Voice Over controls for Apple iPod shuffle 3G

I recently bought an Apple Ipod Shuffle 4gb 3th Gen (silver), which just looks like this,

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Its so tiny that you will lose it, in case  if you keep it any where else rather within your hand or along the headphones. The skin is made of  polished stainless steel which is very shiny and sexy.  I would say Apple again invented a better quality product.

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This new techology “Voice Over”  with buttons seems to be annoying, when trying to understand how it works. So i just went through some sites to know more about the features and collected some information. Here are some,

Especially by Prince McLean, Apple Insider’, who gave Detailed info about the Voice Over technology and more, this post is for guys who bought Ipod Shuffle and want to mess around with it…

Apple has detailed the remote control features of the new third generation iPod shuffle, which pairs Apple’s new-standard earphones with an integrated remote that includes voice feedback and visual signals from an indicator light.

The remote features the same center click button and volume up and down toggle controls (pictured below) as the most recent generation of new iPods released last fall. The new remote features also work with the latest generation of unibody MacBooks and with iPhones and the second generation iPod touch, all of which are equipped with a special four-conductor headphone jack to support the control features.

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1) Volume Down button
2) Center button
3) Volume Up button

Status lights for control functions and battery level

New to the third generation iPod shuffle is an indicator light providing a visual feedback for the remote features, as the device lacks any display. Unlike previous versions of the iPod shuffle, the new version also lacks any playback controls on the unit itself, requiring the use of Apple’s remote-integrated headphones.

When turned on, the iPod shuffle’s status light indicate approximately how much charge is left in the battery. If iPod shuffle is already on, you can check the battery status without interrupting playback by quickly switching iPod shuffle off and on again and then observing the color of the status light. The new third generation iPod shuffle also provides VoiceOver feedback with an audible battery status stated when you quickly switch the unit off and on. This status light is found in the middle of this picture below,

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When checking the battery level, a green light indicates a greater than one quarter full to full charge. With Voice Over, the device will also announce “Battery Full” if the charge is greater than three quarters full, “Battery 75%” if the charge is greater than half full, and “Battery 50%” if the charge is at least twenty five percent to half full. An orange light indicates a charge of ten to twenty five percent, and is accompanied by an announcement of “Battery 25%.” A solid red light indicates a charge one to ten percent full, and is accompanied by an announcement of “Battery Low.” If less than one percent, the indicator light will blink red and a tri-tone signal will play. If no remaining charge is left, the device will obviously do nothing.

Voice Over features can be activated in iTunes during initial setup or at any later time from iTunes’ Device Summary tab presented when the third generation iPod shuffle is attached. Once Voice Over is activated, iTunes will install Voice Over Kit software on the local computer and will generate audio VoiceOver messages to be synced to the device in the language specified.

Status lights for syncing and charging

The four conductor headphone jack on the new third generation iPod shuffle also doubles as a USB port for charging and syncing music. Apple supplies a short 45 mm USB adapter with the iPod shuffle (pictured below), and also offers an optional 1 meter long version of the cable.

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While plugged in, a solid orange status light indicates the unit is charging, while a solid green light indicates the unit is fully charged. If the light is blinking orange, it means the unit is syncing with iTunes or that disk use was enabled in iTunes. In this state, iPod shuffle may be charging or fully charged; the charge status icon next to the iPod shuffle in iTunes will indicate the charge level. Ejecting the iPod shuffle from iTunes while leaving it connected to USB will cause the indicator light to display the charge status. If there is no status light when connected, it indicates a bad connection between the unit and the computer, or that the computer is not suppling power over USB.

Remote playback controls

To start playback on the iPod shuffle, click the Center button once. The indicator will blink green once. To pause playback, click the Center button again. The indicator will blink green for 30 seconds while paused.

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Song and audiobook chapter navigation controls

  1. To skip to the next track (or audiobook chapter), double-click the Center button. The indicator will blink green once.
  2. To fast-forward, double-click and hold the Center button. The indicator will blink green once.
  3. To skip back to the previous track (or audiobook chapter), triple-click the Center button within 6 seconds of the track starting. To restart the current track from the beginning, triple-click after 6 seconds. The indicator will blink green once.
  4. To rewind, triple-click and hold the Center button. The indicator will blink green once.

