Amazon buys Ring for $1 billion

Given the recent movements in the home automation market, Amazon grabbing Ring didn’t surprise me at all. It will be interesting to see how this works with another recent purchase – Blink. Amazon is expected to keep Ring as an independent business, much like it has with its other acquisitions, like Zappos and Twitch, according to GeekWire, which earlier reported […]

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Plex adds DVR support to Apple TV

Great news for Plex DVR users with an Apple TV. You can now schedule recordings in the application directly. This goes a long way in making the experience more partner & kid friendly! Along with watching Live TV, now you can also schedule recordings and use closed captioning on your Apple TV. With warmer weather (hopefully) just around the corner, […]

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NVIDIA, we need to talk about SMBv1

Hi NVIDIA, Big fan of the Shield Android TV here. The Shield is great because provides a wonderful intersection of steaming and local content without the hassle of many other devices. There was a time I didn’t think anything could replace a home theater PC (HTPC) in my A/V stack, but the Shield has… It does almost everything I need […]

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And I was just wondering where all the Dolby Vision UltraHD Blu-ray titles were…

With the slew of Dolby Vision (DV) capable UltraHD Blu-ray players announced at CES, becoming available soon. I expected that the dearth of discs sporting the superior HDR format to be over by now. Apparently however, this might not be strictly a chicken v. egg problem that most new formats experience if the comments on this post are correct. There’s […]

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SVS SB-4000 13.5″ 1200W Sealed Box Subwoofer

SVS unveiled the SB-4000, PB-4000, and PC-4000 4000 series subwoofers back in November. These reference quality subs replace their popular 13-Ultra series, with a level of change which is quite dramatic from the previous generation. Alterations were made to the cabinet and 13.5” driver, but the electronics received the most benefit with the introduction of a 50MHz Analog Devices Audio […]

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Planning obsolescence

Everything has a lifespan, including the products we use. I don’t have a problem with companies understanding this, and specifically designing their goods to fall within a specific number of years or uses. They have incentives to maximize profit, so in markets where they can’t rely on technical innovation to drive sales, planning obsolescence is a viable tactic. The main […]

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