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LG Announces New TVs For 2023 At CES

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LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its 2023 TV lineup, headlined by its most advanced range of OLED TVs yet. With premium self-lit picture quality, powerful image processing technologies, and an enhanced webOS platform offering even more smart features and services, the company’s latest OLED TVs elevate the viewing experience as only LG OLED can.

A decade after introducing the world to the first-ever large screen OLED TV, LG continues to lead the premium TV market. The company’s cutting-edge OLED TVs have been recognized at the CES Innovation Awards for 11 years in a row and have kept evolving over time to deliver ever-greater value to consumers. LG OLED is renowned for its exceptional picture quality, producing vibrant, accurate colours with deep blacks, and an infinite contrast ratio for images that are remarkably lifelike.

In addition to realizing more immersive viewing experiences, LG’s self-lit technology has enabled the company to create unprecedented, visually-stunning TV form factors, including market-firsts such as the rollable LG SIGNATURE OLED R, and the bendable LG OLED Flex. A double honouree at the CES 2023 Innovation Awards, LG OLED Flex won Best of Innovation in the Gaming category.

Spearheading LG’s 2023 OLED lineup are the latest Z3, G3 and C3 OLED evo series TVs. These upgraded, new models provide higher brightness and colour accuracy as well as amazing clarity and detail thanks to the precision and performance of LG OLED evo technology and the new α9 AI Processor Gen6.

The latest Alpha series processor utilizes LG’s most sophisticated AI-assisted Deep Learning tech to ensure outstanding picture and sound quality. AI Picture Pro now offers improved upscaling for better clarity, and enhanced dynamic tone mapping, which helps reveal the depth and detail in every frame. AI Picture Pro also integrates a picture processing technology that detects and refines important objects, such as people’s faces, to give them a more lifelike HDR quality. In addition to fine-tuning image reproduction, the α9 AI Processor Gen6 powers LG’s AI Sound Pro; a feature that helps viewers get swept up in the onscreen action by delivering virtual 9.1.2 surround sound from the TVs’ built-in speaker system.

Another significant upgrade applied to this year’s OLED evo G3 series is LG’s Brightness Booster Max technology, which incorporates brand-new light control architecture and light-boosting algorithms to increase brightness by up to 70 per cent.1 Brightness is mapped and controlled on a pixel-by-pixel basis, resulting in sharper, more realistic images.

LG’s 2023 G3 OLED evo models also boast an aesthetic upgrade via the introduction of the ultra-seamless One Wall Design.2 Leaving no visible gap when wall mounted, this year’s models bring style and effortless elegance to the living room.

Also, LG continues to leverage its technological leadership not just to create products and services for a better life. 2023 LG OLED TVs are designed with the environment in mind, from production all the way through to disposal creating sustainable cycles. LG OLED TVs have no backlighting unit, meaning each TV requires fewer materials to produce than a conventional LED TV. They also employ many components made from recycled plastics, and are even shipped in eco-packaging made from recyclable materials and features single-colour printing. Easier on viewers’ eyes, all of LG’s 2023 model OLED TVs have been certified low blue light by TÜV Rheinland, and flicker-free by UL Solutions.

LG OLED is also introducing a refreshed, more personalized user experience in 2023. Featuring the latest version of webOS, this year’s models present All New Home, a redesigned user interface (UI) that offers a wealth of personalization options and more convenience than ever. The new ‘Quick Cards’ offer users easy access to the content and services they use the most – all grouped into logical categories such as Home Office, Gaming, Music, and Sports. LG’s more advanced webOS makes it easy for everyone using the TV to enjoy personalized recommendations tailored to their own preferences which are determined based on viewing history and viewing habits.

Furthering the personalized user experience on LG OLED TV is AI Concierge, which provides each user with a curated list of content choices based on their past usage and search inquiries, and provides a selection of trending content for them to browse.

Designed for first-class home cinema experiences, LG OLED TVs continue to support the image- and audio-enhancing capabilities of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. What’s more, this year’s LG TVs offer seamless integration with the latest LG soundbars, delivering outstanding multi-channel surround sound with IMAX enhanced quality powered by DTS:X. LG TV and soundbar also combine to offer the WOW Orchestra3 feature, which takes advantage of both products’ audio channels to produce stronger, more immersive sound.

