Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

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

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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

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Vizio's new P-series TVs offer affordable HDR and Google Cast support

With support for HIgh Dynamic range and video streaming and remote via Google Cast, you'd think that Vizio's P- series TVs would be expensive. They're not.

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Vizio M65-C1 4K Ultra HD TV review: Great basics, a good picture, and some minor peccadilloes

When it comes to the basics, and we mean the basic functionality that will cover most users, this 4K Ultra HD TV has great chops. The only area it's lacking in is direct playback from USB media and support for peripherals such as mice and keyboards.

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Elgato Eve connected-home system review: Elegant design and operation with HomeKit compatibility

Elgato's HomeKit devices couldn't be designed more elegantly; and except for the Eve Energy, they're reasonably priced.

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QNAP TAS-268 review: Can this Android-powered NAS box rival a Roku?

Qnap delivers a streaming box on steroids. But it's not the easiest device to set up, and it's light on apps for tasks other than media streaming.