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Worldwide PC Monitor Market Declines in Q1 2014, According to IDC

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled nearly 33.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a year-over-year decline of -0.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 106 million units for the full year 2018.

"Despite the overall decline, the shipment totals were stronger than the forecast of 31 million units," said Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "Geographically, Japan and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions delivered the largest gains during the first quarter while Dell and HP both experienced solid shipment growth."

LG Unveils the Tone Infinim Bluetooth Stereo Headset

LG introduces its newest premium Bluetooth stereo headset developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon, one of the leading audio equipment manufacturers. With superb sound experience certified by Harman/Kardon, LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) delivers great sound in a stylish design highlighted by sleek curves and glossy metallic finish.

The Tone Infinim also provides upmost comfort to users, thanks to LG's innovative retractable wire management technology that leaves no exposed wires to tangle. Tone Infinim is equipped with a jog button to fast forward and rewind effortlessly, as well as a sound and vibration alert function to inform of incoming messages, current time and battery status. All this while offering the longest standby time - 550 hours - among behind-the-neck type Bluetooth headsets.

LG Chromebase Computer Hitting US Stores This Month

LG Electronics USA today announced that LG's new family friendly, all-in-one computer powered by Chrome OS will be available in the U.S. this month. The award-winning LG Chromebase combines the convenience of cloud computing, tens of thousands of apps from the Chrome Web Store and lightning speed to make the Chromebase and its brilliant widescreen 21.5-inch Full HD display the perfect family or home office computer.

With all of the tools needed to replace the conventional shared or family desktop computer built into one device, the LG Chromebase (model 22CV241) will be available at Amazon, Newegg, Fry's Electronics, Micro Center and Tiger Direct beginning May 26. The LG Chromebase will be available for online pre-sale or at select retailers including Newegg.com beginning May 12. With a suggested price of $349.99, it will come with 100 GB Google Drive free for two years.

LG Starts Shipping the TONE PRO Mobile Headset

Bringing more choice to smartphone owners considering premium, mobile stereo headsets, LG Electronics - the makers of the acclaimed LG G2 smartphone, LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet and innovative curved LG G Flex - is shipping LG TONE PRO to retailers and mobile network providers nationwide.

"The premium headset market is defined by fashion as much as it is by sound quality," said Bruce Tripido, director of accessories, LG MobileComm USA. "That is exactly what consumers find in the LG TONE PRO, a well-designed headset that threads together style, comfort and quality."

Worldwide PC Monitor Shipments Down In Q4 2013

Total worldwide PC monitor shipments were slightly below 35.0 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), a decrease of -0.4% compared to the previous quarter yet 2.9% more than forecast, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. The -3.8% year-over-year growth in 4Q13 was largely due to declining PC desktop sales.

"Dell and HP both saw increases in unit shipments for the worldwide PC monitor market for the second time in a down year," said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "At a regional level, EMEA experienced the largest positive growth during the fourth quarter, with Italy and Spain posting the biggest gains."

TN-film Panel Based Ultra HD Monitors Could Sell for Cheap by Mid-2014

An NPD DisplaySearch boldly claiming that the industry will ship as many as 2 million Ultra HD (3840 x 2160-pixel) monitors by the end of 2014, is beginning to sound a little more plausible, with display makers pushing for "affordable" Ultra HD monitors in the 28-inch size segment, by mid-2014. By these, we're not referring to cheap, borderline gray market monitors from lesser known Korean manufacturers; but display majors from the same country, such as Samsung and LG. According to Hardware.info, which recently published a review of the Samsung LU28D590D, a 28-inch monitor based on a cheap TN-film panel by Chimei (CMO), that offers Ultra HD resolution; prices of the display could be as low as 600€ or £500, by mid-2014. So if you're planning to ditch the full HD (1920 x 1080) or WUXGA (1920 x 1200) monitor you've been holding on to for the past 5 or so years, wait just a little longer.

LG Unveils 23.8-Inch 'Cinema Screen' IPS Monitor

LG will soon be releasing (at first in Japan) a new monitor equipped with an AH-IPS panel, the 23.8-inch Cinema Screen aka model 24MP76HM-S. Pictured below, LG's display has a slim (5.6 mm) frame, a blue light reduction mode, a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 178/178 degree viewing angles, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 5 ms (GTG) response time.

The 24MP76HM-S also features two 5 W speakers, and one D-Sub plus two HDMI connectors. The monitor will become available later this month.

LG GRUVE Stereo Bluetooth Hadphones Launched

LG Electronics USA today unveiled the hottest new addition to its premium line of mobile device accessories, the LG GRUVE stereo Bluetooth headphones. Demonstrated for the first time here today at the 2014 International CES, the LG GRUVE is designed to provide superior HD sound quality and comfort. It pairs nicely with premium mobile devices like the LG G Flex, LG G2 and LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, which all boast immersive and cinematic viewing experiences.

