Electronics News

4K Blu-ray Disc players coming soon, finally

Jan. 7, 2016—We’ve heard about ultrahigh-definition 4K Blu-ray Disc players for at least a year, but now we finally know when they’ll arrive in the United States and how much they’ll cost. The answers: spring 2016 and $400.

TV manufacturers shave screen width, price

Jan. 5, 2016—TV manufacturers are putting their latest wares on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show, and the theme in some cases is less is more.

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Related Department Briefs

First 4k Blu-ray player

At the IFA Consumer Electronics show in September 2015, Samsung showed what would be the first ultrahigh-definition (UHD) Blu-ray Disc player.

Amazon Fire tablet: Inexpensive but limited

In “Tablet Computers: Staying a Step Ahead,” we note that most manufacturers are moving away from 6-and 7-inch tablet computers as smartphone screens expand into that size. Amazon isn’t following along.

Distraction-blocking apps

In March 2014, we reported on mobile applications that purport to keep people from texting while driving, but two experts whom we consulted believed that the apps weren’t ready for primetime.

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Electronics Recalls

Microsoft cites fire and shock hazards in AC power cord

Feb. 2, 2016—Microsoft recalled AC power cords that were sold with Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablet computers, because the power cords can overheat, which poses a fire and shock hazard to consumers. The recalled power cords don’t have a 1/8-inch power sleeve on the end that connects to the power supply.

PNY cites fire hazard in portable batteries

Nov. 12, 2015—PNY Technologies recalled its Portable Lithium Polymer Battery Packs, because the batteries can overheat and vent flames, which pose fire and burn hazards to consumers.

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