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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


Most of us have no problem creating and saving data. Movies, music, word processing, images - you name it, and we probably have it. The problem is how to keep all that data organized, how to find it when we need it, and how to share the data. Over the past few years we have seen a steady increase in network attached storage (NAS) with Seagate having a lot of experience in this area. Their recently introduced Seagate Central and Wireless Plus storage solutions are their latest refinement of their vision of shared data. Read on to see how the Wireless Plus worked in practice.

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Frank Schramm, posted 11/13/13

The Seagate Central shared storage device is a Network Attached Storage device (or NAS for short) which is essentially a hard drive attached to your network. NAS devices have been around for quite some time, and Seagate created some of the earliest successful consumer products with its GoFlex line. The Seagate Central is a NAS device built for home use whose goal is to assimilate and gather into one place data from a wide variety of devices, social media sites, smart phones, and tablets, along with the ability to share both locally and globally. Read on to see how the Seagate Central worked for us.

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 11/13/13

Once again, the Virgin Mobile FreeFest day-long music festival, held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion near Baltimore, delivered great fun and good music – plus opportunities to document the day with a Samsung S III 4G LTE phone. This event is more than just a free concert, it’s also a charity event that raises funds to help improve the lives of homeless youth. Read our review to learn how our day went and how the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G LTE cell phone performed!

Nancy Burlan & Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Jonathan Fogel, posted 10/12/13

Missing a cable for your iRig on your way to a gig? The iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit from IK Multimedia will patch you up. When the original iRig instrument interface system debuted, it was based on an analog output. The recently released iRig HD addresses this issue by moving toward a digital input into your iOS device for better sound and lower noise. Read more about these new tools for the musician in your life in our review.

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, with additional reporting by Thomas Fogel, Posted 10/2/13

In this review we look at the ever-present need to charge and manage your accessories. For chargers, the Bracketron Twist & Charge USB Charger, Ventev’s R2200 Wallport Dual-USB charger, TYLT’s Y-Charge Dual USB Car Charger and Band Car Charger, and to hold it all, the STM Cable Wrap. What do we think of these cool gadgets? Read more in our review.

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, Posted 10/2/13

A very interesting thing is happening in fall 2013 - three out of four of the most popular operating systems in the US market are getting significant revisions. John Mulhern III analyzes iOS 7, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and Windows 8.1 and takes a look at what this means as many new devices debuting in this four month window that ends with CES 2014 will rely on these three new operating systems.

John Mulhern III, Posted 8/18/13

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 occupies the increasingly tenous midrange between full-featured digital SLRs and all those smartphone cameras. John Mulhern III takes a look at the new model from an SLR owner's perspective at what the RX100 brings to the market in 2013.

John Mulhern III, Posted 8/11/13

For most people today, the cellphone has long since become a central component of their lives. Belated, reluctant cellphone user A. D. Coleman finally gets with the program, starting with a phone and service plan he obtained through the government's nationwide project, misleadingly known as the infamous "Obamaphone." With the assistance of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, and Assurance Wireless, a division of Virgin Mobile, A.D. Coleman explores this noble concept – free cell phones for folks in need. To learn more of his adventures in cellular communictions read his full article!

A.D. Coleman, Originally Posted 7/31/13 - Updated 10/16/13