Smartphone Camera Faceoff
Apr17

Smartphone Camera Faceoff

The Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus vs the Google Pixel. These three take top honors in the smartphone camera competition. Now it’s time to see which one comes out on top. Each one of these has certain benefits. Depending on the type of photographs you take, one might be better than the others. However, all three have excellent cameras. Samsung Galaxy S7 When most phones were still increasing the number of megapixels in the...

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Harmony Remote Elite Plays Nice with Alexa
Apr13

Harmony Remote Elite Plays Nice with Alexa

Way back in 1950 Zenith released the first remote control for the television. It was called the Lazy Bone. At that time, it was said that by using remote controls we would all become couch potatoes. Instead devices as well as their remote controls proliferated like rabbits. They now are the cause of much frustration and aggravation. We have not become lazy bones because we often still have to jump up just to find the proper remote or...

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New Smartphone? Now or Later?
Apr06

New Smartphone? Now or Later?

Ready for a new smartphone? As I write this, there are three smartphones vying for the top spot: the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S7, and the Google Pixel. All are excellent every-day phones. Each has its own outstanding features. Yet, often there are two decisions to be made. The first is which phone to purchase. The second is when to make that purchase. So in this article I will give information on each phone as well as...

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Sony STR-DN1070 — Hi-Res Audio at its Best
Apr04

Sony STR-DN1070 — Hi-Res Audio at its Best

The changes in audio equipment over the past few years has been truly amazing. If you are using an A/V receiver that is a few years old, it may be time for a new one. New features abound, especially in the Sony STR-DN1070 that I will be telling you about today. The STR-DN1070 is a 7.2 channel Home Theater AV receiver has 145 W per channel of power output.  At 17″ x 6-1/4″ x 12-7/8″ (W x H x D), it looks like the...

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Makes It’s Debut
Mar30

Samsung Galaxy S8 Makes It’s Debut

It’s official, after months of guesses and speculations, the details of Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been announced. Many of the revelations about the phones matched what I had predicted, but there were also some pleasant new revelations. Infinity Display The first surprise was what a great job Samsung did on the new screen. It is not only curved like the Galaxy S7 Edge, but there is almost no bezel. Samsung therefore...

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Samsung 4K Blu-ray Player
Mar27

Samsung 4K Blu-ray Player

As we finally move into the world of 4K, UHD TV, we begin to long for the very best picture ever. To get a taste of that best-ever picture you will need to watch a 4K Blu-ray disc on a 4K Blu-ray player. The Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UBD-K8500 is one of the first such players on the market. Being first, however, doesn’t not necessarily mean that it is lacking. In fact, this Blu-ray player has everything you need to enjoy 4K at its...

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Can Bixby and the Galaxy S8 Save Samsung?
Mar21

Can Bixby and the Galaxy S8 Save Samsung?

Samsung will announce their new Galaxy S8 in a few weeks. While Apple needs to make a splash with their upcoming iPhone because it is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Samsung has even more at stake with their new phone. Samsung is fighting for its reputation after the $6 billion debacle of the fire-prone Samsung Note. It is also trying to show itself as a trustworthy company in spite of the arrest of its de-facto leader, Jay Y. Lee...

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Flic Makes Life as Easy as Pressing a Button
Mar20

Flic Makes Life as Easy as Pressing a Button

In case you haven’t noticed, everyone is trying to find the easiest way to control internet-connected home devices. Voice activated devices like Google Home and the Amazon Echo are extremely popular, but sometimes we crave something more. That’s where the Flic button comes in. If you would like to control home devices, make calls on your cell phone, and even call an Uber with the press of a button, then the Flic button by Shortcut...

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Why You Should Be Using Windows 10 Action Center
Mar13

Why You Should Be Using Windows 10 Action Center

It’s easy to overlook one of Windows 10 most useful features. The Windows 10 Action Center is called up by clicking or tapping on a small icon that is almost hidden in the lower right corner of the screen. This icon will be either an empty rectangle or a rectangle with a blue circle with a number in it, as shown below. Using the icon will bring up the Action Center which is a slide-out pane that appears on the right side of the...

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LG B6 OLED 4K — The One to Buy
Mar02

LG B6 OLED 4K — The One to Buy

The time has finally come for a 4K TV and the LG B6 OLED 4K is one of the best you can buy. Why Buy 4K now? 4K or UHD televisions have been around for several years. At resolutions of 3840 x 2160, they contain nearly 8.3 million pixels so their resolution if four times that of full HD. This produces a clarity and picture details that cannot be seen on regular HD televisions. But 4K content is only now reaching the consumer. Netflix,...

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