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Samsung 7-series TV stays Smart, loses curve and dimming

Have your heart set on a non-4K resolution, non-curved Samsung LED LCD TV in 2014? You might have some tough choices to make.

The UNH7150 series -- available starting in April in 75, 65, 60, 55 and 46 inches -- is the company's highest end 2014 TV to lack both of those oh-so-trendy, and in our experience, oh-so-underwhelming, features. Unfortunately, it also lacks the kind of hardware-based local dimming that we liked so much on a couple of 2013 models we reviewed, like the UNF8000 series. Maybe Samsung will release a flat, 1080p resolution LED LCD TV this year … Read more

Entry-level 2014 Samsung Smart TV gets game, promises value

If previous years are any indication, Samsung will sell zillions of LED LCD TVs in 2014, and its models designated UN63-something-something will once again provide among the best value.

We really liked the combination of Smart TV excellence, decent picture and competitive prices found on last year's 6300 series, and the UNH6350 series promises more of the same.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but we do know the H6350 will first become available in March. It also offers more choices in size than any other TV series we've ever seen. Are you ready? OK: 75, 65, 60, … Read more

Samsung UNH6400: 2014's cheapest with touch pad remote

Samsung's slew of 2014 TVs at CES trickles from extremely high-end models with curved screens and 4K resolution, all the way down to models you might actually be able to afford. Like the UNH6400 series.

This line will hit the streets in March at 65, 60, 55, 50 and 48 inches. Pricing wasn't announced, but we expect it to be relatively easy to swallow.

Savvy buyers on a reasonable budget might be asking themselves how it compares to the step-up H7150 and step-down H6350 also announced at CES 2014. Since the picture-affecting features of the 7 and 6 … Read more

Samsung: We'll have new plasmas, just not at CES 2014

LAS VEGAS -- In the wake of Panasonic's decision to abandon plasma, CNET along with the rest of the videophile world was eagerly anticipating word of Samsung's plans for our favorite non-OLED display technology.

Unfortunately, we don't have any official announcements yet. Unlike LG, Samsung said it will not reveal any new plasma TVs at CES 2014.

On the other hand, Samsung assured me it will release new plasma TVs later in the year. I spoke to Dave Das, VP of Home Entertainment for Samsung, and he said the company was planning to release new models around … Read more

Samsung's CES 2014 TVs: Curved and 4K LEDs, but no new OLED or plasma

LAS VEGAS -- Samsung is the 800-pound gorilla of many markets, but especially HDTVs. In a CES presentation, the company spelled out just how top its banana is.

It has spent eight straight years with the No. 1 worldwide market share among TV brands, which as of August 2013 was 30 percent, with 32 percent in North America. Vizio, at No. 2 in North America, was at 17 percent. It also enjoys even larger share of premium segments, like 240Hz LED LCDs and LED LCDs that cost more than $1,999 -- both at 67 percent.

The perfect segue is … Read more

Mozilla: In 2014, all your hardware belongs to us

Soon, you'll be able to get your hands on a Firefox OS tablet -- but only if you promise to develop for the fledgling operating system.

Launched last year on three smartphone models in 14 countries on major carriers such as Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom, Mozilla has partnered with hardware maker Foxconn to build tablets for Firefox OS developers in 2014, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday.

The unnamed developers' tablet is "not intended" for the average tablet owner, said Andreas Gal, Mozilla's vice president of mobile.

"The … Read more

LG dotes on appliances, unveils rash of TVs at CES 2014

LG Electronics lavished its appliances business with a big chunk of time and three speakers during its presentation at the Consumer Electronics show, while it also unveiled its Lifeband Touch smartwatch, new TV and home theater products, and the planned US launch of its G Flex smartphone.

The Korean electronics maker unveiled the news at a press conference in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay hotel, as part of CES press day. President of LG Electronics USA William Cho kicked off the presentation bragging that LG gained market share in the US in 2013 in each of its key areas. … Read more

Sharp boasts 'game changer' high-res Aquos Quattron Plus TV

Sharp unveiled its new line of Aquos TVs on Monday, once again showing the consumer-electronics world that it knows how to think big.

The company touted the Aquos 4K, Aquos Q, and what Sharp President John Herrington called a "game changer" TV, the Aquos Quattron Plus, which has 10 million more subpixels than full HD. Sharp will release these TVs in a matter of weeks. … Read more

LG shows off new smart TV interface featuring webOS

Confirming previous reports and leaks, today LG has announced an all-new operating system for its 2014 TVs.

It's called webOS, and it's based on the eponymous platform that initially appeared in Palm smartphones, like the Palm Pre, CNET's pick for the best product of CES 2009. HP aquired Palm in 2010, and LG bought webOS from HP last year.

The supposed main advantage of using a smartphone operating system like webOS is that it's designed for multitasking. LG says users will be able to swap directly between Netflix and Hulu Plus, for example or Netflix and … Read more

'Twin Peaks' returns? David Lynch seeks waitress for promo

Do you think you have what it takes to serve a damn good cup of coffee and a slice of cherry pie in a universe where owls are not what they seem and customers range from a quirky FBI agent to a woman who talks to a log?

Then you might want to audition for director David Lynch who is on the lookout for a brunette or red-headed waitress for a "Twin Peaks" promo.

According to ProjectCasting.com, this open call for an upcoming promo for "Twin Peaks" was posted by Sande Alessi Casting:… Read more