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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 22, 2015 0 comments
As you may have noticed, things are becoming more complex. Blame Moore’s Law, or whatever. But things are complicated. To help us manage that complexity, companies are devising even more complicated things that give us, the human users, the illusion of simplicity. However, a recent Google patent application, aimed at simplifying the operation of things like home entertainment systems, is just downright creepy.

SV Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2015 0 comments
Marantz has announced plans to ship an updated version of last year’s AV7702 preamp/processor in October.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Sep 21, 2015 3 comments
For most of the country, summer coming to a close signals that it’s time to put away your outdoor gear and head to the gym. In Florida, it signals the best weather to get outside and play. The temps are cooling off, humidity is dropping, and it’s the best time of year for cycling. When two Bluetooth speakers that are water-resistant and shaped to fit in a bicycle waterbottle cage showed up at my house, I decided a speaker shootout was called for. The JBL Charge 2+ and the Scosche boomBottle+ are both next generation products. Let’s see which one is going to become a permanent feature on my bike ride.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 21, 2015 0 comments
2015 CEDIA Expo opens on October 15 and the invites and we’re getting a steady flow of invites and news teasers. Two recent ones caught my attention…
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 21, 2015 2 comments
Forgetting for a moment about security risks associated with the rise of the Internet of Things—a world in which every imaginable device, from your TV and wireless music system to your refrigerator and sprinkler system, is online gathering and exchanging data—Forbes raises a thought-provoking question:
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 20, 2015 14 comments
Everyone likes to be a purist and say the original is better… but sometimes that’s just not the case.

Here are 6 of those sometimes.

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Sep 18, 2015 1 comments
As popular as 007’s grittier, more credible exploits have been of late, fans raised on the character’s more extreme tendencies have wondered what those movies might be like if he had continued his cheeky, over-the-top evolution. And for them, there’s Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. Here a small but well-funded super-secret organization, independent of government, is populated by consummate gentleman (and lady) spies, quietly risking their lives to save others and maintain peace. Headquartered in a posh Savile Row tailor shop, they have access to impossible high-tech gadgets, bold training, and virtually unlimited resources.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2015 0 comments
The LG Smart Security hub was developed with ADT. It includes a 1080p night-vision camera, motion detection, sensors for light, temperature, humidity, and air pressure, and compatibility with Z-Wave and ZigBee home automation standards...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2015 0 comments
Still listen to the radio? Ever wonder what your favorite deejay or newscaster looks like? You no doubt have an image of him (or her) in your mind, however, fictitious it might be. The guessing game is over if you’re a fan of CBS Radio News: the 24/7 cable TV-like news service is now streaming live at, writes S&V contributor Michael Antonoff in a recent article for USA Today.
SV Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2015 0 comments
Logitech has introduced the Harmony Elite, the first remote control in the popular Harmony line designed ground up as a whole-home controller with dedicated buttons for instant access to lighting and temperature controls and a touchscreen interface that communicates the status of all home devices at a glance.


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