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Wireless speaker for Windows® launched

Oregon-based Aperion Audio has announced the launch of a wireless speaker that allows Windows-using music fans to listen to their favorite track from anywhere where there is a home network connection.

How it functions?

Named ARIS wireless speaker, the unit is developed to work with Windows 7’s ‘Play To’ feature that makes it easy to stream content from a PC over a home network. ARIS uses the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol, which is supported on many new HDTVs and Blu-ray players. Once connected to a home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, the unit will show up as a device on a networked PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Featuring a single-piece brushed aluminum enclosure, the ARIS measures 6.5 inches high, 6.5 inches deep, and 14.75 inches wide, and weighs in at 11.3 lbs. The ARIS wireless speaker for Windows is priced at US $499 and is scheduled to ship mid-June 2012. Pre-orders are presently being taken on the company website.

Microsoft® to use Dolby Digital® Technology in Windows® 8 PCs and tablets

Software giant Microsoft Corporation has announced that it will incorporate Dolby Laboratories sound technology in its upcoming operating system Windows 8-based PCs and tablets.

Windows 8 will support the playback of Dolby-encoded files, with the firm saying that it will offer out-of-the-box support. According to Microsoft, Dolby Digital Plus will be supported on all versions of Windows 8 including the ARM architecture.

Benefits of Dolby Digital Technology

“With the incredible growth of online download and streaming media, particularly for video content, this agreement ensures a great audio experience for those consumers who wish to download or stream TV and movies containing Dolby Digital Plus. Additionally, all of their existing and future home videos recorded with Dolby Digital Plus audio will work great on Windows 8 right out of the box,” said Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft.

The collaboration ensures the presence of Dolby Digital format on Windows ecosystem beyond Blu-ray or DVD, and creates the opportunity to bring a differentiated audio experience to Windows 8-based PCs and tablets. What should be noted here is that PC makers will be forced to pay for Dolby Digital support.

How to connect two computers using a null modem

Have you ever taken a look at all the port and connectors available at the back of your computer tower? You will find connectors like for LAN, Sound, Parallel Port (15 Pin), Serial Port (9 Pin), Serial Port (15 Pin), VGA (15 Pin) and many more. We know that VGA is used for connecting the display device, parallel port is used for connecting printers, serial ports are used for connecting old external dial-up modems, but is there any other use of serial ports? Yes the 9 pin serial port can be used for connecting two computers together so that they can communicate with each other and share data and resources together. The device which is required for making the connection over these serial ports is called a null modem and it is nothing but a simple cable with 9 pin serial port connectors at both its ends. The RS 232 serial port is quite an old component of motherboards and you will seldom find it in motherboards available today. But if you have this port available in your laptop or computer then you can easily use it to connect the two devices together.

Step 1: If you do not have an RS 232 Serial port available in your device still you can make it work over the USB port by getting USB to RS232 convertor. This will allow you to connect you null modem over USB.

Step 2: While connecting the null modem to a laptop not much of precaution is required but if you are connecting it to your desktop computer then better would be if you switch off the computer. This is precaution to avoid any electrical shock. Computer towers are generally metallic and ten to accumulate static charge while they are ON. If the tower is not properly grounded then you may get electric shock on touching it by your naked hands. So please turn off the computer, unplug it from the power supply and only then connect the null modem to the RS 232 serial port at the back of the tower.

Step 3: Now please check the orientation of the pins on the connector. This will reduce the chances of you trying to connect it to the MIDI port which is also a 9 pin connector of same shape.

Step 4: Once you have made the connection insert the disk which you would have received with the null modem cable. This disk carries special software which makes the communication between the two computers possible over the serial port. Windows by default has no way to control null modem and you would need this software installed on both the machines. In case you do not have the disk then search for software called Laplink which is meant for solving the same purpose.

How to Capture System Sound in Windows Vista

Windows Vista offers a freedom to squeeze sound files. It allows capturing sound files up to one minute at a time. For further recording, one needs to feed a command to continue recording. Hence the users get more power to capture and store loads of music and sound files in a compact way.

