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Should You Get Your Child an iPhone?

October 19, 2014
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Should You Get Your Child an iPhone?

With my daughter entering middle school this year, my wife and I thought it was time to her to have a cell phone. My daughter thought this should have happened eons ago but now there was a legitimate need with after school activities and pick-ups. Before we went forward with the purchase, I had...

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Swapping the iPhone 4S for the 5

June 25, 2013
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Swapping the iPhone 4S for the 5

In Sunday’s paper, I noticed that Best Buy is offering a trade-in program where you can swap your 16 GB iPhone 4 or 4s for a brand new iPhone 5. By slashing the price of the iPhone 5 by $50 and offering a minimum trade-in value of $150 for a working phone, you land...

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The Best HDTV for 2013?

May 19, 2013
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The Best HDTV for 2013?

The search for this year’s best HDTV was recently held at Value Electronics in Scarsdale, NY. The two day event does a side by side comparison to find the best HDTV on the market among the current crop of LEDs and plasmas. Each HDTV is set up by a professional calibrator to produce its...

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Free TiVo Desktop Discontinued, What are the Alternatives?

May 6, 2013
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Free TiVo Desktop Discontinued, What are the Alternatives?

The free Windows version of TiVo Desktop is being discontinued. TiVo Desktop can by used to download shows to your PC as well as stream photos and music to your TiVo. This weekend, a note appeared on the TiVo desktop web page stating that the free version is only available until June 5th, 2013...

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Roku 3 Launches: My Hands-Off Take

March 5, 2013
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Roku 3 Launches: My Hands-Off Take

The Roku 3 or the 4200X has launched, the latest Roku box in their line of popular media players. The smaller and sleeker Roku 3 is a direct replacement for the Roku 2 XS, one of our favorite streaming devices. I like the Roku because its comprehensive line-up of streaming services in 1080P and...

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The PS4′s Burlesque Unveiling

February 24, 2013
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The PS4′s Burlesque Unveiling

Sony’s PS4 unveiling was the tech equivalent of a burlesque style striptease. Some details were revealed but lots was left to the imagination. We still don’t know the pricing of the console, the specific release date, the size of its hard drive and finally, what the console itself looks like. Its reminiscent of the...

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HBO GO on Apple TV via AirPlay Hands-On

February 14, 2013
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HBO GO on Apple TV via AirPlay Hands-On

From day one, HBO prevented their HBO GO iPhone and iPad app from working with Apple’s Airplay. Airplay lets you stream audio and video from your iPhone or iPad to Apple TV. When I heard that HBO GO now supported AirPlay, I was apprehensive about the experience it would provide. After trying out the new...

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WD TV Live Review and Giveaway

February 11, 2013
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WD TV Live Review and Giveaway

Here at Tech of the Hub, we’ve looked at streaming boxes from Roku, Apple, Sony, Netgear and Boxee. Of the popular streaming boxes on the market, the WD TV Live was the one box I had not used in depth until now. The folks at Western Digital were kind enough to lend a WD TV...

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CES 2013 Wrap-Up: Ultra HD Everywhere

January 17, 2013
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CES  2013 Wrap-Up: Ultra HD Everywhere

It’s time to look back at my hopes and dreams for this year’s just concluded International CES and see what came to fruition. “A new TV display technology such as OLED or crystal LED that actually ships before the next CES.” Well, almost every TV vendor showed off their new Ultra HD TV wares. Sony seemed...

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CES 2013: What I’m looking for

January 6, 2013
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CES 2013: What I’m looking for

As I wouldn’t be at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that’s about to start, I’ve put together a quick list of things I will be watching for virtually. As much as I would like to attend the show this year, life’s too busy at the moment. I’m looking forward to...

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Will the Fiscal Cliff Drive Cord Cutting?

December 30, 2012
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Will the Fiscal Cliff Drive Cord Cutting?

As Washington prepares to drive us over the fiscal cliff, the impending tax hikes have pushed me to find ways to cut household costs (here’s a fiscal cliff calculator to see how much your taxes could go up). Looking at the family budget, cable TV is an obvious candidate to be cut. While cable...

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