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The Royale FlexPai will beat Samsung Galaxy X to ‘first foldable phone’ title

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The world's first foldable phone isn't going to be the Samsung Galaxy X, instead it's the FlexPai from Royale, and it'll be officially launched on January 7 at CES 2019.

We already know a lot of the specs for the FlexPai as it was announced in China back in November 2018, but this is the first worldwide launch for the phone and we'll be reporting live from Royale's press conference to bring you everything you need to know about the futuristic device.… Read the full article

Pioneer VSX-LX303 networked AV receiver REVIEW

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

We’re having trouble reconciling two different facts about the Pioneer VSX-LX303 AV receiver. Fact one: it is a nine-channel unit, rated at 100 watts per channel. Fact two: it sells for less than $1500. We don’t think we’ve seen that kind of value before from a reputable brand.

Nine channels gives options. One such is powering overhead speakers for best operation with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks. This receiver can deliver than in two main configurations: 5.1.4 or 7.1.2. Lesser configurations are available, too, such as 5.1.2.… Read the full article

Nvidia GPUs built with Samsung’s 7nm process could come in 2020

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Nvidia is reportedly courting phone maker-meets-processor manufacturer Samsung for a 2020 line of RTX desktop graphics cards built using Samsung’s 7-nanometer (nm) transistor process. 

This comes from Japan’s My Navi News, claiming access to Samsung sources and information. The processors will be developed using Samsung’s extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) process, which uses a plasma laser to drive silicon material into 7nm transistor structures. 

Samsung started producing 7nm processors using this method in October 2018, which Tom’s Hardware reports is ahead of its promised early 2019 launch schedule.… Read the full article

CES 2019 Preview: Pioneer, Fibbr, Elite Screens & More

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The press releases are flowing as companies gear up for the biggest trade exhibition of the year — CES 2019 — which opens Tuesday in Las Vegas. Here’s a preview of some of the introductions and demonstrations planned for the show, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.
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The top 5 fitness trackers on sale in January 2019

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

New Year's has arrived, and for many people, that means an annual resolution to get in shape. If you'd like to get more active, buying an activity tracker in 2019 can be very helpful in your new fitness journey.

By recording and tracking your activity, as well as monitoring your progress, a fitness tracker is a great tool to motivate yourself when you're doing well or to keep you in check when falling behind on your goals.

We've rounded up our top five fitness trackers that will not only meet a variety of needs but are also currently on sale.… Read the full article

Bending Wave USA's Grand Opening Is Set For January 26th, 2019

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Bending Wave USA today announces that it will open its offices and state of the art sound room in Davie, FL later in January. To celebrate the milestone, a Grand Opening celebration will take place on January 26th and 27th, 2019.

The sound room is equipped with $750,000 worth of high-end luxury speakers and cables from Germany, and reference quality finely crafted electronics made in Switzerland. This sound room is a temple for audiophiles where only the purest of sound waves are generated.… Read the full article

True Stories

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|


Fresh off the success of his band’s appearance in Jonathan Demme’s seminal concert film, Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads front man David Byrne tried his hand at making his own feature film in 1986. A comedy styled as a documentary about the fictional town of Virgil, Texas, True Stories centers on the town’s quirky residents, whose lives are reminiscent of tabloid newspaper stories. Written by Byrne, Beth Henley, and Stephen Tobolowsky (whom you might remember from memorable roles in Groundhog Day, Thelma and Louise, Californication and Glee), it is also directed by and stars Byrne as the narrator and main character.

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Microsoft wants to let you know what data of yours it has

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While Facebook and other tech giants are dealing with data privacy issues, Microsoft is working on a new project code named “Bali” designed to give users greater control over the data collected about them online.

The project, which is currently in the private testing stage, is being developed by Microsoft Research.

The webpage for the Bali project is currently inaccessible but ZDNet learned that it allows those with a code to sign in and those without a code to request one.… Read the full article

Allnic Audio H-1202 Phono Stage

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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It’s interesting to note that a $3750 phono stage is now considered, among some audiophiles, as entry level for delivering vinyl sound as it’s meant to be heard. Sure, there are relatively inexpensive examples that do a fine job—the excellent Rega Aria is priced at $1500—and some expensive models that don’t, but in my experience, higher priced analogue gear sounds better. You gotta pay to play.

My reference Sutherland Engineering DUO monoblock Phono Preamplifier was so good in review, I purchased the unit(s).… Read the full article

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak seems to reveal battery sizes

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is perhaps the most heavily leaked phone around at the moment but one thing we haven’t heard until now is how big its battery will be. A new leak changes that though, as a photo of cases seemingly designed for the S10 range also includes text which seems to correspond to battery sizes.

The image, shared by reputable Samsung leaker @UniverseIce, shows three different cases, one for a 6.4-inch phone (likely the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus), one for a 6.1-inch handset (probably the standard Galaxy S10), and one for a 5.8-inch device (possibly the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite).… Read the full article