It is really so tiny compared to any other mp3 player in the world,

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Changing the volume

Click the Volume Up (+) or Volume Down (-) buttons to increase or decrease the volume. Click and hold to change the volume quickly. A tone sounds when you change the volume while iPod shuffle is paused. The indicator will blink green for each volume increment, and will blink orange three times when the upper or lower volume limit is reached

Voice Over and Playlist controls

  • To hear song title and artist names, click and hold the Center button. The indicator will blink green once.
  • To switch playlists, click the Center button until you hear a tone, and then release to switch the playlist menu. You’ll hear the current playlist, all songs, and then remaining playlists in alphabetical order followed by audiobooks and podcasts. When you hear the name of the playlist you want, click to select it. You can click + or – to move quickly through the playlist menu. The indicator will blink green once.
  • To exit the playlist menu, click and hold the Center button. The indicator will blink green once.

I hope this information can solve most of the ipoders doubt about the Voice Over and the hesitation to handle it.

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The Internet Big Picture-World Internet Users stats

Its quiet interesting that we use the resource so well, that to when it comes to “the internet” – a world wide open source. This post is all about the internet usage stats of over all world. Just wanted to share amoung.  The statistics gives a broad idea about the users growth in these years.

Internet Usage and World Population Statistics are for March 31, 2009.

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Asia seems to have more users, comparing the rest of the world..

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Here is the detailed info,

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Archived report. This report was archived in 2008 and has not been updated. Asia’s share of the global broadband subscriber base stood at 37% by end-2007, with 128 million of the 350 million broadband subscribers in the world being in Asia. At the same time, the dominant fixed broadband technology continued to be DSL with 66% of the market. However, in a number of the more advanced markets of Asia (South Korea, Taiwan) DSL as a broadband platform was in decline as the number of FttH services began to expand. This report provides an overview of the broadband market in Asia Pacific.

While Asia’s mobile industry continues to be one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, the region’s penchant for innovation has also seen it push into new applications for the mobile telephony platform. Its venturing into wireless data services has been a case in point. But, most significantly, through the efforts of Japan and South Korea, in particular, and even China, to some extent, the region has been moving boldly into next generation mobile technologies, in both development and in application. When it comes to 3G, Asia has become the region to watch. This report provides an overview of the Asian 3G mobile market, together with information on mobile data services.--(by budde.com.au )

Its always good to know and when you know its reliable, just share it.. 😉

Compiz Fusion for Ubuntu

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What happen to beryl effect?,   you have to know one thing that beryl effect had some bugs which is not recoverable. So beryl project team  have recommended  for this new application which is now far better then beryl effect, that is Compiz Fusion.

Here is a sample video of Compiz fusion visual effect on Ubuntu,

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Many of them would have heard of it, anywayz, let me come to the point, with the no. of replies in the previous post (ubuntu berly effect). I can understand that many people are really interested in beryl effect, but sad to say beryl has been closed, but as said earlier “if one door is closed, another door will open“.

Recently i have installed  “Ubuntu 8.10 intrepid ibex” and what to say about it, an overall customizable, powerful OS, i will explain about ubuntu 8.10 in a different post. As there are lots of features, there will a separate session on it, for now we will deal with this Compiz fusion.

What is Compiz Fusion ?

Compiz Fusion is the result of a merge between the well-known Beryl composite window manager and Compiz Extras, a community set of improvements to the Compiz composite window manager. Compiz Fusion aims to provide an easy and fun-to-use windowed environment, allowing use of the graphics hardware to render each individual window and the entire screen, to provide some impressive effects, speed and usefulness

Now we have this compiz fusion once and for all  and i will give a brief guidance of installation and usage of this package, 

Now where to start,

 type this command in terminal mode,

sudo apt-get intall compiz compizconfig-settings-manager ” 

After you installing the compizconfig-settings-manager, Go to System->Preferences->CompizConfig Settings Manager,  you will get this..

