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SV Staff Posted: Nov 19, 2015 0 comments
Peel, maker of the Peel Smart Remote app that turns an iOS or Android smartphone into a universal remote control, has announced a revamped version of its Android app that provides access to Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube and allows users to switch back and forth between traditional linear TV and streaming services.
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Al Griffin Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3 comments
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Q I’m using an older A/V receiver in my home theater to connect the optical digital audio outputs from a Fios TV box, OPPO Blu-ray player, and Gen-2 Apple TV. I want to upgrade to the new Apple TV, but it only has an HDMI output and no optical digital audio connection. Here’s my question: Are there any optical-to-HDMI audio converters that will let me keep using the same receiver in my setup? —Lavern Lee

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 18, 2015 2 comments
The fourth generation Apple TV finally brings true apps to your TV but doesn't offer 4K. Still, new features may make it your top choice among the new media streamers.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Nov 18, 2015 1 comments
Build Quality
PRICE $999

True bass from truly tiny sub
Highly flexible setup, including wireless option
Beautifully made and finished
Finite upper-volume limits
Display too small to discern easily

If you demand real bass from a really small subwoofer (and you have $1,000 to pay for it), Artison’s got your micro-sub.

Ever since the first hominid bashed another hominid over the head (with the femur of a third hominid), humankind has pursued one arms race or another. From the atlatl to the AR-15, man’s competitive genius always finds a way to up the ante. One rather more constructive expression of this innate drive can be seen in the long-standing contest to extract more and more bass out of smaller and smaller boxes.

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John Sciacca Posted: Nov 18, 2015 2 comments
When you consider that subwoofers cover a scant 0.3 percent of the audible spectrum—from 20 to 80 Hz—it might be easy to discount just how important bass is to solid audio playback. I mean, who would complain about having a solid 99.7 percent, right? But when you take those crucial two octaves away, everything else sounds thin and diminished, showing just how important a solid low-end foundation is for your audio playback system.

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SV Staff Posted: Nov 18, 2015 2 comments
New 4K/Ultra HD televisions use an average of 30 percent more energy than their high-def predecessors, which could add $1 billion to U.S. viewers' annual utility bills if energy-saving improvements are not expanded to all models, according to a report issued yesterday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the New York-based environmental action group.
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 18, 2015 0 comments
Everyone knows Netflix is the No. 1 in video streaming but what other services would make a top 10 list based subscriber numbers?
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Nov 17, 2015 4 comments
Remember when flat-screen TVs first appeared? Whoa! That was the coolest thing ever! They were so flat! And so big! We couldn't get rid of our CRT TVs fast enough. We all bought them. Then when the prices dropped, we upgraded to bigger and better ones. Now we all have really nice TVs. So, are you planning to buy yet another new TV this holiday season?
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 17, 2015 7 comments
Not to bash Gen Y but a recent online quiz measuring how responsible (or not) people are when it comes to their tech devices found Millennials to be “America’s most irresponsible people,” according to insurance provider Protect Your Bubble, organizer of the survey.
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 17, 2015 0 comments
Pandora has announced an agreement to acquire “several key assets” from the Internet radio/on-demand streaming platform Rdio, which is filing for bankruptcy.


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