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The 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show was a lot of different things to many different people. From photography, high-definition audio, car electronics, smart appliances, and wearable tech, to small startups with one small product hoping to strike it rich, it is both evidence of a consumer society out of control, yet coupled with a sincere belief that technology can help the world, make our lives more productive, fun, and free us to other more enjoyable pursuits, even if that means constantly making sure things are charged up! Here is a baker’s dozen list + three of fun and interesting items and trends we spotted in Las Vegas.

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Harris Fogel, posted 4/6/2014

On March 3rd, 2014, Apple formally introduced CarPlay at the Geneva International Motor Show. Originally named iOS in the Car when it was announced at WWDC 2013 in June 2013, CarPlay is essentially an enhanced mirroring system for Phones with the Lightning connector (the 5s, 5c, and 5). John Mulhern takes a look at what this all means for the in-car user experience.

John Mulhern III, Posted 3/4/2014

Here's another hard truth: Not only can your computer's OS fail at any moment, but your hardware can give up the ghost unexpectedly. Won't do you much good to have a bootable, up-to-date clone of your hard drive if you don't have a fallback unit to which you can attach it. A. D. Coleman discusses repurposing his refurbished MacBook Pro as a backup computer with the addition of Seagate's 5400rpm 1TB Laptop SSHD.

A.D. Coleman, Posted 2/28/2014

In this second installment of a multi-part article, we look at the various sources for high-resolution downloadable music from labels large and small, and offer a few sound bets for the audiophile in your life. In this article we explore some recent releases from Cedille Records, a unique non-profit label dedicated to championing the music of Chicago-based artists. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 2/28/2014

In this first of a multi-part article, we look at the increasing popularity of high-resolution music availability. With a growing number of sources, file formats, and genres of music, will the audiophile holy grail of no-compromise recordings finally become a reality? For the first time in years, the 2014 International CES, held in Las Vegas in January, offered a High-Res Audio Experience Tech Zone in the Venetian Hotel, featuring many of the major players in the field. In this article, we look at some of the overall issues at play in the industry, and I get bit a cranky about the questions that remain for consumers.

Harris Fogel, posted 2/20/2014

Smartphones are grabbing all the attention these days, but in most homes, a wireless phone connected to the landline can be just as important. VTech is one of the best-known manufacturers of phones and accessories. We reviewed two models: the VTech Headset Phone DS6671-3 that includes two handsets, and DECT 6.0 cordless headset for hands-free operation, and the stylish new VTech Retro Phone LS6191-17. Is it time for a new wireless phone in your life? How do these new phones perform? Read on for our review.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 2/13/2014

On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, greeted by scores of screaming, swooning fans who rushed the gate to catch a glimpse of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they took their first steps on American soil. Two nights later, on Sunday, February 9, 74 million viewers in the U.S. and millions more in Canada tuned in to CBS to watch The Beatles make their American television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”  So reads the Capitol Records press release, as Capitol and Apple Corps have released the original albums complete with original art and both stereo and mono mixes. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 2/7/2013

With just one week to go until International CES 2014 begins, the excitement is building and the communications are coming fast and furious. John Mulhern III talks about a few of the things he and others at Mac Edition Radio are looking for, including actual 4k content options, wearables, high-resolution audio, and faster connectivity options.

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/29/2013

With the holiday season in full swing, you’re in danger of spending a bit too much time with the family. The only solution to save your sanity is to lock the door and spend a couple of hours playing some great games. Remember, there are never enough games during the holiday season! Game Reviewer Owen O’Sullivan’s Top Five Games of 2013 are Saint’s Row IV, Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag, Grand Theft Auto V, Civilization V Brave New World Expansion, & Pokémon X and Y. Read our full review to discover why Owen would rather spend hours a day with these fine games then annoy his family and make Santa proud for keeping the peace!

Owen O'Sullivan, Posted 12/23/2013

The 1970 release of Moondance by Van Morrison heralded his return to the studio after Astral Weeks, a critically acclaimed album from 1968, that didn't have a strong commercial appeal. Astral Weeks was based on improvisation and contained cryptic lyrics, and represented a break from the earlier work Morrison was known for. Moondance, which became a perennial critical and commercial success, was released on CD at the start of the CD era, and has been one of a handful of titles by Morrison that have been denied the audio dusting of a modern remaster. This changed with the recent remastered release of the title in several forms including a 5-disc Deluxe Version from Rhino Records, and a high-resolution download from HD Tracks. How does this updated version hold up? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/22/2013