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Samsung JS8500 and other flat screen 4K Ultra HD televisions are becoming more affordable and more popular with the general public who is seeking to transition from 1080p High Definition, to the 4K beauty that is UHD. Along with this trend, has come the new design of the curved display screens.

As a potential 4K UHD TV buyer, one has to make an important choice before searching for a 4K TV to purchase: should you get a flat screen or curved 4K TV?

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The curved Samsung JS9000 and LG EG9600 models are among the absolute best on the market—as well as the most expensive. Curved 4K TVs are higher in price, but that is not always the case. However, for the better models with excellent displays, they can be costly. There are a number of positive features that come with buying a curved 4K TV. They do offer a better viewing angle for watching TV and movies, as well as offering the viewer a better experience watching sports, video games, and for the entire family to view the screen in the living room, no matter the angle. This is especially true for 3D displays.

Curved displays also make streaming movies, apps from the Smart TV functions, and utilizing web browsers that much more interesting and entertaining on a curved design. However, beyond viewing angles and a more engaging experience, some buyers do not care whether their TV is curved or flat: they are more concerned with price, the display, and the hardware. Functionality is key, especially when shelling out a couple thousand dollars.

Flat screen 4K UHD TVs such as the Samsung JS8500, are incredibly popular and extremely capable and high-end models. The flat display does not make the viewer miss a curved screen in the slightest, and the price tag difference between a flat screen TV and curved screen (which can be hundreds to thousands of dollars) can make a buyer rather unconcerned whether they have a curved 4K TV—as long as the display and resolution is excellent, as well as the refresh rates, contrast, black uniformity, 3D capabilities, upscaling capabilities, and potential as a gaming TV as well as a great action film TV are met.

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In the end, the flat screen is likely to win the day. Due to not having to spend so much money on a curved design, the manufacturers tend to put better quality into the displays, motion blur and refresh rates, and other features such as Smart TV, streaming, 3D viewing, apps, and other important entertainment and display aspects. These features are often better on a flat screen, and unless you have $5,000 to $8,000 to shell out the same quality for a curved display, most of the general public will choose a flat screen—and that is not settling in the least.

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           Podcast-Device1Many of us enjoy listening to the radio while driving to work or relaxing at home, but recently more and more people decide to exchange their live-radio time for podcasts that they listen from their phones and other devices. What they listen to is called podcasting, and it has some similarities with the conventional radio shows in the sense that there is mostly talk and less music involved, but the crucial difference is that these shows do not have to be listened to at the specific time when they are aired. Podcasts are usually automatically downloaded to devices of the users who subscribe to them, and the listeners have the power to chose when and where they want to listen.

The term “podcasting” comes from combination of words, the first one being “iPod” and the other one “broadcasting”.

woman-listening-to-podcast          As you probably already know, the fist podcasts appeared on iPods a decade ago and their popularity is constantly rising ever since. “Apple” has accepted this new service, and their devices are equipped with good and efficient applications that can be used for listening to various types of podcasts. More and more people have decided to try themselves in this new type of blogging, since it looks a lot like that popular activity with the difference of writing /speaking, and this meant that millions of individuals from all over the world felt empowered to have their voice heard by other millions, and this caused a massive worldwide hype. With the improvements in technology, podcasting as an industry is experiencing a huge growth – according to some experts that growth goes up to 30% annually.

            However, there are question marks over the future of podcasting, and they are mostly concerned with the aspects of how to generate revenue and how to attract new audience.

             Standard blogging and YouTube creation has well-established protocols for revenue and money-making, with AdSense being present in that area on Internet content-creation. But, this is still not possible with audio podcasting, even though a lot of effort is being put into making ads available for audio content and therefore making a protocol for easier process of generating revenue. The other problem of growing their fan base and the ways in which they can attract new audience is also something that concerns most podcast creators, since without good system for easy spreading they will remain static and with that – forgotten and eventually abandoned.

            In order to “survive”, podcasting is increasingly looking for methods that can make it attractive for new audiences and some platforms have already been tried and tested, which should be a positive signal for the future of podcasting “industry”. It looks as this time podcasting will not be a passing phase, or just a brief moment of hype, and that “timeshifting revolution” will make this type of content standard as well. This mini-revolution is already present in television, since we can watch shows when we want them, stop and play as we please, and this is appealing to millions of users. Of course, some aspects have to remain faithful to real-time frame, such as news and sports, but more and more shows are directed to “on demand” usage and this makes podcasting attractive and exciting activity.

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