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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.


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:'''


Black Swan

The Fighter


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.

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


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 ==



Graham Crackers


Scentless Candle

Wooden Sticks


== Instructions ==


'''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.



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.


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.


[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
*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
*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.


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 */

[[Image:100dollars.jpg|300px|thumb|right|One of these can get you connected. Photo by [http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenickster/ TheNickster]/[http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenickster/2205400666/ Flickr]/CC]]


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.''


Wired - Sun, 02/20/2011 - 07:28




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Wired - Sun, 02/20/2011 - 07:22

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Tablet Reviews: iPad vs Motorola Xoom --How to Rip DVD Movies to iPad/Xoom Tablet with DVD Ripper on Mac

Wired - Fri, 02/18/2011 - 09:07

Summary: New page: Motorola Xoom seems to be a strong rival to Apple iPad recently. It runs Android 3.0 with dual-core processor in 10.1-inch widescreen. Who will be the winner? It may be too early to tell. ...

Motorola Xoom seems to be a strong rival to Apple iPad recently. It runs Android 3.0 with dual-core processor in 10.1-inch widescreen. Who will be the winner? It may be too early to tell. The following is a review of iPad and Xoom tablet for your reference:


'''Rip & Watch DVD on iPad/Motorola Xoom on Mac'''

With the high display resolution of those two tablets, it must be a wonderful experience to watch movies on iPad or Xoom. So if you want to watch your favorite DVD movies on your iPad or Motorola Xoom, the first thing is to convert the [http://www.tune4mac.com/rip-dvd-on-mac/rip-dvd-to-ipad-xoom.html DVD to iPad/Xoom] with DVD to iPad or DVD to Xoom ripping software.

[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-dvd-converter/index.html '''Tune4mac DVD Converter Pro'''] is specially designed to help mac users to rip DVD movies to MP4 format compatible with Tablets, such as Apple iPad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab easily.

'''Tutorial: How to Convert DVD to iPad/Xoom with Tune4mac DVD Converter'''

Step 1. Insert your DVD to your mac and launch Tune4mac DVD Converter.

Step 2. Click "Load DVD" button and check the DVD chapters you need to convert.

Step 3. Choose output format as "iPad" or "Customized MP4" for iPad and Xoom respectively.

Step 4. Click "Encode" button to start converting DVD to iPad/Xoom.

After the DVD to iPad/Xoom conversion is completed, you can enjoy your favorite DVD movies on your iPad or Xoom in no time.

'''Tips:''' [http://www.remove-drm-software.com/mac-itunes-video-converter-platinum/convert-inception-to-galaxy.html How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V to Samsung Galaxy Tab]

How to Transfer iTunes M4V Videos to LG Optimus 2X Smartphone

Wired - Fri, 02/18/2011 - 07:30

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.

'''LG Optimus 2X'''

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.


'''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.

'''Step 5.''' Click "Convert" button to remove DRM protection for iTunes M4V videos


There's also [http://www.noteburner.com/mac-m4v-converter.html '''Mac Noteburner M4V to LG Opitmus 2X converter'''].

How to Play Videos and Movies in Full Screen on Droid X with High Quality

Wired - Fri, 02/18/2011 - 01:21

Summary: New page: The [http://www.foxreal.com/droidx/ '''''Motorola Droid X'''''] 's 4.3-inch display is larger than the Apple iPhone 4s 3.5-incher with 854 by 480 pixels, which provides the perfect way to ...

The [http://www.foxreal.com/droidx/ '''''Motorola Droid X'''''] 's 4.3-inch display is larger than the Apple iPhone 4s 3.5-incher with 854 by 480 pixels, which provides the perfect way to access and watch your favorite TV shows and movies on the go. With HDMI and wireless HD connection via DLNA, you can also enjoy Droid videos and movies on your HDTV, PS3, Xbox and more. However, how to play videos on Droid X in full screen with high resolution 845*480? Do not worry. The article will mainly share with you the best method of playing movies on Droid X in full screen easily.

To start, please make sure the movies or videos you want to transfer and play on Droid X are in the video format '''H.264''', '''H.263''', '''MPEG-4'''. If you plan to put and play video files like TiVo, MKV, WMV, MKV, MOV, AVI, ,MTS, M2TS, VOB, or other Droid X unsupported videos on Droid X, the first thing you need to do is to convert video to Droid X compatible format H.264/MPEG-4 MP4.