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You can customize it till you get tired, but still you will Njoy it alot. Compiz Fusion has proved itself  a worthful tool.

As much as possible, plz try to use  Synaptic Package Manager for installing all the software which is really safe, easy and reliable as it installs only the compatible appz.

Synaptic Package Manager:

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Here is the  information about plugin packages. You can also learn about the MainExtra, and Unsupported sets plugins on their respective pages. Got this plugins with the guidance of (wiki.compiz-fusion.org).  Now lets see the plugins,

Accessibility:

Desktop:

Effects:

Extras:

Image Loading:

Utility:

Window Management:

And lots more, this compiz fusion is totally customizable like ubuntu itself. You can use  Mac like dock effect, gadgets, widgets layer,  benchmark,  Fake ARGB, Snoweffect , mutiple desktops and  alot more. Normally most of the plugins from this list will be there  when we install the compiz fusion,  so not to worry. All the basics stuffs are over, from now onwards its in your hand, how you alter and change your desktop visual effects..

I hope you all will enjoy these features of Compiz Fusion. If any doubt occurs during the process, plz be free to share…

 

”  Love will be felt, only when you share… 

LifeHacker: Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2008

Firefox 3 Is Released, We Download

Firefox 3 was easily one of the biggest events in software in 2008 regardless of what platform you run. We may be well on the way to Firefox 3.1now, but if you’re looking to brush up on your Firefox 3 chops, be sure to check out the top 10 Firefox 3 features and our power user’s guide to Firefox 3.

Mojo Downloads Music from Your Friends’ iTunes Libraries Over the Internet

Mojo makes it easy to download music from your friends’ iTunes libraries over the internet. Mojo comes in both free and premium flavors, but the free version offers plenty of functionality for the money. If you’re just getting started with Mojo, check out our guide to using Mojo.

Free PDF to Word Doc Converter Does What It Sounds Like

It’s easy to convert or print Microsoft Word documents to PDF, but what about when you want to go the other way around? The aptly named Free PDF to Word Doc Converter does exactly that. (Original post)

OurTunes Grabs Music from Shared iTunes Libraries

If the limitations on Mojo aren’t for you, the open-source classic ourTunes—which downloads music from any shared iTunes library on your network—made a comeback earlier this year, as a new developer took up the reigns and continues to release updates. (Original post)

CCleaner Clears the Crap from Your PC

The popular PC colonic CCleaner (the first ‘C’ stands for Crap) pushed out a 2.0 release earlier this year and you were quick to update and enjoy the crap cleaning goodies. (Original post)

AVG Free Anti-Virus 2008

AVG Free Anti-Virus 2008 hit the streets in May, and the application that you voted the best antivirus applications for Windows was unsurprisingly popular. (Original post)

Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Microsoft released the first major service pack for Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (x64 version), in March, and you were eager to download and update to the latest and greatest from Redmond. (Original post)

Hotspot Shield Gets Around US-Only Blocks and Content Filtering

Looking to protect your browsing privacy or access US-only content from outside the US? HotSpot Shield received a lot of attention in ’08 from users looking to do that and more. (Original post)

Quick Media Converter Easily Converts Media to Any Format

Quick Media Converter converts virtually any media file (audio or video) from one format to another. The application has an emphasis on simplicity: Just drag and drop a file you want to convert onto the app, click the icon of the device you’re converting for, and let Quick Media Converter take care of the rest. (Original post)

DExposE2 Brings OS X’s Expose to Windows

Freeware application DExposE2 is a clone of Mac OS X’s Expose feature for Windows XP and Vista, providing an attractive, innovative interface for switching and managing windows in Windows. Check out the original post to see a video DExposE2 in action.

