iPad Pro rumor: 4K HDR video via USB-C, new magnetic port, updated Apple Pencil & more

Apple should hold an event this month to unveil the latest iPad Pro models for 2018. The tablets are expected to come outfitted with a USB-C port that will be used to output 4K HDR video to external displays. An updated Smart Keyboard and third-party accessories will be handled by a new Magnetic Connector on the rear side.

The next iPad Pro models are rumored to adopt near bezel-less displays without any Home buttons, featuring Face ID biometric authentication with landscape support, a brand-new Magnetic Connector for third-party accessories, support for an updated Apple Pencil with seamless AirPods-like Bluetooth pairing and more.... Read the rest of this post here


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Amazon Fire TV Stick Updated With 4K, Dolby Vision, Atmos And HDR 10 Support, Costs Just $50

Amazon’s assault on the hardware world continues. Jeff Bezos’ company has revealed its latest iteration to its Fire TV Stick, introducing 4K support, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, and all bundled together for a highly affordable $49.99. [ Continue read…

Amazon's assault on the hardware world continues. Jeff Bezos' company has revealed its latest iteration to its Fire TV Stick, introducing 4K support, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, and all bundled together for a highly affordable $49.99.


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Refreshed Fire TV costs $10 more, but brings 4K & Dolby Atmos support, 3 HDR formats

Amazon has refreshed its Fire TV HDMI dingle, adding support for 4K resolutions, the Dolby Atmos surround sound and three major HDR video formats: HDR10, HDR+ and Dolby Vision.

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The Roku Premiere Offers 4K Streaming on a Budget

Roku has launched two new devices, and they both provide 4K streaming for those on a budget. The Premiere and Premiere+ are tiny streaming players that boast both 4K and HDR capabilities. Which means you can finally take advantage of your new 4K TV. Roku Launches Even More New Hardware This time last year Roku unveiled lots of new hardware. This was a complete refresh of its lineup, and left consumers with a dizzying array of options. And now that situation is getting worse, with Roku launching two brand new devices. Introducing our lowest-priced 4K + HDR streaming players ever!…

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Roku has launched two new devices, and they both provide 4K streaming for those on a budget. The Premiere and Premiere+ are tiny streaming players that boast both 4K and HDR capabilities. Which means you can finally take advantage of your new 4K TV.

Roku Launches Even More New Hardware

This time last year Roku unveiled lots of new hardware. This was a complete refresh of its lineup, and left consumers with a dizzying array of options. And now that situation is getting worse, with Roku launching two brand new devices.

The Roku Premiere is a small but powerful device. It’s about the size of last year’s Roku Express, but adds 4K and HDR streaming to the mix. Priced at $39.99, the Roku Premiere is available to pre-order from Roku.com, and will be available at other retailers in October.

The Roku Premiere+ is virtually identical to the standard Premiere. The only differences being it’s a Walmart exclusive, and comes with an enhanced voice remote. Priced at $49.99, the Roku Premiere+ will be available from early October 2018.

The Roku Ultra remains Roku’s premium device. At $99.99 it still offers 4K, HDR, Ethernet and wireless connections, and an enhanced remote. However, for 2018, Roku is bundling a pair of JBL headphones worth $39.95 with the Ultra.

Roku Isn’t Making Money on Hardware

With the release of these three new packages Roku has seven devices available to buy. So, Roku’s strategy seems to be to offer a huge range of different devices in the hopes of catering to everyone. And that scattergun approach may just work.

Even with all this hardware Roku doesn’t see itself as a hardware company. Instead, it’s an advertising company that’s selling hardware in order to build an audience. And with initiatives such as The Roku Channel, this strategy is clearly paying off.

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Roku brings down the cost of 4K streaming with its new Premiere players

Roku is expanding its lineup of streaming media players in an attempt to bring down the cost of 4K-ready devices, and plug every hole in the market. The company announced this morning the launch of two new devices, the Roku Premiere and a Walmart exclusive version, the Roku Premiere+. Previously, Roku’s lowest price 4K-ready device […]

Roku is expanding its lineup of streaming media players in an attempt to bring down the cost of 4K-ready devices, and plug every hole in the market. The company announced this morning the launch of two new devices, the Roku Premiere and a Walmart exclusive version, the Roku Premiere+.

Previously, Roku’s lowest price 4K-ready device was the $70 Roku Streaming Stick+. Now, through the Premiere line, it offers 4K players that start at $40.

