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    OS4.3 on the iPhone. When?

    O.K. I keep getting e-mail notifications from Apple regarding OS4.3 on the iPad, the iTouch and the iPhone. I upgraded my iPad (version 1) to OS 4.3 very nicely, but when I plug in my iPhone iTunes tells me that OS 4.2.6 is the current latest version of the operating system for my iPhones...
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    The 2011 American Idol #10 HTF TOP TEN CHALLENGE: All details here....

    We're baaaaaack............ Actually, I've been away for a bit thanks to this lousy pancreatic cancer that I'm tangling with. Because of the Chemotherapy and other complications I didn't feel that I could provide adequate moderation of one of our more popular contests. But member Yee-Ming...
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    The CETON Digital Cable Quad Tuner PC Card and why you should seriously consider it

    If you are a person who gets your TV source material from a cable system (which also includes FIOS, AT&T Uverse, et. al.) then you can do yourself a big favor by following this thread to see how you can greatly enhance your TV experience. Basically, if your provider offers a Cable Card as an...
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    H-PAS Speaker Technology: Impressive Bass from 5.25" speakers (you read that right!)

    At CEDIA 2009 (last year) I saw a wide variety of interesting products and product ideas. I listed my “Top 5” choices in a WIKI Article here and wondered aloud what would happen a year later at CEDIA 2010. Unfortunately, health issues prevented me from attending CEDIA 2010 but I have been...
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    The Official Favorite iPad Applications thread.

    Rather than having to search through various iPad threads to find your favorite iPad apps, I thought that it would make sense to dedicate a thread to the subject. As a former chemistry teacher let me start the ball rolling with my personal favorite: THE ELEMENTS While pricey at ~$14...
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    The 2010 American Idol #9 HTF TOP TEN CHALLENGE: All details here....

    Welcome back to our HTF Top Ten Challenge Series! American Idol started on 01/12/10 and we are going to run another contest (with a DVD/Blu-Ray prize package to the winner!). This edition will follow the format of previous contests in most respects. Here are the plans: The "Field of 12" will...
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    My Favorite Five Things at CEDIA 2009

    As the show closes today, I've taken some time to reflect on some of the items that caught my interest at CEDIA 2009. It is not intended as an overall "Top Five" but only my personal perspective after many years in this hobby. Rather than placing the comments here in this thread I decided to...
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    Atlantic Technology and Solus/Clements Introduce Revolutionary H-PAS Bass Technology

    Atlantic Technology and Solus/Clements Introduce Revolutionary H-PAS Bass Technology H-PAS technology allows speaker designers to achieve targeted bass performance with 50 percent smaller cabinets, smaller drivers, and lower costs. Atlantic Technology will be licensing H-PAS to other...
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    The Great American Road Trip

    While I'm usually not a big fan of summer reality "fill-in" shows this one got my attention for two reasons I've traveled the complete Route 66 trip (back in the days when it was the main road)I grew up in Yonkers, NY - where one of the families comes from After three of the eight (I assume)...
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    DLP: Still a great option if you have the room for a "Big Butt" TV.

    Great News! My 1990 Pioneer Elite PRO-75 45" CRT Rear Projection Monitor died a few days ago, What might seem like a sad event is actually quite nice for a number of reasons. In 2005 when I purchased my HP MD5880 true 1080p DLP RPM (58") I gave my (then) 15 year old Pioneer Elite to my son...
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    Warehouse 13 on Sci-Fi Channel - Looks Interesting

    This new series starts on Tuesday July 7, 2009 at 9:00pm EDT, with the usual number of repeat performances during the week for those with full DVR plates. The promos make me curious enough to at least watch the pilot episode. Any thoughts on this new show?
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    Big Brother 11 discussion thread

    Here's the place to discuss the show. If you want to enter and discuss the BIG BROTHER 11 HTF TOP 10 CHALLENGE go here. Enjoy!
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    BIG BROTHER 11 HTF TOP TEN CHALLENGE: Check to see who won!

    Contest Updates: ***FINAL RESULTS as Of September 15, 2009*** List of Entrants and Their FINAL Scores [WINNER in RED] 32.0 JeffMc 41.0 Matt^Brown 41.0 Anthony C 32.0 NYSandy* 44.0 mike caronia 31.0 Dheiner 40.0 Patrick Sun* 40.0 RAF* * Ineligible for the DVD prize package (HTF moderators...
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    Revisiting the Component Approach to HT A/V - updated thoughts circa 2009

    I've just updated my original paper on component A/V in a new presentation entitled Revisiting the Component Approach to Audio/Video in Today's Home Theater Market to reflect some of the latest developments. Concurrently, I've created this thread to discuss any aspects if you have comments...
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    XBL alert: "The Maw"

    The Maw arrived as an 800 point download on XBoxLive Arcade on January 21, 2009. From early indications it looks like an interesting $10 title. It finished in the top ten of the PAX2008 - Penny Arcade Expo - Indie games and was also voted fan favorite at that event. We'll know for sure on...
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    Knothole Island DLC now available for Fable 2

    XBox Live started offering downloadable content (both a free and a paid - 800 points - expansion pack) for Fable 2 known as Knothole Island. As I understand it, the free version simply adds the Island to the world of Fable without the quests but I can't verify that because I purchased the...
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    The 2009 American Idol (#8) HTF TOP 10 CHALLENGE: Congratulations winner Larry*P !!

