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Free DRM from iTunes M4V Purchases and Rentals to MP4, MOV, AVI

Wired - Wed, 03/02/2011 - 08:11

Summary: New page: [[Image:ITunes.jpg]] iTunes .M4V files are protected by Apple's DRM(Digital Rights Management) policy, which limits the usage of iTunes video contents on the third-party software except f...

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iTunes .M4V files are protected by Apple's DRM(Digital Rights Management) policy, which limits the usage of iTunes video contents on the third-party software except for Apples'. The .M4V files format is based on the MPEG-4 Part 2 compression, which is a global multimedia standard. If you want to play the DRM protected iTunes M4V purchases or rentals on your non-Apple devices, you should firstly remove the DRM protection from the M4V movies you purchased or rented from iTunes Store.

[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-itunes-video-converter-platinum/index.html '''Tune4mac M4V Converter Plus'''] is the very tool designed to help Mac users free DRM protections from iTunes M4V purchases and rentals. It converts DRM protected iTunes M4V movies to '''MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV''' supported by '''QuickTime, PSP, PS3, Zune, BlackBerry, Gphone, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Xoom''', etc besides '''Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV'''. The following is a detailed guide to convert iTunes M4V purchases or rentals to MP4, MOV, AVI.

'''How to Convert iTunes M4V to MP4, MO4, AVI'''

Tools Required:

* iTunes
* iTunes M4V purchases or rentals
* Tune4mac M4V Converter Plus


Step 1. Launch Tune4mac M4V Converter Plus and iTunes.

Step 2. Click "Add" button to add iTunes M4V moives to M4V Converter Plus. Or you can just drag & drop the M4V movies to the converter.

Step 3. Select output formats as .MP4, .MOV, .AVI you desire.

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Step 4. Select output folder as you like.

Step 5. Click "Convert" button to start to convert M4V to MP4, MOV or AVI.

'''For Windows Users''': If you are running a Windows OS, and you are also looking for a software to remove DRM from iTunes M4V purchases, [http://www.remove-drm-software.com/m4v-converter-win/''' Tune4win M4V Converter'''] will help you. Tune4win M4V Converter is a professional M4V DRM removal tool which can remove DRM protections from iTunes purchased M4V movies. It also supports converting M4V to MP4, M4V to MOV, M4V to AVI, etc.


Copy 83rd Oscar Winners DVD Movies to DVD/Hard Ddrive for Backup

Wired - Tue, 03/01/2011 - 08:23

Summary: New page: [[Image:Oscar.jpg]] '''Q 1:''' I have collected a stack of some Oscar winners DVD movies, such as Toy Story 3, Inception, The King's Speech. And I wish to make a backup of those DVDs to b...

[[Image:Oscar.jpg]]

'''Q 1:''' I have collected a stack of some Oscar winners DVD movies, such as Toy Story 3, Inception, The King's Speech. And I wish to make a backup of those DVDs to blank discs so as to keep them for a long time. Is there any good DVD copy software which can help me to copy DVD to DVD?

'''Q 2:''' I rented some Oscar winners DVD movies from DVD store and want to back up those DVDs to hard drive so that I can enjoy them in no time. Which DVD burning tool shall I use?

Since the 83rd Oscar Award has come to an end, many movie lovers may want to purchase or rent your favorite Oscar winners DVD from DVD stores so as to recall those classic film scenes. But you know, the DVD rentals are going to be expired after a period of time. And the DVDs could be scratched or damaged over time. So it's necessary to make your favorite Oscar DVD copies with DVD copy tool before it's too late.

'''Copy DVD to DVD or Hard Drive with Any DVD Cloner'''

[http://www.remove-drm-software.com/any-dvd-cloner/index.html '''Any DVD Cloner for Windows'''] is one of the best DVD backup software for Windows OS. It offers several solutions to copy DVD movies. Firstly, it allows you to copy DVD to DVD with 1:1 ratio, including DVD-9 to DVD-5.

And you can also copy your favorite Oscar DVD to hard drive as DVD folder or DVD ISO file. Any DVD Cloner is able to burn your DVD to DVD+-R, DVD+-RW, and DVD -RAM.

'''Step by Step: How to Clone Oscar DVD Movies to Blank DVD'''

Step 1. Download and Install Any DVD Cloner.

Step 2. Insert your DVD movie into the drive and click "Open DVD" button.

Step 3. Select the titles you want to copy.

Step 4. Insert a Blank disc and click "Copy DVD" button.

'''Clone Encrypted DVD to DVD with Enhanced Copy Method'''

Any DVD Cloner is able to decrypt DVD copy protections, including DVD Region Code, CSS, UOPS, ArccOS and so forth. If you can't copy your DVD with the above method, it's probably because that the DVD is encrypted with more complicated protection measures than normal region code, Macrovision and CSS. So to copy encrypted DVDs to DVD or hard drive, you may just manually set the method to be Enhanced.

