World is getting more and more crazy about the upcoming Star Wars movie.When the complete internet is following latest adventure of Nerdy franchise, how can Google ignore the craze.
World is getting more and more crazy about the upcoming Star Wars movie. Tons of publishers are covering the movie and market is flooded with Star Wars gear. When the complete internet is following latest adventure of Nerdy franchise, how can Google ignore the craze.
To celebrate the Star Wars release ( and make it sure that Google cares about its fanatic users) Google has created some stuff just related to Star Wars. From the basic credits style easter eggs to a customized UI for each side, you can enjoy all right now.
The first one is a simple search result easter egg showing the iconic Star Wars opening crawl, To see that just type A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away on Google Search and see for yourself.
Google has also added a pause and stop button if you want to open any link from the search results.
The most interesting addition is a site launched by Google that is able to change UI of Google Apps according to which side in the Star Wars you choose.
Just head to google.com/starwars and from here, you can choose which side you are with. Both sides differ in customization and you will need to sign-in using your Google Account to apply these changes.
The site changes tons of aspects on Google web Apps such as theme of Gmail and Google Chrome. Changes according to the side you choose.
These changes will be removed on 1st February of 2016. If you want you can revert back to default theme or change side from the site.
Google has promised that it will continue to create these easter eggs and sites in future.
Bonus: Star Wars Honest teaser.
Nothing else can be better on creating a parody trailer of Star Wars than Screen Junkies.
However, taking great selfies is a not so easy task but fear not, now humanity has a bot to tell us if our selfies are good or not.
My WordPress editor underlines the word selfie as a wrong spelling and suggests me to replace it with Selfish. Well, it doesn’t matter that WordPress gets it right or not, selfies are a bit thing now a days.
Thousands of people making duck face in front of a tiny mobile camera (no offence, please) this is definitely not what Inventors of camera were hoping people to do with their invention.
However, taking great selfies is a not so easy task but fear not, now humanity has a bot to tell us if our selfies are good or not.
Enter the Selfie Adviser…
Andrej Karpathy, has created a Bot on Git Hub that runs on Twitter. One you tweet a photo mentioning @deepselfie, it will analyze your Photo and tell you how good you are at selfies by tweeting it to you.
There is some serious stuff behind the process. First, the developer analysed more than 5 Million Photos on social media which were tagged #selfie.
Later, the bot was developed after analysing these selfies with their likes and shares. The bot gives each Selfie a score which is based on the looks, lighting and several other things.
The major outcome is that if you want to be good on selfies, you have to be a woman. No kidding, generally Women’s get better results.
These are some tips to get better Selfies (as a outcome by bot):
Photos having face on one third area are better.
Less forehead will help in getting good selfies.
Use Instagram filters, simple B&W work good too.
Extra saturation on face will result in impressive selfies.
And these are 3 things you should not do to get good selfies:
Looks like Apple has (almost) finished the job. A German website Mobile Geeks seems to have access to beta version of Apple Music app for android version.
From the screenshots it appears that it will function just like the iOS version. Most features such as a For You Tab, My Music, Radio Station Beats 1 and Connect are present in the app.
Now popular in many apps, the hamburger menu is present on the Android version of the app it is the main difference between the iOS version and the android version. In iOS version, the navigation is done using a tab bar rather than the hamburger menu.
Author of the post says that he had problems in signing in with the app but we can hope that this will be fixed when the app will be made available for public. It will also be interesting to see how many android users go with Apple Music when Google Has it one and for all YouTube Red as a product.
Yesterday Google announced its new subscription based YouTube service on its Official YouTube Blog.
It has been named YouTube Red and it costs $9.99 per month.
Yesterday, Google announced its new subscription based YouTube service on its Official YouTube Blog.
It has been named YouTube Red and it costs $9.99 per month. With YouTube Red, the company jumping on the subscription based bandwagon. It will compete with subscription based music streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and Groove Music.
Although with YouTube Red, Google is also focusing on giving users an option to use the services without viewing ads on any devices. The apps will be ad free if a user does a sign in via its subscribed Google Account.
Even though Mario is very famous in Gaming world, tons of Myths exist about the history, naming and its evolution.
You know Mario very well right? The Hopping plumber from Nintendo. We have spent countless hours making him jump and saving the princess in our childhood. Surprisingly even though Mario is very famous in Gaming world, tons of myths exist about the history, naming and its evolution. To settle them, Once and for all, Shigeru Miyamoto – The creater of Mario – told the world about the history of his creation and folks at HalloweenCostumes.com have converted that into a beautiful infographic.
It will be interesting to see how the Rovio’s Angry Bird movie performs on the Box Office.
Love it, hate it or ignore it, Angry Birds is one of the games that set android gaming on track and now it has a movie too. The movie cost Rovio a big $160 Million to produce and now the trailer of movie is released for everyone.
Rovio is having a hard time these days, just before the trailer release, the company is letting 130 employees go. It was about 16% of all the manpower in the company. Seeing these things it is really important for Rovio that the movie performs well. Success will definitely increase the game demand of the franchise.
