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With a 1,000,000: 1 dynamic contrast ratio and a $2,700 price tag, Samsung is bringing some serious heat with their new bigscreen HD set. Will the numbers and features add up to a beautiful TV watching experience? We'll tell you in today's Tech Review.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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See video of Sony's entire press conference here!

Here we go folks, Time for Sony's Press Conference, which brings me to the Las Vegas Convention Center for the first time at CES 2009. The floor is still being setup, but Sony's got their booth alive and kicking complete with food and an open bar. Snazzy.

We're about 10 minutes from starting and they just tricked me by opening up their booth making about 40 new rows of chairs in front of me. I thought I was in the 7th row... Excuse me while I move closer.

4:15 PM PT - Ok, that's better. Now I'm in the real 6th row and a pair of 3D glasses was waiting on my new seat. Sony is showing off some new 3D HDTV technology that I'm guessing will be demoed for us live, on stage. It's taking longer to fill the seats than Sony expected, but the DJ is spinning some bitchin' house music so we're ready to get this party started up in here (up in here). It remains to be seen if we'll lose our minds and go all out.

4:30 PM PT - One drink down and we're ready to go. Rick Clancy is appearing to us on the Jeopardy stage via TV to welcome us to the press conference. Jeopardy will tape 11 shows from CES.  Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune were the first syndicated game shows to be broadcast in HD. That's Sony Pictures Television, but Rick's got more for us as Sony is an "entertainment powerhouse."

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We're about to get underway at Sharp's Press Conference here at CES 2009 with 3 speakers. They also fed us lunch so Sharp already wins CES in my mind, but I'm easily swayed by a free club sandwich.

12:04 PM PT - Doug Koshima, CEO and Chairman of Sharp Electronics, takes the stage and immediately turns to the recession, but Sharp is confident it can weather the storm and emerge as a stronger corporation. Sharp expects a 16% decrease in LCD TV business in 2009 over 2008, but then expects a 10% increase in 2010 (Source: DisplaySearch).

Furthermore, Sharp's new LCD factory is set to be operational in March 2010, which will reduce costs for Sharp and make it the first company to use 10th generation glass panels that will yield 6 60" panels, 8 50" panels, and 15 40" panels from a single sheet. The factory will also produce other components needed to produce LCD panels as well as solar cells, which is Sharp's other major business.

12:09 PM PT - Sharp is still standing firm against OLED technologies and still believes the technology isn't "ready for prime-time." Sharp will use RGB-LED backlighting with local dimming to further improve contrast ratios.

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We're getting ready for Toshiba's press conference at CES 2009 and the biggest question on my mind is: Will anyone talk about the death of HD-DVD? You'll remember that last year, right before Toshiba's 2008 press conference, Warner Brothers announced that it was going exclusively over to Blu-Ray, which effectively signaled the death of HD-DVD.

Throw in a struggling economy and I'm expecting losses for Toshiba over 2008. Hopefully, it will be able to recover as I'm definitely a fan of their televisions and laptops.

Here we go so keep updating. As before, new updates can be found at the bottom of the post.

10:00 AM PT - The press conference is opening with footage of the New Years Eve show from Times Square featuring Toshiba displays and advertisements... and the Jonas Brothers. Nothing says HDTV and technology like the Jonas Brothers.

Yes, that was a very nice mega display in Times Square, but where's my home version?!

President and CEO of Toshiba America, Mr. Akio Ozaka, takes the stage to give an overview of the business in America. He points to Toshiba's "heritage of innovation" and the Regza line of HDTVs for its success. Toshiba will continue to add value for consumers by improving what consumers care about most: video quality.

The Regza brand is "breaking new barriers" in picture quality and convenience and will be giving more thought to cosmetics for home theater setups. Much like LG, Toshiba will be focusing on networked devices to provide Internet content to the user. It is committed to making a change in this area and I look forward to hearing about its approach.

Environmentally, Toshiba plans to be a leader in green technology! Have you sensed a pattern yet? Better looking TVs, network devices, and green technology!

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Live Blog: LG Press Conference

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Posted January 7, 2009 - By bleahy

UPDATE: Our video of LG's entire press conference is now live!

Our live blog coverage of CES 2009 kicks off with LG Electronics and their press conference. The press is filing in and as expected, the products being shown off are mostly TVs and computer monitors. I've also spotted some speakers, some portable devices, and what looks like a hard-drive enclosure for network storage.

