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Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in New York

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After facing opposition from lawmakers and residents, Amazon might not built its second headquarters in New York after all.

Sources who are “familiar with the company’s thinking” spoke to The Washington Post on Friday, and said the e-commerce giant might reconsider its deal in the face of vocal opposition to the deal. 

Even if the deal falls through with New York, the deal with Virginia would still stand. 

“The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia have been so welcoming,” a source familiar with the matter told the Post.… Read the full article

Best 75-inch 4K TVs: the best home cinema-sized TVs you can buy

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While TV tech is always changing, one thing has always held true: Bigger TVs will be cheaper next year than they were this year. The processes to make them will become more refined and streamlined, while more factories will be built to handle the influx of larger-sized TVs.

That doesn't mean that you should expect to buy a 90-inch flatscreen for pennies on the dollar, but that does mean that 70- and 75-inch TVs will be more affordable in 2019 and 2020 than any year prior to that. 

But, it's not all good news for fabulously large TVS: this size range, above all, is beset with cut-price offerings.… Read the full article

Trump anticipated to ban 5G networks from using Chinese tech

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Sometime in the next few weeks, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would ban equipment made by Chinese telecoms from US wireless networks, sources told Politico.

The order has reportedly been long-delayed, and a report indicated the Trump administration was and there’s been internal pressure in the Trump administration to sign the order before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) industry convention in Barcelona at the end of the month. 

  • Which phones will support 5G first?
  • Here's what we expect to see at MWC 2019
  • Nonplussed about 5G?
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YG Acoustics Launches Hailey 2

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

YG Acoustics Launches Hailey 2

The following is a press release issued by YG Acoustics. Denver, CO | February 8th, 2019 – Ultra-high-end speaker manufacturer, YG Acoustics™ (www.yg-acoustics.com), once again expands accessibility to flagship-level sonics by incorporating BilletDome™ and ViseCoil™ technology into its Hailey™ platform. The newly developed Hailey 2 is the 2nd generation of this award-winning speaker. First launched in 2014, YG Acoustics’ Hailey was originally modeled after the then-flagship Sonja™, incorporating Sonja’s sonic ideals and aesthetics but, with a larger accessibility in the ultra-high-end range.… Read the full article

Amazon offers suggestions on facial recognition guidance

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As criticism over its facial recognition system Rekognition has grown among lawmakers and consumers alike, Amazon has come out in favor of legislating the technology and has even proposed guidelines on how to do so.

In a blog post, Amazon Web Services' VP of Global Public Policy, Michael Punke laid out five proposed guidelines on how the technology should be used responsibly.

However, Punke's suggestions come at a time when the company has been criticized for selling Rekognition to law enforcement agencies despite the fact that researchers claim to have discovered gender and ethnic biases in the system.… Read the full article

Judy Collins ‘In My Life’ SACD Review

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: |

Can you buy an SACD for a single track?

The Best SACD Track ever?

With rising prices for everything from used LPs to new SACDs and downloads, can you really justify buying an album just for a single track? I guess all audiophiles have bought many discs to get their favorite track, just to find out the audio quality made the purchase a complete loss. I was thinking about my overall batting average for album purchases. Perhaps 1 of 4 is in rotation.

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YG Acoustics – Our latest loudspeaker evolution is here

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Dear YG family,

YG Acoustics™ is pleased to unveil Hailey™ 2. Hailey 2 represents a gorgeous marvel of engineering and craftsmanship and the continued innovations of YG Acoustics.

Now, with the addition of YG Acoustics’ revolutionary Billet Dome tweeter and ViseCoil™ bass inductors, Hailey 2’s astonishing sonic performance can only be exceeded by the Sonja 2 and XV series.

Hailey 2.2

The newly developed Hailey 2 is the 2nd generation of the award-winning Hailey. Hailey 2 builds off its heritage with YG Acoustics’ breakthrough technological innovations and secures a new level of excellence from its predecessor.… Read the full article

Astell&Kern Wins Three 2019 iF Design Awards for Portable High-Resolution Player Line

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Irvine, CA – Astell&Kern, a global leader in portable high-resolution audio products, has won three iF Design Discipline Awards for the newest line of portable high-resolution audio players.  A fourth award was won by IRIVER and Astell&Kern brand ACTIVO for their CT10 high-resolution portable audio player.

The A&ultima SP1000M, A&futura SE100 and A&norma SR15 were recently named 2019 iF Design Discipline Award Winners.  The ACTIVO CT10, powered by the Astell&Kern TERATON sound module, was also named a Discipline Award Winner.  The iF International Forum Design in Hannover is the world’s oldest independent design organization and is awarding the iF design awards for outstanding design results annually.… Read the full article

New MacBook Air deal brings it to that magic $999 number

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you were burned by Apple price spiking the new 2018 MacBook Air over its previous models, B&H Photo and Amazon are thinking of you.

Both retailers have slashed a cool $200 off the list price for an entry-level MacBook Air, likely for a limited time given just how big of a name "MacBook Air" is.

If you're on Amazon, only the silver and gray colors are available at the discounted rate at the time of writing. Over on B&H, it's solely the gray model that's enjoying the price cut, again at the time of writing.… Read the full article

Aqua Acoustic Formula xHD now Roon Ready

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

I can’t tell you how many times I have to correct “Room” back to “Roon.” Both the word-processing applications I use have Spell-Checkers built in, and both always change Roon to Room. Sigh.