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Most anticipated tech of 2014 (pictures)

From the PlayStation TV to bendable displays to the iPhone 6, here are the most anticipated gadgets of the second half of 2014.

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Sharp enters 4K fray, for realzies this time

Up till now, Sharp had one 4K TV and a bunch of psuedo-4K models known as Quattron Plus. Now the company has announced a pair of new TVs with full-fledged 4K resolution.

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Toshiba adds a gorgeous 4K screen to the Satellite P50t laptop

You probably don't need 4K in a laptop, at least not yet, but the P50t does a good job of being a premium 15-inch, even without that unique selling point.

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Sony and Samsung lock up their 4K content, risking the future of the format

The decision to make 4K content proprietary displays some truly stunning corporate hubris by two of the biggest players in Ultra HD "4K," potentially sabotaging its very adoption and acceptance.

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Though aesthetically it's a near exact clone of the Cinema Display from last year, this one adds Ethernet, FireWire, and, of course, Thunderbolt support. The high price doesn't change, but luckily, neither does the high-quality and gorgeous 2,560x1,440 resolution screen.

Apple's OS X 10.9.3 improves Retina tech on 4K displays

An update to Mavericks lets high-resolution external displays take full advantage of Apple's crisp text and graphics.

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Sony reportedly halts OLED TV development to focus on 4K

Reports say that Sony is stopping commercial development of OLED TVs to concentrate on 4K LED panels, as well as dropping 20 percent of its consumer electronics workforce.

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From X-Men to Netflix rival: How TCL plans to break into the US (Q&A)

The Chinese electronics giant already has its foot in Hollywood. Coming soon: a Netflix-style video service and a $250,000 Imax home theater.

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Samsung, Sony carve out own 'Experience' spaces at Best Buy

Both companies are taking a page out of the Samsung playbook, which previously created a store-within-a-store at Best Buy to sell its mobile gear.

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How HEVC compression aims to bring 4K TV mainstream

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265, promises twice the compression possible with Blu-ray’s best video compression methods. But how does it work, and is it enough to get us better-looking 4K content?

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Sony's BDP-S3200 Blu-ray player competent but stale

The Sony BDP-S3200 will play your Blu-rays just fine but it's not quite as up-to-date as competitors especially when it comes to streaming media.

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Sony FMP-X10 4K media player: Netflix streams and downloads for Sony 4K TVs

The FMP-X10 is Sony's second-generation 4K media player, equipped with a 1TB hard drive, access to hundreds of 4K movies, and Netflix's 4K streaming service. It will debut in July for $699, although customers who pre-order can save $200.

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Sony's href="http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/sony-xperia-z2/4505-6454_7-35835120.html">Xperia Z2</a> challenges rivals with its edgy aesthetic, 20.7-megapixel camera with 4K video, and top-notch specs. We'll be keeping a close eye on this global contender, though we're not holding our breaths that it'll launch with a US carrier, if it does so at all.
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Sony Xperia Z2 review: A stunning all-round performer

With so many new phones arriving sporting a wide array of specs, it's difficult to know which is the best for you. We've rounded up the top phones you can get in the UK.

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