Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living in the San Francisco bay area.

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Samsung QN90A 55-inch 4K UHD TV review: Mini-LED meets quantum dots

Samsung's QN90A Neo QLED TV marries mini-LED backlighting and quantum dots to produce the company's most vivid 4K UHD image yet.


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Livedrive online backup review: Elegant, fast, and a bit pricey

The Livedrive online backup service inspires confidence with its flawless install and performance, as well as its clean, no-nonsense interface. It is a bit pricey however.


Backblaze review: No-hassle online backup is a no-brainer decision

Backblaze is an online backup service that uses a shotgun approach, backing up everything important unless you tell it not to. It's cheap, easy, and a good choice for those who don't necessarily know where everything is that needs to be backed up.

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Crucial BX500 SATA SSD review: An affordable upgrade drive

Crucial's BX500 SATA SSD provides a lot of storage for the price and excellent everyday performance.

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PowerDVD 21 nearly completes Cyberlink's online media-sharing infrastructure

Newly added FireTV, Apple TV, and cloud versions of PowerPlayer let you stream and share your movies via Cyberlink's Cloud service with anyone on nearly any device. PowerDVD 21 itself offers only mild improvements.


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iDrive review: Online backup, file sharing, and more

iDrive offers online storage, sharing, backup, and more. Unless you want the functionality of an office suite, online services don't get any more comprehensive.

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Online backup: We test the best services—Carbonite, iDrive, and Backblaze

We review the best cloud backup services so you can find the right solution for keeping a safe, offsite copy of your data should disaster strike.

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Carbonite Safe review: Cleverly integrated online backup

Carbonite's online backup service uses Windows' own File Explorer for data selection, while cleverly altered icons relay the backup status of individual files and folders. It's simple, effective, and elegant.

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Pioneer DJ VM-70 powered speaker review: This versatile speaker delivers accurate sound at a reasonable price

The VM-70 offers pleasing sound for recreational listening along with the sonic definition and connections you look for in a studio monitor—all at an affordable price.



Monoprice BT600ANC Bluetooth headphone review: These bargain-priced cans will be hard to beat

Monoprice's BT600ANC might not offer the best automatic noise cancellation we've heard, but it's the best we've heard for less than $100


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Why you may not be getting the SSD you paid for

SSD vendors may upgrade firmware and components over a product's lifespan. Most changes are positive, however, some may negatively affect performance.

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Thinkware F200 Pro dash cam review: Detailed video in a super-small form factor

The Thinkware F200 Pro is a super-slim dash cam that offers great 1080p video, plus rear camera and external GPS options.

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Crucial X6 USB SSD review: Good price, good performance, good design

Crucial's X6 USB SSD operates at good SATA speeds, and it fits a ton of NAND storage into a very affordable, compact, and comfortable design.

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Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

We review the best 1080p and 4K dash cams. They record what's ahead (and sometimes what's behind), and ideally mark it with GPS, too. Exactly what you need on today's mean streets.

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Nextbase 222X dash cam review: Classy, versatile design, good day video

The Walmart-exclusive Nextbase 222X is inexpensive, and it takes good day video and passable night video. It does cut a few corners to hit its low price.