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HDTV Insights: Using a PC for Blu-ray or High-Definition DVD

PC manufacturers are starting to equip their high-end PCs with Blu-ray disc drives. This makes a lot of sense simply because high-definition DVD formats can hold a lot more data than standard DVDs can [more…]

Feeding Video into Your Home Theater

You can get movies (and TV shows and other video content) into your home theater system in many ways — such as plugging into a cable or satellite TV system. For most folks, however, watching a movie means [more…]

Turning On and Watching Live TV with TiVo

TiVo offers several magic hat tricks with live TV; some to be expected, others a pleasant surprise. When you first turn on your TV, for instance, you usually see live TV on the screen, just like before [more…]

Computer Viruses: Protecting Your PDA

You can apply many tactics (besides using antivirus programs) to help protect your PDA and its data. Get ready for several digital hygiene tips — PDA style! As with your PC, the motto [more…]

Juicing Up Your Robot with Batteries

When you're ready to make your robot move, it's time to consider the full battery of options. Size, strength, and lasting power are all factors to take into account when making your selection. Not to mention [more…]

Understanding How Speaker Drivers Work

Audio speakers are relatively simple devices. Basically, you have an enclosure (typically a box) into which speaker drivers are attached. The drivers are the round elements that many people call the actual [more…]

Introducing High-End Home Theater

The idea that you can move up to the high end when you're buying components and setting up a home theater may see a little vague to you. Everyone's got his or her own definition of [more…]

Considering Projection HDTV Design

Projection HDTVs have two distinct formats: [more…]

Understanding the Different Pole Positions of Speakers

Although you'll most often find two-way (woofer and tweeter) and three-way (woofer, tweeter, and midrange driver) speakers on the market, you'll also run into speakers with more than one set of speaker [more…]

Sharing TiVo with Family or Roommates

Like a new carton of ice cream, TiVo instantly becomes a coveted item in any household. And just as the ice cream mysteriously disappears, spoonful by spoonful, TiVo's storage space vanishes — especially [more…]

Writing Yourself a Note on Your Pocket PC

The Pocket PC Notes application seems like a very simple program, but you may be a little surprised to find out just how much it can really do. In addition to being a quick way to jot down a thought, this [more…]

Burning CDs of Music Files Purchased Online

After you download a music file, you are ready to burn it to a CD. When you're downloading a file, always be sure that you know exactly where it's going on your computer. Many services have a default folder [more…]

Syncing Your Pocket PC with Your Desktop

If your Pocket PC and your desktop PC are going to be partners, they need to be able to share your data. You wouldn't want to have to retype everything just because you wanted to use it on both computers [more…]

Changing TiVo's Phone Number and Dialing Options

TiVo must phone its headquarters every day or so to grab your latest show listings. It also needs to phone its headquarters when you first set it up in your home. Unlike a teenager, TiVo doesn't need its [more…]

A Battle in the Home Theater: High Definition DVD Formats

In February 2008, Blu-ray emerged as the winner in the high-definition DVD format war, when rival Toshiba gave up on its HD DVD format. This article offers previous coverage on the beginnings of the format [more…]

Picking Out — and Pricing — Home Theater Equipment

Home theater is truly for everyone — regardless of the size of your house or apartment, your economic wealth, or your taste in movies. And home theater probably means something different to everyone. It's [more…]

Exchanging Data between Your Pocket PC and Desktop PC

If your Pocket PC and your desktop PC are going to be partners, they need to be able to share your data. You wouldn't want to have to retype everything just because you wanted to use it on both computers [more…]

Putting Your Television to Work

What's all the big fuss about over TiVo?

TiVo works as your robotic television manager, constantly scanning upcoming show listings to separate your favorites from the trash. It juggles the recordings to [more…]

Setting Parental Controls in TiVo

When television entered the house in the late 1940s, networks wouldn't consider running a show unless it was appropriate for the entire family. In today's world of cable and satellite programming, that's [more…]

Adding Fiber Optic Lights to Your HDTV Experience

You don't have to be deep in the heart of Texas to see stars on your HDTV room's ceiling. In fact, you can buy neat fiber optic kits to add all sorts of effects to your HDTV theater. Companies such as [more…]

HotSyncing Your Palm Device with Your Desktop PC

In theory, you could use your Palm device all by itself, with no other computer involved. But if you're only interested in doing things the easiest way possible, then the Palm Desktop programs may be the [more…]

Setting HotSync Options for Palm Mail

After you accumulate a healthy number of items on your Palm device, the HotSync process may slow down quite a bit. At first, a HotSync takes only a few seconds, but after a couple of months, a HotSync [more…]

Adding Contacts Manually on Your Pocket PC

Of all of the methods of adding people to your Pocket PC address book, you'll probably spend the most time adding records manually, which isn't the easiest way to add records, nor is it the quickest. But [more…]

Understanding the Major File Formats: WAV, MP3, and MIDI

Digital sound files must be organized and structured so that your media player can read them. It's just like being able to read and understand a different language. If the player [more…]

Getting Acquainted with TiVo

Until you've seen TiVo in action, you can't quite understand all the hubbub. Isn't a "TiVo" just a glorified VCR? Everybody already has a VCR; nothing new here, move along. Yet people aren't moving along [more…]

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