PC Briefs: LG and Philips, Toshiba, Mac

PC Briefs: LG and Philips, Toshiba, Mac

LG, Philips unveil 52-inch LCD LG Philips LCD has developed what it says is the industry’s largest thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) for high-definition televisions (HDTVs) to date. The joint venture of South Korea’s LG Electronics and Netherlands’ Koninklijke Philips Electronics unveiled a 52-inch wide-screen LCD prototype with a resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels — twice as many pixels than found in conventional displays for HDTVs, LG Philips LCD said in a statement. The prototype display features a 16:9 aspect ratio and a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees.

Toshiba adds 160GB HDD to DVD recorders Toshiba will release a new DVD video recorder in Japan in January with a hard disk drive (HDD) capable of recording up to 208 hours of programs. The recorder also allows users to remotely manage program recording using e-mail from a PC or mobile phone. The RD-X3, Toshiba’s latest DVD-RAM/DVD-R (recordable) video recorder, can record 12 hours of video on a 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM disc. The product can be set to record 32 different programs up to two months in advance and includes an Ethernet terminal for home network access. The RD-X3 is expected to be priced around ¥200,000 (AU$2,900), but Toshiba has no plans for an overseas launch at this stage.

Mac OS 9 receives update Apple has released a Power Mac SuperDrive Update for Mac OS 9. It’s the last in a series of firmware updates the company has been releasing since November to correct problems with certain Mac models equipped with Pioneer-manufactured DVD-R optical drives. Under certain circumstances, the affected drives could stop working if used with new, high-speed DVD-R and DVD-RW media now hitting the market. Not all SuperDrive-equipped Macs needed to be updated with the new firmware, according to Apple.

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