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What can the iPhone app do?

Over the years, has evolved. The Web site remains the core of what we do. But we also have thousands of videos, more than 10 popular podcasts (audio and video) and blogs. Our podcasters and bloggers have Facebook and Twitter accounts. More than ever before, is an interactive experience. But the Web site isn't able to take advantage of all of these features -- they're spre ...

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TV Signals Roundup

How Television Works Television has been around long enough to seem entirely ordinary, but the box that brings TV shows into your home is an amazing device. What kinds of signals are being transmitted? How is the picture formed? Where does the color come from? Find out what's going on inside a TV set. Learn about How Television Works. How Remote Controls Work In WWII, remote controls detonated bombs for the ...

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Earbuds vs. Headphones

Monster-sized headphones became all the rage back in the 1970s. Portable music players began to emerge in the 1980s, and headphones began to shrink. Then Apple debuted the iPod in 2001, and included a pair of sleek, white earbuds in every package [source: Hormby]. Suddenly, earbuds were all the rage for listening to music on the run [source: Fekadu]. Today, earbuds are still ubiquitous -- just take a look a ...

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How SED-TV Works

Creating the Picture The heart of an SED-TV is the millions of miniature CRTs, called surface-conduction electron emitters (SCEs). An SCE is microscopic, and it consists of a layer of carbon with a gap down the center. One half of the carbon layer connects to a negative electrode, and the other connects to a positive electrode. When the circuitry delivers about 10 volts of current to the SCE, electrons appe ...

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TV Buying Guide

What's Your Type? The television is one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century. For the whole picture, read How Television Works. In the past few years, there have been tremendous leaps in TV technology. Twenty years ago, TV shoppers had very few choices. These days, several TV technologies are competing with one another. This makes TV shopping all the more difficult. Each TV type has streng ...

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How Getting Your Show on TV Works

The TV Show Pitch Now you have a meeting with a network executive. Maybe an actor pal set it up for you, or you hired a fantastic agent who got you a few minutes with someone at CBS. Or you got in to Comedy Central and now you're ready to meet with them in person to sell your idea for a television show. This is known as the pitch. Typically 10 minutes or less, the pitch is a dynamic verbal description of th ...

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How the Phantom Worked

The Business As we saw in the last section, the Phantom does not have a CD-ROM drive like a standard PC or game console, and it doesn't have normal access to the Internet either -- it works through a specialized VPN. In other words, the only way to get a game into the machine is to download it directly from Infinium Labs over a broadband connection. This and the system's propriety data encryption are the es ...

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