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OLED Displays: Future Threat to LCD Televisions?

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Sony was the first Television Manufacturer to enter the market for organic light emitting diode, or OLED, television with the release of a 11 inch screen TV model XEL-1 in 2007. This TV still comes with a $2500 price tag, currently the same price level as TVs with screens 50 inches and above. That model screen was only 3 millimeters thick. Sony has recently pushed out the launch it its successor, a 27 inch OLED TV, until 2010 due to the cost of manufacturing. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, Sony has lost money in the LCD TV division since 2004.

Sony tends to push the technological edge, but struggles to turn a profit. Sony TV division lost $1.3 billion in its most recent fiscal year.  Sony was also late to the market with LCD Televisions, and is lagging in market share. Display Search has reported that Sony lost market leadership in televisions to Samsung and LG in terms of revenue. OLED competitors could be LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, who could assume leadership in the promising technology, touted as the future replacement of liquid-crystal displays (LCD). LG Electronics announced that it will launch a 15-inch OLED TV in Korea and other oversea markets. OLED displays are already designed into mobile phones and smaller MP3 players. OLED displays are thinner and consume less power. They also display color better and respond better to moving images than LCDs. OLED displays do not need a backlight behind the screen, allowing it to be flexible and bendable. Research firm DisplaySearch expects the market for OLED TV to reach 2.33 million units in 2013 compared with estimated 320,000 units in 2011, according to data provided by LG. However, LCD display prices are falling dramatically even while LCD quality improves and is considered the biggest threat to OLED’s future. OLED technology background and features is also covered in the LCD TV Buyers Guide.

Sources: Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Display Search

Skin Care Products 101: Why Sunscreen Should Be Your Best Friend

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Make SPF part of a daily routine. Rain or shine, experts claim it is important to use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and broad-spectrum coverage (protection from both UVA and UVB rays). Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen daily, even for persons who spend most of the day indoors.  Even though sunscreen applications are considered when you go to the beach or pool, the fact is that sun damage can occur anytime you go out of the house, whether it be sweltering outside or cold and cloudy. According to a 2008 published study in the Archives of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society (ACS) reported that daily sunscreen application reduced the formation of actinic keratoses, a potential precursor to skin cancer.


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There is a correct way to apply skin care products.  A recent article quoted Martin Weinstock, M.D., a professor of dermatology at Brown University, “You have to put it on before you go out, you have to put on enough of it, you have to reapply sun screen while you’re out, and you have to be sure not to wipe it off.”

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There are a variety of chemical sunscreens as well as physical sunscreens available when you look to buy cosmetics online. Chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin for protection. Physical sunscreens sit on top of the skin for protection. Some examples of UVB chemical sunscreens are Homosalate, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone, and Octyl salicylate. In order to be considered full-spectrum, UVA blockers are added such as Oxybenzone and Avobenzone (Parsol 1789). Physical sunscreens contain Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide, which reflect UVA and UVB rays. Physical sunscreens and sunblocks are ideal for those with sensitive or reactive skin. If your trouble with sunscreens is the thick, goopy mess they can sometimes create, you’re in luck. Sunscreens are now available in a variety of textures and consistencies. You can use a light mist, a translucent or bronzing powder, a light lotion, or a more traditional, moisturizing cream.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has highlighted several facial skin care. A key issue is that melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths. It’s also the most common form of skin cancer for young adults age 25-29. The best way to prevent melanoma is with diligent, daily application of sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater. In the case of moles and birth marks, learn the “ABCDEs” of monitoring them, and examine skin regularly for irregularities. Risk of melanoma increases with new or atypical moles, a family history of melanoma or a history of any type of skin cancer. Experts suggest seeing a dermatologist for a thorough skin exam on a regular basis. Everyone, however, benefits from an annual cancer screening.

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Perfect Pair: Makeup Tips When Selecting Bronzer and Blush

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The goal is make sure that the bronzer and blush in your cosmetic stash make a great team when used together. Bronzer is used to warm up the complexion. Bronzer does not take the place of blush, which is adds color to the cheeks. The concern some shoppers have when they buy makeup online is that bronzer will make you look artificial, or the blush leaves you looking like a clown from the Ringling circus, you have not found the right shades of blush and bronzer face makeup for your complexion. Here are three simple blush and Clinique Bronzer pairings to work with either light, medium to dark complexions.

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1. Blushing Orchid Blush + Clinique Sunkissed Bronzer. The pink blush and light gold toned bronzer is designed for women who have fair skin, including freckled skin.

2. Jane Blushing Petal blush + Clinique Sunblushed Bronzer. The blush is more of a rose color and combined with the terra-cotta bronzer work well for the woman with dark honey or light brown hair and skin that easily tans.

3. Jane Blushing Plum blush + Clinique Sunswept bronzer. The blush color is a darker shade of pink red similar to the color of watermelon, and combined with the deep bronzer flatter women with dark hair and eyes, and are especially great for olive skin tones that need a brighter spot of color to accentuate the brown colored features.

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Consumer Electronics: The New Place to go for a Deal is Online

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According to a recent WSJ article, the liquidation of Circuit City did not make for a market share gain for Best Buy. Circuit City has a 8% market share for US Electronics and appliances. However, recent surveys say that overall physical store outlets, including Best Buy had a 11.2% decline since February 2009. As a person with intimate knowledge of the online retail business, it is no surprise that the winner is Amazon.com. Amazon noted a 38% increase in sales overall and their prices are very competitive. In my opinion, online retailers are the best place to make a purchase since price competition makes for single digit margins. Some online retailers may even be selling at a loss because the accounting team is unaware of the sales and discounts being offered from the marketing department. As mentioned in a previous LCD TV research post, Wal-Mart reported market share gains as it makes a big push into the consumer electronics market.

The latest LCD TV Trends: Wal-Mart makes the move in 2009

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Just a few years ago, consumers interested in purchasing an HDTV were looking at pricetags that came close to $10,000? As prices for LCD and plasma HDTVs fall due to production capacity expanding for higher glass, flat panel TVs sales continue to climb. You can stand outside many big-box retailers and you’ll see waves of customers rolling TVs to their cars.

If you do searches on facebook or twitter (the new places to do marketing research), you can see that consumers are trying to figure out the LCDTV market when looking to buy a flat panel TV today. Users need to determine what resolution they need, how well the television produces a wide contrast ratio compared to the room lighting, and whether the sound system is adequate, whether you can connect the LCDTV to the internet. There are even new features coming out and heavily marketed, such as LED backlighting, Consumers need to how to separate important features from marketing gimmicks. A LCD HDTV Buying guide that explains some of the features has been recently updated to cover new information about Local dimming.

The LA Times recently reported that LCD TV sales are strong. Despite the weak economy, sales reports indicate that U.S. families continue to upgrade their televisions and are keeping sales of flat-panel HDTVs strong. Trend observers (such as me) is based on several factors: The continued price drops in large sized HDTVs along with competitive price cutting by retailers who want to make room for new models, and the recent switch to all-digital TV signals. The long term trend seems true, consumers are creating a home theater experience that effectively competes with the local movie theater. Movie ticket sales are slower than anticipated as a whole this summer. Evidence that more people are staying at home these days for entertainment.

Discount giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has gained market share as consumers have flocked to lower-priced stores for TVs. In the first three months of the year, ISuppli said, 22.3% of U.S. flat-panel purchases were made at Wal-Mart, up from 13.8% in the first quarter of 2008. An example of these amazing LCD TV deals is the SANYO 26 LCD HDTV w Built-in Digital Tuner, DP26649. You can use this link or the banner below to find those “Walmart low prices” people keep talking about in the press.

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