Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, 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 to get rid of hum and eliminate other noises from your audio and video systems

Don't let buzz, hum, or hiss ruin your AV experience. We'll show you how to solve common electrical faults and ditch the noise.


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Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 review: Enough new features to justify upgrading (from PowerDVD 14, at least)

The biggest new feature is support for streaming to set-top boxes such as AppleTV, Roku, and Chromecast.

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TV tech terms demystified, part four: LED backlighting

LED backlights enable thinner flat-panel TVs and save energy, but until just recently, the color has been poor compared to older technologies.


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Lenovo Yoga 900 review: What this laptop gives up in size, it gains in power

The Yoga 900 is thicker and heavier than the Yoga 3 Pro, but it also comes upgraded with a larger battery, beefier CPU, and other goodies that let it run longer and faster.

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Sandisk Extreme 900 SSD review: 10Gbps USB 3.1 performance at last!

The Extreme 900 is one of the first devices to take advantage of USB 3.1 faster speeds, and it's delightfully fast.

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Toshiba Satellite Radius E45W-C4200X review: An affordable, fully reversible laptop

The E45W features a fully reversible touchscreen display and plenty of horsepower for everyday tasks at a bargain price.

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TCL brings its Roku TV lineup to the U.S. market

With it's new P-series TVs, TCL adds the outstanding Roku interface and streaming abilities to their U.S. offerings.



Synology DiskStation DS216+ review: This NAS box can stream 4K UHD movies

Though it downscales them to 1080p, you can stream 2160p videos with Synology's lastest NAS boxes and operating system

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Vizio's new P-series TVs offer affordable HDR and Google Cast support

With support for HIgh Dynamic range and video streaming and remote via Google Cast, you'd think that Vizio's P- series TVs would be expensive. They're not.


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Velocity Micro Raptor Z40 review: It's a lean, clean small-profile gaming machine

Not every gaming machine has have more flashing lights than Las Vegas or be taller than an 8-year-old.

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Lenovo Ideapad 100S-11 review: A promising portable with storage issues

As a budget laptop, the Lenovo 100S-11 has a lot going for it, but it's hamstrung by its tiny amount of storage space.

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Avid Pro Tools review: This studio-style software will appeal to home creators too

For professional recording engineers, Pro Tools is this industry standard, but creative types will find it surprisingly suitable—there's even a free version to get you started.

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Presonus Studio One review: Take your music production to the limit

This is one of the premiere programs for music creation, recording, and production.


Ableton Live review: This digital audio workstation does it all

The best software for creating and recording music, as well as live performance. A bit pricey, but worth it.