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SV Staff  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  0 comments
In advance of the annual Earth Day celebration on Sunday, Apple has announced a GiveBack program that lets you trade in eligible devices for an Apple Store gift card or recycle them if they’re not eligible for credit.
Michael Antonoff  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  0 comments
The snappiest way to adjust the ambiance in my home theater is to touch an icon on my phone to start the ceiling fan a-twirling. Touch another icon, and the fan’s room light turns off. Getting the fan’s speed right may require another tap or two. It should be fast enough to dry TV viewers’ brows but not so fast as to cause paper plates and napkins to fly off the coffee table.
David Vaughn  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  0 comments
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Phil Connors, a TV weatherman from Pittsburgh, is dispatched to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities where he’s teamed up with a young and annoyingly cheerful producer and a smart-aleck cameraman. With impending offers from other stations, Connors has short-timer’s disease and isn’t what you’d call a pleasant guy to be around. In fact, he’s a first-rate pain in the rear whom his coworkers want to spend as little time with as possible.
SV Staff  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  0 comments
CEDIA, the Indianapolis-based trade association that represents companies involved in the design, manufacture, and installation of connected home technology, has released two white papers on HDMI 2.1— one focusing on the features and capabilities of the upgraded spec, the other on passive and active cable requirements for ultra-high-speed connectivity.
Mike Mettler  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  0 comments
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It’s quite fitting that when Alan Parsons—the well-respected English producer and engineer whose enviable behind-the-board C.V. includes the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, Al Stewart, Pilot, and Ambrosia—finally ventured out on his own as a titular recording artist in the mid-’70s, his collective work was dubbed The Alan Parsons Project.

SV Staff  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  0 comments
If you thought Amazon and Best Buy were the archest of arch rivals in the rapidly shifting world of retailing, brace yourself: The e-tail and retail powerhouses yesterday announced a collaboration to bring a new line of smart TVs to market in the U.S. this summer.
SV Staff  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  1 comments
HBO has announced that Season 1 of the smash-hit series Game of Thrones, the most successful franchise in the network’s history, is scheduled for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray June 5.
Al Griffin  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  0 comments
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SV Staff  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  0 comments
Screen Innovations (SI) has introduced a customizable version of its popular Zero Edge screen that gives enthusiasts the power to create a projection screen that fits their unique space and looks the way they want it to.
SV Staff  |  Apr 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Pioneer today announced the availability of the VSX-933 7.2-channel AV receiver, a slightly less expensive close cousin to the Elite series VSX-LX103 introduced just a few weeks ago.

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