Movie Streaming Devices With Browser

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any tablets that can efficiently let me remote into my work computer to use Photoshop or InDesign?
    I know a laptop would be better for JUST this purpose, but I'd also like to use it part time as a portable media device/web browser and part time to do some work. Is this fantasy thinking?

    • ANSWER:
      This is still in its fantasy thinking of Steve Jobs. The critical word I see is "Efficiently" specially for the work on photoshop or indesign. Yeah tablets(android, ipads) have come a long way since their inception and they do allow you to Remote Desktop to control the desktop - assuming you have good and reliable network. But for the professional kind of work - they do not suite your needs - just because the resolution on tablets is much less and connectivity could also be an issue.

      If I were you - the best thing to do is to use a Webservice such as Dropbox or Zumodrive or microsoft's skydrive(?) and drop your files. The first two provide 2GB free and Microsoft has 25GB free if you have some WindowsLive account. I would copy them to these places and come home and download them to your local desktop/laptop. Alternatively, use a portable USB drive to copy and can avoid all the network hassles.

      BTW, I have iPad and also Remote Desktop app as well. I use it mostly for ease of connectivity and things that I cannot do easily on iPad such as launch iTunes, so I can stream my movies from networked storage to my large screen LCD TV via Apple TV, or print a doc which is not easy to do so from iPad, copy things that I need from local machine to Network drives. Such activities I can easily do them. I have tried launching Photoshop, which works fine but the color contrasts and images do not look right and will have to repeat my work. I am not a professional photoshop user, but still love to do minimal edits - which I always do on desktop (iMac 27" which is cool). Same goes for Video editing as well. I use iPad via remote connectivity to check the status of the DVD burning etc.

      Even a netbook is not good enough for real professional Photoshop editors, they are good for quick editing and viewing.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you watch movies on a Kindle Fire when you arent connected to internet?
    Im thinking about buying a Kindle Fire. I know you have to be connected to interenet in order to download the movies. But once they are, do you have to remain connected to watch them? Example: I want to be able to let my daughter watch movies or tv shows in the back seat while Im driving.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Caitlin, be prepared that the video playback is not going to be great on Fire as it is one low-juice device and not a real media tablet. Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. You should do own research and read online reviews on Kindle Fire before ordering one - there's a lot of complains from people who got the device that many Kindle Fire units have faulty Wi-Fi and people have a lot of issues connecting to internet. Also, Amazon's own web site has hundreds (over 1200 so far) of reviews of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Other reported issues are that Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire. Also, on Fire when the Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market with much more limited content. Touchscreen is being reported as having a sluggish response. Slower and jerkier than expected web browsing thus no benefit from Silk browser. Power button is badly placed, leading to accidental turning off of the device (a lot of complains about this one).
      All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. Nook Tablet has been getting rave reviews and it is the best device in it's class. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life, the best non-glare laminated screen, double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on kindle), physical volume controls on the side (not on Kindle), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load.
      Sample review:
      Laptop Mag
      Whether it’s the bigger amount of RAM or just more mature software, the Nook Tablet feels a lot faster than the Fire. Where the Fire often seems sluggish and, on our tests, often failed to respond to our taps until we hit an icon two or three times, the Nook Tablet was always smooth and responsive.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a Freesat 'Free Time' device which streams from NAS AND can access web pages to stream video?
    I have a Boxee Box.
    The device is great and simple for streaming movies from my NAS drive and from Websites via it's basic web browser.

    I am leaving Sky and am looking to simply go to Freesat with my existing dish and cabling.
    New Freesat devices have built in Free Time (Freesat's version of YouView) which has on Demand services such as iPlayer, 4od etc.

    The Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ HD box has the capability to stream movies from my NAS, but I cannot find out whether it can access the web via a browser to stream video from websites.

    If anyone has information or knows of a device which offers both of these capabilities, I'd love to hear about it.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Steve
    Hi, thanks r

    Unfortunately, that's a Freeview player. I'm after a Freesat player, which will plug straight into my existing Sky dish and cables.

    Also, it's a tad over what I wanted to pay really.

    Thanks again, much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Have a look at Samsung bdc8900m, it should do all what you want and much more.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some of the better mp3 players on the market today?
    I am looking to get a mp3 player that is of good quality and versatility. I am not looking to go online. I am not looking to stream movies.
    I DO NOT WANT iPODS ---- NO APPLE products.
    I heard the Zune was good but am up for grabs on that one.

    I heard the SanDisks are good because they have a slot for upgradable memory which I really do like. Any other mp3 players out there that have upgradable memories?

    • ANSWER:
      A great deal would be a Sony PSP, which has a great music player with a memory card slot for upgradable memory up to 64gb. Along with music, it has a web browser, pictures, video streaming, and of course Video Games. I actually only used mine at a point for music and it is great! not all of the advanced features, but it features the basics like shuffle, repeat, party, visual music, and album art. Sandisk is also a very nice brand. What You should also consider, if you happen to be looking for a new cell phone as well, is to get a cell phone with music capability, that way you do not need to carry two device. Many companies are taking a not out of Apple's book and including advanced music functionality in their phones.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to play Media and Music Files on the DSlite? Using the DS browser?
    Is it possible to watch Media or listen to Music files through the Nintendo DS lite Internet Browser? Is there some funny program you have to download onto it?

    • ANSWER:
      With the Browser, no. The Browser doesn't support Flash or Java or anything like that. Needless to say, it IS possible to play audio and video on a DS or DS Lite, but not using the Browser.

      Get yourself a flashcart, I recommend the Datel Games n' Music because it's available in stores and it's cheap ( to at Wal Mart or Best Buy or other retailers). It comes with a 128MB microSD card that you put programs, video, audio, and other files on, and it loads .nds homebrew programs. MoonShell is a homebrew program that plays mp3's and .dpg converted video. I have some videos showing how to use the Games n' Music device on youtube:

      http://www.youtube.com/calcprogrammer1

      If you're interested in movies and music on your DS, I recommend getting one. If you want a better one (the GnM can lag on video sometimes), you can buy an R4DS online (online only) for as low as but it doesn't come with a microSD unless you buy a package which is more expensive. The R4 can read the card faster so it can stream higher quality video clips.

  6. QUESTION:
    Logitech g930 headphones suddenly play sound louder in right ear ONLY when playing something on a web browser.?
    I can play anything through windows media player movie or song or a video game and the sound is even. It is only when I play anything on a web browser (pandora/streaming/youtube and so forth). It suddenly started doing this a few days ago. It does it on both google chrome and internet explorer. Any idea how to fix this?

    • ANSWER:
      Same thing happened to me and I did this on Win7. Not sure if the steps would be the same for XP but I know they'd be similar...

      1) Look on your system try (Lower right, by the clock)
      2) Right-click the speaker
      3) Click "Playback devices"
      4) Highlight the G930
      5) Click "Configure"
      6) Click next (for me all I could pick was 7.1)
      7) Uncheck "Side pair" & "Rear pair"
      8) Click Next
      9) Make sure that "Front left and right" is only checked
      10) Click next, click finish
      11) With the G930 still highlighted, click "Properties"
      12) Go to the "Enhancements" tab
      13) Make sure "Channel Pantomiming" is checked.
      14) If it is already checked, uncheck and recheck it, then click apply.

      Not sure if all of the steps are necessary, but this is what I did and it worked for me. Hopefully this helps you because it was frustrating the hell out of me because I like to listen to music on youtube.

  7. QUESTION:
    When you download a movie to kindle fire doesit stream or can you download it to fire?
    Like if you buy it, how do you get it on your kindle and how does it play?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rain, Amazon store movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi. If you have your own videos in supported format you can transfer them via USB port from your computer. I need to warn you about Kindle Fire though - known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (close to 1800 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (not lamination on Fire), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).
      Pro review to check out:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  8. QUESTION:
    Can I merge the memory on my Kindle Fire?
    Okay well on my Kindle Fire I noticed that under "Device" on my Kindle Fire there is Application Storage and Internal Storage. The Internal Storage is 5.36 GB and the Application Memory is 1.17 GB. I however would rather not have a fifth of my memory just for apps so is there any way I can like merge them? Make it so there is no separate memory for apps? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Zeb, no you can't do it on Kindle Fire. Also, no mater what all Amazon trolls like George Y and Rose D post around here Kindle Fire is a lemon as reported issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Also, Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (over 1900 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews and over 1,000 of 3-star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      You might want to (while you can still return Fire) take a look at recently released Nook Tablet - it's been getting rave reviews and it is the best device in it's class - much better than Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (vs. very reflective not-laminated Fire screen), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot, a microphone for Skype, and physical volume controls on the side (neither of those on Kindle Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load.
      Check out sample side by side pro review:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  9. QUESTION:
    Poll: How often do you use specific technologies/gadgets and what for?
    How often do you watch television live?
    How often do you record shows?
    How often do you watch television shows online? Do you use a computer, notebook, cell phone, TV, or tablet?
    How often do you watch YouTube? Do you use a computer, notebook, cell phone, TV, or tablet?
    Do you have a Netflix account? Do you have a Netflix app? Do you only live stream?
    Do you use illegal streaming sites to watch movies and shows? If so, how do you prevent viruses?
    Do you use AdBlock?
    Which browser do you use?
    Which search engine do you use?
    How many email accounts do you have? What do you use each for?
    What social networking and bookmarking sites do you use? What do you use each for?
    What question-answer sites do you use? What do you use each for?
    Do you blog?
    Do you keep calender events in your cell phone or computer? Do you sync?
    Do you have a smartphone? What kind? What service? What app store do you use? What are your favorite apps (navigation, sms, weather, etc.)?
    Do you download music, stream internet radio, or both?
    Do you connect your cell phone to your car speakers?
    How often do you video call? Do you use a computer, notebook, cell phone, TV, or tablet?
    Do you research exclusively online?
    Ever attended online school or college?
    How often do you play video games? What game console do you use?
    Do you play computer games?
    Do you print photos on your printer? Can you print from a camera or cell phone?
    Do you have a portable wifi device?
    Do you read electronically? If so, what device do you use?

    • ANSWER:
      I watch live TV daily, mostly because I don't have an HD-DVR from my provider, or other other means to record form them in HD, and only record in SD on my TiVo if I have to, or for channels/content that are SD only.

      I record with the TiVo (from my provider) almost daily, and from ATSC (using tuner in my PC) a couple times a week.

      I don't watch current shows I can get from my provider online, except as a last resource.
      I do watch older stuff, often BBC stuff, from Youtube. In any case, online TV watching is most often through a PC on my TV screen.

      I don't have Netflix or any other pay online service. I do not use illegal streaming sites. Just Youtube, and official network sites.

      No adblock or anything like that.

      I use Chrome and Google mostly. I use IE/Bing to use Bing maps and their aerial feature.

      I have two email services. One web, one ISP, the ISP used when I have to for services that do not accept web based Email.

      I use just Facebook, just to keep in touch with family and social contacts.

      I don't blog

      I don't calendar electronically.

      I have no cell phone even.

      I mostly listen to old fashioned broadcast radio, but have a collection of MP3 files ripped from CD or analog music sources.
      I do connect my MP3 player to larger sound systems, which may or may not include car audio, home radios/stereos, or PA systems.

      I don't video call, or college, or do heavy gaming, or much gaming at all really.