Perfect for music lovers and busy professionals, people can use LG GRUVE wired or wireless based on their preference. LG GRUVE can pair wirelessly with any Bluetooth-enabled devices or directly plugged in with an auxiliary cable also making it ideal for schools, libraries, and other audio-learning environments. LG's consumer-centric design approach recognizes most people nowadays use their smartphones for more than just making phone calls and this shines through in the versatile LG GRUVE. With Google Voice Actions integration, users can hear text messages read aloud and access other useful features such as text to speech and voice activated dialing.

LG TONE ULTRA Wireless Stereo Headset Now Available

Today LG Electronics USA announced the availability of its newest premium wireless stereo headset - LG TONE ULTRA with JBL Signature Sound - through national retail channels including Amazon, AT&T, BestBuy, and Verizon Wireless.

Designed for on-the-go convenience and compatible with Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, LG TONE ULTRA with JBL Signature Sound delivers a premium sound experience that is perfect for everyday wear at home, outdoors or at the office. Its sleek, ergonomic design makes it well-suited for everyday use.

LG to Unveil Improved, Streamlined Ultra PC and Tab-Book at CES 2014

LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its newest Ultra PC (Model 13Z940) as well as second generation Tab-Book 2 hybrid devices (Models 11T740 and 11T540) at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, running from January 7 - 10, 2014.

Featuring slimmer designs, the company's latest PC products weigh less than their predecessors and feature refined, minimalistic form factors. With upgraded capabilities and designs, all of the company's newest PC products - including the attractive All-In-One (AIO) PC model 27V740 - feature Windows 8.1 and employ LG's superior IPS display technology, ensuring stunning color accuracy, motion clarity and wide viewing angle.

Worldwide PC Monitor Market Sees Sequential Growth in Q3

Total worldwide PC monitor shipments were more than 35.0 million units in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), an increase of 4.5% compared to the previous quarter and 1.2 million units more than forecast, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. Year-over-year growth was -8.6% in 3Q13, largely due to the ongoing decline in PC sales.

"Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ), Western Europe, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) outperformed the overall market in the third quarter and increased their regional market shares," said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "China and India were the top growth drivers within APeJ, while Germany and Russia were the leading country markets in Europe."

LG To Introduce World's First All-In-One Chromebase At CES 2014

LG Electronics will unveil the first-ever LG Chromebase, an all-in-one computer powered by the Google Chrome operating system, at next month's 2014 International CES. The LG Chromebase (Model 22CV241) offers the highly efficient Chrome operating system for a fast, simple, secure and affordable computing experience. Along with the unique operating system, a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD IPS display and a raft of advanced features, this innovative new desktop computer comes packaged in a chic, space-saving design.

The LG Chromebase all-in-one computer is underpinned by a simple yet powerful architecture and comes with several outstanding Google applications. It also serves as a gateway to tens of thousands of web apps in the Chrome Web Store, many of which work just as well offline as they do online.
The LG Chromebase allows users to write emails and documents, read the latest news and Ebooks, edit videos and photos and play entertaining games. The streamlined platform makes almost any task effortless and is the perfect device for taking advantage of Google products such as Gmail, Drive, Search, Maps, YouTube, Play or
Google+ Hangouts.

LG to Introduce Newest Premium Monitors at CES 2014

At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG Electronics (LG) will break new ground with the launch of its 34-inch IPS 21:9 UltraWide (Model UM95) monitor. Also available in a 29-inch version, the UM95 will offer stunning image clarity thanks to an UltraWide QHD resolution (3440 x 1440) display.

In addition to the UM95, LG will be showcasing a number of other exciting IPS 21:9 UltraWide series monitors at CES in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2014. Model UM65 (available in 25-, 29- and 34-inch display sizes) and model UB65 feature ergonomic designs ideal for the workplace environment. CES visitors will also be able to experience the Real 4K (Model 31MU95) and the latest Color Prime (Model 27MB85) monitors from LG. The company's newest monitors boast a long list of impressive features that make entertainment more immersive, multitasking easier than ever and work more productive. LG's exceptional IPS monitors have earned a reputation for providing superior picture quality with excellent color accuracy, motion clarity and off-axis viewing.

