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How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything

DIY

How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything

I’ve been building a media centre recently. Actually, scratch that – I’ve been building two. One is a compact device (my Raspberry Pi) running the RaspBMC distribution of XBMC, while the other is a traditional HTPC home build – a media centre in a slimline PC case with added TV card. At this stage I haven’t quite decided which system I’m going to stick with long term, so I have a sort of competition running between the two.

24-01-2013
How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything
Turn Your iPhone Into A Gamepad With Joypad Legacy [Mac & Windows]

Gaming iPhone and iPad

Turn Your iPhone Into A Gamepad With Joypad Legacy [Mac & Windows]

Recently I have been away from home, with only work, an iPhone and a MacBook Pro to entertain me. While searching for a way to play a few multiplayer games I hit a snag – a distinct lack of controllers. While looking for a solution I came across Joypad for iPhone, and the now slightly outdated Joypad Legacy app. Using a Mac or Windows PC and a couple of iPhones, it’s surprisingly easy to turn your handheld iOS device into a touchscreen gamepad.

24-01-2013
Turn Your iPhone Into A Gamepad With Joypad Legacy [Mac & Windows]
Use Email Alias and Forwarding in Gmail To Better Manage Your Life

Internet

Use Email Alias and Forwarding in Gmail To Better Manage Your Life

By this point, most people know about the nifty tricks you can use in your Gmail address called aliases, that allow you to give people different email addresses that all arrive at the same inbox. Aibek first covered this cool Gmail feature back in 2007, describing how you can place both periods and plus signs inside of your Gmail address and those emails will still be delivered like normal.

24-01-2013
Use Email Alias and Forwarding in Gmail To Better Manage Your Life
Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]

Android Gaming

Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]

Whenever I think of pinball, I always think of the Space Invaders version of pinball which was installed by default on Windows XP. It was a fun game to play – and definitely more visually appealing than solitaire – and has therefore become a classic in simple computer games. Now that we’re overrun with mobile devices, there’s a lack of those old classics on these devices.

24-01-2013
Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]
Is The Console Dying? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Gaming

Is The Console Dying? [INFOGRAPHIC]

If I take a quick glance at my iPhone or iPad right now, I can see right away that a majority of the apps are games. That’s because as time goes on, more and more high quality games are being brought out for tablets and mobiles. We all know the Angry Birds phenomenon but how about Tetris? Or Diamond Mine? Or a nice soccer game? With addictive games like these, it’s no wonder that my Nintendo Wii games console is dusty and unloved.

24-01-2013
Is The Console Dying? [INFOGRAPHIC]
6 Free Typing Tutors Online That Teach You How To Touch Type [Chrome]

Internet

6 Free Typing Tutors Online That Teach You How To Touch Type [Chrome]

Believe it or not this is my day job. I get paid to produce content for the Web, writing mostly about technology in all its forms. This means my working day consists of two things – reading and writing. The reading part is easy. I just head online and consume information, some destined to be used for specific articles, more to act as background fodder lurking away in my subconscious to be pulled out when needed. But the writing, well, that’s a little tougher.

24-01-2013
6 Free Typing Tutors Online That Teach You How To Touch Type [Chrome]
How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan

DIY

How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan

Computers have changed a lot over the last decade, but one thing remains the same – the need for cooling. Efficiency has pushed temperatures down but hasn’t eliminated heat as an issue. That’s particularly true for high-end workstations and gaming PCs. A new cooling fan is often the best way to decrease heat. It also can be a good way to reduce noise. Adding a fan is one of the easier upgrades a user can perform.

24-01-2013
How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan
ZIIIRO Saturn Watch Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

ZIIIRO Saturn Watch Review and Giveaway

The last time I reviewed a ZIIIRO watch, I absolutely fell in love with it. To be honest, I nearly didn’t want to part with it. Now, the designer watch company has just released a brand new model called the ZIIIRO Saturn. Will it fill the void left by the ZIIIRO Celeste? How will the ZIIIRO Saturn, a somewhat digitised version of the ZIIIRO Celeste, hold up against my expectations? Will I like this €179 watch as much, and be willing to recommend it as highly as I did for its predecessor? We’ll just have to find out. We’re also giving away this designer watch away, so read through the review for more details about how you can win it!

24-01-2013
ZIIIRO Saturn Watch Review and Giveaway
What One Tech Innovation Would You Miss in Prison? [You Told Us]

Internet

What One Tech Innovation Would You Miss in Prison? [You Told Us]

No one actively wants to go to prison, and those of us who are law-abiding citizens do our utmost to stay away from them. However, it’s an interesting exercise to imagine yourself locked up away from the rest of society, and imagine what you’d miss the most. Friends and family would top the list for most people, but after that it comes down to what you derive pleasure from. For many people technology is a source of entertainment.

24-01-2013
What One Tech Innovation Would You Miss in Prison? [You Told Us]
What Is Fair Use? A Basic Explanation For Aspiring Creatives [MakeUseOf Explains]

Internet

What Is Fair Use? A Basic Explanation For Aspiring Creatives [MakeUseOf Explains]

Half of the videos I find on YouTube always have some note in the description about how it’s totally legal for the creator to use songs from their favorite band as background music. Their reasoning tends to always be in the form of two words: fair use. Unfortunately, this is often because of complete ignorance. Other times its just a total disregard for the law.

24-01-2013
What Is Fair Use? A Basic Explanation For Aspiring Creatives [MakeUseOf Explains]
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