      I do work/hobby related research online or if I have the books, there.

      I don't do much photo printing. I can print from the camera to the photo printer.

      Portable WiFi hotspot device, no. I have a netbook computer, but due to battry issues may not be considered portable.

      I read PDFs and websites on my computers. I have no tablet or ebook reader, at this time.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are some good portable game devices for kids 6 years or older?
    My uncle's trying to get a Nintendo 3DS for my cousin but he's only 6 . First of all he's not going to understand the value of it and not take care of it very well. What about this ?
    It's the Vtech InnoTab Learning Tablet with Case - Blue .
    Vtech InnoTab Learning Tablet with Case - Blue

    • ANSWER:
      You should get the 3DS, even a 4 year old fully understands a 3DS.

      Because you can play music (even with the system close).

      You can LOWER the VOLUME of 3D so it does NOT give you headaches for the first time in your life (if you're the kind of person to ever get headaches from 3D, otherwise just turn the 3D all the way up).

      And you can also turn the 3D OFF Completely.

      And 3D is good for working out your eye muscles & brain to keep them in shape as shown in this link:

      http://www.aoa.org/x17309.xml

      And the Nintendo 3DS has downloadable 3D Music videos from today's American music artist which I have already downloaded the 3 free 3D Music Videos to watch anywhere and the 3DS has 3D "Blue Man Group" video and College Humor (in 3D) with the FREE "Nintendo Video" App that you can download (but its 4 3D Videos at a time and they replace them once in a while) and you can download cheap downloadable 3D Apps & 3D games costing from 99 cents to .99 and the Nintendo 3DS also has FREE downloadable 3D Apps & 3D Games, which I have already downloaded 3 Free 3D Apps and I have downloaded 2 Free 3D Games and the 3DS has a 3D Camera and I have already used the 3DS 3D Camera to take 3D photos and I have uploaded some of my 3D footage online using the Nintendo 3DS's Web Browser to upload my 3D footage online and I have used my 3DS Web Browser to also download other peoples 3D footage from the Internet on my 3DS Web Browser and I have view all sorts of 3D content on 3D Websites online on my 3DS's Web Browser and I have use my 3DS 3D Camera to play 3D Augmented Reality games as well and it's all in 3D without the Glasses using the 3DS 3D Camera and I have beautiful 3D HD graphics that equal to that of a 3D HD version of Wii Graphics and I have Streamed 3D Videos Online on my 3DS in the eShop and I have also Watch 3D Trailers for upcoming 3D movies coming to Theaters in 3D and I have done all of this in 3D Without the Glasses.

      So you can pay 9 for a Nintendo 3DS and buy the greatest Games ever & all in 3D Without the Glasses like Cave Story 3D and Kid Icarus and Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 using the MOTION SENSORS to play the game like if you were turning a real wheel to turn the Kart left & right and also play such other 8 GB 3D Games like TheatRhytem Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts 3D and Crush 3D and Shinobi and Animal Crossing and Rodea the Sky Soldier and Michael Jackson: the Experience 3D and Ridge Racer 3D and Super Street Fighter 4 3D and Monster Hunter 4 and Golden Sun 4 and Star Fox 3D and Zelda 3D and Sonic Generations 3D and Tetris 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations and Tekken 3D which also has the 3D Movie Tekken the Movie 3D in it to watch and also play other 8 GB 3D HD games as Spider Man 3D and 100% of the 3DS games are in HD 3D Without the Glasses.

      Also, the screen is perfectly fine, in terms of resolution. Anyway, it’s the pixel density that matters, not the actual number of pixels. The 3DS pixel density is MUCH sharper than an average HD TV of, for example, 32 inches. It’s perfectly fine. Not everything has to be 1080p you know. Since 1080p at 32 inches is worse than just 240p on the 3DS.

      And they're making Angry Birds 3D as a downloadable game.

      And the 3DS has DLC (Downloadable Content) like Xbox Live for a bunch of 3DS games to add content to the game cartridge later on.

      And 1 of the Free 3D Apps I have downloaded was Netflix.

      And Netflix is getting 3D Movies in the next few months, so for 9 you can watch 3D movies on the free Netflix App on the 3DS in 3D Without the Glasses.

      And 100% of the people who have said that they get headaches from 3D, have said that after up to 1 to 2 weeks of using the 3DS they NO LONGER get headaches anymore and that they now play with the 3D all the way up 100% all the time, non-stop.

      But I have never had any problem with the 3D at all, but each person has a different experience with the 3D ON during the first week.

      And you can now pay to download Permanent 3D & 2D Videos on the 3DS.

      And the 3DS is getting Hulu Plus before the end of this year (2011) as a Free downloadable App and Hulu already has 3D Content.

      and you can check this Link below for more 3DS Games:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nintendo_3DS_games

      P.S. You will want to check these sites out for the Web Browser's 3D ability:

      http://www.3ds-screenshot.com/

      http://gamecrunch.co/3dscreens/

      http://3dporch.com/

      http://www.klutz.com/static/nintendo/n3ds_mm9.html

      http://www.instructables.com/3ds/

      And the 3DS is getting a Wi-Fi Update this MONTH to RECORD 3D Videos and upload it to YouTube and all of this in the 3DS this Month by hooking your 3DS up to a Wireless Internet Connection like Wi-Fi or your own Home Internet or the Library and so fort during this Month as shown in this Link.

      http://nintendo3dsblog.com/3d-video-recording-allows-you-to-record-for-10-minutes-has-support-for-youtube

  11. QUESTION:
    Can a wireless wifi router be configured to not allow the streaming of music or downloading DVD movies?
    I use wifi at a lot different places, most of the time I can listen to internet radio at these locations, but one panera bread! I think its a good idea and I would like to use this setup at home with my future setup, which I intend to share with my neighbors,but with the current proposal of bandwith restrictions, Iam not going to pay for everybody's enternment!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know that there's a way to completely stop streaming of video and music, but you can minimize the effects. The video is usually streamed over the same ports that the web browswer uses. I'm not aware of a home router that's smart enough to inspect the packets to determine the content. That is, it's hard to distinguish a web page from a picture from a youtube video when just looking at data coming in over a port.

      That said, most home routers now have some way to set up quality of service (QoS). That is, you can increase or decrease the priority of traffic going to certain ports (or wireless and wired ports), to certain MAC addresses, and for some applications (like AIM which uses a different port than a web browser). Every device that connects to your network will have a unique MAC address (in theory at least). If you can determine the abusing MAC address, you can reduce its priority to low. You can give applications like AIM high priority. You can also give priority to VoIP devices like those used by Skype.

      If you want to do heavy duty "traffic shaping," the term for what you are describing, you'll need a more expensive router or a Linux box set up as your router. (I have the latter, but it's not for everyone.) The routers I've seen recommended are the Cisco 800 and 1800 series. These are not cheap, however.

      ** edit **
      Meant to mention this. Check the Terms of Service for your ISP. It may explicitly forbid you from sharing your Internet service. Most residential contracts do. The ISP would like to get money from your neighbors as well. Also, if your neighbors start downloading illegal bit torrents and video, it may be traced to you (or at least the IP address you were using). In the US, your ISP will generally not hesitate to cancel your service once they get the letter from the RIAA.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do I watch quick time movies on my Nokia E71?
    Is there a player for the Nokia E71 to watch .mov files? I dont want to use some convertor to convert the .mov files to some other format and then view it on the phone, unless there is a free ware converter with batch processing capabilities.

    • ANSWER:
      For offline playback, you need to transcode for native playback, since there is no VLC type player for Symbian S60 devices at the moment. You can use a free trancoder called MediaCoder for that.

      MediaCoder

      http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/

      For online streaming playback there's a new mobile web browser called Skyfire, that renders everything remotely via Skyfire proxy with Firefox on a Windows XP machine. However I'd avoid doing any kind banking or privacy related stuff via Skyfire. Since all your data will tunnel through Skyfire systems unencrypted.

      Skyfire

      http://www.skyfire.com/

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it possible at all to watch netflix on the kinde fire?
    Im thinking about buying a kindle soon. I heard that it's impossible to stream netflix though. This really bumed me out. Is it true? You cant just open up a web browser, sign into netflix and stream a movie? The Kindle fire has wifi right?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you can't. Netflix either has to be supported by the web browser or have an app developed for the device you are watching it on, the Kindle has neither.

  14. QUESTION:
    How does home sharing on itunes work?
    On itunes how do i get home sharing to download all that music to my other computer? Is it possible?

    • ANSWER:
      iTunes 9: At Home With Home Sharing

      The Home Sharing feature introduced in iTunes 9 has been a long time coming.

      Of course, there was always the option of sharing your library on your home network. This allowed you to play streaming music from one computer on others via iTunes. It works well enough for what it is, but Home Sharing does that, and much more.
      Share More Media

      First of all, you can share much more than just music between computers. Movies, music videos, and TV shows are all now playable on any machine in your network you authorize via Home Sharing. Authorization is simple, but requires you to have an iTunes account, and to have authorized the computer in question to play media associated with that account. Once that’s done, your Home Share libraries should appear in your source list.

      Clicking on an available library brings up a straightforward list of all the media available on that library. As with Shared Libraries, you can only view Home Shares in list view, not in Grid or Coverflow. It’s inconvenient and unfortunate, but it doesn’t really detract that much from the feature’s usability that much, especially since you can still filter the library via search.

      Copy and Sync

      You can also break down the shared library into categories, just like iTunes’ native library is divided up. Clicking on any item in any category will activate the “Import” button, which allows you to physically copy the item to your current library with a single click.

      To make it easier to find items you don’t already have, there’s a simple drop down menu in the bottom left-hand corner of the media browser window that lets you choose between “All items” and “Items not in my library.” You can also open the “Settings…” dialog to set up automatic transfer of new purchases from one library to another via Home Sharing, ensuring that your content is up to date across all computers.
      One Central Location

      So what is Home Sharing still lacking? How about the big glaring omission: the ability to share content to iPod touches and iPhones on the local network.what’s preventing Apple from allowing to view Home Share playlists in iPhone’s iPod application as well as on other computers. If you’re paying attention, Cupertino, think about working that into iPhone OS 3.2.

      If you were hoping that since Home Sharing requires you to be using one of your five account-authorized computers, you’d be able to access shared libraries on the road, you’ll be disappointed. Only computers on the same Wi-Fi network can see active shares. To get this functionality, and to be able to stream iTunes libraries to your iPhone or iPod touch as mentioned above, check out Simplify Media and its attendant iPhone apps.

