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Leslie Shapiro Posted: Feb 15, 2016 2 comments
They say that size matters. With audio products, it is often the case: bigger speakers, bigger amplifiers, and bigger batteries can often translate into better sound and added convenience. The Nyne Rock boombox is one of the biggest and most powerful portable Bluetooth speakers we’ve seen in a long time. Let’s see if bigger truly is better.

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SV Staff Posted: Feb 15, 2016 6 comments
It’s been less than eight months since the Apple Music streaming came online—and less than six months since it moved out of its beta phase—and the service has already signed up more than 11 million subscribers.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 15, 2016 5 comments
West Bluff residents signing up for free gigabit Internet in Kansas City last week.

Residents of the West Bluff public housing in Kansas City, Missouri will be the first to receive free gigabit Internet service under a partnership between Google Fiber and ConnectHome, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the White House to accelerate Internet adoption by families with school-age children in public housing.

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Brandon A. DuHamel Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
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The post-apocalyptic dystopian film is a staple of science-fiction filmmaking, but most of the films inhabit a similar space. Director Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah is one of the rare ones that change the formula. Z for Zachariah, based upon Robert C. O’Brien’s novel, still relies on some unknown radioactive, presumably nuclear event as the catalyst that brings down society, but the story is not focused on this. Instead, it is a character study about three people in one idyllic valley in the Southeastern United States spared by the disaster.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
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Author Walter Farley’s sweet, timeless tale of a young boy and his special bond with a spirited horse was brought to cinematic life with irresistible visual and sonic beauty, more appreciable than ever on Criterion’s fantastic new Blu-ray. Our boy, Alec (Kelly Reno, what a find), is washed ashore on a remote island after a shipwreck, and the only other survivor is a magnificent Arabian stallion. Their time alone together is a prolonged marvel of wordless storytelling, while the post-rescue second half is quite a different animal, as a grizzled old trainer (a wonderfully cast Mickey Rooney) agrees to prepare the horse to race. It’s a thrilling adventure for kids, but without the sap that might otherwise send the adults fleeing.
Chris Chiarella Posted: Feb 12, 2016 1 comments
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The still-thrilling Terminator franchise has certainly experienced its share of highs and lows over the last 30-odd years. And so creator James Cameron’s ringing endorsement for the latest installment, Terminator Genisys—in which he had no direct involvement—carried a lot of weight with fans. While giving major respect to the classic canon, this fifth movie is superbly smart, inventive, and even quite funny at times.
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Feb 12, 2016 4 comments
Last year I got all excited about the Syfy channel turning one of my favorite book series into a TV show. I got even more excited when it became clear how much money they were throwing at it. The trailer, too, looked amazing.

So now we’ve had all 10 episodes of the first season of The Expanse. The fact that it got a second season before the first one even aired notwithstanding… how is it?

(Don’t worry, no spoilers)

SV Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
LH Labs—short for Light Harmonic—which designed premium sound options for the Tesla S, will start taking preorders for two versions of its Inspire 5 soundbar system on Monday, February 15.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
Vinyl, an HBO original TV series that delves into the underbelly of New York City’s music business in the 1970, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2016 0 comments
Best Buy Is Flaunting UHDTVs at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, following a similar effort last year at New York’s JFK. That may not fit in your carry-on...

A PlayStation Hack allows hundreds of games for the portable PlayStation Vita to work on the PlayStation TV console. That includes such gaming staples as Mortal Kombat and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified...

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