'''Tips:''' If you are running a Mac and also want to copy Oscar DVD or other DVDs to DVD or hard drive, you can try[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-dvd-cloner-platinum/ '''Any DVD Cloner Platinum for Mac'''], which is able to clone DVD to blank DVD disc, copy DVD to hard drive as DVD folder on Mac. It compresses DVD-9 to DVD-5 and removes DVD region code, CSS, etc. Except for the burning function, it can also rip DVD movies to iPhone, iPod, PSP, Xbox 360 and so forth.

'''Related Topic:'''

How to [http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-dvd-copy/copy-inception.html '''Copy Inception DVD to DVD'''] with Tune4mac DVD Copy?

And for more information of the 83rd Oscar Award Winners, please visit: [http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html '''83rd Academy Awards Winners''']


Spoil Your Grandparents

Wired - Mon, 02/28/2011 - 20:26

Summary:

Your grandparents are the only ones you can depend on to pinch your cheeks and send a $25 check to you every single birthday. What have you done for them lately?

Here are some ideas for you to return the favor to your favorite seniors.

===Make Them Something===
*Video Montage: You know your parents have been videoing you since birth. Pick a classic, family-oriented, heart-felt song from your grandparent's generation and edit some of those old home videos.
* Pie: Nothing says I love you like a pie. Make sure you take in to account any dietary limitations they might have (nothing is worse that having a pie and not being able to eat it).
*Homemade Card: Write down why you love them, draw it yourself.
*Care Package: Spice up their normal mail routine of throwing away junkmail by sending a care package.


===Spend Time With Them===
*Fix Something: Help them check their email and fix their computer issues; fix that old chair with a wobble.
*Family Vacation: Nothing says, I love you like going on a cruise with them. In fact, get your parents involved and they will probably pay for the whole family to go on vacation.
*Mow the Lawn: Pull some weeds, mow the lawn, help them trim the trees.
*Home Care: Clean out the gutters, get on the roof and sweep it off
*Garage Sale: Organize and help them get rid of the clutter.


===Give Them Something===
*Gift Certificates to their favorite restaurant.
*Something they had when they were a child (original or remake).

[[Category:Gift Giving]]


How to Copy 83rd Oscar Winners DVD Movies to DVD/Hard Ddrive for Backup

Wired - Mon, 02/28/2011 - 08:22

Summary: New page: '''Q 1''': I have collected a stack of some Oscar winners DVD movies, such as Toy Story 3, Inception, The King's Speech. And I wish to make a backup of those DVDs to blank discs so as to k...

'''Q 1''': I have collected a stack of some Oscar winners DVD movies, such as Toy Story 3, Inception, The King's Speech. And I wish to make a backup of those DVDs to blank discs so as to keep them for a long time. Is there any good DVD copy software which can help me to copy DVD to DVD?

'''Q 2''': I rented some Oscar winners DVD movies from DVD store and want to back up those DVDs to hard drive so that I can enjoy them in no time. Which DVD burning tool shall I use?

[[Image:Oscar.jpg]]

Since the 83rd Oscar Award has come to an end, many movie lovers may want to purchase or rent your favorite Oscar winners DVD from DVD stores so as to recall those classic film scenes. But you know, the DVD rentals are going to be expired after a period of time. And the DVDs could be scratched or damaged over time. So it's necessary to make your favorite Oscar DVD copies with DVD copy tool before it's too late.

'''Copy DVD to DVD or Hard Drive with Any DVD Cloner'''

[http://www.remove-drm-software.com/any-dvd-cloner/index.html '''Any DVD Cloner for Windows'''] is one of the best DVD backup software for Windows OS. It offers several solutions to copy DVD movies. Firstly, it allows you to copy DVD to DVD with 1:1 ratio, including DVD-9 to DVD-5.

And you can also copy your favorite Oscar DVD to hard drive as DVD folder or DVD ISO file. Any DVD Cloner is able to burn your DVD to DVD+-R, DVD+-RW, and DVD -RAM.

'''Step by Step: How to Clone Oscar DVD Movies to Blank DVD'''

Step 1. Download and Install Any DVD Cloner.

Step 2. Insert your DVD movie into the drive and click "Open DVD" button.

Step 3. Select the titles you want to copy.

Step 4. Insert a Blank disc and click "Copy DVD" button.

