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  1. Thread: Move to XenForo?

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    Poll: Voted "yes" for security reasons, but also prefer...

    Voted "yes" for security reasons, but also prefer the look and feel of this place to DBSTalk's.
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    Not that storage is much of an issue these days,...

    Not that storage is much of an issue these days, but it's nice they're about 2/3 the size of JPEG. Also 16 bit color vs 8 bit on the iPhone, IIRC.
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    Sounds like there's even less incentive now to...

    Sounds like there's even less incentive now to dump cable for a la carte internet, phone and streaming TV. After 5 years with Optimum, I'm only up to $112 (includes taxes and fees) for my...
  4. Got another e-mail from my library today to let...

    Got another e-mail from my library today to let me know about RBDigital. My library membership now provides free access to the Acorn TV, Qello and IndieFlix streaming apps, and the RBDigital app acts...
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    Also learned today that the Google photos iOS app...

    Also learned today that the Google photos iOS app currently stores the HEIC photos. So at least for now, unlimited free cloud storage of original quality images.
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    FWIW, don't have Photoshop installed, so I just...

    FWIW, don't have Photoshop installed, so I just tried opening an HEIC in Gimp and Paint.Net. Opened as expected in Gimp, but Paint.Net complained that the Microsoft HEIC codec was missing.
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    HEIC photo format and Windows 10

    You may already know this, but in case you missed...

    I recently tried to view and edit an iPhone HEIC image in IrfanView, and the default Windows 10 HEIC plug-in didn't work. I had to replace it...
  8. I've become a fan of audiobooks. I listen to...

    I've become a fan of audiobooks. I listen to about one a week, on average.
  9. Ditto. They've been surprisingly resilient. In...

    Ditto. They've been surprisingly resilient. In fact, one of the libraries nearby is currently undergoing an $18M renovation!
  10. Fortunately my library is a member of a...

    Fortunately my library is a member of a cooperative of about 4 dozen libraries in the county, so any title owned by any library is available to any county library card holder, either downloadable, or...
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    Good point. If so, then motion might be a little...

    Good point. If so, then motion might be a little clearer.
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    At least in theory, FOX broadcasting upconverted...

    At least in theory, FOX broadcasting upconverted native 1080p/HDR to 4k/HDR shouldn't look any better than my Sony display upconverting native 1080p/HDR to 4k/HDR, IMHO. I'm guessing they're just...
  13. Good idea, but haven’t seen anything like that...

    Good idea, but haven’t seen anything like that yet for e-books. Just via the library, so far.
  14. I guess they're hoping frustrated library patrons...

    I guess they're hoping frustrated library patrons will purchase the e-books, rather than wait. More business for Amazon.

    Not sure why they're not similarly embargoing new title printed copies in...
  15. Macmillan To Embargo Library e-books, starting 11/1

    My library sent this e-mail yesterday. If you agree, there's an on-line petition here.
  16. FWIW, just tried the Locast app on my iPhone and...

    FWIW, just tried the Locast app on my iPhone and it works great. I'm in a suburb of NYC and it gets all the major broadcast networks plus a few extras. A total of 14 english language channels and 3...
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    4-tuner Recast $179 today, 7/1/19

    Great gadget, if you have a good selection of OTA channels available. No monthly charges for guide service.

    Comes with 4 tuners and 1 TB of storage. A model with 2 tuners and 500GB is $50 less.
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    I started listening to the Harlan Coben...

    I started listening to the Harlan Coben stand-alone novels in order. Just finished "No Second Chance". Best of his first five, IMO. What I like about Coben, so far, is lots of plot twists. Just when...
  19. Thread: T-Mobile TV

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    T-Mobile TV

    Just noticed T-Mo is now offering TV service in some areas, via STBs connected to your home wifi. They recommend at least 50Mbps internet service.

    $90/month for T-Mo customers, + tax. 400 hours HD...
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    Exactly. As I posted earlier, pretty sure they...

    Exactly. As I posted earlier, pretty sure they make billions on hardware leasing.

    Agree. If you're already paying AT&T for sat service and set top box leasing, regardless of how well the app...
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    Yup. And anyone else that's not there yet. Could...

    Yup. And anyone else that's not there yet. Could backfire, tho. Higher starting prices might discourage potential cord-cutters that currently enjoy cable triple-play pricing.
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    Higher Price, More channels!

    YouTube TV just raised their price $10/month, from $40 to $50. Unlike D*Now, they added more channels.

    YouTube TV adds several new channels while increasing monthly price
  23. It does seem low. I routinely get 80Mbps at home...

    It does seem low. I routinely get 80Mbps at home with just 2 bars of T-Mobile, but I was referring to the numbers from this graphic. Must be national averages.

    2671

    The full articles is here:...
  24. Currently at 29Mbps...

    Currently at 29Mbps, at least AT&T's 5GE speeds aren't extraordinary. Hopefully those speeds will improve by the time satellite internet becomes a cost competitive option.

    SpaceX is hoping to...
  25. Amazon Plans to Offer Satellite-Powered Internet

    Amazon is entering the satellite-broadband race. It will launch 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit to bring high-speed, affordable internet across the world.

    Amazon Plans to Offer...
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