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Bluetooth speakers are all the rage. Most promise the same thing - great audio, room-filling sound, long battery life, and a few other features. But the main job is to allow you to share tunes with friends, family, and of course to overpower anyone nearby who may be listening to Justin Beiber or Nickelback. We look at two recent additions to the field, the Cambridge Sound Works OontZ XL and the Jabra Solemate. Read on to see how these units rocked our world.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 12/22/2013

It is once again that time, with gadgets under the tree, phones in pockets, and stockings to stuff. We have some suggestions related to Apple tablets, Epson inkjet printers, streaming video players from Roku, and audio/video receivers from Onkyo. Need some last minute stuffing stockers? Read on to find out Santa John Mulhern's holiday picks!

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/21/2013

You’re having that dream again about the joys of the open road … the landscape rushing by, beautiful clouds overhead, great tunes on the car stereo, engine running perfectly. Nothing could ruin such a beautiful day! While you must always drive as safely as possible, even the best drivers want to be on the lookout for speed traps, and avoid unwanted tickets. After testing the new Escort PASSPORT Max Radar Detector, we feel that you might want to have one by your side. Read our full review to find out if the Escort PASSPORT Max is for you.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 12/11/2013

David Tobie and David Saffir are dedicated to helping photographers, videographers, artists, and consumer to understand the world of color management. To many of us Color Management Systems (CMS) seem like a mysterious and dark science, but that is no longer the case. With easy to use tools like the Datacolor Spyder 4 series, or their SpyderCUBE and SpyderCHECKR digital image capture tools, since 1970 Datacolor has made calibrating, profiling, and setting white balance. In this interview with the two David’s of color management we discuss Datacolor's unique approach to calibrating your iPad, how to create a preset to calibrate your camera and adjust for lighting conditions, and more. If you are interested in better, more reliable color on your system, then don’t miss this interview! Recorded during the PhotoPlus Expo Conference held at Javitz Center in New York City. (13:54)

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/8/2013

FTL: Faster Than Light is a little more than a year-old Independent Game in the style of older arcade games with very simple graphics and game play. This strategy game is a must-play for any gamer that will provide hours of fun with a high replay value.  It’s popularity has recently due to its inclusion in the Humble Bundle, a charity that raises money through selling PC and Mobile games, movies, and music. Read on for our full review!

Owen O’Sullivan, Posted 12/8/2013

Wander into a big box store and you will see racks of LCD displays. All of them will be stocked with features ranging from Smart TV apps, differing refresh rates, audio options, and backlighting technology, but most of them have something else in common – a short duty cycle and a one-year warranty. Enter the world of commercial displays, designed for signage, but perfectly at home as well. The NEC E464 46" LED Edge-lit Commercial-Grade Display w/ Integrated Tuner is designed for 12-hour-per-day operation, carries a 3-year warranty and has a TV tuner if you’d like to use an antenna for free HD content. Read on for our full review of NEC’s 4th generation of this series.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 12/6/2013

We have been enamored of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom since first participating in its initial beta program. Over the years, each iteration of what many photographers consider to be a key digital imaging software has continued to improve - sometimes with radical steps, and other times with a subtle sense of refinement. How does Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 improve upon its predecessors? Read our full review to find out!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/6/13

Like most baby boomers and Gen X-ers, we grew up in a home with a wall-mounted thermostat that had four setting choices: on or off, heat or cool. It had a little dial that hid a mercury-filled glass tube on a bi-metallic temperature-calibrated metal spring. There was no formal timer function other than a parent reminding us that money doesn't grow on trees, so turn down the heat and put on a sweater. Now, Honeywell brings us a new kind of thermostat that improves upon digital efficiency, and then some. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat – RTH9580 allows full internet connectivity, the ability to create detailed personalized schedules, and more. Read on to see our experiences with HVAC and the internet using the Honeywell Total Comfort Connect app.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, Posted 12/1/2013

Oppo has been garnering glowing reviews across the globe for its line of Blu-Ray players, which we have enthusiastically reviewed. Each iteration of hardware from Oppo doesn't simply introduce radical new features rather each one offers refinements that enhance previous models. The BDP-103 and BDP-105 Universal Blu-ray Disc Players up the ante with revisions to every subsystem, and we wondered how the new models measured up. The verdict is that both models have indeed surpassed our expectations, so read on for our full review to find out how the new models update the Oppo product matrix and which one is right for you.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/1/2013

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas always offers a wonder of technological invention and surprise. Sometimes the surprises aren't big or flashy, or have a large marketing campaign or a sports star behind them. Sometimes they are simple, small, why-didn't-think-of-it ideas that can really make a difference. The Luci solar-powered inflatable light source is one of those rarities. First seen at the ShowStoppers press event during CES in January, the Luci lit up the room – pun intended! To find out the idea behind this novel invention, read on. And for under $15 you can donate one to help out folks in need around the world.

Harris Fogel, Posted 11/29/2013

 

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