With the power of sound capturing system of Windows Vista, you will be able to download and smartly store different sound files in the computer. Another advantage of Windows Vista is its capability of recording sound from every source. It is easy to record a sound from microphone and other devices, and store in the hard disk.

Recording Sound
Recording sound in a computer with Window Vista operating system is quite easy. Follow these simple steps:

  • Click on start and reach the control panel.
  • Open the control panel and look for ‘hardware and sound’.
  • Click the subsection ‘Manage Audio Devices’ under hardware and sound.
  • You will see ‘sound’ as the next subhead; click it twice to open.
  • The next step is to find out the recording device in the computer. This will lead you to ‘Recording’ option.
  • Right click on at any spot in the empty space   in ‘Recording’ option under the sound.
  • You are now exposed to ‘Show Disabled Devices’.
  • You will see ‘Stereo Mix’ as the disabled device.
  • Now you have almost done what you need to start capturing sound in Window Vista.
  • Right click the option ‘Stereo Mix’ to enable it.  Volume is an essential factor to record the sound. If it is turned down, you won’t be able to capture the sound. Hence check the sound level in the stereo mixer.

For adjusting the sound level in the mixer, click the dialogue ‘Properties’ of Stereo Mixer to ensure the recorder mixer is at full volume. If it is not, drag the slider to the full sound volume.  As regards to all other options that open up, you require to just click ‘ok’. You will also need to put your computer volume at the mute level. It is a simple process to record a sound at its originally recorded volume and get it recorded best.

The computer is capable of recording sound only from one device at a time. As such, after you have done with, you will need to disable the Stereo Mix again accessing it from the control panel.

If you want to install the audio recorder, you will get a trial version with full features. Download it ‘free for seven days’ to get the power of direct recording of the sound from a running program on your system.  After instilling the recorder, you will have the liberty to set the recording format on any format you want like MP3, WAV, ACC or others.  It is essential to keep your system clean of spyware to get the beast results of anything you do working on Windows Vista.

How to Change System Sounds in Windows 7

Have you ever thought of playing a custom sound when Windows start, or for changing the default sound which is played by Windows when an error occurs? All the sounds which are played by Windows in some special predefined events can be changed and you can put your sound files to be played in such event. This can be done in almost all the versions and editions of Windows operating system which have this feature but over here we will be discussing the same for Windows 7 Operating System.

List of all the files and events in which the sound is played can be accessed from the Sound window. This is the place from where it can be changed as well. To open the Sound Window right-click any where on your desktop and select personalize. In the Personalize window click on option named Sound. This action will open the Sound Window which has several tabs like Playback, Recording, Sounds, and Communications. Click on the Tab called Sounds. This is where you can find the list of all the events in which the sound is played. You can even check the sound by selecting the Event and clicking on Test.

In this Tab at the bottom there is a drop down titles Sounds and next to it is the button called browse. You can select the event from the drop down and then click on browse button to use the file of your choice. Just make sure that since these sounds are played without any support from any media player so only the default format .WAV is supported. .WAV is the default format for Audio files in Windows and it stands for Windows Audio Video. Any file which use wish to use should be of .WAV format and if it is not then you need to convert it first. Files can be converted using any media convertor available on the internet. Same steps need to be iterated for changing sounds of various events. Once you are done with it you can test the sound by pressing the Test button. If the changes are fine you can click on Apply and OK. Just remember that very large or lengthy files should not be associated with any event because in occurrence of that event the sound will play for quite a long time which necessarily will not be good. It will interfere with your other tasks and playback in process. So use files which have a playback time of not more than few seconds. After making changes to the events if you wish you can save your sound scheme so that it can later be applied with just one click. This can be done by clicking on Save As button which in the same Sound Window under the Sounds tab.

If you wish you can record your own sounds of music or speech using the Windows Recording tool. This is a Windows tool and it by default saved the file in .WAV format. The tool can be started by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories and then clicking the Sound Recorder option. For recording sound you need a Microphone and it should be properly configured for usage from the Sounds window and Recording tab.

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