STREAM­ING TV GROWS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

OLED TVS THE new tech­nol­ogy or­ganic lightemit­ting diode of­fers brighter, bolder colours, deeper blacks, lower power use and, as mak­ers Sam­sung and LG proved, can be bent in a cin­e­matic curve. The two OLED op­tions now on the mar­ket are ex­pen­sive, start­ing at $ 10,999, but their qual­ity is un­matched. THE two ma­jor game con­sole mak­ers went headto- head in 2013. Mi­crosoft pre­pared its Xbox One, an en­ter­tain­ment hub with a re­freshed Kinect move­ment sen­sor and eight- core chip. Sony read­ied its PlayS­ta­tion 4 with re­designed con­troller and slightly more pow­er­ful graph­ics. Both sold one mil­lion units on launch day, and the PS4 is prov­ing hard to buy this Christ­mas. IN the race to cre­ate phonetablet hy­brids, Huawei be­gan with the 6.1- inch As­cend Mate in Jan­uary. Sam­sung, which started the trend, added the Galaxy

4NO new TV or next- gen games con­sole is com­plete with­out stream­ing tele­vi­sion shows now, and more free- to- air sta­tions have added catch- up TV apps, in­clud­ing Chan­nel 10. Foxtel also launched a pay- as- you- go stream­ing ser­vice called Play, and ex­panded the shows and movies avail­able on its Go app for tablets and smart­phones. BIG TECH DEALS WHO thought an app best known for self- de­struc­t­ing sexts would turn down a $ 3.3 bil­lion takeover bid? This was a big year for big tech deals, with Snapchat turn­ing down Face­book and, re­port­edly, a larger of­fer from Google, while Tum­blr ac­cepted a $ 1.2 bil­lion bid from Ya­hoo, and Twit­ter rais­ing $ 2 bil­lion by fl oat­ing on the US stock ex­change.

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