LOS ANGELES -- If you are familiar with TiVo, then this new software/hardware product is something you will probably like.
If you have used TiVo in the past, you'll recognize the TiVo interface. And if you're new to TiVo, it's easy to install via Windows XP or Vista on your PC. Once installed, you can do all the great things currently available with TiVo, and then some.
Next, Gadget Grrl says there are a couple of new features on the fourth-generation iPod nano, including the ability to view content horizontally or vertically. She says a very slim and tall design, with a larger screen than the previous model, makes viewing content more adaptive to your particular preference.
But first, more about the Nero.
Nero Liquid TV/Tivo PC
This Nero/TiVo combo is easy to install via Windows XP or Vista on your PC. With this, you can do all of the great things currently available with TiVo, and more.
The hardware (included) works off your Wi-Fi connection to grab shows, so that you can then pause, record, or download to your laptop to watch shows wherever or whenever you choose. Essentially, this is TV-to-go and a great product for anyone who spends time on the road.
What I like about this product, aside from the ease of use, is that you can also download direct to an iPod, PSP or burn a DVD for even more portability.
The $199 price on the product includes a one-year subscription to TiVo service as well.
There are a couple of new features on the fourth-generation iPod nano, including the ability to view content horizontally or vertically.
A real whimsical feature that was added is the "shake to shuffle." When you shake this Nano, it will shuffle the playlist. Shuffle has always been a nice way to change up the way you listen to your music.
Another great new addition is the Genius feature that works with iTunes 8 to create instant playlists based on one song.
There are up to nine bright colors to choose from on this Nano. And its slim, tall design, with a larger screen than the previous model, makes viewing content more adaptive to your particular preference.
Site to see
This simplistic site actually has a pretty hearty free service. It allows you to submit a file to be scanned to see if it contains a virus. This could be a real time saver for mobile executives who receive attachments, because by isolating the one file and scanning, you don't have to waste time scanning your entire hard drive.
The only downside is the 20 MB limit to the files you submit. If they amped up the limit, they might be able to charge for a service like this.
Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click
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