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Darren Blakeborough

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My day job is as an Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. My primary teaching and research interests revolve around popular culture and technology. I am an adequate at best guitar player currently attempting to romanticize my inglorious youth in a Hair Metal cover band called "Glam Chowder”. When not working or watching TV, I am usually listening to music, recording music, playing music, or trying to figure out what gear I need to make all of that music sound even better.

Review of Blue Microphones new Yeti X

Blue Microphones has released the new Yeti X USB microphone and is providing the opportunity to have professional level audio without professional level costs.

5 Karaoke Machines to Liven up Your Next Party

Get your inner diva or rock god flowing in your own home surrounded by friends. A home karaoke machine will make your parties the talk of the town!

Review of the Happy Plugs Air1 Wireless Earbuds

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Great sound and stunning looks, the Air1 earbuds take advantage of Bluetooth 5.0 technology and deliver a winning package.

Review of the Magnasonic LED Pocket Pico Video Projector

With mobile projection no longer relegated to the realm of science fiction, the Magnasonic LED Pico Pocket Video Projector slips it into your pocket.

(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About 4K Movies

Home theatre can be confusing with 4K this and HD that. This blog explains what 4K movies are and compares with prior technologies like HD.

This is the Year You Learn a New Instrument!

Learning to play a new instrument is exciting, but it can also be a daunting endeavour. This blog will discuss how you can set yourself up for success.

Sony UBP-X700 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review

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The Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray player and media streamer with Dolby Vision gives affordable entry into the world of 4K content.

3 Ways to get that Smart TV experience

This blog looks at the different ways you can get that Smart TV experience including with a smart TV, a media player, or a 4K Blu-Ray player and streamer.

Review of the Polk Assist Smart Speaker

Smart technologies dominate the home electronic landscape and the Polk Assist smart speaker with built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant sits at the top.

How to control your TV with a Voice Assistant

Controlling your smart television just got easier and more fun with the introduction of voice control technologies like Alexa or Google Home assistant.

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