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      Thousands of LG TVs exposed to the world. Here’s how to ensure yours isn’t one.

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 9 April - 19:12

    Thousands of LG TVs exposed to the world. Here’s how to ensure yours isn’t one.

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    As many as 91,000 LG TVs face the risk of being commandeered unless they receive a just-released security update patching four critical vulnerabilities discovered late last year.

    The vulnerabilities are found in four LG TV models that collectively comprise slightly more than 88,000 units around the world, according to results returned by the Shodan search engine for Internet-connected devices. The vast majority of those units are located in South Korea, followed by Hong Kong, the US, Sweden, and Finland. The models are:

    • LG43UM7000PLA running webOS 4.9.7 - 5.30.40
    • OLED55CXPUA running webOS 5.5.0 - 04.50.51
    • OLED48C1PUB running webOS 6.3.3-442 (kisscurl-kinglake) - 03.36.50
    • OLED55A23LA running webOS 7.3.1-43 (mullet-mebin) - 03.33.85

    Starting Wednesday, updates are available through these devices’ settings menu.

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      AMD stops certifying monitors, TVs under 144 Hz for FreeSync

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 8 March - 20:35

    AMD's depiction of a game playing without FreeSync (left) and with FreeSync (right).

    Enlarge / AMD's depiction of a game playing without FreeSync (left) and with FreeSync (right). (credit: AMD )

    AMD announced this week that it has ceased FreeSync certification for monitors or TVs whose maximum refresh rates are under 144 Hz. Previously, FreeSync monitors and TVs could have refresh rates as low as 60 Hz, allowing for screens with lower price tags and ones not targeted at serious gaming to carry the variable refresh-rate technology.

    AMD also boosted the refresh-rate requirements for its higher AdaptiveSync tiers, FreeSync Premium and FreeSync Premium Pro, from 120 Hz to 200 Hz.

    Here are the new minimum refresh-rate requirements for FreeSync, which haven't changed for laptops.

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      “Disgraceful”: Messy ToS update allegedly locks Roku devices until users give in

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 7 March - 20:20

    A promotional image for a Roku TV.

    Enlarge / A promotional image for a Roku TV. (credit: Roku )

    Roku customers are threatening to stop using, or to even dispose of, their low-priced TVs and streaming gadgets after the company appears to be locking devices for people who don't conform to the recently updated terms of service ( ToS ).

    This month, users on Roku's support forums reported suddenly seeing a message when turning on their Roku TV or streaming device reading: "We've made an important update: We’ve updated our Dispute Resolution Terms. Select ‘Agree’ to agree to these updated Terms and to continue enjoying our products and services. Press * to view these updated Terms." A large button reading "Agree" follows. The pop-up doesn't offer a way to disagree, and users are unable to use their device unless they hit agree.

    Customers have left pages of complaints on Roku's forum. One user going by "rickstanford" said they were "FURIOUS!!!!" and expressed interest in sending their reported six Roku devices back to the company since "apparently I don't own them despite spending hundreds of dollars on them."

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      Samsung is making it harder to know what type of OLED TV you’re getting

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 6 March - 21:22

    A marketing image for Samsung's 83-inch S90C, its first OLED TV to quietly use an LG Display WOLED panel.

    Enlarge / A marketing image for Samsung's 83-inch S90C, its first OLED TV to quietly use an LG Display WOLED panel. (credit: Samsung)

    Samsung rejuvenated the OLED TV market when its display manufacturing subsidiary, Samsung Display, announced QD-OLED two years ago. Quantum dot-infused OLED panels brought the promise of richer color compared to LG Display's white OLED panels (WOLED) and represented a viable competitor to what had become OLED TVs' only option. Various OEMs, from Samsung Electronics to Sony, bragged about the purported advantages QD-OLED brought over WOLED. Samsung is not so boastful these days.

    Samsung's 2024 OLED TV lineup will feature TVs that use both QD-OLED and WOLED panels. Samsung started doing this last year with the 83-inch S90C . But this year, it will reportedly be even harder to tell if a new Samsung OLED TV has quantum dots.

    Samsung announced the entry-level S85D, the S90D, and the flagship S95D in January, without specifying the type of OLED panel tech(s) involved. But it was still apparent that the S90D would include WOLED options since Samsung said it would come in 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, and 83-inch sizes. QD-OLED doesn't come in 42, 48, or 83 inches.

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      Amazon bricks long-standing Fire TV apps with latest update

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 27 February - 18:54 · 1 minute

    The Fire OS home screen advertising Ford.

    Enlarge / The Fire OS home screen advertising Ford. (credit: Bodhi Wire/YouTube )

    Amazon has issued an update to Fire TV streaming devices and televisions that has broken apps that let users bypass the Fire OS home screen. The tech giant claims that its latest Fire OS update is about security but has refused to detail any potential security concerns.

