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How to cut the cable cord and get the best looking TV you've ever seen

If you want to have the absolute best video and audio quality from a broadcast, better than cable, satellite and even fiber, then digital broadcasts provided free and over the air to an antenna is for you. It gives you everything that is great about digital, and lets you avoid overly aggressive compression at the same time. So, where do you start?

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Best iPhone apps for cord cutters: XBMC, TV Show Tracker, Remote, and more!

Looking for the best iPhone apps for cord cutters? Following the Vector podcast I did on cord cutting I've been getting a lot of questions about just that. How can cord-cutters still find shows and watch them, and fill in anything we might have missed? The answer is going to vary a lot depending on what equipment is being used, from antennas to streaming boxes, and where you live, from the plentiful bounty of the U.S. to the digital deserts of some other countries. These, however, are the best cord-cutting apps I've found to date!

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Anthony's favorite tech: 2013 holiday gift guide

Every holiday season the iMore and Mobile Nations team like to share all the Apple and assorted tech we've loved most throughout the year. My passion for the last couple of years has been home theater, so instead of retreading what my colleagues have already posted so well, I'm going to focus on that. So here they are, my favorite home theater tech of the year, and the perfect gift for any movie buff, Apple or otherwise!

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MOGA ACE POWER game controller review: Button mashing comes to iPhone!

The MOGA ACE POWER is one of the first MFi (Made for iPhone) game controllers to hit the market. This new generation of Apple-supported, Lightning adapter powered controllers promise even better compatibility and performance, but are they really ready for primetime? Do they make that much of a difference? And can they be used over AirPlay to make a virtual console?

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Pebble smartwatch now available from Amazon

First there was Kickstarter. Then Best Buy. Now Amazon. If you're interested in a Pebble smartwatch, and all the newly enabled iOS 7 goodness that now comes with it, now you can order it from one of the biggest online retailers on the planet.

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Pebble smartwatch gets updated, adds full iOS 7 Notification Center support

When Pebble - one of the first real smartwatches to hit the market - first launched, the amount of stuff it could do with iOS - then iOS 6 - was limited. That's changing with today's update, Pebble 1.3.0. The big news is, Pebble now works with iOS 7, and that includes full Notification Center support. So, theoretically, any notifications you've set up in iOS should just show up on your Pebble. That includes not only emails, multiple texts, calendar alerts, and reminders, but third-party App Store apps as well, like Twitter, Facebook, news apps - pretty much anything.  You can also toggle music on or off, answer or hang up your phone, and set up a local watch only alarm.  

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iPad Air unboxing and hands-on!

The iPad Air is here, we have it, and dagnabit we're going to unbox it and go hands-on to show you ever bit of packaging and hardware! It's not just a tradition, it's an experience!

And if you're aching for more, don't miss our iPad Air: First impressions podcast recorded earlier today!

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Space Gray iPhone 5s unboxing, hardware tour, macro close-up gallery!

Here's the Bobba Fett gray iPhone 5s and the Product (Red) leather case all unboxed and given a tour, including the new Touch ID and iSight camera. Below are some macro photos of the iPhone 5s and leather case as well, so you can see how it looks all up close and personal like.

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Green iPhone 5c unboxing, hardware tour, macro close-up gallery!

Here it is, the brand new iPhone 5c in Hulk green with a Smurf-blue croc-case! Check out the video above for the complete, ritualistic unboxing and hardware tour, and then scroll down for close up macro photos of the iPhone 5c in and out of the case from all the macro angles, including the new FaceTime HD camera, and the fit and lip on the case!

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Private email service Lavabit chooses to quit rather than submit

Lavabit, a private email service currently best known for being NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's communication medium of choice, has suddenly and unexpectedly announced it's shutting down, hinting it would rather do that than comply with something it claims it's not even allowed to talk about. Ladar Levison, owner and operator, on the Lavabit home page:

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13-inch MacBook Air unboxing and first impression

Here it is, the new Haswell-based MacBook Air. We're talking 1.7GHz dual core i7 proc with Intel HD 5000 graphics 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The ports are the same as last year's -- 2x USB 3 and 1x Thunderbolt. Sadly, it's Thunderbolt 1 and not the new, fancy Thunderbolt 2, which kind of puts the damper on Retina Thunderbolt display support, and makes it standard size pixels all around. The only new addition is the second mic, which should hopefully help with sound input quality.

