Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

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How LG uses fuzzy math to label some of its LCD TVs as 4K

By replacing every fourth red, green, or blue subpixel with a white one, LG boosts the brightness of its 6100-, 6500-, and 6800-series models. The trick works, but it sacrifices resolution.

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Grace Digital CastDock X2 review: A clever Chromecast Audio companion

But when it comes to bass, this speaker delivers a little too much of a good thing.

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Samsung 750 EVO SSD review: Like butter, but better

Samsung has taken the 850 EVO 2.5-inch SATA SSD and made it a better performer in the EVO 750. And yes, the 750 is the new drive, not the 850.

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Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB hard drive review: Vast and amazingly fast (for a hard drive)

The Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB is pricey, but this large-capacity hard drive also reads and writes data far faster than the average HDD. It can't match an SSD, but it makes a great companion for one.

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WD My Passport Wireless Pro review: A portable hard drive made for mobile streaming

With an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot and the Plex media server, this drive lets you take all your shows (and all your tunes) on the road.

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Plextor M7V M.2 SATA SSD review: Not quite an 850 EVO, but also cheaper

Plextor's affordable M7V M.2 SATA SSD is a good everyday performer, even bettering Samsung's 850 EVO in a couple of our performance tests. But in writing large files it's slow, exhibiting large dips and peaks in performance.

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Crucial 750GB Limited Edition MX300 SSD review: At last, a TLC drive with sufficient cache

It can't best an MLC NAND drive, but the 750GB Limited Edition MX300 suffers fewer slowdowns when writing large amounts of data versus other TLC drives. It's all about cache size, baby!

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Logitech's Pop Home Switch promises to simplify smart-home control

Setting up a smart-home system might not be simple, but this innovative device could make it a whole lot easier to use.

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Aukey SK-M12 Outdoor Bluetooth speaker review: Surprisingly sonorous

Though it reminds us of Altec Lansing's Lifejacket II and has the same mounting hard point, this larger weatherized, Bluetooth speaker has the same clarity with more bottom end.

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Dolby Vision versus HDR-10 TV: A format war and more

High dynamic range (HDR) TV is here and it looks great. But it's in its early stages, and there's a potential format war brewing.

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Comcast overhauls its X1 cable-TV platform for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

With metadata galore, and on-demand coverage of star athletes, X1 is a worthwhile upgrade for Olympics addicts.

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Roon Labs' audiophile music server now streams tunes from Linux-powered NAS boxes

You no longer need a full PC to enjoy this awesome software.

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PowerDVD 16 gains 360-degree video playback: Here's how it works

The best retail video player has a new feature, and it's very cool.

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Lenovo Thinkcentre X1 review: All-in-one design done right

All-in-ones are all about saving space and avoiding clutter, but few do this as well as they could. More manufacturers should take a cue from Lenovo's approach with its ThinkCentre X1.

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Sharp Aquos N7000 review: A 55-inch 4K UHD TV with good audio and HDR-10 (well, sort of)

Though it still uses WLED backlighting, there's a lot to like about this TV. Unlike many other cheaper models, it offers the ability to render HDR-10 content, if not to full effect.