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Simon Slangen

/ Joined 10 June, 2008

I'm a writer and computer sciences student from Belgium. You can always do me a favor with a good article idea, book recommendation, or recipe idea. You'll also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Keep a Digital Diary with Day One for Mac OS X and iOS

iPhone and iPad Self Improvement

Keep a Digital Diary with Day One for Mac OS X and iOS

Everyone has a story to tell. It’s not always a story in need of an audience, sometimes a story just needs to be told. You may want to continue the journal you started when you were just a kid, or keep a weekly account of your travels around the world. Maybe it’s thoughts, not events that need writing down. Day One is a great application aching to serve as your digital scribe, across platforms on OS X and iOS.

Simon Slangen May 6, 2013
Keep a Digital Diary with Day One for Mac OS X and iOS
Share Files Easily Between Computers With AirDrop & Two Similar Applications [Mac]

Mac

Share Files Easily Between Computers With AirDrop & Two Similar Applications [Mac]

How often have you sent an email to yourself, simply to move a picture or document between computers? Often, the only obvious alternative is clear overkill, like setting up a temporary FTP server on your jailbroken iPad. For these kind of scenarios – moving small files quickly and efficiently – Mac OS X’s own AirDrop is the ideal tool for the job.

Simon Slangen May 6, 2013
Share Files Easily Between Computers With AirDrop & Two Similar Applications [Mac]
How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]

People are willing to go to great lengths to access video content, and great lengths are indeed required when content often doesn’t become available for a big part of the world until months after its initial release. More so, even though there are websites like Hulu and Netflix boasting the infrastructure to offer that media globally, they actively work to keep people out. If you want to watch region-blocked content on your iPhone or iPad you’ll have to take matters into your own hands.

Simon Slangen April 29, 2013
How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]
How To Mirror The iPhone Or iPad To Your TV [iOS]

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How To Mirror The iPhone Or iPad To Your TV [iOS]

The iPad (or even the iPhone) is a great device to enjoy apps and video while you’re on the road, or in bed. In fact, you can enjoy your media wherever you are. However, sitting a small distance from your big television set, some of this media might be wasted on the small screen of your iOS device. Instead, you could switch to your computer, or a media center hooked up to your TV. But if you want to enjoy the content from your iPhone or iPad, there’s a third option.

Simon Slangen April 29, 2013
How To Mirror The iPhone Or iPad To Your TV [iOS]
AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring To Windows & Older Macs

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AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring To Windows & Older Macs

Although AirPlay – a system that allows you to stream video and audio between AirPlay-enabled Apple devices – works great in a lot of situations, it isn’t a perfect system. Perhaps most importantly, Apple’s AirPlay system is proprietary, meaning it’s only officially implemented by Apple and thus only available on Mac OS X and iOS devices, leaving a lot of Windows-Apple crossover users out in the cold. Luckily, both of these problems are solved by AirParrot.

Simon Slangen April 22, 2013
AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring To Windows & Older Macs
Control Spotify on Your Mac Using Spot Remote [iOS]

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Control Spotify on Your Mac Using Spot Remote [iOS]

With Spotify and similar music-streaming services on the rise, the run-of-the-mill stereo installation is starting to look more and more inadequate. The main problem with this setup is that if you’re sitting with friends, computer-stereo-hybrid blasting away at the other side of the room, it’s often a chore to play DJ… unless you start involving your mobile devices and an app like Spot Remote for iOS.

Simon Slangen April 22, 2013
Control Spotify on Your Mac Using Spot Remote [iOS]
Manage Your Mac Windows Efficiently With Moom

Mac

Manage Your Mac Windows Efficiently With Moom

One of the clumsiest things to do on Mac OS X is Windows management. I don’t usually look back on my Windows years with longing, but window management has been integrated far less sloppier on Windows 7 than it has on Mac OS X. The buttons at the top of the screen sometimes seem to act illogically. But worse, moving and resizing windows has to be done manually using the mouse. This may seem like a trivial task, but believe me, it adds up.

Simon Slangen April 16, 2013
Manage Your Mac Windows Efficiently With Moom
Stream Music From Your Menu Bar With CloudPlay [Mac]

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Stream Music From Your Menu Bar With CloudPlay [Mac]

A more portable laptop (in my case, an ultrabook) comes with all kinds of problems for the music enthusiast. The sound quality of Apple’s built-in speakers is better than most, and I love iTunes’ capabilities for organising my media library. However, anything resembling a decent music collection takes up most – if not all – of the available hard drive space. Without a gigantic hard drive, keeping a local music library simply isn’t feasible.

Simon Slangen April 15, 2013
Stream Music From Your Menu Bar With CloudPlay [Mac]
How To Access Your Plex Library From A Remote Computer

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How To Access Your Plex Library From A Remote Computer

Over the years, I’ve tried my hand at a number of media center software alternatives. Some people swear by XBMC, or swore by Boxee before it stopped developing the Boxee desktop application. In the end, I always come back to Plex. Plex has matured a lot. Now, it’s not only on of the most eye-catching media center applications, it’s a easy to use solution I would recommend to most people looking to build a media center.

Simon Slangen April 8, 2013
How To Access Your Plex Library From A Remote Computer
How To View An iPhoto Slideshow On Your Apple TV

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How To View An iPhoto Slideshow On Your Apple TV

You’re having family or friends over and want to show off the pictures of that trip you made last year. Those pictures you haven’t already shared on Facebook (and aren’t likely to) are waiting patiently on your computer until you can gather around your guests and share the memories you made. There are a couple of ways to access your pictures and slideshows on your Apple TV.

Simon Slangen April 8, 2013
How To View An iPhoto Slideshow On Your Apple TV
How To Hook Up a Game Controller To Your iPad

iPhone and iPad

How To Hook Up a Game Controller To Your iPad

Apart from a handheld console like the PlayStation Vita, your tablet or smartphone is probably the best way to game, and keep yourself entertained on the road. After all, a very decent-sized chunk of the iOS app store is filled with games. Some of these games lend themselves better to the iPhone’s or iPad’s touchscreen interface than others.

Simon Slangen April 1, 2013
How To Hook Up a Game Controller To Your iPad
What Are The Best Free Video Player Apps For iPhone/iPad?

iPhone and iPad

What Are The Best Free Video Player Apps For iPhone/iPad?

A big part of the iOS app ecosystem consists of paid apps, more so than its Android counterpart, the Google Play store. In this way, iOS is much like Mac OS X; it’s very common to shell out a few bucks for software now and again. Of course, you don’t have to cough up a lot of money to find great apps for your phone or tablet. Here, we’ll show you how to meet your video player demands with exclusively free iOS apps.

Simon Slangen April 1, 2013
What Are The Best Free Video Player Apps For iPhone/iPad?
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