Dell Prepares 21:9 Cinema Display with 3440x1440 Resolution

Dell is on a roll. After announcing its 28-inch UltraSharp P2815Q and 24-inch UltraSharp UP2414Q, both of which feature Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) display resolutions in the 16:9 aspect-ratio, the company is turning its attention to the newfound 21:9 ultra-wide aspect-ratio. Expreview unearthed plans for a new 34-inch display, with an unusually high resolution that could woo away some of the Ultra HD crowd. The new U3415W from Dell offers a native resolution of 3440 x 1440, which has the same Y-axis as WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), albeit much wider. Basic math would tell you that it's still a staggering 40 percent lower pixel count than Ultra HD. The U3415W reportedly features an IPS LCD panel made by LG. The display should offer a decent middle-ground between currently $400-ish 27-inch WQHD monitors, and four-figure >30-inch Ultra-HD ones taking shape.

Source: Expreview

LG Announces the TONE ULTRA Bluetooth Headset

LG Electronics (LG) today announced the newest version of its popular Bluetooth stereo headset, LG TONE ULTRA (HBS-800). This feature-packed model is the worthy successor to the LG TONE (HBS-700/730), a top-seller with more than two million units sold since its introduction in 2010.

The TONE ULTRA was developed specifically to provide a superior audio experience with eyebrow-raising stereo sound. By adopting noise reduction - also known as ambient noise cancellation (ANC) - technology, the TONE ULTRA blocks out background noise, allowing the listener to focus on the music or conversation without distractions.

LG Announces Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

LG Electronics Inc. (LG) today announced third-quarter 2013 consolidated revenues of KRW 13.89 trillion (USD 12.51 billion). While competitive conditions in the TV sector and an unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate affected overall revenues compared with the 2012 third quarter, sales of mobile devices increased year-over-year by 24 percent. LG saw a 27 percent increase in third-quarter operating profit to KRW 217.80 billion (USD 196.34 million) compared with the same period last year.

The LG Home Entertainment Company reported revenues of KRW 5.01 trillion (USD 4.50 billion), a 7 percent decline from the same period a year ago, reflecting slower global TV demand and lower selling prices. Higher sales in developing markets such as Asia and the CIS region were offset by softness in Europe. Operating profit of KRW 124.40 billion (USD 111.68 million) increased both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter as a result of more efficient management of operating and marketing expense. As it enters the holiday selling season, LG plans to expand global sales of premium products such as OLED TVs and Ultra HD TVs while continuing to carefully manage costs.

LG Launches Two New Ultra-Wide LED Monitors

LG Electronics USA today launched two new "UltraWide" 21:9 aspect ratio* LED monitors designed to offer professional tools for effective multitasking and excellent gaming experience. Models EA73 and LN450W, which will be on sale in late September, also employ LG's advanced In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology and 2560 x 1080 resolution capability* to deliver exceptional picture quality. "Picture quality is always the number one priority when LG designs display products, but we also focus on versatility," said Tim Alessi, director of new product development at LG Electronics USA. "Our new UltraWide monitors exemplify that focus with features that make them ideal for home-office professionals, students, gamers and casual users alike."

Dell Captures Top Position in Worldwide PC Monitors in the Second Quarter

Dell moved ahead of Samsung in the worldwide PC monitor market for the first time since 2007, shipping more than 5.0 million units in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13). Total PC monitor shipments for the quarter were 33.5 million units, which was 1.6 million units more than forecast but still represented a year-over-year decline of -0.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker.

"Dell grew its unit shipments by 12.7% compared to the first quarter of 2013, which vaulted the company into the number one position worldwide. However, Samsung continues to be the worldwide revenue leader, despite its declining shipment numbers," said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "On a geographic basis, China remained the largest market for PC monitors with 29.2% share, followed by the U.S. with 18.4% share. The number three market, Brazil, trailed by some distance with 4.3% share."

LG Introduces Two New Ultrabooks

LG Korea has today launched a couple of new, Haswell-powered ultrabooks, a 13.3-inch model known as 13Z930 one with a 15.6-inch display dubbed 15U530. Part of the Ultra Series, these two portable devices feature an IPS screen, a Core i5-4200U processor and a 128 GB solid state drive (the 15U530 also packs a 750 GB hard drive), and run Windows 8. The 13Z930 also has Intel HD 4400 graphics, while its 15.6-inch sibling includes a 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M card.

The 13Z930 is just 13.6 mm thick and weighs 1.15 kg, whereas the 15U530, which includes an optical drive, is 20.9 mm thick and 1.95 kg.

In addition to the ultrabooks, LG also revealed the 11T730 Windows tablet. This one is also equipped with a Core i5-4200U CPU and a 128 GB, and has a slide-out keyboard.

LG Display Develops World's First Intel WiDi Enabled LCD Panel for Monitors

LG Display, the world's leading innovator of display technologies, announced today that it has developed the world's first LCD panel for monitors featuring Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology in collaboration with Intel Corporation. This new 23.8-inch LCD panel is the latest improvement that allows users to stream wirelessly their laptop and desktop content to their TVs and monitors in a more seamless manner.

