Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

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 attach your PC or laptop to any TV

Given a relatively recent PC or laptop, you can connect it to just about any TV with an input.

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Sony shows off its new OLED and LCD TVs, video projector, and Bluetooth speakers

Our first look at the products Sony announced at CES reveals additional details and impresses us anew.

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Back up all your data—and we mean all of it—to your NAS box without installing any software

NAS boxes can use old-school protocols and their own apps to back up your PCs from far and near, as well as sync with cloud services to keep your mobile data safe.

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LeEco Super4 X65 TV review:A good picture and great features at a nice price

This large-screen 4K UHD smart TV has a super-responsive interface, and the picture is surprisingly rich given the absence of quantum dots.

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Synology DS216play NAS review: Great media streaming and 4K transcoding for the price

Synology's DS216play NAS is a middling performer, but there's no better NAS box available for media streaming and 4K transcoding.

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QNAP TS-251A NAS review: More media features than you can shake a stick at

QNAP's TS-251A NAS has the ability to output video directly to an external 1080 display and is a great media streamer. The advertised on-the-fly 4K transcoding, on the other hand, proved to be weak.

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Seagate Personal Cloud 3TB NAS review: Incredible bang for the buck

Seagate's Personal Cloud 3TB NAS is only a single-bay NAS, but $140 for 3TB of storage and advanced software features is a steal.

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Zyxel NAS520 review: New-school hardware, old-school software (in a good way)

Zyxel's NAS520 is an affordable NAS box with good streaming and backup features, but it's a bit less refined than mainstream users would want.

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Netgear ReadyNAS 212 review: Super fast, but best for business

With a boatload of pro features and excellent performance, this is a box better suited for the small office than the home, but it streams as smoothly as any of its rivals.

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WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra review: Excellent features and performance at a very nice price

For a NAS box with a boatload of software features and top-notch performance, the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is amazingly affordable.

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TerraMaster F2-220 NAS review: Major-league hardware and rapidly improving software

TerraMaster's FS-220 is relatively new to the NAS category, but it's a great performer with a promising interface.

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Best NAS box for media streaming and backup

If you rip and library your own content, there's no easier way to store it or stream it about the house than a NAS box. These versatile storage devices also server as the perfect personal, secure cloud for backing up your PCs and devices.

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Dash cam review: The Cobra CDR895D Drive HD offers affordable dual-channel video

Cobra's CDR895D Drive HD is a dual-channel dash cam with near 360-degree coverage and a surprisingly affordable price.

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Dash cam review: The Thinkware F770 works with your smartphone

Thinkware's F770 is unique for shifting its video viewing and settings largely to your smartphone. For the price, it offers the full list of features and is easy to use.

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Dash cam review: The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is a little bigger and better for the price

Garmin's Dash Cam 35 offers great day and night video in a form factor that's neither too small nor too big. It's a little higher-priced than the competition, though.