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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August launches HomeKit Smart Lock, numeric keypad, and doorbell camera

San Francisco start-up expands its product offering with three all-new home-security products.

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The future of displays: OLED is the technology to beat, but LCD will continue to dominate

Those are two of the trends we gleaned from IHS DisplaySearch's annual flat-panel display conference, which took place last week.

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Quantum dots explained: How this nanotechnology could give OLED TVs a run for the money

Quantum dot technology is helping LED LCD TVs deliver richer, broader color spectrums. Almost as rich as OLED TVs.

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Monster SuperStar BackFloat review: Splish, splash, play your tunes in the bath

This waterproof speaker can not only withstand poolside splashes, it can float in the pool with you.

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Razer Leviathan sound bar review: Ba-ba-boom bass

With Dolby Virtual Speaker for faux surround and a subwoofer belting out the bass, movies and gaming take on a life of their own with the Leviathan.

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RealNetworks' RealTimes makes it a snap to share good times with short videos

RealTimes takes your photos and video an combines them intelligently into short montage movies suitable for online sharing.

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TDK Life on Record Trek Flex speaker review: Weatherized (and it sounds like it)

Everything about this portable Bluetooth speaker is well done--except the sound.

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Qualcomm extends AllPlay’s capabilities and announces new partnerships

Though Hitachi is the only big-name win, AllPlay has added several new vendors, Bluetooth, and line-in res-streaming, and now supports stereo speaker pairs.

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Oomi’s connected-home system gains remote monitoring and ingress sensors

Fantem’s Oomi connected home security and management system has acquired a new accessory for detecting entry via your home’s windows and doors. The company has also partnered with Nettalk for an optional remote monitoring and emergency system.

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TDK Trek 360 Bluetooth speaker review: This box radiates nicely rendered tunes

This portable music cube radiates music in all directions, sounds great, and runs for 6 hours on fully charged battery.

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PowerDVD 15 review: The best picture, bar none

It’s a pay program competing with free solutions, but PowerDVD 15 Ultra easily offers the best video quality, and arguably the best sound of any software video player on the market. It's better than most hardware-only solutions as well.

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Which is the better free video player: MPC-HC 1.7.6 vs. VLC 2.2

VLC is capable and insanely popular. MPC-HC has a heady past that foundered in a sea of instability. Is VLC indomitable or has the competition righted the ship?

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VLC 2.2 for Windows: Hands-on first impressions

This latest version delivers lots improvements you can’t see, and a few you can.

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QNAP HS-251 Review: NAS meets home entertainment

QNAP has taken the convergence of home networking and entertainment another step further with this handsome, quiet, network-attached storage box that outputs directly to your TV via HDMI

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Netgear Arlo HD Camera review: Stylish, smart, and currently proprietary

We like the Arlo's HD cameras with their clever magnetic mounting system, but there's currently no way to store your video locally.