The State of Smart TVs in 2021 (Roku TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung, LG, Vizio)

Hello everyone and welcome to another topical
deep dive here on the Cord Cutters News channel. And so this week, we wanted to take
a look at the world of smart TVs, those TV models that have streaming
app support built right into them. The idea there is you don’t need a separate box
from Roku, Amazon, Apple, etc. So they could be a convenient choice for cord cutters and streamers
at a variety of price points. And honestly, it’s getting harder and harder to find a non-smart
TV these days, so let’s explore a bit, shall we? And in this video, we’re going to highlight
some of the reasons why smart TVs make sense, as well as some of their disadvantages. And we’ll also highlight some of the
biggest names in smart TVs right now. If you’re in the market for a new
TV and you’re considering one with smart capabilities built right in,
we hope you find this one useful.

This is… the state of smart TVs in 2021. Why Smart TVs Can Be a Great Choice First off, let’s talk about why smart TVs
might be a good choice for your next TV. And perhaps the biggest perk to
smart TVs is the convenience. Since smart TVs pack in some sort of streaming
platform, you don’t have to worry about hooking up an external device like a Roku Ultra
or Apple TV to have access to your apps. And that can be a great space saver,
since you don’t have to dedicate shelf space for a separate device and you’ll
likely have fewer remotes to deal with. And honestly, despite having access to an absurd
amount of streaming devices in our household, we still use our LG’s built-in smart TV
platform for the vast majority of our streaming needs because of that convenience,
and that includes using just the one remote. However, there are still instances
where we’ll use other devices to access certain apps, which leads us to why
smart TVs sometimes aren’t the best choice. Why Smart TVs Can Be a Not-So-Great Choice So yes, smart TVs are everywhere
these days, and there’s no shortage of choices on the market from a wide range
of manufacturers.

But there are instances where a given smart TV might not be the
best choice for your streaming needs. For one, just like their dedicated
device siblings, smart TV platforms all have their inherent strengths
and weaknesses. And that can include things like varying levels of app support, or
performance issues. Sometimes, pairing software with lower-cost, lower-performance TV hardware can
result in a less-than-pleasant viewing experience. And for me, that’s most often
when I turn to an external device rather than my LG OLED’s built-in webOS software.
Certain apps, like Sling or Pluto TV for example, simply run better and more smoothly on
other hardware that I have access to.

And just like external streaming devices, smart
TV performance might be a concern over time. So maybe your smart TV software worked
just fine for the first few years, but as apps have gotten more complex, overall
performance might feel slower over time. In that case, you might feel a need to upgrade
or, if the TV itself is doing just fine as, you know a TV, maybe resorting to an external
streaming device to serve up those apps. You may also find yourself in a situation where
there’s a specific TV with specs and performance you really like, but you’re not a fan of the
built-in smart TV software.

Conversely, you could find yourself really liking a specific smart
TV platform, like Roku TV or Fire TV for example, but you can’t quite find a supported TV model
with the hardware specs you’re looking for. So you might find yourself buying
a smart TV more for its hardware capabilities and just bypassing
the built-in software altogether and going with a Roku Ultra, Nvidia Shield
or any number of external devices instead. And with all of that being said, let’s take a look
at some of the top names in smart TVs right now, starting with a brand that should be very
familiar to streaming fans out there.

Roku TV Of course, any discussion about smart
TVs should include Roku TV, the platform that combines the well-known Roku streaming
software with TVs from a variety of manufacturers, including Hisense, Philips, RCA,
Sharp, TCL, and several others. One of the biggest perks of the Roku TV
platform is the sheer variety on offer. You can choose from a number of models across
a wide range of price points. And they each feature access to Roku’s tried-and-true
user interface and impressive app support. So if you’ve maybe used Roku’s
dedicated streaming devices in the past, moving to a Roku TV smart TV should
offer a pretty seamless transition. On the downside, despite solid TV maker support,
you might find it tough to find Roku’s software built into a TV with the exact specs you’re
looking for. And that can include, say, high-end OLED models, which often have some of the best
picture quality currently available. If you have your sights set on a fancy OLED model, you won’t
be able to find one with Roku’s software built in. Of course, if you still want that
Roku user interface and app support, the company will happily sell you a
standalone device, but as far as Roku TVs go, your best bet is in the lower-cost
to mid-range televisions.

