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Apple one year after Jobs

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 5 Oct 2012, 12:10am

Today's the first anniversary of the death of Apple co-founder and figurehead Steve Jobs. He died on October 5, 2011, after a long – and very public, thanks to the rapt attention of Apple fans and commentators – battle with ...

The CD is 30 years old today

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 1 Oct 2012, 9:05am

Today’s a significant anniversary in the history of recorded music: the world's first CD players were announced in Japan on October 1st, 1982.   And despite the rearguard action fought by some record companies – and some audiophile ...

If Sharp's tightening belts as it hits its centenary, at least that means it's going back to its roots

By Andrew Everard | Sat, 15 Sep 2012, 11:27am

Today marks Sharp's 100th birthday, and to be honest the company looks slightly precarious at the moment.It finished the last year with record debts, saw its TV market share drop by a third, and is in the awkward position of waiting to see which ...

Hands-on with the Naim NDS

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 10 Sep 2012, 4:19pm

Sometimes good things turn bad, and sometimes adversity brings opportunities: both were involved in how I came to be using Naim's flagship streamer, the £6250 NDS, in my system at home.It started when we had an updating session in the office, ...

How to build a NAS to store your music

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 4 Sep 2012, 11:07am

 How to build a NAS to store your music, and at least some of all you need to know about RAID and backups    You know Parkinson's Law? The one that says 'Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion'? Well, ...

The ultimate home cinema processor – and how film premieres at home are on the way

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 1 Aug 2012, 4:03pm

I've just spent the day at Datasat, and I think I may have seen the future of home cinema.  If you've not been paying attention to your movie posters of late, you may be forgiven for saying 'Datasat – who?'  Well, since May ...

Linn Kiko: streaming for the style-conscious?

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 27 Jul 2012, 1:35pm

Over the past few weeks, it's been hard to avoid the new Linn Kiko system – it's been all over the various social media channels, Twittering and Facebooking like mad with promotions such as 'Name your favourite ten seconds of music'. What's more, ...

'A perfect time to hang a large bus off the edge of a building in a seaside town'

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 26 Jul 2012, 1:29pm

Took a day out yesterday – yes, I know, but the weather was too good to miss – to combine a visit to the South Coast with the opportunity to indulge my passion for The Italian Job.Before we go any further, let's just make it clear we're talking ...

Much more to it than endless noodling

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 26 Jul 2012, 11:35am

Electronic music – what does that make you think of? Massive Jean Michel Jarre shows, complete with half of London lit up to look like imploding galaxies or wonky pyramids?The Doctor Who theme? Brian Eno's synth breaks on early Roxy Music ...

Panasonic chairman plans company shift away from TVs – and consumer electronics. But is it too little too late?

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 17 Jul 2012, 1:36pm

Each day seems to bring more about the woes of the Japanese consumer electronics industry, and some recent coverage in the country's Nikkei business daily gives some idea of just how tough things have become.In an interview, new Panasonic ...