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The incessant buzzing of plastic horns, called vuvuzelas, at the World Cup has driven some soccer fans to mute the sound on their TVs. I thought there was something wrong with the audio when I tuned in to ESPN on my mobile Flo TV. I figured I could read the play-by-play while watching the action in silence, but closed-captioning isn't available on Flo TV. So,  I tested a set of noise-canceling headphones.

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There's no point knowing the answer if you can't hit the buzzer faster than your opponents. That's the premise behind such long-running TV quiz shows as Jeopardy! and It's Academic, the latter being a competition for high school students airing in a few cities. What better way to train than hooking up the Rolls GS76 Game Show? The system consists of a control unit and eight buzz-in remotes attached by 15-foot phone cables.

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Life is too short to eject your iPad from your computer safely. Thankfully, Apple has provided us with iOS 5 and iCloud so we no longer have to be tethered to our notebook and desktop computers in order to sync data.

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Blogging is a very popular pastime. It can be a purely personal method of digital communication, or it can be a powerful tool for promoting one’s business. And just as sophisticated as the whole concept of social media has become, so have the tools for creating the content. One of these is WordPress, a feature rich blog creation tool that is of particular interest to the photographer who wishes to share or promote their work.

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On June 12, 2009, Americans watching over-the-air TV using a conventional set without a digital-to-analog converter box flash-forwarded into a world without reception. The DTV Age had begun in earnest as terrestrial broadcasts were now sent exclusively as digital pulses instead of analog waves. There was plenty of warning and even a $1.5 billion government-funded coupon program, now ended, for buying converters, yet some people didn't get the message.

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There once were two ways to get a signal into a TV: an RF connector (left) for antenna or cable and an A/V for composite video and stereo audio. Then, the VCR age succumbed to HDTV, inputs multiplied, and buying a set became more like shopping for a computer. To help you figure out which inputs are hot and which are not, we're introducing a new series focusing on features. This one rates TV connections.

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Fitting an HDTV set into a tight space is no problem with Samsung's 22-inch UN22C4000 LED-LCD. Since the 720p display is only 1.2-inches thick and weighs just 8.4 pounds, it can be easily mounted on a wall. You're more likely to use the stand, but even then the set's entire depth will be only 7.5-inches. So, you can place the TV virtually anywhere in your home.

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They say you should pack just what you need. The trouble is that often you don't know what that is until you get there, and by then it's too late. So here's some advice on a bunch of travel accessories that you just may find indispensable, especially when embarking on a trip abroad. These accoutrements are designed to make your vacation more comfortable, more secure, or simply more fun.

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Stored media is becoming nearly invisible, a far cry from the days when music albums, video cassettes, and snapshots crammed shelves and drawers. Today's digital content can be sequestered on your network or stashed on a server. Yet, retrieval is merely a matter of picking up the remote. Remember when you actually had to get up off the sofa to find a CD and put it back? So inefficient!

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So you bought your HDTV set before built-in USB ports, digital media playback, and network connectivity became all the rage? No problem. By attaching the right peripheral, your home theater or bedroom TV can be as up-to-date as the latest Internet-savvy set.

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1 year ago
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Here's what you do: transfer video (photos and music, too) from a Windows or Mac computer or directly from a 2010 or later model-year Sony camcorder with the Direct Copy feature to the AV Media Drive. Then you plug the drive into any USB port-equipped consumer electronics device capable of decoding at least one of the media formats you use. You've just freed up valuable space on your camcorder or computer, and now you can enjoy all that good stuff on your TV.

 Monolithic looking in its napkin holder-like stand, the My Passport AV Media Drive from Western Digital is a 320-Gigabyte hard drive that's actually no larger than a half-inch stack of 3 x 5 cards. Powered through its USB 2.0 interface, the drive is intended as a source component for the increasing number of TV sets, Blu-ray Disc players, camcorders, game consoles, and media players that can decode digital video.

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Have you ever glanced at a mound of unopened snail mail and wished it were just a bunch of files stored on a hard drive (or tucked away invisibly in the cloud)? With a scanner and a little effort, you can make piles of mail (and all of your other paper documents) disappear. 

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If you're looking to save money on a nearly new Apple iPod nano (5th Generation) or iPod touch (3rd Generation) model, B&H just acquired a load of refurbished iPods, any one of which you'd be proud to call your own. The nano models are available with 8GB of flash memory, 2.2-inch LCD, FM tuning and recording, and a built-in still and video camera. Choose black, blue, green, pink, purple, silver or orange (left).

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2 years ago
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Having been generally unimpressed by home 3D TV products that have come and gone over the last dozen years, I was more than a little skeptical when the chatter from this year's Consumer Electronics Show was mainly about 3D TV. So, I wasn't expecting much when I visited the Samsung Experience at Columbus Circle in early April to check out a range of  3D TV products.

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The triumph of digital TV broadcasting on June 12, 2009 (D-Day) was a defining moment for one generation above all others -- Baby Boomers. The growth of this generation closely tracks the rise of network television in the second half of the 20th Century. It's a generation I refer to as anadiggies and D-Day as a crossing over from the analog world, where they were born, into the digital world, where they'll expire -- no coupon necessary.

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