I'll be bringing you the product lists when the presentation begins. More recent updates are found lower in the story. Chronologically and such.

8:00AM PST - Michael Ahn, CEO of LG Electronics North America, takes the stage. "Last year was a very important year for LG Electonics." He points to America's perception of LG as a stylish brand with smart technology. Sales increased to 13 billion in 2008, 16 percent increase over 2007 above goals. This growth was based on focus on consumers with products that are stylish and "fit into consumer's everyday lives".

LG will not reduce marketing spending or R&D despite the economic recession. It will maintain LG as a premier brand with industry leading products.

It will continue to add LED backlighting to its HDTVs and move to 240Hz refresh rates, as well as incorporate Blu-Ray into future products. Wireless TVs are also part of the company's future.

LG will partner with Yahoo!, YouTube, Netflix to deliver content directly to consumers.

It hopes to provide the best customer service in North America and notes that its call-center response-time is already under 30 seconds per call. Even with the recession, LG is positive about the future.

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HP IQ816 Touchsmart PC Review »


You like to touch, don't you? Tactile computing is the wave of the future, and today's Tech Review is on it. Check it out as we get all touchy-feely with the HP IQ816 Touchsmart PC.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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The last time LG and Netflix got together, the companies birthed a combo Blu-Ray player and Netflix movie-streaming machine. This time, they're taking it one step further by introducing a line of movie-streaming HDTVs. The broadband plasma and LCDs will come out this spring, and will allow for instant streaming of Netflix movies to anyone with an Internet connection and a couple hours to spare. No need for any outside hardware.

"Embedding the Netflix streaming software in the television is a natural progression of our partnership with Netflix and our innovative product line," said LG Electronics USA President Teddy Hwang in a statement. "This is an LG industry-first, which provides another flexible option for consumers seeking to access exciting content directly through their HDTV."

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Sony CX12 HD Handycam Review »


If you're looking to capture the light in the eyes of your giftees, this just may be the way to go with a 2.7" LCD touch screen for navigation and the ability to shoot 1920 x 1080 resolution directly to a memory stick. Scoop it up now for $599 if you've got the bones.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Happy Holiday's ya'll! It's been a great year here at G4tv.com and all of us want to thank you for coming to our website day in and day out.

With that out of the way, it's time to tell everyone what you got for the Holidays!

Did you snag a new console? A bunch of games? Digital camera? A computer?! TELL US!

Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet Review »


Archos has combined the portability of an iPod and the access and power of a notebook into one pocket sized internet media device. With a 320 GB hard drive and Wi-Fi capability, is it set to become the must-have media player for '09? We'll see if it holds up in today's Tech Review.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Westinghouse 32" HDTV/DVD Player Review »


If you've been looking to go HD, but don't have the space or dough for a gigantic monster of a set, the 32" Westinghouse HDTV may be the one for you, but beware, for the DVD player is standard definition. It'll run you $579.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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3M MPro 110 Projector Review »


3M feels your projection pain and that is why they have created the MPro 110, a mini projector that fits in your pocket and throws out a huge 50" screen. It has multiple inputs to interface with your iPod, computer, or digital camera, but are there enough lumens to make this a deal at $299?

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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Samsung TL34 HD Camera Review »


This point and shoot, 14.7 megapixel camera has a 3" touch screen, 3.6X optical zoom, and a 28 mm wide angle lens. Kevin will let us know if this $230 marvel is as impressive as it sounds.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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HTC Fuze Phone Review »


Taking after the Touch Diamond, the HTC Fuze has Wi-Fi, a 3.2 megapixel camera, Windows Mobile, Microsoft Office support, a "Touch Flow" interface and a full QWERTY keyboard. Here now continues our week of gadget reviews for stuff under $300.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

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According the Amazon's Gold Box forums, tomorrow's deals will be all about the PlayStation 3.

"We had an all Wii game day. We had an all XBox 360 game day. Now by popular demand we are having a PlayStation 3 game day. We have even added some Blu-ray deals to watch on your PlayStation 3. We have a total of 10 great deals for you, so be sure to come back on Thursday, December 18."

Sweet. Seems like it'll be a good mix of people that want to snag a PS3 on the cheap as well as current PS3 owners that want to get some games or Blu-Ray's.

We'll bring you details on the 10 deals tomorrow when Amazon.com posts them.

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