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How to turn your Galaxy S4 into a universal remote

With the built-in IR blaster, use your Galaxy S4 as a universal remote that controls many components and offers personalized recommendations on what to watch.

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The big picture: Projection screen basics

Thinking about getting a projector? Don't forget the screen!

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The image on the left is correct. The image on the right is a simulation of what the same image would look like with the Contrast control set too high. Notice how the clouds lack all detail, and are merely white blobs.

How to set a TV up by eye

Sometimes you don't have access to a setup disc but want to do a rough setup using the tools in your head. This guide should help you get a TV watchable.

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Getting your settings right for the big game

Make sure all your TV, audio, and cable/satellite settings are correct before the big game.

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Building the ultimate high-tech big-game party

How to put together the coolest multi-TV football party ever.

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Mounting a TV above a fireplace is a bad idea. HIMYM, on the other hand, is legend... wait for it... dary.

Don't mount a TV above a fireplace

Above the fireplace seems like a fine place to put a TV, but it's a bad idea.

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How to clean a TV screen

Don't clean your screen with Windex. What should you use instead? Good question.

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How to ban the banner ads from Panasonic Smart TVs

The Viera Connect or Smart Viera feature on new Panasonic TVs now includes a banner ad that pops up every time you turn on the TV. Here's how to disable it.

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Get more from your sound bar by using your TV as a switcher

Your sound bar may only have a couple of inputs, but you can easily expand its connectivity by using your TV to switch among devices.

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When should I upgrade my HDTV?

OK, you want a new TV. No problem. But do you need a new TV?

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The PNB650 series offers very good <a href="http://www.cnet.com/4520-7874_1-5108580-5.html">connectivity</a>, although it does follow the recent trend of spurning S-Video inputs--not one is to be found on this TV. The back panel sprouts three HDMI ports, two component-video inputs (one of which can be sacrificed for composite-video, if you need it), one VGA-style PC input, one RF input for cable and satellite, the Ethernet port, and one stereo analog and one optical digital audio output.

Morrison's Mailbag: Why is my TV's audio so low?

Trying to get better sound from your TV? Geoff Morrison offers some inexpensive options.

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Tip of the Day: do more with Apple TV

Want to increase the flexibility of your Apple TV? aTV Flash lets you watch more video files than just those bought from the iTunes Store.

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