As one would expect, LG’s 2023 OLED models support a wide range of features compliant to HDMI 2.1a. They are also the first TV sets to be certified by the HDMI organization for the recently announced Quick Media Switching VRR (QMS-VRR). QMS-VRR can eliminate the momentary ‘black screen’ that sometimes occurs when switching between content played from different source devices connected via the TV’s HDMI 2.1a compliant ports.4

The ultimate gaming displays, LG’s self-lit OLED TVs boast a 0.1 millisecond response time, low input lag, up to four HDMI 2.1a compliant ports. LG OLED TVs are also equipped with the Game Optimizer, allowing users to quickly select and switch between gaming-specific features, such as game-genre display presets. Settings for G-SYNC® Compatible, FreeSync™ Premium and variable refresh rate (VRR) are easily accessible from the Game Optimizer as well.

LG’s state-of-the-art 2023 OLED TVs will be on show during CES 2023 from January 5-8 at the company’s booth (#15501, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Centre).

LG Announces Expanded Selection Of Gamer Centric TVs

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LG Electronics (LG) is demonstrating its strong commitment to delivering a premium TV gaming experience that offers enhanced convenience through the new webOS UI featuring a dedicated gaming hub, the addition of cloud gaming service Amazon Luna and buttery-smooth gameplay at 4K 60 FPS streaming via NVIDIA GeForce NOW on its latest TVs at CES 2023. 

Popular cloud gaming services, which can now be conveniently accessed from LG Game Card on webOS 2023 simply via voice command, offer avid and casual gamers alike numerous gaming titles from leading partners such as NVIDIA, Blacknut, Utomik and now Luna and Boosteroid, with no downloads or additional hardware needed. LG’s award-winning OLED TVs supply players with the smoothest gameplay courtesy of superior image quality, an ultra-fast 0.1 millisecond response time and super-low input lag, as well as a more personalized gaming experience through various customization features including Game Optimizer and genre-specific picture settings.

Already available in FHD on 2021 and 2022 LG TVs running webOS 6.0 or above, GeForce NOW is now streaming on 2020 models, and will start streaming in 4K on select models later this year, LG TV owners being among the first to stream impressively smooth, highly immersive 4K gameplay at 60 FPS, on the big screen with just a compatible controller.

GeForce NOW is NVIDIA’s open cloud gaming service that taps into the thriving PC gaming ecosystem by streaming with world-class NVIDIA GeForce RTX performance. Gamers can play their favorite PC titles already purchased from popular digital stores – including many of the most-played free-to-play games like Fortnite, Apex Legends and Destiny 2 – with and against millions of other PC players. GeForce Now Ultimate members will enjoy streaming at up to 4K resolution at 60 FPS on supported LG TVs, with ultra-low latency that rivals many local gaming experiences.

Accessible from LG’s Game Card in the US, Amazon Luna is joining other cloud gaming services on the webOS Home Screen of LG’s latest TVs. A Luna subscription offers access to games for everyone, from AAA titles, retro-side scrollers, family games and more, and titles including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Everspace and Team Sonic Racing, while the Prime Gaming channel gives Amazon Prime subscribers access to various exclusive and free-to-play titles each month.

LG’s perfect-for-gaming OLED TVs will be on show at CES 2023 from January 5-8 in the company’s booth (#15501, Las Vegas Convention Centre).

LG And Jeff Staple Team Up At CES 2023

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LG Electronics (LG) is partnering with Jeff Staple, the famed New York-based designer known for his streetwear brand – STAPLE, his creative agency Reed Art Department – and numerous, high-profile collaborations with sneaker and fashion brands, to present the Creator’s Room at CES 2023. Designed in conjunction with Staple and bearing his distinctive sensibilities, the Creator’s Room is a curated ‘living space’ fitted with stylish objects, artwork and LG’s latest lifestyle solutions.