      Ideal vision for the future of Home Sharing? Tie it to MobileMe and have an option to keep libraries synced the way you can Address Book and iCal, make it accessible away from home from authorized computers, and introduce mobile device streaming for iPhones and touches. It’s a nice start, but those features would make it a true game-changer.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is something I can use to play digital movies on my TV?
    I bought an external hard drive. I want to play my digital movies on my TV. I have a Panasonic Vera that won't play MP4 (the format my movies are in). I know i can just convert them but the file browser is also very clunky and unattractive. I also have an Xbox and Samsung Blu-Ray player. My Xbox wants me to format the drive before i can use it, and the blu-ray player works, but it is extremely clunks and unattractive as well, which will work for a while, but i don't play to use it in the long run. Is there something I can buy that i can plug my 1TB hard drive into that plugs into my TV and can browse files and play video other that my laptop? or maybe some device i can buy that i can put my movies onto that is designed exactly for what i described i want to do?
    'aight doug. I think i'll try that plugging into the router thing. If that doesn't work, the Roku an WDTV look awesome. but, so if i plug the harddrive into my router, how would i access the files from my TV and stream them? I have relatively new Netgear WNDR3800, along with all those devices i listed above.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of ways to do this. One is to use a Media Player (a hardware box, not the Windows Media Player software, although that can be made to work also with many video formats).
      The Western Digital TV player already mentioned is one with USB port to accept an external flash drive or HDD. This has features like optical digital audio out, HDMI out, and a remote control:

      http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A5588916&dgc=ST&cid=72662&lid=1838884&acd=123098073120560

      Another very popular one is the Roku box - very highly rated with same features looks like this:

      http://www.pcrichard.com/catalog/product.jsp?modelNo=3100R&utm_medium=cse&utm_source=GoogleBase&CID=Google_PLA&CAWELAID=1492206696&catargetid=1560497233&cagpspn=pla

      There are others - just search [streaming media player] to find more (Netgear, Linksys, etc).
      I stream movies all over the house using our home Wi-Fi network and our computers to play the files (either from system HDD or external) either with Tversity media streaming software (there is a limited function free version we use, and a more comprehensive paid version), and also using a free program called PMS - Playstation Media Server, using the DLNA capability of the PS3 as a media server to stream wirelessly. It's free to download and use and is very capable and functional. So the options are huge - takes a little learning to pick the best for you... Good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there a streaming device that you can hook up to your tv?
    and it will play netflix, huluplus, and has a browser? I'm pretty much looking for a Roku box that has a browser.

    • ANSWER:
      Roku XDS Streaming Player 1080p
      Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. It's all available whenever you want it.

      The all-new, top-of-the-line Roku XDS sets a new standard with 1080p streaming video, the latest wireless technology, and Instant Replay. All for under 0. No wonder Roku is the best selling streaming player ever.

      Works with any TV—up to 1080p*. The XDS delivers the biggest and best streaming video experience you can get.
      It's really easy. Be up and running in 5 minutes. Roku works with any TV.
      No PC needed. Roku connects to your high speed Internet connection wirelessly. With the XDS, you get extended-range, dual-band Wireless-N performance.
      No extra monthly bills.Use your existing subscriptions (like Netflix or Hulu Plus), or enjoy free and on-demand content (like Pandora, Flickr, and Amazon Instant Video).
      It's always getting better. Roku is constantly expanding its library of streaming entertainment, so there will always be something new to watch.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00426C57O/ref=s9_al_ot_ir04?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1KK24V7989B92X39P5TG&pf_rd_t=3301&pf_rd_p=1277104822&pf_rd_i=wotv

  17. QUESTION:
    My uploaded video on youtube only plays sound no movie?
    I have uploaded several gaming movies i captured using pinnacle and it works fine on that program but when i upload it on youtube it only has sound no movie playing how do i fix this? The other movies work fine on my computer but just the movies i uploaded are a problem.

    • ANSWER:
      To make sure that you hear sound while watching videos, please try the following:

      -Adjust the volume control on your computer and speakers.
      -Adjust the volume control located in the lower right corner of the YouTube Video Player.
      -Ensure that the volume is up on other video players, such as Quicktime, Real Player, or Windows Media player, as this might affect the video player sound.
      -If these steps don't correct the issue, you may want to try the steps below.

      For Mac users:

      Open "Applications" > "Utilities" > "Audio MIDI Setup"
      Check the properties for "Built In Output". Make sure it's set to 44.1 KHz.

      For PC users:

      Click "Start".
      Select "Run".
      Type: sndvol32
      Click "OK".
      Make sure the following are not muted and the volume is up for "Volume Control" and "Wave".

      Make sure you have your sound card selected as the Default device:

      Click "Start".
      Select "Control Panel".
      Open the "Sound and Audio Devices" icon.
      Click the "Audio" Tab.
      Under "Sound playback" set the Default device to your sound card not your webcam/modem.
      Click "OK"

      If you're still having trouble, check to see if your system meets these requirements for running the video player:

      Macromedia Flash Player 7.0+ plug-in
      Windows 2000 or higher with latest updates installed
      Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
      Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 5.0+, or Safari 1.0+
      Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps

      Videos on YouTube are streamed through an Adobe Flash player. For the best viewing experience, we suggest you install the latest version of Adobe Flash after removing any old versions you've installed.

      Please completely uninstall Flash before reinstalling the latest version.

      Then, restart your computer and follow Adobe's instructions for reinstalling Flash, listed here.

      If your system meets all the requirements, but the video player still isn't working properly, please try troubleshooting with a different browser. Remember to test the audio on multiple videos!

      If you can't hear sound within videos embedded on other websites or blogs, your computer may be blocking third-party Flash content. To correct this, follow the steps below:

      Visit

      http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager03.html

      The Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager should display.
      Check the box labeled: "Allow third-party Flash content to store data on your computer."
      To ensure the check sticks please click one of the tabs at the top of that box and then click back to the (Global Storage Settings Panel). The box should still be checked.
      Once this is complete, close all browser windows and try playing an embedded video.
      Please be advised that this action stores a Flash cookie on your computer. Flash enables this by default upon install.

      If this step doesn't help, please check your Antivirus and Firewall software to see if you're blocking third-party Flash content.

      I hope that it serves you, bye-bye! =).

  18. QUESTION:
    when you cant choose between a kindle fire and a tablet which should you choose?
    When you can't choose between a Kindle Fire and a Vizio tablet which should be chosen?

    • ANSWER:
      hi Ciarra, Vizio tablet is cheaply made with poor support while Kindle Fire is a known lemon with ton of problems. Did you know that often reported problems with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc.

      I can recommend Nook Tablet in the same price range. Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire in the same price range. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids (and thousands more apps in Nook app store), the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (no lamination on very reflective Fire screen), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire). Nooks already have Cloud as your ebooks and apps that you get from Barnes & Noble and 3rd parties are stored in your online library as well as downloaded to your device. You can get Nooks at all the places where Kindle is sold - like BestBuy, Target, Staples - besides Barnes & Noble stores.

      One pro side by side review to check out:

      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  19. QUESTION:
    What exactly does the Kindle Fire do?
    I understand you can read ebooks, play games and watch movies. Do you have to pay for downloads? Also can you surf the net?

    • ANSWER:
      hey, Nacho, here's the list of "cool" features of Kindle Fire that has been discovered by users so far - as users started getting their Kindle Fire's, a lot of flaws are cropping up. The most serious one turns out to be that the Kindle is activated to allow for 1-Click shopping through the account connected to the device, and such behavior cannot be turned off.Additionally the device asks for no confirmation password before validating the purchase, which means that if anyone gets hold of the device, he can purchase things at will.
      Other less serious flaws have been reported as well, namely:

      - It runs hot;
      - The stereo speakers are both on top of the device, which means that when watching movies they are both on the same side, turning them into mono sound;
      - Slower and jerkier than expected web browsing thus no benefit from Silk;
      - Just 6.5Gb storage free at startup;
      - Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without wifi;
      - many defective units being reported;
      - The home page carousel shows everything you ever bought and every site you visited, with no way to delete items, which means compromising items you bought or sites you visited can't be removed. There goes your privacy;
      - Touchscreen being reported as having a sluggish response, lack of physical back button and virtual back button being sluggish and not always at the same place;
      - When the internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market;
      - Power cord is too short to be able to use device at the same time as it charges;
      - Power button is badly placed, leading to accidental turning off of the device (a lot of complains about this one);
      - Wifi connection problems are being frequently reported;
      - Does not support proxy servers, making it difficult to connect to the internet outside the home environment;
      - Does not support ad-hoc connections so you can't use the 3G connection from your phone with tethering.

      Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reiews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device. Nook Tablet's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% beter than Fire), the best screen (visibly noticable difference in side by side tests in video playback and eBooks reading), double the RAM and space for apps/photoes/movies, microSD slot (not on Kindle) and a microphone for Skype (not on Kindle), physical volume controls on the side (not on Kindle), and much zippier performance during video playback and apps usage. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why won't netflix movies play on my computer?
    I just got the free trial, and tried to play something. The message box says: "Audio System Error" Error Code: N8157-3141. It will get to the viewing screen then just won't play and the error box comes up when I try to press anything. Movies stream on my iphone from netflix so I know it's not my account, what else could I try?

    • ANSWER:
      Confirm your account is active and includes Instant View at Netflix.com. Unlimited plans all include the Instant View feature. Limited plans allow only two hours per month and will not work with Netflix-enabled video devices.

      Make sure your Internet connection meets the minimum requirements for Netflix Instant View. You must have a minimum download speed of 1.5 megabits per second. Even if your Internet provider promises this speed, a variety of factors could be causing a network slow down. Confirm your download speed by going to Speedtest.net. The faster your Internet connection, the more reliably Netflix Instant view will perform.

      Confirm your computer meets the minimum specifications for Instant View. If using a computer to view Netflix Instant View, you need a system running Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Vista or Windows 7. Your CPU speed must be at least 1.2 gigahertz with 512 megabytes of memory. You will need to run Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 2 browsers. Mac computers need to be using Intel-based CPUs and OS 10.4.8 or later with 1 gigabyte of memory. Safari version 3 or Firefox version 2 are the minimum browser versions. The best practice would be to download the latest versions of Netflix-compatible Internet browsers.

      Download and install the latest versions of your audio, video and network adapter drivers. Video display or audio glitches can occur if you have outdated or incorrectly functioning hardware device drivers.

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  21. QUESTION:
    What is the release date for the Nintendo 3Ds?
    I've looked ALL OVER the internet and they all say something different some say Feb 27, and some say Mar somethin or another.

    So please Help ME!
    In the US

    • ANSWER:
      There is no official date for other regions, but here's the expected release date for Japan, North America, Europe and Australia taken from Nintendo:

      * JP February 26, 2011
      * NA March 2011
      * EU March 2011
      * AUS March 2011

      Some FACTS, NOT OPINIONS, about 3DS you may not know:

      Although it's not out yet, the 3DS is the first glasses-free 3D gaming device in the market(like the ones in theaters minus the glasses). It also supports multimedia, motion control, touch-screen, 3 cameras, and Wi-Fi. It is also compatible with the DS software and DSi wares.

      Some 3DS features (there's more that weren't announced by Nintendo) you may not know:
      The 3DS graphics is the closest handheld gaming device that comes close to 360/PS3 graphical wise(you gotta see it to believe it; specs don't count), it supports 2 screens, 1st screen as a 3D screen without glasses(it's real and it works, you can also turn off the 3D if you want 2D), 2nd screen as a touch-screen, compatible with the old generations of DS softwares, gyroscope, accelerometer, audio player, 3 cameras(one inside, and two outside), capable of taking 2D/3D photos and capturing 2D/3D videos, 2D/3D movie playback, multitasking(i.e. You can access web browser while playing a game), Virtual Console Service(which was not available with the DSi/DSi XL) and some 3D remakes of classic retro games(GB, GBC, GBA, NES, SNES, and more), also compatible with DSi Wares, 3DS Mii Plaza (Mii creation), augmented reality games, CrossPass" (which can automatically seek and connect to wireless network nodes such as Wi-Fi hotspots, sending and downloading information in the background while in sleep mode or while playing a game), 3D TV streaming(only available in Japan at the moment), e-book reader,better online capabilities, video chat, shop channel, web browser (and anything you do on the web like mail, facebook, etc.), and more which weren't fully announced by Nintendo. Plus the games are longer and are quality games.

