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How to Watch the Oscars Without Cable

Friday, February 24th, 2017

The biggest night in the entertainment awards season is coming up, and one of the most commonly-asked questions is: “How can I watch the Oscars without cable TV?” It’s a question asked more and more often as increasing numbers of people cut the cord. With every big television event, viewers that are accustomed to streaming content encounter problems figuring out how to watch the Oscars, or the Big Game, or any major broadcast event. While there are many options that are of dubious legality, here are a few legitimate ways that you can watch the Oscars without a cable subscription.

Over the Air Broadcast

Many viewers, especially those raised on cable, may not realize that, in much of the country, it’s possible to tune in to all of the major networks using nothing more than a simple indoor HD TV antenna. If your TV was manufactured in the last ten years or so, it’s able to receive over-the-air digital (OTA) broadcasts. That means that all you need to do is plug in an antenna to begin receiving free broadcast television. Since ABC is broadcasting the Oscars, anyone who can get the OTA signal can watch them for free, without cable. To find out what channel ABC is in your area, use the FCC DTV Reception Map. If your signal shows as strong or moderate, you should have no problem receiving the broadcast with a simple indoor antenna. Those in rural areas will probably see a weaker signal and may not be able to receive the broadcast without a larger outdoor HD antenna

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Say you don’t have a TV, because you’ve become so accustomed to streaming to your computer or tablet, or you you live in an area with a poor OTA signal. Well, ABC is providing an online streaming option that might work for you. ABC’s website provides streams of their regular content, but only to a selection of major metro markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. And while that covers a majority of the watching population in the USA, it’s still going to leave a lot of potential viewers in the dark. (more…)

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5 Ways to Clean Your PC for Improved Performance

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Spring Clean your PC for National Clean Out Your Computer Day

We’re nearing the point in the year when it’s time to start thinking about up around the house. But while you’re making plans to clean out the garage and downsize your belongings, consider doing some virtual cleaning as well. Today is National Clean Out Your Computer Day, a reminder to be proactive with the organization of your computer. Keeping your computer “clean” can help it run more efficiently, making it quicker, safer, and more enjoyable to use. In recognition of the day, here are 5 easy ways to clean up your computer.

Run an antivirus program

Computer viruses and malware get more and more sophisticated every day. Recent stats suggest nearly a half-million new malicious programs are recognized every day. Thankfully, antivirus software is better than ever as well. PC users with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 have access to a built-in antivirus program—Windows Defender—that’s better than any Windows anitvirus programs before. It runs automatically, keeping you defended against attacks you may never realize are happening. Still, it’s never a bad idea to be more proactive with your virus protection, which you can do without spending a cent. There are plenty of great free antivirus programs that are just a download away. PC Mag recently reviewed a dozen options, and their top pick was Avast Free Antivirus. Regardless of what program you choose, make sure to keep its virus library updated, and remember to scan your PC regularly.

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A Clearer Picture on the Horizon

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Every year it seems as if the picture quality on TVs keeps improving. Well, once again that is the case, thanks to a new technology developed by a team of scientists in the Optics and Photonics lab out of the University of Central Florida University. The team has been hard at work developing a promising new high-resolution TV display—known as Blue-Phase Liquid Crystal—which the scientists are predicting twill lead to much faster refresh rates, reduced power consumption, and triple the pixel resolution.

To put this into perspective, Shin-Tson Wu, the lead developer at the College of Optics and Photonics explained, “Today’s Apple Retina displays have a resolution density of about 500 pixels per inch, with our new technology, a resolution density of 1500 pixels per inch could be achieved on the same sized screen.” The application of this new technology can have a significant impact on emerging technologies, Wu continued, “This is especially attractive for virtual reality headsets or augmented reality technology, which must achieve high-resolution in a small screen to look sharp when placed close to our eyes.” (more…)

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Whirlpool Zera Food Recycler Makes Home Composting a Cinch

Friday, January 27th, 2017

According to the USDA, between 30-40 percent of our food supply gets wasted, ending up in the trash. Discarded food takes up more space in our landfills than any other category of waste. One alternative for homeowners, especially those with gardens, is to compost food waste instead of throwing it in the trash. But that’s usually a slow process, requiring a kitchen bin that tends to attract fruit flies or a backyard bin that needs to be mixed on a regular basis, and usable compost takes weeks or longer to form. Whirlpool aims to change all of that with the Zera Food Recycler.

