3D TV stories

 
Revealed at IFA in Berlin, Toshiba's Regza 55X3 (known as ZL2 in Europe) isn't just a fancy 3D TV that doesn't require silly glasses — it has Quad Full High Definition — a.k.a. 4K2K HD — a.k.a. your eyeballs watering up over picture clarity like never before. And it can be yours this December.
 
Look, I'm just going to come out and say it: 3D TV is awful. And I'll tell you why it's awful: that "third dimension" that is supposed to justify everyone running out and buying expensive new 3D TVs is just not good enough. I want to be able to actually look around corners, and this massive new projector system makes that possible, glasses-free.
 
You've read about 4G and LTE. You may have scoffed at my and other critics' warnings against buying an iPhone 4 from Verizon because it isn't 4G. But I don't get the sense anyone shares my amazement of just how radically the coming of 4G to Verizon and AT&T (and Sprint's year-old WiMAX 4G network) is going to change our lives. In fact, despite all the ground-breaking tech changes that came last year (detailed in Part I of this review), I believe people will remember 2010-2011 primarily for being the foundational years of 4G connectivity.
 
No other two-year span in the history of consumer electronics has both wrought and promises as much radical change as last year and this new year. While there may have been years with one or two significant product introductions and advancements — 1920: the first radio broadcast, 1939: the introduction of TV, 1947: the invention of the transistor, 1982-83: the introduction of the CD and launching of the first cellphone systems (click here for a list of memorable tech years) — no two-year span has been as chuck full of potentially behavior-changing technology in television, digital imaging, car electronics, gaming and especially cellphones. There is so much happening on so many fronts, even I'm having trouble keeping up with it all. But we can narrow our time frame even further — more like 18 months, from the near simultaneous introductions of the first 3D HDTVs and the iPad last spring to AT&T's pending launch of its 4G LTE network sometime this summer. In between — a series of stunning technological leaps. Here's what I think has and will make 2010-2011 the most memorable tech years ever.

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