Located inside LG’s booth at CES, the Creator’s Room perfectly illustrates how the company’s premium home appliances can blend in with and enhance any lifestyle. The space also shows off the unique aesthetic that has made Staple a favourite of streetwear fans and ‘sneakerheads’ around the world and includes some of his most-cherished items, such as limited-edition sneakers, figurines and art books.

Supporting Staple’s passion for shoes and adding to the hip, young vibe of the exhibit is a double row (2 x 5) of the LG Styler™ ShoeCase, a space-friendly solution for storing, displaying and caring for limited-edition footwear. Also seamlessly slotting into the space is the LG Styler ShoeCare, which leverages LG’s hygiene-enhancing TrueSteam™ technology to keep shoes fresh and looking their best. Additionally, both creative, cutting-edge products reflect the company’s commitment to good ESG management as their gloss exteriors are made entirely from recycled plastics.

All of the advanced appliances on show in the Creator’s Room are compatible with the LG ThinQ™ app, which offers access to a range of features and personalized services that help create a more convenient and customized user experience. For example, the app can be used to change the colour of the refrigerator with MoodUP™, whose LED door panels present users with more than 190,000 possible colour combinations to experiment with. The app also makes it possible to choose and change the image displayed on the ARTCOOL™ Gallery air conditioner’s integrated LCD screen, select from the different lighting colours and effects available for the ShoeCase, or remotely control the ShoeCare.

Visitors to LG’s booth (#15501, Las Vegas Convention Centre, Las Vegas) at CES 2023 from January 5-8 will have the opportunity to experience the exclusive Creator’s Room collaboration with Jeff Staple as well as all of the company’s latest lifestyle innovations.  

HP Makes A Ton Of Announcements At CES 2023

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Today at CES 2023, HP Inc is announcing new products and solutions designed to recharge hybrid experiences so people can thrive in today’s digital world.

Powering Freelancers with HP Dragonfly Pro

The freelancer community continues to grow exponentially, and by 2027 freelancers will make up more than 50% of the total U.S. workforce. That’s why HP is bringing the power of its award-winning Dragonfly brand to freelancers wanting elevated experiences in their hybrid lives. This group of consumers want technology with the power they need for multitasking and heavy workloads, coupled with built-in support and services for peace of mind.

The new HP Dragonfly Pro portfolio helps reduce friction in users’ lives, and delivers experiences that matter most, including: powerful audio, camera and touchscreen; all-day battery life; and, 24/7 live concierge support and services for effortless productivity.

The Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is designed for individuals who are constantly connected to the internet, want an easy-to-use device with premium features and design, and consume a variety of content anywhere they go. This 14-inch device works to tackle it all to look your best, with the world’s first 8 MP user-facing camera in a clamshell Chromebook, along with the world’s brightest touchscreen display in a Chromebook so your content looks the best in a dark room or on a sunny day. It’s also Intel® Evo™ verified for fast performance, connectivity, and charging, and allows for seamless pairing between your phone and device.

The new HP Dragonfly Pro was co-engineered with AMD using the company’s adaptive platform management framework, which optimizes performance in real-world productivity scenarios. This is also the first HP device to feature one-touch access to HP 24/7 live concierge support directly via one of the device’s four hot keys. The Control Center hot key allows quick access to the device’s most common settings, a Camera hot key lets an individual easily adjust camera settings, and the fourth key can be customized by the individual to help optimize workflow or allow for simple navigation.

As freelancers work to find ways to adopt and incorporate sustainable practices in their work, both devices are EPEAT® Gold Registered in the U.S., leveraging recycled metals and plastics along with sustainably sourced and recyclable packaging.

Work Happy in an Environment as Productive as Your Home Setup

Hybrid work is here to stay. 77% of employees prefer a hybrid model, but being productive in a hybrid environment comes with challenges. Employees now have more efficient and productive workspaces at home. People want the best PC experiences wherever they work but are finding that most office environments aren’t as enticing with outdated technology, leading to employee frustration and productivity loss. With today’s news, HP is elevating all workspaces with new devices and solutions so employees can work safely, securely, and productively wherever their work takes them.

