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This could be the one: Davone Grande speaker

I remember hearing the first Davone speaker, the Rithm, at a hi-fi show in 2008. The small, 31-inch tall floor standing speaker looked and sounded like nothing else. I've heard hundreds of speakers since then, but the Rithm stands out from the pack.

The Davone models that followed -- the Ray, the Mojo, and now the Grande -- are all unique, and they're all bona fide audiophile masterpieces. The company steers clear of boring, flat-sided boxes. With Davone, it's all about the curves.

So when the Grande arrived at Davone's New York City dealer, In Living Stereo, … Read more

Review: Icy Tower 2 Zombie Jump is a finely polished endless jumping game

Icy Tower 2 Zombie Jump is very similar to other endless jumpers like Doodle Jump and Glow Jump, though it brings its own flavor to the genre with special achievements and different characters. The result is a fun if familiar game that tasks you with jumping and flipping your way to safety as the tower in which your gnome lives starts to crumble around you.

When the game starts, you will be given a very quick tutorial about how to jump, tilt, and super-jump your way up the platforms located throughout the tower. You can start immediately afterward, moving your … Read more

SVS Ultra Tower speaker: A force to be reckoned with

I've always had a soft spot for great-sounding big speakers, like the SVS Ultra Tower. It stands 45 inches tall, and the cabinet has a unique, aggressively styled trapezoidal shape. Decked out in a gleaming piano-black finish or black oak veneer, the Ultra Tower projects a distinctly high-end aura; it looks a lot more expensive than it really is. The three-way design features a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter sitting between twin 6.5-inch composite glass-fiber midrange drivers, and mounted on the lower side flanks, a pair of 8-inch woofers. All three drivers are proprietary SVS designs. The speaker weighs … Read more

AT&T in $4.85B cell tower deal with Crown Castle

AT&T announced Sunday it has agreed to lease or sell the rights to 9,700 cell phone towers for $4.85 billion to Crown Castle International, which provides infrastructure for broadcasting and mobile telecommunications.

Under the terms of the deal, Crown Castle will have the option to purchase 9,100 towers for $4.2 billion after the average lease term of 28 years expires. Crown Castle will also purchase about 600 AT&T towers immediately.

As part of the deal, AT&T will sublease network capacity on the towers for $1,900 per month tower. That … Read more

C-Wars brings classic Beat 'em up action to a Tower Defense game

A Cyberpunk world, in a post apocalyptic wasteland being infested by a zombie army? C-Wars seems to hit all of the major buzzwords that would set off any gamer's alarm. Onipunks' brainchild might turn off many players who have been jaded by the promises of many so so and eh-inducing games released this year, the ones that seemed to be the products of some assembly-line design model created to separate us from our money. But after playing the Demo, it would be a lie to say I'm anything less than ecstatic that this game has been successfully funded … Read more

Crave Ep. 138: 3D-mapping the great indoors with laser scanners

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The Zebedee LIDAR laser scanner reminds us of that scene in "Prometheus" where David laser-scans the inside of those creepy caverns. Well, Australian scientists are doing that in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Iran wants to launch a poor Persian cat into space, while Volvo is training hamsters to drive trucks with the automaker's new power-steering technology. This is the world we live in. All that and more on this week's episode of Crave. … Read more

Onkyo's terrific tower speakers

Onkyo has a long history of making high-performance, budget-priced speakers. Even their home theater in a box speakers were a cut above the speakers Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Yamaha, and so on were making, back when I was reviewing scads of HTIBs years ago. Then again, the Onkyo speakers were usually a good deal larger than the competition's, and it didn't hurt that most Onkyo speakers were made of wood instead of plastic, and had larger woofers and better-quality tweeters than most HTIB speaker systems. No wonder Onkyo HTIBs were, year after year, the best-sounding HTIBs. So when I … Read more

This speaker scores a perfect 10 with music and home theater

The GoldenEar Technology Triton Seven is, as we audiophiles like to say, "transparent" -- it sounds like an open window to the sound of music. That's always the goal for high-end speakers, but only the very best ones take you all the way there.

The Triton Seven's slender cabinet leaves no doubt: this is a thoroughly modern design. The swept-back, nonparallel-sided cabinets, and high-gloss black accents are distinctive; I'm sure the Triton Seven will never be mistaken for just another big-box tower.

The Triton Seven's front, sides, and rear are covered with a wrap-around … Read more

Lego tower measuring 11 stories claims Guinness record

Students and teachers celebrated Monday at Dickinson High School in Milltown, Dela., as their 11-story-tall Lego tower, which qualifies as the tallest in the world, topped its way into the Guinness World Record books.

The tower -- measuring at 112 feet and 11 and 3-quarter inches -- took months to construct and consists of about 500,000 bricks. In front of a large crowd Monday evening, a crane raised Superintendent Merv Daugherty to the peak and he placed a simple red schoolhouse (the school district's logo) at the top to finish off the toy tower that weighs nearly a ton.… Read more

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a sequel that was well worth the wait

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is finally available, and with new plants, themed worlds, and more of the same great gameplay, this classic tower defense game sequel does just about everything right.

The original Plants vs. Zombies was a huge hit when it came out for iOS devices in February 2010. After more than three years, PopCap has finally released the sequel as a free-to-play game, but don't let the freemium model scare you -- in-app purchases are not required to finish the game.

More of the same great gameplay The object of Plants vs. Zombies … Read more