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12 Jul 2017

DVDs vs Streaming: Which is Better?

DVDs are becoming less and less common, and big video rental stores are dying out. Is streaming really the better option?

Do you remember the days of visiting a video rental store on a weekend? How long would you spend browsing the huge range of titles, guessing how good the movie would be based on the cover?

With the demise of Blockbuster in 2013, the film rental culture looked as though it might die out. People continued to buy DVDs and Blu-ray discs, though the sales of physical media fell by 17% in the UK in 2016, compared to a 23% boost for digital streaming revenue.

With improving internet speeds and better streaming devices, will streaming overtake DVDs as the platform of choice for film viewing?

Let’s look at the battle between DVDs and streaming.

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31 May 2017

A Guide to Using Kodi Safely

Thinking about using Kodi for streaming? Before you do, make sure to read this guide to stay safe.

If you’ve looked into media streamers lately, then you’ve probably come across Kodi. Maybe you’re not entirely sure what it is, but it sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Access to network television, pay-per-view sports events, and movies that are still in theaters… for free?

That’s what Kodi offers you. It has its problems, but in this post, we’ll look at what it is, how to use it with other devices, and how to use it safely.

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17 May 2017

Roku User Guide

Wondering how to set up your new Roku? This Roku user guide will walk you through the process and give tips to get the most out of your new media streamer.

The year is 2017, and “cutting the cord” (cancelling your cable service) has never been more popular.

But everybody still likes to sit down and enjoy their favorite show or movie, don’t they?

Luckily, there are several streaming devices available on the market, from the Apple TV to the Amazon Fire TV to the Roku, and more. Each device comes with their own pros and cons, and you can check out our recent media streaming buyer’s guide for more information.

But if you’ve already chosen the Roku for its wide range of channels and ease of use, you might wonder how you’ll set it up. While there are different models available, and even some televisions with built in Roku operating systems, they all follow the same basic procedure.

We’re here to walk you through that process. And we’ll share tips to get the best out of your new media streamer.

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09 May 2017

4 Top Media Streamers for Families

With so many options available, it is difficult to know which media streamer is best. Let’s take a look at the 4 top media streamers available today.

With the explosion of top quality TV shows made by streaming companies like Stranger Things, you may be wondering if there’s a better way of watching your favorite oldie but goodie TV shows.

I don’t know about you, but it’s just not that comfortable crowding around a laptop or smartphone screen to watch the next episode of Iron Fist on Netflix.

Many smart TVs let you stream media straight from the internet to your TV, but upgrading to a smart TV isn’t always the most cost-effective solution.

If you’ve already got a perfectly good high-definition TV, you can pick up an inexpensive media streamer to let you and your family watch YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, and more, on your existing TV.

But, which media streamer should you choose? Read on to find out the pros and cons of the top four most popular models.

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25 Oct 2016

5 Easy Ways to Create a Smart Home

Think creating a Smart Home is hard? Think again! These 5 easy ways will turn your house into a Smart Home in no time at all.

Do you have a “smart” home?

Maybe you haven’t gone all the way yet, but have you tried out a smart light switch, or possibly a smart outlet that you can turn off and on with your phone?

Right now, smart home automation is on the up and up, and with technology on the forefront of home safety and comfort, more and more devices are becoming equipped with smart technology than ever before.

Let’s face it: having a smart home is…well, smart. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a perfectly warm (or cool) house after a long day at work – at just the temperature you like it?

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19 Jul 2016

The Top Tech Gifts for the “Geek” in Your Life

Don’t know what to buy for the special “geek” in your life? We’ve picked out 5 tech gifts all under $50 that are sure to impress.

Oh no!

Next week is your brother’s birthday and you have no clue what he would like. You thought a rock climbing class would be something he’d enjoy when it was his birthday last year, but he never actually made it to any of the lessons.

You know that he loves technology. He never steps away from his smartphone and he always hangs out in the electronics aisle looking at all the new tech gear.

But, you’ve been avoiding these types of gifts because you have no clue what tech toy to choose.

If you’re unsure what to buy, here are some top gifts to give to the “geek” in your life whether it’s your brother, friend, co-worker, or just about anyone.

Oh, did we mention they are all under $50?

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10 May 2016

4 Original Tech-Inspired Gift Ideas For Your Mom or Wife

Need More Gift Ideas For Your Mom or Wife?

Mother’s Day day has been and gone and now your mother’s or wife’s birthday is approaching and you haven’t a clue what to buy her.

You’ve been scrambling to find that perfect gift, and you know you don’t want to go with the predictable flowers, chocolate or jewelry.

But, what’s left?

If your mom or wife owns a smartphone, tablet or even has as Smart TV, you can be pretty sure that some tech-inspired gifts will definitely be appreciated.

What’s great too is even if she isn’t really all that hip to technology, she can still appreciate gifts that are inspired by technology.

Here are four tech-inspired gift ideas for your mom, – or wife – for her birthday or any other special occasion.

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15 Dec 2015

Lifesaving Apps to Keep You Sane During the Holidays

What joy!

The cold has come, you hear “Jingle Bells” playing everywhere you go, and your grandmother is texting you – of all people – wondering if you have anti-fungal cream for her stay in a week.

Yes, the holidays are approaching and in addition to your job piling on the work, your home life is no longer a refuge. Your children are getting antsy wondering if they’re going to get those cool mini drones to fly around.

And you’re stressed out because your house is a mess and your grandmother and your cousin’s family are all staying with you over the holidays.

And you haven’t even had the chance to go shopping or stock up the pantry for the extra mouths to feed.

For this festive occasion, instead of being a total wreck, why not load up on some lifesaving apps to calm you during the holidays?

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