All about Android TV Box

Getting your first Android box is a very exciting moment. If you are like us and enjoy watching the best Movies, TV shows, and video clips, until you get an Android box, you have no idea what you are missing out on.

Being able to open Netflix to catch up on your favorite show, then pause to open a browser and look at the latest football scores is just so cool. An Android TV box in the UK also gives you an option for watching live TV such as the BBC and ITV using free to view services which can be setup via Kodi XBMC.

Not only can you use your Android TV box in the UK but it’s so compact you can take it abroad with you. Having access to your favorite Movies and shows whilst you are away is just another great reason for owning an Android TV box with XBMC.

People of all ages benefit from the options that an Android box opens up. Downloading and playing the latest Android games for kids, or following awesome content for Mum on Pinterest, it has it all.

Another great feature is being able to wipe the box down and start again in the space of few minutes. Updating the box also usually happens automatically with many of the better brands having OTA update service, downloading the latest firmware build directly from their own servers.

Imagine a system where your kids can play angry birds on your TV, you and your friends can watch the latest film and for dinner parties, you can play your favorite Spotify playlists directly from you home theater speakers, all remotely controlled from your connected smartphone!

Once you use an Android TV box in the UK it becomes pretty apparent that you no longer need to rely on owning a DVD player, a TV subscription box or any other type of player to get the content you need. With pretty much every Movie and TV show every created either available from an affordable subscription service or via one of the hundreds of add-ons in Kodi XBMC, owning other equipment becomes unnecessary. This gives you the chance to have your TV area clutter free, with just one Android box sitting nicely ready to play.

Almost all Android TV boxes come with some sort of audio output too. And some great models have Optical Audio out. Having this means you can enjoy superb cinema sound when hooked up to your existing home theater system. Dolby DTS and 5.1 are all supported by the inbuilt Kodi media system.

So, the benefits of owning an Android TV box are huge. More TV, more Movies, all the latest social media apps. Music streaming services, internet browsing, and even Skype voice calling. Take the plunge today and bring your front room into the future of TV, with just one little, awesome box!

How to Implement a Voice Assistant

Siri and Google Now have been in the wild for a while now and Microsoft recently came out with its own take on a personal voice assistant – Cortana. While these digital assistants are useful sometimes it is undeniable that voice isn’t the most convenient way to interact with your phone. Digital assistants have largely remained a fancy gimmick on high-end phones.

There are two primary reasons digital assistants haven’t taken off on mobile platforms –

  • Using voice commands is just plain awkward in public places and public places is where people mostly use their phone.
  • If one were to pull their phone and push a button before they can talk to their phone, they might as well push that extra button and see what is on the calendar instead of asking the assistant.

Amazon, a company which largely played a ‘me-too’ role in consumer product space had a totally different take on voice assistants. They dreamed of and came up with a new product category altogether when they launched Echo – an always on, cloud powered voice assistant for home.

Echo (also called Alexa) was designed by Amazon to be a product that stays at home because Amazon figured that voice assistants are best suited for home usage. This is evident by the fact that they didn’t even bother to put a battery in it which is a bold move in today’s world of mobile gadgets. Then they made it insanely easy to get Echo’s attention. You just wake her up with a wake word (Alexa or Amazon are the only supported wake words for now) and then issue whatever command you want. Echo comes with seven sensitive microphones and can hear you from more than 10 feet away even in a noisy room. It can hear you even when it is playing music or talking to you. By removing the two major hurdles listed above, Amazon created a voice assistant that is actually useful and fun to use.

Like a phone that can do a whole bunch of things by installing apps, Echo can be used for many purposes too. It can play music, answer trivia, control smart devices, set alarms, manage calendars etc. I often hear people questioning the utility of Echo because their phone can do pretty much everything Echo can do. That was my first reaction to the product too but once I started using Echo, it slowly got on to me. I understood the power of an always connected voice assistant that I can just talk to from anywhere in the house without having to push any buttons.

Take setting a timer while cooking, for example. Previously, I would have to wash my hands, dry them, pull my phone, activate Siri and ask her to set a timer. She would do it and when the timer goes off, I would hear a faint sound on my iPhone’s tiny speakers. Compare that to the convenience of just saying ‘Alexa, set a timer for 30 seconds’ and getting a notification that can be heard all over the house (yes, Echo comes with very good speakers). Once you get used to the freedom and convenience Echo offers, using a smart phone feels like an ordeal and every other digital assistant feels like they are from 1970s.

This is not to say Echo is the dream AI product from the future. It does manage to annoy you quite a bit sometimes by not being able to answer basic questions and not responding to you in a loud room. Echo’s ability to answer general trivia questions is fairly limited.

