Brightest Flashlight LED review

Brightest Flashlight LED turns your smartphone into a bright torch that comes in handy whenever you need an intense source of light for a brief time. The LED light works with the screen either blacked out or in viewfinder mode, which effectively acts as a zoom-in tool.


Instant access: Once you put the Brightest Flashlight LED app icon on your home screen, you can switch on the LED by just running the app, without menus, without needless steps. The LED can be toggled on or off whether the screen is in black or viewfinder mode.

Works as advertised: Whether … Read more

Samsung prices 2014 TVs at the high end, adds curved offerings

Today Samsung announced official pricing on its vast array of new 2014 TVs, including numerous curved and 4K/UHD sets first introduced at CES 2014 last January.

They ain't cheap.

Samsung's 4K models start at $2,499 for a 50-inch size. Compare that to Vizio, for example, which is charging $999 for its cheapest 4K 50-incher. On paper, the Vizio even has a picture quality advantage over the Samsung, offering full-array local dimming compared to Samsung's edge-lit variety.

Then there's the company's newfangled curved TVs. The entry price there is $1,999 for a 48-inch … Read more

Cree bulks up with a new 100-watt replacement LED

Twelve months after getting into the consumer LED game with their highly popular 60-watt replacement and just a few months after the release of a 75-watt replacement, the team at Cree is expanding its line of LEDs yet again, this time with a 100-watt replacement. The new bulb claims a light output of 1,600 lumens at an energy cost of just 18 watts, and will sell at Home Depot for $19.97. In addition, Cree is announcing price cuts on almost every bulb that it sells, including the 60-watt TW Series LED, which will now retail for $15.97, … Read more

Ultra HD 4K TV Cheat Sheet

Ultra HD, colloquially known as "4K," is the latest buzzword, and the latest push from TV manufacturers.

While your next TV might not be Ultra HD, the one after probably will be.

Here are the basics of what you need to know about this latest advancement in TV technology.… Read more

Vizio's cheap E-Series TVs are brimming with local dimming

In the wake, in more than one sense of the word, of Panasonic's decision to stop making plasma TVs, there's now a hole in the TV market. It's right at the intersection of picture quality and value, a massive axle-rending divot left by the uncaring snowplow of market forces.

Absent as-yet-unannounced new plasmas from Samsung, this year it's up to LED LCD to pave the pothole. I'm pessimistic that any can reach the levels of bang/buck that the Panasonic S60 and ST60 achieved, but products like the Vizio E-Series -- with its affordable, effective … Read more

Samsung's new LEDs will make better camera in Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 hasn't been launched yet, but Samsung is already providing some glimpses of what the device will be like.

The components side of the Korean company on Tuesday unveiled several new leading-edge LED components for mobile devices. At least one of those, a reflector-integrated flash LED, will show up in the Galaxy S5, Samsung said.

The new reflector-integrated flash LEDs will give smartphone cameras a wider field of view within a small space. They do that by integrated a light source, a lead frame, and a reflector with its own optics and diffusion features. Those result in … Read more

Philips earns Energy Star certification for 75- and 100-watt replacement LEDs (hands-on)

If you've been waiting for brighter and more affordable options in the LED aisle, then you're in luck.

Today, Philips announced Energy Star certification for their second-generation 75- and 100-watt replacement LEDs, along with exclusive discounts on both bulbs at Home Depots nationwide. Combined with the regional utility rebates that come with Energy Star certification, this means that consumers in some parts of the country will be able to purchase the 75-watt replacement for less than $10, with the 100-watt replacement going for just under $15. For the rest of us, the bulbs will retail for $19.97 … Read more

A plasma lover's guide to LED LCD

If you're fan of plasma TVs, last year's announcement by Panasonic that the company was no longer going to make them likely came as quite a blow.

So now what? What do you do if you want a new TV but want the picture quality of a plasma?

This guide leads you though all the available options. Some good, some bad, some painful. Welcome to the TV world of 2014.… Read more

4K TVs with passive 3D: Finally, a good use for all those pixels

3D may be all but dead, at least on TV, but plenty of 3D films are still coming out in theaters and on Blu-ray. "The Hobbit." "Pacific Rim." "Man of Steel." "Thor: The Dark World." "The Wolverine." "Cars." "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." "Gravity."

And numerous TVs are available with 3D capability -- and include the requisite glasses -- to handle playing those movies in the home. Until now, however, they all demanded severe picture quality sacrifices when you donned the glasses.… Read more

Cree gets into the lighting control game with SmartCast

Cree announced their new SmartCast Technology today, officially moving the the LED manufacturer into the world of lighting controls, a place we've already seen brands such as Philips and TCP venture. With lighting fixtures equipped with integrated motion sensors and claims of a remarkably simple installation process, Cree is hoping to accelerate LED adoption by offering controls that "cut through the complexity" of automated lighting.

So far, Cree is only extending SmartCast to commercial and industrial troffers, luminaries, and downlights -- but a simplified approach to lighting controls seems like a smart idea for residential use, too, … Read more