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    Can you use a cell booster with an old cell phone?

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    The proper way to clean your screen

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    Will turmoil at Time Warner Cable derail the merger?

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    The FCC just changed the definition of broadband. So what?

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    Is it possible to guarantee that an antenna will work for your location?

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    FUN FRIDAY: A look at football's past

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    DISH: How can the 2nd TV remote still control the receiver?

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    The original DARBLET... now at a better price!

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    THROWBACK THURSDAY: When gigantic cameras roamed the earth

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    (MILD) EDITORIAL: Yes, I think digital signage does belong in doctors' offices

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    DIRECTV: Will multiple RF remotes cause a problem?

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    Ken Reid welcomes Ohpira Eisenberg

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    Is it really true that walls are invisible to RF remotes?

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    Is it ok to use someone else's HBO GO login (or any other streaming TV login?)

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    Severe weather? Stuck at home? Watch DIRECTV's Severe Weather Mix

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    by Published on 01-31-2015 04:19 PM
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    If you're still rocking one of these bad boys... let me first congratulate you on your level of commitment. These candybar-type phones were all the rage in the early 2000s and you know what, they were smaller and lighter than most phones today and would last about a week ...
    by Published on 01-31-2015 02:01 PM
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    Don't use Windex and a paper towel. You hardly think about it, but the screen on your TV, tablet, and computer is a fairly sensitive thing. The biggest mistake you can make is letting water or anything really wet get close to it. Alcohol isn't much better. What you really want is something like this Vivanco screen cleaning system. It's reasonably priced and it's the right tool for cleaning any screen of any size.

    Start by brushing off surface dust with the included brush, then spray a fine mist of screen cleaning solution onto the screen, If it's a large screen, do it in quadrants so the solution doesn't dry too fast. Use the included microfiber cloth to gently wipe away fingerprints and grime. While smartphones and tablets are meant to be touched, TVs and laptop screens aren't and you need to be extremely careful. It's actually best to have the device on and running when you're cleaning it because if you start to deform the screen surface at all you'll see it.

    Remember, just use the tiniest bit of cleaning solution to avoid getting it where you don't want it. If not everything comes off the first time, try again a second time.

    For smaller screens that are designed to be touched, you can also try these disposable lens wipes that come pre-moistened and are great for wiping away fingerprints and that goo that comes from your face when you hold the phone against it.
    by Published on 01-30-2015 12:29 PM
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    When you ask us for an antenna recommendation, we'll tell you that we can't guarantee our recommendations although we do feel really strongly about them. Of course all Solid Signal products are returnable within certain limitations, but we stop short of offering that iron-clad promise that you'll ...
    by Published on 01-30-2015 12:28 PM
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    I'm supposed to tell you that nothing I write here is intended to imply that any team in the NFL endorses Solid Signal. You probably figured that out for yourself.

    The biggest game in pro football is in just a few days. Technically I'm not allowed to mention its name since it's a registered trademark, but you ...
    by Published on 01-30-2015 11:32 AM
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    For many years, DISH receivers have been able to accomplish a little trick that most DIRECTV receivers can't: the ability to watch two different channels with one receiver. If you have had a DISH receiver or DVR with a "2" as the middle digit you know about this feature. Run one cable to a second TV and you ...
    by Published on 01-30-2015 09:32 AM
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    Late yesterday afternoon, the FCC made a rule change that, I guarantee you, is going to get completely misunderstood by 90% of the news sources out there. They have redefined "broadband" as 25Mbps down, 3Mbps up. That sounds pretty reasonable. What's laughable is that in 2010 we called 4Mbps down "broadband" and before ...
    by Published on 01-29-2015 05:15 PM
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    It's the "tweener" device that took the world by storm in 2012. The original DVP-5000 Darblet does a great job of improving live video by adding a level of clarity and sharpness that's impossible with your TV's built-in controls. We've talked a lot about the Darblet over the years, but it's fair to say that its high price was a real issue for some people.

    The folks over at Darbee Visual Presence did a great job over the years of making the picture look better, but the price, admittedly, didn't look great for everyone. That's changed however... the original Darblet is now about half the price it was in 2014 and we have it at SolidSignal.com! Supplies of the Darblet have thinned out over the last six months as the manufacturer has tightened up its policies and limited the number of dealers but Solid Signal is still firmly on board with the Darblet and we have plenty in stock at the new price!

    The only question remaining is... what are you waiting for? The Darblet's new low price isn't going to last forever...
    by Published on 01-29-2015 04:48 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    The camera in your phone is a little circle about a quarter of an inch around. It does a pretty good job when you consider that... it picks up low light, records HD movies and gives you startlingly clear images. Of course it wasn't always like that. Most of us are old enough to remember when a clear picture required a 35mm camera or one even larger like portrait photographers used to use. And even today, DSLRs are an order of magnitude bigger than your phone's camera, and they take better pictures quite simply because they're bigger.

    There was a time that it took a truly massive camera to capture a photo, much larger than that iPad the lady next to you is obnoxiously holding up at your kid's recital. Once upon a time, cameras were huge, although to the people back then they seemed like miracles of miniaturization.

    Take a look at this photo essay from our friends at Paleofuture and you'll see what I mean. Imagine hauling out one of those 900lb. jobs every time you wanted to take a picture. I suppose that's why people didn't take selfies 100 years ago.
    by Published on 01-29-2015 12:54 PM
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    It hasn't been the best week for Time Warner Cable. Sure, they're making a little money, but the fact is that they are still losing subscribers, according to Reuters. They can cheer all they want about how the dropoff in subscribers has slowed, but it's still there and that's in stark contrast to ...
    by Published on 01-29-2015 11:02 AM
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    Every DIRECTV HD receiver and DVR since 2006 has allowed you to use an RF remote to shoot through walls and doors. Most have the feature built-in, but in some cases like the H25 you need one of our H25RFANT external antennas. It's easy to install and works with all of the ...

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