'''Foxreal Video Converter for Mac''' (For Windows Users: [http://www.foxreal.com/video-converter/ http://www.foxreal.com/theme/foxreal/images/get-windows-version.jpg] )


Convert movies/videos/TV shows to '''Final Cut Pro''' and '''QuickTime Movie''' Format.
Play TiVo, AVCHD and '''1080p/1080i/720p HD''' videos on iPad/iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, Droid X/HTC Droid Incredible/Nexus S/Galaxy S/Galaxy Tab/HTC EVO 4G and more.
Stream media files in perfect '''video/audio sync technology''' without quality loss.
Compress and transcode HD/SD videos at '''super fast conversion speed'''.

'''How to convert and play movies in full screen on Droid X?'''

'''(1)''' Free Download '''[http://www.foxreal.com/video-converter-mac/ ''Droid X Converter for Mac'']'''

'''(2)''' Click "Add" icon to load video files you want to convert after launching the Droid X video converter program on your computer.

'''(3)''' Choose the output video format for Droid X via clicking the Format option and selecting Android - > Motorola Droid (X) H.264 Video (*.mp4) for Droid X. And the default resolution of the output profile Motorola Droid (X) H.264 Video (*.mp4) is 854*480, which can keep the converted video/movie files in full screen on the Droid X.

Which is the best video format for Droid X? '''Video H.264 (*.mp4) at 1500 bitrate 23.97 frame rate with 854*480''' is recommended here. (If you need, just click the Settings to adjust/get the parameters for the best Droid X video format.)

'''(4)''' Convert video to MP4 for Droid X.
Once all the necessary settings are done, you are able to start video to Droid X conversion by clicking “Convert” button on the main interface of the ''' Foxreal [http://www.foxreal.com/video-converter-mac/''Mac Droid X Converter'']'''.

How to Convert iTunes M4V TV Rentals to DVD for Your Children

Wired - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 07:44

Summary: This artilce is a simple guide to teach you how to convert iTunes TV rentals to DVD, so that your kids can watch them on your DVD player.

[http://www.apple.com/itunes/charts/tv-shows/ iTunes Store] is one of the largest online stores for music and movies in the world. iTunes users can rent wan iTunes TV show with only $0.99. Many parents like to rent iTunes TV shows for their kids to watch. So here we are talking about converting iTunes TV rentals to DVD, so that you can play them on your DVD player for your children to enjoy.

But we know iTunes TV shows are DRM-protected M4V files, which means you can only play them on Apple devices. If you want to play iTunes TV rentals on DVD player, you have to remove the DRM protection from those M4V TV shows and convert the M4V files to DVD formats before buring them to DVD with DVD burning software you have. In this case, you need a M4V DRM removal software to help you convert iTunes TV rentals to DVD.

[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-itunes-video-converter-platinum/index.html '''Tune4mac M4V Converter Plus'''] is a powerful yet easy-to-use M4V DRM removal tool to help mac users to convert DRM-protected iTunes M4V purchased and rentals to DVD compatible formats with excellent quality. Besides, it also converts M4V rentals to MOV, M4V to MP4, M4V to AVI, M4V to MPEG formats supported by iPhone, iPod, iPad, Sony PSP, PS3, Zune, BlackBerry, etc.

'''Tutorial: Remove DRM and Convert iTunes TV Rentals to DVD'''

Step 1. Launch [http://www.tune4mac.com/download/mac-itunes-video-converter-platinum.dmg Tune4mac M4V Converter Plus].

Step 2. Add M4V TV rentals to M4V Converter.

Step 3. Select output format as ".MP4", "DVD PAL", "DVD NTSC" you desired.

Step 4. Click "Convert" to start converting M4V rentals to DVD.

Step 5. Burn the converted movie to DVD with DVD burning tool you own.

'''Tips: DVD Backup--[http://www.remove-drm-software.com/any-dvd-cloner/copy-toy-story-3-to-dvd.html Copy DVD Movies to DVD with Any DVD Cloner]'''

'''Top Kids iTunes TV Rentals'''

Bob's Burgers

American Dad

The Cleveland Show

Family Guy

The Simpsons

Raising Hope

How to convert iTunes M4V movies to FLV format

Wired - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 03:52

Summary: Would you like to convert your personal M4V videos to FLV flash video format for uploading to Youtube, myspace or personal blogs.

'''Why we need to convert M4V to FLV?'''

Flash Video is a container file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player. As a Flash video format, FLV is also very popular on the web. You can always see the videos on the website like YouTube, Google Video, MySpace TV. After you download the video from YouTube, you will find the downloaded video's file extension is .flv, which means it is the FLV video. It is also in a small size and can be loaded on the web easily.

