Personal Electronics

Personal electronics includes any device, including fitness and health trackers, watches and wearable technology or personal GPS devices. Examples of these devices include the iPad, iPhone, Cell Phones, Smartphones, BlackBerry Hardware, Digital Cameras/Camcorders, Home Theaters, Home Security systems, Game Consoles, Wireless Hardware and Automotive systems.

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Free Tool: Subnet Calculator
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Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Lithium Evaporation Pools, Attacama Desert, Chile. 2015
Lithium-ion batteries area cornerstone of today's portable electronic devices, and even though they are relied upon heavily, their chemistry and origin are not of common knowledge. This article is about a device on which every smartphone, laptop, and tablet depends.
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Very well written Article! Hope to see more of the same!
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Great article--accessible to the public but appropriately technical!
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In this article I will cover how to take full advantage of your new Amazon FireTV, by side-loading and configuring apps to increase the overall user experience.


NOTE: Rooting or making unauthorized changes to your FireTV can void your warranty, I am in no way responsible for anything that may cause your device to be unusable or voids your warranty. Proceed at your own risk!
 

Quick look at FireTV specifications and capabilities

The Amazon FireTV is a great piece of hardware:

  • Qualcomm Quad Core Krait 300, up to 1.7 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache (APQ8064)
  • Adreno 320 GPU, 400 MHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 802.11 b/g/n; 2x2 MIMO (2.4 GHz & 5.0 Ghz dual band), Bluetooth 4.0
The device is capable of delivering a true HD viewing experience in 720p or 1080p and supports an extensive list of audio and video formats while focusing on web streaming. Amazon has integrated a number of features never before seen in a single set-top-box system, integrating voice search via the included remote within the FireOS (3rd party apps not supported).

Overall the hardware is highly capable and able to deliver a very good home entertainment experience.



UPDATE: The newest version of Kodi (XBMC) can now be installed directly from the Amazon app store, no need to sideload. Information on Kodi is still accurate.


What is covered in this how-to
 
  1. How to Sideload applications from Windows
  2. How to Install, Configure and Launch XBMC
  3. How to Configure Surround Sound Audio for 3rd party apps
 

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Thank you for the acceptance and review.  I have looked over your requested changes and I believe that I have met them all.  The section that you were concerned with about Launching XBMC has a disclaimer stating that I took the materiel directly form the xbmc wiki and provided a link to the original content.  

About the use of the creative commons license, did you want me to include that in the article to meet the distribution under the same license requirement?  I wasn't really sure on that?

Thanks again.
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For some of us, the rush of adrenaline that comes with beating the rest of the Black Friday crowd to a good deal is enough to motivate us to get out of bed at 4:00 a.m. For others of us, however, there's nothing short of virtual insanity that could make us wake up early to go shopping--even if there is a 42" Plasma HDTV for $448 waiting for us at the other end.  

When thinking about the madness that surrounds Black Friday, two questions come to mind:

1.) Are the products on sale worth the extra effort it takes to purchase them?

2.) Are there similar online deals that can be snagged without leaving the comfort of your home?

This article (which is by no means comprehensive in its list of sales) will look at some of the tech gadgets up for grabs in the stores and online on Black Friday, list their prices and discuss some of their features. Links will be provided for each deal so that you can take a closer look and judge for yourself whether the product is worth purchasing.  So sit back and start shopping!

Don't Wait Till Friday

Many stores, like Amazon.com and Best Buy, are offering Black Friday discounts all week long.  Amazon's Lightning Deals compare Black Friday bargains from other retailers and meet or beat other stores' prices.  New deals are posted every few hours from now until Friday, but act fast: supplies are limited, so Amazon only offers certain deals for a few hours at a time.  

Bing For Cash
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I'm definitely getting that netbook. Might even get one for my daughter. Is two years too young for an Acer? :)
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In case you've missed the memo, the holiday season is in full swing and about to pass us by. For those of you who still have shopping to do, you'd better get a move on; but before you hit the stores, you might want to check out this little list I've compiled to make your holiday gift giving a bit easier.  

Additionally,  tomorrow is Free Shipping Day and nearly 700 retailers will be offering free shipping for products purchased online--and are guaranteeing their arrival by December 24!

Below, you'll find a list of tech gadgets at various price points, for all the different people you might need to (quickly) buy something for this year. All of these products are owned by myself, or members of my immediate family, so (for what it's worth) I can personally attest to their quality and functionality.  

Category: $100 or less

Item: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Playstation 3 only)- I am by no means a video game connoisseur...but my Husband is...and I have to say that this one is by far the coolest game I've seen since my Super Nintendo playing days.  According to the reviews (from my husband and online), Uncharted 2 is a "third person action/adventure game" with impressive graphics and online play features; but in my opinion, the best part of the game is that it makes you feel like you're watching a movie.  I have actually become …
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Jenn - great idea and thank you for posting it.
Maybe you can get your cats some mice to play with and they'll leave your good stuff alone.

Big ol' yes vote!

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Vic,
Thanks for the helpful vote!! And yes, perhaps I should consider a less expensive toy for my kitties! =) One is nearly 20 lbs, so I'm pretty sure he'd eat whatever I gave him--electronics or not!

Happy Holidays!
-Jenn
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I have recently added a computer to my entertainment center. I got the idea of doing so when I got a new HDTV back in March and saw that it had a VGA port on the back. Here is a story of what I did to make it work properly to get the most enjoyment and usability from it with the least headaches.

The first choice I had to make was what sort of computer to put in the space. I knew I didn't want a big ugly beige tower. I considered a laptop, but that would have looked odd or it needed to be hidden somehow. I settled on a used small black IBM workstation P4 w/HT and 4 GB of RAM loaded with Vista Ultimate. It didn't look too bad and didn't take up a lot of space, plus it had a fair amount of USB ports on the back. I was going to need a fair amount USB ports on the back in order to hook up all the wireless stuff I needed.

I also ended up putting a USB wireless NIC for internet and networking, it was convenient because I already had a wireless router. I added a wireless keyboard and mouse combo device, the kind that is one unit with a mouse pad. It was a much cleaner look and was small enough to fit in a drawer nearby. I then added a wireless pointer for use when I just wanted to listen to music or other stuff that didn't require a keyboard.

Hooking up the sound required a special cable to convert 3.5mm plug on the PC side to a dual RCA plug set on the AV receiver side. Luckily I have a collection of lots of different cables, but had I not had one handy they are pretty …
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Personal Electronics

Personal electronics includes any device, including fitness and health trackers, watches and wearable technology or personal GPS devices. Examples of these devices include the iPad, iPhone, Cell Phones, Smartphones, BlackBerry Hardware, Digital Cameras/Camcorders, Home Theaters, Home Security systems, Game Consoles, Wireless Hardware and Automotive systems.