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  1. How does WiFi work?



    Nearly everyone has used a Wi-Fi network at one point or another, but what's really going on behind the scenes when you connect to them?  Wi-Fi means "Wireless Fidelity" and it's actually simpler than it sounds. Your computer converts the data you want it to send into a radio signal and broadcasts it. A router or wireless access point receives the signal, converts it back to data, and sends it out over the internet.  The same process works in reverse when your computer requests data from an internet source.

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  2. Onkyo Receivers - Featuring Audyssey



    Last week we explained how Audyssey room correction and Dynamic Volume worked. This week we wanted to take you on the next step of discovering the amplifiers and receivers that you can find these Audyssey features in.

    Onkyo, established in Japan in 1946, has a long history rich in AV offerings and is especially well known for their receivers/amplifiers. Selby have been supporting Onkyo products for many years for their quality, clarity and reliability. A key feature within many of these receivers is the incorporation of many of the Audyssey technologies. Sometimes when you’re looking to get your first amp or upgrade from an older model, those long lists of features can be hard to decipher. So which of the Onkyo models from Selby include Audyssey?

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  3. 3G vs 4G - What does it mean?



    You hear the terms 3G and 4G often, especially when you’re on the look-out for a new mobile phone. It’s plastered all over the advertising material that every provider produces. It does make you wonder “Which one do I need?” and “Is the latest really the greatest?” To begin, it is helpful to understand that the “G” stands for generation. To date we have had 1G, which was the early analog mobile phones, followed by 2G, which was our leap into the digital world. Third-generation (3G) mobile phones were introduced into the US in 2003 and soon after into Australia. 3G included internet capabilities and was promised as a solution to “mobile internet” or “broadband” with a minimum consistent internet speed of 144Kbps (kilobytes per second). There has been quite a variation in delivery of these standards however, where carriers provide anywhere from 400Kbps to ten times this speed.

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  4. What is UltraViolet Digital Movie System?


    UltraViolet (UV) is a digital rights movie download service that has been active since 2011 in the United States, and has just begun its’ release here in Australia. Launched in Australia in May 2013, essentially UltraViolet is a cloud-based licensing system that allows users of digital home entertainment content to stream and download purchased content onto to multiple platforms and devices. Adopting a "buy once, play anywhere" approach that lets you to store digital “proof-of-purchases” of physical movies you have bought, under one account and then allows you to download or stream the movie for life, from “the cloud” to numerous devices.

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  5. The Lone Ranger - in Cinemas July 4th



    The Lone Ranger was a favourite of many young boys and girls since the 1930s. With its’ beginnings on US radio in 1933, a series of books followed which described the efforts of the masked “Lone Ranger” to bring justice throughout the American Old West. An equally popular television series ran from 1949 – 1957, where a mass audience grew fond of the masked hero and his off-sider “Tonto”. These characters have become enduring icons of American pop culture.

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  6. Ask our Selby Techs



    Audio visual, home theatre and electronics can be confusing at times. How does this work? What do I need to do that? Each week, we speak on the phone and communicate via email and newsletter to thousands of people who have questions about their home entertainment issues.

    We write about products and technologies that are current and help answer questions we hear in store on a daily basis. We love hearing what you are doing in your home and helping you find the right solution for your individual situation, which is why we are introducing a new topic in our weekly newsletter.

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  7. What is Audyssey Audio?



    Wow! This is a very big question. Audyssey is a company with designers and engineers who have a passion for great sound and developing technology to improve everyone’s audio experience. Audyssey Laboratories was created in 2002 and is based in the USA. They specialise in technologies that address acoustical problems in sound reproduction systems used in homes, cars, studios and movie theatres.

    The first Audyssey technology was released in home theatre receivers in 2004. It addressed the negative effects of room acoustics on sound reproduction. Since then, Audyssey has delivered several audio technologies that seek to overcome acoustical limitations in audio systems and better match human perception.

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  8. Don't throw your old gear out...yet!

    Don't throw out your old gear yet!

    Many newer televisions have more HDMI inputs than component video inputs, which can sometimes prove frustrating when your other devices are component video or digital.  This doesn’t make them obsolete by any stretch because they can still be used together by adopting a converter box. This converter is perfect for when you have run out of component video or digital inputs, but have plenty of HDMI inputs. For example, if your source device (DVD Player, Video Game Console, Set Top Box, etc) has a component video output and digital audio out (either digital coax or toslink optical), and you wish to plug it into a Plasma / LCD / Projector / AV Receiver which has an HDMI input, this converter box will do the job so you won’t have to upgrade everything else just yet!

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  9. Man of Steel - In Cinemas 27th June



    Perhaps one of the darkest and most intense Superman Movies made to date, “Man of Steel” is being released into Australian cinemas Thursday 27th June. As a child, Kal El as he was named on his dying home planet of Krypton, is sent to Earth and is found, then adopted by Jonathon and Martha Kent in rural Kansas. A young Clark (his adopted name) learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

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  10. What is Google Glass?



    Google “Glass” is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display similar to a pair of glasses, that has been developed by Google with the aim to produce “Glass” for mass-market consumption. The user gives voice commands and the Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format.

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