Flashback 1998: A Compressed History of the Digital Music Player

A momentous occasion in the evolution of recorded music occurred 20 years ago when a California district court ruled to allow the sale of a curious new portable music player in the face of opposition from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Here’s a compressed history of the events surrounding the birth of the MP3 player.

Read more at Sound & Vision here.

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11 Steps To Easily Set Up Your New iPhone XS, XS Max & XR

If you have bought a new iPhone XS, XS Max or, this month, an XR, follow these steps for the best way get it up and running quickly and smoothly. And then, take time to tweak some of the settings for a more enjoyable iOS 12 experience.

Read the rest of this story here at Techlicious.

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What To Know About IMAX Enhanced

After more than a generation of home theater being a thing, two companies — IMAX and DTS — have combined to create the first single certification for both home theater video and audio gear called IMAX Enhanced.

Read the rest of this story here on TWICE.com.

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Apple iPhone XS Max Review: 7 reasons to buy the smartphone (and 3 reasons maybe not)

No sense in beating about the bush. Apple’s new iPhone XS Max is the best smartphone the company that invented the modern smartphone has ever made. This assertion, by extension, arguably makes the Apple’s new iPhone XS Max the best smartphone ever made.

Read the rest of this review here on Gear Brain.

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Get Ready for a Long Road to 8K

On the surface, all this 8K attention seems bonkers. Outside of a handful of 8K travelogue videos on YouTube content from Japanese broadcaster NHK, there is no 8K content anyone can watch at home.

Read this entire report here at Digital Technology Consulting’s Digital Riff.

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Nixplay Seed Review: A smart digital photo frame that’s quirky but effective

Nixplay is trying to boost the dumb digital photo frame by introducing a degree of intelligence and versatility into its offerings. The most intriguing are its Seed Wi-Fi Amazon Alexa-enabled models, which come in rectangular 8- and 10-inch editions ($139.99 and $179.99, respectively), and widescreen with both a 10.1- and 13.3-inch version ($149.99 and $209.99, respectively). We’re focusing on the latter in our review.

Read the rest of this review here at Gear Brain.

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Apple Announces 3 New iPhones

Apple today unveiled new three new iPhone X models (pronounced iPhone ten), including the largest iPhone ever, the XS Max, and a new entry-level iPhone, the XR. All the new Apple devices are powered by new, more powerful and more energy-efficient chips that enable longer battery life and enhanced first-ever features, rather than the usual minor improvements in the company’s second-generation “S”-labeled upgrades.

Read the rest of this news report at Techlicious here.

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13 Products We Want from IFA 2018

My favorite products from this year’s IFA show in Berlin, which you can read here on Techlicious.

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8K TV is Coming. Should You Care?

Last week at the IFA electronics fair in Berlin, Germany, the world’s top three TV sellers, Samsung, LG and TCL, all announced 8K TVs. Samsung’s sets will start selling this fall, TCL’s next May, and LG’s – unknown.

These high-profile 8K announcements don’t mean you need to chuck those plans to buy a 4K UHD, or chuck the 4K set you just bought. Especially since the first editions of 8K, like the first generations of regular HDTVs in the late 1990s and 4K UHDs five years back, will run in the $8,000-$12,000 range. And, you won’t get the full benefits of an 8K TV for years.

Read the rest of this report here at Techlicious


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How wireless charging will power your smartphone through the air

Imagine never having to plug in your smartphone to recharge it. Imagine a world where you’re sitting in a restaurant, wandering through an airport, on a plane or at your desk — and your smartphone just automatically recharges. No more AC jack, USB charger and cable, no more battery packs.

Read more of this story here at Gear Brain.

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