Dropbox Instantly Syncs Files Across the Internet

Instantaneous file syncing was huge in 2008, with free, cross-platform application Dropbox leading the pack. Dropbox boasts web-based version control, fast and instant syncs, and a dead-simple setup. Among other things, Dropbox makes for the perfect password syncer. (Original post)

Executor Challenges Launchy, Impresses

Open-source application Launchy has long been a favorite of savvy keyboarders looking for quick app launching in Windows, but a saucy newcomer called Executor hit the ground running when it was released earlier this year. Check out our original post for a more detailed rundown of what makes Executor so impressive.

Sharepod Frees Your iPod from iTunes

Want to free yourself from the shackles of iTunes but still want full functionality from your iPod? Sharepod is a lightweight iTunes alternative that runs directly from your iPod, so it’s with you whenever and wherever you plug in your player.

SONY MP3 WALKMAN® NWZ-A818

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SONY MP3 WALKMAN® NWZ-A818

Hai everyone todays topic is sony, sony and only SONY……

 OKAI lets start,

  • Transfer video and music from your collection via Windows Media Player or simple drag-and-drop
  • High quality 30 frame p/sec video playback for outstanding clarity from even fast-moving images
  • 2.0″ QVGA (320×240) high brightness screen for superior colour reproduction. Plays video horizontally or vertically
  • Superb sound quality from 4 built-in audio technologies: Clear Stereo, Clear Bass, DSEE sound enhancement and EX professional grade headphones
  • 8GB with capacity of up to 2000 songs or 32 hours of video files*
  • Plays most popular music formats: MP3 , AAC (non DRM), WMP (DRM10) and WMA (non DRM)
  • Compatible with popular video formats MPEG4 & AVC (H.264) Baseline
  • Listen for longer – incredible battery life of approx. 33 Hrs music or 8 Hrs video
  • Express yourself – choose from 5 different colours
  • Exists in Black, White, Violet, Silver, Pink
  • Intuitive operation from mobile phone-like interface and menus
  • JPEG viewer with slide show mode
  • * Song capacity based on 4 minutes per song and 128kbps MP3 encoding (actual capacity will vary by content)
  • Is it enough and here are the other three models been released,

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    Thereafter, here is the configuration of the MP3 WALKMAN,

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     What to say, sony has always been the first choice for Audio Systems for me. Nowadays it has advanced to mp4 players. But still Sony remains in the history of  better audio quality system and  how can i say that without  experiencing it, i already did have a Sony Walkman 2GB mp3 player – Black, an unbelievable audio clarity.

    First time when i got it, i just saw and just saw it but did nothing. The physical layer was like some think glass fibre material and the digital display was inside it, i had never seen any mp3 player like that before. The glass layer was shining, reflecting, smooth at the surface which was spectacular in perception. The functions and features was acceptable and the quality of the mp3 songs was like original audio CD, iam serious it was.

    I dont want to compare this with IPOD, cause this is lot better. Now iam awaiting  for this SONY MP3 WALKMAN NWZ-A818 model, but anyway have to wait for the price to get reduced and thats it for today dudezz………:)

    Del.icio.us for beginners (Social Bookmarking in Plain English)

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    WHAT IS DEL.ICIO.US ?

    del.icio.us is a collection of favorites – yours and everyone else’s.

    According to delicious site..

    ” You can use del.icio.us to:

    • Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, reviews, recipes, and more, and access them from any computer on the web.
    • Share favorites with friends, family, coworkers, and the del.icio.us community.
    • Discover new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone’s favorite — they’ve already done the work of finding it. So del.icio.us is full of bookmarks about technology, entertainment, useful information, and more. Explore and enjoy. “

    This seems to be quiet adorable, easy, comfortable and what else can i say, its more then enough dudez. How many people joins in it that much benefit you gain and thats for sure. The people of the respective category can join together in there interest of sites, thats what i wanted long back and now so very true. “Share”, this is the only word and way that benefits either mates to get more then we expect. Now i think that i dont even have to explain the process of delicious, cause the video done it all and all of it so well…

    Now this is what i say  ” a fine video tutorial ” …I just can’t digest this, after seeing this video…man thats sharing.

    Hands on to Common Craft and ones again, sharing is the only way to love and benefit at all circumstances been implied………..