'''Clone Encrypted DVD to DVD with Enhanced Copy Method'''

Any DVD Cloner is able to decrypt DVD copy protections, including DVD Region Code, CSS, UOPS, ArccOS and so forth. If you can't copy your DVD with the above method, it's probably because that the DVD is encrypted with more complicated protection measures than normal region code, Macrovision and CSS. So to copy encrypted DVDs to DVD or hard drive, you may just manually set the method to be Enhanced Method.

Tips: If you are running a Mac and also want to copy Oscar DVD or other DVDs to DVD or hard drive, you can try [http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-dvd-cloner-platinum/ '''Any DVD Cloner Platinum for Mac'''].

And for more information of the 83rd Oscar Award Winners, please visit: [http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html '''83rd Academy Awards Winners''']


DIY Your Own Flash Slideshow Template

Wired - Mon, 02/28/2011 - 07:15

Summary:

Have you even thought that you can make a flash slideshow template by yourself without having to learn action script or .fla editing skill? You may feel dull with the flash templates which have been used over and over again, you may get annoyed that there is always something imperfect in the slideshow template, either there are unwanted thumbnails or control button or they are in a wrong position. If you need a quick way to DIY a flash template according to your needs, then we recommend you to use Photo Flash Maker Platinum 5.31 which includes an easy to use Flash Template Editor.

The built-in Flash Template Editor is designed to help users create flash template more effectively and provides users with WYSIWYG template creating experience. To get started, you need [http://www.photo-flash-maker.com/download.html a demo of Photo Flash Maker].

To prompt Flash Template Editor, you can run Photo Flash Maker and click to “theme > premium > template editor” then a small window will pop up for setting template size.

[Image:http://www.photo-flash-maker.com/img/howto/template-editor-set-width-height.jpg]

Click “ok” on the small window then the Flash Template Editor will appear. Take a look at this template editor you will find all the available elements: background, photo area, control button, title, etc, and they are filtered by different category on the left.

[Image:http://www.photo-flash-maker.com/img/screenshots/flash-template-editor.jpg]

Here, you can decide whether to use thumbnails, control button, decoration, where to place the elements and you can even control the size and angle of every element. All work can be done with drag-and-drop action. It’s easy and no professional knowledge is required. The preview panel on the right is the editing platform which can show you the template you will get.

When you finished the template editing, click on “export”, you will see the created template in “custom” tab under the Premium theme. Now, you can apply this new template to create your slideshow whenever you want. You can learn more about the [http://www.photo-flash-maker.com/template-editor.html Flash Template Editor] and [http://www.photo-flash-maker.com/flash-template-premium-template-editor.html watch templates] made by Flash Template Editor.

Photo Flash Maker upgrades users’ slideshow creating experience with constantly improvement. With Photo Flash Maker, users can have more choices to create personal website slideshow, photo album, product showcase, web banner, business presentation, flash intro and achieve more other flash slideshow work.


Tips to Remove DRM from iTunes Rental M4V TV Shows on Mac

Wired - Fri, 02/25/2011 - 08:37

Summary: New page: Rental TV show from iTunes may expire within certain time after you start watching it. So it is wise and necessary to make a backup of it for your future watching. But we know iTunes TV re...

Rental TV show from iTunes may expire within certain time after you start watching it. So it is wise and necessary to make a backup of it for your future watching. But we know iTunes TV rentals are DRM protected M4V files. In order to crack DRM protections, you need a professional iTunes DRM removal tool to help you. The following is to show you how to convert iTunes rental M4V videos, like Glee, to '''iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Zune, Windows Phone 7, Galaxy Tab''', etc.

[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-itunes-video-converter-platinum/ '''Tune4mac M4V Converter Plus'''] is an all-in-one iTunes M4V converter to remove DRM protections from purchased or rented M4V video files on Mac OS X in high speed with good quality. It converts between various formats, like M4V to MP4, AVI, MOV, MPEG, WMV, and so forth.The converted files are playable on multiple portalbe devices, such as PSP, PS3, Zune, Win phone 7, Xbox 360, Galaxy, iRiver, Gphone, etc except for Apple iPhone, iPod, iPad and Apple TV.

What's more, it is a highly customized M4V converter, which allows you to set the profiles by yourself. You can also make batch conversion of those TV shows rentals to save your time.

'''Step by Step: Remove DRM protection from iTunes Rental TV Show'''

Step 1. Download and install Tune4mac M4V Converter Plus.

Step 2. Add M4V rental movie.

Step 3. Select output folder and output format settings.

Click "Profile" dropdown list, you can choose formats you desire by locating mouse on the right portion.

Click "Output", you are allowed to set the output folder as your own favorite.

Note: You are also allowed to customize the output parameters for Glee videos on the right settings panel. Of course, if you are not very sure of these parameters, the default settings are recommended.

Step 4. Click "Convert" to Start Converting M4V rentals.

