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Old TV in Welsh village behind broadband outages
by Paul Hill
BT Openreach has revealed that an old television set being used in Aberhosan in Powys, Wales was causing the entire village to lose its broadband connectivity every morning at 7 A.M. The outages were caused by electrical interference being emitted from the TV. Luckily for residents in the area, the TV owner has agreed to stop using it.
Openreach engineers initially tried installing new cable to try and fix the issue, unfortunately, this didn’t work. After 18 months of trying to solve the problem, the engineers finally found the source of the problem by using a monitoring device called a spectrum analyser.
Commenting, Michael Jones, an engineer at Openreach, said:
The TV was found to be emitting a single high-level impulse noise (SHINE), and since the TV has been left off, the problem has gone away entirely. Openreach said a variety of electrical devices can cause interference and impact broadband connections. It recommends that all electrical appliances are properly certified and meet current British standards. Openreach also said that if you have a fault with equipment, report it to your service provider right away.
Source: BBC News
Samsung could close its Tianjin TV manufacturing plant
by Paul Hill
A report from South Korea’s Yonhap news agency suggests that Samsung is looking to close its TV manufacturing plant in Tianjin, China. The report cited sources who claimed that the firm is trying to boost efficiency in its supply chain management.
The plant’s closure could come as soon as November and 300 workers could find themselves out of work. The closure is part of a larger trend for Samsung which has been shutting plants across the country in recent years as it looks to cut costs.
Back in 2018, Samsung closed its smartphone factory in Tianjin and a plant in Huizhou last year. In July, the firm said it’s also going to stop production at its PC-manufacturing plant in Suzhou. According to Yonhap, the firm currently has a home appliance plant operating in Suzhou and a chip factory in Xian.
While the sources speaking to Yonhap cite efficiency reasons for the imminent closure of the factory, they didn’t give specific reasons. The 2018 smartphone factory closure in Tianjin was due to falling smartphone sales and increasing labour costs.
The latter of those is highly likely to be one of the reasons for the TV factory closure too. In terms of TV sales, Samsung was reportedly doing well in the second quarter but actual sales declined slightly compared to the same period in 2019. These two reasons are likely behind Samsung’s upcoming factory closure.
By Namerah S
Xiaomi announces Master TV with OLED display in China
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has announced a new entrant to its line of smart TVs in China called the Master TV. It sports a massive 65-inch 4K OLED display, which is a first for the company as none of its other television sets have ever had one. The announcement was made via the Chinese social media platform Weibo along with the launch date.
The promotional poster revealed today disclosed detailed information and the price of the upcoming Xiaomi product (in Chinese), as seen below. At the same time, the Master TV's official page has also gone live on Xiaomi's website, with a comprehensive list of its features and specifications.
Aside from the aforementioned 4K OLED panel and screen size of 65-inches, the newest member of the Mi TV family will also have a 120Hz refresh rate, an HDMI 2.1 port, Dolby Atmos speakers, 3D panoramic sound and a response time of 1ms for gaming. The television's display will feature 98.5% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
Xiaomi's Master TV will be powered by the quad-core Cortex A73 and the Mali-G52 MC1 GPU. As for the OS, it will run MIUI for TV and support connection with the Xiaomi AIoT ecosystem. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and other standard smart TV features such as USB ports and a mic.
Moving on to the price, the Chinese tech company has assigned its latest smart TV a price tag of ¥12,999 (~$1839). The Master TV is scheduled to launch at 10:00 AM CST tomorrow morning on July 3, 2020. As of right now, it is not known whether the upcoming member of the Mi TV family will be available in other markets or not. It is probable that this will become clear in the future.
Google rumored to rebrand Android TV to Google TV
by Rajesh Pandey
Android TVs have become commonplace over the last few years. Google has also made steady improvements to the OS to improve its usability on TVs. Now, it looks like Google is preparing for a branding change for Android TV. As per a new rumor from 9to5Google, Google is looking to rename Android TV to Google TV.
The company has been moving away from the Android branding for a number of its products and services over the years. This includes renaming the Android Messages app to just Messages, Android Pay to Google Pay, and more. In the same vein, Google is looking to rebrand Android TV to Google TV. The OS itself is going nowhere though and it will continue to be based on Android itself.
Google could make this branding change silently like it recently did while renaming Hangouts Meet to Google Meet or it could do so when it releases the final version of Android 11 later this year. Incidentally, back in 2010, Google did have a 'Google TV.' It was a smart TV platform based on Android which the company had developed with the like of Intel, Sony, and Logitech. The company eventually replaced Google TV with Android TV in 2014.
Do you use an Android TV? Are you happy with its performance?
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Best Buy switches to curbside pickup service, will only permit employees inside stores
by Usman Khan Lodhi
As of today, customers will no longer be allowed inside Best Buy's stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the retailer is shifting to a "contactless" curbside service, and will only permit workers inside its stores (via The Verge). Orders which are placed through the company's website or its app will be delivered to customers' cars outside the stores.
Best Buy has temporarily suspended all in-home installation and repair services and stated that returns and exchanges will be made through the curbside service. In an email sent out to customers, the retailer says:
As demand is rapidly increasing for people stuck at home, the retailer has seen a surge in shoppers. To cope with the demand and increase safety, the company is making these changes. Starting Monday, only large items like refrigerators and TVs will be delivered to customers' doorsteps instead of bringing the items into houses, the retailer stated in an email to customers. Those who have ordered scheduled for installation in the next 30 days will be receiving an email pertaining to the delivery options.
Best Buy said that workers have been informed that if they don't feel comfortable, they don't have to come into work. If someone is sick, they're being asked to stay home with the assurance that they will be paid.