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The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 is a multi-talented camera for attaching to your computer screen. It captures 1080p video and 10MP still images, and it enables 720p online video chatting. High-quality stereo microphones flank a real Carl Zeiss autofocus lens.

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You can buy a 46-inch, flat-panel TV for well under $1,000. So why does the 30-inch Hewlett-Packard ZR30w computer monitor cost more? It’s because the ZR30w incorporates Super In-Plane Switching technology, or S-IPS for short.

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Pandigital has a pair of products that push the limits of digital photo frames. One is an 8-inch frame with its own e-mail address that receives images via a cellular phone network, bypassing the need for a computer or a Wi-Fi setup.


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Using a notebook computer as a source for HD content to be viewed on a big screen TV is becoming more and more common. With easy access to downloadable HD content and notebooks having hard drives large enough to store HD content and enough muscle to process it, there’s no reason not to view the content on an HDTV.

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There are many ways to back up a computer, and lots of devices for this purpose. Most such devices are a nuisance for mobile users because they add to the bulk and weight of everything that has to be kept in tow. But Lexar’s new backup solution for netbook and notebook computers is no bigger than your thumb nail.

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Mac users pride themselves on style. After all, Mac notebooks and desktops are the most stylish-looking computers in the universe. Western Digital’s new My Book Studio LX is designed to complement the appearance of Mac computers and it offers many innovative features. Of course, it’s also compatible with PCs. 

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If love means never fighting over who gets to dock their iPod or iPhone in the clock radio at night, then Pioneer makes it easy by providing double docks on certain models. Couples who stay together share equal recharge access with a Pioneer Double Dock: the XW-NAC1-K or XW-NAC3-K (left). Both feature black-and-white finishes, an auxiliary input and a composite video output, are Bluetooth enabled and come with remotes.

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Amateur astronomers, listen up: Imagine if you could hire an expert astronomy guide to accompany you on all of your stargazing field trips for only $212. The only catch is that you aren’t actually hiring the guide, you are buying the guide.

 


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Use it or lose it is what they say about fruit, milk, and cable TV. Unless you're a vegan or feed lots of mouths, the larger chunk of the family budget likely goes toward your cable subscription. A typical household can easily spend some $1,000 a year on cable TV channels. But unlike the money paid for a new TV set, what do you have to show for paying last month's cable bill? This month's cable bill!

So, considering the unremitting drain on your resources, you might be interested in ways to increase the value of what your cable dollar buys. One way is to record and stockpile as many shows as you can, assuming someone in your household will eventually watch them or will want to watch them again. Even if you have only one HDTV set, you'd be prudent to arm it with a dual-tuner digital video recorder (DVR). Two tuners enable you to record programs from two different channels at once, even while you're watching something completely different that was recorded earlier. The most advanced set-top boxes rented by cable companies come with about 160 Gigabytes, sufficient for storing perhaps 20 hours of high-def shows. That's not a lot considering how many new and returning series, movies, and sports events vie for your attention every day.

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Nearly 72 percent of online households log on for entertainment purposes every day, according to the Conference Board. They stream episodes of cable TV programs like The Daily Show, watch YouTube clips, and download video podcasts. Even without the Internet, you may have transferred hours of family camcorder footage now buried on the computer's hard drive. Suddenly, it's easy to see your computer as a versatile source component for your big screen TV. Too bad the PC is shackled to a desk in a different room, and show time in the home office amounts to people standing behind your chair squinting at the small screen.

It doesn't have to be that way, especially during the holidays or any home gathering. Here are three ways to view computer content in the more accommodating setting of your living room and home theater:

  • Connect a computer directly to your TV
  • Attach a media receiver to a home network
  • Copy content and walk it over
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The "5.1" reference that appears at the start of many primetime shows is the networks' advisory to switch on your home theater's speaker system. When you do, you'll enjoy the program the way it was meant to be heard. A show broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1 can deliver audio to five full-range speakers (front left, center, front right, surround left, and surround right) plus a low frequency effects channel (designated by the ".1") to the subwoofer.

To increase your awareness of what you're missing if you happen to be watching a TV that doesn't include an external sound system, we've listed some of the ways a program's sound director enhances the show by steering audio to discrete speakers in your home theater.

Yamaha HTR-6140BL 5.1-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver

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To prepare for your annual bout of feverish, zeal-laden frenzy that accompanies that frenetic period from the middle of November until the bacchanal bliss of January first, we present a simplified gift-giving guide to one of the most popular gifts: the digital picture frame. Despite its recent introduction to the digital marketplace, the popularity and practicality of having a standalone petite and stylish screen present an entire album or gallery's worth of photographs in a single device has won over the favor of both the technophiles and the Luddites amongst us. Manufacturers produce a slew of display options that vary from the pocket-sized key fob to a 32” diagonal behemoth. Today we will wade through the offerings and help you match the right frame to the right person on your gift list.

                       

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Still listening to AM or FM when you can be enjoying crisp digital radio free of the Internet or a subscription? For stations broadcasting in HD Radio, AM sounds like FM and FM sounds like a CD. HD Radio also enables a broadcaster to send out some three different channels simultaneously, increasing your choices beyond the limitations of conventional stations. If you're ready to step up to HD, radios for under $100 abound.

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The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day might inspire some of us to conserve electricity by pulling AC adapters from wall outlets and curbing the excessive use of disposable batteries. While converting our homes to wind-or solar-power may be beyond our means, exerting a little elbow grease is within all our budgets. That's why the Sima CR-200 Crank Power Radio & Flashlight makes so much sense.

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 The yawn heard round the world that greeted the introduction of 3D TV at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was mainly due to a perceived dearth of compelling content. “It’s the software, stupid,” was the major refrain. But as it now turns out, the content problem could be well on its way to being solved. And we don't just mean ESPN and Discovery announcing 3D channels.

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