'''Note''': For Windows users, if you want to remove DRM from purchased iTunes TV shows, you may try [http://www.remove-drm-software.com/m4v-converter-win/ '''Tune4win M4V Converter'''].


How to Remove DRM From 83rd Oscar Nominated iTunes M4V Rentals to iPhone, iPad

Wired - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 08:31

Summary: Guide to convert itunes m4v rentals to iphone and ipad.

The 83rd Academy Awards is going to be held on Feb 27, 2011. The [http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html ''' Oscar nominees'''] have already been known to all. You can also purchase or rent some of those Oscar nominated movies from iTunes Store. The price for those movie rentals is from $3.99 to $4.99 more or less.

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However, iTunes movie rentals are DRM protected .M4V files, which can only be played on Apple devices. And as we know, iTunes movie rentals will expire within certain time after you start watching. So in order to keep those Oscar nominated movie rentals on your computer or even portable devices, like iPhone, iPad, you have to firstly remove DRM protection from those M4V rentals and convert those M4V files to iPhone or iPad.

'''M4V DRM Removal--Convert iTunes M4V to iPhone, iPad with M4V Converter'''

[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-itunes-video-converter-platinum/index.html '''Tune4mac M4V Converter Plus'''] is professional in removing DRM protection from both iTunes purchased and rented M4V movies to convert them to iPhone and iPad video format. Besides, it also convert iTunes M4V rentals to PSP, PS3, Zune, iPod, iRiver, BlackBerry, etc.

'''Tips for Windows users:''' To remove DRM from iTunes purchased M4V movies and convert M4V to iPhone, iPad or other devices on Windows OS, you can try [http://www.remove-drm-software.com/m4v-converter-win/ '''Tune4win M4V Converter'''].

'''83rd Oscar Nominees on iTunes:'''

[[Image:Oscar.jpg]]

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter's Bone

The Town


Interview a person for an article

Wired - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 06:29

Summary: /* Do Your Research */

== Do Your Research ==
If you do research on the subject ahead of time, you can create more specific questions, which will make your subject more invested in answering your questions.

If you are interviewing an ordinary everyday question, ask background questions first.
'''The goal is to go into the interview so well-informed that you don't need the interview.'''

== Research is good ==

== List of questions ==
If you have a long list of questions, try to group them by topic ahead of time

Sometimes, ask stupid questions (meaning that there's an obvious answer) to get a quote that you want.

At the beginning of the interview, it's possible to start with a "zinger." Throw your subject off guard, this especially works for politicians. The following is a link of David Remnick interviewing Barack Obama. Pay attention, to how he starts off the interview.
[https://chalk.uchicago.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_id=_2_1&url=%2fwebapps%2fblackboard%2fexecute%2flauncher%3ftype%3dCourse%26id%3d_61071_1%26url%3d]

Save confrontational questions for the end, in case the person you interview gets offended and wants to leave.

Ask unusual questions to get interesting answers, especially with politicians or many celebrities that "rehearse" their answers.


== Note-taking ==
Keep a recorder with you to capture all the quotes completely and accurately. Also, take notes by hand as if there's no recorder in case the recorder fails.

Remember, it is fair to ask the interviewee to slow down.

Take note of certain gestures, not randomly.

'''You must get the interviewee's consent to record'''


How to Make Smores!

Wired - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:54

Summary:

Growing up as a girl scout, camping and making smores was something I did every weekend. This how to offers everyone a simple and easy way to make smores, indoors and with your friends and family!

== Ingredients & Supplies ==

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Chocolate

Graham Crackers

Marshmallows

Scentless Candle

Wooden Sticks

Matches

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== Instructions ==

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'''Step One:''' Buy all of the ingredients at the local store.

'''Step Two:''' Find a comfortable place, usually with friends, with a table to set the candle on.

'''Step Three:''' Light the unscented candle with the matches.

'''Step Four:''' Place one marshmallow on a wooden stick and hover it over the lit candle until at least golden brown.

'''Step Five:''' Take one piece of half a graham cracker and place the marshmallow on top.

'''Step Six:''' Take one piece of chocolate on top of the warm marshmallow, allowing it to melt.

'''Step Seven:''' Place the other half of the graham cracker on top.


'''Enjoy!'''

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How to Convert AVI to MP4 on Mac for Free

Wired - Wed, 02/23/2011 - 08:19

Summary: This is a guide to convert AVI video files to MP4 for free on Mac OS X.

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There are a lot of free AVI Converter online claiming to convert AVI video files to MP4, MOV, WMV or other formats in a safe way for free. So how to choose a best one from those similar video converter becomes important. The following artilce is a specific tutorial for you to convert AVI to MP4 with a professional free Mac AVI Video Converter named Tune4mac Video Converter Freeware.

