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LG’s new OLED gaming monitor packs a 240Hz refresh rate

LG could have two of the best new monitors on its hands. Its UltraGear OLED gaming monitor and UltraFine Display Ergo AI are coming soon, and the brand will showcase at IFA 2022 in Berlin, Germany in early September.

Both curved displays introduce new technologies to LG’s consumer lines and provide unique experiences for users. The UltraGear OLED gaming monitor, model 45GR95QE, is the brand’s first OLED display featuring a 240Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, the LG UltraFine Display Ergo AI, model 32UQ890, is able to adjust its position throughout the day with AI tracking to provide users with maximum ergonomic comfort.

LG touts the UltraGear OLED gaming monitor as ideal for immersive gaming. In addition to a 240Hz refresh rate, it is also the first 45-inch display to have an 800R curvature. Some spec highlights include a WQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution for the OLED monitor, a 21:9 aspect ratio, 0.1 milliseconds gray-to-gray response time, 98.5% DCI-P3 color coverage, HDR10, and a Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).

The UltraGear OLED gaming monitor also features a borderless design and an anti-glare and low reflection coating to maintain viewing quality. For ports, the monitor includes HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4. It also supports picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture for productivity.

The UltraFine Display Ergo AI is aimed as a home or office peripheral with a built-in AI camera that can analyze a user’s posture by tracking their eyes and adjusting the tilt and height of the display accordingly. The tilt has a range of 40 degrees, while the height can be adjusted by 160 millimeters. The consistent display movement helps users not remain in one position for long periods of time and to prevent bad posture habits. Users can set the monitor to one of three modes for their ergonomic preference: AI Motion, Continuous Motion, or Periodic Motion.

Specifications for the monitor include a 31.5-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, an IPS panel, 95% coverage of DCI-P3, and HDR.

The UltraFine Display Ergo AI is essentially a higher-tech version of the LG DualUp monitor, which was released in June. That monitor feature’s LG’s second-generation Ergo stand, with manual pivot, height, tilt, and swivel movements, which allows the display to maximize ergonomic comfort for users.

Price and availability details for the UltraGear OLED gaming monitor and the UltraFine Display Ergo AI will likely be announced during or after IFA, which takes place from September 2 to 6.

By the time the UltraGear OLED gaming monitor launches, its closest competitor will likely be the 32-inch 240Hz Samsung Odyssey Neo G8, which has been available on the market since June, selling for $1,500.

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Steam beta update gives a much-needed refresh to an essential page

Valve has rolled out a new Steam beta, and this one is a big one. The changelog is rather brief, but some big changes are coming to the Downloads page in particular. In addition, we’re also seeing some updates for the Library, a few updates to the Linux version of Steam, and finally, some tweaks for SteamVR. The biggest changes, however, are found on the Downloads page.

It feels like it’s been a while since the Downloads page received some love, but that’s definitely changing with this beta update. Valve says the page has been redesigned with a “minimal and more focused design with stronger CTAs (Calls to Action).” The header art will now show you which game is currently being updated, and Valve says it has implemented a “more accessible color palette” for visually impaired users. You can check out a screenshot of the new downloads page below.

One of the biggest changes coming to the Downloads page is a revamped progress bar. Previously, that progress bar would only show download progress, which meant that downloads would often hang at 100% during the disk allocation process, tricking users into thinking there was some issue with the update. Now the download progress bar will show total progression, so we shouldn’t have any more instances where updates appear finished but, in reality, are not.

Going hand-in-hand with the new Downloads page is a library storage manager that can be accessed by hitting the settings wheel on the Downloads page and then selecting “Steam Library Folders.” This new storage manager will allow you to see all the Steam games you have installed on your various drives, giving you a look at how much space games and DLC are taking up on each drive and allowing you to move games between your drives if you have more than one. It seems like a very handy tool, particularly for users who have more games than space.

We’ve spent the entire article looking at the changes coming to the Downloads page because they’re the most significant by far, but Linux users and SteamVR users will also want to check the patch notes for updates that apply to them. If you want to opt into the Steam client beta, first open the Steam menu, go into the Settings, select “Account,” and then opt into the Steam client beta on that settings page; once you restart Steam, you should see all of the changes. We’ll let you know when these features roll out to everyone, so stay tuned for more.

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Dell Latitude refresh banks on connectivity, battery life

Dell announced a refresh of its Latitude business notebook lineup on Tuesday, emphasizing smaller bezels and greater WAN connectivity in addition to the behind-the-scenes management capabilities it’s providing to businesses.

Rahul Tikoo, vice president and general manager of commercial mobility products at Dell, said that business requirements now include instant access to applications, multiple days’ battery life, and the ability to charge quickly and connect from anywhere. Those characteristics have been brought into the Latitude lineup, which include the 7000 premium series, the midrange 5000 series, and the slim 3000 series. 

Dell announced the Latitude 7400 at CES, the business counterpart to the Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 series announced as well. While the 7400 lacked the nifty in-hinge pen of the Inspiron, both the Inspiron and Latitude were designed with thermal management n mind. When the device senses it’s being held in your hand, it manages heat more aggressively so as to maintain a comfortable temperature.

At Dell Technologies World, Dell announced a refresh of the 7000, 5000, and 3000 series, including the Dell Latitude 7200 tablet. They’re all predicated on Intel’s 8th-gen Core technologies, which include Wi-Fi 6. Some of the new Latitudes include a new 4×4 array antenna, as opposed to the 2×2 antenna used previously. Another new feature, specific to the Dell Inspiron 7400, is Express SignIn, which can recognize the user as they walk up to the device. Optional fingerprint readers can be designed into the power button, too.

Battery life can reach up to 26 hours, Dell said, and the new refreshed lineup includes two quick-charging technologies: ExpressCharge, which can charge the laptop to 80 percent in an hour, and ExpressCharge Boost, which can supply up to a 35 percent charge in 20 minutes.

Dell considers the new Latitudes to be part of what it calls the Unified Workspace: remote management and provisioning of the new PCs. For example, each of the new Latitudes can be shipped directly from the factory with personalized access and applications. Separately, an improved SafeBIOS capability provides a standalone download to check the integrity of the BIOS, and integrates with other management tools, including VMware Workspace ONE, Secureworks and CrowdStrike.

Here’s a representative sample of each of the product families:

Dell 7000

Dell is launching a refreshed version of the Dell 7300 and 7400. They go on sale May 1 for a starting price of $1,299. We’ve chosen the Dell 7300 as a representative model, and listed some of the basic specifications below.

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How to check any app’s refresh rate on Android

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

More and more Android phones are adopting displays with higher refresh rates than the standard 60Hz. And it’s not just the flagships; Xiaomi just launched a $270 Redmi Note 10 Pro with a superb AMOLED display that supports 120Hz.

A higher refresh rate allows for smoother animations, whether you’re scrolling web pages or playing graphics-intensive gamesHowever, not all apps support high refresh rates. So how can you check if they do? I’ve got your back.

First, we need to enable developer mode on your Android phone. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head to Settings and locate the About phone section.
  • Tap on the software version five times.
  • Note that every time you’ll tap, you should see a popup that reads, “You are X steps away from being a developer.”
  • You’ll finally get a “You’re now a developer” popup.