As far as specific models go, there are several
to choose from, but we suggest taking a look at Hisense’s affordable line of R6 series Roku TVs
or TCL’s 6-Series 4K QLED displays to start. Fire TV Like Roku TV, Amazon’s Fire TV platform
also enjoys some solid TV maker support, with companies like JVC, Toshiba,
and Westinghouse on board. And also like Roku TV, the major perk here
is pairing Amazon’s popular Fire TV platform with well-known TV manufacturers. So
you get the familiar Fire TV interface, along with the platform’s solid app support. Also like Roku TV, the Fire TV models on the
market now are mainly LCD options, rather than higher-end OLED displays. Now, to be fair, German
TV maker Grundig does produce an OLED TV with Fire TV software built-in, but here in the US,
you’re mainly going to find LCD models on offer. And those often range from low-cost, budget
models to mid-range to higher-end, non-OLED TVs. And again, there are plenty of models to choose
from, but we’d recommend starting your Fire TV search with Toshiba’s C350 line, which
includes 43-, 50-, and 55-inch models.

Android TV Another smart TV platform with solid
TV maker support comes from Google. It’s the company’s Android TV platform,
which you’ll find support for from a number of familiar names, including
ones we’ve already discussed. So if you’re currently shopping for an
Android-powered smart TV, you can select models from makers like Panasonic, Philips,
Sharp, Sony, TCL, Toshiba, and several others. Besides Android TV’s robust app support, another
thing the smart TV platform has going for it is support for high-end displays. So if you’re
looking for an OLED TV with Android software built in, you have some choices, courtesy
of Sony and its growing line of OLED TVs. Now, like most OLEDs on the market, these
aren’t exactly budget models, but if you want top-shelf display quality and Android TV
software, you definitely have some options. Of course, you can also choose
from more budget-oriented models, as well as midrange options
that balance price and features.

Overall, we’d suggest including TCL’s
4-Series in your search if you’re looking for an affordable Android TV. And maybe check out
Sony’s A80J if you’re looking for an OLED option. Tizen And then we get into smart TV platforms
that are tied to specific manufacturers. For instance, there’s Samsung, who
makes a wide, wide range of TVs at all manner of price points and leverages
the Tizen platform for its smart TV models. And like other smart TV platforms,
Tizen offers up solid app support and Samsung’s been working to increase its
value as a content hub for your streaming needs. So yes, your manufacturer choices
are more limited than, say, Fire TV, Android TV, or Roku TV, but there
is a ton of choice within Samsung’s lineup. At the more affordable end, we’d suggest
checking out the AU8000 line. And for folks looking for high-end displays, the company’s
QN90A QLED line is a great place to start. webOS LG is another major TV maker that’s been going
its own route as far as smart TV software goes. And in this case, the company uses
webOS for its LCD and OLED displays.

Like Tizen, you’ll find solid app support,
though perhaps not as robust as you might find on Roku or Fire TV. For instance, Pluto TV only
recently made an appliance on webOS TVs. So, like other platforms, it pays to make sure
your favorite apps are supported ahead of time. But as far as hardware options go, LG similarly offers a wide range of choices from
low-cost models to ultra-high-end displays. At the budget end, check out the UP7000
series of LCD TVs. If you’re looking for something more advanced, the C1 line of OLED
TVs offers impressive specs and picture quality. SmartCast Last, but not least, we have Vizio
and its SmartCast line of TVs.

And again, like Samsung and LG, there is solid
app support to be found here, especially when it comes to big-name services like Netflix, Hulu,
and Prime Video. However, there’s currently no HBO Max app available for SmartCast. Though
Vizio says you can get around that by loading up the app on your mobile device and casting it to
your TV via Apple AirPlay or Google Chromecast. And you might also find smaller apps aren’t
quite yet supported on the service just yet. We often post updates on Cord Cutters News
dot com about popular apps arriving on smart TV platforms like SmartCast, and those
sometimes come months after a particular app has been on services like Roku or Fire TV.
So keep an eye out for app support for sure.