[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-video-converter-freeware/index.html '''Tune4mac Video Converter Freeware'''] is an easy-to-use AVI video converter for Mac users. It converts between numerous video formats, like AVI, MPEG I, MEPG II, MP4, MOV, WMV, 3GP, ASF, FLV on Mac OS X 10.4 or later. You can convert a bunch of AVI video files to Flash, DVD, Zune, iPod, PSP in a quick manner. It supports audio formats like MP3, AAC.

'''Step By Step: How to Convert AVI to MP4 for Free'''

Step 1. Download and Launch Tune4mac Video Converter Freeware.

Step 2. Click "Add" button to add AVI video files to convert.

Step 3. Select output format as "MPEG-4" as you like.

Note: You are allowed to customize the settings by yourself, like video size, bit rate, frame rate, etc.

Step 4. Click "Convert" button to start to convert AVI to MP4.

'''Note:''' If the free avi converter can't meet your needs to convert avi to iPhone, iPod, iPad, PSP, PS3 or other players, you may need a better video converter--[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-video-converter/index.html '''Tune4mac Video Converter Ultimate'''].


Free Mac Video Converter, Best Free AVI Converter for Mac OS X

Wired - Tue, 02/22/2011 - 08:20

Summary: This article introduces a free avi converter for mac users.

'''Tune4mac Video Converter Freeware''' is an easy-to-use video converter for Mac users. It converts between numerous video formats, like AVI, MPEG I, MEPG II, MP4, MOV, WMV, 3GP, ASF, FLV on Mac OS X 10.4 or later. You can convert video files to your player, such as Microsoft Zune, mobile phones, and so on in a simple way.

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[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-video-converter-freeware/ '''Tune4mac Video Converter Freeware'''] is one of the best free avi converter for Mac. With this video converter, you can convert a bunch of AVI video files to iPod, Zune, PSP in a quick manner with a few clicks. What's more, it also allows you customize the settings by yourself. You can preview the video on the window, clip the video files and set output settings, like destination, name, video size, bit rate, etc.

'''Tune4mac Video Converter Freeware Features:'''

1. Multithreading and batch conversion are supported.

--Super fast speed conversion from neary every video format to iPod, DVD, AVI, MP4, WMV, MPEG, FLV.

2. Diverse profiles to fit various devices.

--Several optimized profiles for Zune, DVD NTSC/PAL, FLV, Mobile Phone, etc.

3. Advanced settings for output are provided.

--Users are able to set video size, bit rate, frame rate, etc.

4. Multiple formats are supported.

--Supports video and audio formats like AVI, MP4, MOV, WMV, MP3, AAC.

'''Note:''' If you are looking for a mac video converter which works better with unexpensible price, [http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-video-converter/ '''Tune4mac Video Converter Ultimate'''] might be your best choice.


How to Create an Event on Facebook

Wired - Mon, 02/21/2011 - 18:35

Summary: /* Step one: Signing into Facebook */

Social Networking has become a very vital part of today’s everyday life. Facebook is one of the top used social networking sites available. Facebook can be used to communicate with friends, support specifics causes and even create events. To create an event on Facebook is a very simple and easy process and I will explain how to do so step by step.

''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add, please log in and contribute.''

==Step One: Signing into Facebook==
*Open your preferred browser
*Click on and highlight your address bar
*In your address bar type in the URL [http://www.Facebook.com http://www.facebook.com]
*You should the see this page
[[Image:Facebook-homepage.jpg]]
*Then either sign in if you are a member or create an account for free by following the instructions given by the host.

==Step Two: Creating the Event==
*When you sign in your page should look like this
[[Image:new-facebook-homepage.jpg]]
*Look to the left of the page and, in your filter section, click on Event
*In the upper right hand corner of the page you will see the link to "creat an event", Click on it
*You then Give your event a Name, Time, Date and Location
*After stating the basic information yoou have the option of giving a summary of what your event is about in the more info section of your event
*After creating the event you will want to invite people to attend
==Step Three: Sending Invites==
*When creating the event Facebook gives you the option to select guests, so after clicking on the link you, very simply, choose either your friends from facebook or invite people using their email addresses
==Step Four: Publishing your Event==
* When you have finished your event click the create link and you should have a page that looks like this [[http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184833891553371]]
*If you are having trouble or my instructions wernt clear enough here is [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8tP7D-kwEk a brief video] explaining the steps stated above.


DVD Clone--How to Copy 83rd Academy Awards Nominees DVD Movies to DVD/Hard Drive

Wired - Mon, 02/21/2011 - 08:45

Summary: This is a guide to copy DVD movies to DVD or computer hard drive with DVD copy software.

