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David Vaughn Posted: Dec 02, 2016 0 comments
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By the mid-1960s, it was estimated that 90 percent of the humpback whales were gone from the Earth when a moratorium was put in place throughout most of the world. Fortunately, the population started to grow again, and there’s now an estimated 80,000 throughout the world. I’m old enough to remember the “Save the Whales” campaign in the mid-1970s as well as George and Gracie from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1986 where it took the songs of the humpbacks to save Earth from sure destruction by an alien vessel.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Dec 02, 2016 0 comments
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So I guess revisiting in live action the catalog of Disney animated classics is officially a thing now. And that’s fine, if they can all manage to be as good as director Jon Favreau’s astutely conceived, beautifully realized take on The Jungle Book. The story here is different enough from the popular 1967 version to make the tale of man-cub Mowgli (endearing newcomer Neel Sethi) fresh and worth watching all over again. He’s been raised by wolves and lives happily among the animals until a ferocious tiger sets his sights on the boy, sending brave Mowgli on a dangerous journey back to the world of man. Yes, there are a couple of familiar songs along the way, but plenty of surprises as well, in addition to some rough beast-on-beast combat that might frighten the little ones.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 02, 2016 2 comments
New gear from the land of AV, including a minimalist AV cabinet, 4K TV done right, and a classy turntable from...Klipsch.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 02, 2016 0 comments
Last month YouTube announced that it had added support for high dynamic range (HDR) video and this week the online video community announced that it is rolling out of 4K live streaming for 360-degree and standard videos.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 02, 2016 0 comments
Holiday shoppers are showing record interest in virtual reality (VR) headsets, smart home devices, and drones, according to the Consumer Technology Association’s recently released study of holiday purchase patterns.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 02, 2016 1 comments
If you have a limited amount of money to spend on audio gear, should you spend it on hi-fi or head-fi? In recent years head-fi has been gaining ground as sales of traditional audio components flatlined and sales of headphones and associate gear skyrocketed. Companies with long track records in hi-fi (and mass market audio) have conjured new headphone lines out of thin air. Companies with long track records in head-fi are making hay.

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SV Staff Posted: Dec 02, 2016 0 comments
DTS has brought cardistry—the magic of manipulating playing cards with sleight of hand—to life with a riveting soundtrack in “Avant Card: The Art and Sound of Cardistry.”
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Dec 02, 2016 1 comments
It’s a little weird reviewing a Civ game, since pretty much everyone who would like it already knows about it, and has probably already bought it.

So this is a review for the rest of us. People who aren’t familiar with the Civ series, and perhaps think it’s not something they’d enjoy.

I say “we” because I’m not a big turn-based strategy fan. But I am a fan of a fun and addictive game, and this is definitely that.

Al Griffin Posted: Dec 01, 2016 0 comments

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PRICE $219 as reviewed

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Highly affordable
Good uniformity
Quality construction
Minus
Time-consuming to assemble

THE VERDICT
The VApex PRO is a great option for anyone looking to put together a home theater on a budget without cutting corners.

Recent advances in projection screen technology have created a shift in home A/V from cave-like theaters that block out every last drop of light to open spaces that integrate with the rest of the living environment. For screen manufacturers, a main mission over the past few years has been to design models capable of withstanding some degree of ambient light while delivering good image quality over a wide viewing angle. Known as ambient-light-rejecting (ALR) screens, these do exactly what their name suggests: cancel out the impact of lamps, overhead lighting, and undraped windows so that the light you see reflected off the screen is primarily what’s beamed at it by the projector.

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SV Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2016 0 comments
You have to go back 117 years to find the origins of the jukebox. But that early machine (left) is nothing at all like the iconic Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox from 1946 (right) or the ’60’s-era Zodiak (middle).” The primitive contraption wasn’t even called a jukebox…

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