Jun 27 2017

News - Epson announces Home Cinema 4000 HDR "4K Enhancement Technology" projector

If you really want a 4K projector, but can't quite stomach the current prices. The Epson 4000 might be just the thing. It's a 1080p projector that supports HDR10 (sadly not Dolby Vison) and 4K input, then downscales to the native resolution. Which should provide a superior image than standard 1080p sources. The best part is of course the price - $2,200.

Jun 26 2017

News - Intel Skylake/Kaby Lake HyperThreading flaw discovered

Hot Hardware is reporting the discovery of a critical flaw in Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake when HyperThreading is enabled. Head over there for the details, but for the TLDR crowd - make sure to check for a BIOS update from your motherboard vendor.

Jun 18 2017

News - STREAMZ Android powered wireless headphones on Kickstarter


I get a lot of Kickstarter pitches in the MissingRemote inbox, but it's not that often that I see one that looks interesting. STREAMZ is one of those. Combining an Android powered Wi-Fi streamer in the headset alongside Bluetooth and wired connectivity it can provide a complete music solution. Music can be stored locally (it supports up to 256GB SDXC), streamed from Google Drive, or from Pandora or Spotify. Although, as a Google Play Music subscriber it would be even more interesting if it supported that service. Besides the general risk associated with Kickstarter campaigns, there will be some associated with the platform's development. If the company makes it, hopefully they will be committed to updates both from a security and feature perspective.

Jun 07 2017

News - Yamaha intros YAS-207, first soundbar with DTS Virtual:X

Yamaha is known, and lauded, for it's "sound projectors", but they also make the more pedestrian "sound bar". Just adding the $300 YAS-207 to the collection. With a wireless subwoofer, HDMI inputs, and being first to support the DTS Virtual:X 3D audio format being the main selling points.

Jun 01 2017

News - Plex adds Live TV

If you have a Plex Pass you can now watch your OTA content live, anywhere you have Internet. You will, of course, need some local tuners, but it's not just HDHR devices now. There are actually quite a few, and you can even use some of the USB ones with the NVIDIA SHIELD!

May 30 2017

News - No display to rule them all - HDTVTest 2017 Sony A1/A1E v LG C7 comparison

If you are in the market for a OLED display I would recommend having a look at Vincent's comparison of two of the top contenders. While very thorough, there is an important thing not mentioned; the LG's significant price advantage. 

Personally, I took two things away: maybe it would be good to wait another year for OLED and it's great to have competition Smile.

May 30 2017

News - O'Reilly details a $120 DYI smart doorbell

I love building little IoT devices, so this project is right up my alley. Requiring a rPi (or similar dev board), a bit of HW, and some elbow grease you too can build your own face-recognizing doorbell.

May 30 2017

News - UCF researchers discover addressable single pixel full-color display tech

As we all know, current LCD technology creates colors by using mulitple single color sub-pixels to create the full gamut resolved through the pixel. This method would consolidate the heavy lifting into a single voltage controled pixel - reducing the required footprint per-pixel significantly.

May 24 2017

News - Get your HDR geek on thanks to HDTVTest

If you're into the details, and chances are good since you're here Smile. You will get a lot out of HDTVTest's video explaining HDR Tone-Mapping in various displays.

May 18 2017

News - Synology DS1517+ reviewed @ SmallNetBuilder

If you're in the market for a five bay NAS that supports BTRFS the Synology DS1517+ might be just the thing. Provided you have the cash, it is a little expensive in this category.

May 06 2017

News - Intel AMT

If you've been following the Intel AMT security issue story, it looks like we finally have some guidence around the severity and some mitigations steps. Even though a proper fix is still some ways off. Ars has some more information on the exploit (although they didn't include the root cause) as well as useful links to some tools Intel has put out there.

May 03 2017

News - ecobee4 is now official, sports Amazon Alexa support

The ecobee4 fortold by Zatz Not Funny! has arrived. Well sort of - you can now pre-order the smart thermostat for $249 (or $313 to include two additonal sensors) with an expected ship date of May 15th. Not bad at all considering that it suports Amazon Alexa (saving you a Dot purchase) and includes a remote sensor.

Apr 28 2017

News - ASUS launches XFINITY compatible CM-32 AC2600 Cable Modem Router

Retail cable modems aren't a new thing, but OEMs are increasingly developing combo modem + Wi-Fi Routers - with the CM-32 ASUS's newest entry into the market. Looking at the spec's it appears to be a "future proof" 32x8 DOCIS 3.0 design with 802.11 AC2600 included. It does lack voice though, which is a bit off putting considering the $250 SRP. Many of the competative devices in this range are VOIP enabled.

Apr 19 2017

News - ASUS enters DIY IoT market with $55 Tinker Board

Whether you want to build a super SFF HTPC or have a play, the $55 ASUS Tinker Board should provide a solid platform to build off of. It offers Gb Ethernet, Bluetooth, 802.11N Wi-Fi, and support for HWA H.264/H.265 decoding along with a good selection of I/O options. I'm really tempted to pick one up, but I may just wait until we see a version of OpenELEC/LibreELEC on the roadmap.

Apr 12 2017

News - CyberLink launches PowerDVD 17 with VR, HDR and Ultra HD Blu-ray support

There's no stopping CyberLink in their quest to keep PowerDVD at the forefront of PC content playback. It wasn't that long ago that they added support for Ultra HD Blu-ray, and now there's another update with adds support for VR. It's great to see them continuing to help make the HTPC the best solution for home media consumption.

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