Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Martyn Williams covers Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Panasonic shows world's first UltraHD '4K' Blu-ray player

Panasonic will soon begin selling in Japan a Blu-ray Disc player compatible with 4K UltraHD discs, the first such player in the world.


The world's first 8K TV is going on sale next month for a staggering amount of money

Sharp will be the first to begin limited sales of 8K televisions next month.

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NASA will launch a 4K TV channel later this year

NASA plans to launch a 4K TV channel this fall and has already begun test broadcasts. The new channel, called NASA UHD, will broadcast 24 hours a day and be available free of commercials.

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If you're buying a TV, know these three letters: HDR

After bigger screens, and thinner screens, and 3D screens, and curved screens, and 4K screens, HDR is the new flavor of the season in television technology and it's one worth paying attention to.

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Samsung to show transparent OLED display at IFA

Samsung has developed a big-screen OLED screen that's transparent, and plans to put it on show at this week's IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin.

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Rain could make your solar panels dirtier, not cleaner

Researchers are trying to figure out factors that affect the life of solar panels.

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Toshiba's health wearable unlocks the mysteries of the night

The device is on sale in Japan and has yet to gain FDA approval in the US

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CES 2015: The year TVs got way too complicated

Four competing TV platforms could spell confusion for consumers.

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Sony revives Walkman as a $1200, audiophile-quality Android media player

The NW-ZX2 runs Android and supports the Hi-Res audio format.


TV makers look beyond HDMI, propose new Super MHL connector for 8K video

Some of the biggest consumer electronics companies plan to replace HDMI on future TV sets

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Sony's razor-thin Android TV is slimmer than three U.S. quarters

The set is as thin as a few coins and one of the first to support Google's new platform

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DirecTV won't show Sony's 'The Interview,' other video services refuse to comment

Sony says VOD providers are unwilling to carry the movie.

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IFA's gimmick of the year: Bendable TVs

The next big thing, according to consumer electronics makers at IFA? TVs that bend.

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Report: Sprint gives up on pursuit of T-Mobile USA

Sprint abandoned the takeover because it thought it would have a hard time getting regulatory approval, according to newspaper reports.

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Unicode update adds emoji for spiders, chili pepper, 'live long and prosper,' and more

A new version of Unicode supports emoji, currency symbols and historic languages