Tournament season is upon us, and I thought, what better way to get in on the fun than with a tournament of my own? So, I picked eight TVs, created a bracket, and am pitting them against each other in a tournament-style showdown! I've assigned point values to each of their standout features and specs (3 points for rare or exclusive features/specs among them, 2 points for more common ones, and 1 point—a free-throw—for those common to most of the models), and as you'd expect, the model with the most points advances to the next round until we
Content streaming is no longer an up-and-coming technology. I can say confidently that streaming is in full swing and, thankfully, it’s here to stay. While we expect to see greater bandwidth and even more audio and video content in the future, the Internet has become a major medium for watching movies, exploring new TV shows, and listening to our favorite music. These days, streaming devices are more common in home entertainment systems than disc-
There must be a way to avoid those pesky notes left by delivery drivers claiming an attempt was made to deliver your long-awaited, highly anticipated package—even if it is just a bar of soap or applesauce. While I haven’t found a flawless solution, I am getting close. I live in a New York City apartment and don’t have the luxury of a doorman who receives all incoming packages for safekeeping until I arrive home. I have what you would consider your standard, typical apartment door. No frills, only a place to put a small box in the hopes that no
Just as 3D broadcasts, Smell-O-Vision, and the digital lollipop challenge viewers to interact with movies and TV in ultra-sensory ways, the advent of color television alone could be added to this list as a medium that intrigued many, regardless of the content being shown. With technological advancements regularly occurring throughout TV's history, many of these concepts almost overshadow the program itself. Fortunately, however, color television became well-adapted-to, albeit in a way that is unfamiliar to most people.
As color television was
Computers, tablets, digital whiteboards, multimedia projectors and laser pointers have changed the way lecturers and business people make presentations. But sometimes a good old-fashioned piece of paper is the most effective way to explain things to people. Canson’s Papershow Digital Pen Starter Kit combines the power of the computer with the straightforward simplicity of paper. Presentations have come a long way since I was a kid. Back then we had chalkboards, overhead
The secret to my quick portrait edits is that I'm directly linked to my Spyder3Studio SR. I hate to admit it, but color calibration was last on my work-flow priority list. With a very tight schedule, I found it a pain to go through the lengthy steps that most calibration systems require. However, I started to grow frustrated when my print master told me my “colors” were off. “ I went by the numbers,” I’d tell her. “How could they be
So, you’ve got a small network consisting of one server and a half dozen workstations, but the hard drive in the server is full. Do you rebuild the server with a larger hard drive? That could become one big headache, and your network will be down throughout the duration of the upgrade. The easiest solution is to add Network Attached Storage, or NAS, to your network.A NAS device is basically an entire server itself, but all it does
I recently wrote about Drobo RAID storage arrays. They provide expandable storage with redundancy for the safekeeping of your data. The units that I reviewed are all available with instant savings from B&H until the end of June, 2010. I've just been made aware that there is an 8-bay unit that comes with free hard drives. Just to recap, RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives, and it allows data to be spread across multiple hard drives so that if a drive fails
There was a time when only very large corporations needed RAID storage. RAID storage is still used by large corporations, but today you’ll also find small businesses and individual users taking advantage of its features. Data Robotics’ Drobo storage arrays make affordable entry points to failsafe storage, and they’re made all the more affordable with the instant savings you can get from B&H until the end of June. RAID is the acronym for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives. The technology allows data to be spread across multiple hard
In late July 2010, Apple announced several new 27” iMac variants. Here, we’ll discuss the options for putting the 27" model to use for a seriously fast photography workstation.The top-end models include the following array of choices, with prices ranging from about $1699 to about $2199 for a model with the base 4GB of memory and hard drive.2.93GHz quad-core Intel Core i72.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i53.6Ghz dual-core Intel Core i53.2Ghz dual-core Intel Core i3Since
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… ...except, perhaps, the hassle of connecting wires all the time. Fortunately, Intel’s WiDi technology eliminates the hassle. There’s no longer any reason to crowd around a small laptop screen just to share multimedia content. Intel’s
The Mac mini has been a favorite of the minimalist crowd since its inception. For some, the idea of a complete desktop system squeezed into a case no bigger than an external DVD drive makes perfect sense, especially when office or desk space is at a premium. Today Apple announced new Mac minis that are sleeker, faster and more versatile than ever before. You can even get a Mac mini server. It’s hard to imagine making the Mac mini case
Solid-state hard drives have always been faster than their disk-based counterparts. With no heads to move or platters to spin, solid-state hard drives offer the fastest storage space money can buy. Solid-state hard drives also use less power than traditional drives, making them ideal for mobile use. SanDisk’s G3 2.5-inch solid-state hard drives are intended for use in notebook computers. Solid-state drives have been available for quite a few years, and have always been more expensive per gigabyte than disk-based drives. They used to cost
Anyone who uses external hard drives regularly wishes they were faster. Once you start copying several gigabytes of data to an external hard drive, you’re in for a long wait. Most external hard drives connect to computers via USB 2.0, but USB 3.0 is ten times faster. While your computer probably doesn’t have a USB 3.0 port, Western Digital’s My Book 3.0 comes with a solution.
Looking for a powerhouse notebook computer that won’t break the bank and is easily portable? Then look no further than the ASUS N82Jq-A1, a 14” notebook with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor. Built for speed, the N82Jq-A1 features a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM processor and 4GB of memory, upgradable to 8GB. The Intel Turbo Boost system allows the processor to be over-clocked to 2.8GHz when an extra jolt of power