LG expands its 4K TV lineup in Singapore

4K is becoming more accessible than ever



4K TVs are becoming more accessible to the masses. LG is expanding its 4K TV lineup in Singapore with new models that cater to a wide range of viewers. These TVs — UN71, UN72, UN73, UN80, and UN81 — all offer immersive viewing experience and AI enhancements.

A more immersive viewing experience

All of LG’s newest 4K TV models have slim and sleek designs that fit any space. Their tiny bezels allow for a more immersive viewing experience of any media content. On top of that, each TV comes with a quad-core processor that reduces image noise and enhances image clarity. The processor also supports upscaling technology, converting low-resolution media and reproducing them with a close to 4K quality.

Unique to UN80 and UN81 is the inclusion of in-plane switching (IPS) technology. With a 4K IPS panel, viewers can only expect vibrant and punchy colors every time they watch a media. All of LG’s TV models include a wide viewing angle so big families can enjoy watching no matter the content.

AI smarts for the user’s convenience

LG also packed its ThinQ AI into its new TV models. ThinQ AI integrates all LG connected appliances and devices, enabling seamless use between each other. Users can take advantage of this integration on their LG TVs by accessing the Home Dashboard and controlling connected devices. A user can control the room’s temperature or see the laundry’s progress just with their LG 4K TV.

Google Assistant is also built right into the new TV models, curating shows, and movies based on a user’s watch history. Various apps and services allow users to watch their favorite content right on their TVs.

Features for the big game

All 4K LED TVs also have low input lag for an uninterrupted gaming session. Plus, LG has included an HGiG mode that optimizes the TV’s viewing mode for gaming. These features combine with AI Sound and Ultra Surround, allowing viewers to hear more details out of the dialogues in games or sports.

LG’s newest 4K TV lineup is now available on all stores and dealers nationwide. For the UN81, LG is pricing SG$ 9,999 for the 86-inch model, SG$ 4,499 for the 82-inch model, and SG$ 3,499 for the 75-inch model. To know more about the newest TV lineup, visit LG’s website.


TikTok owner accuses Facebook of stealing and smearing

Could it be about Instagram Reels?



Just when you thought you’ve heard enough about TikTok for the day, the company attacks an entirely separate issue happening in the States. Recently, TikTok’s owner, ByteDance issued a few inflammatory comments against a social media rival. In a post on one of its other properties, the TikTok owner accuses Facebook of stealing and smearing.

Reported by Reuters, ByteDance issued the comments on Jinri Toutiao, a Beijing-based news aggregator that it also owns.

“ByteDance has always been committed to becoming a global company. During this process, we have faced all kinds of complex and unimaginable difficulties, including the tense international political environment, collision and conflict of different cultures and plagiarism and smears from competitor Facebook,” the company said. [Emphasis ours.]

Though the company is currently deliberating on an acquisition deal with Microsoft, ByteDance’s recent comments are attacking another issue entirely. Last week, Facebook and a few other big tech companies entered a hearing against alleged antitrust practices in the industry. Among other things, Facebook apparently lied about copying rivals in a threat to acquire them.

ByteDance did not name any specific feature or property that Facebook owns. However, the company is likely talking about the upcoming Instagram Reels, a similar video-editing app to take on TikTok. Currently, Instagram is still testing the new app in preparation for a wider release.

The timing of the comments is, of course, interesting. Trump has currently issued a 45-day limit for TikTok to reach a deal with Microsoft’s acquisition plans.

SEE ALSO: US wants to buy TikTok from China

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Microsoft confirms TikTok acquisition plans

In four countries



Last Friday, Trump announced a decisive TikTok ban coming within the next few days. At the same time, Microsoft proposed an acquisition, taking the popular platform away from China. However, as the weekend finally wound down, neither a ban nor a deal has surfaced. If anything, Microsoft has further committed to achieving a deal for TikTok. Through a few recent comments, Microsoft confirms TikTok acquisition plans, covering at least four countries.

In an official Microsoft blog, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella finally engaged in discussions with Trump for the buyout plan. Microsoft expects a conclusion “in a matter of weeks” with a closeout happening no later than September 15. In the meantime, Trump confirms the plans as well, giving TikTok only up to 45 days to accept.

Further, the deal is apparently larger than previously reported. Besides TikTok’s US operations, Microsoft plans to acquire the platform’s operations in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Perhaps as a response to the ongoing big tech antitrust scandal, the company is also considering letting other investors in on a minority stake for TikTok.

Naturally, a Microsoft acquisition will snag the platform’s Chinese servers and place them safe and sound in their respective markets. It addresses a major concern surrounding TikTok’s current state in the US — cybersecurity. Since TikTok’s owner ByteDance was a Chinese company, the US government feared for potential attacks against American data. Further, TikTok’s massive global popularity will bolster Microsoft’s presence in the social media industry. Potentially, the buyout is a win-win decision for both parties. All that’s left is to wait for TikTok’s reply to the whole situation.

SEE ALSO: US looking to ban Chinese apps like TikTok

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Google Doodle honors the first Fil-Am woman to win Olympic gold

On August 3, 1948, she won two gold medals for diving



Google Doodle featuring the first Fil-Am woman to win Olympic gold
Image source: Google

Though subtle, Google’s regular Doodles are special ways to celebrate important figures in history. The Google Doodles often debut on important milestones in their lives. As of late, Google increased several Filipino-themed Doodles in quick succession starting with Dolphy on his 92nd birthday last July 25. Following the recent influx, today’s Google Doodle honors the first Fil-Am woman to win Olympic gold, Vicki Draves.

On August 2, 1948, Vicki Draves, a Filipino American diver, won two gold medals in the women’s 3-meter springboard event and the 10-meter platform event at the London Summer Olympics. Two days later, in the men’s competition, Sammy Lee, an Asian American diver of Korean descent, won a bronze and a gold medal. Draves and Lee became the first Asian Americans to capture gold at the Olympics.

Born in 1924, Draves faced a lot of antagonism from the US. At the time of her diving career, the Second World War still raged on. Because of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Americans feared and oppressed Japanese Americans in a fit of unparalleled racism, going so far as setting up internment camps in the US itself. Despite her Filipino ethnicity, Draves fell under the same toxic category in the eyes of Americans. As such, she faced a hard time practicing for the Olympics before winning the gold regardless.

Besides the nod to Filipino pride, Draves’ Google Doodle is a powerful statement against the ongoing anti-Asian racism in the States as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A few days earlier, Google also honored Pacita Abad, a Filipino artist who used her artwork to inspire activism around the world.

SEE ALSO: Google lists 2019’s most-searched women in the Philippines

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