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Nintendo Switch Preorder Information Announced

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Last fall, Nintendo set the gaming world abuzz with a cryptic announcement of their curious upcoming gaming device, the Nintendo Switch. The unique console seemed to follow in its predecessors’ footsteps, emphasizing the gaming experience and communality more than outright graphical power. Some gaming demos and the basics of gameplay were revealed, but much else was kept secret. Nintendo finally pulled the rest of the details out from under wraps, announcing a release date, final price, and the details of a Nintendo Switch subscription online-gaming service.

The Nintendo Switch will be available in two color schemes.

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CES 2017: Fossil Group’s Hybrid Smartwatches

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Technology has rattled many industries in recent years, even the fashion world. So as anyone could imagine combining the two is not a simple feat. However, when it comes to a name brand company such as Fossil Group, merging the two has proved to be only successful. Fossil Group’s focus and fashion design expertise has successfully launched over 40 new smartwatch hybrids across a few of their accessory brands including Fossil, Skagan, MisFit, Kate Spade and much more. The cool thing about these hybrid models is that they look and feel like traditional analog watches, because they don’t have typical smartwatch displays. Yet they count your steps, monitor your sleep and send notifications to your wrist. Just download the associated app with each different brand and see your activity data. Our CES 2017 crew stopped by Fossil Group to learn more about their new fashion forward smartwatches. Watch the video to see just how they work!


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It’s Time To Start Cooking With Frigidaire’s Induction Technology

Monday, December 26th, 2016

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Induction cooking is the safest and most efficient way to cook your favorite meals. Induction cooktops use electricity and electromagnetic technology to heat only the pan, which leaves the burner plate much cooler than a standard electric radiant burner. Basically, the pan becomes the burner, which eliminates heat transfer through the glass cooktop surface. In order for this to occur, induction cooking requires magnetic cookware. So if a magnet can stick to your pan you can use it with a Frigidaire induction cooktop! People everywhere are switching over to Frigidaire’s induction technology. Check out the video below to find out why, and read on to learn more about all of the amazing benefits!

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LG Channel Plus Is Finally Bringing Your Favorite Live TV & Streaming Content Together!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

There has never been a better time to look at an LG TV than now, because once again LG has set the benchmark with a new feature called Channel Plus, which gives you an all new way to access content through your TV. Channel Plus takes all of the confusion out of watching content from multiple sources by combining all of them into a single system for a seamless viewing experience. LG has partnered with Xumo to provide more than fifty channels of digital content for their users, featuring content from network stations and streaming channels, and combined this with over-the-air broadcasts. The result is a stress-free interface that makes it easy to watch content from across all sources. Perhaps the best aspect of the new Channel Plus feature is that all this new content is completely free of charge. Thats right, 50+ channels of original programming that won’t cost you a penny in monthly subscription fees.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Information

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The problematic phablet has officially been axed

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After a tumultuous few months that included countless news stories, multiple product advisories and an offer to replace units they suspected of being problematic, Samsung has officially discontinued the beleaguered Galaxy Note 7 over concerns about the devices overheating and exploding. No new Note 7s will be produced, and all existing units will be recalled. (more…)

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The Sony ZD9 Series Is Here

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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If you’re looking for arguably the best picture that’s ever been on a TV screen, then check out Sony’s all new Z9D Series 4K HDR with Android TV available at Abt. Sony has successfully used several different features to make this the most spectacular picture they have ever produced for consumers. Its design alone portrays.. (more…)

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