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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 ,  Written by Andre Marc
IOGEAR Wireless HD Computer to TV Kit and USB 2.0 External HD Audio / Video Adapter Review
I’ve often wanted an easy, direct way to share photos and videos from my computer especially when I have company over.  I prefer to comfortably recline in my chair while narrating vacation photos and videos instead of having a bunch of people crowding around my computer screen and creating a claustrophobic environment.Rather than invest in a traditional projector setup, hassle with wires and worry about the video and sound quality, IOGEAR now offers a solution that allows me to use my 55” LCD HDTV as a second computer screen. I can also hook it up to my AV receiver via HDMI input and have surround sound along with the HD video. My computer is instantly transformed into a multimedia player that’s able to play more media formats than any player out there, especially since I can find and download any ...
Monday, 06 June 2011 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
iTunes Moves into the Cloud
After many months of speculation, Steve Jobs announced that iTunes would be finally utilizing cloud storage upon the release of iOS5 in the Fall of 2011.  The new service, aptly called iCloud, stores music, video, books, apps and photos as well as syncs them over all your devices (non-Apple devices included and up to 10).  For instance, if you purchased a new album on your iPhone, it would automatically be synced to your PC & iPad the next time they are connected to the Internet.  The completely free iCloud service replaces MobileMe, a similar concept that Apple attempted to charge a yearly fee of $99.   Apple is also rolling out iTunes Match.  Likely coming from their recent acquisition of LaLa, iTunes Match will take all the songs that you have downloaded from other sources over the years and match them ...
Monday, 06 December 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Integra DTR-80.2 9.2 Channel AV Receiver Preview
For those who want it all, let us introduce you to Integra's flagship from the DTR Audio Video Receiver line.  The THX Ultra2 Plus certified DTR-80.2 is 4-Zone, networkable AV Reciever with 8 HDMI 1.4a inputs and powers 9 separate channels with 145 watts per channel (20-20kHz, 0.05% THD).The matte black Integra's DTR-80.2 isn't the cleanest appearance-wise, but the many buttons on the front are well organized.  Like other units in this series, I enjoy the easy-to-see silver volume and power controls.  A USB port for an iPod/iPhone (or other hard drives loaded with music), analog stereo and video RCA jacks, an optical toslink digital in, and an HDMI input round out the front.  Speaking of connections, this receiver has 8 HDMI 1.4a inputs (7 back, 1 front) which allow 3D pass-through for 3D Blu-ray and 3D broadcast content.  HDMI ...
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Integra DTR-40.2 7.2 Channel AV Receiver Preview
Integra’s 7.2 channel, THX Select 2 Plus certified DTR-40.2 receiver is very capable 3D-ready, 2-Zone, networkable A/V Reciever with 7 HDMI 1.4a inputs and a power rating of 110 watts per channel (20-20kHz, 0.08% THD).Integra's DTR-40.2 comes in a matte black, and though there are plenty of buttons to fiddle with on the unit's front, it remains well organized and clean.   I like the look of the distinctive, easy-to-see silver volume and power controls.  Also on the front is a lone USB port for connecting iPod/iPhone's and other digital media drives and one of the HDMI inputs.  Speaking of HDMI, this receiver has 7 HDMI 1.4a inputs (6 back, 1 front) which provide 3D pass-through for Blu-ray and Broadcast content, and also supports Audio Return Channel.  There are also 3 Y/Pr/Pb component inputs (capable of up to 1080i), 1 D-Sub ...
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
Is Netflix Streaming Good Enough for the Serious Movie Buff?
Since 1997, Netflix has changed the way that we think about "renting" movies.  Instead of schlepping it to our nearest big box rental shop or mom 'n pop store to pick up a tape of DVD, they've made us all lazier -- excuse me, enhanced the convenience of renting a movie -- by sending discs directly to our mailbox based on a queue arranged on their website.  Wait times can be a hassle for high-demand items, but the service has nevertheless made believers out of many consumers.  However, with the likes of free movies available at various venues across the Internet (Hulu, The Auteurs), a new type of viewing experience has become predominant within the past few years: instant streaming, along with free on-demand rentals through cable providers. In reaction to this, Netflix has also come out of the gate ...
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