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Toshiba plans to cut 7,800 jobs ahead of expected loss

Source By: Theglobeandmail

Toshiba warned on Monday it would incur its largest net loss ever as it tries to restructure a stable of unprofitable businesses.

The Japanese company, whose financial struggles were laid bare this year in a $1.2-billion (U.S.) accounting scandal, said it would eliminate 7,800 jobs, mostly in its slumping consumer-electronics division. That brings the number of job cuts announced this year to more than 10,000 total, or roughly 5 per cent of its work force.

The Japanese Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, a government financial-market watchdog, is pursuing a 7.3-billion-yen fine against Toshiba, which would be the largest such penalty imposed in the country.

Like many Japanese tech giants, Toshiba has been reluctant to close or sell money-losing divisions such as televisions and home appliances, which employ thousands of people but whose competitiveness has been undercut by producers in lower-cost countries.

In addition, analysts say, Toshiba never managed to digest its acquisition of Westinghouse in 2006, which cost it $5.4-billion (U.S.). Its problems only deepened with the financial crisis and the nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima in 2011, which crippled the atomic power industry in Japan. Toshiba is one of the biggest suppliers of equipment to Japanese electric utilities, both for nuclear and conventional fossil-fuel generation.

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It’s time to buy new TV? How to make a decision whether to go Black Friday TV shopping

Date: December 08, 2015

Source: The Vancouver Sun

 

Staying at house has not at all been more enjoyable.

You can hit into a virtually endless supply of music and set your feet up to look at entire seasons of The Walking Dead, or your favorite movies.

And, not including the rate of your online or TV connection, the monthly tab for all that activity could be fewer than you expend going out for a movie and a popcorn.

Of course, that’s on you shell out for your new $4,500 65-inch curved 4K TV.

Is it time to upgrading your TV? How do you decide the streaming service that suits you most excellent?

So you’ll have a possibility to plan before the shopping frenzy that is Black Friday, we get you a few answers to those questions.

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When do you know if it’s time to upgrade your TV?

First, how old is it? If you bought your TV before 2000, you’ll find a outstanding variation in today’s models, even if you buy at entry level.

What is the resolution of your TV? If it is 1080p, you may be OK to continue with that for a while longer before upgrading to 4K. But if your screen resolution is 720p or less, you’ll most likely welcome an upgrade. With the worth of 4K TVs falling, you can get one as low as $1,000. Though, if your home theatre needs a 70-inch-plus screen, get prepared to shell out upwards of $10,000 or more.

Is your TV fat or super skinny? Even if it has a flat screen, if you can’t suspend it flat against a wall, probability are it’s an older model that has seen better days.

How big is it? If you bought a 32-inch since it was so cheap, but you require binoculars to watch the puck while the Canucks play, perhaps it’s time to upsize. The THX, which sets standards in audio visual entertainment, advises you find the best size by dividing the size of your screen by .84. That means you’d have to be seated just over 3 feet far from that 32-inch TV (the measurement is on the oblique). If your sofa is just over six feet away, THX recommend a 65-inch TV. That’s maybe larger than you estimated and price might play a part in your choice to buy smaller than best possible. The fine news is that TV prices are always going down, so that 4K TV that is outside your plan this year may appear within reach next year.

How smart is your TV? Smart TVs can attach directly to the Internet, even though there are lots of set top boxes, such as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and others that will allow you connect to online services such as Netflix. Also if you have TV service such as Shaw or Telus Optik TV, they’ll provide streaming services as part of their menu.

Curved or flat screen? We had Samsung’s 65-inch SUHD curved TV to try out for a couple of weeks, and felt it was a much more immersive experience than a 55-inch model. Viewing was superior at great angles than with our TV, though some reviewers say the difference isn’t sufficient to pay a premium for the curve.

