got to feast our eyes on a demo at the Sony booth today. It's lovely. Read More >>

sony
Sony's Dreamy Life Space UX Projector Beams a 4K Display From Up Close

Sony's announced a super slick projector called the 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector that'll be able to turn any wall into a 4K display. It's a part of Sony's new Life Space UX What's cool about the projector is that it's placed right next to a wall instead of behind your head. And that it uses lasers! Read More >>

tv
Hands On: I Just Fell In Love With LG's Flexible 4K OLED TVs

The other night we saw a bunch of Samsung's curved 4K TVs, including a gigantic one that could flex between flat and curved. They looked pretty good. LG's curved 4K OLED TVs absolutely blow them out of the water. Read More >>

televisions
Sony's Brand New 4K TVs: No Gimmicks, Just Beautiful

Sony's new 4K TVs are unbendingly plain but pretty much what a reasonable near-future human would really want in a giant TV: a big beautiful screen that doesn't need extra curves or egregious size to give you eyegasms. It's the type of TV that'll end up trickling down into our living rooms because there aren't any gimmicks that'll be forgotten about the next time someone wants to throw needless features on the wall and see what sticks. Read More >>

televisions
Hands On: Samsung's 4K TVs Are Getting All Bent Out of Shape

Remember CRT televisions? They were kinda bland looking and they had these bulbous curves to them. Then flat screen TVs became the new hot thing and if you're TV wasn't flat, it sucked. Now curved TVs are the new hot thing again, but wait! It's not a convex curve, it's a concave curve! Quick, everyone, to the closest Dixons!
Excuse me. What I meant to say is that today Samsung is introducing a line of curved Ultra High Definition TVs, and they are very good. Read More >>

rumours
4K iPad Pro Rumoured for Late 2014 Launch

The reason we've seen several future iPad models mentioned may have been cleared up by a new wave of internet leaks, which claim a next-gen iPad with a 2K display is due early in 2014, before a higher-resolution 4K "iPad Pro" appears later in the year. Read More >>

rumours
Apple Rumoured to be Testing 2K and 4K Resolution 12.9-inch iPad XXXL

More rumours have emerged regarding Apple's plan to blow up its iPad range, suggesting that two 12.9-inch models are currently undergoing final testing at its Chinese hardware partners. Read More >>

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