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LG plans to launch IoT-based smart ceiling fans in India this season

  • LG Electronics India plans to foray into premium ceiling fans segment this season. A top official from LG has told PTI, that the company will be launching IoT-based smart fans in India soon.

    The smart fan will bring along features like adaptive speed control and cloud controls, as it will be constantly connected with the internet. The adaptive speed control will allow the fan to adjust according to the change in temperature, and the cloud control will give users access to the fans from any part of the world. 

    "This year we are preparing to launch ceiling fan," LG Electronics India Managing Director Ki Wan Kim told PTI. The fans, which are made specially for the Indian market would focus on "energy efficiency" and "aesthetics designs" and would have higher value propositions, he added.

    "It would have IoT technology in some premium products, which would adjust speed automatically," Kim said, adding that it would be convenient to maintain. "It would have removable parts, which will be easy to clean and wash after dismantling it," he explained. 

    For those who do not know, IoT refers to a network of devices and sensors that are constantly connected to each other through the internet. 

    LG has not dropped any hint on pricing, but what we know so far is that the company plans to launch three models, and one of them will have IoT features. 

    LG in India plans to increase the number of IoT-based appliances in different segments, depending on the demand. 

    "Of course, we would do one by one and model by model," Kim told PTI, adding that IoT based appliances have "huge potential" here.

    Besides, the company is also hoping to produce energy-efficient products by extending energy-saving inverter technology to other products like washing machines and refrigerators.

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How to bring Google’s ‘View Image’ button back to search results

  • After inking a deal with Getty Images, Google decided last week to remove the ‘View image’ button from its search results that would directly open the file in a new tab. Thankfully, there’s a way around this. Simply install this browser extension in Chrome or Opera, and you’ll see the button back where was it’s supposed to be the next time you search. Alternatively, you can use Startpage’s anonymous Google-powered search engine, and it’ll surface images along with the handy button – no extension necessary. Oh, and if you don’t mind a couple of extra mouse clicks, you can always…

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Samsung reportedly prowling for new OLED buyers after iPhone X sales underperform

  • Working under the assumption that the iPhone X would sell like hotcakes, Samsung set set off to produce and deliver a huge number of OLED (or organic light-emitting diode) screens for Apple's 10th anniversary handset.

    Although the new phone was Apple’s biggest earner, it actually sold less units than any other iPhone model before it.

    This low demand has caused Apple to reportedly reduce its iPhone X production by half, leaving Samsung with a surplus of OLED panels which the South Korean company is now unable to sell. 

    According to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review, Samsung is looking for new buyers who could potentially use the OLED panels on their own handsets. 

    Unfortunately, the potential buyers are the Chinese manufacturers who produce handsets for the budget or mid-range market and prefer to stick to low-cost LCD displays.

    Money matters

    The iPhone X was one of the most expensive handsets launched in 2017, and its costly OLED displays were a part of the reason why — Samsung’s OLED panels cost over $100 each, which is more than twice the cost of the company’s liquid crystal displays.

    To sprinkle salt on the proverbial wound, Samsung is also facing stiff competition from rival manufacturers. The South Korean giant currently controls about 95% of the OLED market, but that could soon drop with LG Display ramping up production this year, as are Chinese manufacturers like BOE Technology Group and Tianma Micro-electronics.

    One way to cope with the surplus is for Samsung to use the panels in its own products — whether the company will be able to repurpose the displays for its own phones is another story, especially as it's currently developing its first foldable phone.

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The best Xbox One S prices, bundles and sales in Australia (February 2018)

  • UPDATE: For a limited time, you can get a ridiculous deal on an already mega-cheap bundle, so scroll down for more info on Microsoft's eBay store bundles.

    With the recent unveiling of the Xbox One X, the Xbox One S has seen some impressive price drops and bundle deals with Microsoft going all out to pump up the pressure on its rivals. It was already often the cheapest console of the current generation, but with some of these savings on bundles and even Xbox One Controllers, the price seems right. 

    At this point it's probably wiser to buy a bundle and score some wicked Xbox One games along with the unit, as some of them can come in cheaper than the standalone consoles themselves.

    Looking to buy in the US or UK? You'll want to head on over to our US page or UK page.

    Xbox One S deals

    At once more elegant and more powerful, the slimmed-down design of the Xbox One S ditches the external power brick and chunky looks of the original Xbox One. More importantly, it comes kitted out with 4K visual support meaning you'll be able to watch specialised Blu-Ray and Netflix content in 4K. To compare Xbox One prices in real time, check out our pick below, or visit our sister site Getprice.

    The best Xbox One bundle deals this week

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Put your vital signs on show with this ultrathin, stick-on skin display

  • There's a glut of devices out there designed to tell all sorts of things about your bodies, but few you'd want stuck to your body for very long.

    Perhaps with that in mind, engineering researchers at the University of Tokyo and Dai Nippon Printing have developed an ultrathin display which sticks to skin.

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    It's made up of a 16x24 array of micro LEDs, stretchable wiring, all mounted onto a rubber sheet. Researchers say the display will last on your skin for a week without causing inflammation. 

    Image: Takao Someya Research Group.

    Of course, it isn't the first stretchable display around. What researchers say makes this different is its durability on skin, claiming it can be expanded up to 45 percent more than its original length. Read more...

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