For most web surfers, they may be desired to know how to convert their personal videos to FLV flash video format for uploading to '''Youtube''', myspace or their personal blogs. In this article, we will guide you '''how to convert iTunes purchased or rental movies to FLV formats on Mac & Windows'''.

'''Convert M4V movies to FLV formats with Noteburner [http://www.noteburner.com/noteburner-m4v-converter.html '''M4V to FLV Converter'''] for Windows'''.

'''Step 1.''' Download Noteburner M4V to FLV Converter, and install it on your computer, download [http://www.noteburner.com/noteburner-m4v-converter.exe free trial version]

'''Step 2.''' Import M4V movies 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, then select the videos, click OK button.

'''Step 3.''' Set output path and output format

You can select output format as Flash Video FLV and output path

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.

'''Step 5.''' Click "Convert" button to switch iTunes M4V videos to FLV with NoteBurner M4V Converter for Windows.

Need a Mac version for your Mac OS? Please click Mac M4V FLV Converter, and go to the Mac version page to learn more about converting [http://www.noteburner.com/mac-m4v-converter.html '''M4V to FLV on Mac'''].
If you need to convert the Rental m4v videos, please refer to [http://www.noteburner.com/mac-m4v-converter-plus.html'''Noteburner m4v converter plus'''] .

How to Rip DVD movies/videos to your Nook Color

Wired - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 02:46

Summary: New page: '''Nook Color''' is a fully capable Android tablet. Nook Color’s library section is organized by books, magazines, and newspapers, but also gives options for creating your own sets of co...

'''Nook Color''' is a fully capable Android tablet. Nook Color’s library section is organized by books, magazines, and newspapers, but also gives options for creating your own sets of content (“my shelves”), working with PDFs and other docs, music, images, and video (MP4/M4V only) in “my files,” and allows you to dive into the company’s much-touted lending program.


So we couldn’t get anything besides MP4/M4V to play, and even then we had trouble with some DVD Videos.

Don’t worry. The following guide to learn how to put DVD movies on your NOOKcolor quickly and easily.

The things you need:

(1) NOOKcolor

(2) A Movie or a TV Show DVD

(3) The charger cable that came with your NOOKcolor

(4) '''Foxreal [http://www.foxreal.com/blu-ray-ripper/ ''Blu-ray Ripper'']''' ('''DVD to NOOKcolor Ripper''').

'''Tip:''' If you are Mac user, you can select '''Foxreal [http://www.foxreal.com/blu-ray-ripper-mac/ ''Blu-ray Ripper for Mac'']'''.

'''Step 1:''' Free Download Foxreal Blu-ray Ripper and installing and running it on your computer. For Mac Users, you need to Download Mac version.

'''Step 2:''' Connecting the NOOkcolor to your computer.
After DVD to NOOKcolor Converter installed on your computer, the next step is connect the cable that came with your NOOKcolor to its connection at the bottom of the Nook.

'''Tips:''' When you connect your NOOKcolor to your computer, your NOOK should display a big message on-screen regarding USB Mode. If your Nook was in standby when you connected, slide your finger across the screen to unlock it after you connected it. After a while, it will turn off its screen, but as long as you did see the USB Mode message, things should be good.

'''Step 3:''' Select MP4 as output format for NOOKcolor. As I know, NOOKcolor only can play MP4 video format. You can choose other formats(MPEG 4) to try it.

'''Step 4:''' Starting DVD to MP4 conversion. Only click “Convert” button to convert DVD to MP4 format.

Once the conversion is done, you can '''[http://www.blurayvideotips.com/dvd-to-nookcolor-converterplay-dvd-movies-on-your-nookcolor/ ''enjoy your DVD movies on NOOKcolor'']'''.

Determine Which Cell Phone Is Right for You

Wired - Wed, 02/16/2011 - 23:14

Summary: New page: [[Image:Smartphones.jpg|630px|thumb|left|Decisions decisions... Photo by [http://www.flickr.com/photos/athomeinscottsdale/ Dru Bloomfield]/[http://www.flickr.com/photos/athomeinscottsdale/...

[[Image:Smartphones.jpg|630px|thumb|left|Decisions decisions... Photo by [http://www.flickr.com/photos/athomeinscottsdale/ Dru Bloomfield]/[http://www.flickr.com/photos/athomeinscottsdale/5171125430/ Flickr]/CC]]

When picking out a serious phone for yourself, smart is the only way to go. It may seem overwhelming, as the smartphone industry is a veritable melee of specs, software, and form factors. But fear not: Here are a few tips to help you find your next feature-filled handset.

'This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have ever used the term or been referred to as "biphonal," please log in and contribute.''

