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Marc Spiwak

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2 years ago

When it comes to 4K TV, bigger is always better. More specifically, big TVs are always better if they’re 4K. Even though very little native 4K content is currently available, 4K TVs can up-convert standard HD content to near-4K quality. You see, once you get beyond 60 inches or so in size, full-HD TVs don’t look all that sharp, especially when viewed from a short distance.

2 years ago

Thunderbolt 2 is a big deal. In fact, so was Thunderbolt 1. Developed by Intel®, Thunderbolt 1 provides two separate 10Gb/s channels, running in opposite directions. Thunderbolt 2 can combine the two separate 10Gb/s channels into a single 20Gb/s channel, but flowing in only one direction. It’s like opening both sides of a bridge to traffic in the same direction during rush hour.

3 years ago

If you're reading this, you probably own a camera or two, and maybe even a camcorder. You probably take them everywhere. And if they’re worth anything, you’re probably worried about damage from shocks and impacts. Here are two gadgets that will expand the creative possibilities of your gear and also protect it  from the forces of gravity.

 

3 years ago

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.

 

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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.

 

3 years ago

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.

 

3 years ago

It’s difficult to hold a camcorder while, say, climbing up a sheer face in Yosemite. But there are many camcorders on the market that allow hands-free operation. The LOREXvue Video Sunglasses will capture video while freeing your hands up for other duty. You put them on, turn them on and shoot video, all while doing whatever else you like. Whatever you see, the camera sees and captures.

 

3 years ago

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…

3 years ago

The television-broadcast world is nearing the end of its HDTV revolution. Almost every show on TV is now broadcast in HD. It’s time for consumer video gear to catch up. While most consumer-grade camcorders record in HD, many of the niche-type video recorders, such as those you can wear, are not yet capturing HD. But the Drift HD170 is.

 

4 years ago

SureFire flashlights are among the best in the world, but they’re not for everyone. One reason is that they’re relatively expensive for flashlights. That’s because they’re built to last, in the United States, and they’re backed by a lifetime warranty.

 
4 years ago

There’s never been a better time to buy a new notebook computer. That’s because the latest notebook computers offer more value than ever, and they come in colors and sizes that will please any needs and desires.

4 years ago

I remember, years ago, reading about a 40-inch CRT television set. It had a 4:3 aspect ratio, weighed several hundred pounds, and cost around $100,000. I think it was a Sony. It was completely impractical, but it got me to thinking that some day I wanted to own a TV set with a screen that size. Today I own a 46-inch flat panel, but I saw something this week that got me thinking again. Panasonic just announced its new 152-inch plasma display that should be available early next year.

4 years ago

Want to remain hands-free while you record video footage? A few weeks ago I wrote about camcorders that you can wear. One was a helmet cam, another was a pen that records video and the third was a pair of sunglasses that capture video. Those posts generated quite a bit of reader interest in other forms of wearable camcorders, so I decided to write about some more of these increasingly popular items.

 

4 years ago

Summer’s just about here, and you’ll soon be ramping up your travel and outdoor activities. If you’re looking for a camcorder or still camera that’s easy to travel with, and one that doesn’t mind going wherever you do, consider Sony’s new HDR-GW77V Handycam.

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