[[Image:Oscar.jpg]]

The''' 83rd Academy Awards''' is just around the corner. And the lucky nominees have already been announced on the morning of January 25, 2011. I bet you have already heard of it and also owned most of the movies, right? Have you ever thought about making a backup of those Oscar nominees DVD to your hard drive or blank DVDs? 'Cause if so, you have made a right decision on this issue.

We know DVDs are easily to be scratched and damaged during the process of using. So it's necessary to back up the '''DVD movies to DVD''' or copy '''DVD to computer''' hard drive for further keeping, especially for those DVD-collecting lovers. In this case, a DVD copy software will help you a lot to copy DVD to DVD or hard drive for backup. And indeed, there are some good DVD cloner tools like that you can choose from.

'''1. For Windows Users:'''

[http://www.remove-drm-software.com/any-dvd-cloner/ '''Any DVD Cloner for Windows'''] is one of the best all-in-one DVD backup software for DVD lovers to make copies of your DVDs on other DVD or on your hard drive. Besides, it can copy DVD to ISO image file, shrink DVD-9 to DVD-5 with 1:1 ratio while removing DVD copy protections, including DVD region code, CSS, UOPS, ArccOS. Any DVD Cloner works perfectly with DVD+-R/RW, DVD-RAM and most DVD players and DVD burners.

'''2. For Mac Users:'''

[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-dvd-cloner-platinum/index.html '''Any DVD Cloner Platinum for Mac'''] helps DVD movies fans to clone DVD to blank DVD disc, copy DVD to hard drive as DVD folder on Mac. It compresses DVD-9 to DVD-5 and removes DVD region code, CSS, etc. Except for the burning function, it can also rip DVD movies to iPhone, iPod, PSP, Xbox and so forth.

With those two DVD copy tools, you can easily burn your favorite Academy Awards nominees or any other DVD movies to DVD/computer for future watching.

Find more information about the 83rd Academy Awards nominees, please visit: [http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html 2010 Oscar Nominants].


Shop for a Cell Phone Under 100 Dollars

Wired - Sun, 02/20/2011 - 22:32

Summary: /* Free with two-year contract */

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There are plenty of smart phones out there with the specs and features to make power users and tech junkies swoon. But what about folks who are okay with keeping things simple and don’t want to spend hundreds on a phone only to then pay for an expensive monthly plan? Between free or discounted phones and stripped-down models, there are plenty of options for grabbing a cell phone—even a smart phone—for less than $100.

''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you're a thrifty phone shopper, please log in and contribute.''

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==Free with two-year contract==

It’s easy to find a free smart phone or camera phone if you don’t mind signing up for a two-year contract with one of the major carriers. When browsing for these free, or “penny” phones, keep in mind the monthly charges for calling, texting, and data - and make sure the carrier is the best for your region and the way you use your phone.

As for the phones themselves, some retailers like [http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Folstemplatemapper.jsp%3F_dyncharset%3DISO-8859-1%26id%3Dpcat17071%26type%3Dpage%26ks%3D960%26st%3DFree_Featured_Phones_20110213%26sc%3DGlobal%26cp%3D1%26sp%3D%26qp%3Dcrootcategoryid%252523%252523-1%252523%252523-1~~q467265655f46656174757265645f50686f6e65735f3230313130323133~~cabcat0800000%252523%2525231%252523%252523a~~cpcmcat190800050010%252523%2525231%252523%252523a~~cabcat0801000%252523%2525231%252523%252523a~~ncpcmcat209400050001%252523%2525230%252523%252523a%26list%3Dy%26usc%3DAll%2BCategories%26nrp%3D15%26iht%3Dn&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNEWG_4F14n3v_zE1snFKcL8Q9jzZw Best Buy] and [http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwireless.amazon.com%2Fb%2F684177011%2Fref%3Dbs_dp_ph_noresults&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFYWqXVsxlyhoiMS8HApnPb_76dFw Amazon] have deals for smart phones that cost a penny but require a two-year contract. Both offer the HTC DROID Incredible with a two-year Verizon contract. It’s a highly rated smart phone with a 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera, and the Google Android 2.1 operating system. There are better phones out there, but most cost a lot more than a penny. Both retailers also offer smart phones from LG, Samsung, and others.

