Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Get Your Free Nero Liquid TV TiVo PC
Traditionally, anyone who wanted to convert a PC into a DVR was limited to the likes of Windows Media Center, SnapStream Beyond TV, or (for the more adventurous DIYers) MythTV.
Starting in mid-October, however, people can turn their Windows PCs into a full-on TiVo DVR thanks to Nero's new Liquid TV package. The software effectively turns a standard PC into a full-service TiVo DVR, replete with the same interface, program guide, and ease-of-use as TiVo's standalone hardware DVRs--but with the added ability to burn recorded shows to DVD or export them to portable devices such as the iPod or PlayStation Portable.
So, what are the potential drawbacks? If Liquid TV is like other TiVo products, content providers or broadcasters could use program "flags" to make it impossible for certain shows to be transferred to DVD or portable (or recorded at all). But the bigger problem could be the HD issue for anyone not using an over-the-air antenna source. If you want to record a program from your cable or satellite box--for something not over-the-air like HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, USA, ESPN--most PCs only allow standard-definition video capture (composite or S-Video). To get HD quality, there are only two possibilities: capturing the HD video output stream from the external cable/satellite box, or getting a PC with internal CableCard support.
Unfortunately, peripherals and PCs with hardware support for either solution remain rare. Note that Liquid TV doesn't offer internal support for Internet bells and whistles found on TiVo boxes--stuff like Amazon Video-on-Demand, TiVoCasts, podcast support, Internet radio, and so forth. But since you're already using a computer, all of that would be superfluous, anyway. Its absence isn't much of a loss.
Is Liquid TV worth buying? If PC makers could make it easier to get an external HD cable feed, I think it would eliminate the product's biggest red flag. Also, competing products like SnapStream's Beyond TV already offer built-in support for antenna HD recording, DVD burning, and transfer to portable devices. Still, the ability to get a true TiVo interface, the TiVo remote, and the necessary accessories and dongles in one box--along with a year of service--could well make Nero Liquid TV a compelling PC DVR option for many.
Get Your Free Nero Liquid TV TiVo PC
Monday, September 29, 2008
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 9 lets you skip dictation setup; features a slimmer toolbar; allows voice command to browse Web pages; lets you drop the mouse and keyboard while typing; handy transcription tools; support for PDAs; supports Bluetooth headsets.
Dragon is costly and requires a robust computer; Windows only; takes time to learn the voice commands and other features; pricey tech support.
The bottom line:
For people who type a lot or suffer sore fingers and hands, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 is the best tool available for dictating text and commanding a Web browser by voice, despite the gradual adjustments needed to conform to your personal manner of speaking.
Get your Free Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Preferred
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Many image editing applications claim to offer the power of Adobe Photoshop but at a far friendlier price. Nearly all fail. But in an ironic twist, Adobe's Photoshop Elements 6 adds beginner-focused features that seem very similar to those in one of its main competitors, Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Elements 6 has a couple of new features for people who have used the software before, but the main focus of this update seems to be a serious attempt to attract new, novice users--a strategy that rival image editors such as Paint Shop usually pursue. Elements 6 is a better choice for novices than Paint Shop, but if you've used Elements before, you may be disappointed with this version of it.
Adobe has added the Quick Selection tool it first made available in Photoshop CS3 to Elements 6; the tool can make creating a selection (a roped-off section of an image to which fixes are limited) pretty easy, but since it has no tolerance (sensitivity) setting, it can be useless on some images. On the plus side, the Refine Edge feature I loved in Photoshop CS3 came along, too. It isn't quite as sophisticated as CS3's, but it does a fantastic job of cleaning up the edges of selections so you don't have to spend as much time handling stray pixels. Elements 6 still has no photo-blogging conduits, so to post images on your blog, you must export your image using a 'Save for Web' command, and then manually upload through your blogging platform's tool.
The overall impression of Elements 6 is similar to my impression of Adobe's new Premiere 4 video editor; Adobe expended great effort trying to make the application accessible to novices who have never laid hands on it, and in doing so, diluted some of the program's power and flexibility. I think that move will likely irritate users of older versions who have already learned how to use the app. Personally, I'd be perfectly happy using the previous version.
Get a free Adobe Photoshop Elements 6
Source Alan Stafford
Monday, September 22, 2008
2. The 2.4GHz USB Wireless Mouse is meant to be strapped to your index finger, so that you can use the mouse and type on the keyboard at the same time in a more comfortable fashion.
Friday, September 19, 2008
The RIM BlackBerry 8820 is the first BlackBerry to offer integrated Wi-Fi. The smart phone continues to offer Bluetooth, GPS, and push e-mail capabilities as well as push-to-talk and multimedia functions. We were also impressed by the long talk-time battery life.
There's no 3G support and no option for a camera version. The QWERTY keyboard can be slippery, and the device uses a proprietary instant messaging client.
