Focal is a brand that's rich in audio heritage and synonymous with top-notch sound quality. The company’s new Dimension Soundbar and speakers are designed to infuse audio expertise into compact cabinet designs for home theater enjoyment. The Dimension Soundbar incorporates a 5.1 channel... READ MORE
If there is one thing VIZIO has taught us since their inception in 2002, it’s that value and performance do not have to be mutually exclusive. Neither do they have to be lofty marketing terms, leaving consumers confused by which they should prioritize. We have also learned that if a manufacturer chooses, those two words can be guiding principles, inspiring an entire line of home entertainment... READ MORE
If controlling items wirelessly in your home, such as light switches, thermostats, power outlets, and more strikes you as an endeavor that’s both costly and annoyingly “techie,” you should seriously consider taking a look at the line of home-automation products offered by INSTEON. Many manufacturers tout their products as being easy to use, but INSTEON seriously embraces this concept with a... READ MORE
As with all types of weather, It’s important to know the difference between the related types of weather alerts. When a "Tornado Watch" is in effect, the conditions are right for thunderstorms to possibly produce tornadoes in and near the watch area. When a "Tornado Warning" has been issued, a tornado has been spotted in the immediate warning area, and the danger is immediate. In this case, you... READ MORE
As we enter summer, and all of the fun outdoor activities we’ve waited for, we need to be aware of the potential severe weather that’s also associated with this season. Regardless of your geographical location, planning ahead for extreme weather will benefit you when a storm occurs. One of the single most important aspects of being prepared is awareness. You need to know what’s going on around... READ MORE
Do you receive push notifications every time your dog escapes through the fence in your yard? No? Read on to find out how you can patch up this gaping hole in your life. The new Dropcam Tab, available in black or white, is the latest addition to Dropcam’s line of connected home-security products. Simply put, it enables you to keep "tabs" on what’s happening when you’re not around.
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From the invention of the mechanical pencil to the first-ever LCD calculator, Sharp has a rich tradition of innovation that stretches over a century. It was also the first company to introduce the cellular camera phone. Sharp even used its eco-friendly silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells to make an energy-efficient, solar-powered television. As for the company’s AQUOS LCD panel technology, it... READ MORE
Preserving family videos is an important task, because no one wants to lose the precious memories of their loved ones. Recently, my family started the process of converting several VHS tapes to DVD format. My mother had been thinking about doing this for years; however, since she doesn’t consider herself to be especially tech-savvy, she was intimidated and kept postponing the job. However, after... READ MORE
Weekly shows like Full House, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and later on, Buffy, were a staple of my teenage existence, and waiting for the next episode had the anticipatory feel of an upcoming birthday. While they were a source of entertainment, they lent a sense of ritual to many afternoons. Today, many shows are available online which don’t conform to programming schedules. This has led to a... READ MORE
Hollywood has entertained us, particularly in recent decades, with scenarios of a post-apocalyptic world. We’ve also been subjected to reality television shows that portray groups of people “preparing” for various plausible (and not so plausible), extreme situations. While many of those programs focus more on the eccentric “preppers,” there is a healthy dose of legitimate probabilities and common... READ MORE
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... READ MORE
Picture this: you’re headed to the movies with a friend and you’ve got your popcorn in hand. You’re the first ones there, and you can have any seat in the house. Where do you sit? For most of us, the prime location is somewhere near the center, not smack dab in front of the screen or off in the distant back rows. While it’s not exactly the same, what you want to achieve in your living room is... READ MORE
As the big game approaches, you may be looking at your aging TV and thinking to yourself, “It’s time for an upgrade”—and frankly, why not? Just because you’re not at the stadium doesn’t mean you can’t have a larger-than-life experience in the middle of your living room, and have a few friends and family members over while you’re at it. While game tickets may be out of reach, a feature-packed high... READ MORE
In this video, Larry Becker, from the Kelby Media Group, speaks to Anurag Malhotra, from SanDisk, about their new wireless media and flash drives.