Feb 02 2016

News - Denon AVR-S710W reviewed at RHT

I have a Denon AVR, and I've found it to be quite solid so RHT's conclusion on this HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 $480 Denon AVR-S710W doesn't surprise me in the least.

Jan 30 2016

News - ASUS PG348Q 34" QHD curved 21:9 monitor announced

Would it be OK to use an ASUS Republic of Gamers monitor for things besides gaming? I ask, because I think this QHD 34" curved PC monitor seems like it would be pretty awesome for quite a few applications - some fun (21:9 is perfect for movies), and others a bit less so (work).

There's a lot of details in the PR, most notably that it will be available in February. Pricing is distressingly absent however...

Jan 30 2016

News - ASUSTOR AS602T NAS reviewed at TweakTown

I haven't seen many Intel Braswell NAS reviews, it's great that they are starting to come out.

Jan 30 2016

News - What's wrong with HA today. CEPro laughs, then answers

It's true. The current HA market is kind of a mess... Everyone has their own app, nothing talks to each other, etc. While incredibly frustrating I prefer to see this as growing pains. An artifact of the newness of the market that will sort itself out eventually. Have a look at CEPro's take on the matter.

Jan 30 2016

News - Techradar explains why you should care about HDR

One of the best things about 4K, isn't really the updated resolution. While that is nice, it will really only benefit those who have a massive display and/or sit close to their displays (i.e. the right place). The biggest benefit, is along with more pixels the content and panels are getting support for high dyanamic range (HDR). I know that I've been banging on about HDR, but it really does make a difference Smile. So if you're not really sure, and want more information on what it is and why you should care - Techradar has a good primer on the subject.

Jan 28 2016

News - I'm not sure what Data Privacy Day is, but Arq is offering 20% off...

If you recall (or at least I hope you do Smile), I reviewed Arq a little while back and found it to be exactly what I was looking for when it came to cloud based data backup. If it sounded interesting but the price was just a touch to much, Arq is offering 20% off today because it's Data Privacy Day (don't tell Hallmark).

Jan 27 2016

News - Skylake Iris Pro pricing is out, ouch!!!

If you were waiting for Iris Pro to pickup a Skylake system, the prices have come out and they are hefty - although currently they are all Xeon models (so aimed more at enterprise workstation), so hopefully we'll see some Core branded models in a more comfortable price range soon.

Jan 27 2016

News - Need an indoor OTA antenna? The Wirecutter does best off...

Outside or in the attic is best, but sometimes it's just not possible to mount a big [ugly] antenna and run the necessary cables. This is where you have to fall back on the indoor variety, and a guide like The Wirecutter's is so useful.

Jan 27 2016

News - Pulse-Eight launches neo:4 Professional HDBaseT Matrix switch

I was vaguely aware that Pulse-Eight (yep, the PC HDMI-CEC gurus) had moved into the custom installer (CI) market, but must admit to not really following it that closely. Having looked at what their new neo:4 HDMI matrix switch can do, I'm quite impressed. 4K, HDCP 2.2, and four HDBaseT ports + intelligent HDMI CEC control - yum!

Jan 26 2016

News - Speaking of 4K demo material. LG is just about ready to roll out their droolworthy Signature OLED TVs

If you had a hard time not grabbing one of LG's OLEDs last year, it's going to be even more difficult this time around. Their outstanding displays have only gotten better; both in the picture quality and the eye candy quadrants - with the G6 'Signature' line at the top. Naturally, if you're going to drop $8K on a display, you will want to see it and LG is stating to roll out the demo models. HD GURU has the details.

Jan 26 2016

News - RHT unleashes UHD Blu-ray database

UHD Blu-ray is a big step up from Blu-ray, and should be a huge step up from streaming. But history has a way of not picking winners solely on the techincal merits, so I'm not convinced that it has long term legs. Even so, if I had a 4K TV it would be hard not to pony up the $ for a player and a least a couple titles to show off said display when folks come calling Smile.

Unfortunately, not all UHD titles are 4K though so you may want to check RHT's database when picking ouf your perfect demo material.

Jan 26 2016

Guide - Block Google DNS per device

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Some apps, like Netflix, have recently started hard coding Google's DNS servers into them to combat the use of VPNs and Smart DNS services. Most of the guides I've seen have indicated that the best way to combat this is via "static routes to nowhere". While this is an approach, I don't think it's the best, or most reliable way to get it done. In my opinion IP filtering is a much better option.

Jan 21 2016

News - This time, trust us, it's finally a CableCARD replacement

CableCARD has been being replaced for as long as I can remember (OK, not really, but it sure feels that way). Now I have heard rumors that this was coming, and it would be AWESOME if it did, but until it's a bit more solid I'm not going to get excited. Could just be another RVU...

Jan 21 2016

News - Kwikset introduces new Z-Wave deadbolt

I'm sure I missed a lot of news by not being able to make it to CES this year. One of these things, and I know I would have seen it close up because I always stop by the Kwikset booth, is their new Z-Wave deadbolt. Frankly, I think it looks great and I was really happy with my Kwikset locks, so I'm sure it will be a solid addition to their home automation (HA) lock portfolio.

Jan 21 2016

News - Lowe's picks Centralite for next Iris generation

Lowe's has made a solid play in home automation (HA) with Iris. So it's great to see them bringing out another generation of devices including a slew of core sensors from Centralite.

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