Why Aren’t More Photos Taken in 16:9?

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Matthew Lago asks:

Why do we still use pictures with 4:3 ratio and not 16:9, even though all the screens of modern PCs are in 16:9?

This is an interesting question. Modern monitors are mostly in the 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios, but …continue reading

How to Stream One Computer to Another Wirelessly for Free

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At LockerGnome.net, Rhall95 asks:

Is there a way that I can wirelessly stream the screen from my desktop computer to my laptop, which is connected by HDMI to my TV? Can I do it for free?

Thanks in advance!

Great question! There are …continue reading

Why Are Digital Download Rentals So Expensive?

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Christodoulos Foufoulides writes:

Hi, Chris!

First, thank you for your YouTube channel. I have been following your TLDRs and vlogs for about a year now and they have been both educational and entertaining; your work and effort is much appreciated.

I have a …continue reading

Seven TV Shows for Geeks and Nerds

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Television series aren’t only limited to the usual genres of drama, comedy, and action. From time to time, TV networks churn out shows that also cater to a very specific niche market usually composed of smartypants who wear glasses and ugly sweaters. So without further …continue reading

HandBrake Video Encoding Tips

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Nate Thibodeau (Simba) writes:

I use HandBrake for most of my video encoding needs, but I am confused by the two quality options that can be used: Constant Quality (RF:#) or Avg. Bitrate (kbps) (single or two pass).

I see these options (or …continue reading

No Sound Coming from PC HDMI to TV

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Gary asks:

“I have an HDMI cable running from my computer to my LG TV. I do not hear any audio. What can I do?”

This is a very common problem, and the solution is actually rather simple. HDMI is an audio device much like …continue reading

How to Take Photos of Stars

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Astrophotography is a beautiful way to showcase the vastness of our universe, although this particular form of photography is not necessarily the easiest. Taking photos in the darkness of night can be challenging. One might be curious as to what settings they should use on …continue reading

Plantronics BackBeat 216 Earbuds Review

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These earbuds were sent to me as review units from MobileFun. All opinions, though, are 100% mine.

If I’m at the computer, there is music playing. Period. Considering I work at least 10 hours each day during the week and five …continue reading

Mac mini Plus HDTV Vs. iMac

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Sagi Alagem writes:

I was wondering what would be a better solution for my wife and me: buying a 29″-26″ flatscreen for our bedroom and match it with a Mac mini, or just buying an iMac? We need a stationary computer for basic usage that …continue reading

Are You Using the Best Graphics Card Settings?

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Nate Thibodeau (aka Simba) writes:

Want your videos to be sharper and clearer? Did you know that most video cards have a built in sharpening setting that you can use? Take a look in your graphics driver’s software settings.

In the Nvidia …continue reading

CES 2013 and the Mobile Geeks

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It’s too bad that CES doesn’t take place more often. Then again, if it did, I wouldn’t have such wonderful memories to bring home in order to share with you. Instead I’d have more of these types …continue reading

E Ink Watch, Android Phone, and Flexible Screens

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First off, I must disclose that I was already a fan of E Ink (electrophoretic ink) technology prior to my meeting up with the company that makes the technology at this year’s Consumer Electronics …continue reading

Multi-Display Technology in the AMD SurRound House at CES 2013

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At CES 2013 in Las Vegas, I got to experience AMD’s SurRound House, which aims to demonstrate the tech stalwart’s commitment to “transform[ing] the industry by bringing surround computing to life.”

It’s about how you can get immersed in the experience.

The AMD SurRound House …continue reading

Handmade Firefly Replicas and Accessories Available on Etsy

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Etsy is a great place to find handcrafted goods made by artists and artisans alike. These products range from the practical to the clever and all points in-between. It has quickly become my favorite place to find original art and products made by people with …continue reading

Zoom APH2n Accessory Pack Review

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Having a good audio recorder is great, but the experience could be even better if you have the right accessories to go along with it. I recently purchased a Zoom H2n, which I use as a primary audio recorder …continue reading

Portrait Photography Tips for Beginners

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Taking a good photo of someone can be done with virtually any camera and environment. It just takes the right moment and some level of luck to make the perfect portrait. That doesn’t mean you can’t do a number of things to dramatically improve your …continue reading

Monopods Vs. Tripods: Which Should You Bring?