LG Display succeeded in developing a panel that provides Intel WiDi solution by building in a key chipset directly into the LCD module. With this cutting-edge LCD panel embedded with Intel WiDi solution, LG Display enables users to enjoy quality images with an easy and convenient access to Intel WiDi technology without the use of additional devices, as well as facilitate OEMs and monitor makers nimbly and cost-effectively adopt this advanced technology.

LG Introduces Two New 21:9 Monitors

It looks like LG doesn't see the new 21:9 "ultra-widescreen" aspect-ratio as something that caters to a niche, and is bent on making it the next mainstream resolution. The company rolled out its second and third 29-inch ultra-widescreen monitors, the 29EA73-P, and 29EB73-P; pictured in that order below. Both are 29-inchers, offering a native resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels. Both feature a plethora of inputs, including dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, a pair of HDMI ports (including an MHL). Both offer USB 3.0 hubs, 7W stereo speakers, and audio out; but differ in design, and hence, dimensions. The 29EA73-P measures 699.7 x 387.0 x 197.2 mm, weighing 5.9 kg; while the 29EB73-P measures 699.7 x 395.3 x 225.0 mm, weighing 6.9 kg. While LG didn't announce pricing, the 29EB73-P is expected to be a tiny bit pricier among the two; while both could be cheaper than the 29EA93 series.

Source: Akihabara News

LG Intros First All-in-One Desktop with 21:9 Display

LG used the ultra-widescreen IPS LED panels from its EA93 29-inch monitor to create the first all-in-one desktops to feature the dizzying 21:9 display aspect-ratio. The new V960 desktop from LG combines the 2560 x 1080-pixel display, with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M GPU, that's capable of handling most media and everyday tasks, at its resolution. Other hardware specs are known to include Intel Core i5 processor.

The V960 also includes a standalone TV tuner, which lets you use it as a TV, while keeping the PC component powered down. You also get the option to PIP (picture-in-picture) both facets, watching TV, while working on the PC. In addition to all that, the V960 can work as a standalone monitor, taking input from HDMI and MHL. LG also unveiled a variant of the EA93 that lacks the PC component, but features the TV tuner, and an additional DisplayPort input. The V960 is priced in the range of US $1,300 and $2,020, depending on the hardware configuration; while the tuner-equipped monitor is priced around $600.

LG Redefines The IPS Monitor Category In 2013

LG Electronics (LG) is introducing its 2013 collection of IPS monitors, featuring new concepts such as UltraWide, ColorPrime and Touch 10, perfectly matched for entertainment, professional applications and touch-based interaction, respectively. All three models, which will be unveiled at next week's 2013 International CES, employ LG's advanced IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology to deliver exceptional picture quality and raise the bar for displays this year.

"LG has focused on blending highly specialized functions with stellar IPS technology. These three monitors will push boundaries and reshape people's expectations," said Il Geun Kwon, Senior Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit at LG Electronics' home entertainment unit. "The UltraWide, ColorPrime and Touch 10 offer solutions for nearly every task imaginable, whether it's watching the latest blockbuster movie, performing graphic design tasks, or anything in between. With this diverse range of creative and highly advanced products, LG has definitely set the tone, and the pace, for 2013."

LG's 27EA83 27-Inch WQHD Monitor is Up For Pre-Order

Announced at the end of August, and showcased at IFA 2012, LG's 27EA83 WHQD monitor has started to be listed by European stores, as a pre-order item. This 27-inch widescreen display featured an LED backlight, an IPS panel, a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, a 6 ms response time, 350 cd/m2 brightness, a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, a 3-port USB 3.0 hub, and a stand enabling height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustment.

The 27EA83 can be found priced at €727.

European Commission Fines Samsung, LG, Philips, Others € 1.47 Billion

The European Commission has fined seven international groups of companies a total of € 1,470,515,000 for participating in either one or both of two distinct cartels in the sector of cathode ray tubes ("CRT"). For almost ten years, between 1996 and 2006, these companies fixed prices, shared markets, allocated customers between themselves and restricted their output.

One cartel concerned colour picture tubes used for televisions and the other one colour display tubes used in computer monitors. The cartels operated worldwide. The infringements found by the Commission therefore cover the entire European Economic Area (EEA). Chunghwa, LG Electronics, Philips and Samsung SDI participated in both cartels, while Panasonic, Toshiba, MTPD (currently a Panasonic subsidiary) and Technicolor (formerly Thomson) participated only in the cartel for television tubes. Chunghwa received full immunity from fines under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice for the two cartels, as it was the first to reveal their existence to the Commission. Other companies received reductions of their fines for their cooperation in the investigation under the Commission's leniency programme.
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