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2019 Blu-Ray Gift Guide: Boxes of Joy

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The time has come to not only celebrate the holidays, but also our favorite movies and TV shows, in high- or ultra high-definition, with Atmos sound (where available), and with extras galore. Once again, we invite you to sit back and peruse our picks of the year’s most exciting boxed sets to give and to receive.
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The Baby Yoda Funko Pop is real and coming in 2020

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While Baby Yoda hasn't yet been declared Time Magazine's Person of the Year, that little scamp otherwise gets everywhere. The Mandalorian's breakout puppet star was kept secret throughout the entire promotional period for the Disney Plus series – but now the merchandise is coming thick and fast. Baby Yoda will soon be a Funko Pop, and a plushie. 

Forget words, let's see some pictures, first starting with the Funko:

Unfortunately for fans of the little guy, this Funko won't be out in time for the holidays – in fact, Baby Yoda's Funko will arrive in February 2020, long after The Mandalorian is finished (they're up for pre-order on Walmart already). 

One thing to note: since 'Baby Yoda' isn't actually this creature's real name, the Funko will be referred to as 'The Child'. 

It'll be available as a regular-sized Funko Pop and a 10-inch version.… Read the full article

Qualcomm: Get ready, the 5G future is here

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

5G networks are set for an even greater explosion over the next few years than expected as more devices begin shipping with the latest technology, Qualcomm’s chief has predicted.

Speaking at the company’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon laid out some far-reaching goals as the company looks to provide 5G connectivity across the world.

Amon noted how there are currently 325 operators in 109 countries across the world already investing in 5G, and that “significant 5G coverage” is certainly possible by the end of 2021.… Read the full article

Get the Dell XPS 13 for cheap, even though Cyber Monday is over

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Just when you thought Black Friday and Cyber Monday were finally over, the deals just keep coming. Right now, Dell is trying to squeeze out some last-minute deals magic on the Dell XPS 13, which is basically the best laptop in the world. 

Right now on Dell's website, you can pick up the Dell XPS 13 with a Whiskey Lake Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for just $799 – but this deal won't last long. Dell is running this as a limited sales event, likely because this is an older model of the laptop. 

But, don't let that dissuade you from jumping on it.… Read the full article

Mozilla drops top security tools over snooping fears

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Mozilla has removed four Firefox extensions created by Avast and its subsidiary AVG after receiving credible reports that the extensions had harvested user data as well as user's browsing histories.

The four extensions which have been removed are Avast Online Security, AVG Online Security, Avast SafePrice and AVG SafePrice. The first two display warnings when users navigate to known malicious or suspicious sites while the other two show price comparisons and deals for online shoppers.

The fact that the extensions were collecting much more data than required was discovered by AdBlock Plus' creator Wladimir Palant who sent a report to Mozilla informing the Firefox maker of his discovery.… Read the full article

Apple is buying Intel’s modem chip business

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Intel has revealed it sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple at a “multi-billion dollar loss” after it was allegedly forced out of the market by Qualcomm.

In a recent blog post, executive vice president and general counsel at Intel, Steven R. Rodgers explained that the chipmaker was forced out of the market due to Qualcomm's patent licensing practices and he argued that the decision against the company should stand, saying:

“We invested billions, hired thousands, acquired two companies and built innovative world-class products that eventually made their way into Apple’s industry-leading iPhones, including the most recently released iPhone 11.… Read the full article

Hegeman Model 1 omnidirectional loudspeaker

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Ye Editor had his first exposure to a true omnidirectional speaker system 15 years ago, while he was employed as chief equipment tester for High Fidelity magazine. The speaker was a most unusual-looking device for its time, being roughly a foot square and standing 3 feet high, with a “cube” of grille cloth at the top like a cupola. Inside the cupola was an 8″ woofer facing upwards. Directly above it was the weirdest-looking tweeter you ever saw.

Instead of a cone, it had what looked for all the world like a large, white lily sticking up from the voice coil, and close inspection revealed fine blue ruled squares on the “lily,” earning for it the nickname by which it is remembered: “the ledger-paper tweeter.” That system, designed by Stewart Hegeman and later produced by EICO as their HF-S2, was memorable for two other reasons, too.… Read the full article

Speaker Active Matching (SAM) Technology in the Devialet Expert 220 Pro Integrated Amplifier

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Speaker Active Matching (SAM) Technology in the Devialet Expert 220 Pro Integrated Amplifier

The French company Devialet has introduced a number of amplifier innovations since its founding in 2004. It is most famous for its hybrid output stage, which uses a Class A amplifier for voltage gain and a Class D amplifier for current gain. Devialet’s amplifiers look and operate differently than conventional products, combining sleek industrial design with very advanced software-driven features that both improve the sound and make the products easy to use. The Expert 220 Pro integrated amplifier reviewed here incorporates many of the more than 100 patents the company has been granted over the past decade.… Read the full article

Roon Introduces Valence

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Roon Labs has unveiled an entirely new technology it calls Valence that it says can accurately predict which new music releases you will like, plus adds additional functionality to Roon. It’s contained in Roon 1.7.

Valence is a system built on a cloud database, that uses machine learning algorithms in conjunction with its information about the musical tastes of the now more than 100,000 Roon users to model the way different pieces of music are related—such as by shared musicians, shared producers, shared lyricists—to suggest music you might like that you’ve never previously heard.… Read the full article

Burnley vs Man City live stream: how to watch today’s Premier League football online from anywhere

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Who knew that Turf Moor would be such a big venue in Pep Guardiola and Man City's 2019-20 Premier League season. It's a huge game to get things going on Amazon Prime Video and we have full details below on how to watch the game for with our Burnley vs Man City live stream guide – no matter where in the world you are.

Pep Guardiola's side currently find themselves a hefty 11 points behind leaders Liverpool, with their leaky back four looking decidedly fragile.… Read the full article