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As more and more people make use of online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, the need to connect computers to TVs is increasing.

The problem is, if you've never done it before, connecting a computer to a TV can be a confusing task. 

There are a couple of different ways to connect your computer to your TV, but the most reliable way is by using video cables. They ensure a quick, responsive, and consistent image which essentially mirrors what's happening on your computer monitor. 

But what are the best video cables for computer-TV streaming? Do certain cables work better than others? 

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Posted By Paul Nolan

Do you know why December 2002 remains such a noteworthy date in world history? It marks the birth of the High Definition Multimedia Interface specification, or HDMI 1.0.

HDMI cables turn 15 soon, and the recent 2.1 upgrade has added some not-to-be-missed next-gen features.

This is cause for celebration!

Gaming, bingeing, watching with mellow eyes a flickering hi-def fireplace -- whatever you're doing, we can't stand the idea of you doing it with a less than spectacular image. HDMI 2.1 means you don't need to and we don't have to be sad for you. Win-win.

Each upgrade to the standard adds new featur...

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Of course you want surround sound. But what about hiding the cables? And which cables are best? Here's your complete guide on home theater wiring.

Even if you aren't a celebrity you may just get to enjoy your movies like one when you upgrade to a home theater. Actors from Melanie Griffith to Beverly Hills billionaires have home theaters as a standard in their opulent dwellings. 

Plus, it's never been easier to upgrade to a home theater. The only challenge with home theaters these days is making sure you get them setup right. And designing a home theater using cables and cords properly can be con...

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You need the right Ethernet cable for your network, but are you using the wrong cord? Here are 6 different types of Ethernet cables and how they work.

If you have ever had Internet installed in your home, you have likely seen and managed an Ethernet cable. You have maybe even had to find a replacement cable at your local computer shop and realized there are several types of Ethernet cables.

Since Ethernet technology is over 40 years old, it is no surprise there are several types. 

In 1973, Xerox PARC, the research arm of Xerox Corporation, developed the Ethernet cable and filed for its patent in ...

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Satechi USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable go fully 4K

The folks at Satechi have revealed a couple of new USB-C accessories for those device users that wish to output video from small screens to big screens. Two devices were shown today, one a dongle, the other a cable. The cable has USB-C on one end, and a full-sized HDMI plug on the other. The smaller device is the adapter which has a full-sized HDMI port on one end and USB-C on the other.

The Type-C 4K HDMI cable allows any Mac with a USB-C port to connect to a 4K display. This cables is 6-feed long, meaning users will be able to connect to a TV-screen across a small room – or behind and around ...

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There are few things in life more frustrating than tangled cords and rope, and you may run into both during a photo shoot. In under 5 minutes, this video from PremiumBeat will teach you how to properly wrap your cables to keep them tidy and save time.

The “Over and Under” method is a tried-and-true method for organizing cables that audio and video technicians use daily. It works best with longer cables, and can be done either left- or right-handed.

As the video explains, you may need to ‘retrain’ your cables if they have developed kinks or loops. To prepare them, just lay them out in the sun for...

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Can You Overcharge a Phone Overnight?

Not too many years ago it would have been hard to believe that so much could depend on a small lithium battery, or even a mobile device used predominantly for making calls.

Today, with billions of mobile phone users worldwide, battery life has become a hot topic.

This is understandable when you take into account the many uses we have for these miniature computers. 

No charge means no mobile phone, and this can have devastating effects on your communication, business and even social life these days. Without power in that battery, your mobile device has little u...

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The Ethernet Alliance today launched its Power over Ethernet (PoE) certification program. “Enabling swift and easy recognition of interoperable products designed to available IEEE 802.3 PoE standards, the program will elevate the user experience by minimizing market confusion between standards-based and proprietary PoE solutions,” the Ethernet Alliance said.

With analysts projecting PoE-enabled port and device shipments to reach close to 1 billion by 2021, the alliance says its PoE certification program is expected to attract strong interest from Ethernet ecosystem stakeholders. John D’Ambrosia...

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The time is almost up for the USB jack — called USB type A — that we've been using for over 2o years, as Intel has paved the way for the new USB-C standard to take over.

On Wednesday, Intel said it would make its Thunderbolt 3 technology royalty-free, which gives any device manufacturer much better incentive to use the technology. It said that would take effect "next year."

Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology uses the USB type C, or USB-C, standard to plug devices into computers and other peripherals.

Here's what that means for you:

It'll change the way we connect our devices.

Your external hard drive...

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Late last year, we showed you the Arc Hub, a circular USB-C hub we hoped would help improve the pitiful plight of third-party USB-C hubs currently on the market. After owning a 12-inch MacBook for two years now, I can tell you the only reliable option for a USB-C hub has been Apple’s $69 USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, which only comes with a HDMI and USB-A port, alongside the pass through USB-C port for charging. It’s not ideal.

Thankfully, the Arc Hub looks to be the answer — at least in the short term — to the USB-C hub problem.

The Arc Hub, designed by Bourge Design, is the best USB-C hu...

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