How to Hook Up a DVD Player to a Vizio Flat Screen TV

How to Hook Up a DVD Player to a Vizio Flat Screen TV

A DVD player connects with composite audio/video cables to the jacks on the back of a Vizio flat screen TV. The RCA-type plugs on both ends of the cables are color coded for fast connections between the two components.


  1. Unplug the DVD player and the Vizio flat screen TV from the electrical outlet while connecting the two components.
  2. Insert the plugs on one end of the composite A/V cables into the Video and Audio OUT jacks on the back of the DVD player. The yellow plug goes to the video jack; red and white insert in the right and left audio jacks for stereo sound.
  3. Plug the other ends of the cables into the Video and Audio IN jacks on the back of the Vizio flat screen TV, following the same color codes for the connections.
  4. Plug the DVD player and the Vizio electrical cords into a surge protector power strip, then plug the power strip into a wall outlet.

How to Use Twonky Beam With a Samsung TV

When it comes to streaming with Twonky Beam, Samsung TVs aren’t always the most cooperative devices. Getting your Samsung TV to interact properly with Twonky Beam depends on what model television you have — some models require configuration, and some work off-the-bat. Either way, so long as your TV is a supported model you’ll be beaming in no time.

Getting Twonky Beam

  • Twonky Beam is only available for Android and iOS devices, but is free on both devices (links in Resources). Before you can begin beaming, you’ll need to download the appropriate app from your device’s respective app store. Twonky Beam used to be available for Windows, Mac and Linux as part of the MyTwonky service, but this service was discontinued in 2013, with no replacement desktop app made available as of July 2014.

Checking for Compatible TVs

  • Before you begin beaming to your TV, you need to confirm that your TV is compatible with Twonky Beam. Twonky offers a list of all compatible devices (link in Resources), including set-top boxes and televisions. When checking the list, click “Legacy DLNA,” as none of the other categories are compatible. If your TV is equipped with DLNA, and is compatible with Twonky Beam, it should appear on this list. If your TV isn’t listed, it’s unlikely Twonky Beam will work.

Configuring AllShare

  • If your TV doesn’t immediately appear on your Twonky Beam list for beaming, but it is on the list of compatible devices, then you’ll probably need to configure the TV for media sharing. Press the “Menu” button on your remote and select “Applications,” followed by “Content View” and “AllShare.” Once in the AllShare menu, select “Media” and set it to “On” using the Enter key on your remote. If prompted, select “Allow” to begin media sharing. Once AllShare is enabled, Twonky Beam should be able to discover your television on its device list.

Beaming to Your TV

  • Twonky Beam works as a kind of minimalist Web browsing app on your phone, where you can connect to different websites and browse the content as usual. The primary difference is that all non-Flash video content doesn’t immediately begin playing when you tap the Play button. Instead, a small menu appears asking what you want to do, including a button marked “Beam.” By selecting this button and your TV, your phone will stream the video to your TV, instead of playing it on your phone.

How Does Technology Impact Communication?

Technology is changing the way we communicate.
Technology is changing the way we communicate.
Technology is constantly altering the way we live our lives. From how we eat to how we travel and work to how we entertain ourselves, technology has become an integral part of our day. However, the aspect of our lives that has been most impacted is likely the way we communicate with one another. These changes have been for both better and worse, but have unequivocally impacted the way we interact with the people in our lives.

SpeedTechnology has amplified the rate at which we communicate with the world around us. Developments like email, instant messaging, texting, cell phones, Twitter, social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, and video conferencing have allowed us to connect with each other at breakneck speeds. This has helped us in some ways by allowing us to get in touch with each other quickly for both business and emergency needs. However, with speed sometimes comes recklessness. In a heated moment, people may send a text or email they later come to regret, but can’t take back because it was sent in a matter of seconds.

A photo being posted to Instagram.
AccessibilityTechnology has changed how when contact each other, when, and where. With cell phone service being much more consistent than it was in the 1990s, and a growing market of smartphones with mobile internet and email access, messages can literally be transmitted anywhere at any time. This is uniquely helpful in a professional sense, because it allows you to stay in touch with colleagues when on a business trip or out of the country. Unfortunately, this accessibility can also become a burden. Blackberry phones have earned the nickname “Crackberry,” referencing a growing addiction to connectivity and a fast-paced lifestyle, perhaps distracting from other important communicative processes.

Constant accessibility can be a professional advantage, but a personal burden.
EfficiencyTechnology has greatly impacted the efficiency of our communicative acts. Instead of having to have a long conversation with a client about his kids and home life before asking a quick question about an order, a brief and to-the-point email can be sent to accomplish the same task. While this has made some business interactions a little easier, our reliance on technology to communicate with one another can sometimes lead to conflict. There is no nonverbal context to a text message or email, which means that sarcasm or jokes can sometimes be misinterpreted, leading to hurt feelings.

Emails can be misinterpreted.
Family ConnectionsTechnology has made it easier for families to stay in contact with each other. Instead of having to rely on physical photographs being sent every couple of months, new parents can now send photo text messages (MSM) to proud grandparents every day. Video telephone calls made with platforms like Skype can let parents on overseas business trips talk to and see their kids. Members of the military can keep up to date with their family affairs and receive encouragement via email while deployed. The only time this becomes a problem is when technology becomes the only mode of connection, which can make more traditional family members feel isolated.

