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Business tech bytes for Jan. 8

Business tech bytes for Jan. 8
Modified: January 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013
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Dish reveals TV signal ‘Hopper'

Last year, Dish revealed a new set-top box called Hopper that can send the TV signal “hopping” from room to room, covering all the TVs in the house. This year, it's upgrading the Hopper so that it follows you wherever you go — even outside the house. The new box revealed Monday can transfer stored TV shows or movies to an iPad for viewing any time, even when there's no Internet connection. Dish Network Corp. is the first cable or satellite company to offer such a feature. It could raise eyebrows in Hollywood and among the TV networks that supply the satellite broadcaster with programming. Dish says the new Hopper will be available later this year. The box will be free with a two-year contract.

New chips benefit ‘Ultra HD' TV

TV makers are trotting out sets with “Ultra HD” resolution at the International CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas this week. Few video cameras record at that resolution, which is four times higher than regular high definition. But Qualcomm Inc., a leading maker of chips for cellphones, says it has a solution: With its chips, smartphones could be recording video in Ultra HD as early as this year. Paul Jacobs, CEO of the San Diego-based chipmaker, revealed a lineup of new chips in a keynote speech Monday, ahead of the opening of the show. The top-line model, the Snapdragon 800, is fast enough to record and playback Ultra HD video, the company said.

Sharp shows off HD technology

Sharp is jumping on the “ultrahigh definition” bandwagon by introducing two super-clear TVs and one ultra-HD computer monitor that will give PC users something to brag about to Apple fans in love with their high-resolution Retina display. At the International CES gadget show, Sharp is showing a 32-inch monitor that uses its IGZO technology, based on a semiconductor material called indium gallium zinc oxide. Sharp touts IGZO for its high resolution, low power and accurate touch response. The monitor measures 3,840-by-2,160 pixels with about 8.3 million pixels. Apple's largest MacBook Pro with Retina display boasts 5.2 million pixels on a 15.4-inch screen.

From Staff and Wire Reports