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Without sounding like a broken record (if anyone still gets that reference), one undeniable fact is that our data storage needs are on a constant growth pattern, which means hard drives must be updated on a constant basis. For most consumers, this means ordering a consumer-grade drive that is large enough to hold them for the foreseeable future. In this article, part two of a multi-part story on storage, we test a pair of Seagate’s new 6TB Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 hard drives driven as a mirror by the recently upgraded and venerable SoftRaid 5 software. Should the word “enterprise” scare you? We don’t think so; in fact we think "enterprise" is the creative individual's best friend! Read on to find out the results of our tests.

Harris Fogel, with additional research by Frank Schramm, Ken Kramar, and John Mulhern III, posted 9/13/2014

Lost in the various product and service introductions at Apple's very significant September 9th event was a big and expensive strategy change for Apple – they are no longer a "one size fits all" company. Consider: from the first iPhone to the iPhone 5S, there was always just one top-of-the line iPhone. Now, there are two top-of-the line iPhones – and their biggest difference is their size. Morever, this new strategy isn't just in evidence with the iPhone.

John Mulhern III, Posted 9/17/2014

Last December at the Pepcom Digital Experience show held in New York, one vendor’s table stood out. Instead of the usual plethora of black boxes, cables, headphones, computers, memory chips, or software, this table had glowing gardens of vegetables, flowers, and herbs - a beautiful refuge from the chill of winter. The source of all that greenery was a selection of small tabletop hydroponic gardens from AeroGrow, a Boulder, Colorado based company that has a strategic partnership with Scotts Miracle-GroIs an AeroGarden destined for your home or office? Read our full review to find out!

Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, Posted 9/14/2014

Lately, it has become quite easy to improve upon your computer's Digital Audio Converter (DAC) with a slew of units from incredibly affordable to stratospherically priced. Now that high-resolution downloads becoming more common, inexpensive USB DACs promise audiophile sound on a budget, especially when combined with some good player software and headphones. Of the two formats for digital audio recordings, the most popular is Pulse Code Modulation (PCM), followed by Direct Stream Digital (DSD) pioneered by Sony. Most of the time when you play a DSD file through a DAC, it is actually converted to PCM. Enter the Korg DS-DAC-100M 1Bit USB Mobile DAC, offering native DSD support, as well as PCM, and a promise to make MP3 files sound better as well. Coupled with a new version of Korg's AudioGate 3 software, Korg is making DSD available for everyone. Read more to learn our experiences!

Harris Fogel, Posted 8/31/2014

This will be a very busy fall for Apple. Starting on September 9th, they will be introducing the iPhone 6, with releases of iOS 8 and OS X version 10.10 Yosemite coming later. Mac Edition Radio would also not be at all surprised to see new iPads (perhaps in new configurations) and the fabled iWatch. John Mulhern III discusses everything that we expect to see from Apple this fall.

John Mulhern III, Posted 8/27/14

It’s an undeniable fact that our data storage needs are in a constant growth pattern. Apple introduced the 512K Macintosh to great fanfare, yet we now speak of terabytes as an everyday reality and petabytes are on the horizon for some users! We have spent a considerable amount of time working with Seagate’s storage products, from a very fast, portable, and enormous USB 3 drive to a pair of their new Enterprise Level drives driven as a mirror by the venerable SoftRaid 4 software. In the first of this multi-part article on Seagate’s approach to storage, we discuss the 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive.

Harris Fogel, with additional research by Frank Schramm, Ken Kramar, and John Mulhern III posted 8/5/2014

KICKER began as a two-person operation back in 1973, producing hand-built audio systems for cars and trucks. Luckily for the automotively challenged, the company has expanded to include home and personal audio products built with the same dedication to technology and performance. Looking for a Bluetooth speaker system with kick? How about a cool set of really comfortable headphones? We revved our engines at the chance to examine the KICKER Amphitheater BT2 Speaker System with Bluetooth and KICKER Vapor Headphones, which bring their audio expertise into your home and on the road. Read on to find out the results of our off-road test.

Harris Fogel, with additional editorial input by Nancy Burlan, and Jonathan Fogel, posted 8/3/2014

In this interview with Chris Walker and speaker design guru Andrew Jones of Pioneer, we discuss the new Pioneer initiatives of the new Dolby Atmos audio system that adds to the conventional surround sound experience by adding ceiling mounted speaker audio sources, without having to actually mount speakers in your ceiling. Recorded at the Consumer Electronics Association (C.E.A.) Show in New York City, in June 2014 by Harris Fogel.

Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance by Frank Schramm, Posted 7/19/2014 (17:54)

In this interview with Catherine Edelman, the President of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers and founder of the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Edelman discusses the history and importance of The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (A.I.P.A.D.) Photography Show held in New York City each spring. Imagine visiting many of the best photography galleries in the world in one room, in one location, and you have AIPAD! Recorded at the AIPAD Photography Show in New York, in April 2014 by Harris Fogel.

Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance by Frank Schramm, Posted 7/14/2014 (17:31)

Tablets and the Internet seem to dominate the future of music and media sharing. But is it all really worth it if we don’t have a competent system to play it on? The RCA RCS13101E Internet Music System seeks to answer that question, and keep things as user-friendly as possible. Read our review to find out more!

Thomas Fogel, posted 6/29/2014

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