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HDMI 1.4 Announced

May 29, 2009

It’s official. According to, the designers of the HDMI interface commonly used by HDTVs this week announced HDMI 1.4, which will add Ethernet support to the HDMI cable as well as a few other improvements. The High-Definition Multimedia Interface will now support 100-Mbit Ethernet, and will not require a separate cable. The new cable spec will also support the 4k video standard, including support for 4096 x 2160 video.

"The HDMI specification continues to add functionality as the consumer electronics and PC industries build products that enhance the consumer’s HD experience," said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC, in a statement. "The 1.4 specification will support some of the most exciting and powerful near-term innovations such as Ethernet connectivity and 3D formats. Additionally we are going to broaden our solution by providing a smaller connector for portable devices and a connection system specified for automobiles, as we see both more and different devices adopting the HDMI technology."

The spec itself will be available for download from the HDMI Web site on or before June 30.

HDMI 1.4 will have a 19-pin connector head that is 50 percent smaller than current HDMI cables. You also shouldn’t expect any devices based on the new standard to hit store shelves any time soon. HDMI Licensing is set to release the new specifications to manufacturers between now and June 30. That means we probably won’t be seeing any 1.4-enabled toys until some time in 2010.

Monitors Got You Down?

May 22, 2009

Television shows everyday are becoming readily available online; from new shows, to old shows, to exclusive online content. And while downloading movies can be effortless, it’s hard to enjoy a movie with the whole family or a bunch of friends on a small screen. For those with laptops the ease of online viewing can seem perfect, yet crowding around one computer monitor is still uncomfortable. Those in the working world might find themselves lacking with the space their one monitor affords them. With the right equipment however, you can utilize your television and computer and watch your downloaded movies and shows on the big screen.

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There are many options for streaming from your PC to your television, depending on your system and solution here’s a few types of solutions we’d suggest for adapting one or more screens to your PC:

Some adapters can be used to hook up multiple screens to your PC or gaming system for the ultimate in gaming experiences. Don’t be limited by the size of your monitor, adapt!

The Next Generation of HDMI

May 22, 2009

Several sites last week release details of the next version of the HDMI cable specification, one that will have Ethernet capabilities built in – but the group responsible for the spec isn’t verifying any of those details.

HDMI Licensing LLC in January issued a press release saying that "high-speed data" via Ethernet would be consolidated into the next version of the cable, alongside HD video and audio. Other features that the group did promise in January include better performance, a new connector for in-car audio and video, and a new smaller connector. However, new reports with more details are causing confusion. New statements are now saying that the next HDMI would include an Ethernet channel to deliver data, however, the speeds may come in two different rates – something that could be very confusing for consumers.

What’s really going on? We can only hope now that HDMI Licensing will step forward and clear things up before we start to panic over the next generation of HDMI technology. After all, shouldn’t this be an easy transition?

Cat5e Vs Cat 6 – Which Is Right For You?

May 12, 2009

For plenty of people out there, the way that cables are classified can be mysterious. For instance, what’s the difference between Cat5e and Cat6 cables? I get asked this all the time.

Cat6 has double the available bandwidth of Cat5e – 200 mHz compared to the 5e’s 100 mHz. In plain English, that’s the speed at which data is transferred from one source to another through the cable.

Which cable you should use likely depends on what you’re going to use it for. If you have high-powered network running at gigabit speeds, then opting for Cat6 is a wise choice; it’s certified to operate at high speeds and it’s an effective way to future-proof your network.

Cat5e is still the standard and performs well for most networking jobs. It may be marginally slower, but rarely on a level that is noticeable.

No matter what type of network cable you need, you can find high quality Cat5e and Cat6 cables inside our store.

Consumer Electronics Boost Economy

May 5, 2009

In these dark economic times, hope is a difficult thing to maintain. However, according to, a recent analysis by economists and IT industry professionals has shown some signs of recovery.

In its most recent quarterly report on the gross domestic product, the U.S. Department of Commerce said that consumer spending has increased by 2.2% in the first quarter of 2009. Compared to the 4.3% that it dropped in the fourth quarter of 2008, this is great news. One of the reasons for the rise: increased sales of consumer electronics.

"If consumer spending is starting to recover, that means you’ve got signs that the economy is starting to recover," said Andrew Bartels, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc.

Increased consumer demand might also inspire increased production, which can further stimulate the economy. Business inventories are shrinking, and at this point, there’s nowhere to go but up.

If you’re involved in the technology sector, what are your predictions? What consumer electronics do you feel will come out on top?

eCycle Your Electronics

May 4, 2009

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, Americans own approximately 24 electronic products per household, and that’s not even counting the amount they use at work or in school.

While the number of electronics in our nation increases, so does the level of electronics that are improperly disposed of in landfills. Electronic materials found in things like computers, cell phones, printers, mp3 players, and video players can be recycled and reused very easily, yet so many end up in the wrong place. To do your part for Mother Earth consider "eCycling"  your electronics safely through a local program in your community.

If your community is not hosting an event or does not offer electronic recycling assistance, you can also feel free to contact the manufacturer, which usually has a program of its own to reuse parts or refurbish machines. You can also stop in to local electronics stores and ask if they have a program available.


Time for An Upgrade

May 4, 2009

If your PC tends to moan, groan, and otherwise flip out whenever you open Microsoft Office, it may be time to upgrade your hardware. Adding simple boosters like RAM, CPU, a new hard drive, or video card can be just the thing you need to salvage your system. After all, replacing your system may not be in your budget right now and it makes sense to replace what you can, especially if the computer is under five years old.

To save on installation parts like mountings, power supplies , or other accessories, is just the place to look. We offer all of the installation parts you need to make upgrading your system a breeze, not to mention saving on the installation parts can often give you more room in your budget to get better, faster, sleeker parts.

To save on other types of parts, look on deal sites like,, or You’ll never know what you’ll find heavily discounted. Just remember to act quickly. Most online deals end within a few hours or days.

Digital Video Camera Care Tips

May 4, 2009

Digital video cameras are one of the most important items a family can use to catalog those special moments that make each day so wonderful. From birthday parties to weddings, backyard barbecues to graduations, video cameras are ideal for capturing some of life’s greatest events in beautiful, crystal clear color. However, like most electronics, video cameras need regular maintenance and care to keep them running for years to come. Here are four easy ways you can extend the life of your camera and make sure that this big investment stays working at its best:

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  1. Protection

    Storing your video camera in the appropriate bag can be one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your camera from becoming damaged. Choose one that fits your camera yet still leaves a little room for extra memory cards, lens caps, cables, or other accessories. If you plan on using your camera outdoors frequently, make sure that it’s waterproof.

  2. Cleansing the Lens

    Keeping your lens clean is vital for the quality of your pictures – not to mention, the lens is the most important and most expensive part of your camera. Keep it clean by using a lens hood while shooting and by cleaning it regularly with proper cleaners and tools that prevent scratching. In addition, never blow on your lens to clean it or wipe it with a paper towel.

  3. Care for Memory Cards

    Although most cameras use internal storage, it’s always a good idea to invest in memory cards to give you the extra space and shooting power. To protect your cards, always be sure to store them in the proper case and to keep them away from the elements when swapping them out of your camera.

  4. Reserve Cables

    Keeping reserve Digital Video Camera Cables on hand will always ensure that you’re prepared to share and transfer your video. Stock up on yours at and throw an extra cable into your video camera bag.

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