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For many folks, deciding between a monopod and a tripod is actually a pretty big issue. Carry-on luggage restrictions often means bringing one or the other, and many first-time buyers find themselves torn between the two.

Both of these options have a number of useful …continue reading

Onboard Vs. External Mic

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One of the biggest questions facing amateur videographers is whether or not they need to invest in an external microphone. Believe it or not, my advice can go either way depending on the camera and the situation. Onboard microphones generally perform poorly, but it can …continue reading

Boxee TV OTA + DVR Review

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I am fortunate to live in an area where we have a strong signal from all of the local television channels. In fact, our signal strength is so strong that my good friend and neighbor built his own antenna using coat hangers, some …continue reading

Plasma HDTV: Better Than LED or LCD?

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Today’s HDTV market is fairly limited to three distinct types of HDTVs: plasma, CCFL-backlit LCD, and LED-backlit LCD. I have had the opportunity to view all three of these HDTV types and, from my personal experience, have developed an opinion on which technology is the …continue reading

Canon HF M50 Review

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Searching for a great camcorder can take you in any number of directions. For many people, a DSLR serves as an excellent budget camcorder that also takes stunning photos. Unfortunately, this solution also presents a number of difficulties in terms of bag …continue reading

Physical Media Vs. Digital Media: iCloud is Not a Backup Solution?

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A. Ricardo Marques writes:

Hi, Chris!

You mentioned that you would rather own your TV shows and movies in a digital format vs. physical. Like you, I thought — and in some ways still think — it’s better… until I noticed that 11 movies were …continue reading

How to Go from HDMI to Component in the 21st Century

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Troy Hogan writes:

Hi, guys!

I came across your YouTube post, How to Go from HDMI to Component, in my search to solve this problem.

While in the video you ask the question about why you would want to do …continue reading

Should You Get a Wii?

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With the Wii U and recent release of a $99 Wii Mini in Canada, it seems like Nintendo is doing everything it can to boost sales going into the holidays. The Wii U sold over 400,000 units in the first week, and …continue reading

DSLR Video Shooting Tips

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Shooting video with a DSLR is very different from shooting with a standard dedicated camcorder. For one, DSLRs only recently became a popular choice for videographers for their ability to pull crisp images with interchangeable lenses. Unlike camcorders, certain aspects like image stabilization are sacrificed …continue reading

Final Cut Pro X Audio Tips

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Final Cut Pro X is a powerful video editing tool used by video makers both amateur and professional alike. We’ve used Final Cut Pro X (FCP X for short) extensively to edit the daily vlogs and have found it to be a fairly intuitive and …continue reading

Four Stylish Headphones for a High-rolling Audiophile

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A lot of people look at function over form, but there are also others who take form over function seriously. It’s never a sin to want to look good and have a lot of cool factor sprinkled over one’s head — especially if that someone …continue reading

What Happens with Star Wars Now?

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A day after the unexpected announcement spread like brushfire through the Web, we all know that The Disney Corporation is buying Lucasfilm Ltd. along with the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, ILM, and Skywalker Sound. $4.05 billion is what it cost Disney to acquire …continue reading

Halloween Party Scary Sounds Help Innovator Weather Tough Times

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You probably won’t know who I am. I don’t have a vlog or much of a blog or even a podcast, but I do have hundreds of thousands of online customers and quite a lot of online content that I sell through digital …continue reading

How to Use the Zoom H2n for Video Recording

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The Zoom H2n is the latest addition to my video production kit. It provides excellent audio pickup and an impressive array of onboard features to make capturing the best audio possible. It is currently one of the best values …continue reading