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Tamron Offers Practicality In New Mid-Range Zoom

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Tamron is emphasising the practical aspects of its new A043 model zoom for the Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. It’s a 35-150mm f2.8-4.0 Di series (for full-35mm format D-SLRs) zoom which spans medium wide-angle to short telephoto focal lengths, making it useful for a wide variety of applications, including landscapes, portraiture and architecture. This versatility is enhanced by a compact and lightweight design, a weather-sealed external construction, built-in optical image stabilisation – claimed to give up to five stops of correction for camera shake – and a minimum focusing distance of 45 centimetres across the full focal range.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival: B&W, YG Acoustics and Naim, Sonos with Sonus Faber

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

When you live in a city like Vancouver that has a number of bricks-and-mortar hi-fi shops, it’s easy to forget that not everyone can hop in car, climb on a bus or a train and check out world-class gear within 20 minutes of their home.

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Listening #197: Simon Brown & The Wand tonearm

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

There’s a noise I make when I’m having trouble with something inanimate: a deep, growly huff that starts in my diaphragm and comes out in one or two quick, staccato bursts. I huff this huff when I drop a tool or can’t budge a seized bolt or the bottom falls out of a trash bag. It annoys my family and scares my dog.

I made that noise at least a half-dozen times while installing and setting up the Wand, a unipivot tonearm designed and manufactured by Design Build Listen Ltd., in Dunedin, New Zealand (footnote 1).… Read the full article

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Best Gear of April 2019

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

When it comes to AV gear worthy of Sound & Vision’s prestigious Top Pick designation, April turned in a 4K projector videophiles will drool over, an impressive home theater speaker system from a venerable brand that can be had for less than two grand, another super subwoofer from SVS, and our latest Top Value Pick — a set of powered Bluetooth speakers that delivers shockingly good sound for $200.
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Here’s how Facebook is changing completely in 2019

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After a brutal 2018, Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for the Facebook platform in 2019. Facebook is being redesigned with a focus on community and privacy.

Zuckerberg made the announcements during Facebook's F8 event that was held today near the company's home turf in San Jose, California, where he addressed the past year of issues with privacy, security and decreasing trust in the platform.

The new version of Facebook, codenamed 'FB5', will be the biggest change the social network has experienced in years: nearly every single aspect is changing in some way.… Read the full article

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Here are the Instagram changes coming your way

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Instagram looks like it will keep its spot as one of the top photo-sharing social networks in the world thanks to a slew of new updates announced today at Facebook's F8 Conference.

The biggest update is for creators who want to share their fashion choices with followers. No more dropping product URLs in a post's comments or personal bio: starting next week, creators will be able to directly link to products through their post images by tagging specific items. Only participating brands will be linkable, which are listed in a company post

Instagram is getting in on fundraising, too.… Read the full article

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Facebook makes major changes to Messenger for speed and privacy

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Facebook has announced major changes to its products this week at it's annual F8 keynote, and chief among them are updates to the Facebook Messenger app and WhatsApp. Facebook aims to overhaul Messenger while also enhancing WhatsApp.

Last year, Facebook showed off Messenger 4, and since then it's added dark mode, the ability to unsend messages, augmented reality features and more. Now, Facebook is aiming for considerable changes to the platform.

After considerable backlash within the past two years over Facebook's handling of sensitive personal data, the company is making a large push toward privacy.… Read the full article

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Dell bolsters SMB offerings with expanded Vostro portfolio

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

At its recent Dell Technologies World event, Dell announced the launch of the latest additions to its Vostro portfolio, the Vostro 15 5000 and Vostro 15 7000, designed with needs of small businesses in mind.

The Vostro 15 5000 is the thinnest and lightest device in the product line, designed for on-the-go business professionals. The portable 13” notebook is 14.9mm thin and weighs just 1.18kg (2.16lb). 

The new 13-inch Vostro notebook is encased in an aluminum cover for added durability and the FHD display is surrounded by a 3-sided narrow border thanks to the new 2.7mm HD webcam. 

While the HD camera provides a clear viewing experience, Waves MaxxAudio Pro boost volume and SmartByte software ensures video conferencing applications receive network bandwidth priority to reduce buffering, allowing business professionals to attend meetings from anywhere.… Read the full article

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Samsung Galaxy A80 vs Oppo Reno vs Honor View 20: which is the best smartphone for your kid?

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you’re looking for the best smartphone for your child, you’ve got to juggle a few factors: is it durable enough to survive all the knocks it’ll take, with a battery life to facilitate non-stop Snapchat? Will it have all the bells and whistles they’ll need for daily use? And is it affordable enough that you can easily replace it if they leave it somewhere?

Several companies now are targeting their smartphones to the ‘youth’, and interpreting that demand in different ways to try and be the face of smartphones to the younger generation.… Read the full article

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Official release date for Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift S is May 21

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Oculus has finally told us the release date for the new Oculus Rift S and standalone Oculus Quest headset that will be available starting on May 21. 

Both headsets will be available for $399 / £399 (around AU$730) and are available for pre-order starting today.   

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement of the Rift S's arrival during Facebook's' F8 2019 event that was held today in San Jose, Calif. right outside the company's main headquarters in Menlo Park. 

Previously, Oculus has announced that the Quest will arrive with more than 50 titles available on day one, while the Rift S will have access to every title in the Oculus store that can be played with the previous-gen Rift headset. 

Speaking of, the Rift S and Quest will launch at the same price as the Rift and will actually replace the headset in the lineup moving forward.… Read the full article

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