This morning Apple released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, a big update that brings a couple of major new features to the desktop operating system. First, improved 4K display support, which allows easy Retina scaling on external ultra high definition displays. We've been using this functionality for a couple of months since it was included in the beta, and it works as expected. Rather than creating a ridiculously gigantic desktop where you could barely read text, instead you can choose to scale to a Retina mode that just makes everything nice and sharp.
Others will be happy to know that OS X 10.9.3 also features the return of the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS devices over USB. Hit the Mac App Store to grab the update, and take a look at the full changelog after the jump.
Dell has an amazing one-day sale on a bunch of their displays today. If you're in the market for something new, today would be a great day to take advantage, saving 25% on the price with free shipping!
- 32-inch Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q 4K (3840x2160) IPS Monitor for $2,624.99 with free shipping (normally $3,499.99)
- 24-inch Dell UltraSharp UP2414Q 4K (3840x2160) IPS Monitor for $974.99 with free shipping (normally $1,299.99)
- 27-inch Dell U2713HM UltraSharp 2560x1440 LED-Backlit Monitor for $599.99 with free shipping (normally $799.99)
- 27-inch Dell P2714H 1080p IPS LED-Backlit Monitor for $299.99 with free shipping (normally $399.99)
- 24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2413 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit Monitor for $412.49 with free shipping (normally $549.99)
- 24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2412M 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit Monitor for $277.49 with free shipping (normally $369.99)
Are you gonna take advantage and pick up one of the Dell monitors? We've got our eye on that 32-inch 4K display!
Read More | Dell One-Day Monitor Sale
At today's Unpacked event, Samsung announced its new S Pen-powered Galaxy Note 3, a bigger version of the large smartphone, with much improved internals. Aiming to end the talk of people complaining about the cheap plastic feel of Samsung devices, the company has given the Note 3 a faux-leather backing. You get a 5.7-inch 1080p display (up from 5.5 on the Note 2,) and the device will support the new LTE Category 4 as well as the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. You get a 13 megapixel camera on back, with a 2 megapixel version up front, and the rear camera can record in up to 4K resolution at 30fps, a first for a smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will start shipping on September 25th rocking Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, available in black, white, and pink.
We chat with LG about its new 4K Ultra HD television, the 84LM9600. Retailing for $19,999, the 85LM9600 sports amazing detail, bringing you content upscaled to 4K on its massive 84-inch 3840 x 2160 display. It also boasts LG Cinema 3D, Smart TV, and LED Plus with local dimming.
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Netflix's Neil Hunt wants to make 4K streaming a thing in your home. The Netflix exclusive House of Cards, headlined by Kevin Spacey, is the current target for 4K streaming, says Hunt. As it turns out, much of the series was shot in 4K.
"Our own original House of Cards was shot in 4K," Hunt said to The Verge. "It's being mastered in full HD, but the raw footage, or a good chunk of it, was shot in 4K, and we hope to have some House of Cards 4K encodes later this year." Hunt believes 4K "will likely be streamed first before it goes anywhere else," and he plans to deliver the ultra high definition format through Netflix within the next couple of years.
Read More | The Verge
Samsung's latest audio line, revealed at CES, comes with a bold claim: it's are the first in the world to use a soundbar with a built-in vacuum tube amplifier, and Bluetooth to connect to your TV, ditching the wires if you use it alongside a 2013 Samsung television (or other Bluetooth-enabled TV, we'd imagine.) As you can see, it also has a subwoofer, making it a 2.1 solution.
This feat is apparently achieved by a wireless Bluetooth speaker (DA-F60) using the apt-X audio codec and NFC to connect to devices such as your TV. Furthermore, its 7.1 channel surround sound system should also please the home theater crowd, which will work with Samsung's 2013 television line-up. The system also uses a Gallium Nitride amplifier to enhance the sound quality.
Samsung also revealed a "premium" Blu-ray player capable of upscaling DVD content to 4K.
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Have you ever wondered what might be better than high definition? While Apple has been touting Retina display technology on its devices for a while now, as far as the living room is concerned, it's all about 4K, which is now rebranded as Ultra High-Definition thanks to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) having officially voted on the new moniker. UHD boosts 8 million dynamic pixels with a resolution of 3,840 x 2160 and higher. The result is life-like, astonishing picture quality. This isn't like the 3DTV marketing craze that failed to live up to the hype--experts call this the holy grail of displays becoming reality. Several television manufacturers have already demoed their 4K Ultra HD display offerings at places like CES with high attendee approval of the new TV category. It's a sure bet that this upcoming CES 2013 in Las Vegas will see a more advance crop of Ultra HD televisions making their public debuts.
Read More | CEA
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