    (Latest Results at the bottom of this 1st message) Welcome back to our HTF Top Ten Challenge Series! American Idol started on 01/13/09 and we are going to run another contest (with a DVD/Blu-Ray prize package to the winner!). This edition will follow the format of previous contests in most...
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    BRAID on XBLA (360): An amazing gaming experience

    A couple of months ago I came across BRAID for the XBox360 (Xbox Live Arcade) in its demo format. I downloaded it, played with it a bit and then moved on to other things. Then the usual end-of-year Gaming Awards started appearing recently and this little title ($15 on XBLA for the full version)...
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    The DVD-A1UCDI: New top of the line Denon Blu-ray, etc. player introduced

    Not for the mainstream purchaser, but a niche product for those who want no compromises in a DVD player. Rather than rehashing the specs here, My next DVD player It's a good fit for me because I already own the Denon AVP-A1HDCI pre/pro and have a sizeable SACD collection (as well as a...
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    And then came Gears of War 2!

    If you've been following my "great week" thread mentioning Fable II, Fallout 3 and Little Big Planet you know that I've been engrossed in gaming. My Blu-ray pile of unviewed material grows exponentially as I write this! :D When Gears of War 2 came out about a week ago I ordered it based...
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    A most amazing week (or so) for gamers!

    Upon my return last week (10/28) from the HTF-LA meet (which was amazing itself!) I not only had many, many hours of TV to catch up on but also three significant games waiting for me: Little Big Planet for the PS3 and Fallout 3 and Fable II for the XBox 360. Now that I've essentially caught up...
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    Survivor Gabon: HTF Top 10 Challenge: ***WINNER(S) AND PRIZE POSTED HERE ***

    LIST OF ENTRANTS and their scores-WINNER(s) in red- as of: 12/14/08 (order of no significance) 44.0 Mike Frezon 32.5 NYSandy* 51.0 RAF* 40.0 AnthonyC 42.0 jmarsh98 50.0 Kevin Stewart 33.5 Patrick Sun* 35.5 TonyD 33.0 Dheiner 57.5 SuzanneB 32.5 mike caronia 46.5 Matt^Brown *Note: Those in...
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    Sunrise Earth HD-DVD set at the Discovery Channel for $24.95. Planet Earth Deal over.

    I don't know how long this will last (until they sell out) but if you have HD-DVD and haven't already purchased the remarkable Planet Earth HD-DVD boxed set ($99.95 list) then you can get a copy here. The HD-DVD version is listed at $79.95 but as soon as you place it in your cart and start...
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    "Breaking Bad" on AMC starts on 1/20/08

    This show looks kind of strange. I can't tell from the mini "Making of" documentary on AMC whether it will be a hit or a miss. In any event, since in a previous life I was a chemistry teacher for over 20 years (although I don't recall running around in my underwear!) I'm going to tune in to see...
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    The 2008 American Idol (#7) HTF Top Ten Challenge: *** John Swarce wins! ***

    List of Entrants and Their FINAL Scores [WINNER in RED] 44.0 Bryan X 42.0 Yee-Ming 38.5 NY Sandy* 38.0 Chris Morris 27.5 AnthonyC 35.0 Patrick Sun* 33.5 RAF* 34.5 Scott-S 42.5 Hanson Yoo 40.0 phil-w* 46.0 Elizabeth S 38.5 Pitchman 31.5 Arman 32.5 Phil Taylor 22.0 John Swarce...
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    Is there still an Amazon BOGO Blu-ray sale going on?

    Someone mentioned that the BOGO Blu-ray Amazon list has been expanded, but I can't seem to find a link to any BOGO sale over there on Amazon. Is the promotion still going on? (Yes, I already know about the BOGO HD-DVD sale and have taken advantage of it). Thanks for any link that can be...
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    HDMI: Some thoughts (both informal and expert) on the new connectivity

    I've recently added another "position paper" to my HT web site and it's entitled, "The Wonderful and Sometimes Confusing World of HDMI Connections" A subtitle might be, "Everything you wanted to know about HDMI but were afraid to ask." ;) You can view it HERE. The purpose of this thread is...
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    News from Dish (Echostar) Satellite TV

    As a "power" Dish Network user (4 dual tuner HD DVRs including the new Vip722 and three Vip 622s) I always try to see what's on the horizon (near and far) from this company. This year there were several items that should be making their way to the marketplace over then next couple of weeks and...
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    JVC announces some amazing Front Projectors and some other goodies

    JVC has upped the ante on the Home Theater Front Projection front with some new products and an absolutely amazing prototype high end model as demonstrated at their CEDIA 2007 press conference on Wednesday. We'll learn more and answer questions after today once the show floor officially opens...
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    Survivor: China (Survivor #15) Discussion Thread

    Survivor:China (a.k.a. Survivor #15) begins on September 20, 2007. This is the place to discuss it. The Official site for this program is here and the HTF Survivor:China Top Ten Challenge thread (entries start on September 27th although you can indicate interest now) is located here. Let the...
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