  • $999 and up - 11-inch MacBook Air (2013) - Buy now

  • $1099 and up - 13-inch MacBook Air (2013) - Buy now

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Classic Karateka game coming to iOS

As any retro gaming aficionado will tell you, Karateka is a classic even among classics. It was built on an Apple II computer by Jordan Mechner and released in 1984. And now it's coming to iOS. The goal is still to save Mariko from the evil Warlord Akuma, but instead of one hero with one life, you now get three heroes with one life each, including the True Love, the Monk, and the Brute.

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VooMote Zapper Universal Remote Control for iPad review

Tired of having to search for all of your remote controls and don’t want to pay the high prices for a dedicated universal remote like the Harmony series from Logitech? Well Voomote offers a solution that might be of particular interest to iOS users.

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Final Fantasy for iOS vs. Final Fantasy for NES: Retro gaming shoot-out!

Back in the day, the NES and the Super NES were THE consoles with THE the best role-playing game (RPG) titles, and Squaresoft (now Square Enix) was THE best of the best. Square's most renowned franchise, the Final Fantasy series, debuted on the NES in 1987 in Japan. That original Final Fantasy game was later released iOS in 2010. Or so they would have us believe. How does the iOS version of Final Fantasy stack up against the NES version of yesteryear? Was it moved over pixel for pixel, bit for bit? Was it improved to take advantage of modern hardware? Was it ruined by a process with no respect for the original? For the honor and virtue of retro gaming fans and RPG players everywhere, we decided to have a look.

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Original 2007 Google-powered iPhone maps app reportedly built by 2 engineers in 3 weeks

I've read more than I ever wanted to about maps this week, but this story about how the original, Google-powered Maps.app was built for the original iPhone caught my attention.

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Sound To Go Plus portable audio system for iPhone, iPad, and Mac review

If you’re like me you absolutely hate -- hate! -- the weak speaker performance of your iPhone, iPad, or Macbook Air, Edifier has made the Sound To Go Plus, a quality built auxiliary audio system that's as portable as your Apple devices.

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New Apple EarPods vs. original earbuds: Should you upgrade?

If you haven't yet upgraded to the iPhone 5, can you get some of that iPhone 5 experience by upgrading to Apple's new EarPods earbuds? At $29 they're not as expensive as high-end earpieces, but they're not exactly cheap either. Compared to the original Apple earbuds, the ones that shipped with every iPhone, iPod, and iPad up until the iPhone 5, are they a worthwhile upgrade, or are you better off waiting and just getting them for "free" with your next iOS device?

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ION iCade vs Atari Arcade vs a real arcade cabinet: Classic gaming gear shootout!

Ah! the 1980’s. A time when hair was big and so were the arcades. Sure, it's 2012 now, and we have more computing power in our iPads than we used to have in our houses, but there's still many a retro gamer just itching to play the classic arcade games on a classic arcade gear. Both the Atari Arcade Duo-powered joystick for iPad and ION Audio's iCade for iPad promise just that -- to give you a flashback of the '80s on the iPad of the '10s. But which is better, and which gives the best real arcade experience?

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HoverBar mount for iPad review

The HoverBar is made by Twelve South, who've created a lot of interesting Apple accessories over the years. It's billed as your ultimate iPad wingman, and Twelve South claim it was inspired by the Iron Man himself, Tony Stark. Really, however, the HoverBar is a clever way to flexibly mount your iPad 2 or new iPad to an iMac or Apple Cinema Display, a kitchen counter, or any tabletop that conveniently happens to be close by.

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iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit for iPad review [Giveaway]

The iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit allows you to secure your iPad to the seat of your vehicle to keep your little pests -- i’m mean, your sweet innocent children! -- entertained on those long drives to the grandparents house, whether it's across town, or across country.

Thanks to an adjustable, extensible holder, the iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit easily fits the iPad, and might even be able to scale down to fit smaller tablets depending on their exact dimensions when and if they launch...

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