We've seen quite a few rumors of a new touch-screen version of the LG Chocolate floating around the Internet, and most of them have to do with the Black Label version of the phone, the LG BL40, that's slated to come out for Europe and Asia only. We've even seen spy shots of the BL40, and it looks quite long, especially with its supposed 21:9 aspect ratio and 4-inch display. Apparently it'll rock 335MB of internal memory plus a microSD card slot, but we really know little about it.
As Netflix and other broadband media content integration has become the new "it" thing for TVs, it was time to revisit Yahoo TV Widgets. Since we last reviewed the platform's offerings, Yahoo has rolled out a number of new widgets and promises even more to come, including widgets for Netflix, Showtime, and other video services. For now, however, the official Twitter client is one of the most compelling widgets, so it will be the first we review as part of an ongoing series.
Overall we found the Twitter widget well-designed and we appreciated that, unlike Verizon's upcoming Twitter application for Fios, it actually lets you post tweets from your TV. Next time your Twitter craving kicks in right in the middle of "30 Rock" and you're too glued to the TV to search for your phone or laptop, this widget can save you the trip. You can now proudly tap out those 140 characters that will display on your feed above a timestamp that reads "from Yahoo! TV Widgets."
Anytime you load Yahoo Widgets with Twitter enabled, the Twitter "snippet" in the dock along the bottom of the screen displays the most recent tweet, whether it's from you or someone you follow. These are updated in nearly real time without having to hit a refresh button or take any other actions. It's unfortunate, though, that you're limited to just the most recent update in the snippet. The Samsung and LG TVs organize some other snippets, namely Yahoo Weather and Finance, into scrollable tabs that show multiple weather or finance updates right in the dock, without having to expand the widget.
When expanded, the clearly laid out and clean-looking main window presents three tabs that will take you to a stream of tweets, messages, or replies. There's also an option to post a new tweet.
Using the TV remote to tweet can be a frustrating experience since you have to use the directional pad to select letters on a virtual keyboard.… Read more
If you're following the fortunes of OLED, this little tidbit from LG CEO Kwon Young Soo that appeared on OLED-Display.net should be of interest.
"We plan to produce 32-inch OLED panels for TVs in 2012," he said, adding: "The commercial success of OLEDs hinges on how it shows its superiority compared to LCD technologies."
Both Samsung and Sony suggested they'd be selling a 32-inch OLED sets by the end of this year or by mid 2010 at the latest. And that may still happen, but the sets would be so prohibitively expensive that … Read more
We've already seen the teaser for a new Black Label Chocolate phone from LG, but now it looks like everything's out in the open if this video is to be believed.
The rendering shows a very long mobile phone with a 4-inch touch-screen display. Its features include HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, and multitouch capabilities. This will be the fourth Black Label handset from the Korean company, and so far, it looks pretty impressive. The end of the video states that the phone will arrive in 2009, so let's wait and see if this rumor turns out to be … Read more
Sprint has just announced the LG LX290, a simple slider handset that features a 1.3-megapixel camera; text and multimedia messaging; GPS with Sprint Navigation; mobile e-mail; and more.
It measures 4.09 inches long by 1.94 inches wide by 0.63 inch thick, has a 1.33-inch by 1.77-inch TFT display, and has four shortcut keys dedicated to texting, e-mail, personal calendar, and alarm. The LG LX290 is quite affordable at only $29.99 with a new two-year agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. It is available now on Sprint.com.
With every new technology release, LCD tries to catch up to plasma in the picture quality race, but never seems to succeed. The biggest potential equalizer attached to LCD's engine is LED backlighting with local dimming, a technology first marketed widely by Samsung two years ago that's slowly spread to other brands' flagship LCD TVs since.
LG's 2009 entrant is the LH90 series, and it closes the gap considerably compared with the best plasma displays. The LH90 models evinced superb black level performance and LG's characteristically accurate color--helped in large measure by the company's best-in-class … Read more
It's a slow week for cell phones, especially with Bonnie out on vacation in Maui--the lucky girl. But we still have some mobile news, like rumors of a new LG Chocolate, inklings of a Sony Ericsson Android handset, and the brand new MyTouch 3G from T-Mobile. We also go over our reviews and answer some of your questions.Listen now: Download today's podcast Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | iTunes (video) | RSS (audio) | RSS (video)
On today's Buzz Out Loud, Natali and Molly form a new Amazonian society in advance of the development of artificial sperm. But in much more important news, Google is finally building the thin-client, Netbook-friendly operating system that Molly predicted back in 2005. And poor Yahoo is stuck in 2005: it just announced Search Pad. Aw. Poor Yahoo.Listen now: Download today's podcast Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | iTunes (video) | RSS (audio) | RSS (video) EPISODE 1014
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Which Molly predicted in 2005! … Read more
LG is once again rolling out a new Chocolate, if these teaser photos are to be believed. It will be in LG's Black Label line of fashion phones, and looks to be another candy-bar style handset. It'll most likely be available in Europe and Asia only, as a GSM phone, with perhaps a Verizon version later on in the year.
There's already speculation that the BL40 Chocolate phone, as it's being called, will sport a 21:9 wide-screen display, HSDPA support, and perhaps a 5-megapixel camera. All of these projections are based on the phone's UA profile, according to Unwired View. … Read more