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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.