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CES 2018
January 14, 2018, 2:17 pm

In this week’s tech news we focus on some of the new products or prototypes that were displayed at the CES 2018 tech show that took place in Las Vegas from 9 to 12 January.

LG launches 88-inch 8K TV

With every Black Friday sale in 2017 overflowing with 4K TVs, LG had no choice but to go all out on 8K for this year's CES. And this 88-inch behemoth will blow your eyes out of your head with its 7,680 x 4,320-pixel resolution, which is four times that of your now-middling 4K set and 16 times more than a pitiable standard full-HD TV. However, depending on when LG decides to actually bring the behemoth TV to the market, you will probably still have to sit around waiting for any actual 8K things to watch.

The company also showcased the much-anticipated 65-inch 4K UHD rollable OLED display. Why would you want to roll up a TV? Well, it obviously makes for easier storage and transportation, but more than anything else, it still remains a distinctly sci-fi concept. Being flexible enough to roll, the display panel makes it look more organic and natural. The format lends it the properties of a painting canvas or a very big sheet of paper.

Nikon announces super-telephoto lens for just $12,399  

Nikon had only one announcement for CES 2018, the snippily named AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto lens with a built-in 1.4x tele-converter.

In more layman terms, the lens can extend the focal length from 252 – 560mm on a full-frame DSLR camera, while in the smaller frame sensors found on APS-C type DSLR cameras, the telephoto reach can go from 270 – 600mm. Switch on the built-in 1.4x teleconverter, and the zoom range on APS-C cameras jump from 378 – 840mm.   , meaning that you can extend the focal length to 252-560mm, though you'll lose a stop of light and aperture in the process.

The lens is huge, as a lens of this range is expected to be, but Nikon say the use of a magnesium alloy and a fluorite lens element keep the weight and balance “under control”. Nikon is expected to begin shipping the lens in March for, drum roll, $12,399 apiece. Now that is quite a bundle by any count, but Nikon is betting it would not be for those bird-watching photographers eager to take pictures of birds pooping from really far away.

GeForce Now app transforms cheap laptop into a gaming PC

Nvidia the makers of the GeForce Now game streaming service announced that beta users will now be able to install and run the app on Windows PCs. This brings the beta service far beyond its roots as an exclusive to for Nvidia’s Android-based Shield devices, and more into the core Windows gaming PC audience.

When it comes to game streaming services the greatest concerns are latency and internet connections, but Nvidia introduced the service setup at CES using a 50mbps connection on a local Wi-Fi and there were absolutely no issues with the streaming. Nvidia, which plans to stream the games from seven datacenters across the US, and some located in Europe, said it aimed to keep latency under 30ms for most customers. There is obviously going to be some big exceptions here, especially if you do not live near a datacenter or your internet connectivity is not reliable.

To ensure smoothness of performance and frame rates, Nvidia is dedicating a GPU to each customer and is including many new game selections that make the service even more intriguing for PC gamers interested in playing their collection on the go on a laptop that would not normally handle such games. The service is still in beta for now, and Nvidia hasn’t announced pricing details or exact availability, but you can request access to the beta over at Nvidia’s website.



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