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SV Staff Posted: Feb 17, 2017 4 comments
FM radio in my phone? Are you crazy? In one of those little-know (or at least little discussed) facts, today’s smartphones have an FM receiver built-in. The thing is, the receiver is not activated in most phones. As of last fall, FM was working in only 44 percent of the top-selling smartphones in the U.S.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 16, 2017 1 comments
MQA and Universal Music Group (UMG) today announced a multi-year agreement under which UMG will use MQA’s encoding technology to make its extensive catalog of master recordings available for high-resolution streaming.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 16, 2017 0 comments
Radio may be considered passé by some but it has been a staple in the lives of Americans for nearly 100 years and will be around for many years to come. Ninety-three years ago this month, on the night of February 8, 1924, AT&T made history when it conducted the first coast-to-coast radio broadcast from a banquet hall in Chicago’s Congress Hotel.

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SV Staff Posted: Feb 15, 2017 2 comments
The honeymoon is over. Best Buy is closing 200 of its Oculus Rift demo stations less than six months after announcing plans to feature the virtual reality headset in 500 stores in time for the 2016 holiday season.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2017 2 comments
Amid the usual flurry of TV-related news at last month's CES—including word that Sony is getting back into the OLED game—almost everyone missed a potentially big part of Sony’s TV announcement: That its 2017 Android-powered 4K TVs will be the first televisions to support Google Assistant, Google’s answer to Amazon’s Alexa.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2017 1 comments
Sony has announced that the high dynamic range (HDR)-enabled 4K/Ultra HD TVs it introduced at CES will be available in March at prices starting at $1,000 for a 43-inch model and scaling up to $7,500 for a 75-inch set.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2017 0 comments
HBO has announced that Season 3 of the comedy series Silicon Valley is coming to Blu-ray April 11.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2017 0 comments
Denon says the wearability, durability, and sound quality of its latest Bluetooth wireless sports earphones have been improved over previous models.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2017 2 comments
Vancouver, Canada-based Portmanteau Stereo Co. has successfully crowdfunded its Rockit Log line of portable speakers, exceeding its $50,000 Kickstarter goal with 11 days to go.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2017 0 comments
Sony has announced that its first 4K/Ultra HD Blu-ray player will hit stores in March with a $300 price tag.