      Here's a video that explains how the 3D works:

      It's amazing how the system is being supported by many big 3rd parties.
      Some games that will be coming out for it:
      Metal Gear Solid 3, Super Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil: Revelation, Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Times, Kid Icarus, Paper Mario, Star Fox 64, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Mario Kart, Kingdom Hearts series, Final Fantasy series, Dead or Alive 3D, Ninja Gaiden, Samurai Warriors 3D, Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, Megaman Legends 3, and more. There will also be 3DS ware games, like Cave Story.

      Some features:

      3DS Shop Channel:

      http://tinycartridge.com/post/1431454868/nintendo-3ds-shopping-channel-trailer-in-an

      Just in case you go "where's the 3D!?" it won't work on your computer screen, you gotta see it in person to see the 3D.

      Few of the games that will be coming out for it:

      Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition:

      Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater:

      Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ak8L_SDU.JzkQSuNp9k9Aj7sy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20101223130056AAZe7wU

      More games being played live:

      http://tinycartridge.com/post/1409229740/nintendo-3ds-videos-for-ocarina-of-time-resident-evil

      You can check out more about 3DS here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_3DS

  22. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Adobe Flash and Adobe Flash CS3?
    Is Flash CS3 just a continuation of Adobe Flash?

    • ANSWER:
      Yea it's just a continuation. CS3 has more design options and tools, but that's almost it.

      Edit a good list:
      # Macromedia Flash 2 (1997) Features: Support of stereo sound, enhanced bitmap integration, buttons, the Library, and the capability to tween color changes.
      # Macromedia Flash 3 (1998) Features: Brought improvements to animation, playback, and publishing, as well as the introduction of simple script commands for interactivity. As of 1998, Macromedia has shipped 100,000 Flash products.
      # Macromedia Flash 4 (1999) Features: Achieved 100 million installations of the Flash Player, thanks in part to its inclusion with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5. Flash 4 saw the introduction of streaming MP3s and the Motion Tween. Initially, the Flash Player plug-in was not bundled with popular web browsers and users had to visit Macromedia website to download it; As of 2000, however, the Flash Player was already being distributed with all AOL, Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers. Two years later it shipped with all releases of Windows XP. The install-base of the Flash Player reached 92 percent of all Internet users.
      # Macromedia Flash 5 (2001) Features: Flash 5 was a major leap forward in capability, with the evolution of Flash's scripting capabilities as released as ActionScript. Flash 5 also saw the ability to customize the authoring environment's interface.
      # Macromedia Generator was the first initiative from Macromedia to separate design from content in Flash files. Generator 2.0 was released in April 2001 and featured real-time server-side generation of Flash content in its Enterprise Edition. Generator was discontinued in 2002 in favor of new technologies such as Flash Remoting, which allows for seamless transmission of data between the server and the client, and ColdFusion Server.
      # In October 2000, usability guru Jakob Nielsen wrote a polemic article regarding usability of Flash content entitled "Flash 99% Bad". (Macromedia later hired Nielsen to help them improve Flash usability.)
      # In September 2001, a survey made for Macromedia by Media Metrix showed that out of the 10 biggest websites in the United States, seven were making use of Flash content.[citation needed]
      # Macromedia Flash MX was released on March 15, 2002, with the new Macromedia Flash Player 6 with support for video, application components, shared libraries, and accessibility.
      # Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, also released in 2002, allowed video to be streamed to Flash Player 6 (otherwise the video could be embedded into the Flash movie).
      # Macromedia Flash MX 2004 was released in September 2003, with features such as faster runtime performance up to eight times with the enhanced compiler and the new Macromedia Flash Player 7, ability to create charts, graphs and additional text effects with the new support for extensions (sold separately), high fidelity import of PDF and Adobe Illustrator 10 files, mobile and device development and a forms-based development environment. ActionScript 2.0 was also introduced, giving developers a formal Object-Oriented approach to ActionScript. V2 Components replaced Flash MX's components, being rewritten from the ground up to take advantage of ActionScript 2.0 and Object-Oriented principles. Flash MX 2004 was the first release of Flash to be segmented into "Basic" and "Professional" versions. The Basic version was targeted at traditional Flash animators while the Professional version brought more advanced capabilities that developers would use, for example the data components.
      # In 2004, the "Flash Platform" was introduced. This expanded Flash to more than the Flash authoring tool. Flex 1.0 and Breeze 1.0 were released, both of which utilized the Flash Player as a delivery method but relied on tools other than the Flash authoring program to create Flash applications and presentations. Flash Lite 1.1 was also released, enabling mobile phones to play Flash content.
      # Macromedia Flash 8 (2005) is touted by Macromedia as the most significant upgrade to Flash since Flash 5. New features included filter effects and blending modes, bitmap caching, a new video codec called On2 VP6, an enhanced type rendering engine called FlashType, an emulator for mobile devices, and several enhancements to the ActionScript 2.0 spec, such as the BitmapData class, several geometric classes, and the ConvolutionFilter and DisplacmentMapFilter classes.
      # Macromedia Flash Lite 2 was also released in 2005, which brought its capabilities in line with Flash Player 7.
      # On December 3, 2005, Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia and its product portfolio (including Flash).[4]
      # Adobe Flash Player 9 was released for Windows and Mac OS in 2006, which marked the first time a Flash Player major release occurred without a simultaneous Flash authoring program major release. Flex 2.0 was released in conjunction with Flash Player 9, and the player was continued when Flash Authoring 9 was released in 2007. For the first time in the history of Flash, the Flash Player had an opportunity to become widely installed before the release of the equivalent Flash program.
      # Adobe Flash Player 9 was released for Linux in January 2007.[5]
      # Adobe Flash 9 Public Alpha was released in 2006, and was a preview of ActionScript 3.0.
      # Adobe Flash CS3 in 2007, originated from Flash 9 Public Alpha with several updates for integrating into other Adobe products, is released as a bundled software of the Adobe Creative Suite 3. This currently-newest version also brings ActionScript 3.0 and a new XML engine to the Flash authoring tool. It also has an improved and optimized GUI like the rest of the CS3 suite.

  23. QUESTION:
    Will I be able to use Kindle Fire for Netflix and hulu?
    I am looking at getting a Kindle Fire but want to know if it will work with streaming services such Netflix and Hulu. Does anyone have any input on this?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Susan, think about it - Amazon is reported to loose up to on each Kindle Fire in hope to make that back and then some on selling you movies and apps. Would you think Amazon will allow their movie streaming competitors into their subsidized device? Of course not! Also, here's other facts about Kindle Fire you might want to consider:
      - Kindle Fire doesn't have microSD slot that, for example, Nook Color has thus it is stuck with 6 GB usable internal storage unlike Nook Color that can get up to 32 GB card in. Kindles are made to be almost like a "dumb terminal" of the past to make sure you're tied up to Amazon's storage on the web (for which you need Wi-Fi connection to get to) and you can only store content you get from Amazon there, not other files. Quoting Amazon on Kindle Fire: "Free cloud storage for all Amazon content". Get it, Amazon content?
      - The stats of how long the battery can last (Kindle Fire theory is 7.5 hours) are taken with Wi-Fi off. It will last only about 3 hours if you use it to access content from their Cloud storage over Wi-Fi.
      - Amazon can spy on your web activity through their new cloud-integrated web browser of Kindle Fire.
      - VERY IMPORTANT – lack of microSD slot means that if you decide to root your Kindle Fire, you’ll have to root the actual device thus there will be no coming back. On Nook Color, you can make it boot from a “rooted” microSD card and if you want to get back to the original Nook you can just take out the card and reboot.
      - Kindle Fire doesn't have a camera.
      - Kindle Fire has about 70% less usable screen area than iPad 2.
      - Kindle doesn't support eBooks in ePub format that is the most used format in the world.
      - Kindle app store contains only Amazon approved apps and it does not include (and will not include) Netflix app that iPad has and Nook Color is getting thus again you're stuck with Amazon content only.
      - Amazon confirmed that you cannot download/stream anything to Kindle Fire when traveling outside US.
      - Amazon says it will review every app in its Appstore for Fire compatibility, as part of an automated process. Rejected apps will include those that rely on a gyroscope, camera, WAN module, Bluetooth, microphone, GPS, or micro SD. Apps are also forbidden from using Google's Mobile Services (and in-app billing), which, if included, will have to be "gracefully" removed. In terms of actual content, Amazon has outlawed all apps that change the tablet's UI in any way (including theme- or wallpaper-based tools), as well as any that demand root access.
      - I'd recommend waiting for Nook Color 2 that is rumored to be released by Barnes & Noble shortly.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is my definition of Flash and Java correct?
    I know what they both are, but I have a hard time explaining them.

    Flash: A multimedia platform used for interactivity. This is for things such as videos, audio and animation.

    Java: Used for interactivity also, but this is for things such as games, moving text and objects.

    • ANSWER:
      Flash is a vector based animation platform that works either on the browser or within the standalone flash player, it does uses ActionScript for scripting programming; It also supports the embedding of FLV (Flash Videos) and became a big improvement on the web due to increasing uses such as Youtube, DailyMotion, etc.

      Java is a virtual machine based programming language, it relies on the JVM to run, either within the browser's plugin or within the JRE environment on a user's machine. The JVM pre-allocates a Memory Heap to then grant them to the program in execution.
      It is also based on threads, which allow multi-threaded applications, this brings benefits to multi core capabilities of the current processors in the market.

      Java is multiplatform such as Flash.

      Java has the write once, run anywhere motto, but it was broken when developers decided to make use of JNI and Native bridges such as SWT, to better address the underlying OS GUI libraries and API calls, such as Eclipse's SWT library.

      Flash requires the code to be compiled to SWF, and then loaded within the player via HTML (on the browser) or via Flash Player executable (standalone)

      Both languages have multimedia capabilities but for animation, vector based ones are best as they only perform mathematical calculations and redraws when necessary, hence the high usage of CPU when watching a youtube movie, specially on Macs.

      In other hand, Java uses the JVM Heap for memory allocation, and, can also perform intense CPU processing, but, normally aren't vector based. most animations are using 2d or 3d engine renderings that interfaces with the GUI layer of the OS, for rendering windows and 3d objects.

      Games such as Minecraft uses intense bridges with the OpenGL library, by having some native bridge via JNI, to address specific OS calls, but for the relying API within Java, the bridge is somewhat transparent, it also benefits of threads to allocate networking (multiplayer) capabilities, sound emulation, environment changes (daylight/night), enemies behaviors and world rendering chunks.

      Flash has the AIR/Flex/Flash Builder layer to address Standalone and RIA platform capabilities, granting the developer a rich client platform for applications within the web that mimics standalone programs. Adobe AIR addresses the standalone part, by providing sandboxed permissions to access underlying OS features such as local filesystem access, networking, etc.

      Flash and Java also streams audio such as mp3 very well.