On the bright side, SmartCast is available
on Vizio’s expansive range of TVs, ranging from budget, 1080p displays to higher-end
LCDs and, more recently, OLED TVs as well. On the lower-end, take a look at the
company’s V Series and M Series of TVs. Meanwhile, the high-end has options like the
55- or 65-inch Vizio OLED TVs to choose from. Wrapping it All Up So there you go, we hope that helps
shed some light on the current landscape of smart TVs. As you can see,
it’s often a balancing act. Sometimes, the platform with the best app support
might not be available in the higher-end TV. Conversely, that high-end, luxury-priced display might not come packing the streaming
platform you're most comfortable with. In the end, it’s really up to you, your
wants and needs, and (of course) your budget. Hopefully you can strike the right
balance when it comes time for a new TV. And don’t forget, even with smart
TVs and their built-in software, you can always tack on an external, standalone
streaming device if your needs change later.

You might lose out on some of the convenience
perks, like using one remote for everything, or not having to deal with HDMI inputs as
often. But it’s important to note that you don’t necessarily have to feel locked
into a particular smart TV’s software. That said, if you’re ready for a new centerpiece
for your living room, or looking for a space-saving model for the bedroom or office, we
hope we’ve given you a solid start point here. And as always, thank you all for watching. If
you haven’t done so already, please do consider clicking on those like and subscribe buttons
down below as they really help us out. And until next time, my name is Philip Palermo. Thanks again for tuning in and we’ll
see you all next time.

Take care..

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CES 2007: LG VX9400 Mobile Phone

hi this is Chris Benner for Digital Trends calm at CES 2007 LG's motto is life's good and boy do they mean it I'm here at the LG booth with Dimitra and she's going to tell us a little bit about one of their new phones thanks for your time Dimitra what can you tell us about this great new phone you guys have this is the LG VX 9400 which is our phone that we're showcasing here at the booth it's the first mobile TV handset that we that we've ever had as well as the first in technology it's with the new Qualcomm media flow technology so basically what you can do is watch live television on your handset so it's linear broadcasting so if you're at home watching MTV and you wanted to finish your episode you have to go to the doctor you're gonna actually be able to take your phone with you and watch it in the doctor's office awesome great what what TV stations are available for right now and are they more coming sure well the phone actually launches at the end of q1 so probably late March and it will launch with eight different channels including all of the main stations as in FOX NBC MTV Comedy Central and a couple other ones about eight channels and if this is live TV the same thing you're getting on your cable at home live TV that is awesome and do you have a price point that you're looking at for this we actually don't have the price yet close to Romansh they'll actually set it but just know that LG's products are set pretty reasonably priced so we don't see it being completely outrageous and then it'll be the carrier's will will actually launch it probably with their V CAST mobile package well one but it's a it's a great looking phone it's really nice people be able to watch their TV when they're out now what kind of storage options are there on it could you could you load them of movie on it and watch that on the phone well there's actually a microSD slot as a couple of our other handsets actually have this which is added storage so you could literally go to your PC and take either a half a movie or pending on how much storage you have on that microSD and download that right onto your phone and and watch a movie or a movie trailer or live television great it sounds like a really handy device to have well thank you to meet you for your time I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to us and have a really good show really appreciate it thank you very much all right this is Chris Bentham for Digital Trends calm thanks for watching

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How To Increase RAM On Your Android Phone ||(2020 WORKS)