To conclude, I think Amazon finally figured out how to make digital assistants useful and if you are one of those people who are skeptical about its usefulness, I would strongly recommend trying Echo for a little while and you would realize how inferior every other digital assistant is. Sure it can annoy you once in a while but you would eventually learn to start living with her. In fact, I liked mine so much that I bought a second Echo for my bed room.

Tips To Keep The Life Of Your Electronics

Maybe you’ve searched for a long time for a good cleaning agent for your electronics. You want something that is chemical-free and non-toxic, something that’s non-abrasive and that will last a long time. That might seem like a tall order, and perhaps you’ve thought you need to find several different cleaners that will fit your needs. You’ll be happy to know that one product can do everything you need it to do while keeping your electronics’ screens looking brand new.

Screen Cleaners Extend The Life Of Your Electronics

Regardless of whether you have cell phones, iPads, TVs, or laptop computers, or all the devices under the sun, you have spent a lot of your hard-earned money on these devices. You want to keep them looking sharp and operating as long as possible. Replacing them can be very expensive. Some electronics need to be replaced sooner than normal because of lack of care and upkeep.

A very simple way to keep your devices lasting longer is to clean them regularly with products like screen cleaners, eliminating not only dust and grime, but also germs and bacteria.

Other Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Electronics

– turn them off when you aren’t using them

– don’t leave your electronics by something extremely hot, like a furnace

– don’t leave your electronics by something freezing, like a freezer

– don’t leave your electronics exposed to the elements, like in the sun or on a patio or deck

– don’t leave your devices in the car

– take advantage of the cases and protectors that are on the market

– keep them ventilated, especially laptops and gaming consoles

– with Apple products, make sure the device says it’s ready to be unplugged before you disconnect any cables

– keep your device protection up to date (antivirus, firewalls, etcetera)

– don’t keep your electronics on dirty surfaces, like the floor

– dust off your electronics once a month or so and then try to do a deep clean once every three to six months or so

– a more advanced tactic is to take apart your device for a deep clean, like taking the battery out of a phone and cleaning the connectors, but that’s solely up to personal comfort level

– don’t overcharge or abuse your devices, stick to only using what you need or charging what you need

– don’t cheap out too much, studies have shown that if you buy too cheap you end up paying more in the long run when you have to replace the device at triple the frequency

The Pristine Screen Solution

Our screen cleaners offer you the perfect solution if you’re looking for a way to clean the screens of your electronics in a way that’s non-toxic, non-abrasive and long-lasting. This ensures that the screens of your electronics are being cleaned in a way that is safe for you and your family, as well as safe for your equipment.

Cute Names and Passwords for Your WiFi

Your home WiFi network can be an opportunity to show your personality and get creative. When neighbors and their visitors search for wireless connections in the area, they’ll see the name that you have chosen. Sure, it’s not as obvious to passersby as the exterior paint or landscaping, but it’s definitely a part of how you are perceived by neighbors. If you live in a crowded apartment complex, you may be known only by your music volume and your WiFi name. A creative password is also essential to make sure that your connection is safe and private. Follow these tips for setting up an epic local network connection.

Get creative with the name.
Please don’t leave the default string of letters and numbers. While it may feel like you’re keeping the connection anonymous, anybody who looks at the signal strength on their device can make a good guess. Walk down the street with your phone searching for connections, and you can reliably identify most of the homes on the block, just by the signal strength as it peaks and fades. Like the email address you first made in middle school, the wireless router is an opportunity for unprofessional flourishes of creativity. Even if you just want to make a pair of breasts with parentheses and periods, only the neighbors can judge you. Consider referencing pop culture or your favorite book series, and you may become the coolest person at the next neighborhood block party.

Some people use their network name as a way to send messages to neighbors, which can come off as passive aggressive. “PickUpYourDogPoo” may get a laugh from neighbors who share your frustration, but someone who takes offense could respond unpredictably. To get a more consistently positive response, stick to puns and pop culture like “Hide Yo Kids Hide Yo WiFi.”

Get creative (in the right way) with the password.
When making passwords for your different online accounts, you often have to include capital letters, numbers, and symbols. The result is that people have been trained to think of passwords as variations on single words. Substituting an “at sign” for the letter “a,” however, doesn’t make a password significantly more secure. Similarly, it’s usually the first letter of a password that we capitalize. These passwords are also tedious to explain to guests, since you have to explain all the substitutions and which letters are capitalized. Instead of depending on numbers and symbols, think of a string of three random words. Unrelated words are much harder to guess than the usual substitutions and password variations. Ideally, your WiFi password should be very difficult to guess and very easy to explain to guests.

Keep theses tips in mind when setting up your home wireless network, and your connection can give you a feeling of warmth and accomplishment every time you sign on. The clever handle that you haven’t used since AIM can give your entire neighborhood a chuckle of enjoyment. When you know you have a winning combo, get an extra antenna to boost the signal strength throughout your home and further down the street.