      Java can use several networking protocols, on top of known layers such as TCP / UDP, and we can see applications like Vuze that makes use of intense networking features.

      The Java platform has several standards JSR's that addresses several business requirements.

      For instance J2ME is a simple subset designed for embedded platform such as mobile cell phones and PDA's, but is becoming more outdated, with the rise of other recent smartphone platforms, such as Android and iPhone.

      Flash has a mobile subset as well, although I am not familiar, it also addresses a smaller portion of supported devices.

      Android has Dalvik which is sort of a JVM designed for ARM based processors, that has low CPU and low power consumption, but makes use of the existing language to run it's bytecode, or, in other words, compiled Java code.

      For the web, Java has the JEE aka J2EE, which addresses an extensive amount of standards such as the Servlet API, JSP, JPA, JSF, etc. and within Tomcat (Java Based Servlet Container) or JBoss (Java Based J2EE container) you can have backend Web applications running in extensive amounts of servers via clustering.

      Servlets/JSP and J2EE(JEE) granted Java a huge amount of success and maturity, and most big Enterprise Level applications, such as Oracle Business Apps, Websphere Platform, Portal Server API, SAP, etc makes use of it.

      JGroups is a very well known and mature open source clustering API that addresses the clustering layer between Java applications via networking.

      I hope this enriches your research.

  25. QUESTION:
    Do you think the kindle fire is cool?
    I want to know if the kindle fire is cooler than the nook color. I also want to know what device is mostly popular like maybe the ipad or iphone.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Alexa, Kindle Fire is a lemon of all lemons. Currenty known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Also, when Fire is activated it allows for 1-Click shopping through the account connected to the device, and such behavior cannot be turned off. Additionally the device asks for no confirmation password before validating the purchase, which means that if anyone gets hold of the device, he can purchase things at will. it is confirmed that Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire. Also, on Fire when the Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market with much more limited content. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (close to 1700 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Nook Tablet (which is Nook Color 2) is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (not lamination on Fire), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).
      Pro review:
      Bloomberg:
      Barnes & Noble’s one-year head start in developing software really shows: scrolling is smoother, the screen reorients itself faster and the device just generally feels zippier.

  26. QUESTION:
    How good is the kindle fire and are there any problems with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Slightly Mad, Kindle Fire is a Lemon - it's as simple as that. Known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (close to 1900 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Take a look instead at recently released Nook Tablet - it's been getting rave reviews and it is the best device in it's class - much better than Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Kindle), the best non-glare laminated screen (Kindle has very reflective screen), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot, microphone for Skype, and physical volume controls on the side (none of those are on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load.
      Consider this pro side by side review:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  27. QUESTION:
    What is better a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet?
    I really need it for reading, listening to music, apps, and internet. Which one does these things better and why?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Britt, anyone who says that Kindle Fire is even remotely as good as Nook Tablet clearly doesn't know what he/she is talking about. I have Nook Tablet and I also checked out Kindle Fire at BestBuy - Nook is much MUCH better in my opinion, it's like day and night in terms of device performance. Known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Also, when Fire is activated it allows for 1-Click shopping through the account connected to the device, and such behavior cannot be turned off. Additionally the device asks for no confirmation password before validating the purchase, which means that if anyone gets hold of the device, he can purchase things at will. it is confirmed that Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire. Also, on Fire when the Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market with much more limited content. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (over 1500 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews and ton of 3-star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (not lamination on Fire), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).
      Pro review to consider:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  28. QUESTION:
    What all can the Nook Color and the Kindle Fire do?
    Because I might get one or the other, so i want to know which one is the better deal.

    • ANSWER:
      The nook is pretty much just a color ereader - whereas the kindle fire is a complete media tablet.
      Considering the fire is just slightly more then the nook, you should totally opt for it!

      You can get a good deal on the fire here:

      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/kindle_fire

      The fire is the only web device that supports flash, so you can stream youtube videos from the web browser. Not even the ipad can do that!
      You can also load thousands of androids apps like office suites and games.
      Not to mention Amazon has an amazing selection of ebooks/music and movies you can play on the fire as well.

      The only major con I have read about the fire is it doesn't have a memory expansion slot, but I don't think it's really a problem. It's true there is no expansion slot, but you have pretty much unlimited access to storage space on the amazon cloud. So you just store your favorite things on the fire locally, and then store the optional stuff on your cloud space, which you can stream for free right onto your fire as long as your in wifi range.

      The big pros of the barnes and noble devices are a slightly easier ebook sharing interface, and the ability to read some ebooks free inside a barnes and noble store, but I don't think those offset all the more important pluses to the fire above.

  29. QUESTION:
    how much will the nintendo 3ds cost in the US?
    How much will the 3ds cost? Has nintendo given a price on it yet?

    • ANSWER:
      There's no price for it in North America/Europe/Austrailia, yet, but it will be ¥25,000(yen) in Japan (less than 0 USD). If you're worried about the price then you should know that glasses-free 3D cameras and videos don't come cheap and you're looking at about 0+, but 3DS packs more features, yet it's only less than 0. If you think about it, the iPod Touch cost more than the 3DS when it comes to features and games. Also the currency in Japan works differently than here in US, so don't get confuse with the price everyone is saying cuz Nintendo of America hasn't said anything about the price. ¥25,000 isn't really that big if you live in Japan and the currency always change. Also, it cost about ¥20,000 just to feed a regular sized family. But speculations are thinking that it might be less than 0 since the older DSes(DS Phat, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL) were -60 less than that of the Japan release price. Maybe the same price as PSP Go at launch.

      Although, it will be coming out here on March next year.

      Some 3DS features (there's more that weren't announced by Nintendo) you may have missed:
      The 3DS graphics is the closest handheld gaming device that comes close to 360/PS3 graphical wise(you gotta see it to believe it; specs don't count), it supports 2 screens, 1st screen as a 3D screen without glasses(it's real and it works, you can also turn off the 3D if you want 2D), 2nd screen as a touch-screen, compatible with the old generations of DS softwares, gyroscope, accelerometer, audio player, 3 cameras(one inside, and two outside), capable of taking 2D/3D photos and capturing 2D/3D videos, 2D/3D movie playback, multitasking(i.e. You can access web browser while playing a game), Virtual Console Service(which was not available with the DSi/DSi XL) and some 3D remakes of classic retro games(GB, GBC, GBA, NES, SNES, and more), also compatible with DSi Wares, 3DS Mii Plaza (Mii creation), augmented reality games, CrossPass" (which can automatically seek and connect to wireless network nodes such as Wi-Fi hotspots, sending and downloading information in the background while in sleep mode or while playing a game), 3D TV streaming(only available in Japan at the moment), e-book reader,better online capabilities, video chat, shop channel, web browser (and anything you do on the web like mail, facebook, etc.), and more which weren't fully announced by Nintendo. Plus the games are longer and are quality games.

      Some games that will be coming out for it:
      Metal Gear Solid 3, Super Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil: Revelation, Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Times, Kid Icarus, Paper Mario, Star Fox 64, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Mario Kart, Kingdom Hearts series, Final Fantasy series, Dead or Alive 3D, Ninja Gaiden, Samurai Warriors 3D, Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, Megaman Legends 3, and more. There will also be 3DS ware games, like Cave Story.

      Some features:

      3DS Shop Channel:

      http://tinycartridge.com/post/1431454868/nintendo-3ds-shopping-channel-trailer-in-an#disqus_thread

      Just in case you go "where's the 3D!?" it won't work on your computer screen, you gotta see it in person to see the 3D.

      Few of the games that will be coming out for it:

      Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition:

      Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater:

      Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright

      More games being played live:

      http://tinycartridge.com/post/1409229740/nintendo-3ds-videos-for-ocarina-of-time-resident-evil

      You can check out more about 3DS here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_3DS

  30. QUESTION:
    How much will the Nintendo 3DS COST in the USA?
    I better start saving up, but does anyone know how MUCH exactly?
    Sources & info please, thanks!

    AQ.) Also, does anyone know how much Resident Evil: Revelations (for the 3DS) might be?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There's no price for it in North America/Europe/Australia, yet, but it will be ¥25,000(yen) in Japan.

      We don't know the price, yet since Nintendo haven't made an announcement on price and the official release date, and I doubt it will be 0 since most Nintendo systems that came out in North America are -60 less than their Japanese counterparts. If you're worried about the price then you should know that glasses-free 3D cameras and videos don't come cheap and you're looking at about 0+, but 3DS packs more features, yet it's only less than 0. If you think about it, the iPod Touch cost more than the 3DS when it comes to features and games. Also the currency in Japan works differently than here in US, so don't get confuse with the price everyone is saying cuz Nintendo of America hasn't said anything about the price. Just like playbunny2k said, "technology prices here in Japan are actually comparatively higher than in the US because we earn more and can afford it." Also, ¥25,000 isn't really that big if you live in Japan and the currency always change. Also, it cost about ¥20,000 just to feed a regular sized family.

      On other topic, Resident Evil, or any game for that matter, will be close or almost the same as the regular DS price. According to Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata:
      “We don’t believe that the world is in a state where high priced software will sell well, so we don’t believe it will be in a price range too far off from current DS software.”

      You can check out RE: Revelations and RE: Mercenaries screen-shots, both coming out for 3DS, here:

      http://www.siliconera.com/2010/12/08/heres-fresh-screenshots-of-capcoms-two-resident-evil-3ds-games/

      Here's the game being played live:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8BWvgtqDUw

      Some of the features about 3DS you may have missed:
      The 3DS graphics is the closest handheld gaming device that comes close to 360/PS3 graphical wise(you gotta see it to believe it; specs don't count), it supports 2 screens, 1st screen as a 3D screen without glasses(it's real and it works, you can also turn off the 3D if you want 2D), 2nd screen as a touch-screen, compatible with the old generations of DS softwares, gyroscope, accelerometer, audio player, 3 cameras(one inside, and two outside), capable of taking 2D/3D photos and capturing 2D/3D videos, 2D/3D movie playback, multitasking(i.e. You can access web browser while playing a game), Virtual Console Service(which was not available with the DSi/DSi XL) and some 3D remakes of classic retro games(GB, GBC, GBA, NES, SNES, and more), also compatible with DSi Wares, 3DS Mii Plaza (Mii creation), augmented reality games, CrossPass" (which can automatically seek and connect to wireless network nodes such as Wi-Fi hotspots, sending and downloading information in the background while in sleep mode or while playing a game), 3D TV streaming(only available in Japan at the moment), e-book reader,better online capabilities, video chat, shop channel, web browser (and anything you do on the web like mail, facebook, etc.), and more which weren't fully announced by Nintendo. Plus the games are longer and are quality games.

      Here's a video that explains how the 3D works:

      Some games that will be coming out for it:
      Metal Gear Solid 3, Super Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil: Revelation, Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Times, Kid Icarus, Paper Mario, Star Fox 64, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Mario Kart, Kingdom Hearts series, Final Fantasy series, Dead or Alive 3D, Ninja Gaiden, Samurai Warriors 3D, Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, Megaman Legends 3, and more. There will also be 3DS ware games, like Cave Story.

      Some features:

      3DS Shop Channel:

      http://tinycartridge.com/post/1431454868/nintendo-3ds-shopping-channel-trailer-in-an#disqus_thread

      Just in case you go "where's the 3D!?" it won't work on your computer screen, you gotta see it in person to see the 3D.

