If you want to load the pictures in your computer’s hard disk on to a digital photo frame (the computer does not have any slot for the card), then read on.
Although there are wireless-enabled frames, most models read the photos from a small memory card inserted into the back of the device. One fairly simple way to move images from your computer's photo library onto the frame’s memory card is to use a gadget called a USB card reader-writer. These are usually available for less than $20 on Amazon or at computer stores.
Some models, such as the SanDisk ImageMate 5-in-1 Reader/Writer, have slots for different card types. Others, such as Iogear's line of pocket readers, resemble USB thumb drives with a slot on the end to insert a specific type of memory card, such as a Secure Digital card.
Once you have the card reader-writer connected to the computer and a memory card inserted, it should show up on the computer's desktop like any other external drive so you can copy photos onto it. When you have the photos on the card, pop it out of the reader and stick into the digital photo frame. If you have your camera cable, it may also be possible to copy photos from the computer to the memory card by using the connected camera in the role of the card reader-writer. You may prefer to buy a wireless photo frame to stream pictures from the PC, email them right to the frame or pull them in from an online photo gallery. They will usually cost more than a frame with just a card slot. Kodak (‘www.kodak.com’), Momento (‘www.momentolive.com’) and eStarling (‘www.estarling.com’) have wireless models available. More will be on store shelves or online as the holidays get closer.
Upload videos on iPod
The iPod doesn't record video by itself, but there have been several third-party options over the years such as the iRecord (‘www.irecord.com’) and the ATI iSee 360i (w3.isee-ato.com) that let you connect the iPod to sources such as a camcorder or television to record and play back video.
These recording devices usually cost a few hundred dollars and may not work with all iPod models, so read the product details before buying. The iLounge website (ilounge.com) has reviews of just about any accessory released for the iPod and is a good place to see what is available—and how it works.
Archos (‘www.archos.com’) has several widescreen portable players with large hard drives to choose from. It also sells a $70 attachment called the DVR Travel Adapter that works with many media players to directly record video from a TV, camera or camcorder. Click the link for TV and video recording on the Archos site to see the offerings.
TIP OF THE WEEK: If you're a Gmail user, you can now set up your account to use Internet Message Access Protocol (Imap) with your favourite email program. Unlike the older POP mail system, which typically confines message downloads to the computer or the device you are working on, Imap is server-based so your mailbox has all the current messages no matter where you use it—on a computer, Web browser or mobile device. Using Imap with Gmail is free, and instructions on setting it up with different mail programs are at preview.tinyurl.com/yofbl9.
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