The internet may be global, but contracts often aren’t. That means you’ll often find a service streaming one lot of movies and TV shows to customers in one country and a different selection in another country. So what happens if you live in country X but want to access the stuff Netflix streams in country Y?The official answer is: you put up with it, because if Netflix doesn’t have the rights to stream a particular film or show to you then that’s just one of those things.However, the unofficial, it’s against the T&Cs, here be monsters proceed at your own risk answer is that you can get around the problem with a VPN.What is a VPN and how can it solve my Netflix problem?A VPN is a Virtual Private Network. It’s essentially a private tunnel between you and the site or service you’re accessing. Where things get interesting is that the tunnel can appear to be somewhere that it isn’t, so for example, you might be in the UK but you may appear … [Read more...] about What’s the best VPN for Netflix?
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Christmas, Yule, Winterville, new socks day… Whatever you call it you’ll be panic stricken to hear that it’s almost here. Like the rest of us in denial, you are a little stumped for ideas. It’s why you clicked on this article, after all. And with now just 9 days — 9 days! — left (at date of publish) in which to buy an overpriced trinket and wrap it in overpriced paper, you better get those winter skates on. To help you out l racked my brain (read: Googled) to find a wealth of natty Linux-friendly gift ideas. I tried to highlight something to suit all budgets, ages and levels of Linux ninja-dom. And, more importantly, assuming you’re not reading this at 23:59 on December 24, should arrive in time for the big day. “Santastic!“ as the kids these days never say. A Chromebook As Linux gifts go, a Chromebook is a really sane choice. Not only does it run a custom Linux distribution out of the … [Read more...] about 6 Ideal Last Minute Linux Xmas Gift Ideas
Feature By Lester Victor Marks Thursday, February 08, 2018, 06:14 pm PT (09:14 pm ET) Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple all have voice assistants vying for attention, and all are moving the concept of computer-human voice interaction forward. AppleInsider offers an abbreviated history of how we got here and the capabilities of these assistants and their devices in anticipation of HomePod. What do these things do? What do people use them for? And what is Apple doing differently? Amazon's Alexa assistant began life on the Amazon Fire Phone. The idea was to have a voice assistant that competed with Siri on the iPhone and iPad. The Fire Phone didn't literally catch fire (unlike some phones) but it may as well have been named for the money Amazon set ablaze in developing and shipping it. The one good outcome for Amazon has been the phoenix that is Alexa, rising from the ashes of the Fire phone. Alexa and Echo get conflated a lot. Echo is the name for Amazon's line of hardware that … [Read more...] about Stacking up Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google Home
Christmas is almost here, but you might be looking for that one last little something either for the stocking, that friend who's invited you around for Holiday drinks, or well just yourself because, hey it's Christmasssss.We've rounded up a number of tech treats and gadgets from plasma balls to Star Wars lights to science kits that won't break the bank this Christmas whoever you're buying for.Maplin Blue Plasma BallAvailable in a range of different colours, this Plasma Ball (£12.49) is great fun and highly interactive. Play your favourite music and watch the lightning effects or move your fingertips around the ball and watch the lightning inside interact. It’s easy to set up too, simply connect to the 12V 1A power supply and plug it into your wall socket.Buy the Maplin Eight Inch Interactive Blue Plasma BallMaplin 5km PMR RadioThis pack of two walkie-talkies (£19.99) is perfect to talk to others up to 5km away whether they're on the slopes without racking up mobile … [Read more...] about Last minute Christmas stocking fillers from Maplin
Have you ever wanted to control your computer's media player application without having to leave the comfort of your couch? Or have you ever needed to access a document or an application on your computer while away from it? Sure you have, and you're not alone. But these are the kind of cases remote desktop applications are made for, and with the help of one, you'll never get caught unprepared.In the slideshow below you'll find some of the best remote desktop and remote control applications available on mobile devices. Some are made specifically to let you access your computer's desktop from any point of the world, be it over a local connection or over the internet. Others are designed to emulate your PC's mouse and keyboard, allowing you to control your computer from across the room. Then there are the remote control apps built with multimedia in mind. These can control your Media Player, Hulu, or Spotify application remotely for your convenience. Neat, huh? Check out these awesome … [Read more...] about Awesome remote desktop apps for Android and iPhone that let you control your computer from anywhere