Last month I mentioned that you shouldn't overpay for HDMI cables: The cheap ones are generally just as good as their pricey counterparts. Of course, the best deal is when you don't pay anything at all, like with eCost's free-after-rebate Azio 6-foot HDMI cable.
Shipping is way overpriced at $9.50 (for a cable? C'mon, eCost), but in the end you're getting an HDMI cable for $9.50--a great deal any way you slice it.
Tom McInerney, the Web video-sharing pioneer who left the sector 18 months ago, is making a comeback.
This time, however, the co-founder of video site Guba is an investor. He's one of the backers of Shopflick, a company trying to become the Web equivalent of the Home Shopping Network. The site enables apparel merchants to showcase the clothing they offer by uploading video clips. Many sellers use the opportunity to channel their inner Francis Ford Coppola.
For example, the style mavens at designer Ric Rac shot a scene of two women wearing nearly identical versions of the company's $… Read more
Aggressive plans to expand renewable energy in San Francisco moved ahead Tuesday as the city's lawmakers approved grants to help homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits add solar panels to their buildings. Solar power companies are gearing up to meet an anticipated jump in demand in the city.
Over the next decade, between $3,000 to $6,000 will be available to each homeowner to cover the installation of solar panels, as well as $10,000 for businesses and nonprofits, and $30,000 for nonprofit affordable housing.
"This rebate program further establishes San Francisco as America's solar energy leader … Read more
You can now give your home theater an art gallery-quality treatment with VisionArt's canvas and framing solutions. Imagine the wow factor of winding down an exquisite masterpiece in front of your guests to unveil a flat-panel TV and mulitchannel speaker array at the touch of a button. Even better, the latter is no sub-standard component. It's manufactured by established U.S. company Triad.
According to Electronic House, there are also options to customize the system with additional subwoofer and surround-sound speakers to reproduce full 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS sound. Same goes for the canvas dimension right … Read more
Most of us do not factor a wine cellar into the purchasing decision of a new home. But what happens when the time comes--and it will come--that you have a growing collection of wine and nowhere to put it?
Spiral Cellars wants to help. The Spiral Cellar system was first developed by a Frenchman (of course) in 1978. More than 22,000 installs later, the company is coming to America. With designs on becoming the other company from Redmond, Wash., Spiral Cellars seems well positioned to become the go-to solution for wine storage needs.
Wine has finally become an affordable … Read more
The wildfire popularity of the iPod has given rise to many accessory businesses and other cottage industries, many of which are explicitly marketed for Apple's media player even when they'll work with others. Which, by the way, is exactly what makes this next item so distinctive: Not only is it aimed at a non-iPod product, but it's made specifically for the lowly Zune.
Sony's HT-IS100, a 5.1-channel home-theater system that includes five speakers that are just 1.7 inches in diameter, will be coming to the U.S. next month. If it looks familiar, there are two reasons: The unit was announced for the Japanese market just a couple of weeks ago, and the tiny speakers were first featured in 2007's DAV-IS10, which is still widely available. (Fun fact: Sony calls the speakers "roughly the size of a golf ball" in its press release--an adjective that nearly everyone who covered the IS10 lazily cribbed. The company uses the same golf ball wording in the IS100 press release--but, oddly, included the strawberry photo above.)
Unlike that earlier model, the new HT-IS100 doesn't have a built-in disc player, or even a "head unit"--all of the electronics and amplifiers are consolidated into the system's subwoofer, so there's no need for a separate AV receiver.… Read more
As the nerve center behind a home network, the WRT54G2 is Linksys' latest out-of-the-closet wireless "G" router featuring three key unique propositions: Attractive design, ease of use, and built-in antennas. It's sleek and tastefully designed, at home with any A/V product such as your flat-panel TV and home theater, thanks to generous curves and a matching piano-black finish.
Its software has an intuitive graphical user interface for an instant snapshot of your overall network, equipment, and operating status. The system is even smart enough to alert you when there are Linksys firmware updates.
Unlike competing products, … Read more