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With less than a week to go, John Mulhern III's mind is now solidly on CES 2016 in early January, and he writes about nine things he's looking for at the Consumer Technology Association's huge trade show.

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/31/2015

The gift of High Definition Music is one of Santa’s favorite gifts. First of all, he doesn’t have to slide down a dirty chimney, or deal with an attitude heavy doorman, so an easy download really makes Santa’s day. Plus, when Santa has had to listen to Muzak versions of holiday favorites, a high resolution, high sampling rate, wide bit-depth version, comes as a serious relief to our favorite holiday gift giver. We look at some of last year’s favorite releases from HD Tracks; one of the pioneers in providing high-resolution audio downloads, as well as industry approaches to brand High-Res Audio for consumers.

Harris Fogel, posted 12/20/15

The holidays are upon us once again. Each year, A.D. Coleman thinks back over the year in technology, and creates a list of the ten items of digital hardware and software that he either added to his toolkit this year or relied on heavily. Read on to find out his recommendations for this holiday season.

A.D. Coleman, posted 12/15/2016

Last February, Michael Mann took the Wacom Cintiq Companion for a serious spin and discovered a tool that he couldn’t live without. There were a few shortcomings, and the newly released follow-up, the Wacom Companion Cintiq 2 eliminated them, and added more power, flexibility, and features than before. Is this the tool you have been waiting for? Read our review to find out what we discovered with the new version.

Michael Mann, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, posted 12/15/2015

Tis the season to consider tech gifts for Santa to drop down the chimney, or fill your stockings. This list of 12 holiday picks range from tools to keep your phone charged, hydroponic gardens, to making a cup of coffee on the trail. Read our full review for some recommendations that won’t be lumps of coal!

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, and Frank Schramm, posted 12/14/2015

With the holidays quickly approaching, it is important to think about gifts for family and friends. With Virgin Mobile’s new HTC Desire 626s hitting shelves, it’s time to consider putting this phone in wrapping paper. Is this budget phone an inexpensive gem or is your money better spent on another Virgin Mobile phone? Read our review to find out!

Jonathan Fogel, Posted 12/1/2015

In part three of our multi-part story on upgrading the entertainment system in your vehicle, with a Pioneer 4100 NEX in-dash receiver, we concentrate on one of the most important upgrades you can make – the addition of a back-up camera. Using the recently released and affordable Pioneer ND-BC8 Universal Rear-View Camera we follow the installation and use of the unit.

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 11/27/2015


Can a new SSD hard drive keep an older laptop like a first generation HP Ultrabook in the race? Can you teach an old Windows 7 dog some new Windows 10 tricks? And exactly how do you take apart an HP Ultrabook? We upgrade the original Samsung 128GB SSD with a new Kingston 240GB ms2000 mSATA SSD. Read on to find out how the experience went.

Thomas Fogel-Burlan, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, posted 11/27/2015

In part two of this multi-part article on upgrading your vehicle’s audio system, we explore the installation process. A decade ago, a full-featured audio system in your automobile meant AM/FM with a CD player … no longer! New cars ship with built-in GPS, digital tuners, sophisticated displays, and a multitude of features. Once we decided on an upgrade to the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX in-dash receiver, the next step was installation. Thanks to the hard-working folks at The Sound of Tri-State, we followed the installation of the Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash receiver & Pioneer TS-A 1605C & TS-A 1675R Speaker Systems. Part Two of Three.

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, Posted 11/8/2015

A decade ago, a full-featured audio system in your automobile meant AM/FM with a CD player … no longer! New cars ship with built-in GPS, digital tuners, sophisticated displays, and a multitude of features. Americans are holding on to their autos longer and longer, so upgrading to a state-of-the art audio system like the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX makes a lot of sense. In the first of this multipart story, we explore the equipment, process, and features.

Harris Fogel, posted 11/2/15