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TV in Ultra HD, new designs at CES 2013At the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, television makers will show off the next phase of high definition screens. Also, Samsung will tout a new TV design and bend the norm with flexible screens.
TVs are getting twisted. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Happy 2013! Update is back from winter break and it's time to gear up for the biggest tech show on earth, the Consumer Electronics Show. Our coverage begins Sunday on cnet.com. But there's some news already coming out about a few products. Samsung is teasing that it'll show off a television with a new design at the show. And on its blog, it posted this photo of a TV sitting vertically instead of horizontally. And this photo is either implying that its picture quality is very lifelike or Samsung is hinting at a transparent display where you can see what's behind it. We saw Samsung showing off sea through screens last year with a 22-inch transparent LCD panel that was for retail stores. Expect to also hear more about 4K TVs. It's an ultra high definition resolution that only makes sense if you have a really huge TV screen. And that's why Westinghouse will be showing off a 110-inch 4K LED TV. Now, LG and Sony also have 84-inch TVs with 4K and they start at 20 grand. Don't count on this replacing your current 1080p TV in stores anytime soon. The same goes with OLED screens on TVs. We'll see more of them, but those price tags will be high, say around $10,000. LG also unveils some news about its televisions at the show. The company said, LED backlight swill be standard across all LCD TVs. So, it will no longer make TVs with fluorescent backlights and there will be more Smart TV add-ons like an upgraded remote that has natural voice recognition and some TVs will have a camera. Expect something twisted from Samsung. There will be demos of a bendable Smartphone screen and a bendable television screen. These flexible screens will have a higher resolution than the ones we saw at last year's CES. But Samsung is not the only one working on this concept. LG and Nokia have recently demonstrated prototypes of bendable screens. Today's app to watch is a new iPhone app from Facebook that parents should be aware of. It's called Poke. Those who have the app can send a short message, photo or video to another user and it vanishes in 10 seconds after seeing it. An app like this might encourage users to send inappropriate or embarrassing photos without fear or as a way for teens to hide sexting from their parents since the message is quickly vanished. But this isn't Mission Impossible. These messages do not release self-destruct. Anyone could take a screenshot of the image you send. And the video messages are stored in folders in the phone's internal storage. So, it could come back to hunt you later. The same goes with a similar app called Snapchat. That's your tech news update. You can get links to all the stories I mentioned on our blog cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.