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How to Turn an iPod into a Remote Control

Users of the Apple iPod could not get enough of the music experience. These are some of the features of the Apple iPod that makes it so attractive to music lovers and techies:

1. The Apple iPod have so much space available of up to forty gigabytes that it can store up to about five thousand songs.
2. The Apple iPod also comes with the ergonomically designed Click Wheel wherein you can do fast forward, play, reverse, pause and access the menu with ease.
4. The Apple iPod can be used up to 12 hours non-stop due to its long life battery.
5. The Apple iPod was also designed in such a way that you would have the ability to set up your own play list and it also has a shuffle function to introduce randomness during playing.

iPod Hacks

Through the years, however, the Apple iPod has been modified by techies by using iPod hacks, bent on providing more power to the user in terms of customization and personalization of their Apple iPod.

Strictly speaking, iPod hacks are anything that gives changes to your iPod in terms of appearance, either in terms of software or hardware. Various firmwares that provides iPod hacks, are available on the Internet websites like the iPodWizard that is capable of changing the graphic and text of the Apple iPod.

Some users of the Apple iPod are already content with their iPod simply for playing music, however, some people use iPod hacks because they want more.

Turning an iPod into a Universal Remote

Latest technology capabilities have provided a user power to modify his Apple iPod. These iPod hacks can even transform a normal Apple iPod into a universal remote.

The Apple ipod can be used to control any home electronic equipment in your house. It can control your television, DVD player, Media Center, even a robot. This is the power of iPod hacks.

Simply put, you can use a Pocket PC to possibly record the waves an infrared remote produces. Transfer these waves to your iPod and start changing your TV channels. You now have a new universal remote control.

The following are required before starting this example project of iPod hacks:

1. An Apple iPod
2. A Mac or Personal Computer with a sound recording software installed.
3. A Pocket PC, could be a Pocket PC 2002 or 2003.
4. A total remote software and IR device

The following procedure guides you through changing your iPod into a remote control using iPod hacks:

1. The most important element in this iPod hacks project is the sound or wave to infrared converter.

First, install the total remote software on the MAC or PC. This software is meant to extend the range of the Pocket PC to include consumer IR capabilities.

2. Record the infrared signal by using a sound-editing program that can modify sounds and remove channels. An example of such sound-editing program is SoundForge.

Input the infrared signals from your remotes to the PC by using the software. Input all infrared signals of the home electronic equipment that you want to control.

You can observe if you have recorded the sound effectively if you'll hear weird beeps or pulses. This is basically what an infrared signal would sound like. Using the SoundForge, you can actually view the pulses and signals on a graphic representation of the wave.

Do not forget to increase the right channel. Then mute it. The process through the IR device would not function properly if you missed this important step.

3. Convert the signals into sound files (actually saved as WAV files).

4. On the Apple iPod, make a new playlist and add the WAV files to the playlist.

5. Now, you can test the new universal remote. Use the Apple iPod to play the sounds through the converter for remote controlling any home electronic equipment.

This basic example of iPod hacks is obviously very easy to understand. Softwares are already available that users can use to modify their Apple iPods.

iPod hacks are still, however, very risky with regards to its effects on your iPod device. Unless handled by a professional technician, the Apple iPod could malfunction if the modification is not right.


Stylish Gadgets

Electronic gadgets are not only getting smarter, they are also temptingly stylish. Let's take a look at four stylish gadgets sure to catch your attention.

Apple iPad 3:

With almost 75% of the world's tablet market share, it's no wonder that the release of a new iPad was a much-anticipated event. Despite all the hype, the iPad 3 looks remarkably similar to the iPad 2.

That is, until you pick it up and switch it on. The stunning Retina Display alone makes the iPad 3 live up to the hype and, coupled with power aplenty, it is a worthy successor to the iPad 2.

Samsung Galaxy Note:

The Galaxy Note fills the gap between laptops and smartphones and it is a great compromise between the two. The 5.3 inch display screen, with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, and super AMOLED technology, is a pure delight when gaming or watching a movie. The 2,500 mAh battery is huge for a smartphone. The 8 megapixel camera is easy to operate and produces high-quality images.

HTC Titan:

The HTC Titan is built like a tank, and almost as big. No, seriously, build quality is superb, helped by the rigid aluminium case and the gorilla glass front. But the overall dimensions of 5.2 inches x 2.8 inches make it larger than most competitive smartphones.

The extra size is necessary to accommodate the impressive 4.7 inch display screen, which fits well with the Windows Phone operating system. However the operating system limitations means the screen resolution is a meagre 198 pixels per inch.

A 1,600 mAh battery gives almost two days low use between charges, but the 12.6 GB of storage is a limitation on the musical usefulness.

Nikon D4:

One of the most impressive digital cameras is the Nikon D4, with a 16.2 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor. The carbon fibre shutter can fire at an amazing 1/8000th of a second and can take still pictures at 10 frames per second even while using auto focus.