Perhaps the most overlooked option for North American cell users is far away...literally. Asian-based websites offer literally hundreds, if not thousands of cell phones, including smart phones, all unlocked and ready to use. Without recommending any specific one, a quick web search may turn up names like Pandawill, Light in the Box and dozens of others, most based in China. Many sellers ship free and the selection of quad-band cell phones usable anywhere in the world is mind boggling. Start with $35 basic phones that include most common functions like mp3 ringtone capability, simple cameras and a handful of games. From there, full-function smartphones with video, audio, FM and even TV functions are commonly available in our price range. Ebook and handwriting recognition, LED flash, dual cameras, front and back are commonplace in the sub hundred dollar range. Android 2.2-capable, capacitive touchscreen bar format phones, (read: IPhone-quality), are breaking toward the $100 range, although the falling dollar of late may keep that barrier elusive.

For geeky cell phone users on a budget, Asian smartphones almost universally come with JAVA, opening up a huge selection of applications, many of which are free, unlike IPhone.

The downside can be buggy code; check ratings. While most Asian-branded phones seem to be durable and offer competitive quality screens and hardware, operating systems are proprietary and certain functions may have hiccups, resetting your profile to factory defaults without warning. You may also find your Asian-branded phone has reset your ringtone without asking and the volume needs to be reset. Most of the time, de-and re-powering the phone reboots the OS and that solves it, but if you're not someone who is prepared to live with such niggling glitches, take a pass.

But if you're adventurous and don't mind throwing away a bad phone after you have used it for a year, you'll join cell users starting to realize that owning your phone outright gives you a huge sense of control over your tele-life. $100 worth of Asian-branded cell phone typically buys $400 worth of capability, and design and form factor aren't limited to the four models your cell service provider offers. Hang Peng offers a model that may appeal to women who don't want to walk around with a miniature computer, they offer a model with both touchscreens and keyboards that neatly fold around a universal swivel. Open it and use the querty keybord or fold it back and use the touchscreen. After your call, the phone folds into what looks like a stylish chrome-rimmed accessory case with interchangeable covers to coordinate with the day's fashion.

Asian sellers each typically offer more than a hundred styles and form factors, including, yes, wristwatch-based, touchscreen smartphones. Most of these phones provide dual SIMM slots, so more than one person can use the same phone without sharing phone numbers, and they work on any cell network that utilizes SIMM-based phones. Sadly, that does not yet include Verizon, although that company is reportedly considering a change to SIMM based phones.

You might also enjoy a sense of smug satisfaction; outside the US and Canada, the trend, worldwide among cell customers is to purchase a phone BEFORE shopping for cellular service providers. That, combined with a byzantine choice colors, styles and capability, make cell phones into more of a personalized identity statement for international buyers. Walking in to your neighborhood cell service provider, phone in hand, is also a great way to make a statement, to perhaps even spur more competition among western cell service providers.

Asian-branded phones usually ship free, but if not, shipping is not cost prohibitive. Qualms about about buying a cell phone from a Hong Kong website will fade when the phones arrive and work fine. Most are shipped with two batteries, sparing users of that dreaded early battery death syndrome.

Reliability: most Asian cell phone websites include extensive user comments and ratings, and honor warranties consistently; look for a website that has the best ratings, and you should be safe. On the other hand, remember you are dealing with sellers on the other side of the Pacific, so Google other buyers and purchase experiences to play it safe.

==Under $100 with two-year contract==

This is where you can spend a little more to get more phone, but will still need to buy into a contract. This could be the ticket for BlackBerry fans, with models like the [http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwireless.amazon.com%2FBlackBerry-Bold-9700-Phone-AT%2Fdp%2FB002XDQHWW%2Fref%3Dsh_br_ph_10&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGBvWe5brBBPSUBmkoOq9d62D2q1Q Bold 9700] available at Amazon for $99.99 with a two-year Sprint contract. For Apple fans who want to try an iPhone but not spend up to $300, Best Buy has the [http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2FApple%252526%252523174%25253B%2B-%2BiPhone%2B3GS%2Bwith%2B8GB%2BMemory%2B-%2BBlack%2B%252528AT%252526T%252529%2F1048998.p%3Bjsessionid%3DF430276048852C5D904C2AF93B946507.bbolsp-app04-11%3Fid%3D1218212859929%26skuId%3D1048998%26contract_desc%3D&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGWTSNEmYMqqXfCwAiR9Bc1iu4fQw 3GS for only $49.99] with a two-year AT&T contract. And there are plenty more options out there.

==Less than $100 with no contract==

For those who want a basic phone with a camera and don’t need a robust web browser, [http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2FNo-Contract%2BPhones%2FBasic-No-Contract-Phones%2Fpcmcat158400050071.c%3Fid%3Dpcmcat158400050071&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGXB22sTfF3RXetpwNfjtvEjS6hzA there are options] from Verizon, Virgin, AT&T, Sprint and others. With many of them, you can still access the Web and check your email, but doing so may feel like it’s 2005, not 2011. But for people who truly want or need a simple solution and would rather not buy into a contract, you can spend as little as $30 and have a small, efficient phone in your pocket in no time.

