3D TVs really do have better picture qualityIn a recent column, we wondered why people buy 3D TVs when there's hardly any programming for them. But a reader told us they have better pictures.
We looked into that and discovered that it's true for monster-sized TVs 46 inches and above. Why is that? The image demands of 3D are much greater and it takes more powerful circuitry to handle the incoming signal, so the TV has to be better. Consumer Reports seems to agree, and they consistently rate monster-sized 3D TVs at the top.
Of course, the downside of actually using the 3D feature is having to wear 3D glasses, or 3D glasses on top of regular glasses. Another problem is the viewing angle: 3D can disappear if you're not sitting in the right spot. But Hewlett-Packard Labs recently reported a breakthrough on both fronts. They have a prototype, but it's not out yet. Stay tuned, as they say; someday everything will seem to pop out right into your living room.
We use a splitter to share one cable connection between two TVs. A new Gefen device lets you connect as many as 100 displays to one ethernet cable. Who could possibly need a hundred displays? Think airport terminal.
Why Apple pushing its new mobile products to Q3 could be a good thingFall, after all) let's take his words at face value for the moment. Not releasing an updated iPad or iPhone until the "fall" actually makes a fair amount of sense and would probably be a good move for the company.
For starters, there's a growing perception that Apple is falling behind the likes of Google, Windows, and, to some extent, Facebook in the mobile OS department. Not literally of course, (there were plenty of blustery statistics by Apple's CEO and CFO about "usage" and "ecosystem"), but in practical terms, the iPhone home screen from 2013 doesn't look much different from the iPhone home screen from 2007.
Apple's mobile OS consists of a grid of static icons, while other OSes have widgets, live wallpaper, tiles, and yes, even chat heads. Apple has had the same boring, static icons for six years.
Take a look at Apple's once vaunted music products. iTunes should be taken out back and shot, and I haven't used Apple's music app since installing the Spotify and SiriusXM apps. And Twitter music makes the Music app look prehistoric. Apple staunchly ignored music subscription and streaming services, and now companies like Spotify and Rdio are eating its lunch.