With many photographers looking for enhanced video capabilities the D4 doesn't disappoint. It can take 1080p videos at up to 30 frames per second and can export uncompressed video via an HDMI port.

Acer Iconia Tab A700:

The Android operating system for mobile devices has had a series of code names based on popular desserts. After working through Cupcake, Donut and so on, the latest version, released last year, is called Ice Cream Sandwich and is used on the Acer Iconia A700 tablet.

Equipped with a 9,600 mAh battery driving a 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra processor, the Iconia has power to spare. The 1925 x 1200 pixels give the screen a brightness and clarity that make using it a joy and the built-in 5 megapixel camera allows you to Skype on the move.

Choose your stylish - and useful - gadget!


10 Mind Blowing Mac Accessories Your Mac Devices Definitely Can't Do Without

Clearly, it's a known fact that Mac Devices have been the ultimate favorite amongst consumers since the time they had launched and are still prominent holders of that position even today. The last quarter sales show the global popularity this branch of Apple technology continues to have in the world of PC or laptop users and there's definitely no doubt about that. Mac is one of the finest machines existing in the market that truly makes work a much smarter exercise than others. But what really makes this experience even more stunning is when you pair your Mac machines with some of the latest Mac accessories available out there. These not only boost your machines with extra power but also adds a touch of personalized style you'd want your Macs to flaunt. Here's a list of some of the latest trends from the world of Mac Accessories on The Gadget Flow you could pair with your Macs anyday and see the enhanced functionalities for yourself.


It's an ideal wooden airdesk that pairs smartly with your Macbooks anywhere on the go. Otherwise looking like a regular iSlate, this Macbook supporter is made out of bamboo with a lot of holes in it to allow easy passage of air. Once placed on your lap, the piece of wood ensures you do not feel any heat from the Macbook and work comfortably outdoors.

Jimi: USB Port Extension

Jimi is a stunning design from BlueLounge that makes sure you do not have to crane in order to access the USB ports behind your Mac machines anymore. It acts as a J-shaped USB extension for the iMac Slim Aluminium Unibody model. All you need to do is plug it on one of the USB ports behind your iMac and align it with the air-vent at the bottom. With that done, you'll be set to enjoy an easy data transfer process like never before.

Twelve South Bookarc Mod - Vertical Stand For Macbook, Walnut

In order to avoid making your desk look cluttered and messy, this is a special vertical stand made by Twelve South for your Macbooks. The Birch finish has quite a style of appearance which not only looks pretty but also elevates your Macbook to a level that makes the overall desk look neater than before. Not too much of a bulky design but extremely useful in the purpose it poses to solve.

BassJump 2 Subwoofer for MacBook

An appropriate accessory that can turn your Macbooks into an excellent sound system without incorporating unwanted cables and speakers. With just a single USB cable that serves both in transferring sound and power, this subwoofer can enhance your Macbook's sound system with a low frequency bass. Definitely a better sound experience but not at the cost of any cluttered mess.

Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand

A stand that wants your desktop table to be free from any kind of extra electronics with its efficiently constructed design. You can adjust your Mac desktops on two preferred heights and the space under the stand helps in storing all other junk from the table. It's got 4 USB ports and headphone and microphone ports as well so that you get to enjoy every bit of using a Mac but with a neatness in style.

PowerCurl Cord Wrap For MacBook Power Adapters

This unique masterpiece from Quirky comes with the notion of avoiding any kind of unwanted mess when using extension cords. It works smoothly with all Macbook adapters including Air, Pro and Retina. It's easy to wrap both ends around the device and then unravel whenever required without messing up things. Your workstation can finally look devoid of long adapter cords.

GhostStand for MacBook

It brings an opportunity to make your Macbooks float in air while you enjoy a desktop like appearance. Two sets of soft silicone rails does the job of keeping it grounded while creating this illusion of an elevated Macbook without support. Other than flaunting an unique style of elevation, the stand also ensures your Macbook stays cool by undergoing better airflow.


Made out of local German Wood, this is a stand that lifts your iMac to a better height in order to avoid unnecessary neck pain while you work. It's got an ergonomic design that complements with your iMac and makes the entire combination look a stunning beauty. There are two front USB ports as well which lets you easily connect your USB drive on the front instead of craning to do so from the back of the iMac.

Jivo Executive Macbook Air Leather Case

Super-efficient as a Macbook case, Jivo has been built out of genuine Brazilian Buffalo hide that makes the case look both smart and efficient altogether. The four elasticated straps in the interior protects your Macbooks from any bumpy shocks it may face while you travel outdoors. But other than providing absolute protection, it's also got a remarkable style of its own which can go well with your demeanor.

Landing Zone Pro For Macbook Air

If there's any docking station you could ever want for your Macbooks, it has to be the Landing Zone Pro. With super cool functionalities, it's got the potential to convert your Macbooks into a powerful desktop working station anyday. By bringing you a 4-port USB hub and Ethernet, plus a Security Slot, this docking station has made mobile working an easier job than before.


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