when you have had a smartphone for a while it can start to feel slow and RAM that is the random access memory can be the issue now Ram is the place where your device towards temporary files and resources and when a program needs something rather than pulling it all the way from the memory it quickly pulls out those files from the RAM giving you a smoother and a seamless user experience with that devices with more RAM can store more data hence are smoother even while playing demanding games or while doing heavy multitasking and devices with low RAM even struggles while doing rudimentary things like browsing the internet or while watching a video the same is the case with any form of computer but unlike computers where you can physically add as much RAM as you need on smartphones the RAM is proprietary and cannot be physically added or removed without blowing the whole thing out but since your device memory the memory that you use to store data is quite similar to your RAM as it also stores data although at a quite slow rate which means you can turn a small portion of a SD card or a device memory into RAM and this is known as virtually creating RAM for your device so I am a hostage game let's make some RAM so in order to expand your RAM you will need three things number 1 a class 4 or higher SD card I strongly recommend using a class 6 a class 10 SD card as faster the SD card better will be the overall performance number 2 a rooted android device if a device is not rooted or if you don't know what route is check the links in the description and get your device rooted number 3 can app from Play Store called as row soft Ram expander which will make the process much simpler now rosa flam expander is a paid app on Play Store and for the money it's totally worth it but before you go ahead and make the investment click the second link under the thumbs up button and install this free app called as memory info and swap file check it will tell you whether your device is compatible for AM expansion or not so install this V app from the Play Store then tap on the row soft Ram expand the test tab on the bottom then select your SD card location and after the test is completed therefore results if a window saying congratulations pop up then you're good to go if not then try it again still if you get no congratulation pop-up then your device kernel probably does not supports Ram expansion and your money is safe or you can give it a shot if it fails then you can always ask for an app refund within two hours of purchasing this app and get your money back from Play Store so there's nothing to lose so get the RAM expander app from the Play Store and open it up make sure that your device is connected to the internet don't forget to grant the root permissions to this app and straight up you'll see a bunch of options and numbers you can either manually configure each one of these settings individually or you can simply tap on the optimal value button and the app will automatically configure all the values based on your device and with that 90% of the work is done now the only thing that you're gonna configure is the swap file slider here from here you can select the amount of RAM that you want to create the app will automatically set it to a maximum Ram value that your device can stably support which is 3gb in my case I'll not recommend you going above the optimal value so let's set it to an even 1gb of RAM as we don't need anything above that you can also set it to as low as 400 MB of RAM or you can go as high as 4gb of but according to me 1gb on top of your existing hardware RAM is more than enough for any activity on your device so let's go ahead and do a quick rundown number one open the app number two granted with permissions and make sure that the internet is turned on number three tap on the optimal value button number four select the amount of RAM that you want to create and don't go above the optimal value after that you'll need to tap on the swap active button at the top and it'll ask you to select two external sd card location you can also try the internal SD card or internal memory if it worked for you to let me know in the comments below that's how it's d card out of it 17 GB is free although we only need 1 GB of space let's go ahead and select that and then tap on the swap active button again and the swapping process will begin now depending on the amount of RAM you want to create it can take between 2 to 15 minutes and it's almost done if everything goes right it should look something like this let's close that and upon sliding down your notification tab you'll find a new info bar showing the amount of expanded RAM that you just have created originally I had 2 GB of RAM on my device plus one more extra GB of RAM that we have just created with a total of around 3 GB of RAM which means woohoo it did work and on a final note the amount of RAM that you have just created will not be reflected in your device application manager as it's a virtual RAM not a hardware based Ram but it will function similar to your internal Ram so earlier when a device on a certain app needed more RAM and there was simply not enough RAM the app or the game slowed down or lagged a lot due to insufficient RAM but now after expanding aram when a device needs more RAM the virtual RAM or the vram that you have just created will be utilized giving you a smoother experience than before now one really basic thing that you should understand is that there are several other factors like CPU frequency number of cores cache memory app optimization for your device background activities and RAM that affects the speed and performance of your device which means RAM alone cannot speed your device but it will help apps which require more to run faster on your device that's how ROM work however you won't see a huge boost in performance in daily activities and apps that uses less RAM as your hardware Ram will pretty much do the job so while playing low-end games on high-end devices with sufficient RAM you won't see any boost in performance however you'll definitely notice a significant improvement in speeds and performance especially while playing high-end games on low-end devices or devices with low amount of RAM and that's enough knowledge for today if you found this video to be helpful interesting and if you got to learn something new today please give this video a thumbs up that really helped me a lot and do subscribe if you want to watch more interesting videos like these until then I'm your host head care from de Android guy signing out and I hope you guys have a great day peace

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Things You Can Do With Your Ipad

Things You Can Do With Your Ipad

iPad’s are truly amazing devices. What makes the iPad so great is its amazing technology. This can, however, also make operating the iPad somewhat intimidating for new users who are not techno-geeks. Don’t worry, learning to use an iPad is really not that hard. This article contains a number of iPad usage tips to help get you on your way.