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Wall Mounting Brackets

Wall Mounting Brackets

Mounting brackets are used to mount a television on a wall or ceiling. This can save space and enhance viewing. There are a variety of TV mounting options. It is important to work with a TV specialist to pick the correct mounting bracket for your space and your TV. A TV specialist can help you determine which brackets are compatible with your TV.

Here are some of the many available mounting brackets.

Low-Profile

Low Profile – Also called a fixed or stationary mount it is designed to hold TV flat against the wall. Placement cannot be adjusted once mounted. It may not be compatible with flat panel TVs that have a rear protrusion.

Tilting

Tilting – Similar to fixed mounts but allow for downward tilting movement. Enhances viewing of television mounted high up on wall and angle can be adjusted after mounting and locked securely in place.

Ultra-Thin

Ultra Thin – Also referred to as a slim mount it allows the television to sit closer to wall than other mounts. It is available in stationary or tilting styles.

Articulating

Articulating – Also known as a cantilever mount the TV is mounted on retractable arm attached to wall bracket. It allows for wide range of motion and TV can be pulled away from wall and swiveled to left or right. It is ideal for rooms with multiple viewing locations.

Swivel

Swivel – Similar to low-profile mount, but allows for horizontal movement. Less range of motion than an articulating mount with extendable support arm and some models also offer tilting capabilities.

Ceiling

Ceiling – Attaches to ceiling rather than wall and is used when wall-mounting is awkward or impossible. Can also be used to mount movie projectors.

Platform

Platform – Designed for older CRT models rather than flat-screen TVs. Television sits on a shelf supported by an arm attached to a wall or ceiling.

Under-Cabinet

Under Cabinet – Space-saving mount for under-cabinet placement and often used in kitchens and cubicles. Display can be flipped down for viewing or folded up and hidden away. Better-suited to small screen sizes.

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LED, LCD, Plasma: What is the difference?

LED, LCD, Plasma: What is the difference?

There are many types of televisions. This is can make it difficult for an average buyer to pick the television that best fits his or her needs. Below are the descriptions or the most common forms of televisions (LED, LCD and plasma) and the pros and cons of each.

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LED Screen TV

The LED screen is a relatively new technology when it comes to television, and it is fast becoming a popular thing to have. LED screens work by emitting light as opposed to reflecting it. The result of this is a much brighter image than what you would get with a standard screen. Another plus point of the LED screen is the fact that it responds incredibly quickly, especially when being switched on and off. As you can see, there are a lot of things that make the LED screen a popular choice when it comes to televisions.

Pros:

  • Improved Viewing Angle
  • Improved Black Levels
  • Better Brightness
  • Better Color Consistency
  • Longer Lifespan
  • No Burn-in

Cons:

  • Uses more energy than LCD
  • Can be Less Wall Mount Friendly
  • More Expensive than LCD

LCD Screen TV

The LCD screen is very different from the LED, yet still a popular choice. LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Diode; the technology behind the screen. The LCD technology works by blocking light, which gives a higher quality image. However, the problem with the LCD screen is that it is slower to respond than the LED screen. This means that when there is a break in the electrical current such as when you switch the TV off, the image becomes blurred for a brief period of time.

Pros:

  • Extremely High Resolutions
  • Excellent Color
  • Great Picture
  • Energy Efficiency
  • No Burn-in

Cons:

  • Poor Reproduction of Blacks
  • Limited Viewing Angle
  • Limited Brightness

Plasma Screen TV

The plasma screen seems to be a very popular choice these days. A plasma screen is layered with millions of cells that are coloured with red, blue and green. It emits ultraviolet light when the built in computer chip tells it to. The image produced is usually of a very high quality. However, some people still prefer the older models of televisions.

Pros:

  • Excellent Contrast and Black Levels
  • Effortless Motion
  • Uniform Illumination
  • Good Picture Depth
  • Less Expensive Than LCD and LED at Similar Size

Cons:

  • Limited Screen Sizes
  • Low Brightness
  • Not as Energy Efficient
  • Heavier and Thicker
  • Can Overheat