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SV Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2009 0 comments
Who doesn't love Legos. Kids and grownups alike. So, we have to wonder, who is the target market for the new line of gadgets from toy-maker Lego.Lego has joined up with Digital Blue to produce a line of products supposedly aimed for children,...
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2010 0 comments
LEGO's no stranger to marketing, but this one managed to surprise me. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is coming to LEGO later this year. Based on the upcoming movie (which is based on the 2003 video game), the LEGO series will include various...
SV Staff Posted: Dec 19, 2016 0 comments
Looking ahead to warmer days, a startup called Lemon will preview a compact Bluetooth speaker at CES that is not only solar-powered but resistant to water, shock, and temperature extremes.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments
Would a tablet computer benefit from height-enhanced Dolby Atmos surround sound? Lenovo customers are about to find out with a new series of Yoga Tab 3 models. Technically, what they offer is “virtual Atmos.” The top model, a 10.1-inch Android 5.0 tablet ($499), also boasts a 70-inch video projector that rotates 180 degrees. It delivers “virtual Atmos” through four built-in JBL speakers as well as through headphones. Two other Yoga Tab 3s, with 10-inch ($199) and 8-inch ($169) screens, deliver Atmos through headphones only.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2017 0 comments
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Leon Speakers is now shipping its revamped UX line of speakers, designed to complement the thinnest of today’s TVs.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2008 0 comments
As we reported earlier, Wilmington, North Carolina was the first city to test the switch to digital as their analog signal went black. While for the most part, it was a success, there were some interesting lessons to learn. When the switch was...
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Michael Berk Posted: Apr 21, 2011 0 comments

Having captured the headphone market with the his ubiquitous red-cabled cans, Dr. Dre announced yesterday at the New York International Auto Show that he'd extended his Beats by Dr.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 17, 2002 1 comments

One of the primary obstacles to getting high-bandwidth video such as HDTV to the home via cable is the limited signal-carrying capacity of what is termed "the last mile." Currently, cable modem users share a data pipe with TV channels that can carry about 30 megabits-per-second (mbps) into their homes.

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments
The common incandescent light bulb is a more efficient heater than it is a light source. They convert 90% of electricity into heat, and only 10% into light. Sorry Mr. Edison, but that sucks. LED lights are much more efficient - ranging from 47% to...
Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 13, 2015 0 comments
When Larry Hornbeck stepped up to the podium to accept an Oscar for inventing the digital micromirror device—the core technology behind DLP video projection—he held up a postage-stamp-sized DMD chip and said: “It’s hard to believe that there are more than 8 million digital micromirrors on this device. Who would ever have believed that [this invention] would change the way the world views cinema.” A couple decades later I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of 8 million microsopic mirrors tilting at precise angles and reflecting light to create stunning images at home and in movie theaters. So I reached out to Dr. Hornbeck, holder of 38 U.S. patents and winner of numerous awards and honors, to learn more about his crazy invention.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 13, 2007 0 comments
Here's the deal. The music industry wants to sell you a CD single with three songs and a ringtone. Are you ready to "ringle"? Yes, that is indeed the name.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2008 0 comments
Any self-respecting gear-hound has tried his hand at haggling at least once, but, depending on the merchant, the product (sheep, for instance - see photo), the state of the economy or the persistence of the haggler, it may not have worked. Give it...
SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 3 comments
Whether it dates back to classic TV shows like My Favorite Martian who knows but levitating speakers are apparently a thing. We recommended the Om/One novelty speaker in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and now Taiwan-based ASWY has announced that it will unveil a prototype wireless home theater system with levitating speakers at IFA 2016 in Berlin, which opens September 4.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 22, 2008 0 comments
Yet another esteemed audio brand has found its way into the automotive market. In a press event staged Tuesday at Harman International headquarters in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, pro/consumer audio company Lexicon teamed up with its...
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HT Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2001 0 comments
How much power do you need? Many movie lovers believe that 200 watts per channel gives you all the dynamic headroom you need for the most demanding soundtracks.