Tivo vs Apple TV – What’s the Big Difference?

Two of the newest and most popular innovations in the television viewing world are Tivo and Apple TV. Tivo is the oldest of these two innovations, and is incredibly popular. Many people these days either have a Tivo, or a digital video recorder box of a different brand name. The features of Tivo are convenient and easy to use. You can pause live TV so you won’t miss a thing. You can schedule recordings and even record more than one program at once. Your recorded programs are digitally stored without the need for any tapes or disks. You can access and manage your recorded items with the touch of a button.

Then there’s Apple TV. Apple TV hooks up to your television and computer, and allows you to access your iTunes library right on your TV screen. You can listen to music, view digital photos, watch television shows, podcasts, Internet videos and movies. The difference between Apple TV and Tivo is that with Apple TV, you must download your materials from iTunes. With Tivo, you get your material from your cable television provider. Some people love Apple TV, while others feel it will never take the place of cable. This is why some people have the best of both worlds and enjoy both an Apple TV and Tivo on their television.

One of the benefits to Tivo, besides its features, is its price. You can get a Tivo box for a very reasonable monthly rate, depending on what size storage you choose. There are 80-hour, 180-hour and 300-hour boxes available. Your local cable television provider can fill you in on the pricing plans they offer. Apple TV, on the other hand, is a bit more pricey. You can own an Apple TV box for around $299. It comes with a 40 GB hard drive, wifi and the Apple remote.

Whether or not you should choose the Tivo or the Apple TV is a matter of personal preference. It all depends which features you deem more useful and how much you’re willing to spend. Some users like the Tivo for its compatibility with cable television, while others enjoy Apple TV because they can view their iTunes collection on a big screen television instead of a small computer monitor. Both choices certainly have plenty of features and benefits to offer today’s viewers.

How to View PowerPoint on TV?

Microsoft is such a powerful tool for presentation, but sometimes we are limited by its requirement; you must have a computer with PowerPoint installed. Sometimes we want to send our presentation like photo presentation to friends or families and share with them, but on different operating system or different PowerPoint version , it doesn’t work very well, that’s really a disappoint thing. All things seem to be under Microsoft’s dominion; is there anything we can do? Why not watch your PowerPoint on TV? Sounds great! I believe many people have already done this interesting and useful thing, and I’m so glad to share experience with you about how to view PowerPoint on TV.

Free way

The free way is connect your TV to computer, then use computer control PowerPoint presentation, there is a vast difference between the technologies of a computer monitor and a TV monitor, you can connect your PC to TV, and watch your PowerPoint on TV screen, but this job is not that easy!

Unlike computer monitors TV monitors are interlaced which has the effect of making thin lines and text shimmer. TV monitors generally (apart from broadcast spec) don’t show the full image, so you may lose stuff at the edge of the screen (thus further reducing the amount of available resolution). Some graphics cards do compensate for this by squeezing the image into a window inside the video output – the only way you’ll know is to test it. 
This method depends on the output from your video card…if you have component video out, you can use that kind of cable, if you have a s-video out from the card and s-video input on your TV you can use that, otherwise you would need a convert from Radio Shack to connect to the TV. As I know, some laptops come with an S-video port, and if your TV or VCR has an S-video input then just use an S-video cable. Otherwise you’ll need a cheap scalar/converter to take the VGA signal and turn it into a signal the TV/VCR can accept, most likely over a composite (RCA) or RF (like what your TV cable comes in on). In my opinion, this way cost a lot of time, and the result is not as we expect!

Watch PowerPoint on TV via Apple TV

We know that Apple Company created such a great product, Apple TV automatically grabs the digital media on your computer and makes it available for you to enjoy on your TV. Best of all, whenever you add something new in iTunes, Apple TV updates automatically. So what we should do if we want to watch PowerPoint on TV via Apple TV: 
The first step is convert PowerPoint to certain Video formats Like MPEG-4 that can be accept by iTunes. You can learn more from another article: How to convert PowerPoint to MPEG? 
The second step is upload video to iTunes and sync to Apple TV, and then you can enjoy your PowerPoint Presentation on your widescreen TV.

The question is Apple TV is too expensive, and the process is also troublesome. Maybe it’s good for enjoying videos (from YouTube), but for PowerPoint presentation, I don’t think it’s the best solution.