==Consider Your Carrier==
If you’re already chained to a carrier via contract/blood oath, this step should be fairly straight-forward: Size up your carrier’s smartphone selection, weed out the obvious duds, and move on to Step 2.

For everyone else, the world is your oyster. Each carrier has its own strengths, weaknesses, and coverage quirks, so be sure to find the right fit for your needs.

'''PRO TIP:''' Our advice? When sizing up carriers, rank data coverage highest, followed by voice coverage, and then consider pricing and network speed. After all, a smartphone without connectivity isn’t really smart at all. Likewise, prohibitively slow or expensive service can be hefty dealbreakers too. Try to strike a balance.

==Whittle Down Your OS Choices==
The smartphones of yesteryear were defined almost entirely by their form factors. In today’s software-centric market, the focus is now on operating systems. Though their core feature sets are largely the same (email, web, text, apps, etc.), each approaches tasks in a different fashion:

The lifeblood of the iPhone (and iPad) excels at providing rich apps, gaming, and multimedia playback.

As a Google-backed OS, it’s the go-to for device customization and cloud services.

===Windows Phone 7===
Though slowly growing in prominence, WP7 is surprisingly polished and offers solid productivity and multimedia support.

The industry’s dark horse is great for multitasking and offers an innovative approach to contact management.

'''PRO TIP:''' No matter how good an OS sounds on paper, it’s always worthwhile to tinker with it before making a buying decision. An easy way to do this is to think about your ideal top three smartphone tasks (eg: emailing, texting, and web), and then trek out to a demo-rich environment like an electronics store. After tackling these mission-critical tasks with the demo phones, you should have a general idea of which OS is best suited for your everyday use.

==Shop for Muscle (And Looks)==
With your carrier and OS chosen, it’s time to delve under the hood. Processor speed is quickly becoming a key metric for manufacturers, and it’s worth your attention as well--at least, if longevity and consistent speed is a concern.

The strategy here is to explore phones with a processors that are fast enough to smoothly execute the important tasks, while also leaving a little horsepower to grow into. For simplicity’s sake, we suggest starting at the 1 GHz benchmark, while also being mindful of the future. After all, the next generation of dual core smartphones are slated to hit the market later this year.

'''PRO TIP:''' Okay, so looks are important too. Once you’ve decided on an ‘engine’ for your new smartphone, consider what form factor works best for your usage patterns. Are you a power texter? Then a device with a slide-out keyboard is probably for you. Like gaming and video on the go? A larger handset with a slate-like setup is probably more your speed.

==Don’t Panic==
Moore’s Law (and Murphy’s Law) pretty much ensures that a newer, more powerful competitor to your phone will pop up not too long after your purchase. DO NOT PANIC.

If you’ve followed our advice by choosing a well-suited (if slightly overpowered) smartphone, then you’ll ultimately be fine. The goal is to find a handset that works in concert with your digital lifestyle for the duration of your contract.

Of course, if you still have doubts...

'''PRO TIP:''' Each carrier sports its own return policy. So, if you’re particularly antsy about making decisions you can almost always escape your new handset/carrier within the return window.. At best, this will allow you to ease some fears and take everything for a test drive. At worst, you’re out a modest restock fee and a pro-rated bill. Either way, it’s better than being stuck with a sub-optimal device for two years.

''Modified from an original post by Terrence Russell.''

Indian Slap bass

Wired - Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:27

Summary: [[Indian Slap bass]] moved to [[Play an Indian Slap bass]]

'''Slap Bass'''

Slapping the bass is considered to have begun in the 1920s on the Double Bass. On double bass it refers to the technique which is a more vigorous version of pizzicato, where the strings are plucked so hard that when released it bounces off the finger board, making a distinctive sound. A percussive sound is also made by smacking the strings with all four fingers of the right hand.

'''On electric bass guitar'''

“Slap bass” is referred to percussive playing technique in electric bass as well, that the style sounds and looks percussive rather than the usual fingering of notes. Slap bass is more technically called “slaps” and “pops”. In the slaps, the bassist uses the bone of the thumb joint to strike the lower strings near the base of the guitar’s neck. In the pops, the bassist uses the index and middle fingers of the plucking hand to snap the higher-pitched strings away from the body of the bass, causing them to bounce off the fret board; this produces a prominent buzzing tone with a sharp attack and more high-frequency vibrations than in plucked bass.


