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  • Wireless 802.11ac versus 802.11n: what gives with these Wi-Fi standards?

    802.11ac preview.jpgWireless networking can be confusing. There are many numbers and letters being thrown around and with Gigabit Wi-Fi just starting to appear in mainstream devices, there’s more arcane info than ever to keep track of. Dual-band, 802.11, a,b,g,n,ac, 1300/1900, 600/900, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, beamforming... What does it all mean? In particular, what is the difference between the previous top performing Wi-Fi standard (802.11n wireless) and the new champ (802.11ac)? In this post, I’ll break it down to the basics.

     

  • Review of the Philips Blu-Ray Disc Player and Media Streamer (BDP2105/F7)

     

    Philips Blu-Ray Player.pngIf you want to convert your TV into a Smart TV, then getting a Blu-Ray player is a good option because most of them include media streaming as well. So if you don’t have a Blu-Ray player, seriously consider getting a combo media streamer/blu-ray player. The great thing is the price is about the same as what you would pay for a media streamer. I had the chance to test out Philips Blu-Ray Disc Player, which can also stream content, and can tell you how it compares to popular media streamers made by Roku or Apple.

  • Razer Blade laptop preview: the world’s thinnest gaming laptop

    Preview.jpgRazer Blade. Two words guaranteed to grab the attention of anyone who takes PC gaming seriously. The gaming laptop series made waves in 2013, landing on a slew of “best of” lists. The 2014 edition manages to be even more over the top, earning titles like “world’s thinnest gaming laptop” while offering performance that has to be seen to be believed. You’ll soon find the all-new Razer Blade gaming laptops at Best Buy (you’ll be able to pre-order them this week), including the impossibly thin and light 14-inch model with its 5.76 million pixels —the world’s highest resolution 14-inch notebook display.

  • How to use the Misfit Shine App

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    I have been using a Misfit Shine for the past three months. It uses a three-axis accelerometer to measure motion, and keep track of your daily physical activity. But key to the Shine is its mobile app. Shine only works with its own app for now, though the company is looking to open up its API. But that’s OK, because there’s a ton of coolness packed into the Shine app.

  • Facial scanning comes alive in Kinect Sports Rivals for XBox One

    kinectsportsrivals.jpgAre you ready for another reason to wiggle, kick, swing, and otherwise use your body in amusing fashion to control a video game?  Rare and Microsoft sure hope so!  With the new generation of hardware now in play, and the ole Motion Control Kinect technology used for little more than (albiet the always fun and amusing) dance games, we're all waiting for something to live up to the promise of motion gamings first explosion onto the scene. With its six varied 'sporting' activities  Kinect Sports Rivals aiming to do that very thing.

  • How to Connect Stereo Speakers to Your TV

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    Flat screen TV’s keep getting thinner, which makes for fantastic aesthetics, but makes it difficult to provide great sound. Tiny skinny speakers just can’t cut it! Although I am impressed that the sound is as good as it is, TV sound doesn’t create a very good entertainment experience. The best way to enhance that experience is with a surround sound system that will immerse you in the scene. The next best option is a sound bar – the sound won’t be quite as immersive as a surround system but it might fit your space better, is much simpler to set up, and can provide excellent sound. But if you can’t get it together for either of those options, another way to improve your sound experience is connect some stereo speakers to your TV. You won’t get the surround effects or possibly other great features like Bluetooth or WiFi streaming that you can get with those other systems, but you can still make the TV sound better.

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