Tech Tips


What is a Video Codec?

by Barbara J. Feldman July 23, 2007

Codec (short for compressor/decompressor) is a compression format used in video, such as MPEG-4 or DivX.. Your computer media player (for example, Windows Media Player, QuickTime or iTunes) should recognize the codec required for a particular video, and play the video automatically. If it does not, you will need to find and download the correct […]

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How to Choose Headphones

by Barbara J. Feldman March 18, 2007

Although your portable music player may have come with earbuds, there’s a whole world of headphone choices that provide better acoustics than the usual freebies. Before you buy, learn headphone lingo and the difference between technologies such as noise-reducing and noise-canceling at these buyer guides: CNET Headphone Buying Guide and HeadRoom Selection Guide.

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iPod Battery Tips

by Barbara J. Feldman October 10, 2006

Leaving your iPod in a hot car will quickly eat up its battery charge. It’s best to leave your portable music player in the trunk, where it is likely to be cooler than in the glove compartment or passenger cabin For more tips on preserving iPod battery life, read “iPod Tips: Play On – Get […]

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Yuma Yuma

by Barbara J. Feldman September 19, 2006

Gary “Yuma Yuma” Broslma, unintentional star of a homemade lip-sync music video that went viral last year is back with a new video and a new commercial website . If you’ve managed to avoid all the Yuma Yuma or YouTube excitement, this is your chance to catch up.

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Audio Formats

by Barbara J. Feldman August 29, 2006

Although your computer can play both MP3 CDs and audio CDs, most car and home CD players can not play compressed MP3 audio. If you want maximum compatibility, you need to specify “Audio CD” format when you burn your own discs. For more about compression and audio formats, read Ask Leo.

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Photo CD Cover

by Barbara J. Feldman June 22, 2006

Got photos? Got CDs? How about creating a cool CD cover from your own photos? This fun tool from Flagrant Disregard will create a personalized, printable page that integrates your photo and text into a CD or DVD cover that you simply print, cut, and fold. You can upload a photo from your own computer, […]

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