View PowerPoint on TV with DVD player

That’s what we suggest, burn your PowerPoint to DVD and then watch them on TV with a DVD remote controller, so you must make sure the software have the function of customized DVD menus, and the burning process should be stable. DVD player is cheap, and when you burn PowerPoint to DVD, it’s good for distribution, you can send them to your friends without worry about if they have PC or PowerPoint installed, and you also don’t care about the version and operation system; Another good benefits is that you can protect your PowerPoint from un authorizing edit, you can view the article “Advantages of b`urning PowerPoint to DVD “to know more about it.

Ok, let’s use Acoolsoft PPT2DVD to take a tour and see how to Burn PowerPoint to DVD

Start the Program and import files (Acoolsoft PPT2DVD support Batch Converting)

You must clear that this Program is going step by step, you just need to clik next and make sure everything is what you want, if not, then set it , we give you the power to change it !

Clike next and then you can do with Menu settings, that’s really depend on your creativity!

Is everything under your control?

Yes, you sure everything is OK, just click next and leave the rest to Acoolsoft, all things will be done!

How to Hack Your iPod: Six Great iPod hacks

The iPod is a deeply personal device. The music, contacts, calendars and notes you store on it reveal a lot about your personality. From playcounts to playlists, our iPods can tell others what we enjoy, how we think and even who we are. But if you truly want to transform your iPod into an engine of extreme personal expression, why not customise it?

Hacking your iPod – whether it’s modding the case, installing custom software, or tearing it up and doubling the memory – can transform the ubiquitous music and media player into something unique.

Note: You should be aware that trying any of these tricks carries the risk of ruining your device.

1. Penguin power

iPod Linux is the essential hack, table stakes for many of the other hacks you might want to try. It fully supports iPods in generations 1-3, and has been successfully installed on all others with a display. You should grab ‘Podzilla’, which will add a graphical interface to iPod Linux. There are multiple versions of Podzilla available from which to choose. Once installed, iPod Linux and Podzilla will let you boot your iPod to a barebones Linux mode. Furthermore, it will serve as the foundation for many other hacks.

2. Wikipedia on the go

Everyone loves Wikipedia. It’s free, user-built encyclopaedia with entries on more topics than Britannica. It’s a great information resource, but what if you’re away from your desk? Now, you can get it on your iPod and carry Wikipedia with you everywhere you go. Unfortunately, it’s not yet available for all models of iPods; nano and video users are left out for now, and since there’s no display on the iPod shuffle, there’s no point in installing Wikipedia. First, you will need to install iPod Linux.

3. Double your memory

Not content with the 4GB of memory on your iPod nano? Why not double it. First, you’ll need to buy a broken nano from eBay. Crack it open and remove the memory. Then open up your working nano, solder the memory chip from the broken nano to the empty pad in the working one, seal it back up, and perform a factory reset. You’ll now have a working nano with 7.2GB of space.

4. Mobile movies on the go

Transfer movies on DVDs to your iPod easily and free using a free software (HandBrake) available for both Mac and Windows. Be warned though: unless you use an analogue capture method, it’s illegal to rip DVDs you own onto your iPod.

For Mac (and Linux) users, get a free copy of HandBrake. Handbrake is already available as a Universal binary – good news for those who have a new MacBook, Mac mini, or imac – and can rip video from DVD directly to MPEG-4 video, the format you’ll need to watch it on your iPod. Windows users need to make a few extra steps. Get a DVD ripping program such as DVDFab Decrypter or DVD Decrypter. Convert your video to AVI using a decoding tool. Finally, convert the AVI file into MPEG-4 video that can play on your iPod using Videora iPod Converter.

5. iPod to TV

Want to watch content from your iPod on your TV? You can easily do so by purchasing a £15 iPod AV cable from Apple or use a standard mini-jack to three-plug RCA cable. These cables cost between £7-10 from outlets such as Maplins (www.maplins.co.uk). Set your iPod to output to TV, plug in the cable via the mini-jack, and plug the RCA connections into a TV using a non-standard setup. Apple outputs the iPod’s video to the red cable – rather than the traditional yellow. So you’ll want to plug the red cable into the video (yellow) plug on your TV, the yellow cable into the white plug, and the white cable into the red plug. This is an easy hack that anyone with an iPod can try.

6. Pac attack

Thanks to iPodMAME, you can play Pac-Man on your iPod. This hack will install a version of MAME, the arcade game emulator program, on your iPod. As with the Wikipedia hack, iPodMAME requires that you first install iPod Linux. The program comes with romsets (the set of files including all the game data) including one for Pac-Man. PodMAME should work with any iPod with a colour screen.