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DisplaySearch: LCD TVs Up as Plasma, CRT Disappear

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According to NPD DisplaySearch global TV shipments will grow by less than 1% in 2014-- an improvement of sorts over 2012 and 2013, where shipments dropped by -6% and -3% respectively.

Such declines are in part due to the eventual disappearance of plasma and CRT TVs. The analyst forecasts 2014 plasma and CRT shipment drops of -48% and -50% before the two technologies all but disappear by 2015.

NPD TV Forecast

As a result LCD TVs will wholly dominate the TV market, with the only competition coming from OLED-- a technology accounting for less than 1% of shipments through 2017.

LCD accounts for over 90% of global 2014 TV shipments.

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Toshiba Claims Fastest MicroSD Cards

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Toshiba MemoryToshiba launches a microSD memory card series it claims is the first to comply with the high-speed UHS-II standard, the interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard v. 4.20.

According to Toshiba the cards allow high-quality 4K video capture at minimum write speeds of 30MB/s, making them ideal for use with compatible high-performance cameras.

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Samsung: Q2 2014 Release for Tizen Phones

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Samsung will launch "at least" two smartphones running on the Tizen mobile OS by Q2 2014 as part of an effort to break out of the Android universe, senior VP Yoon Han-kil tells Reuters.

Samsung phoneAccording to the interview Samsung wants build an own Tizen-centric ecosystem-- thus challenging the iOS/Android duopoly and opening a 3rd party app and services revenue stream.

However Tizen-based ambitions have seen setbacks from both internal and external sources. A Samsung-Google patent cross-licensing agreement has been seen as a tightening of Samsung's ties with Android, while "poor market conditions" have hampered prospects in at least some regions.

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LG, Harman/Kardon Team Up in TV Audio

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LG TV SoundLG partners up with Harman/Kardon in the development of advanced TV audio technology-- the ULTRA Surround system, to be found in two LG OLED TVs and 5 UHD/4K models.

The speaker system promises cinema-style levels of viewer immersion, with "even, distortion-free sound with deep bass and a wide bandwidth." A state-of-the-art algorithm produces convincing 3D soundscapes, while the speakers distribute sound in multiple directions and balance foreground and background noise.

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Nike to Drop Wearables?

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According to CNET Nike is giving up on wearable electronics, having fired the "majority" of its 70-strong FuelBand hardware development part of its technology-focused Digital Sport team.

FuelBandThe sportswear maker neither confirms nor denies the report, but tells CNET a "small number of layoffs" are to take place within the Digital Sport division. CNET suggests the layoffs total to 55.

“The Nike+ FuelBand SE remains an important part of our business,” the company says “We will continue to improve the Nike+ FuelBand App, launch new METALUXE colors, and we will sell and support the Nike+ FuelBand SE for the foreseeable future.”

Word of the layoffs-- and the company's cancellation of a FuelBand iteration-- first emerged on Secret, the self-explanatory social network.

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