The bottom line:
The addition of Wi-Fi makes the RIM BlackBerry 8820 an even more powerful communication device for business users, taking it beyond just e-mail and phone calls.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Samsung Glyde offers great call quality, a broad selection of features, and a full alphabetic keyboard.
The Samsung Glyde's display is too small to do its touch interface justice. Also, the photo quality is poor, and the e-mail support isn't easy to use.
The bottom line:
The Samsung Glyde is a powerful cell phone with decent performance, but its touch-screen design and controls don't complement its features.
Source: Kent German
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
- Beautifully designed
- Class-leading QWERTY keyboard
- Simple email set-up
- Excellent battery life
- Some included software, including the browser and maps, needs work
The Bold is what BlackBerry fans have been waiting for. It's feature-rich and sharply designed, let down in small measure by some cumbersome software.
Source: Joseph Hanlon
Again, here is the link to get your brand new Samsung i900 Omnia: http://www.alpha-omega-electronics.com/rd_p?p=150282&t=6730&gift=28576&a=28576-blog
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Here's a quick summary of the newsworthy announcements from this morning's event.
iTunes 8 is out. The new Genius feature is a music discovery service, the first for Apple.
NBC content is back on the iTunes store, so we can all get back to downloading after a year-long hiatus.
The iPod Classic gets trimmed down in size: a new 120GB iPod. Also, the 160GB iPod Classic was discontinued.
New Nanos are longer, slimmer, with curved edges. They come with an accelerometer now and start at $149 for 8GB.
New iPod Touch: it's slimmer, has iPhone's multitouch technology, and now starts at $229 for 8GB.
iPhone and iPod Touch users rejoice: Jobs says the updated OS X 2.1 software will fix a lot of bugs related to dropped calls, battery life problems, and crashing applications.
Apple iPod Shuffle
Apple iPod Nano
Apple iPod Classic
Apple iPod Touch
Source: Erica Ogg
Monday, September 8, 2008
The good: The Samsung Instinct offers a slick, intuitive design and a heavy load of powerful, innovative, and easy-to-use features. It particularly shines as a messaging and GPS device.
The bad: The Samsung Instinct lacks Wi-Fi and instant messaging, and its call and video quality were erratic. Also, its Internet browser could be refined, its internal memory is small, and its camera lacks editing features.
The bottom line: The Samsung Instinct stands out as one of Sprint's finest devices to date. It's just too bad its call quality could use some improvement.
Specifications: Talk time: Up to 345 min; Combined with: With digital camera / digital player / FM radio; Weight: 0.3 lbs
Again, click the link to get your phone for free: alpha-omega-electronics.com/rd_p?p=150282&t=6730&gift=28217
Source: Kent German
Friday, September 5, 2008
"I’m the kind of person who likes to see results. At first, I didn’t believe it, but after reading the testimonials, I decided to give it a try. Believe me, if you do your part correctly, you are guaranteed to receive the offer you chose. And I’m extremely happy with my new Turbofloorplan Home & Landscape
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The new TiVo HD XL was just released! I was wondering how this version was different from previous ones and if it was worth to pay the hefty premium for the additional recording capacity and THX certification. I found this interesting review.
Anyways, I searched in Google for "tivo hd lx" and found this link:
While browsing on Google for “vizio televisions” I found this site under the sponsored links: alpha-omega-electronics.com/rd_p?p=150282&t=6730&gift=28387. I entered my email and then filled out a profile page with my personal information. After answering some survey questions, I was directed to a series of pages to sign up for offers. I reviewed each one slowly and identified the ones with zero cost (for example, movie rental trials and coffee samples). I also used the “refer a friend” option to avoid paying for any other service.
All I needed was a secure Internet connection, a couple of hours, and my basic information. I found out that the company behind this offer is called World Avenue and conducts business legally. After going through all the necessary steps, now I am waiting to receive my Vizio 50” plasma TV.
I will be able to watch all the games of the professional football season on my brand new TV. This amazing plasma features bright colors and maximizes the fast action sports. Again, the site to get your free plasma TV is alpha-omega-electronics.com/rd_p?p=150282&t=6730&gift=28387
1. I searched on Google for “nfl Sunday ticket cable” and found this link: http://www.alpha-omega-electronics.com/rd_p?p=150282&t=6730&gift=28667&a=28667-blog
2. I read the requirements on this site and started the process by typing my email address. After registering with valid information, I completed a survey (yes/no questions). Then, I completed offers including Netflix, coffee samples, and others. I even used a cool “refer a friend” option to avoid buying other products. I spent about two hours documenting the process. I used a safe Internet connection to protect my identity. I found that the company behind this offer is called World Avenue.
3. I had a positive experience going through all the steps to get my free NFL Sunday ticket package. I am waiting to receive the DIRECTV subscription and I will update when it is completed. Let the games begin!
If you take to take advantage of this offer, visit this site http://www.alpha-omega-electronics.com/rd_p?p=150282&t=6730&gift=28667&a=28667-blog and complete all the requirements. You will not regret it!