Double Bass player, Bill Johnson is considered by many as the father of slap bass. The methods developed by Larry Graham followed by Louis Johnson are nowadays practiced by a majority of electric bass players around the globe. Some bassists use fingers instead of the thumb to do slapping. Abraham Laboriel, Sr. developed a technique of using the thumb to pop the strings while his other four fingers slap the strings. Bassist Victor Wooten uses a double thumb technique, where he slaps the string when the thumb goes downward and pops when it goes upward. This gives him extra speed to play to sound it like a drum roll on the bass guitar. Tony Levin created a similar drumming sound by using a hard surface on the fingers to strike the strings which was named Funk Fingers. Funk Fingers are kind of small drum sticks strapped to fingers. Doug Wimbish also plays slaps with his fingers other than thumb. Left handed bass players like Stan Sargeant who do not reverse the strings usually avoid thumb to play the slap. To get a metal slap tone, some bassists use their nails to hit the strings.

Some of the double and electric bass players who are notable in slapping the bass are Bill Johnson, Pops Foster, Wellman Braud, Chester Zardis. Milt Hinton, Kim Nekroman, Scott Owen, Alcide Pavageau, Lee Rocker, Amy LaVere, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke, Jonas Hellborg, Marcus Miller, Stuart Hamn, Les Claypool, Mark King, Kai Eckhardt, Mike Gordon, Flea, Fieldy, Juan Nelson, Alain Caron, Brian Bromberg, Gustavo Dal Farra and the list goes on and on. A close watch of these bass players reveals that each and everyone has very distinctive styles. Similarly, every musician whether he is professional or amateur has his distinctive methods and techniques hidden inside. What matters is to develop it with proper training and self motivation.


Since the acceptance of electric bass guitar in Jazz Music and subsequent revised applications of the technique since 1940′s, slap bass has been increasingly attracting music lovers all over the World. When funk music became more popular, slap bass has been subjected to various experimental playing techniques. Slapping is applied in most of the music genres since the 1960’s especially in funk, disco, jazz, pop and world music fusion

During the changes in the music of the West, fusion music was silently having its own innovations. One of the inevitable instruments of India for fusion music has been Tabla. Bass players succeeded in blending the slap bass with Indian percussion instruments due to the similarity in the slap tones and sound of tabla. Jonas Hellborg and Kai Eckhardt adapted a different approach to the slap to blend it with Indian Classical music.

'''Tabla style finger slap technique'''

Jayen Varma is the Innovator of Indian Slap Bass. Because of his knowledge in the Indian percussion instrument Mridangam, he started applying the percussive technique on the bass in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, when he could not get a slap tone due to inefficient pick ups and guitars available at that time, he used hard plastic pipe pieces on the fore finger and middle finger to get the slap tone while playing like a tabla. For his innovative method, in the 2000s he was encouraged by some of the greatest names in the bass world like Bootsy Collins, Jeff Berlin, Victor Wooten, Stuvart Hamn, James LoMenzo, Marcus Miller, Michael Henderson, Regi Wooten, David Pastorius, Kai Eckhardt, Phil Powell and many known and unknown bass players.

'''How to play'''

“Indian Slap Bass” is playing the Bass Guitar just like the Indian classical percussion instruments Tabla, Mridangam or Kanjira. This is a very simple method because strings are hit like two drum sticks: The index finger acts like one stick and the middle and ring fingers held close together form the other stick. The exercise to begin is hitting the last string with fore finger (F) first and then with the other two fingers, middle and ring (MR). To be precise, the right hand fingering is F-MR-F-MR | F-MR-F-MR for 1-2-3-4 | 1-2-3-4. Later the playing is reversed to MR-F-MR-F | MR-F-MR-F. Subsequently it is practiced on other strings. The same exercise is also practiced on more than one string by slapping alternately. The player can choose his/her convenient position of left hand fingers on the fretboard. In the beginning it is always better to hold the strings half muted with left hand fingers. The sound created when the string is hit with MR fingers is slightly different from the sound created by F finger. The strings which are not aimed to hit may also ring in the beginning. But when it is practiced for few months, the hitting will be controlled. It is therefore better to begin this on a four string bass, because the gap between the strings is higher than other bass guitars having more strings. Many different methods/exercises can be worked out to get playability and to avoid the problems caused by crossing the strings, fingers and notes.

'''The Future'''

Indian Slap Bass blends perfectly not only with funk, jazz or rock, but with many other genres including heavy metal. Since the right hand fingers can distinctly produce clear 16th notes on the same string, it goes well with metal music. It can also be blended beautifully with Indian classical music. The next generation of musicians will find the potential in its application in future music to come.

Jayen has been experimenting and promoting this method single handedly for years. It has many fans across the World now and many bassists are playing this.

Courtesy: Jayen Varma @ http://www.jayenvarma.net

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