Technology can both help and hurt family connectedness.
NewsTechnology has exploded access to news for the public. We are able to communicate about events as they happen with platforms like Twitter or news tickers that can be downloaded to your desktop. Moreover, the internet has changed the way we communicate news by giving literally anyone a voice with blogs and websites. This free flow of information serves as a check on public figures sometimes, but can also lead to misinformation and confusion.

Technology has exploded access to news for the public.

The Disadvantages of Modern Technology

Modern society has a staggering number of technological gizmos and mechanical gadgets at its disposal, from airplanes to iPhones. However, while these advancements have brought new aspects of health, freedom and enjoyment, there are also disadvantages to a society so completely reliant upon them.

PollutionOne of the biggest concerns about modern technology today is pollution. Vehicles and major manufacturing plants are releasing ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide, and that may greatly contribute to global warming.

VocationAs computing technology and robotic mechanisms become increasingly advanced, fewer jobs are available due to the fact that machines can perform a task more efficiently at a quicker pace.

Assembly line
Social IsolationIn “Social Isolation in America: Changes in Core Discussion Networks Over Two Decades,” authors Miller McPherson and Lynn Smith-Lovin write that, while modern technology has made it possible to connect more frequently, email and text messaging do not lend themselves to intimate revelations or in-depth conversations. These are things that may be necessary to combat loneliness and isolation.

Text message
CompetencyWith spell check and automatic technology, simple knowledge and calculations are done for most people. While this does save time and effort, it causes many individuals to become dependent on technology, which can be problematic in situations without modern advancement.

Behavioral ProblemsBecause of the amount of time children spend watching television, views and behaviors are affected. One example is evidenced in a study by researchers at the University of Michigan that spanned 15 years. It found a link between childhood television viewing and adult violent behavior. Other studies found links between TV viewing and smoking, drinking and risky sexual behavior.

Kid watching TV

5 Best Antivirus All Time

5. Trend Micro Internet Security 2015

Trend Micro Internet Security 2015

With such a good performance and the lower asking price, Trend Internet Security 2015 represents very good value, even though it misses out on certain extras offered by some of its competition.

4. Bitdefender Total Security 2015

Bitdefender Total Security 2015

Bitdefenderis consistently among the best IS suites we’ve tested and also provides the best AV protection, according to AV-Test. There are a few small chinks in its armour, though. The syncing process, by which it backs up designated files and folders is by no means clear and 2 GB of storage for a 3-PC package is downright mean. We’d want to check why the anti-theft feature places us in South Yorkshire, too.

3. Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015 is one of the best free security products you can install. It offers a surprising range of free goodies, including application and browser app analysis and, separately, an excellent Android suite, covering AV and anti-theft. A better than average AV-Test rating completes a very impressive picture.

2. Bitdefender Internet Security 2015

Bitdefender Internet Security 2015

This is one of the very best AV suites available, in terms of outright protection against malware. It’s also very good at not throwing up false warnings, but there are other products offering more auxiliary modules for the money.

1. Symantec Norton Security with Backup

Symantec Norton Security with Backup

Offering excellent value with 10 licences to cover all your devices, Norton Security with Backup also offers a strong feature set and very good protection from viruses and other malware. Recommended.

5 Cures for Common Computer Viruses

Viruses and malware can wipe out important data, steal vital information and incapacitate your computer. Once it is infected, it can be days or even weeks before your system is clean and safe again. The key to curing common computer viruses is to avoid them to begin with. The following five guidelines can help prevent these malicious programs from gaining a foothold on your system.

Antivirus Programs

  • The most important thing you can do to stay safe from computer viruses is to use a regularly updated antivirus program. Several different antivirus packages are on the market, ranging from free single-user systems to complex suites designed for multiple users in a business environment. Keeping your antivirus program up to date will help you avoid infection, as well as quickly isolate and remove any viruses that do make it through your defenses.

System Updates

  • Many types of malware rely on security loopholes in your operating system. Windows Update allows you to download and install security patches as they come out, and installing such fixes as quickly as possible reduces the likelihood of a virus taking advantage of one of these gaps and infecting your system. For best results, set your system to download and install these patches automatically. Otherwise, regularly check your update status to be sure you do not miss an important update.

Email Precautions

  • Email is one common way viruses can gain access to your system. You should always be wary of HTML-formatted messages, as these can contain hidden links to malicious websites designed to install viruses or keyloggers on your system. Watch for official-looking emails that contain odd misspellings or other mistakes, common signs of faked emails designed to take advantage of unwary users.

Safe Browsing

  • Using a secure browser can protect you from viruses and malware hidden in websites. Firefox, paired with the NoScript add-on, can block Java and Flash scripts from running on unknown web pages and protect you against malicious content. Internet Explorer also contains features designed to limit the ability of websites to plant programs on your computer; setting your security level to at least medium-high will prevent most web-based viruses.

Common Sense

  • Keeping your system up to date can prevent a lot of malware from finding a foothold, but many infections come from simple user error. Avoid opening email attachments unless you know what they are and why the sender included them. Download files from reputable sites, and be wary of programs from unknown sources such as peer-to-peer file sharing. A little common sense is an invaluable asset when it comes to heading off viruses and malware.