Want to connect to your iPad via VPN connection? If so, this feature is now possible. Navigate to Settings, General, and Network. Find the VPN slider and move it to the On position. Once you do this, add the configuration for the VPN onto your server and account. It’s really easy!

Make use of folders. To do this, simply tap and hold onto an app until the app shakes. Once you do this, drag this app over an icon and release. Doing this will create a folder that contains both your apps. The name of your folder will depend on the apps’ category. However, if you don’t like this name, you can change it.

The new iPad and iPad 2 can be connected to an HD television. This can be done with an Apple Digital AV Adapter that is connected from the 30-pin Dock adapter to the HDMI port or even a regular Apple VGA Adaptor. Both of these iPads support video mirroring, which allows your whole Home screen to appear on the television, not just your videos.

If you are using your iPad to type up documents and emails often, and want to speed up your process, try the following tip. After you complete a sentence, tap the space bar twice in a row. This will place the period for you to complete a sentence, and a space after the sentence.

Change your iPad password so it is complicated, hard for someone else to guess and easy for you to remember. Go under ‘PassCode Lock” in the general settings, and click on “Simple Passcode” to enable you to make a new and better password that is longer than 4 digits.

Do you need some help with organizing your busy schedule? Install a Google calendar on your iPad. Tap on the mail section of your settings and select calendars. Choose add a calendar, select Google as your server and enter your Google account information. Your Google calendar will then be exported to your iPad calendar.

Start Private Browsing. If you don’t want the Safari on your iPad to remember what you’re surfing, simply use private browsing. Go to Settings>Safari, find the choice for “private browsing,” and you will have a private browsing session. Just remember, though, that you will have to manually enter any passwords.

Choose between Orientation Lock and Mute. Older versions of the iPad featured an “Orientation Lock” button on the side of the device. The button remained on later versions, but its function was switched to “Mute.” If you preferred the older function, you can access a setting in the General Settings menu to set it back to its original function.

Video calls are an excellent feature of the iPad. Did you know that you can move the picture-in-picture around to a better location? First, start a video call on the iPad. Then just tap the window and drag it around the screen with your finger. This will help you get a better view of your subject.

While you may be tempted to hack your device to add extra applications to it, you should really think twice. The official store has thousands of legit applications, and once you unlock your device you may lose support from the official Apple store. Think carefully about doing something like this!

The iPad is a great tool for taking and emailing pictures. Once you have a picture that you want to share on your iPad, sending it via email is simple. Just open the photo on your iPad and look for the rectangle in the upper right-hand corner. Click on that and you will be given an opportunity to share via email. Simply choose that option and type in your recipients to send.

When you want an iPad accessory you can trust, the Kensington brand is an exceptional choice. Their bluetooth keyboards and cases truly are the best available on the market. These items go on sale frequently on sites like Amazon, so keep an eye on the models you like and you’ll find them at an affordable price in no time.

If you are going to carry your iPad around with you, it is worthwhile to invest in a cover for your tablet. This will greatly extend the life of the device and keep it looking sleek. The cover need not be expensive, just durable and slightly hard to avoid damage.

Use the hidden apostrophe on the virtual keyboard’s first screen instead of navigating to the second screen. Simply hold down on the exclamation mark key. A hidden apostrophe option then appears. Slide your finger up to select it. This shortcut comes in handy for typing emails and other messages.

Password protect your device. This can be a great way to keep prying eyes away from your information and your iPad. Think of a password you can remember, and make sure that it is not the same password as the one you use everywhere else. Write it down so that you can retrieve it if you forget.

Many iPad games and apps have a feature that notifies you whenever some action is performed. For example, you may receive a notification from Words With Friends that it is your turn to play, or you might have a Twitter alert that tells you someone has re-tweet something. Disable these notifications unless they are absolutely necessary. These frequent updates can shorten the life of your iPad’s battery.

As was stated in the opening paragraph of this article, iPads really are amazing devices. The technological advances that make the iPad so great, however, can make learning how to use the device just a tad bit challenging. Luckily, by studying this article carefully you should be able to learn how to operate your iPad to its full potential. Good luck!