One of the most important factors in selecting the right hi-fi components is room size. If you're lucky enough to have a big living space (over 500 square feet), I'd recommend floor-standing speakers. Big rooms also soak up amplifier power; smaller rooms need a lot less. Here in NYC, most folks live in small apartments, and they'll get terrific sound with midsize bookshelf speakers and small amps.
Promising to reduce your carbon footprint at the touch of a button, Food Cycle Science announced its first in-home composter this week, the Food Cycler: Home. With an approximate size of 1 cubic foot and claims of an odorless drying process that takes just 3 hours, the Food Cycler is designed to be a convenient alternative to traditional composting methods.
Of course, that level of convenience doesn't come without a cost. In the case of the Food Cycler: Home, that cost is an MSRP of $499, though Food Cycle Science says that the device will actually sell for $399 … Read more
Ultra HD, colloquially known as "4K," is the latest buzzword, and the latest push from TV manufacturers.
While your next TV might not be Ultra HD, the one after probably will be.
Here are the basics of what you need to know about this latest advancement in TV technology.… Read more
What would be the fastest way to get DVD rentals to materialize in users' hands the moment they added them to their queue? The US Postal Service? No. Bike messenger? No. Delivery drones? Just maybe...
With a tongue-in-cheek YouTube video, Netflix takes a friendly jab at its competitor Amazon and its announcement last year that it was working on delivery drones. The parody video broadcasts the roll out of a "groundbreaking" new feature called "Drone 2 Home."
"Now we are getting back to our creative roots with our groundbreaking, same-day, home delivery subscription service: Drone … Read more
Promising to make advanced home security easier and more accessible, Swann Security is introducing SwannSecure, a new wireless IP camera kit due in retail outlets this April.
Based in Australia, Swann has been manufacturing cameras and security devices for over 25 years. It was just last year, though, that they launched SwannLink, a peer-to-peer network designed to help consumers connect their security systems with devices like phones and tablets via the internet. The SwannSecure kit is the latest offering to fall in line with that initiative, consisting of an indoor/outdoor, Wi-Fi ready camera that you'll be able to … Read more
Web guru and Android enthusiast Tim Bray has announced he's leaving Google. Why? Because he wants to work from home.
"It's an amicable separation in the face of irreconcilable differences: I wouldn't move to California and Google wouldn't open a Vancouver office," Bray wrote in a blog post. "Both before and after being hired, I had been asked to consider moving south. I didn't want to and politely declined. Eventually, the group I'm in politely informed me that staying remote wasn't an option."
Not one to mince words, Bray … Read more
Pink Home Screen Designer Pro contains multiple options for wallpaper, as well as shelf designs and frames, to help your phone look its best. Use some of the available options, or choose a photo from your camera roll, and then add the finishing touches to design a background that makes you smile every time you turn your phone on.
The interface of this app is highly intuitive, but the one major drawback is the number of fullscreen ads that pop up as you try and use it. The ads can be cleared quickly, though, and if that doesn't bother … Read more
Citing manufacturing "adjustments," the team behind the Goji smart lock told the backers of their successful Indiegogo campaign today that there would be a three-month shipping delay. The announcement pushes the Goji's expected release date into June, and marks the second such delay for the smart deadbolt. The first came three months ago, and pushed the product's arrival back from December 2013 to March of this year.
AT&T unveiled its Digital Life home security and automation service back in 2013. At that time it was available in just 15 US cities, but AT&T has been steadily introducing its product to new markets. Today, AT&T announced that Digital Life will make its way to Albany, N.Y.; Dayton, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Wichita, Kan., on Friday, February 21, which will bump the tally up to 63 markets.
Kevin Petersen, president of Digital Life, Inc., comments on this expansion in the official press release: "This year is going to be exciting … Read more
Smart home networks are rapidly gaining popularity, but some security experts worry that not enough encryption controls are coming with the products.
Security firm IOActive released an advisory (PDF) on Tuesday saying more than half a million Belkin WeMo devices are susceptible to widespread hacks. The firm uncovered several vulnerabilities in these devices, which would let hackers gain access to home networks and remotely control Internet-connected appliances.
The hacks could range from a mean-spirited prank to actually posing a danger. For example, they could be as benign as turning someone's house lights on-and-off to something dangerous like getting a … Read more