Before You Can Binge Watch, You Have To Binge Wait

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Following the series finale montage broadcast during the Emmys Sunday night, there was an online backlash at all the spoilers revealed.

Poo-pooers correctly noted that these shows ended their runs months ago and the endings were long-ago revealed – is it too soon to tell that Ted was the only WJM newsroom employee not fired in the finale of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”? These poo-pooers then excused the Emmy spoiler reel by assuming incorrectly that if you wanted to watch these series, you would have already.

Wrong, because before you can binge watch, you have to binge wait. Which is the subject of this post on the Huffington Post, where you can read the rest of this mostly true piece.

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The History of DVD

The first-ever DVD player, the Toshiba SD-3000, which went on sale in Japan in November 1996.

The first-ever DVD player, the Toshiba SD-3000, which went on sale in Japan in November 1996.

There is a great deal of anticipation – in the industry, at least – of the next-gen video disc, Ultra HD Blu-ray. UHD Blu-ray is, of course, the proposed successor of Blu-ray, which itself was the HD successor to DVD.

DVD was not the first video disc format– not by a long shot. The first video disc formats were suggested 70 years earlier. But the DVD was the first to become a mass market success nearly 20 years ago.

Back in 2007, just as Blu-ray was being introduced, I authored a history of DVD for the now-defunct magazine DVD Etc. Since the magazine is gone, I thought I’d rescue this history from publishing obscurity. So here is the story of DVD in two parts.

Read Part 1 of the History of DVD here.

Read Part 2 of the History of DVD here.

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Do You Believe in Miracles? The History of HDTV

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We are currently going through a second next-gen TV (r)evolution, from HDTV (2K) to UHD (4K) – and maybe even 8K. Much about this softer transition reminds me of the messy transition to HDTV back in the mid-1990s.

In 2003, I wrote a history of this first transition for the now-defunct DVD Etc. magazine. So, as a point of reference, and since it’s no longer available anywhere else, I’m republishing the story of the miracle that was the development of HDTV here.

Enjoy.

Read the History of HDTV here.

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Apple Unveils Voice & Touch-Enhanced Apple TV

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My news report on the new Apple TV announcement for Techlicious. Thank goodness (and Tim Cook) for live streaming so I didn’t have to fly to ‘Frisco. Presumably, I’ll do a comparative hands on with the Amazon Fire TV and the third-gen Roku when the new Apple TV is available next month.

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What Are the Best Cell Carrier Plans?

For most of the first two-thirds of 2015, I worked on (and continually update, along with the Tom’s Guide editors) a series of stories outlining the best deals in cellular, both post- and prepaid.  These pieces include buying guides for the best post- and pre-paid plans from:

as well as the major prepaid carriers, Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk and Virgin Mobile.

And we also did a “Best Cellphone Plans 2015” summary overview.

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Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch: First Impressions at IFA

Samsung's new Gear S2 smartwatch alongside the Apple Watch. This wrist isn't big enough for the both of you! (Well, actually, it is....)

Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatch alongside the Apple Watch. This wrist isn’t big enough for the both of you! (Well, actually, it is….)

The headline says it all, my Techlicious hands-on with the new Samsung smartwatch while at IFA in Berlin.

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6 Things We Learned At Intel’s IFA Keynote

Intel SVP Kirk Skaugen presenting his company's new M Core 6th generation chips at IFA.

Intel SVP Kirk Skaugen presenting his company’s new M Core 6th generation chips at IFA.

Some of my IFA coverage for TWICE, this one on the Intel keynote at which the company introduced its 6th generation M Core chip set family.

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Hands on with the Galaxy Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

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My news and hands-on report on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 for Techlicious.

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Mobile Wallets: Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Android Pay

Paying via Samsung Pay with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

Paying via Samsung Pay with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

A comparison of the three major mobile payment schemes I wrote for Tom’s Guide, an analysis which already may be out-dated with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5, which I covered for Techlicious here.

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Tips for Better Headphone Music Quality

Do portable DACs and amplifiers actually improve the sound produced by mobile music devices and compressed MP3s? I explore these sound-enhancing devices for Electronic House magazine.

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