Apple prepping IGZO displays for next-gen iPad to cut power consumption, boost image quality

IGZO vs. amorphous silicon

If true, thats a major win for Sharp and for consumers, who would benefit from the longer battery life and better display quality that IGZO offers. The term IGZO is an acronym standing for indium gallium zinc oxide; it refers to the semiconducting material used to build the active layer of the LCD screen.Currently, Apple builds its high-resolution displays on amorphous silicon (a-Si), but the conventional LCD technology has scaling problems at the densities Apple uses. Wiring sizes are relatively large, which means Apple has to use more powerful backlights to achieve the same level of brightness. Amorphous silicon technology also tends to leak more current than IGZO, which means displays consume more power and must be refreshed more quickly. IGZOs power consumption compared to a conventional LCD when displaying the same content. IGZOs high electron mobility, reduced leakage, and smaller wiring has more trickle-down effect than Reaganomics. All these benefits translate into products that can use dramatically less power than their LCD equivalents under identical viewing conditions.
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Nirvana Prepping ‘In Utero’ 20th Anniversary Edition

Getty Images NBC is looking for a few good sketch and improv comedians. our editor recommends PHOTOS: Broadcast TV’s Returning Shows 2013-14 While it’s still early in the development process, the network is slated to begin a multicity search for both new and veteran writer-performers on the stand-up, improv and sketch comedy circuits with the hopes of creating one flagship series. The concept, sources say, would be to build a franchise similar to what Saturday Night Live has become for the network, helping to propel its cast to star in new programming for the network. The Lorne Michaels-produced late-night sketch series has been a fertile ground for developing stars for NBC, including Jimmy Fallon (Late Night), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) and Seth Meyers (who will replace Fallon at Late Night), among others. Wallach will oversee the project under his recently inked overall deal with Universal Television’s Alternative Studio. The untitled effort comes as NBC is looking to experiment with alternative forms of comedy outside of the sitcom.
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HBO Prepping Doc on Same-Sex Marriage Victory, ‘Modern-Day American Revolution’

The pay giant is currently producing a film chronicling the “historic” decision regarding the California law, a film that has been in the works for the past five years as the legal team behind the challenge prepared its case. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, called the decision “the story of a modern-day American revolution.” The untitled film is set for a 2014 release. Here’s part of HBO’s statement on the upcoming project: This documentary tells the story of the people behind the case and their journey to secure marriage equality in California, paving the way for marriage equality for all Americans…. Watching this case unfold has been a master class in the judicial system and in the ongoing movement towards realizing equality in this country, adds director Ryan White. We are excited to share that experience with the world.
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NBC Prepping New Sketch Comedy Series (Exclusive)


Now, the 20th anniversary of the bands third and final studio release, In Utero, is coming up, and it looks like the band will celebrate that milestone with some goodies, as well. Specifically, Nirvana are planning to release a 20th anniversary deluxe edition of In Utero this fall. The news came via a promotional TV spot for In Utero that first aired in 1993 and was posted on Nirvanas YouTube channel on Wednesday (July 10), announcing the release.The short video clip shows late frontman Kurt Cobain, drummer Dave Grohl and bass player Krist Novoselic playing the roles of expectant mothers getting tips on what to expect while delivering their babies via comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. According to an illustration in the video, the In Utero set should arrive in stores sometime this September.
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Will County prepping for possible employee strike

Dave Delrose, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees the countys biggest union with 1,260 members said the two sides are far apart on wages and insurance costs. AFSCME members have scheduled informational picketing outside the Will County Office Building on July 18 prior to the county board meeting. They also have voted to authorize the unions negotiation committee to call a strike vote if necessary. We dont want a strike, Tidwell said. Im sure they dont want a strike. Wed like to come to an agreement and we are making progress. Delrose said union workers havent had a raise in three years because of the recession.
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