The Premiere ($39.99) sports a quad-core processor, and supports streaming content in HD, 4K, and 4K HDR. It also ships with an HDMI cable, IR remote, works over 802.11 (b/g/n) Wi-Fi, and offers Dolby and DTS Digital Surround pass through over HDMI.

The Premiere+ ($49.99) offers the same, except that it includes Roku’s voice remote with the TV power and volume up and down down buttons.

 

And both will have access to Roku’s 4K Spotlight channel from the Roku home screen, where you’ll find a round-up of TV shows and movies filmed in 4K Ultra HD.

“We think that this fall is definitely going to be a 4K holiday,” says Mark Ely, Roku’s Vice President of Product Management, in a call with TechCrunch. “[Analyst at IHS] are saying roughly 24 million 4K panels will ship in 2018 and that 97% of TVs 55 inches or the larger will be 4K. Also, the content is beginning to show up to go along with that – Netflix Originals, Amazon Prime Video, and certainly first-run Hollywood movies on Vudu,” he adds. “There’s a lot of 4K content.”

In addition to the launch of the new players, Roku is also improving its high-end Roku Ultra ($99.99) device, which will now ship with JBL headphones included in the package for the same price.

The Roku Premiere is available for pre-order on Roku.com today, and will also be available at major retailers along with the Ultra in early October. The Roku Premiere+ will be exclusive to Walmart stores and Walmart.com.

Alongside the news of the new devices, Roku also today announced Roku OS software updates – Roku OS 8.2 for Roku TVs and Roku’s wireless speakers, and Roku 9.0 for its other devices.

The 8.2 release adds supports for launching and controlling iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn using voice commands. It has also added other improvements, like boosting voice frequencies for better speech clarity and and automatic volume leveling feature to create uniform sound across content (no more blaring commercials or movies that go from quiet to loud, requiring constant fiddling with the remote control).

Spotify is also returning to Roku with 8.2 with an updated app users can launch with a remote, as well as via Spotify Connect – the feature that lets them control Spotify on a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone but stream through the Roku.

Meanwhile, Roku OS 9.0, which is arriving on Roku streaming players ahed of Roku TVs, also adds Spotify, automatic voice leveling, and a new way to search for free content by voice. (e.g. “show me free comedies” or “free dramas,” etc.)

Roku OS 8.2 is coming to Roku TVs now as a staged rollout that completes in November. Roku OS 9.0 will roll out to streaming players in early November, then hit Roku Tvs in Q1 2019.

In addition, Roku says it will soon add support for controlling its devices through Google Assistant.

Roku’s strategy with its devices it to make sure there’s a model for everyone, whether it’s an entry-level streamer for those just testing the waters, or a premium device for those who want added bells and whistles – like Roku Ultra with its lost remote finder function and extra ports.

The company is now one of the top streaming media device makers on the market, as a result.

Roku says it now has 22 million active user accounts, which is up 43% year-over-year. Its users have streaming 5.5 billion hours of content, which is up 57% year-over-year. And one in four TVs sold in the U.S. is now a Roku TV.

 

 

Apple’s first-look video showcases iPhone Xs video recording improvements

Apple’s first-look video shows off iPhone Xs’s camera improvements that in this generation mostly revolve around software and computational photography improvements stemming from machine learning advances. For this video, a pair of videographers used 4K, Slo-mo and Time-lapse shooting modes to create nice-looking scenes featuring water, fire, metal and light.

Apple’s official YouTube channel yesterday released a first-look video offering a glimpse of camera and computational photography improvements made possible by the nearly 10x faster Neural engine in its industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic system-on-a-chip.... Read the rest of this post here


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The Best 4K Gaming Monitors for All Budgets

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4K gaming brings the best video games in the land to you in super-high definition. However, you need the correct hardware to bring these 4K games to life. That means a suitable CPU, GPU, and enough system RAM. Furthermore, you need a suitable 4K gaming monitor to let those high definition graphics really shine. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the best 4K gaming monitors you can buy today. 1. Acer Predator XB271HK Acer Predator XB271HK bmiprz 27-inch IPS UHD (3840 x 2160) NVIDIA G-Sync Widescreen Display (2 x 2w Speakers, 4- USB 3.0 Ports,…

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4K gaming brings the best video games in the land to you in super-high definition. However, you need the correct hardware to bring these 4K games to life. That means a suitable CPU, GPU, and enough system RAM. Furthermore, you need a suitable 4K gaming monitor to let those high definition graphics really shine.

