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TCL’s affordable, impressive 6-Series 4K HDR Roku TVs will be available by May 1st

TCL’s 6-Series 4K HDR Roku TVs, the follow-up to last year’s excellent P-Series, will be available by May 1st. The company announced a release timeframe today, but stopped short of confirming pricing; TCL has said that the 55-inch model 6-Series will retain the price point of the P-Series (£650), but the cost of the larger 65-inch set isn’t yet known.

The 6-Series improves on the P-Series in a number of ways. Picture-wise, it increases the number of full-array local dimming zones to 120 in the 65-inch model and 96 in the 55. (The P-Series had 72.) That gives the TV much greater and more precise control over backlighting, so it can produce deeper blacks on one part of the screen even when something bright is elsewhere in the image.

TCL also says the P-Series reaches a higher peak brightness than the P-Series. It continues to support HDR content in both Dolby Vision and HDR10.

The exterior design has also been upgraded with a new brushed aluminum finish. The P-Series was the best TV you could buy for under £1,000 in 2017, but this time around TCL is trying to make the 6-Series look and feel like something that should cost more.

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And the 6-Series continues to run Roku’s TV software, which gives users a simple interface, easy access to streaming apps, and built-in support for OTA programming when you plug in an antenna.

Roku’s new Entertainment Assistant voice control will debut in soundbars and other speaker products over the coming months, as well.

T-Mobile’s parent company lets customers opt-out of bloatware

T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom has announced it will give customers the option to choose which apps they want to install on new Android devices. The feature, spotted by Android Central, is designed to combat unwanted preinstalled apps or “bloatware,” a source of frustration for many users. Deutsche Telecom also notes that manufacturers will now provide direct firmware updates, which the company says will make them more timely.

Bloatware is a problem for many devices on many platforms.

Manufacturers and carriers pre-install apps on phones which they envision to be useful, but in reality they’re often unnecessary and take up precious space. The worst part of bloatware is that users aren’t able to easily delete the superfluous apps. With this new feature, customers will “no longer receive preinstalled apps and presets on your Android,” Deutsche Telekom said in a German-language blog post.

If you’re with Deutsche Telekom, switch on your new phone and go through the normal setup process.

Depending on which smartphone you have, there will be a screen that shows the recommended apps during setup or afterwards.

The new customization option means users can easily choose the apps they want to install and leave unwanted ones off their device completely.

Hopefully T-Mobile USA follows suit with an Un-bloatware program of its own, though there’s no indication as to when that might happen.

Tinder’s parent company is suing Bumble for patent infringement

Match Group, the company that holds a large portfolio of dating services, such as Tinder,, OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, to name a few, and was in talks last year to purchase dating and professional networking service Bumble. According to Recode, Match is still looking to acquire the service, but it’s going about it in an unconventional way: by suing it for patent infringement.

On Friday, Match filed a lawsuit that accuses Bumble of infringing on a pair of patents held by Tinder: one called “Matching Process System and Method,” in which users swipe cards and mutually select one another, as well as “Display Screen or Portion Thereof With a Graphical User Interface of a Mobile Device,” which it describes as an “ornamental aspect” of Tinder’s App.

The lawsuit also points to similarities between each companies’ apps, and Bumble’s descriptions of “swiping” run afoul of Tinder’s registered trademarks.

In a statement to Recode, a Match spokesperson said that the company has “invested significant resources and creative expertise in the development” in its products, and was working to enforce its property rights.

Last November, TechCrunch reported that Bumble had turned down the £450 million offer, but that talks were still ongoing, which could leverage for Match to encourage Bumble to join its portfolio: accept the buyout, and the lawsuit goes away.

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