CES 2009: Preview of the World’s Largest Consumer Electronics Show

By Will Sullivan Contributing Writer, [GAS] Well, it’s early January, again—and that must mean it’s time for: a) the annual misdating of checks and documents debacle; b) the early abandonment of too-ambitious (and already onerous) New Year’s Resolutions; c) the counterbalance to the latter for all techno-geeks worldwide: the cornucopia of emerging technologies, realized and […]

30GB Zunes simultaneously fail

Beginning around midnight last night Pacific time (2008-12-31), 30GB Zunes everywhere started freezing at their boot screens, with the progress bars ironically at 100%.  Zunes that were in use at that time spontaneously rebooted in order to get to that frozen state.  Obviously, this was due to a disturbance in the force, emanating from Cupertino. […]

OPPO BDP-83: A Truly Universal Blu-Ray Player

You may not have heard of the company, but among audio- and videophiles “in the know,” Oppo, a Chinese manufacturer, reigns as a “best bargain” champ among very high-performance disc-player brands. The company makes a noted effort to include high-quality parts and better-than-usual engineering designs to maximize both audio and video quality, plus, uses extensive […]