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SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
Everyone's doing it. Frequent flyer programs for airlines, frequent shopper loyalty cards for the drugstore, grocery store - even the Flying J Truck Stop I went to today (don't ask) asked me if I was enrolled in their rewards program. Sony...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
Apple TV's latest update, version 2.2, has gone HD. In addition to security updates (always a good thing) and Genius features, Apple TV has HDTV options. Looks to me to be the same things offered through the iTunes Store, and this gives you two...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
Nothing like buying a shiny new Blu-ray Disc movie, and discovering that its BD-Live or BD-Java feature doesn't work properly, or takes forever to load. Kinda sucks, doesn't it? Technicolor, a division of Thomson, has opened a facility to test...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
The latest new trend is hitting Sony's 4K projectors, proving that everything old is new again. 3D, once reserved for the truly campy sci-fi thrillers, is going to be available as an adapter for the SRX-R220 4K projector, maintaining the full...
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments

A few months ago, a product manager and engineer from LG visited Grayscale Studio to demonstrate the company's new LG60 line of LCD TVs. They were most proud of the effort they had put into the grayscale controls, which let a trained technician calibrate this critical aspect of a TV's performance.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
The One to Beat?

While LCD displays may dominate that video wall at your local Best Circuit Shack these days, don’t dismiss the benefits of plasmas. No company has put more R&D into plasma development than Panasonic, and it’s paid off. People may disagree about who makes the best plasma sets, but no one will dispute that Panasonic is in the thick of the action. When it comes to the breadth of its product range, Panasonic is the champ.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
Separates Are What Keep Us Apart

Back in the days when CRT front projectors roamed the earth, any serious home theater required a separate surround processor and amplifier. In fact, it wasn’t uncommon to find a Tri-Amplisauri from Parasound, Proceed, and others covering those three all-important front channels. Of course, technology has advanced significantly in the past decade. These days, unless you have some very special needs, you can’t go wrong with today’s powerful and reasonably priced one-piece receivers. Many have more amplified channels than Hillary Clinton has pant suits. Rotel makes a number of A/V receivers. I even reviewed one for UltimateAVmag.com a few years ago. But the separates I reviewed here are not simply a case of cutting the baby in half. This here is a new species.

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/babymama.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Kate (Tina Fey) is a single and successful 37-year-old businesswoman whose biological clock is ticking. After numerous attempts at in vitro fertilization, the doctor finally tells her she has a one-in-a-million chance of getting pregnant. Determined to have a baby to call her own, she decides to enlist the help of a surrogate mother and hires Angie (Amy Poehler), a blue-collar girl from South Philly, who gives Kate much more than she bargained for.

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/vegas.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>New Yorkers Jack (Ashton Kutcher) and Joy (Cameron Diaz) independently decide to head to Vegas for a weekend to drown their sorrows for different reasons&#151; he was fired from his job, and she was recently dumped by her fianc. After a wild night of partying, the two strangers wake up and discover that, in their drunken bliss, they got married. Neither of them is too happy about their impaired decision, and they agree on an annulment&#151; that is, until Jack wins a $3 million dollar jackpot with Joy's quarter, prompting an all-out war for the money.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
A judge has issued a restraining order halting the sales of RealDVD, the DVD-copying application from RealNetworks. Well, that was quick.

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