A $30,000 TV and other new gadgets

IFA, a massive consumer electronics show, is underway in Berlin. And new whiz-bang tech announcements are rolling in. It’s kind of like if all of your friends had babies at the same time. But instead of babies they gave birth to tech gear. And instead of cute birth announcements, you got spec sheets. A few IFA highlights from CNET:

• Sony releases its first 4K TV, the 84-inch XBR-84X900. No official word on cost or availability, but expect to pay close to $30,000 to own one. Here's an explainer on what a 4K TV is, but no need to worry about new formats just yet. Afterall, what movies do you own in 4K?
• One of the most unique products unveiled is the Samsung Galaxy Camera, an Android-powered camera that has 3G and 4G network connectivity.

There are also a whole bunch of new phones being introduced (see “Out of nowhere Windows phone” below). And, while we’re doing an new-stuff roundup:

Zappos, which is owned by Amazon, has created a new shopping site that gives suggestions on things to buy based on a Pinterest feed. It's called PinPointing. But you have to have an extensive amount of fashion in your Pinterest account for it to do anything interesting. I only pin geeky things, and I must have stumped it since no suggestions were relevant to my pins.

Sounds like trouble for those of us who pin less-geeky things. (And no, I will not be linking to my pinterest account.)


About the author

Adriene Hill is a senior multimedia reporter for the Marketplace sustainability desk, with a focus on consumer issues and the individual relationship to sustainability and the environment.
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