[How-To] Convert your Audio Tapes to MP3

If you are someone who has a huge collection of Audio Tapes or cassetes and wish to convert them to MP3 format so that you can play them over your music system or for that matter your computer, this is the post to read.

This post describes a step by step process of converting your Audio Tapes to MP3 Format Audio which can later be burned using a CD Burner.

Follow the steps below to convert your Audio Tapes or Cassettes to MP3

1.) First things first, you need to have your Cassette and the Tape Recorder. 

2.) You would also need a cable with double jacks for audio out from your recorder to audio in of your computer.

3.) Insert the cable to the Audio Out port of your Cassette player and insert the other end of the jack into the Mic input slot for Audio In.

4.) Download SuperMP3Recorder software to help you with the recording.

 

Set the bitrate to 192KBps.

Set the bitrate to 192KBps.

5.) Select atleast 192KBps bitrate from the MP3 Options under the Settings menu.

 

SuperRecorder

SuperRecorder

6.) Once you have configured the settings, press Record button on SuperMP3Recorder and then play the cassette tape on the player. 

7.) Your audio is now getting converted to MP3 format.

Do comment if you had any issues while converting your Audio Tapes to MP3. I will be happy to help.

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Hewlett Packard TX2Z is a tablet PC you would love to work on.

Recently i got a chance to review a friend’s HP TX2Z tablet PC and i must say, i was impressed. In this short post, i will describe some key features of HP TX2Z tablet PC.

HP TouchSmart TX2Z

HP TouchSmart TX2Z

Basic features of HP TX2Z

 

  • TouchScreen: HP TX2Z is a mutitouch, fully convertible tablet PC with a 12 inch screen display. With Multitouch, i mean that you can use more than one finger (e.g., index and thumb) at the same time. Something which most of the tablet PC’s lack.
  • Memory: HP TX2z comes with 3GB of RAM by default, however, you have the option of upgrading upto 8GB. 
  • Hard Disk: HP TX2z comes with a 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive. 
  • DVD Burner: As expected, HP TX2Z does come with a DVD Burner. 
  • Operating System: HP TX2z comes with a pre-configured Windows Vista operating system. 
  • Processor: Interestingly, HP TX2z runs on a AMD Turion Dual Core processor.
  • Does it have a Stylus? Yes. HP Tx2z also comes with a very fine stylus 

Are there any other interesting points worth knowing other than the one’s listed above?

Yes. These are the points i found most interesting while working on and reviewing the HPTX2Z.

  • Embedded Altec Lansing Speakers for stereo sound. 
  • Design Element of HP TX2Z is amazing. As you see and work on it, you just fall in love with this machine.
  •  Strong Hardware. HP is known to produce good hardware and it seems to have delivered that into the TX2Z as well.

Are there any points you were disappointed with?

Well, yeah. As we grow our expectations too grow and so was the case with HP Tx2Z. 
  •  Windows Vista: I wish they had chosen a custom unix/linux installation instead of Windows Vista as the pre-configured operating system. 
  •  Battery Life: I wish this could have been better. 
  •  Price: HP TX2Z comes at a entry price of close to 1150$ ( approximately, 50000 Indian Rupee). This sounds like too much for an entry level tablet PC.
Do you own a HP TX2Z? How has your experience been with HP TX2Z. Try out the Amazon Store or the TechBargain store for Discounts on HP TX2Z and other computer and gadgets. 

6 Interesting Facts worth knowing about the Nokia N97

Nokia’s new flagship product Nokia N97 is all set to release by the mid of next year. i.e. H1 2009.

 

Nokia N97

Nokia N97

Below are the 6 key facts that make this phone different from other Nokia Phones.

1.) Screen: Nokia N97 has a 3.5 inch widescreen which is fully touch compatible. You also get the feature of moving around the widgets available in your home screen using the touch feature.

2.) Keyboard: Nokia N97 features the QWERTY keyboard which is ergonmonically designed to suit the needs.

3.) Memory: Nokia N97 comes heavy with the memory. It has a 32 GB internal memory which can be used for storing anything from your photos, music to the video. It also comes with a 16GB Micro SD slot for further memory addition.

4.) Operating System: Nokia N97 will be released on the version 5 of the Symbian OS.

5.) Connectivity: Nokia N97 has a host of connectivity options to choose from HSDPA, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, Bluetooth.

6.) Camera: Nokia N97 has an impressive 5MP Camera with Carl Zeiss Lenses.

Check out some of the videos about the Nokia N97 below

Are you looking forward to the release of Nokia N97?

