My iPod froze up. How do
I reset it?
■ Digital Living
By Marc Saltzman
WE DISCUSSED new television lingo in this column a couple of months back—including LED and
240 Hz technology—but newer TV buzzwords are
already out and need some clarification, too. So,
this month we’ll take a peek at 3-D TV and DLNA.
The same eye-popping visuals delivered in
movie theatres by 3-D films—such as Avatar and
Toy Story 3—can now be experienced in your home
theatre, too. But you’ll need a 3-D TV, glasses and
content to get in on the action.
As with any new technology, it’ll likely take
some time to catch on, but as more 3-D movies
become available on Blu-ray Disc, the upgrade will
become more enticing for entertainment seekers.
In fact, some U.S. television networks are also
committing to the technology, such as a new 3-D
ESPN channel, and next year you can expect a
venture backed by Discovery Communications
(owners of the Discovery Channel), Sony and Imax.
How does it work? Unlike the passive polarized
glasses worn at movie theatres, the active shutter
glasses required by 3-D TV accept a transmitted
signal from the television that instructs them to
alternately darken and lighten each lens, in synchronization with the refresh rate of the television screen.
The effect is three-dimensional (stereoscopic)
images that appear to jump out of the screen and
into your lap.
Marc Saltzman, a leading high-tech reporter,
contributes to more than three dozen prominent
publications, appears on radio and TV, and is
the author of 13 books.
shoot in 3-D, allowing you to capture memories
with friends and family and then play back these
images on a compatible television.
These 3-D TVs can also show regular 2-D content, where the glasses aren’t necessary, plus these
televisions can also turn 2-D content into 3-D—
though the effect isn’t as significant compared to
original source material that was filmed or edited
You’re relaxing in front of your HDTV, with
your feet up on the coffee table—so why shouldn’t
you be able to access all those videos, songs and
photos stored on your PC in another room?
DLNA stands for Digital Living Network
Alliance, a group of consumer electronics companies that agreed to make products that wirelessly
communicate with each other.
RESETTING your iPod
is easy to do—and many
owners are well aware they
could freeze up from time
to time—but how you go
about it differs depending
on the model you own.
For all models, first
ensure your iPod is fully
charged by plugging it into
a computer or electrical
outlet. If you own an iPod
classic or nano, toggle the
Hold switch on and off by
sliding it back and forth
slowly. Now, press and hold
the Menu and Centre but-
tons simultaneously until
the Apple logo appears
on the screen.
If you own an iPod
shuffle, slide the power
switch to the Off position
(the green stripe should
not be visible) and wait five
seconds before moving the
switch to the Play position.
If you own an iPhone
or iPod touch, press and
hold the black Sleep/Wake
button on top of the device
until the you see the red
arrow on the screen that
says “Slide to power
off.” Press and slide the
arrow to the right and this
will restart the iPhone or
While there isn’t much 3-D content yet, those
looking to upgrade their television might opt for a
3-D-ready HDTV, as there isn’t much of a price premium for this emerging technology.
Plus, it’s not just television shows, sports
and movies that are going 3-D. You can also play a
growing collection of 3-D video games on the
PlayStation 3 console—via a free downloadable
firmware update. This includes upcoming and
eagerly anticipated sequels such as Gran Turismo 5
and Killzone 3, as well as download-only games.
Many of today’s televisions are DLNA certified,
meaning they’ve been tested to wirelessly communicate—over a Wi-Fi network—with other compatible devices in the home. This includes Windows 7
computers and a handful of smartphones, cameras
and video game consoles.
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