Enhanced by HP Presence, the HP Dragonfly G4, HP EliteBook 1040 G10, and HP Elite x360 1040 G10 deliver more meaningful collaboration experiences with new intuitive video conferencing innovations to recharge hybrid work. This includes:

  • Multi-Camera Experience supports dual video streams and camera switching so users can easily show their faces and an object or a whiteboard at the same time, picture-in-picture, or side-by-side. The new commercial PCs are the world’s first business notebooks to support the simultaneous use of two cameras.18
  • Auto Camera Select uses intelligent face tracking to recognize which camera a user is facing to keep audiences engaged without breaking eye contact.
  • HP Keystone Correction makes sharing a whiteboard or a physical document easy by automatically cropping and flattening images from the camera feed with a single click.
  • HP Be Right Back lets users change their video feed to a still picture without disrupting meetings when they need a break.

As users move throughout the day, new features help intelligently optimize performance and power consumption, including:

  • Intelligent Hibernate learns PC usage patterns, so the device will go into hibernation mode automatically to minimize battery usage at the end of the workday. Over time, the PC can eventually predict when a user typically uses the device the following day and convert to modern standby mode for an instant-on experience.
  • Smart Sense optimizes PC thermal performance using AI to learn and adapt to PC usage patterns. The result is a quieter and cooler laptop that is more comfortable to work with while still delivering the power needed to get work done

The newest HP Dragonfly and Elite 1000 Series PCs contain 90% recycled magnesium in the enclosure case,  5% ocean-bound plastics in the speaker enclosure, and bio-circular content such as used cooking oil to help lower CO2 emissions. All outer packing for the devices is 100% sustainably sourced,  and are EPEAT® Gold Registered in 23 countries, ENERGY STAR® Certified, and TCO Certified.

Enriching a hybrid workspace at home or in the office is about having the right tools and technologies to reflect preferred workstyles. By using the right tools, employees can bring the best version of themselves to work, resulting in greater productivity and comfort throughout their workday. Completing the PC ecosystem, HP is announcing new monitors, accessories, and services.

With display sizes ranging from 21.5 to 44.5 inches diagonally, the HP E-Series G5 Monitors blend seamlessly into the home or office with sleek and elegant designs. The series offers a variety of choices to help hybrid workers stay focused and connected with 4K resolution on select models, curved and ultrawide screens, 99% sRGB, and matching accessories. Users can work comfortably with HP Eye Ease to reduce blue light exposure, and an Ambient Light Sensor automatically adjusts the screen brightness. The HP E45c G5 Monitor is the world’s first 45-inch super ultrawide dual QHD curved monitor for a more immersive experience. Replace two 24-inch QHD monitors with one massive 44.5-inch diagonal monitor with the new Virtual Dual Display feature. All monitors in this series feature 90% recycled and renewable materials, like coffee grounds and recycled aluminum.

For home workers, learners, and entertainment users, the HP M24h and M27h FHD Monitors upgrade home setups with improved ergonomics to find their perfect posture and viewing angle, so users always feel their best. It’s also the world’s first monitor series with a comfort setup guide through integrated display software.

Leveraging the power of Poly audio technology, HP is introducing the Poly Voyager Free 60 Series lineup of pro-grade wireless earbuds for hybrid lifestyles. Whether taking part in a conference call or listening to your favorite hits, the Poly Voyager Free 60 Series provides up to five hours of talk time with adaptive active noise canceling (ANC) and WindSmart technology to block out distracting background noises. The standard version includes a charging case that offers 10 additional hours of talk time, and the Poly Voyager Free 60+ comes with a smart charging case. The smart charge case features an OLED touch screen display with easy access to volume and mute functions, fast insight into battery life and call status, and a 3.5 mm analog input ideal for in-flight entertainment systems. Available in carbon black or white sand, the wireless earbuds feature a sleek, modern design for all-day comfort and flexibility. With the Poly Lens Mobile App, users can personalize their Poly device settings while IT teams can manage and receive insights.

The HP 620/625 FHD Webcam helps users look and sound their best throughout the day. This Zoom-certified FHD 1080p webcam has dual noise-reduction microphones, an adjustable field of view, and video features, including auto-focus, AI face framing, and background light enhancement. For easy, fast, and secure logins, the webcam saves precious seconds with Windows Hello facial recognition compatibility. The webcam captures every angle with a 360-degree swivel and 90-degree tilt for extra flexibility. Sustainability features include 71% post-consumer recycled plastic and 100% recyclable packaging.

