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What Is Full-Array Local Dimming?

HARDWARE August 19, 2021 0 Comments

TCL Manufacturers refer to dimming zones differently in their marketing materials. Look for words like “local zones” or “contrast control zones,” and be aware that larger screen sizes could have more zones than smaller ones, even on the same model of TV. Full-array local dimming is no longer mostly reserved for higher-end LED sets, with budget manufacturers offering the feature…

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Can You Connect Bluetooth Headphones to the Xbox Series X|S?

HARDWARE August 17, 2021 0 Comments

Xbox If you have a headset that doesn’t support wireless via its own USB dongle, you can connect it directly to your controller’s 3.5mm stereo jack (above). Even though this isn’t a truly wireless solution, the cable run from your controller to the headset is very short and much better than running a cable across your living room. Just be…

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What Is an Edison Bulb?

HARDWARE August 17, 2021 0 Comments

Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com Edison lights are modern, reproduction bulbs that harken back to the very first lightbulb made by Thomas Edison in 1879: a glass vacuum globe that let you see through to the filament inside. Check out a few modern options below. An Original That Never Goes Out of Style While the Edison bulbs of today aren’t exact replicas of…

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What Is a Retina Display?

HARDWARE August 16, 2021 0 Comments

Tada Images/Shutterstock.com Apple loves to use the term “Retina display” in its marketing materials, but what exactly does this mean? And why are there so many different types of displays that carry this label? Let’s take a closer look at the phrase. It’s All About Pixel Density The term “Retina display” is something Apple made up, and so the term…

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What Is a NAS (Network Attached Storage)?

HARDWARE August 13, 2021 0 Comments

slawomir.gawryluk/Shutterstock.com Are you tired of swapping hard drives? Do you need to access data from multiple machines on the same network, often at the same time? It sounds like you need a NAS. Read on to learn more. Network Attached Storage Explained NAS stands for “Network Attached Storage,” while NAS devices are referred to as “NAS drives” or “NAS systems.”…

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The Best LED Strip Lights of 2021 to Give Your Home a Splash of Color

HARDWARE August 11, 2021 0 Comments

pozitivo/Shutterstock.com Once relegated as novelty lighting, LED strip lights can now be used everywhere in your home from behind your TV, beneath your kitchen cabinets, and inside your car. Our top picks will get you using these convenient, easy-to-install lights in no time. Table of Contents What to Look For in a LED Strip LightBest LED Strip Light Overall: Govee…

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The Best Samsung Phones of 2021

HARDWARE August 9, 2021 0 Comments

Jack Skeens/Shutterstock.com Pros ✓ Nice middle-ground size ✓ Great display ✓ Powerful performance Cons ✗ Not as many cameras as Ultra model ✗ A little on the pricey side If there’s one Samsung phone that will be a good fit for most people, it’s the Samsung Galaxy S21. While it doesn’t have all the flash and pizazz as the Galaxy…

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The Best Raspberry Pi Kits of 2021 for Your Latest Project

HARDWARE August 4, 2021 0 Comments

Raspberry Pi Want to build an affordable computer and wondering where to start? A Raspberry Pi kit can save you the hassle of buying components separately and then figuring out whether everything is compatible. But which kit should you pick up? Here are our recommendations. Table of Contents What to Look for in a Raspberry Pi Kit in 2021Best Raspberry…

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The Best Capture Cards of 2021 for Gaming and Streaming

HARDWARE August 3, 2021 0 Comments

RELATEDHow to Stream a PC Game on Twitch with OBS When using a capture card, the source of the audio-visual signal is going to be a game console. While consoles starting with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have built-in broadcasting and gameplay recording features, they’re often limited and sometimes even block gameplay from viewers. A capture card not only…

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