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SV Staff Posted: Feb 17, 2016 4 comments
Television has been a fixture of the living room for well over half a century but a new report out of the UK is challenging the notion that TV is still the focal point of activity there.
Tut
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 16, 2016 1 comments
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Egyptian history is astonishingly long by modern standards. The pharaoh Tutankhamun lived roughly 13 centuries after the pyramids were built, and another 13 centuries would pass before Cleopatra friended an asp.

The plot of this two-disc, 4.5-hour miniseries is centered on the limited facts we know about Tut. He was the son of Akhenaten, whose worship of the sun god Aton and rejection of Egypt’s traditional deities nearly tore the country apart. Tut became pharaoh around age nine and eventually restored the old gods and stabilized the kingdom. But by the time of his death at a young 19, he had failed to produce an heir by his wife and half-sister Ankhesenamun.

Bob Ankosko Posted: Feb 16, 2016 1 comments
When JBL fired up the latest iteration of its state-of-the-art Synthesis system at 2015 CEDIA Expo, more than a few jaws dropped (ours included). The system mated a mind-blowing array of 32 speakers with a 17-foot-wide screen and a battery of amplifiers that delivered 10-plus kilowatts of power to the (eight) subwoofers alone. Talk about visceral.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 16, 2016 0 comments
Plug Sprint’s Ride-Fi dongle into your car’s 12-volt power socket (formerly known as the cigarette lighter) and you create a Wi-Fi hotspot that’ll connect up to eight devices at a time while you’re cruising down the highway.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Feb 16, 2016 61 comments
Which of the following statements is false? 1. The sun rises in the east. 2. The hands of a clock go clockwise. 3. New technology is always better than old technology. This last statement, of course, isn’t quite as gospel as the others. Sometimes old technology has advantages that cause it to linger longer than we’d expect, or in rare cases, even make a comeback.
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 6 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.

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