As for paying for pre-paid service, [http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuymobile.com%2Fmobile-phone-plans&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNE4zspP9vPXBH9ohPa8tddy6d_b6w it’s pretty simple]. You pay a certain amount, say $30, and you can only use that $30 worth of calls. After that, you won’t be able to make calls. But you can always re-up for whatever amount you like. This can be a great solution for travelers, parents who want to give a phone to their kids, or emergency phones. There are several carriers - large and small - that offer per-minute and per-text rates, usually ranging from $0.10 to $0.25 a minute or $0.10 to $0.20 per text. Popular retail websites can explain the options and set you up with pre-paid plans, or even monthly plans if you change your mind after buying the phone. Remember, over time a monthly plan will be cheaper than pre-paying. But if you only need the phone for a short period of time, pre-paid phones can be a great way to meet your needs.

Some carriers offer pre-paid plans with flat fee usage. For example, $50 for a new phone and $25/month will get you on Virgin Mobile USA with unlimited messaging and 300 anytime minutes. The same phone can have unlimited everything for $60/month. If you refer a new customer they will gladly give you and your referral free airtime.

This would not be a stripped down phone, you would have a camera, access to Facebook, etc. The monthly plans don't have a service commitment, since you bought the phone the carrier is not at risk due to subsidies.

Other pre-paid carriers allow you to round down minutes used, which can potentially save you money. Sprint and Walmart own such a carrier: commoncentsmobile.com. $10 for their simplest phone and 7 cents per minute. Imagine a 4.5 minute call, all carriers will round it to 5 minutes. Common Cents will charge you 4 minutes for the same call.

''Modified from an original article by Matt Bushlow for Wired.com.''


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Summary: LG Optimus 2X smartphone, which has a huge 4 inch display which has great clarity and color reproduction. The display runs on a 800x480 px resolution.

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You will be much interested in this powerful smartphone, and eager to know about its features, as we know, it's the world’s first Dual Core phone powered by Nvidia Tegra2, world’s first camera phone to offer 1080p (1920x1080px) video recording, with a 480x800 Capacitive IPS Display, 8 MP Camera with LED Flash, 1.3 MP video calling camera, 1920x1080px Video playback, HDMI mirroring, DLNA, 8 GB memory , supports upto 32 GB microSD cards; based on Android 2.2.1 OS with update to 2.3 promised. Besides, with the Adobe Flash Player 10.1, you will browse the Internet much faster, etc.

This shocked smartphone has a huge 4 inch display which has great clarity and color reproduction. The display runs on a 800x480 px resolution. It's a good video player, you will specially feel it when you have a travel. Viewing videos is a pleasure on the LG Optimus 2x. The phone sports a 4″ LCD screen with 800x480 pixels (WVGA) Resolution. The video player supports a wide variety of formats including mp4, 3gp, DivX, XviD etc.

'''How to play iTunes M4V videos on your LG Optimus 2X?'''


The M4V video format is used by Apple's iTunes application and is very close to MP4 format. Apple uses M4V files to encode TV episodes, movies, and music videos in the iTunes Store. To play a protected M4V file, the computer needs to be authorized (using iTunes) with the account that was used to purchase the video. However, unprotected M4V files without AC3 audio may be recognized and played by other video players by changing the file extension from '''.m4v to .mp4.''' So you see, you can not play m4v iTunes videos on LG Optimus 2X.

'''Convert m4v iTunes videos to LG Optimus 2X with Noteburner [http://www.noteburner.com/noteburner-m4v-converter.html m4v to LG Optimus 2X converter].'''

Noteburner m4v converter is a special [http://www.noteburner.com '''DRM removal software'''] and a converter at the same time, it can firstly remove the DRM protection in a fast and legal way, at the same time convert the .M4V format to Plain MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVI and FLV etc. foramts, Most of which can be supported by LG Optimus 2X. Then you can play the m4v iTunes videos on LG Optimus 2X freely at anytime and anyplace.

'''Step 1.''' Download Noteburner m4v converter and install it
Note: The free trial version has 3-minute limitation with the converting.


'''Step 2.''' Import M4V videos from iTunes library
Click "Add" button, you will get a popup window listing all files in iTunes library. You can search M4V videos according name in iTunes, then select the videos, click OK button.

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'''Step 3.''' Set output path and output format
Select output format as the format supported by LG Optimus 2X, such as mp4 format:

Note: If you don't set to custom output path, the output files will be saved in the default folder.

'''Step 4.''' Customize video and audio options on the right settings panel.

You can customize the output video codec, bitrate, Ratio and audio codec, bitrate, channel for the output vidoes.

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