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LG has unveiled the first 88-inch 8K OLED TV

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Behind closed doors at CES 2018, we saw an 88-inch 8K OLED display prototype from LG Display, the South Korean electronics company’s business-to-business arm. The massive screen wasn’t available for show attendees to view — it wasn’t even TV at that point. With today’s announcement, we learn LG is one step closer to making such an advanced TV — likely with a price tag to match its size — available for purchase, likely in 2019.



Sure to generate oohs and aahs by all who pass by, LG’s latest incredibly large 8K creation sports twice the pixel count as 4K and eight times that of standard HDTV. For number crunchers, that’s over 33 million pixels at a 7,680 x 4320 resolution. Another way to imagine it is four 4K televisions in a 4×4 grid.

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LG isn’t the only brand bringing 8K to the show, either. We know Samsung will also unveil an 8K QLED TV here at IFA — the billboard advertisements claiming as much are pasted all over Berlin.

Among those not standing enraptured by an 8K image in front of the TV, the arrival of 8K television may not receive such a warm welcome. After all, it seems like we just got 4K TV, and we’ve only just come to the point where 4K content is readily available through streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and Vudu, and via 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc. Where’s the 8K content going to come from? Why are manufacturers seemingly forcing another upgrade down our throats?

For LG’s part, the evolution is imminent. “LG’s first 8K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company in a statement. “4K OLED played a major role in reshaping TV industry and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same.”

Kwon is not wrong. The introduction of 4K OLED was a big step toward inciting a battle for ultra-premium TV supremacy and the rapid development that came with that battle has resulted in a trickle-down effect, bringing ever-improved TV picture quality to prices the average consumer can afford.

Aside from the argument that technology is necessarily dying if it isn’t evolving, there’s a proposed benefit to 8K resolution at ultra-large screen sizes. Today’s 65-inch TV is yesterday’s 55-inch TV, and it is likely the average TV size in living rooms and home theaters will get larger in the coming years. LG is betting on it. The company says it expects 8K TV sales to grow to 5 million units by 2022, possibly exceeding the growth of 4K over its first three years.

As for content, the 8K OLED’s onboard upscaling of 4K content should make a considerable difference at 88-inches, and ultimately, 8K content will be here. Live 8K broadcasts are already underway. As for streaming? The bandwidth to support a quality 8K stream is hard to come by, and would like eat up bandwidth caps in a hurry. Still, at such sizes, a compressed 8K signal could look superior to today’s 4K streams.

We’ll be getting hands-on time and video of the new 88-inch 8K OLED TV from LG’s booth at IFA 2018 soon, so visit back for a close look at just what this TV brings to the party.

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Hygienic Reasons You Should Avoid Putting Loo Roll on The Seat in Public Restrooms

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Using a public restrooms is rarely an enjoyable experience, as they tend to be left in disgusting conditions.

Most of us try to avoid the smelly, dirty spots at all costs, but when you’ve got to go you’ve got to go.



To make it a little more bearable, the hygiene-conscious try to avoid germs by putting a layer of flimsy loo roll on the seat as a protective shield.

But it turns out that’s actually a really bad idea and exposes you to even more bacteria – this is why.

Toilet seats are actually designed to repel nasty germs as their shape and smooth surface make it tricky for bacteria to latch on.

“In fact, the top of a toilet seat is much cleaner than most people’s kitchen sinks,” Philip Tierno, clinical professor in the departments of microbiology and pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center said to Self.

He said that the type of bacteria found on toilet seats normally dies off relatively quickly.

On the other hand, toilet paper has a rough texture and is designed to be absorbent, making it the ideal material for bacteria to latch on to.

Studies show that with every flush, fecal bacteria can be disseminated into the air.

Since that sends fecal matter everywhere, it could easily land on the roll of toilet paper itself, especially as it’s normally located right next to the lavatory.

At home you can avoid this by flushing with the lid down, but public toilets don’t always have seats.

So when you layer up the toilet seat with layers of bog roll, you’re actually exposing yourself to more germs – gross.

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The best option to avoid coming into contact with nasty bacteria is to squat above the loo, ensure you wash your hands.

“No matter how contaminated your hands are, as long as you wash them properly—for 20 seconds, with soap, and getting under the nail bed—you’re fine,” Tierno said.

He also advises using a paper towel to open the door if you can.

“The towel dispenser, door knob, all of that is contaminated grossly,” Tierno added.

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Nigeria: Ogun State Governor Amosun swears in New Chief Judge.

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Monday swore in Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu as the new Chief Judge of the state.

The swearing was held during the state Executive Council meeting at the Governor’s Office in Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta.



Amosun, charged Dipeolu to carry out her duties without fear or favour.

He said, “This swearing in comes with a lot of huge responsibilities and more is demanded of you knowing the status of the state in Nigeria.”

He also urged her not to be unmindful of God’s grace on her life, saying that the office she occupies now is a great office in the legal profession in the state.

Responding, Dipeolu thanked the governor for believing in her and giving her the privilege and honour to serve the state in the capacity of the Chief Judge.

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She promised to discharge her duty without fear or favour, soliciting the continued support of the government to the judiciary.

“I will not disappoint the state, our forebears, my colleagues, I will not drop the ball and I will always keep the flag flying,” Dipolu promised.

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