The HP 710 Rechargeable Silent Mouse allows users to work where they need to with a compact design, silent clicks, and up to 90 days of battery life. With six programmable buttons for custom shortcuts, users can maximize their workflow and work seamlessly with multi-OS compatibility across three saved devices. The device is made from 60% post-consumer recycled plastics. Engineered for the Intel® Evo™ laptops accessories program, the mouse provides seamless connectivity and reliability when paired with Intel® Evo™ laptops.

HP Carbon Neutral Computing Services help organizations drive toward a low-carbon future with two options to offset the carbon footprint of their eligible HP business PCs. Customers can choose to offset the carbon released during production and system delivery or through the entire device lifecycle, so their PCs remain carbon neutral through the end of use. HP integrates high-quality carbon offsets into each device, from product manufacturing to daily PC use, to help organizations accelerate their carbon neutrality goals. HP also offers customers a Sustainability Benefit Report that easily captures the sustainable impact of their carbon-neutral HP PC fleet.

Innovating in Sustainability with Unique Materials for HP’s New Consumer PCs

Since 2019, HP has used more than a billion pounds of recycled materials. Further expanding on the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio, the company is introducing new products and packaging at the forefront of enabling a more sustainable future.

Products designed for sustainability should be accessible to everyone, which is why HP is introducing highly innovative and unique products across its new consumer devices. The HP 14 and 15.6 inch Laptop PCs are available with either Intel or AMD Processors, and their beautifully compact design is made from ocean-bound plastics, post-consumer recycled plastics, as well as recycled metals. The HP 14 inch Laptop PC – Eco Edition takes sustainability to the next level, with up to 25% of the product leveraging post-consumer recycled plastics. Bio-circular content such as used cooking oil was integrated in the bottom cover of the device and this device will also feature packaging that is 100% sustainably sourced and recyclable.35 All of the new consumer notebooks are ENERGY STAR® certified and EPEAT® Silver Registered, with the Eco Edition version EPEAT Gold® Registered.

The HP 24 and 27 inch All-In-One PCs also leverage unique materials to create the innovative frame, making these HP’s most sustainable all-in-one offering yet. This is the world’s first PC with recycled coffee grounds, which are used as speckles in the finish of the PC. More than 40% of this all-in-one’s enclosure contains post-consumer recycled plastics, 75% recycled aluminum is used on the arm stand, and 100% reclaimed polyester is used on the stand base. The all-in-one is ENERGY STAR® and EPEAT® Gold Registered. Its sustainability goes beyond the device itself: the 100% sustainably sourced and recyclable box packaging has been reduced in size by 62%, which allows up to 66% more units per pallet, reducing the CO2 footprint.

And for HP products, once you’re done with the device, HP Planet Partners helps to get them either reused or recycled.

OMEN Gaming Goes to the Cloud

With the global gaming industry continuing to increase, HP is introducing cloud gaming through OMEN Gaming Hub and is the first Windows PC manufacturer with an integrated NVIDIA GeForce NOW solution. This huge addition gives gamers across the globe access to play over 1,450 titles from AAA to indie within a best-in-class cloud gaming service, regardless of the PC they game on. Combined with the ability to access local games with My Games and OMEN Optimizer, gamers have easier access than ever before to play their favorite titles with higher quality and framerates.

The OMEN 17 Laptop levels up to become HP’s most powerful gaming laptop with the addition of up to 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900HX processor and latest NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, which utilizes OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology for desktop-caliber gaming. The OMEN Laptop is HP’s first to feature optical mechanical keys, which are 25 times faster than traditional keys, ensuring gamers have the tools they need to breeze through their favorite titles at home or on the go.