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AnyTV brings free TV to your PC

Earlier i wrote about How to Watch Online Television Channels for Free using TVChannelsFree. Today, i will write about another Handy tool called AnyTV which can help you watch live television channels on your PC for free. 

Using anyTV means you can watch numerous of international TVs without a television, TV Tuner Card or a satellite receiver. Watch anywhere you have your internet Online. No additional equipments required.

In order to watch Free Television Channels using AnyTV, follow the steps below

1.) Download and install AnyTV. (Download AnyTV). 

2.) AnyTV would warn you to get your Channel list updated, this will however require you to pay for a nominal fees and upgrade to AnyTV Pro from AnyTV Free. Still, if you feel like, you can keep watching the channels from freely available list. Believe me, that too has quite a lot of channels.

AnyTV free offers lots of channels to view for free.

AnyTV free offers lots of channels to view for free.

 

List of free Channels on AnyTV Free

List of free Channels on AnyTV Free

3.) Select the icon which says TV and then select your Country. Check the figure above, both the controls are circled in red.

4.) Select your Channel from the list either by double clicking on the channel name or select the channel and press the Play button to view the live tv channel for free. 

The interesting part about AnyTV is that you can even listen to a lot of radio channels from your city for free. All you need to do is select the Radio icon/button instead of TV from the main application interface.

Also readWatch Online TV Channels: Live &

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Canon Powershot A470: No frills, entry level digital camera

I recently got a chance to review Canon Powershot A470 camera. This post carries some of my observations of this camera and also the specifications.

Canon Powershot A470 is a compact and easily portable entry level digital camera. Canon’s PowerShot series is known for its user-friendliness and good quality, and the PowerShot A470 upholds that reputation pretty well.

Canon Powershot A470

Canon Powershot A470

Powershot A470 is a 7.1 megapixel camera with 3.4x Optical Zoom. For those of you who are new to the term ” Optical Zoom” :

Optical zoom lenses actually move you closer to the subject of the photograph without sacrificing quality. The higher the optical zoom rating on a camera, the farther away you can be to take a photograph and still get a clear, close-up image. The concept of optical zoom essentially the same as the zoom on a film (non-digital) camera. Optical zoom is the number you want to pay close attention to–it’s the zoom that will give you the quality results you want.

Backside of Canon Powershot A470

Backside of Canon Powershot A470

The camera also has a 2.5inch LCD screen, though surprisingly, it doesn’t have a viewfinder. Another important feature which i found missing in it was Image Stabilization. Image stabilization (IS) is a family of techniques to increase the stability of an image.With still cameras, camera shake is particularly problematic at slow shutter speeds or with long focal length (telephoto) lenses.

Canon Powershot A470 comes with 14 preset scene modes for easy photo clicking. Its zoom operation is also smooth. Powershot A470 is powered by 2 AA size batteries. Though,its body casing is plastic, i found it good on the usability front. I liked the Canon A470’s user interface, and found operation simple and straightforward. Though, did find that a couple of more advanced camera settings, such as contrast and Long Shutter mode, were a little hard to find in the Function menu. However, once accustomed to the camera, finding these options is second nature.

Interestingly, the images shot from A470 were sharp at both wide angle and extreme telephoto ends. Priced at 7000 Indian Rupees, Canon Powershot A470 is a no frills camera for someone starting out in digital photography.

Below are the lists of Basic and advanced features alongwith all those items which come packed with Canon A470 Box.

Canon PowerShot A470 Basic Features:

  • 7.1-megapixel CCD (effective) delivers image resolutions as high as 3,072 x 2,304
  • 3.4x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 38-132mm
  • As much as 4x digital zoom
  • 2.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT LCD monitor
  • Auto and Program AE exposure modes
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2,000 to 15 seconds, depending on mode
  • Maximum aperture of f/3.0 – f/5.8, depending on zoom position
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • Built-in flash with six modes
  • SDHC/SD/MMC memory slot
  • Power from two AA-type batteries (two alkaline cells included)
  • USB 2.0 connection and cable
  • A/V cable for connection to television set
  • PictBridge compatible

Special Features of Canon Powershot A470

  • 14 preset Scene modes
  • Macro and Super Macro focus modes
  • Motion Detection technology for reducing blur
  • Face Detection technology
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Three metering modes
  • Adjustable ISO from 80 to 1,600 equivalents, plus Auto and High ISO Auto settings
  • Adjustable white balance with seven settings, including a manual option
  • Two- and 10-second self-timer modes
  • My Colors menu for creative color options

Canon Powershot A470 Box ( What all comes in the Box? )


  • PowerShot A470 digital camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • 2 AA alkaline batteries
  • AV cable AVC-DC300
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • 32MB MMC card
  • Software CD
  • Manuals

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