TiVo Information and FAQ

Written by bradley james

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Is TiVo expensive?

As far as TV home equiptment is concerned, TiVo is a relatively inexpensive addition. TiVo units range in price, but you can expect to pay around $130 - $200 on a name-brand system. The TiVo service is currently $12.95 per month.

How will TiVo work with my current TV setup?

TiVo can work with a variety of set-ups. It can be set up to run with VCRs, DVDs, cable, antennas, satellite, and more.

If TiVo usesrepparttar phone line, will calls be missed?

TiVo says no. TiVo will not interrupt current calls you may be making, in-coming, or out-going phone calls. The initial setup isrepparttar 135557 only time your phone line will be blocked from calls, but this should only take a few minutes.

Are there parental controls?

Yes, TiVo has parental controls, allowing parents to lock certain programs and set limitations on their children's viewing.

Can I record programs offrepparttar 135558 Internet?

Yes, but you will needrepparttar 135559 TiVo series 2. With this unit, you can use online schedualing to record your favorite shows. A broadband connection is highly recommended for this service, however.

Is TiVo hackable (i.e. able to be modified?)

Yes, much like a computer, it is. Because TiVo utilizes Linux, an open-source operating system,repparttar 135560 device can be modified in various ways. For instance, it is possible to increase TiVo storage space through hacking.

Bradley James is a senior editor at SciNet.cc, a website containing many helpful consumer electronics review articles. For more information on TiVo technology, please visit our TiVo FAQ webpage.

RFID Privacy and You

Written by Rich McIver

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Despite these and other such dangers, however, there are some steps being taken to mitigate these privacy issues. For example, a recent proposal would require that all RFID-tagged products be clearly labeled. This would give consumersrepparttar choice to select products without RFID, or at a minimum to recognize thatrepparttar 135456 items they select are being tracked. For those unsatisfied with disclosure, there also exist a growing number of products designed to limit their exposure to RFID tagged products. One such product is ėKill Codesî a command which turns off all RFID tags immediately asrepparttar 135457 consumer comes into contact with them, thus entirely eliminatingrepparttar 135458 effectiveness ofrepparttar 135459 technology. Another proposal, however, ėRSA Blocker Tagsî, try to address privacy concerns while maintainingrepparttar 135460 integrity ofrepparttar 135461 product. Under this technology,repparttar 135462 item can only be tracked by that store's authorized reader, meaning that customers cannot be tracked outside ofrepparttar 135463 store in which they purchasedrepparttar 135464 item.


While some ofrepparttar 135465 dangers posited here seem far-fetched and unlikely,repparttar 135466 technology already exists and is developing rapidly to ensure that such hypotheticals can become realities. RFID tags haverepparttar 135467 potential to revolutionizerepparttar 135468 shopping experience by bringing us targeted products and allowing retailers and manufacturers to track purchases and shopper behavior more accurately and cost-effectively. The concern, however, is that if we are not aware and careful aboutrepparttar 135469 potential abuses of such technologies early on, we may fail to incorporate them at a time whenrepparttar 135470 laws and mores of such a system are still developing, ultimately sufferingrepparttar 135471 consequences later on.

Rich McIver writes for http://www.rfidgazette.org , a free informational resource on RFID. See http://www.rfidgazette.org/privacy/ for more information on RFID privacy issues.

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