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Alan Danzis is a lifelong technology and TV enthusiast. He's an early adopter: he had the first generation Sony TiVo and had to buy a special device just to plug the analog DVR into his digital phone line in college, further showcasing his nerdiness. He currently lives in Hoboken, N.J., where he tries not let his TiVo get too full. You can follow him on @adanzis.

Dylan O'Brien (Stiles) And Executive Producer Jeff Davis Chat 'Teen Wolf' (Video)

October 23rd, 2013 2:20pm EDT
Teen Wolf
Earlier this month, MTV announced a pick-up for season four of the hit show, Teen Wolf—even before the second half of the third season begins airing in January.

Dylan O’Brien, who plays Stiles, and Linden Ashby, who plays his father, appeared at New York Comic Con to discuss the pick-up and what fans can expect.

I got a couple quick minutes to talk with O’Brien, as well as with executive producer Jeff Davis at the event. Here’s what they had to say.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch Teen Wolf because you heard the first season wasn’t very good, you’re missing out. It’s quickly bec...
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AOC E1659FWU [REVIEW]: An Instant Buy for Anyone Lusting After a Second Screen

September 17th, 2013 10:30am EDT
AOC-E
We’ve all wished of having dual monitors—but do you really want to pay the price that often comes with it?

That’s where the AOC E1659FWU comes in. Ignore the terrible name and focus on how it’s a near 16-inch monitor for only $139.

This isn’t a monitor that should live on its own. You’ll want to plug it into your desktop computer, as I did, and “extend” your computer area to it so you can use it for other windows and programs while you keep the main stuff on your existing computer screen. Or you’ll want to plug it into your laptop to use as a separate presentation screen.

You could eve...
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Summer Videogames Round-up Part 2: ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons,’ ‘Payday 2,’ ‘Ducktales Remastered’

September 11th, 2013 10:30am EDT
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Sure, Labor Day has come and go, but there’s still time to sneak in that second part of our summer videogames round-up. (If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.)

Deadpool

Video games based on licensed characters are always a mixed bag. Last year’s Amazing Spider-man based on the film was one of the worst games of the year. But the year before, Batman Arkham City, turned out to be one of the best games of this console generation.

My reason for why that happened? Arkham City was an original story, made for video games, whereas Spider-man was based on a horrible movie.

That leaves us...
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Digital Storm Bolt [REVIEW]: A Gaming PC You Might Want to Install In Your Living Room

September 10th, 2013 10:30am EDT
Digital Storm Bolt
I review a ton of gadgets for Starpulse and often a gadget will sit on my floor for weeks before I even open it, let alone test it so I can review it. Reasons why I take so long vary from I’m just swamped to I’m not sure if I’m even going to test it in the first place.

The Digital Storm Bolt PC gaming computer, however, sat plugged into my TV for more than two months before I tested it for the sole reason that it scared me.

How on Earth would someone like me, raised the last few years on game consoles, know the first thing about testing a gaming computer? Sure, I grew up on PC gaming, but...
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Logitech Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 [REVIEW]: Great Keyboard, But So Not For Me

August 23rd, 2013 10:30am EDT
Logitech Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820
I want to get this out of the way up front: I highly recommend the Logitech Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820, but I will never, ever use it again.

The new keyboard from practically my favorite peripheral company on the planet combines both a keyboard and touchpad in one device. The resulting size, believe it or not, is roughly the same as a normal keyboard—like the Logitech keyboard I’m currently typing this on.

The touchpad is ideal for folks using Windows 8 on a computer without a touchscreen monitor—like me. You can perform up to 13 Windows 8-specific multi-touch gestures.

Like all ...
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BandFuse: Rock Legends Launches November 19

August 22nd, 2013 10:30am EDT
BandFuse: Rock Legends
While I played plenty of instruments as a kid ranging from piano to clarinet to tuba… I honestly should go nowhere near a guitar.

However, I picked up a real one a couple weeks ago that was hooked up to a video game console so I could try out the forthcoming BandFuse: Rock Legends.

This was no cheap plastic Guitar Hero guitar controller, however. This was a real one and within a few moments, I was learning how to play guitar.

Badly.

Badly on my part though, not the game’s.

In the game, you can play guitar or bass, or sing along to a variety of songs from artists such as Slash, Maroon...
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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 [REVIEW]: Perfect for the Last Remaining Summer BBQs and Parties

August 21st, 2013 10:30am EDT
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500
There’s certain tech products that can only be reviewed by certain people that live in certain places. I, for one, shouldn’t test subwoofers since my floors and walls are paper thin and my neighbors would probably get very angry, very quickly.

I am, however, uniquely equipped to test a projector outside because my apartment building in Hoboken, NJ has an amazingly empty, large wall to project on.

(Power, however, is an issue, but we apartment residents have made due with one 50 foot extension cord and a second 25 foot one.)

All summer, I’ve been testing the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 50...
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Interview With Thunder Levin, Screenwriter Of Syfy Original 'Sharknado'

August 20th, 2013 10:53am EDT
Sharknado
You might not have watched it the first night it premiered, but I guarantee you now know what a Sharknado is. The buzz has been inescapable and it seems SyFy, the channel responsible for that “cinematic masterpiece” called Sharknado announces something new related to the film every week whether it’s a sequel or even merchandise.

Recently, I had a chance to talk with the screenwriter of the film, Thunder Levin. Here’s what we discussed over email.

First off—did you ever anticipate this amount of exposure for this movie?

No, of course not. Who could have anticipated this?! We knew there wa...
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'Springsteen & I' Review: A Must See For Boss Fans

July 22nd, 2013 11:10am EDT
Springsteen & I
I know specifically the moment when I became a Bruce Springsteen fan for life.

It wasn’t after I (illegally) downloaded so many of his live albums off of Napster when I was a college sophomore—don’t worry music industry, I’ve long since erased everything I took and now purchase all of my music legally or use Spotify, which I also pay for.

It wasn’t after my first live show, which I attended in Philadelphia in 2003. Nor the second live show, which I attended at the Meadowlands in 2009 or 2010.

It was about a year after 9/11 when The Rising album came out and I recall all the interviews Br...
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‘Kingdom Rush Frontiers’ [REVIEW]: Currently the Best Tower Defense Game on iOS

July 17th, 2013 10:30am EDT
Kingdom Rush Frontiers
If a sequel basically only adds a few different heroes and locales on top of the original game, is it worth playing? In rare circumstances, yes. And in the case of Kingdom Rush Frontiers, it’s a rare circumstance.

Kingdom Rush was one of my favorite tower defense games on iOS even though I never finished it. When I got a chance to play its sequel, Frontiers, I was determined to finish it, even if I had to “grind” away at many early levels to make enough in-game money or level up enough abilities to tackle harder levels.

If you haven’t played a Kingdom Rush game before, basically you have ...
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