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— Home Entertainment

Sony targets audiophiles in latest wireless speaker release

By - March 19, 2014 7 Pictures
Sony has announced the immediate availability of three new wireless speaker systems, one of which features support for audiophile-pleasing high resolution audio. The flagship SRS-X9 promises a total output of 154 W, packs Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and offers the company's ClearAudio+ and advanced Digital Sound Enhancement Engine audio modes. The remaining models benefit from an included rechargeable battery for portability. Read More
— Mobile Technology

How to stream video from Kindle Fire HDX to Chromecast and more

By - March 10, 2014 10 Pictures
The Kindle Fire HDX doesn't allow AirPlay-like wireless streaming of music, photos, and video like an iPad. Of course, you can always display videos by connecting the micro-HDMI cable to your HDTV, but that can be a hassle depending on your home theater set up. Luckily a little app called Avia allows users to stream content from Amazon's tablet to devices that include the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard. Read More
— Music

Record, perform, tune and protect with Acoustic Stream

By - February 20, 2014 12 Pictures
Mobile or gigging guitarists looking for a way to capture creative moments whenever and wherever they happen need only power up a smartphone and launch an audio recording app. Another app can use the phone's microphone to bring the instrument to tune. If they're wanting to remotely monitor the humidity and temperature of a much-loved guitar, however, the app store will likely come up blank. The Acoustic Stream wirelessly pairs with an iOS smart device running a companion app to help players quickly capture a killer riff or live stream to a mobile device or amplifier. It boasts built-in precision tuning capabilities, and sends out an alert when environmental changes threaten to damage a treasured instrument. Read More
— Space

New ISS cameras set to provide high quality Earth views in near real time

By - February 4, 2014 2 Pictures
On Jan. 27, two Russian Cosmonauts undertook a six hour spacewalk in order to install two new British-manufactured Earth imaging cameras to the Russian segment of the ISS. The initiative, announced in 2011, will allow anyone with an internet connection access to the near-live feed, which will provide higher quality results than the currently-installed standard definition cameras. Read More
— Music

AMPLIFi: The guitar amp reinvented?

By - January 28, 2014 9 Pictures
Line 6 has unleashed what's claimed to be an entirely new kind of guitar amplifier. In addition to a powerful guitar speaker sitting behind the red grille at the bottom, the AMPLIFi is also home to full range stereo speakers in the black top section. The design is claimed to offer players a wider frequency range, but the inclusion of Bluetooth technology also allows the system to be used as a streaming audio speaker. Impressive stuff, but the company didn't stop there. A companion app has been created that opens up the system to a new world of tone. The Remote app will even suggest matches for the sound of guitars in favorite songs so that you can easily nail the tone of your heroes, or jam along to tracks without sounding (too) out of place. Read More
— Wearable Electronics

Google Glass sex app puts an extra set of eyes in the bedroom

By - January 22, 2014 1 Picture
When an app designed to stream porn between Google Glass users appeared in mid-2013, we saw Google move quickly to quash the presence of such content, adjusting its developer policy to read, "We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material." This hasn't been enough to deter a team of London-based developers however, which aims to give wearers a view of their lovemaking from all angles through a Sex with Glass app. Read More
— Electronics

ION launches the 200 W Road Warrior Bluetooth speaker

By - January 20, 2014 2 Pictures
When it comes to streaming music from a smartphone or music player at the beach or patio party, Bluetooth is probably going to be the wireless way to go. Take your source device more than a few feet from the speaker, however, and the grooves start to quickly break up and fade away. ION Audio's forthcoming Road Warrior 200 W Bluetooth speaker boasts over three times the wireless range, giving the party's mobile DJ more room to mingle and mix. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Roku TVs debut at CES

By - January 8, 2014 4 Pictures
One of the most popular television add-ons of the past decade, Roku, now has a TV of its own, thanks to a pair of Chinese television makers. This week at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, TCL introduced the first-ever TV with Roku built in. I spent a little hands-on time with the 55-inch version, which simply goes by the model number 55E4610R. Read More
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