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Vizio works on making its 4K TVs even better in 2019


While many other manufacturers chase new technology with 8K and HDMI 2.1, Vizio is enhancing its 4K TV lineup, starting from the lower-priced V series all the way up to its top-of-the-line P-Series Quantum X. The V series steps in where Vizio's E line of TVs used to reside, with smart TV features, Dolby Vision HDR and up to 16 zones of local dimming, with models ranging from 40- to 75-inches. The number of dimming zones and peak brightness -- crucial for precise backlighting with proper contrast and vivid colors -- goes up as you proceed across the lines and increase the prices. This year's M-Series features up to 90 zones (double that of last year's M-Series) and 600 nits of peak brightness, while also adding the "quantum color" technology previously reserved for the higher-end P-Series, all in sizes between 43- and 65-inches. Speaking of the P-Series Quantum lineup, that covers 65- and 75-inch TVs (plus an 85-inch prototype that the company wouldn't commit to) with up to 480 local dimming zones, while the P-Series Quantum X feature the highest brightness rating of the group with "UltraBright 2900" that Vizio claims elevates Dolby Vision to a new level, plus a slick bezel-less design.

Vizio's 2022 TV lineup includes a 40-inch TV with VRR for less than $250


If you've bought a new console or PC graphics card and need a display upgrade, then keep your eye on Vizio's 2022 TV lineup. While features like automatic game mode switching are fairly common in new TVs, variable refresh rate (VRR) was limited to mostly high-end sets last year. Now, Vizio's 1080p D40f-J TV is going on sale at Walmart for $228, and it can handle VRR at up to 60 FPS so that games like Cyberpunk 2077 still look smooth even when your console starts to chug. Some V- and D-series TVs include support for AMD FreeSync technology that enables the feature with compatible graphics cards, while all of Vizio's latest M- and P-series do. At the high end, its P-Series Quantum TVs have support for AMD FreeSync Premium with higher framerates, as well as 120Hz 4K video.

See-through frog has heart you can see beating through its chest

New Scientist

A newly discovered glass frog species whose beating heart is visible through its chest is already feared to be in danger, because its habitat is threatened by oil exploitation. The frog (Hyalinobatrachium yaku), identified through a combination of fieldwork in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador and DNA sequencing in the lab, displays unique physical and behavioural traits. The dark green spots on its back and its call and reproductive behaviour mark it out as different from already known frogs. "Males guard the eggs, which are attached below a tree's leaves, until they hatch and fall on the below water stream," says Juan Guayasamin, of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in Ecuador. "I work with frogs every day and this is one of the most beautiful species I have ever seen."

Colombia arrests suspected kidnapper of Ecuadoran press team later found slain

The Japan Times

BOGOTA – Colombian authorities announced on Wednesday the arrest of the suspected kidnapper of an Ecuadoran press team later murdered by dissident FARC rebels. Gustavo Angulo, who goes by the name Cherry, was arrested on Tuesday following an operation in La Guayacana, on the border with Ecuador, defense minister Luis Carlos Villegas said in a press conference. Reporter Javier Ortega, 32, photographer Paul Rivas, 45, and their driver Efrain Segarra 60, who worked for Ecuador's influential El Comercio newspaper, were abducted on March 26 while covering a story on violence along the border. Their bodies were found on June 22. The kidnapping prompted Colombia and Ecuador to sends troops to the border area to track down the perpetrators, but the following month a couple were taken from the same area before their bodies were found two weeks ago.

Robert Guerrero drops split decision to David Peralta

Los Angeles Times

Robert Guerrero admits the end of his career is nearing, and in losing a split decision to Argentinian David Peralta on Saturday, the finish line has moved closer. Relying on the advantages of an extra four inches of height, Peralta (26-2-1) rallied to win narrowly by scores of 115-113, 113-115 and 116-112 at Honda Center. "I'm a taxi driver, and I drove to victory," Peralta said. "I told myself this was the last fight of my life. His promoter said Peralta will resume fighting after this triumph.