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the best 4K gaming monitors you can buy today.

1. Acer Predator XB271HK

Acer Predator XB271HK

Acer Predator XB271HK bmiprz 27-inch IPS UHD (3840 x 2160) NVIDIA G-Sync Widescreen Display (2 x 2w Speakers, 4- USB 3.0 Ports, HDMI & Display Port) Acer Predator XB271HK bmiprz 27-inch IPS UHD (3840 x 2160) NVIDIA G-Sync Widescreen Display (2 x 2w Speakers, 4- USB 3.0 Ports, HDMI & Display Port) Buy Now At Amazon $672.54

Features: 27-inch | 16:9 aspect ratio | IPS panel | 4ms response time | 60Hz refresh rate | Nvidia G-Sync | 1 x HDMI | 1 x DisplayPort | 4 x USB 3.0

The Acer Predator XB271HK is a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor that comes with a 4ms response time and a 16:9 aspect ratio. So far, so good. Furthermore, the Predator is an IPS screen with an excellent depth of color. The Predator XB271HK is also Nvidia G-Sync ready, meaning Nvidia GPU owners can get the best out of their graphics card.

(Nvidia’s G-Sync technology requires special monitors to use, whereas AMD’s FreeSync doesn’t require any specific hardware.)

The Acer Predator does have one drawback, however: the 60Hz refresh rate. For those gamers looking for that ultra-buttery smooth gaming experience, the 60Hz refresh rate just won’t do. (What is refresh rate?) Trust me, until you’ve tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing!

2. ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ

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ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ 27" 4K/UHD (3840x2160) IPS 4ms G-SYNC Eye Care Gaming Monitor with DP and HDMI Ports ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ 27" 4K/UHD (3840x2160) IPS 4ms G-SYNC Eye Care Gaming Monitor with DP and HDMI Ports Buy Now At Amazon $850.42

Features: 27-inch | 16:9 aspect ratio | IPS panel | 4ms response time | 60Hz refresh rate | Nvidia G-Sync | 1 x HDMI | 1 x DisplayPort | 2 x USB 3.0

ASUS’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand is a long-established name in gaming hardware. The ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ is another 27-inch 4K gaming monitor with a 4ms response time and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Swift PG27AQ comes with an IPS panel with a 100% sRGB color gamut to give your gaming experience fantastic realism. Furthermore, the ASUS Swift PG27AQ is Nvidia G-Sync ready.

Something else I like about the Swift PG27AQ is the ergonomic stand. It tilts between +20° to -5°, swivels between +60° to -60°, and pivots 90° clockwise to give you a vertical display. The Swift PG27AQ has a slimline bezel, meaning it is well suited to a multi-monitor display.

However, the 60Hz refresh rate lets the monitor down a little bit—but not much.

3. LG 32UD60

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LG 32UD60-B 4K UHD Monitor with AMD FreeSync (2018) LG 32UD60-B 4K UHD Monitor with AMD FreeSync (2018) Buy Now At Amazon $579.00

Features: 31.5-inch | 16:9 aspect ratio | VA panel | 4ms response time | 60Hz refresh rate | AMD FreeSync | 1 x HDMI | 1 x DisplayPort

The LG 32UD60 is our first 32-inch (well, 31.5 inches!) 4K gaming monitor. It’s is also our first AMD FreeSync ready model, too. Another “firsts” for this list? The LG 32UD60 is a Vertical Alignment (VA) panel 4K gaming monitor, too.

What does a VA panel do, then? Typically, a VA panel has a smaller viewing angle and worse overall color production than an IPS panel. However, a VA panel is better at blocking unwanted light from the backlight, allowing greater contrast control than an IPS panel. Older VA panel gaming monitors suffered somewhat from motion blur, but modern VA panels have largely overcome that particular issue (through pixel overdrive techniques).

Back to the gaming monitor. In a further effort to combat perceived motion blur, the LG 32UD60 uses “Dynamic Action Sync,” LG’s effort to further minimize latency and screen refresh rates. The 32UD60 also features LG’s Screen Split technology, which is a bunch of integrated screen split and resize options to aid your workflow.

Downsides? The lack of integrated USB 3.0 ports will irritate some users, but it isn’t a major issue. Similarly, other users might find the 95% DCI-P3 color gamut lacking, but at this scale, it is difficult for most users to discern.