The OMEN 40L and 45L Desktops unlock new levels of extreme power with up to 13th Gen Intel®️ Core™ i9-13900K processor and up to NVIDIA®️ GeForce RTX™ 4090 to enable glorious 4K visuals and blistering high FPS in resolutions used for competitive gaming. For those opting to go with the 45L, they’ll enjoy more headroom for processor overclocking thanks to the OMEN Cryo Chamber™, a revolutionary patented CPU cooling solution that houses an all-in-one liquid cooler in a separate compartment atop the case. The OMEN 25L Desktop also gets an upgrade with the latest 13th Gen Intel®️ Core™ processors to keep games running faster than ever.

Pricing and Availability

  • The HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is expected to be available this spring at HP.com. Pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • The HP Dragonfly Pro is expected to be available this spring at HP.com. Pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • The HP Dragonfly G4 is expected to be available this spring. Pricing will be available closer to product availability.
  • The HP EliteBook 1040 G10 is expected to be available this spring. Pricing will be available closer to product availability.
  • The HP Elite x360 1040 G10 is expected to be available this spring. Pricing will be available closer to product availability.
  • The Poly Voyager Free 60 Series earbuds are expected to be available in March, starting at $299 at Poly.com and HP.com. It will also be available in a Microsoft Teams-certified version.
  • The HP E-Series G5 Monitors are expected to be available in January beginning at a starting price of $219 at HP.com.
  • The HP M-Series Monitors are expected to be available this spring for a starting price of $209 at HP.com.
  • The HP 620/625 FHD Webcam is expected to be available in January for $109.99 at HP.com.
  • The HP 710 Rechargeable Silent Mouse is expected to be available in January for $79.99 at HP.com.
  • The HP 14 and 15.6 inch Laptop PCs with AMD processors are expected to be available later this month for a starting price of $419.99 and $499.99 at HP.com. The Intel versions are expected to be available later this spring; pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • The HP 14 inch Laptop PC – Eco Edition is expected to be available this summer at HP.com. Pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • The HP 24 and 27 inch All-In-One PCs are expected to be available this spring at HP.com. Pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • The OMEN 25L, 40L, and 45L Desktop PCs are expected to be available this winter. Pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • The OMEN 17 Laptop is expected to be available in January for a starting price of $1,699.99 at HP.com.

HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, today revealed HX3D, an exciting new program bringing gamers a range of ways to customize and personalize their favorite gaming gear by leveraging HP’s best-in-class 3D printing technology. HyperX will preview examples of personalized keyboards, headsets, mice, and other gaming  products during CES 2023. The first planned series of 3D printed peripheral upgrades are limited edition custom keycaps, designed to fit on HyperX and most other mechanical keyboards, available to consumers over the coming months.

HyperX will collaborate with game developers, esports teams, content creators, influencers, and internal creative teams to create and design fan-friendly products that can be used while gaming or collected as keepsakes or cherished collectibles.

During CES 2023, HyperX will showcase its first limited edition custom keycap, based on a unique HyperX Cozy Cat design developed by HyperX, and voted on by its gaming community. HX3D products are produced on HP Inc. 3D printers as part of the growing cooperation with HP Inc., leveraging their experience and bringing synergy, innovation and color printing skills to gaming. HyperX’s personalization products are manufactured using environmentally friendly re-used powder nylon.

Additional keycap drops are planned throughout the year with design collaborations planned with creators, influencers, ambassadors, and other celebrity and non-endemic partners.  With the introduction of HX3D, HyperX is bringing the next level of personalization to gaming. View a HyperX 3D personalization video here.

Availability

The HyperX Cozy Cat Keycap will be available in the U.S. through HyperX.com in January 2023. Pricing for this keycap is $19.99. For more information, please visit the HX3D product page.

Pricing from HyperX.com is subject to change without notice. Retailers’ pricing may vary.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, HyperX may experience some product and shipping delays. HyperX is taking every possible measure to work with partners to minimize the impact on its customers and ensure product availability and timely delivery.

Dimenco’s Built on SR 3D Display Technology Takes Center Stage at CES 2023

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Dimenco, a market leader in light field spatial display with its Simulated Reality (SR) technology – Built on SR™ – allows users to see and interact with 3D content on a screen in Extended Reality (XR) without glasses. The company announced plans today to showcase a variety of spatial displays at CES 2023 that feature Dimenco’s highly advanced Built on SR technology embedded into various https://www.dimenco.eu/products hardware and software products that demonstrate the latest 3D applications and use cases for spatial display technology.

