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Raspberry Pi Owners, Check Your TV Supports CEC Before You Spend

If you’re new to the world of compact media centres such as the Raspberry Pi, it’s easy to get caught up in all the bits and bobs you need to get it set up. Of course, having the required cables — power, HDMI, USB, etc — is mandatory, but before you splurge on a custom remote and infrared receiver, make sure your TV doesn’t provide this functionality already.


Monster's 'Ultra HD' Cables: Essential AV Gear Or An Overpriced Crock?

Monster’s new “Ultra HD Platinum” HDMI range is being billed as an essential purchase for anyone requiring the high-speed bandwidth demands of 4K video. On the downside, a single cable can set you back as much as $349. Is there any way this eye-watering markup could possibly be worth the money? Or will a $5 cable off eBay serve you just as well? Yesterday, Monster put its money where its mouth is in a live HDMI bit error face-off. Here are the results.


Briefly: Not Having Kids, More Crazy Cosplay, Robocop Gets Roasted

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: the latest spectacular cosplay creations, how NSW Police destroyed their flagship patrol car with the wrong fuel, everything wrong with the movie Robocop.


Briefly: Domino's Adds Peri Peri, VF Commodore Redline Review, Goat Simulator 2014

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Holden VF Commodore SSV Redline reviewed, cheap HDMI cables, Goat Simulator 2014.


Ask LH: Should I Buy Expensive HDMI Cables?

Dear Lifehacker, I am thinking about a UHD TV as my next TV. But the big name stores all tell me I need to throw away any HDMI cable I have now that is more than two years old because the technology has moved so rapidly. In my experience, they work or they don’t. Do I need new cables now? Should I wait until I get the TV?


Ask LH: Can I Convert HDMI Sound?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a new HD TV without any sound output other than HDMI. What are my options for hooking up a budget 50W(RMS) amplifier and bookshelf speakers? Are there any decent converters that can extract audio from an HDMI source and output via a 3.5mm headphone jack? Thanks, Not Quite an Audiophile


Windows 8 Ultimate Buyers Guide: Which Specs Are Most Important?

You already know what size of Windows 8 PC you want, but what are you going to put in it? More RAM? A bigger processor? Solid state storage? We’re here to explain a few things for you to help you get the best Windows 8 device for your money.


Don't Give Harvey Norman Extra Money For Monster HDMI Cables

A simple lesson in why you should never buy an HDMI cable from a conventional retailer, especially if that retailer is called Harvey Norman. Catch Of The Day is selling a 2M HDMI cable from professional cable over-charger Monster for $14.99 (plus postage). The cheapest 2M Monster HDMI cable from Harvey Norman costs $139, and it will sell you a pricier variant for $249.


ALDI HDMI Deal: Good But Not Great

ALDI is have yet another tech-centric special buy offering this Wednesday, with products including a 46-inch LCD TV for $549 and an iPod-compatible micro-stereo for $119. Those are reasonable deals, but its 2 metre HDMI cable for $6.99 isn’t so hard to beat.


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