Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, TechHive

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

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The future of displays: OLED is the technology to beat, but LCD will continue to dominate

Those are two of the trends we gleaned from IHS DisplaySearch's annual flat-panel display conference, which took place last week.


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M.2 SSD roundup: Tiny drives deliver huge performance

The marriage of PCIe and the SSD has resulted in uber-fast storage for your PC. We compare small-slot AHCI, NVMe, and SATA models. Even if you're using a desktop, one of these tiny wonders can increase your storage transfer speeds by a factor of four.

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Quantum dots explained: How this nanotechnology could give OLED TVs a run for the money

Quantum dot technology is helping LED LCD TVs deliver richer, broader color spectrums. Almost as rich as OLED TVs.


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Write! review: The text processor that can remember and redo everything

This program's breakthrough content-persistent, tabbed interface and infinite undo/redo are worth a look even if it has other limitations.

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Arc 100 review: OCZ's better bargain SSD

Though a year old, the Arc 100 still compares favorably with any budget 2.5-inch SSD available

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OCZ Trion 100 review: An affordable SSD with a problem

Though it's a bit cheaper than its rivals, the Trion slows to hard drive speeds when writing even mildly large amounts of data.

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Acer Aspire R 13 review: A convertible laptop done right

The Acer Aspire R 13 is a top-notch 13-inch ultrabook with a versatile, dual-hinge rotating display. Opinions will differ on the looks, but it's definitely unique.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Anypen (8-inch) review: Versatile, but small for serious Windows use

Small, light, affordable, and able to use a pencil or ballpoint in lieu of a stylus, the Yoga Tablet 2 Anypen with Windows is a better tablet than its 10-inch cousin, but less appropriate for business tasks.


M-Disc optical media reviewed: Your data, good for a thousand years

Want your data to outlive you by a few centuries? M-Disc optical media, with its super-stable data layer, is what you're looking for.

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Review: Kingston's HyperX Predator PCIe SSD offers fast M.2 performance

A very fast PCIe/M.2 SSD that's also very expensive. It's available on an expansion card adapter and, thankfully,you can find it heavily discounted for just over a buck a gigabyte.

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Razer Leviathan sound bar review: Ba-ba-boom bass

With Dolby Virtual Speaker for faux surround and a subwoofer belting out the bass, movies and gaming take on a life of their own with the Leviathan.


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RealNetworks' RealTimes makes it a snap to share good times with short videos

RealTimes takes your photos and video an combines them intelligently into short montage movies suitable for online sharing.

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Micro Express Microflex 20B review: This PC targets power users at work, but it games well, too

The Microflex 20B is affordable, roomy, and fast. But opt for the the Core i7-59xx rather than the Core i7-5820K CPU we tested, which limits SLI setups.

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TDK Life on Record Trek Flex speaker review: Weatherized (and it sounds like it)

Everything about this portable Bluetooth speaker is well done--except the sound.


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Qualcomm extends AllPlay’s capabilities and announces new partnerships

Though Hitachi is the only big-name win, AllPlay has added several new vendors, Bluetooth, and line-in res-streaming, and now supports stereo speaker pairs.