4. Dell P2415Q

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Features: 24-inch | 16:9 aspect ratio | IPS panel | 6ms response time | 60Hz refresh rate | 1 x HDMI | 1 x DisplayPort | 1 x Mini DisplayPort | 1x DisplayPort Output | 3 x USB 3.0

The Dell P2415Q is a fantastic budget 4K gaming monitor that, at 24-inches, is also the smallest monitor on this list. But despite its slightly smaller size, the P2415Q can compete with the other, larger 4K gaming monitors in multiple areas.

For starters, the stand is a typical Dell design: strong, useful, and fairly ergonomic. In fact, the P2451Q stand can rotate through 90 degrees to give you a vertical monitor setup, which is very handy for those with different uses for their gaming setup.

In addition, the P2451Q offers the complete sRGB color gamut, and even a little bit of an extension, too. The color range is perfect for bringing all manner of games to life, no matter their underlying color scheme. Another positive for the smaller 4K gaming monitor is the pixel density. The 24-inch monitor packs in around 185 pixels per inch (PPI), bringing extra visual quality to your games.

On the flipside, and despite liking the sturdiness of the stand, the actual monitor bevel feels and looks a little cheap. It is also relatively thick compared to the slimline design seen on other 4K gaming monitors.

5. Samsung U28E590D

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Features: 28-inch | 16:9 aspect ratio | PLS panel | 1ms response time | 60Hz refresh rate | AMD FreeSync | 2 x HDMI | 1 x DisplayPort

Samsung is no stranger to manufacturing high-quality gaming hardware, and its 4K monitors continue that tradition.

The Samsung U28E590D is a 28-inch 4K gaming monitor with a few differences from the other monitors on the list. For one, it has an almost-unfathomably fast 1ms response time—great for first-person shooters. Second, it uses Samsung’s proprietary panel technology, PLS. Samsung’s Plane to Line Switching (PLS) is very similar to regular IPS. However, Samsung claim their PLS panels are around 10% brighter, have better viewing angles, are cheaper to produce and will eventually allow for flexible screens.

The U28E590D has a sharp aesthetic, too, and will look good as part of a regular workstation setup if gaming isn’t your thing.

6. ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q

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ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q 34" 21:9 3440x1440 IPS 100Hz G-SYNC Eye Care Gaming Monitor with DP and HDMI Ports ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q 34" 21:9 3440x1440 IPS 100Hz G-SYNC Eye Care Gaming Monitor with DP and HDMI Ports Buy Now At Amazon $910.80

Features: 34-inch curved | 21:9 aspect ratio | IPS panel | 5ms response time | 100Hz refresh rate | Nvidia G-Sync | 1 x HDMI | 1 x DisplayPort | 1 x USB 3.0

The award-winning ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q is our final 4K gaming monitor—and what a beast it is. The Swift PG348Q is a 34-inch curved 4K gaming monitor that comes Nvidia G-Sync ready. Furthermore, it is an IPS panel with a flicker-free WLED backlight, offering up the full sRGB color gamut for an immersive gaming experience. (Want more ultra-wide monitors? Here are some ultra-wide monitors to suit all budgets.)

The Swift PG348Q comes with a few unique-ish tricks, too. For instance, it has a “Turbo Key” refresh rate selector to force a higher refresh rate, while the “GameVisual” presets are designed to boost the aesthetic of various game genres.

Finally, the Swift PG348Q has a distinguished design with a fantastic, ergonomic stand (that for some reason also features a light that projects the ASUS ROG logo onto your desk) that will suit almost any situation.

The Best 4K Gaming Experience

4K gaming is no longer a niche area for hardcore gamers. The price of hardware has drastically fallen, which means almost anyone can pick up a 4K gaming monitor and experience gaming like never before.

Other factors also make 4K gaming more feasible, too. Variable refresh rate technologies provide a smoother overall gaming experience across all hardware types. Developments in pixel overdrive technology reduce the likelihood of ghost pixels and pixel artifacts on your screen. This alone brings you a much cleaner and smoother transition in games with rapidly updating images.

A good proportion of the 4K gaming experience lies in the hardware you game on. Which raises the question, “Is it cheaper to build a high-spec gaming PC than buy the latest console?”

