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. jjacobi@pcworld.com

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Dolby Vision versus HDR-10 TV: A format war and more

High dynamic range (HDR) TV is here and it looks great. But it's in its early stages, and there's a potential format war brewing.

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Comcast overhauls its X1 cable-TV platform for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

With metadata galore, and on-demand coverage of star athletes, X1 is a worthwhile upgrade for Olympics addicts.

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Roon Labs' audiophile music server now streams tunes from Linux-powered NAS boxes

You no longer need a full PC to enjoy this awesome software.

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PowerDVD 16 gains 360-degree video playback: Here's how it works

The best retail video player has a new feature, and it's very cool.

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Sharp Aquos N7000 review: A 55-inch 4K UHD TV with good audio and HDR-10 (well, sort of)

Though it still uses WLED backlighting, there's a lot to like about this TV. Unlike many other cheaper models, it offers the ability to render HDR-10 content, if not to full effect.

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Vizio P65-C1 display review: Dolby Vision HDR and an Android remote control

The Vizio P-series displays are the first we've seen to offer Dolby Vision HDR. The picture is great, but there's no TV tuner.

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JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker review: Play all day, play all night

JBL's Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker can run for an astounding 20 hours between charges. Party hardy folks!

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Altec Lansing Mini Lifejacket III review: This rugged Bluetooth speaker isn't just water resistant, it's fully submersible

With just enough top-end sparkle to keep things clear, the MIni Lifejacket III is the best-sounding waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've heard.

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Nuheara IQbuds hands-on preview: These smart Bluetooth ear buds are about more than music

The IQbuds promise to make it easier to hear in challenging environments; blocking out unwanted noise. We listened to a prototype and predict they'll deliver.

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TCL Roku TV review (model 50UP130): A good picture, and a fantastic user interface

While picture quality is merely good by rapidly improving LCD TV standards, TCL's P-series Roku TVs are a breeze to set up and use.

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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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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.

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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