The sexiest new home audio speakers for 2014

There are speakers…and then there are speakers. Speakers that are sexy, powerful, sleek, big even. Speakers that throw caution to the wind and risk pissing off your interior designer. Speakers that are towering works of art. Speakers that laugh at the thought of being hidden in a wall. Speakers that might just kick your ass if you don’t give them the proper respect. We love them paired with their shorter, but mighty henchman, the subwoofer.

Control your ‘Mother’ like never before

As my sister once described it, being a mom is a ‘total ass-whoop’, and you need every shred of help you can get. But if have endless supplies of energy, you really don’t have anything to complain about, do you? Permanent LED smiles don’t hurt, either.


Wireless locks: safe or sketchy?

Wireless locks are a popular thing right now, and for good reason. Imagine being stuck in traffic and your dinner guests arrive early…just send them an e-key so they can let themselves in (and hopefully turn on the oven). Want your housekeeper to clean while you are on vacation? No problem, you can open and close doors remotely from anywhere you have Internet access, then come home to a nice clean house. Want to lock out your psycho soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend before she sets the place on fire? No problem.

This Is Cool: Piper All-in-One Security/Automation Device

  While it may look like a compact bookshelf speaker, Blacksumac’s Piper is actually a panoramic security camera with siren, Z-Wave home automation, and environmental sensors (like temperature) all built in to one little package. You can set up rules for Piper for various “If…Then” scenarios. For example, “If motion is detected while I’m on more »

Don’t Let Floors Get You Down, Get a Moneual Robot

For many, the mundane tasks of doing the dishes, laundry, and cleaning make it better to leave the house in order to relax than be plagued by the dust bunnies taunting you from under the couch. Moneual is making it easier than ever to take care of those dust bunnies with its Smart Robot Vacuum more »

Not Ready for Ultra HD? Sharp’s Q+ Series HDTVs Will Display 4K!

After sitting through a bajillion press conferences at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I came away with a bit of a 4K headache. It’s exciting, sure. And yes, the picture quality is mind-blowing on sets from Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Samsung, Toshiba, and LG. But what if I’m just not ready to take the 4K more »

Samsung Introduces Lumen Home Automation Hub

Samsung has been pretty busy over the last year or so making everyday appliances into Internet-connected wunderkinds. But one area they have yet to dabble in is the nitty gritty of home automation–the heat, the light, the locks–that is, until now. The Lumen is a device intended to replace a light switch or thermostat somewhere more »


CES 2014 Wrap Up: Smart Homes, 4K UHD, Cord Cutting, and More…

Today is the last day of CES 2014, and what a show it has been. This year’s consumer-electronics extravaganza was so incredibly crowded–even with a bunch of weather-induced cancelled flights from around the country–that at times, it was actually hard to walk. Adding insult to injury, there were tour operators leading newbs around the convention more »

Blu-ray 4K Confirmed, UltraViolet Right Behind

Yesterday we posted a report from The Australian, who published a claim from Samsung that Blu-ray 4K would be available around the end of the year. Today, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed it with the Blu-ray Disc association. The DECE, who administrates UltraViolet, was right behind them. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Blu-ray Disc Association more »


Samsung Leaks Blu-ray 4K

Speaking to The Australian, Samsung outed some of the first details on what will possibly become the 4K version of the Blu-ray format. Vice-president for consumer electronics at Samsung Australia Philip Newton told The Australian today that Samsung had the technology in place to produce high-capacity four-layer Blu-ray disks for distributing 4K movies. Mr Newton more »

VIZIO Introduces New Soundbar Lineup, 4K Ultra HD TVs

VIZIO has unveiled their new lineup of soundbars for 2014. Hoping to build on their previous success in the category, they’ve added three new sizes to the catalog; one designed for giant televisions, another for 42″ and up, and a third, to fit underneath smaller, lighter sets in a corner or bedroom. We have our more »

VOXX MyWayTV Is a Cord-Cutter’s Dream

One of the obstacles to people abandoning the pay TV lifestyle is that anyone born in the last 30 years has zero experience with antenna-based television. But what if you could take the convenience of cable, and combine the power of Roku with a digital antenna from Terk, all on one input? That’s what VOXX more »