Small Set-Top Boxes that promise to provide all your media experience are scattered on the shelfs in most big stores and sometimes its hard to know which one to buy. While most can play, in some format or another media files you own, how they get this media and which formats they play is varied to say the least. I wanted to take a look at only a handful of devices to show you that not everything is created equal and might point you in the right direction of your needs.
I have been with Virgin media for some years now, back when it was NTL in fact and I remember been on the middle tier and the dreaded throttling came into effect. back then once you hit the limits, you could write the next 5 hours and be unable to properly use normal websites. They had no throttling on the top tier and even though I never needed it, I upgraded so I could use the the net how I wanted. They upgraded everybody to 30/60/120 and upgraded the upload speeds to 3 and 12 for the top tiers. I was actually unaware they introduced throttling to all packages now and did not noticed if I did get throttled. They say that things change and this was true of me, I was not happy to be paying £68 a month for a Phone line I never used and broadband I did not really need the top tier for – it was time to change my package and see what deal i could get.
Google has brought out the Nexus 5, this is made by LG and by all means, is probably the best Bang for your buck you can buy. It Seems you only have a few options to buying one though in the UK, thats either from Google or O2 if you want the much better 32Gig model. It is at this point I started to struggle understanding how O2 can price something so high and get away with it? If you head off to Google store, you get to choose between two models – the 16GIG which will cost you £299 and can be despatched in 1-2 days or there is the 32GIG model which will set you back £339 and will take 4-5 weeks to get to your door.
I am currently on Virgin Media Cable and have been using the superhub for over a year, I live in a small one storey house and in theory the wireless should extend all around the house and into the garden. I have a Wireless CCTV fitted to my Garage and tried a few ways to get a connection working from this to my Synology NAS Box for security purposes. I finally had enough of the bad wireless and looked at buying a dedicated router that would work better than what I have.
This game has been out for some times it seems but I only came across of of late, its a Free game but has Microtransactions built in to make your spend money. The game is isometric and starts you off with Homer and one house plus some money. You can log into an Origin Account and move from device to device as required or you can play without this feature but miss out on the friends aspect and so forth. I have been playing this game for a while now, this is my view on the game after a few weeks of playing and spending no real money.
Image the scene, you are running a live stream and want to walk about the house to maybe show off the new TV you bought or how much snow fell last night. If you have any android device that has a camera built in (and most do) then you are in luck. The first thing you need to do is head off to the play store to grab IPWebcam and once installed you get a choice of the various settings such as Resolution, password if required and so forth. You Press start and now all you need do is open a browser to the IP stated on the program and there you have it – your camera from your Android device on your desktop. It is a simple case to capture this using say XSplit and your viewers can now watch as you walk around the house with the phone / tablet.