    Users and app developers have reported that numerous apps that used to work with Fire TV devices for years have suddenly stopped working. As first reported by AFTVnews , the update has made apps unable to establish local Android Debug Bridge (ADB) connections and, therefore, execute ADB commands with Fire TV devices. The update, Fire OS, affects several Fire OS-based TVs, including models from TCL, Toshiba, Hisense, and Amazon’s own Fire TV Omni QLED Series . Other devices running the update include Amazon’s first Fire TV Stick 4K Max, the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick, as well as the 3rd and 2nd-generation Fire TV Cubes and the Fire TV Stick Lite.

    A code excerpt shared with AFTVnews by what the publication described as an “affected app developer," which you can view here , shows a line of code indicating that Fire TVs would not be allowed to make ADB connections with a local device or app. As pointed out by AFTVnews, such apps have been used by Fire TV modders for abilities like clearing installed apps’ cache and using a different home screen than the Fire OS default. Other uses include advanced tweaks, like console emulators, as How-To Geek noted.

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      Walmart buying TV-brand Vizio for its ad-fueling customer data

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 20 February - 20:44

    Close-up of Vizio logo on a TV

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    Walmart announced an agreement to buy Vizio today. Irvine, California-based Vizio is best known for lower-priced TVs, but its real value to Walmart is its advertising business and access to user data.

    Walmart said it's buying Vizio for approximately $2.3 billion, pending regulatory clearance and additional closing conditions. Vizio can also terminate the transaction over the next 45 days if it accepts a better offer, per the announcement.

    Walmart will keep selling non-Vizio TVs should the merger close, Seth Dallaire, Walmart US' EVP and CRO who would manage Vizio post-acquisition, told The Wall Street Journal ( WSJ ).

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      LG OLED T is a transparent 77-inch TV that will arrive in 2024

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 8 January - 22:11


    Enlarge / LG's OLED T TV with its contrast film rolled down partially, enabling you to see what's behind the TV's upper area. (credit: LG전자 뉴스룸 LiVE LG/YouTube )

    LG today announced plans to sell a TV with transparent-display technology that has almost exclusively been relegated to commercial applications and demonstrations at tech shows.

    LG is showing off the Signature OLED T at CES 2024 (which officially starts tomorrow). LG says the see-through TV will be available this year but hasn't shared pricing. Still, it's remarkable to see transparent tech make its way into a consumer TV, even if it is expected to be extremely expensive. Other groundbreaking, Signauture-branded OLED designs from LG have cost six figures .

    During a press event today, LG executives discussed the OLED T as a way to satisfy customer demand for bigger TVs without those mammoth displays always dominating the living room.

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      Vizio settles for $3M after saying 60 Hz TVs had 120 Hz “effective refresh rate”

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 2 January - 22:03

    A marketing image for Vizio's P-series Q9 TV.

    Enlarge / A marketing image for Vizio's P-series Q9 TV. (credit: Vizio )

    Vizio has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company misled customers about the refresh rates of its TVs.

    In 2018, a lawsuit [ PDF ], which was later certified as a class action, was filed against Vizio for advertising its 60 Hz and 120 Hz LCD TVs as having an "effective" refresh rate of 120 Hz and 240 Hz, respectively. Vizio was referring to the backlight scanning (or black frame insertion) ability, which it claimed made the TVs look like they were operating at a refresh rate that was twice as fast as they are capable of. Vizio's claims failed to address the drawbacks that can come from backlight scanning, which include less brightness and the potential for noticeable flickering. The lawsuit complained about Vizio's language in marketing materials and user manuals.

    The lawsuit read:

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      Wireless TVs use built-in cameras, NFC readers to sell you stuff you see on TV

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 20 December - 21:41 · 1 minute

    webcam protruding out of the Displace TV

    Enlarge / A closeup of the webcam on the Displace TV announced in January. (credit: Dislace)

    It's no secret that TV makers are seriously invested in pushing ads. Using TVs for advertising goes back to 1941 , when the first TV commercial aired. But as we trudge our way through the 21st century, TV vendors are becoming more involved in ensuring that their hardware is used to sell stuff and add to their own recurring revenue.

    This has taken various forms, but in some cases we're seeing increasingly invasive strategies for turning TVs into a primary place for shopping. The latest approach catching attention comes from startup Displace. Its upcoming TVs will use integrated webcams and NFC payment readers to make it easy for people to buy stuff they see on TV.

    Displace hasn't officially released a product yet, so skepticism about the TVs it says it will demo at CES 2024 in Las Vegas next month, as spotted by sites like Wifi Hifi , is warranted. (Displace said it would have images of the newly announced TVs to share next year). The startup is specializing in wireless TVs with hot-swappable batteries that can vacuum suction-mount to a wall and zip-line slowly off said wall when sensing an unstable connection or low battery. The original "Displace TV" that Displace announced in January is supposed to ship in mid-2024. Displace has been taking preorders for those.

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