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Tom Sowa is a tech and entertainment writer based in Washington state. He's covered tech and media for more than 20 years. He is the former technology editor of The Spokesman-Review, based in Spokane, Washington.

HBO renews acclaimed “Vinyl” for a second season

That didn’t take long. Following last weekend’s launch of the HBO series Vinyl, the network has announced it’s renewing the series for a second season. Created by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese with Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, the show is a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business of the early 1970s at […]

Innovative Wireless Gamer Headset? Yeah, Katana HD 7.1 Shows Its Stuff during CES

Mad Catz Interactive says its new Tritton Katana HD 7.1 Wireless Headset is the first to power audio directly through HDMI, delivering eight channels of uncompressed sound. Announced during CES 2016, the Katana HD 7.1 features DTS Headphone:X audio technology, a proprietary system Mad Catz has developed to create a more spatially interesting acoustic headspace. […]

The Magellan Dashcam Family Grows by Three

Magellan is preparing to release three new DashCam Navigators to give drivers high-octane, adaptive navigation and video recording options straight from the dashboard. Announced during CES 2016, the trio are:  the RoadMate 7670T-LM (Project Name: Hybrid 360Vue),  and the RoadMate 6630T-LM & RoadMate 7630T-LM. “Our new DashCam Navigators give users flexibility, peace of mind, and the confidence […]

Zeiss and ExoLens Announce Set of iPhone 6 Lenses at CES

Premium lens maker Zeiss has struck a deal with with mobile phone accessory brand ExoLens and will release three classy-looking lenses for the iPhone 6 later this year. The lenses will be wideangle, telephoto and a macro. Due for launch in the second quarter of 2016, the lenses will initially only be compatible with the Apple iPhone […]

HTC joins with Under Armour to release a nifty package for fitness tracking

  It’s a new year and it could be time to try a new health app and a supposedly improved health monitor. HTC thinks it has you covered. During CES 2016 it’s announcing a joint effort with Under Armour: the release of UA HealthBox, a app-driven, device-based fitness system to measure, monitor and manages key […]

Qualcomm Doesn’t Want to be Left Out of the Smart Home Derby

  The cast of companies ready to offer up smart home products at CES 2016 pretty much winds around the block. Even Qualcomm is there at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The innovative maker of chips said this week its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, is demonstrating a Smart Home Reference Platform, based upon Qualcomm’s […]

VR Product Lineup at CES Continues Growing, Including Smart Glasses From Vuzix

Yes, there’s plenty of stuff being showcased at CES 2016 fitting the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) arenas. Case in point: new devices from Vuzix, a major producer of  video eyewear and smart glasses. The company came to Las Vegas this year with three major products to unveil. Vuzix first jumped into VR eyewear at […]

Kwikset Unveils Kevo 2nd Gen Smart Lock, Saying It Sets the Bar for Home Security

  What good’s a smart home without smart door locks? At CES 2016, Kwikset, manufacturer of smart lock products, is calling its new Kevo 2nd Gen product the gold standard for that function. An upgrade to the first-gen Kevo, the smart lock provides a touch-to-open smart lock experience with an improved user experience, sleeker design […]

VUZE Releases Affordable VR Video Camera for the Consumer Market

  For around $1,000 consumers can jump into a portable 3600 3D virtual reality (VR) camera and make their own VR content. And yes, the company behind it unveiled the camera at CES 2016. HumanEyes Technologies is introducing the VUZE, a VR camera with dedicated software studio designed to give consumers an affordable option for […]

Iris Adds Professional Security Monitoring, Lowe’s says at CES

Do-it -yourself is great for some activities, but not for making your home safe. For that concern, a hired hand — or monitor — is the best choice. Homeowners or apartment dwellers using the Iris home security system now have the option of added professional monitoring, national retailer Lowe’s announced this week at CES 2016. […]

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