Dimenco’s Built on SR 3D spatial technology delivers unmatched brightness, resolution and depth on displays, and has rapidly become the 3D display technology preference for business, entertainment, gaming, education and communication. Built on SR technology provides numerous unique benefits, including: 

  • Works with the user’s eyes and facilitates the ability to view and engage with virtual 3D objects on a display without the need for HMDs (head mounted displays) or any other tool. Also works for people who wear glasses or contact lenses. 
  • Enables users to stay in the moment while immersed in XR without losing their sense of the reality around them – eliminating the social and work barriers often associated with the use of 3D HMDs  
  • Plug-and-play Built on SR displays are compatible with most 3D games and software packages, content, and beautifully display any 3D video or 3D model
  • Allows for immersive gameplay and video conferencing and enables enhanced learning. 

Interested media, industry partners and OEMs are invited to schedule a VIP appointment at Dimenco’s private suite at the Mirage Hotel to experience Dimenco’s Built on SR spatial display technology. Guests will see the future of simulated reality, including hand-tracking that allows users to interact in 3D without a controller, spatial audio and volumetric video conferencing, and Built on SR technology embedded into a variety of hardware and software products that illustrate multiple 3D applications and use cases, including:

Dimenco will also showcase displays that utilize Built on SR during CES 2023 in the Venetian Expo, Hall A-C, booth #55332 in the Netherlands Next Level Pavilion. 

You can ciew a short video of Dimenco’s Built on SR spatial display technology below:

The BlackFog State of Ransomware Report December 2022 Report Is Out

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BlackFog has today released the December 2022 State of Ransomware Report. BlackFog issues a monthly report accounting for cyberattacks within the last month, showing targeted industries and the current active threat groups. 

Key findings for the month of December with perspectives below from Dr. Darren Williams, CEO and Founder, BlackFog:

  • As we say goodbye to 2022, ransomware continued its assault in December with 35 new attacks, the highest in 3 years, and the 4th highest from a record-breaking year.
  • From an industry perspective, Retail and Government saw the biggest increases of 15% and 13% respectively. The government, together with education and healthcare, were the top targets throughout the year, easily outstripping the closest, technology, by more than 30%. This reinforces the trend focusing on industries with the lowest levels of protection and skill shortages.
  • This month we also saw a large increase in attacks using Hive and BlackCat variants with 17% and 16% increases respectively. LockBit, which ended the year as the most effective variant of 2022 ended at 15.7% of all successful attacks.
  • Finally, we ended the year with 87% of all attacks leveraging PowerShell and 89% involving some form of data exfiltration, no surprise given the dramatic shift in attacks focusing almost entirely on data extortion.

Today’s full report can be found here: https://www.blackfog.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/BlackFogRansomwareReport-Dec-2022.pdf

Nikon is Developing the NIKKOR Z85MM F/1.2 S, a Fast Mid-Telephone Prime Lens, and the NIKKOR 26MM F/2.8, a Slim Wide-Angle Prime Lens for the Nikon Z Mount System

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Nikon Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S, a fast mid-telephoto prime lens, and the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8, a slim wide-angle prime lens, for full-frame (FX-format) Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras. 

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S is part of the S-LineNIKKOR Z lens series, and realizes both superior rendering performance and large, beautiful bokeh. It expands possibilities for users capturing portraits in areas such as weddings and fashion.

The NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 achieves outstanding slimness and lightness, as well as high rendering performance, making it an ideal lens for advanced amateur photographers who take their camera everywhere and not miss a moment.

Nikon will continue to pursue a new dimension in optical performance while meeting users’ needs, contributing to the development of imaging culture, with the hope of expanding possibilities for imaging expression.

These lenses will be displayed at Nikon’s booth (Central Hall #17914) at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 5-8, 2023. 