      Few of the games that will be coming out for it:

      Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition:

      Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater:

      Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright

      More games being played live:

      http://tinycartridge.com/post/1409229740/nintendo-3ds-videos-for-ocarina-of-time-resident-evil

  31. QUESTION:
    can i watch movies from amazon on my wii?
    amazon has movies on demand, netflix just doesnt have the best movies to pick from anymore. are there anyother movie apps for the wii?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes by downloading a free app called Playon http://www.playon.tv/

      internet content on your TV before you know it!
      PlayOn works on the following devices.

      Click 'view setup instructions' to see how to use PlayOn with your device.

      Wii - view setup instructions | view demo for Wii
      Xbox 360 - view setup instructions | view demo for Xbox 360
      PlayStation 3 - view setup instructions | view demo for PS3
      iPhone - view setup instructions | view demo for iPhone
      iPad - view setup instructions
      Android phone (Requires OS 2.2) - view setup instructions
      Roku - view setup instructions
      Google TV - view setup instructions
      Kindle Fire - view setup instructions
      Moxi HD DVR
      NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live EVA2000
      HP MediaSmart TV
      brite-View CinemaTube - view setup instructions
      Cirago Network HD Multimedia Center
      UEBO M200
      Omniversetv
      Showwx
      ZAAP TV
      Jadoo TV

      After you have installed PlayOn on your PC, be sure to start PlayOn on your PC by clicking on 'Start' under the General Settings tab in PlayOn settings if it is not already running.
      Go to your Wii gaming console, and be sure you have the Internet Channel, available on the Wii Shopping Channel if you don't already have it.
      Once the Internet Channel is active use your Wii to navigate to wii.playon.tv and you are ready to begin streaming content.

      http://www.amazon.ca/mn/search/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=ebooksgalor0e-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=15121&creative=390961&field-keywords=streaming%20video&url=search-alias%3Daps&sprefix=streaming%20vide%2Caps%2C111

      Here's a tip: Save it as a Favorite for easy access in the future. Just click on the "Favorites" button (star) of the browser's onscreen tool bar. Click on the "Add Favorite" icon along the bottom. "Wii.playon.tv" will now be added to your Favorites.

  32. QUESTION:
    If you could pick a Nook Color or an Amazon Kindle Fire, which would you get and why?
    I can get one or the other, basically anything 0 or under. What would you get and why?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ?, Kindle Fire is OK for video playback, web browsing, and apps. However, it's not good for reading (very reflective screen with no coating), and not the best for anything else with choppy video playback and slow apps load. For only more, you can get Nook Tablet (that is Nook Color 2)- it's performance smokes Kindle Fire in all pro reviews specifically on video playback, the screen quality, and how fast apps load. Reported issues with Fire are it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is a myth where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, etc.
      Nook Tablet has Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better), the best non-glare laminated screen (visibly noticeable difference in side by side tests in video playback and EBooks reading), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot (not on Kindle) and a microphone for Skype (not on Kindle or Color), and much zippier performance during video playback and apps usage than choppy/laggy act of Kindle Fire according to many user reviews. Nook tablet is a bit lighter than Kindle Fire as well.
      Sample of pro review could be seen below:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  33. QUESTION:
    Is the Samsung Galaxy 3 better than the iPhone 4s?
    I got my iPhone 4s back in november, and am kinda wanting to switch it up, but I'm a bit skeptical. Also, do they have the emoji's for android phones now?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes the Galaxy SIII is far superior to the 4S.

      Here is a list of better features.....

      *** Free and superior navigation software--- Free navigation software with free map data and updates included, no need to buy an dedicated navigation device

      *** Plays Adode Flash--- Adobe Flash with Video and Sound is supported in the phone's browser

      *** Significantly more megapixels on the front-facing camera--- 1.9 vs. 0.3--- 6.3x more megapixel (photo, front camera)

      *** Sizably smaller semiconductor size/newer CPU--- 40n vs 45nm--- 11% smaller semiconductor size/newer CPU

      *** Significantly faster CPU clock speed--- 4x 1.4Ghz vs2x 0.8Ghz--- 3.5x faster CPU clock speed

      *** Lots more RAM memory--- 1.0GB vs 0.5GB--- 0.5gb more RAM memory

      *** Way bigger screen size--- 4.8"vs 3.5"--- 37% bigger screen size

      *** Significantly higher screen resolution--- 720 x 1280 px vs 640 x 960 px--- 1.5x higher screen resolution

      *** Can be charged via standard USB cable--- It can be charged with a standard USB cable with your computer or with USB power supplies

      *** Significantly more battery power--- 2,100mAh vs 1,418mAh--- 49% more battery power

      *** Wireless charging--- It can be charged w/o any plugs and wires similar to electric shavers or toothbrushes (as extra)

      *** Has a removable battery--- The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken

      *** A little bit thinner--- 8.6mm vs9.3mm--- 0.7mm thinner

      *** A tad lighter--- 133.0g vs 140.0g--- 7.0g lighter

      *** Has DLNA--- It can stream videos and movies to other devices over-the-air

      *** Has a MicroSD slot--- Internal Storage can be extended with MicroSD cards

      *** Has an HDMI output--- Video and movies can be watched on a TV with HDMI input

      *** Has NFC--- Near-field-communication (NFC) allows wireless transactions like payments and BUMP sharing

      *** Notably faster downloads--- 21.0MBits/svs 14.4MBits/s--- 46% faster downloads

      Oh, Yeah... I almost forgot... emoji's have been around for years. LMAO.

  34. QUESTION:
    Which is better a nook color or kindle fire?
    My mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said an e-reader but I'm not sure which is better and neither does my mother. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Alyssa, for someone who thinks of reading off the electronic device Kindle Fire is the worst you can think of. It's got non-laminated very reflective screen that is much worse than the screen of the new Nook Tablet (that is Nook Color 2). Known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Also, when Fire is activated it allows for 1-Click shopping through the account connected to the device, and such behavior cannot be turned off. Additionally the device asks for no confirmation password before validating the purchase, which means that if anyone gets hold of the device, he can purchase things at will. it is confirmed that Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire. Also, on Fire when the Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market with much more limited content. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (close to 1300 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. t's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (not lamination on Fire), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).
      Here's the sample of one pro side by side review on the subject:
      PCWORLD:
      The Nook Tablet's unique display has less reflectivity than the Kindle Fire's, and so is easier to read. In addition, some fonts and videos render more sharply on it than on the Fire. The dual-core 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 CPU and 1GB of RAM made switching from app to app a breeze, with little lag or stuttering. Movies played smoothly and stutter-free in Netflix, and the high-definition images re-rendered for Nook's 1024-by-600-pixel display looked lovely, with terrific contrast.
      The Nook Tablet's display was dazzling overall. The screen's glare was minimal, thanks to what Barnes & Noble calls its VividView display. The IPS display is laminated and bonded; so unlike on other tablets's displays--including the Kindle Fire's--there's no annoying, visible air gap between the glass screen and the LCD beneath.The Nook Tablet's home screen is highly customizable and provides quick access to apps and reading material.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a good simple (free?) program to record video podcasts on a PC?
    I am trying to make podcasts with my students, and only have experience making podcasts on a mac. Unfortunately my school cannot afford to buy apple computers so I have to try to make the podcasts on PCs. Any advice about what program to use it appreciated. I'd like to use audacity because it is free but it doesn't do video.

    • ANSWER:
      Really, all you need are a camera of some type and Windows Movie Maker, which is built into most Windows XP and newer machines.

      "First, simply capture your media. There are several ways to capture your media, the two most common being taking existing content off the shelf or shooting it using a digital video camera. You can even use a webcam, and most digital still cameras have a video record feature. On a Mac with Final Cut Pro or iMovie you can capture videos off of a camera, or you can drag and drop your existing AVI, MOV, or other video file into your video-editing program. On a PC, you can use Adobe Premiere Pro or similar software to capture raw footage onto the computer.

      After editing and adding any additional titles, credits, etc. it’s time to output your video into a podcasting friendly format. Most content is either viewed in a browser/media player on a computer or downloaded to a portable media device (iPod, Creative Zen, Archos, etc.). For the purpose of this article, let’s render a video out for an iPod, which is also a standard output for some of the online distribution channels. In iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or QuickTime on a Mac you can simply export to iPod format, which is 320x240 at 30 frames per second in a QuickTime MPEG-4 file. On a PC you will want to render out using Adobe Premiere or similar video software to a 320x240 AVI or MPEG video file. There are a host of free or inexpensive converters at www.download.com or www.tucows.com that can convert AVIs or MPEGs to an iPod-friendly MPEG-4. Once your content is in the right format its time to post.

      With myriad ways to deliver your content, you want to make sure you are using the proper channel for distribution. Video podcasting content can be protected by hosting the content internally and using a variety of formatting procedures to protect from downloads. The current trend by major content providers is to provide media with fewer restrictions and advertisements for revenue streams. Other strong channels for content are TV advertisements and other clips that are specifically designed to be spread virally.

      Most video podcast content is designed to be downloaded and spread virally, so we will look at some free methods to spread your content. New media outlets like YouTube and Google Video let you post your video content free of charge and simply paste a link into your website or blog. Easy, quick, and free, it’s no wonder we are seeing video podcasting take off. If you want to post your video and have it available for an iPod or to download onto a portable media device, you can simply upload your file to a server and post a link. More and more Fortune 1000 companies are posting marketing-related material in iPod-friendly formats to download, view, and share.

      The final step in the process is to actually distribute your content; technically your video does not become a podcast until it has an RSS feed attached to it. Most blogging software has RSS feed capability built in and will have your video podcast up and running in no time. Once you post your content online, simply copy and paste the embed code given by YouTube, Google Video, etc., or the link to your hosted file, and paste that into a new post on your blog.

      Submit your RSS feed to iTunes and a host of other video podcasting services, and your video blog, or vlog, is up and running. Using a free feed service like FeedBurner can help you maximize your usage of links, tags, and images in iTunes so your content is easily searchable. Every time you post a new video, FeedBurner updates your RSS feed and alerts the distribution channels and your subscribers of your new content."

      Goodluck and Have fun!

