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How Windows 8 scaling fails on high-PPI displays
— 11:08 AM on September 26, 2012

We've taken Windows 8 for a spin on Asus' new Zenbook Prime in order to get a feel for the new OS's PPI scaling...

Type: Feature article Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

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Asus' budget Xonar DGX and DSX sound cards reviewed
— 8:56 PM on August 8, 2012

Asus' Xonar DGX and DSX cost less than $50, making them tempting upgrades for folks seeking better sound. Both cards have PCI Express interfaces,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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A look at hardware video transcoding on the PC
— 3:50 PM on July 30, 2012

The market is rife with hardware video transcoders and software that can take advantage of them. However, making sense of that jungle of disparate offerings...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Graphics Multimedia

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Sennheiser's HD 558 headphones are cans of whoop-ass
— 8:59 PM on July 5, 2012

It's rumored that if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask you for a glass of milk. They also say that if...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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At last, Microsoft may have copied Apple properly
— 2:52 AM on June 22, 2012

Okay, I apologize for the shameful, troll-bait headline. I realize it's easy to misinterpret, so let me qualify with a statement: Microsoft didn't get where it...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Windows

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Windows 8 frightens me, and here's why
— 9:43 PM on May 17, 2012

Some people just hate change. It can't be helped. Those people cling to old versions of their favorite software as long as they can. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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The misadventures of Blu-ray in HTPC land
— 2:56 PM on January 13, 2012

If you'll humor me, I'd like to take a brief break from all the CES coverage to complain about the sad state of Blu-ray on...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Where's my 21st-century television?
— 10:10 AM on December 9, 2011

Gabe Newell said something that caught my eye the other day. As part of a broader interview with The Cambridge Student, Newell shared some...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Are sound cards still relevant?
— 10:58 PM on September 29, 2011

Recently, I supplemented my desktop's arsenal of hardware with a stand-alone Asus Xonar DX sound card. This upgrade was something of a shot in...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Windows 8 and the marginalization of geeks
— 10:23 AM on September 16, 2011

On Tuesday, Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer Preview available publicly without demanding so much as a Windows Live login name and password in return....

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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The next computing revolution will be televised
— 12:50 AM on September 2, 2011

Up until very recently, I had been able to remain faithful to my home-theater PC. Well, that's not entirely true. I've gone through...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Asus' Xonar U3 USB audio device
— 11:14 PM on July 13, 2011

For just $40, the Xonar U3 squeezes headphone and microphone jacks, an S/PDIF output, EAX emulation, speaker virtualization, and Dolby Digital Live support into...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Antec's Soundscience Rockus 3D|2.1 speakers
— 12:55 AM on May 26, 2011

Much like Corsair, Antec has delved into the audio world with its first set of PC speakers. How did it fare?

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Corsair's Gaming Audio Series SP2500 2.1 speakers
— 9:59 AM on May 6, 2011

Corsair has supplemented its line of audio products with a premium 2.1 speaker set. Is it worth the $250 asking price?

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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A quick listen to Psyko's Carbon surround-sound gaming headset
— 11:06 PM on April 27, 2011

Psyko Audio Labs has updated its surround-sound gaming headset with a new Carbon model that offers a number of upgrades and a lower asking price....

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Breaking the broken
— 12:41 PM on February 16, 2011

Last week, Apple updated its iBooks app for all iOS devices. The world, even the book nerd world, did not break out into flash mobs...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech Copyright

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On bandwidth quotas and streaming video
— 2:50 PM on February 4, 2011

If Canada isn't off your radar completely, you've probably heard about the recent fuss over a CRTC ruling that effectively forced independent Internet service providers...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Internet

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WD's TV Live Hub media box
— 3:17 PM on December 9, 2010

WD's TV Live Hub media player has a terabyte of network-attached storage and works with just about any media file under the sun. We...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia Storage Personal tech

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