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SV Staff Posted: Apr 03, 2017 0 comments
Addressing consumer concerns over smart home security and privacy, the Z-Wave Alliance has announced that it will require strict and uniform adoption of a new, advanced security protocol for all smart home devices submitted for certification.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Apr 01, 2017 0 comments
As night settled in with hours left to drive, I pulled off the highway in Barstow to tap the Wi-Fi at Starbucks and download the Audible version of Fear and Loathing to my iPhone. That’s when I saw him, working behind the counter, his wild gray hair dancing in the overhead lights...
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Mar 31, 2017 0 comments
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Rachel (Emily Blunt) is a lost soul who eases the lingering pain of her divorce with ample doses of alcohol, particularly on her daily rail trips to and from Manhattan. Her only diversion is an elaborate fantasy about someone she sees from her moving window, Megan (Haley Bennett), and projecting all of her longing onto this stranger. And then one day Rachel spies Megan doing something she ought not to, threatening the idyllic life the voyeur has imagined for her. She even goes so far as to attempt a confrontation with Megan, but it quickly becomes a boozy blur of violence.
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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Mar 31, 2017 0 comments
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Henry is part of a radical military experiment that merges cybernetic machinery with biological tissue to create the ultimate super soldier. When Henry wakes up in a high-tech laboratory missing two of his limbs, he is unable to speak. He also has no memory of who he was beforehand. A fetching lab technician attaches his new cybernetic limbs, and very shortly thereafter, the door to the lab explodes open and all hell breaks loose… and pretty much stays on the loose for the next 90 minutes.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2017 1 comments
Thank you March for bringing us spring…and 10 stellar Top Pick recommendations. Among our picks for the month: headphones ranging in price from $200 to $2,300, a pair of Class D amplifiers that will make even the most devout audiophile smile, and possibly the most sophisticated speaker system on the planet.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2017 0 comments
You can add Logitech Harmony hub-based controllers to the rapidly growing list of electronics gear that incorporates voice control.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2017 0 comments
The burned speaker as seen in a video taken by its owner.

First it was Samsung’s self-igniting Galaxy Note 7 phones. Then it was an exploding headphone. Yesterday in New Jersey a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker began smoking before bursting into flames.

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 30, 2017 0 comments

2D Performance
3D Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $2,000

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Excellent color and detail
Bright, punchy picture
That price!
Minus
Middling blacks and shadow detail

THE VERDICT
With all of today’s hullabaloo about 4K and HDR, it’s easy to forget that there’s something special about a theater-like image on a big projection screen—even if it’s plain vanilla, standard dynamic range, and 1080p. One look at the Sony VPL-HW45ES will remind you of that fact.

I've been projector-less for a good two years. It began with a 2015 move across the country from California to Florida. Then came a steady stream of flat-screen TVs as that technology progressed from the 2K era to the age of Ultra HD with 4K resolution, advanced color, and high dynamic range (HDR). Still, it’s not like I’ve been exiled to the proverbial desert island. Those top-of-the-line TVs have been a treat, and there’ll be more to come. I’ve missed having a big screen, however, with the sense of image immersion that only a frontprojection setup can provide.

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2017 0 comments
Twenty years ago this month, the first DVD players were introduced in the U.S. after numerous false starts and delays over copyright concerns raised by Hollywood movie studios. DVD offered better picture quality than VHS tape plus the convenience of a CD-like disc that wasn’t prone to wear.
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Al Griffin Posted: Mar 30, 2017 10 comments
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Q My Sony Blu-ray player can play DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks with up to 192-kilohertz/24-bit resolution. However, my receiver’s specified bandwidth is 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and my Polk 330T speakers only cover a frequency range of 33 Hz to 25 kHz. Am I losing sound quality because the receiver and the speakers aren’t spec’d to handle frequencies up to 192 kHz? — Javier Feliciano / via email

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