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Should You Buy a New iPhone?

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As you are surely aware, there is a new iPhone. There are two new iPhones, in fact. The early reviews are good, the specs are solid and the long lines are already thinning out to the point where you should be able to walk right in and pick one up. But should you buy one? It honestly isn’t for everyone. Let’s break it down based on just who you are. I have an iPhone 5C or 5S Don’t upgrade. I mean, let’s say you have a lot of money and can afford to upgrade. I understand what you are thinking. Yes, it makes a sort of financial sense to keep the latest model because you ultimately pay so much for your contract. But think of the rare earth minerals and…

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Canon’s New PowerShot Could Be Its Best Compact Camera Yet

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The Canon PowerShot G7X has a name that suggests it’s part of the company’s G series, a lineup of larger, high-performance cameras that don’t quite fit in your pocket. But while the G7X will certainly be performance-minded, the camera’s small size marks a change in course for the series. In fact, it’s likely to be the best pocket camera Canon has ever produced. Size-wise, the G7X is more along the lines of the PowerShot S series, which was generally considered to be the world’s best compact camera before the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 debuted. And it’s pretty obvious that Canon is dead set on recapturing the crown, because the G7X’s specs look like they will give Sony’s flagship point-and-shoot some serious competition. It’ll match the RX100 in several key areas. The…

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NikonFullFrame

In the past year alone, Nikon has unleashed a full-frame bonanza. There’s been the flagship D4S, the retro-minded Df, the ultra-high-resolution D810, and the somewhat affordable D610. But until now, what there hasn’t been is a successor to 2008’s popular Nikon D700. The Nikon D750 is going to be that camera, blending the D700′s fairly small size with promising low-light specs and a snappy continuous-shooting mode. But it’s quite a bit different than the D700. Its innards are somewhat unrecognizable due to what’s happened over the past six years. Since the D700 came out, smartphones have all but killed point-and-shoots, mirrorless cameras have caught up to DSLR quality, and SD cards have replaced Compact Flash cards in many high-end cameras. Nowadays, DSLRs are now expected to shoot video, share shots…

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HTC One – One More Time

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WIRED Affordable $100 price tag for a premium piece of hardware. Stellar battery life and solid performance. Impressive audio for a smartphone. TIRED Overall camera quality is meh, and could use better image stabilization. Windows Phone platform still lacks many big-name app and game titles. After a successful debut on Android, HTC re-architected its second-generation HTC One for the Windows Phone platform. The result: Gorgeous, flagship-level hardware repainted with a fresh interface. Windows Phone has been struggling to gain market share in the U.S., especially among high-end handset buyers. Now, those itching to give the mobile OS a try have another high-end hardware option: the HTC One. While the overall hardware and software experience is great, the phone does have a few annoying quirks. The Windows Phone-equipped version of the…

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Bang & Olufsen’s Beautiful New Speakers, Beautiful Sound

BeoPlay S8

Danish design house Bang & Olufsen has been cranking out some gorgeous, great-sounding audio products recently, like its H6 headphones and A9 speakers. The latest addition to the company’s luxury-minded BeoPlay line is yet another stunner. The BeoPlay S8 is a 2.1 speaker system—one 1.7-foot-tall subwoofer and a pair of 6-inch-diameter satellite speakers. It looks like a miniaturized, free-floating version of the BeoLab 14 5.1 surround-sound setup. The resemblance is no coincidence, as both systems share the same sculptor: Longtime Bang & Olufsen designer Torsten Valeur of David Lewis Designs. Each piece in the set is a seamless, unibody slab of aluminum. Beyond just looking slick, these matte-black aluminum speakers are equipped to deliver a knock-out blow: The 8-inch bass driver in the class-D sub is powered by a 280-watt…

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Sony’s Powerful New Soundbar Simulates an Entire Surround Sound System

 7.1-channel HT-ST5 sound bar

Sony just revamped a huge chunk of its audio lineup, and its highest-end new offering is the 7.1-channel HT-ST5 sound bar. It blasts 380 watts of sound faceward using nine speakers divided into seven channels and a wirelessly synced subwoofer. Even though the speakers are all lined up in a row, Sony claims the sound bar’s proprietary audio technology can make it sound like channels are coming from your sides and even behind you. Soundbars, of course, have been doing (or at least attempting) this for years by either bouncing sound off of walls or through fancy digital signal processing (DSP). I’m guessing Sony’s going with the latter based on the driver configuration. The system supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audio sources, and components can be connected to it…

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