Elon Musk Said He’d Stop Twitter Impersonations…. But The Washington Post Has Discovered Otherwise

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Remember when Elon Musk in one of his rushed and not well thought attempts to find something that would make Twitter lots of money in a hurry launched the original Twitter Blue. And as part of that you would get one of the coveted blue checkmarks? Well that turned into a train wreck next to a dumpster fire in a big hurry. Which resulted in Twitter Blue being pulled and relaunched. Part of that plan was this:

Subscribers will receive a blue checkmark next to their name, but only after they verify their phone number and their account has been reviewed. Let’s see if that stops the stuff that happened the last time Elon and company tried to launch Twitter Blue. Though to be fair, the company did say that subscribers who change their username, display name, or profile photo will temporarily lose the blue checkmark until their account is reviewed again.

Well, Geoffrey Fowler of The Washington Post decided to test to see if you can impersonate someone on Twitter. And here’s the answer:

On Tuesday, @SenatorEdMarkey briefly went viral on Twitter. Gisele Barreto Fetterman, the wife of Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.), thanked @SenatorEdMarkey in a tweet that garnered 140,000 views.

The problem is, @SenatorEdMarkey is actually me, not the real Sen. Edward J. Markey. It’s a test of Twitter’s $7.99 per month Blue “verification” service I made with the permission of the real Democrat from Massachusetts. I wouldn’t blame anyone for being confused: My test account has the senator’s name and photo and a blue check mark that says it is “verified.” 

But Twitter, it seems, isn’t verifying much of anything. 

This is the second time I’ve been able to impersonate the senator. Back in November, when Twitter first began selling its iconic blue check marks to anyone for a fee, I showed how easy it was to buy official-looking status with an impostor account called @realEdMarkey. Musk, who bought Twitter in October, got into a Twitter fight with Markey about it. Then Musk shut down Blue and promised that in a new-and-improved version “all verified accounts will be manually authenticated” before they’re given the authority of a check mark. 

After Blue 2.0 (my term for it) launched on Dec. 12, I made another faux Markey and applied for verification. Some of Twitter’s new requirements slowed down the process — and might dissuade some impatient impersonators — but the company never asked to see a form of identification. Last week, up popped a blue check mark on my @SenatorEdMarkey account. Oops! I did it again.

I encourage you to read how Fowler did this as that illustrates who useless Twitter’s verification process is. But the bottom line is that anyone is still able to create fake verified Twitter accounts to cause havoc. That’s not going to help to make Twitter appeal to advertisers. And it’s likely to attract the attention of regulators in the US and the EU who in the case of the latter, were already skeptical about how Twitter Blue was being handled.

The bottom line is that this is going to be another problem for Elon to deal with. On top of all the other problems that he has. Sucks to be you Elon.

Elon Is In Big Trouble As Hackers Do A Dump Of 235 Million Email Addresses Connected To Twitter Accounts

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 5, 2023 by itnerd

If Elon Musk doesn’t see this as an extinction level event, then he’s either delusional or just plain stupid. The Washington Post is reporting that a hacker who dumped the records for 235 million Twitter users associated with email addresses onto a hacking forum:

That poses threats of exposure, arrest or violence against people who used Twitter to criticize governments or powerful individuals, and it could open up others to extortion, security experts said. Hackers could also use the email addresses to attempt to reset passwords and take control of accounts, especially those not protected by two-factor authentication. 

“This database is going to be used by hackers, political hacktivists and of course governments to harm our privacy even further,” said Alon Gal, co-founder of the Israeli security company Hudson Rock, who spotted the posting on a popular underground marketplace. 

The records were probably compiled in late 2021, using a flaw in Twitter’s system that allowed outsiders who already had an email address or phone number to find any account that had shared that information with Twitter. Those lookups could be automated to check an unlimited list of emails or phone numbers.

Now it is true that Twitter is being investigated by the EU over this hack, and yes this didn’t happen under Elon’s watch. But he own Twitter so this is his problem. And it’s a big problem. Right when he has so many other Twitter related problems to deal with. And the thing is, this is one of the largest data leaks that I can recall. That means that there will be a lot of eyes on this, and a lot of uncomfortable questions that Elon will have to answer. Let’s face it, he’s in very deep trouble here. And I don’t think he has the ability to get himself out of it. And as a result he’s likely rethinking his life choices. Starting with wanting to buy Twitter. .