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5 Sites to Download Free and Royalty-Free 4K or Ultra HD Stock Videos

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It has become easy to find stock videos that you can download for free and use in your project. But it isn’t as easy to find free and royalty-free stock videos in 4K or Ultra HD (UHD) resolution. Here are your best options so far. Your first step is probably to check Pixels Video, Pixabay, or one of the other popular sites for copyright-free stock videos. But while those sites have some 4K and UHD videos, not all of them are available in these high resolutions. You can end up wasting a lot of time on these searches. Instead, one…

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It has become easy to find stock videos that you can download for free and use in your project. But it isn’t as easy to find free and royalty-free stock videos in 4K or Ultra HD (UHD) resolution. Here are your best options so far.

Your first step is probably to check Pixels Video, Pixabay, or one of the other popular sites for copyright-free stock videos. But while those sites have some 4K and UHD videos, not all of them are available in these high resolutions. You can end up wasting a lot of time on these searches.

Instead, one of the sites listed below is guaranteed to get you 4K resolution stock videos to use for free.

Dareful (Web): Hand-picked 4K Videos

Dareful has a small collection of videos in 4K resolution, but it excels by doing what Unsplash did for photos. These are all hand-picked to ensure they are of good quality, so you won’t get bad footage here.

Right now, there are only 36 videos on the site, but they vary in their type. There are nature videos, drone shots, fireworks, bokeh lights, city footage, and so on. Click one, watch a preview, and if you like what you see, download it to your computer.

All of the videos featured on Dareful are under the Creative Commons 4.0 license, which means you can use and adapt them freely, but you will need to give credit where appropriate.

Mitch Martinez (Web): Director of Photography’s Free Videos

Sin City 2. The Hunger Games–Mockingjay. The Man In The High Castle. These are only some of the big movies and TV series that have used the free stock footage released by Mitch Martinez, a Director of Photography.

Over the years, Martinez has shot quite a lot of stock footage on professional RED cameras. He released that footage for anyone to download and use for free, which is how many of the aforementioned names used his videos.

Martinez’s videos are sorted into neat categories like animals, aerial shots, light, landscape, city, particles, water, timelapse, and so on. Click the category, find a video, and you can preview it on Vimeo. Then click the “Download the clip” button to save the full-resolution video on your hard drive. Easy peasy.

Iris 32 / Frederick Tschernutter (Web): Thousands of Free 4K Videos

Like Martinez, Frederick Tschernutter has been shooting the world around him with a RED One and a RED Epic for years. And like Martinez, he decided to give all that footage to the world to use for free with the aforementioned Creative Commons 4.0 license.

Downloading videos from his site, Iris 32, is a slightly tricky process. You need to first visit Tschernutter’s YouTube page to search or browse through his videos. But the YouTube videos aren’t high resolution. To get the 4K version, check the video’s description, where you will find the clip name or a link to the Iris 32 download page. Enter a validation code on Iris 32, accept the Creative Commons license, and save the video to disk.

There are thousands of videos, so use the search feature when you can. But you can also check out Tschernutter’s playlist of favorites to find the best-looking clips.

Harmonic’s Demo Footage (Web): 18 High Quality Videos

If you need a 4K video for a demonstration, Harmonic is where you should head first. The company specializes in streaming Ultra HD video with HDR, and they’ve made a few such clips available for anyone.

You’ll need to register to download these 18 clips, all of which are available in Apple’s ProRes and H.264 codecs. Most of the videos are shot at 60 frames per second. Be warned, these are really large video files, each of them over a gigabyte in size. So make sure you are on a stable and fast internet connection.

Needless to say, you don’t need to actually use Harmonic technology for any of these videos. That said, they do come with a Harmonic watermark in the bottom-right corner.

Free 4K Timelapse (Web): New York City’s Times Square in Timelapse

Max Lee took his trusty Canon 6D to New York City’s Times Square. He set it up and shot a lot of footage for a long time, and eventually turned it into a series of incredible timelapse videos. And you can download them for free.

The whole thing turned into a series of 19 timelapse videos. This is followed by one video in HDR, and a couple from the W Hotel. Lee has also uploaded the original RAW files in case you want to grab those instead of the edited videos.

Lee says his videos can be used to monetize other videos, or in commercial projects, but you will have to add an attribution link.

The One Other Stock Video Site You Should Check

With Pexels or Pixabay, you will have to search for “4K” and hope to get something that fits your needs. But there’s one other such stock video site you should check. Videezy, one of the best places to get media clips for presentations, has an entire dedicated 4K section. Check it out!

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