  36. QUESTION:
    Question for people who have used both the ipad and kindle fire?
    Today, I got the ''Kindle Fire'' for christmas and I really think it's very nice, I love it. But I was just wondering what the differences were and what you guys liked better with them. I've never used it, I just want to know what you think about both of them

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Megan, if you want the best get iPad as it is a much better device that has a larger screen, two cameras, and over 500,000 apps/games in iTunes store. However, it is also much more expensive, heavier and less portable to take with you on the go. Kindle Fire is not a replacement as it is one underpowered device. Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble clearly is the superior device. How about choppy video vs. smooth video or choppy apps vs. smooth apps - all reviewers noted much better performance of Nook Tablet over Kindle Fire in "choppiness" department - that's where 1 GB or RAM, better software and better screen come to play. Also, Nook Tablet has microSD slot (not on Kindle), a mic for Skype (not on Kindle), physical volume controls on the side (not on Kindle), and non-glare laminated screen (not on Fire).
      Known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc.
      Also, when Fire is activated it allows for 1-Click shopping through the account connected to the device, and such behavior cannot be turned off. Additionally the device asks for no confirmation password before validating the purchase, which means that if anyone gets hold of the device, he can purchase things at will. it is confirmed that Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire. Also, on Fire when the Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market with much more limited content. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (close to 1600 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Pro review below:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  37. QUESTION:
    What use would a 15 year old boy have for a Kindle Fire?
    It's a cheap potential christmas present. Give me details.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Tabryn, Kindle Fire is OK for video playback, web browsing, and apps. However, it's not too good for reading (very reflective screen with no coating), and not the best for anything else with choppy video playback and slow apps load. For only more, you can get Nook - it's performance smokes Kindle Fire in all pro reviews specifically on video playback, the screen quality, and how fast apps load. Reported issues with Fire are it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is a myth where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, etc.
      Nook Tablet has Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% beter), the best non-glare laminated screen (visibly noticable difference in side by side tests in video playback and eBooks reading), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot (not on Kindle) and a microphone for Skype (not on Kindle or Color), and much zippier performance during video playback and apps usage than choppy/laggy act of Kindle Fire according to many user reviews.
      See sample reviews below:
      Laptop Mag
      Whether it’s the bigger amount of RAM or just more mature software, the Nook Tablet feels a lot faster than the Fire. Where the Fire often seems sluggish and, on our tests, often failed to respond to our taps until we hit an icon two or three times, the Nook Tablet was always smooth and responsive.
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there an app for android to download and stream movies streight from your device?

    • ANSWER:
      What I do is Go to www.justin.tv and watch live programs there. You can't really go to the website on the normal Android browser. You have to download an app called "Skyfre"

      It's a browser that lets you watch website with Flash Video. (IF you have android 2.2 you may not need to download it)

      Justin.tv doesnt really let you choose what movie you want to watch, but there are always great channels streaming good movies or tv shows.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is your favorite thing about your Amazon Kindle Fire and what's your favorite book to read on it?
    Just wondering what you like most about your Kindle and what book you read the most on it. Happy Holidays :)
    Also if you don't have one you can just say your favorite book :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, vintage boy, here's my list of "favorite" things about Kindle Fire:
      - it is confirmed that when Kinde Fire's Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market - they only want you to get apps from Amazon store'
      - It runs hot;
      - The stereo speakers are both on top of the device, which means that when watching movies they are both on the same side, turning them into mono sound;
      - Slower and jerkier than expected web browsing thus no benefit from Silk;
      - Just 6.5Gb storage free at startup;
      - Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi;
      - many defective units being reported;
      - The home page carousel shows everything you ever bought and every site you visited, with no way to delete items, which means compromising items you bought or sites you visited can't be removed. There goes your privacy;
      - Touchscreen being reported as having a sluggish response, lack of physical back button and virtual back button being sluggish and not always at the same place;
      - Power cord is too short to be able to use device at the same time as it charges;
      - Power button is badly placed, leading to accidental turning off of the device (a lot of complains about this one);
      - Wi-Fi connection problems are being frequently reported;
      - Does not support proxy servers, making it difficult to connect to the internet outside the home environment;
      - Does not support ad-hoc connections so you can't use the 3G connection from your phone with tethering.
      - when the Kindle is activated to allow for 1-Click shopping through the account connected to the device, and such behavior cannot be turned off. Additionally the device asks for no confirmation password before validating the purchase, which means that if anyone gets hold of the device, he can purchase things at will.
      - LCD screen does not have lamination thus has a lot of glare and is not good for reading.

      Take a look at Nook Tablet has been getting rave pro reviews on the web and it is the best device in it's class. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life, the best screen, double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Kindle), physical volume controls on the side (not on Kindle) and much zippier performance during video playback and apps usage than choppy/laggy act of Kindle Fire according to many user and pro's reviews.

  40. QUESTION:
    Which gaming handheld is better to play games on the 3ds or dsi or dsi xl?
    Is it better to play games on the 3ds , dsi or dsi xl?

    • ANSWER:
      The 3DS plays all DS & DSi Games.

      Plus they have stop making DS games.

      And they will stop making DSi games by the end of this year.

      And you can LOWER the VOLUME of 3D so it does NOT give you headaches for the first time in your life (if you're the kind of person to ever get headaches from 3D, otherwise just turn the 3D all the way up).

      And you can also turn the 3D OFF Completely.

      And 3D is good for working out your eye muscles to keep them in shape as shown in this link:

      http://www.aoa.org/x17309.xml

      And the Nintendo 3DS has downloadable 3D Music videos from today's American music artist which I have already downloaded the 3 free 3D Music Videos to watch anywhere and the 3DS has 3D "Blue Man Group" video and cheap downloadable 3D Apps & 3D games costing from 99 cents to .99 and the Nintendo 3DS also has FREE downloadable 3D Apps & 3D Games, which I have already downloaded 3 Free 3D Apps and I have downloaded 2 Free 3D Games and the 3DS has a 3D Camera and I have already used the 3DS 3D Camera to take 3D photos & 3D Videos and I have uploaded some of my 3D footage online using the Nintendo 3DS's Web Browser to upload my 3D footage online and I have used my 3DS Web Browser to also download other peoples 3D footage from the Internet on my 3DS Web Browser and I have view all sorts of 3D content on 3D Websites online on my 3DS's Web Browser and I have use my 3DS 3D Camera to play 3D Augmented Reality games as well and it's all in 3D without the Glasses using the 3DS 3D Camera and I have beautiful 3D HD graphics that equal to that of a 3D HD version of Wii Graphics and I have Streamed 3D Videos Online on my 3DS in the eShop and I have also Watch 3D Trailers for upcoming 3D movies coming to Theaters in 3D and I have done all of this in 3D Without the Glasses.

      So you can pay 9 for a Nintendo 3DS and buy the greatest Games ever & all in 3D Without the Glasses like Cave Story 3D and Kid Icarus and Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 using the MOTION SENSORS to play the game like if you were turning a real wheel to turn the Kart left & right and also play such other 8 GB 3D Games like TheatRhytem Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts 3D and Crush 3D and Shinobi and Animal Crossing and Rodea the Sky Soldier and Michael Jackson: the Experience 3D and Ridge Racer 3D and Super Street Fighter 4 3D and Monster Hunter 4 and Golden Sun 4 and Star Fox 3D and Zelda 3D and Sonic Generations 3D and Tetris 3D and Tekken 3D which also has the 3D Movie Tekken the Movie 3D in it to watch and also play other 8 GB 3D HD games as Spider Man 3D and 100% of the 3DS games are in HD 3D Without the Glasses.

      And they're making Angry Birds 3D as a downloadable game.

      And the 3DS has DLC (Downloadable Content) like Xbox Live for a bunch of 3DS games to add content to the game cartridge later on.

      And 1 of the Free 3D Apps I have downloaded was Netflix.

      And Netflix is getting 3D Movies in the next few months, so for 9 you can watch 3D movies on the free Netflix App on the 3DS in 3D Without the Glasses.

      And the 3D goes both ways; as in it POPS OUT and it goes INWARDS (like looking into a window)

      And 3D looks the exact same way on all 3D devices, so on a 3D HD TV the 3DS 3D will still be INWARD on the 3D HD TV and on the 3DS the 3D HD TV shows will still POP OUT completely on the 3DS and all in the exact same way.

  41. QUESTION:
    is the nintendo 3ds the final console of the series?
    does anyone know if the 3ds is the final of the nintendo ds series? or are there gonna be others?
    can you go on any website on it like youtube and stuff?

    • ANSWER:
      What? 3DS is not even the same system as the DS. The last DS is DSi XL. 3DS is a new system, not an upgrade.

      Yes, you can go online, but no words on youtube.

      Some FACTS, NOT OPINIONS, about 3DS:

      Although it's not out yet, the 3DS is the first glasses-free 3D gaming device in the market(like the ones in theaters minus the glasses). It also supports multimedia, motion control, touch-screen, 3 cameras, and Wi-Fi. It is also compatible with the DS software and DSi wares.

      Some 3DS features (there's more that weren't announced by Nintendo) you may not know:
      The 3DS graphics is the closest handheld gaming device that comes close to 360/PS3 graphical wise(you gotta see it to believe it; specs don't count), it supports 2 screens, 1st screen as a 3D screen without glasses(it's real and it works, you can also turn off the 3D if you want 2D), 2nd screen as a touch-screen, compatible with the old generations of DS softwares, gyroscope, accelerometer, audio player, 3 cameras(one inside, and two outside), capable of taking 2D/3D photos and capturing 2D/3D videos, 2D/3D movie playback, multitasking(i.e. You can access web browser while playing a game), Virtual Console Service(which was not available with the DSi/DSi XL) and some 3D remakes of classic retro games(GB, GBC, GBA, NES, SNES, and more), also compatible with DSi Wares, 3DS Mii Plaza (Mii creation), augmented reality games, CrossPass" (which can automatically seek and connect to wireless network nodes such as Wi-Fi hotspots, sending and downloading information in the background while in sleep mode or while playing a game), 3D TV streaming(only available in Japan at the moment), e-book reader,better online capabilities, video chat, shop channel, web browser (and anything you do on the web like mail, facebook, etc.), and more which weren't fully announced by Nintendo. Plus the games are longer and are quality games.

      Here's a video that explains how the 3D works:

      Some games that will be coming out for it:
      Metal Gear Solid 3, Super Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil: Revelation, Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Times, Kid Icarus, Paper Mario, Star Fox 64, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Mario Kart, Kingdom Hearts series, Final Fantasy series, Dead or Alive 3D, Ninja Gaiden, Samurai Warriors 3D, Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, Megaman Legends 3, and more. There will also be 3DS ware games, like Cave Story.

      Some features:

      3DS Shop Channel:

      http://tinycartridge.com/post/1431454868/nintendo-3ds-shopping-channel-trailer-in-an#disqus_thread

      Just in case you go "where's the 3D!?" it won't work on your computer screen, you gotta see it in person to see the 3D.

      Few of the games that will be coming out for it:

      Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition:

      Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater:

      Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright

      More games being played live:

      http://tinycartridge.com/post/1409229740/nintendo-3ds-videos-for-ocarina-of-time-resident-evil

      You can check out more about 3DS here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_3DS

  42. QUESTION:
    Kindle Fire, do I need anything other than a wifi router and broadband internet to use it?
    Does it come with a charger?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Dennis, that should be enough to get online with it. However, I need to warn you about Kindle Fire - reported known issues with Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc.
      Also, when Fire is activated it allows for 1-Click shopping through the account connected to the device, and such behavior cannot be turned off. Additionally the device asks for no confirmation password before validating the purchase, which means that if anyone gets hold of the device, he can purchase things at will. It is confirmed that Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire. Also, on Fire when the Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market with much more limited content. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (close to 1900 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      You might want to consider Nook Tablet (compare them as BestBuy or Walmart or Target or Staples) that is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (no lamination on very reflective Fire screen), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).
      One pro review to consider:
      CNET:
      We streamed Netflix side by side with the Kindle Fire, and head-to-head comparisons were very favorable to the Nook--it simply looked better. Both tablets have the same app, but the Nook Tablet's picture looked more vivid and detailed. The Nook Tablet also has physical volume controls on the side, which come in handy--the Kindle Fire strangely lacks them. The screen, which is a higher-quality IPS display than the Kindle Fire, really shows off Netflix and Hulu Plus to amazing effect...
      It's the best screen on a budget tablet that I've ever seen. More storage--both onboard (16GB) and via microSD expansion--and the ability to read EPUB files could be big news for those who want flexibility. There's plenty of expansion room, and you'll have a hard time running out of space for your apps or your magazine downloads.

