TiVo Information and FAQ

Written by bradley james

TiVo Systems

TiVo, a device that records TV shows, has become hugely popular overrepparttar last couple of years. Here is some basic information aboutrepparttar 135557 Tivo recording unit:

- Records live TV programs, with a maximum capacity of about 140 hours (although some unity may be limited to only 40 or so hours). - Is compatible with a variety of TV systems, and works with antennas, cables, and satellite configurations. - Can be combined with just about any home network, allowing for digital music, digital photos, and TiVo online scheduling.

Besidesrepparttar 135558 regular TiVo system, there are three other types that incorporate other technology:

- DirectTV TiVo - Works with DirectTV programming, incorporating 225 digital channels from which you can choose to record. - DVD TiVo - Contains a DVD player and fully-functional TiVo recorder. - DVD Recorder TiVo - Record your TV shows on DVD with this handy device. Stores many more hours thanrepparttar 135559 TiVo device can alone. Of course, you can also take your shows with you as DVDs.

TiVo Service

The TiVo service is usually purchased separate ofrepparttar 135560 actual unit. The service connects through your pre-existing phone line, much like a dial-up internet service. The connection torepparttar 135561 service can also be made via broadband. With TiVo service, it is possible to haverepparttar 135562 device actually search for TV programs of your liking, and records them for you at your discretion. You can also have Tivo record every episode of a particular show.

RFID Privacy and You

Written by Rich McIver

RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) is a tiny wireless technology which hasrepparttar potential to radically transformrepparttar 135456 commerce world. It consists of an inexpensive chip, often smaller than a grain of sand, which can be read up to several meters away. The hope among retailers, is thatrepparttar 135457 technology can be used as a next-generation barcode, automating inventory levels, and thus cutting costs for manufacturers and retailers. Whilerepparttar 135458 technology does offer some potentially remarkable opportunities, it also raises some concerns with regard to individual privacy and corporate espionage.

While barcode-type RFID tags are not likely to reach consumers on a regular basis inrepparttar 135459 near future, there is little doubt that withrepparttar 135460 success of early trials, they eventually will. Consequently, concerns about privacy infringement with regard to RFID are important not only inrepparttar 135461 theoretical sphere, but increasingly such discussions have vital practical applications.


RFID tags differ from conventional barcode tags in a number of ways. It is these differences that createrepparttar 135462 benefit of adoptingrepparttar 135463 technology, while simultaneously creatingrepparttar 135464 greatest concern overrepparttar 135465 privacy issues involved. For example, under today's bar code technology, a pack of Wrigley's Gum sold in Houston, Texas hasrepparttar 135466 same barcode as a pack sold in New York City or Ontario. With RFID, however, each pack would have a unique ID code which could be tied torepparttar 135467 purchaser of that gum when they use an 'item registration system' such as a frequent shopper card or a credit card.

Continuing withrepparttar 135468 Gum example,repparttar 135469 purchaser could then be tracked if he/she ever entered that same store again, or perhaps more frightening, if they entered any other store with RFID reading capability. Because unlike a barcode, RFID can be read at a distance of up to a few yards. Meaning that if you enter a store with a pack of gum in your pocket,repparttar 135470 reader can identify that pack of gum,repparttar 135471 time and date you bought it, where you bought it, and how frequently you come intorepparttar 135472 store. If you used a credit card or a frequent shopper card to purchase it,repparttar 135473 manufacturer and store could also tie that information to your name, address, and email. You could then receive targeted advertisements by gum companies as you walk downrepparttar 135474 aisle, or receive mailings through your e-mail or snail mail about other products.

Asrepparttar 135475 technology behind RFID advances,repparttar 135476 potential for privacy infringement does as well. A more recent development is a study which reveals that RFID already hasrepparttar 135477 capability to determinerepparttar 135478 distance of a tag fromrepparttar 135479 reader location. With such technology already available, it is not difficult to imagine a situation in which retailers could determinerepparttar 135480 location of individuals within their store, and thus target specific advertisements to that customer based upon past purchases. In effect, that store would be creating a personal log of your past purchases, your shopping patterns, and ultimately your behavioral patters. While such information gathering would be considered intrusive enough by many consumer's standards,repparttar 135481 danger that such information could be sold to other retailers, (similar torepparttar 135482 way such profiles are currently sold regarding internet commerce), could create potentially devastating information vulnerabilities. While some RFID critics have pointed out thatrepparttar 135483 technology could lead to some sort of corporate 'Big Brother' there is a more widespread concern that allowing RFID to develop without legal restrictions will eliminaterepparttar 135484 possibility for consumers to refuse to give such information to retailers.

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