Daily Authority: 🤝 CES 2022 and Samsung TVs

👋 Good morning and Happy New Year! We’re again, we’re again! Hope it’s been a pleasant vacation season for you and yours, I hope it’s nonetheless going for you, and lengthy could it proceed.


💻 Regardless of the pandemic (or your trip), CES 2022 will kick off the 12 months in tech once more each in-person and nearly, making for an enormous week to come back…

CES 2022 begins

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CES is all this week: much less all than common, with the present reduce from 4 days to 3 as a result of pandemic. It now formally runs from Jan 5-7, with keynotes all nearly broadcast and media days on Jan 3-4. 

  • Much of the commerce press received’t be in bodily attendance, together with my Android Authority colleagues who had a raft of conferences and briefings deliberate.
  • Most have moved to digital briefings and press releases.
  • Nevertheless, the Consumer Technology Association remains to be hoping for 50% attendance.
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Samsung will get the ball rolling:

  • Samsung immediately introduced its 2022 TVs throughout its MicroLED, Neo QLED, and Lifestyle sequence, its CES custom of recent TV tech. 
  • What’s attention-grabbing aren’t the shows a lot this 12 months. The already very-good shows are nudged ahead: the Neo QLED TVs now embody what Samsung says are the “first” 4K and 8K units with 144Hz inputs over the earlier 120Hz. There are additionally upgrades from 12-bit backlight to 14-bit for “extra correct brightness,” and the MicroLED line is now bezel-free, and includes a barely wider shade vary.
  • None of that’s tremendous main, and the main target is definitely on software program.
  • The huge element is that Samsung is introducing a brand new Smart Hub to its 2022 shows. The new software program has added smarter content material discovery and there’s a gaming hub that provides cloud gaming to the TV immediately: supporting Nvidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and Utomik, plus YouTube Gaming, and extra sooner or later doubtlessly. There’s a Watch Together mode and a brand new house display screen too.
  • There’s additionally the power so as to add your NFTs to your TV, which is getting plenty of headlines this morning(Engadget) however doesn’t actually make a distinction?
  • As common, Samsung hasn’t offered particulars round availability or worth ranges — these normally come someday in late February and some TVs ship the month after.
  • What’s lacking is OLED: Samsung has been rumored to be shopping for LG OLED shows for its TVs however no information on that now.
  • We’d count on rivals can be speaking about OLED, plus Mini LED backlighting, larger screens than ever, extra 8K help, and so on.
  • Also, Samsung’s Eco Remote, which may already harvest indoor or out of doors mild to carry a cost, now additionally has RF harvesting capabilities through Wi-Fi, by “gathering routers’ radio waves and changing them to vitality.” Not dangerous! (The Verge).
  • Also: Samsung brings 240Hz refresh rates to 4K screens (Ars Technica).
  • And when you recall, LG Display tried a bunch of concepts and introduced OLED EX for brighter OLED screens, however hasn’t revealed its 2022 TV lineup but.
  • Another early CES announcement: Concept Nyx, which is Alienware’s tackle a family gaming server (Ars Technica).

More to come back from CES 2022:

  • Of course, we’ll have some smartphone, accent, monitor, desktop and laptop computer information with new gadgets and ideas positive to emerge.
  • Also this 12 months at CES, count on much more from automakers about their EVs and superior driver-assistance methods, and good house or good gadgets parts for issues like safety, digital well being, exercise, wearables, good house, intercourse tech, and so on.


👉 ICYMI: Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi 12 series in China late final month, with the brand new household one of many first to be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 flagship chip, and pricing beginning at a tough $600 for the bottom Xiaomi 12. But global availability and pricing might not be till late Feb/ early March (Android Authority).

🍎 What Apple could launch in 2022: iPhone 14 with a hole-punch notch, MacBook Air redesign with M2 chip, a brand new cheaper exterior monitor, rugged Watch to VR headset (Android Authority).

🔜 2022’s listing of upcoming stuff we wish: 18 TV shows to attend for, 20 movies together with John Wick: Chapter 4, and whereas we’re right here, 18 EVs popping out in 2022 (Wired).

Square Enix’s president put out a letter noting will probably be investing in decentralized blockchain video games. It’s a positive signal of issues to come back: the concept of with the ability to earn stuff that has outsized worth in a blockchain recreation is controversial, although (Engadget). That stated, this explanation of the blockchain gaming scene tells us {that a} gaming economic system the place most gamers lose cash is the one consequence finally (Twitter).

🔋 Tesla delivered shut to 1 million automobiles in 2021: 936,172 (The Verge).

🎈 Reusable “microballoons” may give satellites a run for his or her cash (New Atlas).

Monday Meme

There’s two huge memes doing the rounds proper now: 

  • The first is Jeffrey Bezos and his companion Lauren Sanchez at their “loopy disco social gathering with household,” with the image being dragged round Twitter and so on:

The different is the continuing Bored Yacht Ape Club scene, the place folks like Eminem are shopping for NFT Apes for a whole lot of 1000’s of {dollars} ( in Ethereum), and others are dropping their apes to scams and trusted buddies.

  • It appeared to peak with a tweet from Todd Kramer saying “I been hacked. All my apes gone.” with a group of 16 apes taken from his OpenSeas account. More on that here.
  • Anyway, folks …should not sort:
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  • What is attention-grabbing, although, is that OpenSeas did step in to freeze these property: Kramer won’t get them again, however they will’t be on-sold.
  • Which makes the entire blockchain scene extra and more odd.


Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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