  43. QUESTION:
    What was Amazon thinking, I have owned: 79 dollar basic Kindle 114 dollar kindle which was the first, and?
    now the Fire, and only the 114 supports Audible books.

    Why is the Fire not supporting them?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi John, I'm sorry you gave in to all the hype and got the Fire - total lemon in my opinion but I guess it makes sense since you're already into the Amazon world. I'm not sure what Amazon was thinking but just to spoil it even more for you (I had a bad day today), I'll spill it all out:
      Known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc.
      Also, when Fire is activated it allows for 1-Click shopping through the account connected to the device, and such behavior cannot be turned off. Additionally the device asks for no confirmation password before validating the purchase, which means that if anyone gets hold of the device, he can purchase things at will. it is confirmed that Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire. Also, on Fire when the Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market with much more limited content. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (close to 1400 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Phew...
      Now, anyone who's not deeply into Amazon net should get Nook Tablet that is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. t's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (not lamination on Fire), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).
      Some pro backing here:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  44. QUESTION:
    Convince me the Kindle Fire is better than a Nook Color or Nook Tablet?
    Okay, here's the thing. For Christmas, I really want an eReader, and I am pretty sure I am going to get one. My dad likes the Kindle Fire WAY better than a Nook, but I am opposite. Can you please convince me why I should go along with my dad and get a Kindle Fire?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Anonymous, first of all there's no content advantage of Kindle - that's a myth. Nook has to offer the same things that Kindle has and more B&N ebook store has more content than Amazon's with 2.5 million paid books and 2 million free public domain ones. Amazon prime is worthless - for you get 13,000 movies and 10,000 books are included while Netflix has millions of movies and B&N ebook store has millions of books (and over 2.5 million free ones). Also it's worth mentioning that if you walk in with any Nook to Barnes & Noble store, you'll get tech support and you’re allowed to read ANY available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi.

      Nook Tablet (that is Nook Color 2) is the best - it's been getting rave pro reviews on the web and it is the best device in it's class - much better than Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% beter), the best non-glare laminated screen (visibly noticable difference in side by side tests in video playback and eBooks reading), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot (not on Kindle) and a microphone for Skype (not on Kindle), and much zippier performance during video playback and apps usage than choppy/laggy act of Kindle Fire according to many user reviews. Also, it's been reported that many Kindle Fire units have faulty Wi-Fi and people have a lot of issues connecting to internet according to many user reviews. Amazon's own web site has hundreds (more than 1300 now) of reviews of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device. Other issues are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is a myth where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, etc.
      If you don't believe me, check out sample of pro review below:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  45. QUESTION:
    On iPod Touch 4th Gen, can you download files from the web browser?
    On the web browser, can you download files (mp3, mp4, etc.) from the web browser directly to the device and play them on the device? I know you can do that on a psp (like for movies), but I wasn't sure if it would work on an iPod Touch.

    • ANSWER:
      No streaming is the only option.

  46. QUESTION:
    What version of flash/dreamweaver/fireworks should I buy?
    Which ones should I buy, as a student? I ran out of the free trials.

    • ANSWER:
      Get Adobe Creative Suite 4: Design Premium Student Edition.

      It includes the following applications. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Creative_Suite

      Brief descriptions of the applications in the various Adobe Creative Suite editions:

      * Adobe Acrobat is a software family dedicated to Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF):

      o Adobe Acrobat Standard and Adobe Acrobat Professional, which allows the creation of PDF files
      o Adobe Reader, a free software application which allows the reading of PDF files

      * Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software published by Adobe Systems. It can be used in film and video post-production.

      * Adobe Bridge is an organizational program. Its primary purpose is to link the parts of the Creative Suite together using a format similar to the file browser found in previous versions of Adobe Photoshop.

      * Adobe Contribute is for editing the content of a website. It allows a wide variety of people within an organization to update web pages by reducing the amount of web design skills necessary for the process.

      * Adobe Device Central's primary purpose is to integrate parts of the Creative Suite together to offer both professional and individual creative professionals, web designers, and mobile developers an easier way to preview and test Flash Lite, bitmap, web, and video content for mobile devices.

      * Adobe Dreamweaver is a combination code / GUI web development application.

      * Adobe Dynamic Link integrates After Effects with Premiere Pro and with Encore.

      * Adobe Encore is a DVD authoring software tool produced by Adobe Systems and targeted at semi-professional video producers. Files are automatically transcoded to MPEG-2 video and Dolby Digital audio. DVD menus can be created and edited in Adobe Photoshop using special layering techniques.

      * Adobe Fireworks is a bitmap and vector graphics editor, aimed at web designers (with features such as: slices, the ability to add hotspots etc.).

      * Adobe Flash is a software family dedicated to various Adobe multimedia technologies:

      o Adobe Flash Professional, a multimedia authoring program used to create web applications, games, movies, and content for mobile phones and other embedded devices. It features support for vector and raster graphics, a scripting language called ActionScript and bi-directional streaming of audio and video.

      o Adobe Flash Player, a free software application which allows the playing of standalone Adobe Flash (SWF) multimedia files.

      * Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor.

      * Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing (DTP) software application.

      * Adobe OnLocation is a direct-to-disk recording and monitoring software.

      * Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor (with significant vector graphics functionality).

      * Adobe Premiere Pro is a real-time, timeline based video editing software application.

      * Adobe Soundbooth is a digital audio editor. Adobe has described it as being "in the spirit of Sound Edit 16 and Cool Edit 2000". Soundbooth is not replacing Adobe Audition, rather creating a product for creative professionals who do not specialize in audio.

      * Adobe Version Cue enables users to easily track and manipulate file metadata, which is information about the history of computer files, such as the fact that one file is a new version of a related older file. Version Cue also automates the process of collaboratively reviewing documents among groups of people.

      Commercial SRP is ,799.00, but the student price is around 0.

      If you're not using all of the applications above, just get CS4 for each titles. =) That's the latest version available.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Adobe Flash and Adobe Director?

    • ANSWER:
      Adobe Director (formerly Macromedia Director) is a multimedia application authoring platform created by Macromedia—now part of Adobe Systems. It allows users to build applications built on a movie metaphor, with the user as the "director" of the movie. Originally designed for creating animation sequences, the addition of a powerful scripting language called Lingo made it a popular choice for creating CD-ROMs and standalone kiosks and web content using Adobe Shockwave. Adobe Director supports both 2D and 3D multimedia projects.

      Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, and various web page Flash components, to integrate video into web pages, to make games and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications. Flash can manipulate vector and raster graphics, and supports bidirectional streaming of audio and video. It contains an Object-oriented language called ActionScript. Several software products, systems, and devices are able to create or display Flash content, including Adobe Flash Player, which is available free for most common web browsers, some mobile phones and for other electronic devices (using Flash Lite).

  48. QUESTION:
    Which kindle is the best to get for a college student?
    Model, Submodel, and the amount of GB I would rather have a kindle then carry around text books so then I can atleast get to class faster, also should I get one used or new.

    • ANSWER:
      I would only get one new personally.. as used kindles are too expensive and for nearly the same money you can get one with a 12 month warranty.

      I would either consider the kindle fire for this crazy price:

      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/kindle_fire

      Or the 3g keyboard kindle:

      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/kindle_3g_keyboard

      The kindle fire is a complete media device (apps/ebooks/movies/music & advanced web browser).
      It has a standard laptop type color screen which can be harder on the eyes for long term reading.
      The web browser is advanced and supports flash (so you can stream youtube videos) but it only works in a wifi hotspot, which should be supported at college.

      The keyboard kindle on the other hand has a backlit free screen that is easy on the eyes (so better for long term reading).
      It's really only for reading ebooks and basic web browsing - not for apps/movies or advanced web surfing.
      However it is the ONLY kindle that allows free web browsing over 3g cell phone data ANYWHERE, not just wifi hotspots.
      So if you love the web and primarily want to just read college textbooks it's worth considering over the fire.
      The web browser is more basic then the fire (no flash or streaming) but it's fine for news/blogs/email/basic facebook and chat via m.ebuddy.com. Considering 3g service on a cell phone is + dollars a month, it's a crazy deal for free on the keyboard kindle.

      Either way the amazon textbook rental service can save your serious money over regular college book stores - so it will be worth the investment.
      It's also nice carrying all those ebooks in a tiny space. Most libraries now let you get commercial ebooks for free via overdrive service as well so you can get many free commercial ebooks to read with a kindle.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is a Kindle Fire better than a Android Tablet?
    I just got a Kindle fire for Christmas because I like to go on the internet and play games and stuff like that. But, im sort of regreting getting it and I think an Android Tablet might have been better. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Krystle, Kindle Fire is a lemon, it's as simple as that. Trouble with Wi-Fi connection on Kindle Fire and issues with Silk browser are only some of the long list of reported problems with this device. Other issues are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is a fake where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, etc.
      Just return it while you can and get Nook Tablet - it's been getting rave reviews and it is the best device in it's class - much better than Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (vs. very reflective screen of Fire), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot, a microphone for Skype, and physical volume controls on the side (neither of those is on Kindle Fire.) Amazon's own web site has hundreds (almost 1800 so far) of reviews of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Also, Amazon prime is worthless - for you get 13,000 movies and 10,000 books included while Netflix has millions of movies (for /month) and B&N ebook store has millions of books (and over 2.5 million free ones). All your purchases for Nook (ebooks/apps) are stored in free Barnes & Noble Cloud thus even if you break the device you can download everything back on another one.
      Check out this pro side by side review:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire

  50. QUESTION:
    My Kindle Fire is stuck and will not go back to home screen or shut down, what do I do?

    @ Meena, I'm embarrassed to say I was playing Angry Birds lol I ended up plugging it in to the charger, leaving it for 10 minutes and it was fine.... Thank you for the help anyways!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi karenraeyork, it's not the last time you experienced this problem and be ready for many more to come with Kindle Fire. Even through a lot of Amazon trolls like George Y, Rose D, and Uncle Pennybags here post untruth about the "great" Kindle, if you call Amazon their menus actually say "if you have a problem with your kindle fire, press three" - speaks volumes about the "great" device it is. Widely known problems with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Amazon's own web site has hundreds of reviews (almost 2000 already) of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews and over 1,000 of 3-star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      I'd recommend you to return it and consider Nook Tablet instead (you can check it out at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Millon, Walmart, BestBuy, Staples, OfficeMax, Fred Mayer, P.C. Richard, Radio Shack, Target, Fry's, Kmart, Sears etc. stores.) Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (no lamination on very reflective Fire screen), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).
      One pro review to consider:
      ENGADGET
      Both devices rock 1GHz dual-core processors, but the Nook has an edge here, with its 1GB of RAM to the Fire's 512MB -- and certainly the difference is noticeable, even when booting up something as simple as a game like Angry Birds. Things are even more pronounced during video playback. We took Shutter Island for a spin via Netflix streaming on both devices, and it was really like night and day. Motion is far less choppy on the Barnes & Noble device. The HD playback on the Nook also picked up subtle imagery like patterns on ties, which were largely lost on the Fire


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