Curved OLED TVs arrive in AmericaNew TVs by Samsung and LG show off curves, Gmail puts ads directly in the inbox, and the Leap Motion Controller offers a new way to use your PC.
It's the week of the curved TV. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. A new type of television is coming to some stores in America this week, OLED TV's that have a slight inward curve. We first got a glimpse of this technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Samsung's curved OLED is going on sale at specialty stores as early as this week and LG is now taking preorders in the U.S. for its model which would arrive in a couple of weeks, but both of these curved OLED TV's are very pricey. A 55-inch model would cost you $15,000. An OLED screen could be better than LED and plasma because it can deliver the deepest shade of black of any TV technology. Samsung Galaxy S smartphones use OLED screens, but this is the first time it's put into a TV screen. The curve is supposed to let viewers enjoy a more natural match to their angle of view if you're sitting between 6 and 10 feet from the screen. We at CNET have yet to test this tech in our labs, but I'll update you when we do and what the verdict is on how much benefit there is to a curved screen. And if you like OLED but you don't care for the curve, Samsung is making a flat version but we don't know when that's going on sale in the U.S. Google is putting advertisements where no one has put them before. Inside your email inbox, new ads are appearing as emails in a user's inbox but it's only for people that have the new Gmail layout which uses tabs to divide emails into different categories. The ads are only going into the promotions tab. That's where your Daily Deals and other store offers already get sorted into. Looking ahead, Motorola is set to unveil the hyped up Moto X smartphone next week on August 1st, but there's not much mystery left since several photos and specs on the phone already leaked out. It looks like a midrange phone but it could have some cool software tricks that make it stand out. We already know one trick. Apparently you don't need to touch a button to prompt the phone to listen to your voice command. Google is having an event to show something off on Wednesday, and we think it could be a new Nexus 7-inch tablet. This new version could have a camera on the back based on leaked images. And a gadget worth checking out today is the Leap Motion controller. It's like a Kinect sensor for your Mac or Windows PC. It's in stores now for $80 and lets users control their computer by waving their hands. It only works with certain apps so you can't control everything, and your arms could get tired over time which makes it more of a fun toy than something you'd use for a serious work, but be sure to check out the full review now on CNET. That's your Tech News Update. You could find more details at CNET.com/Update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.