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LG starts rolling out 2021 smart TV lineup globally

OLEDs lead the way

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At CES 2021 last month, LG showed-off a plethora of smart TVs that’ll lead the 2021 lineup. The company has OLED to NanoCell LCD technology, and the TVs shall be available in varying sizes. Interestingly, LG is going all-out this year and intends to target every price range to get maximum sales.

The range of screen sizes begins from 43 inches to 88 inches. LG’s 2021 OLED TV technology is featured in Z1, G1, C1, B1, A1 series. All models in the G1 series feature the new OLED evo technology, that the company claims delivers better luminosity for higher brightness.

Alongside the sets above, we’re also getting a Z1 8K OLED and an update to the LG BX OLED (LG B1). For a more price-sensitive OLED audience, the company has launched LG B1 and A1 series smart TV.

LG also introduced new QNED Mini LED TVs, which use LCD TV technology. It further leverages LG’s Quantum Dot NanoCell technology in many 8K models like the QNED99 and QNED95. It’s also available in 4K with the QNED95 and QNED85.

Although, the NanoCell 8K and 4K TVs have a lot of options to choose from. In these TVs, nanoparticles are used to filter out color impurities, and LG calls it LG NanoCell display technology.

Lastly, every 2021 LG TV supports HDMI 2.1, eARC, and ALLM (low-latency mode). Powering them is an α (Alpha) 9 Gen 4 AI processor that boosts upscaling performance and optimizes visual output.

According to the company, select smart TV series, models and sizes will begin rolling out to participating retailers in the first quarter continuing throughout the year, globally.

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Oceanic+ turns the Apple Watch Ultra into a dive computer

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The Apple Watch has come a long way. From its humble beginnings in a sweaty gym, Apple’s iconic wearable can now go deep underwater. Released earlier this year, the rugged Apple Watch Ultra promised unparalleled durability designed to withstand extreme conditions. Adding to this durability, the Apple Watch Ultra now has the new Oceanic+, a new app that turns the smartwatch into an operational diving computer.

Built through a partnership between Apple and Huish Outdoors, Oceanic+ melds the ease of use of an Apple Watch and the technical complexity of a diving computer. “People who know how to use an Apple Watch already know how to use this dive computer,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors.

The app will display much-needed information for divers in a timely fashion. Before a dive, users can set surface time, depth, and gas. The app can then calculate their No Deco time, an essential feature for planning a dive. Divers can see this information even when they are underwater.

Further, after a dive, the app automatically collates and summarizes information to give users feedback regarding their dive including GPS entry and exit locations.

Users can easily operate the app even underwater using the Action button and the crown. Plus, the watch’s strong haptic feedback provides users with vibrations that can be felt even underwater. With limited sound underwater, haptic feedback becomes a necessary tool to alert divers of any important information as they come.

The Oceanic+ app is now available through the App Store. Most of the common functionalities are available through the free basic plan. However, more premium features — like decompression tracking, tissue loading, and a location planner — are locked behind a US$ 9.99 per month subscription.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

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Over 5.4 million Twitter accounts have just been exposed

Beware of any fishy emails

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According to new owner Elon Musk, Twitter is enjoying record-breaking numbers as of late. If the billionaire’s claim is true, it’s time to beef up your Twitter account’s security. A leak stemming from earlier this year has exposed and exploited over 5 million accounts.

Back in July, the platform confirmed the leak but claimed that none were exploited. An API vulnerability reportedly caused the leak. Now, according to BleepingComputer, Twitter isn’t out of the woods yet.

Though the vulnerability has already been patched, the 5.4 million users affected by the leak have just had their private information leaked on a hacker forum. These details include both phone numbers and email addresses — information that isn’t usually readily available on the platform. The list of affected users even include celebrities and companies.

Thankfully, the leak doesn’t give outright access to an affected user’s account. However, it gives malicious parties some information to work with. Needless to say, if you receive any suspicious emails, take a gander before clicking any links, especially those that ask for your password or any other sensitive information. Also, it might be a good idea to beef up your security with two-factor authentication, just in case.

That said, 5.4 million users is just a drop in the bucket for a massive platform like Twitter. Though it’s not impossible, it’s more likely that your individual account is safe from any of the current chaos. Still, keep your accounts safe.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is working on encrypted DMs and video calling

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Galaxy S23 leaks in FCC filing

Battery revealed

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Though it seems like a long time from now, January and February are just around the corner. As always, the beginning months of 2023 will start off the releases for next year’s smartphones. As such, it’s time to take a look at what’s coming for 2023. Right on time, the Galaxy S23 series has recently popped up in an FCC listing, spoiling a few details about the upcoming flagship.

Via MySmartPrice, the Galaxy S23 5G and Galaxy S23 Plus have made their way to America’s Federal Communications Commission. Naturally, the official listing reveals a few details ahead of the flagship’s official launch early next year.

Specifically, the Galaxy S23 will sport a 3900mAh battery. Meanwhile, the S23 Plus will have a larger 4700mAh battery. The transition from the regular variant to the middle tier is a big one, pushing the latter by almost 1000mAh. Unfortunately, the third model — supposedly the Ultra — has not made an appearance, leaving the most premium one in the dark.

Ahead of the launch, the upcoming flagship has already had some of its spec list spoiled. For example, Qualcomm has confirmed that the series will exclusively use Snapdragon chips, instead of a balance with Exynos chips.

Thankfully, the wait isn’t long for more details. Samsung is reportedly scheduled to launch the series in early February.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm: Galaxy S23 series will not use Exynos at all

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