Tech 2.0 for Monday, April 8, 2013
You can be the first on your block with a new Ultra High Definition TV. Sony will start taking orders on the 4K Ultra HD sets in two weeks. The new sets have four times the resolution of the current generation of HD TVs. Sony announced availability and pricing yesterday. A 55-inch Ultra HD TV will sell for about $5,000. The 60-inch set will go for two-grand more. Sony says the new TVs will be arriving in homes just before summer. Sony will also offer 4K video players that will come bundled with 10 feature films and video shorts for about 700 bucks.
Who needs TV when you have the Internet? That's the question that worries the nation's broadcasters. Winning back those who cut the cord and their $100-plus monthly cable bills will be a prime topic at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas this week. The Nielsen ratings company has a term for those not watching the tube -- "Zero TV" households. Nielsen says the number of those homes has climbed from 2 million in 2007 to 5 million today.
Amazon is offering a new service that allows you to go old school and new when it comes to music. There are still plenty of people who are into buying records -- as in those black vinyl discs that go round-and-round. Amazon says every time a person buys a vinyl record from its online store, it will give that customer a digital version of the songs for free. The feature, called AutoRip, was launched in January for CDs. Digital songs are stored in the customer's online storage account with Amazon. Songs received this way don't count against that customer's storage limit.
It's Masters week, with the golf tournament getting underway Thursday. You can follow the parings, scores and learn about the history of the Masters on the tourney's official website. There are also videos and still photos of the celebrated course in Augusta, Georgia.
Sony unveils 30-and 56-inch professional 4K OLED monitor prototypes, shipping in May - http://t.co/ZjJlI3xDKd
Sony's 55-inch and 65-inch 4K LED TVs available April 21st for $4,999 and $6,999, according to leak http://t.co/YniztyNkiu
It's the #endoftelevision as we knew it. It's the topic at #NAB. Cord cutters, #cordnevers, #corddelayers are growing http://t.co/nptvfIOTFG
Amazon now giving vinyl buyers free digital copies of records they buy http://t.co/vOJpB1MHiz
Amazon has expanded its "AutoRip" service to include vinyl records: http://t.co/5thmSvbKR4
Amazon adds vinyl to its AutoRip service, offering a free digital copy of every LP bought since 1998 http://t.co/Hi8Mf6FU1Z