Tech 2.0 for Thursday, June 27, 2013
Samsung Electronics is rolling out a curved TV that uses an advanced display called OLED. Samsung said Thursday the 55-inch TV will sell for 15 million won ($13,000) in South Korea. That is more than five times expensive than LCD televisions of the same size. The TV industry has been struggling to excite interest with new technologies. Samsung is not the first to introduce a curved TV using OLED. In May, LG Electronics launched a 55-inch curved OLED TV in South Korea. Samsung and LG are the only companies to begin sales of OLED TVs.Mass producing OLED displays is difficult so prices are high.
Aereo, a startup that is trying to challenge cable and satellite TV packages with an $8-a-month offering over the Internet, says it will expand to Chicago in September. The service started in New York last year and expanded to Boston and Atlanta this spring. Service in the Chicago area will begin Sept. 13 and will come with several Chicago-area broadcast stations plus Bloomberg TV. Eligibility is limited to 16 counties in Illinois and Indiana. Aereo converts television signals into computer data and sends them over the Internet to subscribers' computers and mobile devices. Subscribers can watch channels live or record them with an Internet-based digital video recorder. Viewers can pause and rewind live television. Broadcasters have sued Aereo for copyright infringement, but Aereo has won key court rulings.
At the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, many Civil War re-enactors will eschew the use of modern technology, but scores of tourists will embrace it. More than 5,700 Foursquare users have checked in at sites in the historic borough, and more than 16,000 Facebook users have liked it. In the weeks leading up to the anniversary July 1-3, apps that offer maps and information about key battle spots have surged in popularity. Garry Adelman has been a licensed Gettysburg battlefield guide for 19 years and recently moved his high-energy tour to smartphones. The project was initiated four years ago by the Civil War Trust, a nonprofit battlefield preservation group where Adelman is the director of history and education. He says it helps tell the story to a new generation.