Talking about the trailer, It looks fine as far as we compare to animated comedy movies. Jason Sudekis, Peter Dinklage and Bill Hader are the voice talents behind the Angry Birds Movie.
History has shown that many times Movies based on Video Games have sucked, It will be interesting to see how the Rovio’s Angry Birds movie performs on the Box Office.
Lets look at some of the problems in the Groove Music and what are the groove music alternative out there.
Groove is the name of default music player in Windows 10. It replaces Xbox music app included in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft had undoubtedly made some improvements on the original Music app from Windows 8 but still it is just not worth using for power users. The reason? It is half baked, lacks many features and at last it is not customizable even a little bit. Lets look at some of the problems in the Groove Music and what other music players can you use to replace it.
The Groove App is not such of a groover
The app starts fine, looks a bit minimalistic and even has a not bad library management. It starts to look weak if a power user starts using it. Boot it up, add some songs and after you think you need to tweak the sound output a little bit and you find that there is nothing you can do about it. The Groove Music Player does not have any Equalizer or even a dialog box to change sound output settings. You don’t have the ability to use auto playlists on the player. Meaning you can’t have an automated list of all song rated more than 4 stars. The included playlist option does not let you export music playlist.
Alternatives To Groove Music
There were always some good music playing apps out here for Windows, most are freeware and some are worth paying for. Getting a bit deeper on Groove app we find that it is doing two things as an app. The first one is playing locally installed music and the second one is offering music streaming from Microsoft Groove Music Service. Well there are alternatives available for both the tasks. Groove Music Streaming Costs around $9 per month or $100 Per year.
Groove Music is charged comparatively similar to other services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Music Streaming service.
Streaming Alternatives to Groove Music Service
Music Streaming market is big, and it is just getting bigger day by day, Apart from Groove we have Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Music and more alternatives.
Costing almost same as Groove Music for Premium subscription, Spotify is the only streaming service that offers free tire. Spotify app is available for nearly all major platforms. It is perhaps the best streaming out there. Spotify is an excellent alternative for power users because it supports Add-Ons such as equalizers. Same as Groove, Spotify also offers a web player.
Apple’s answer to Spotify, Apple Music is available for iOS, Windows ( using iTunes), OS X. Apple will also make the app for Android, it Costs almost same. Apple offers three-month free trial before buying the subscription.
Google Play Music is not available as an app for Windows or OS X, on a PC you will need to use the website to stream music. App available for Android is good enough for daily use.
Music Player alternatives to Groove Music App
If you are not the streaming person and instead you believe in storing and playing music locally, you can switch to any music players just by a couple of clicks. Below here I have listed some of the Best Music Players and Management Software out here.
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is still included in Windows 10; sadly there are no improvements, and it looks same as Media Player from Windows 7. WMP supports music streaming over the network, and it also has almost perfect library management system. It supports nearly all things that Groove does plus auto playlist and Video Playback. It may be your best pick it you are not interested in downloading any other software.
Take all the features for WMP and add superb skinning system, auto media organisation and a better ripping support and the result is Mediamonkey. Free version of Mediamonkey is enough to satisfy a majority of Geeks. For more there is a paid MediaMonkey Gold version too that costs approx Rs 3.5K. Media Monkey makes an excellent alternative to Groove Music if you have a huge music library and you want it to be organised.
MusicBee is also an excellent media playing and management software it has a feature set somewhat similar to MediaMonkey. MusicBee comes with more preinstalled skins than MediaMonkey. It has a great theater mode that will work mostly as a now playing screen from WIndows Media Player. MusicBee is a complete freeware and does not have any paid variant at the time of Writing. It is good at tagging and managing media, tweaking sound output and retrieving metadata from internet for local files.
AIMP is available for Windows and Android; it is a perfect simple no-nonsense music player for the platforms. The latest version is 3.6 for Windows. AIMP beats Groove Music in terms of functionality and customizability. It has great custom Skins and addons plus it is not a resource hog. The UI is a bit messy to look at first but as soon as you start using it you will find it comfortable enough for music Playing.
Foobar2000 is an almost DIY music player. The Default theme looks pretty old, however tons of themes are available for free to use. Also nearly every feature is extendable thanks to great Components (Read:add on) support. It is the only open source app in our list but it stands out in terms of flexibility. It is a bit confusing to use so it may take some time in getting used to it.
Think of a smart TV as a connected TV – a TV screen that is consistently connected to the internet. They run a heavier OS then standard HD TVs and are capable of streaming video, music and other stuff from other services
The tech world is always changing; as TVs are the primary entertainment electronics for most of us. Technology powering the TVs is also getting better day by day. Starting from grayscale then flat screen, High Definition, Full HD, UHD (ultra-high definition) and smart TVs – the makers are always trying to make something better than the previous one. Let’s get to the point.
What are Smart TVs?
Think of a smart TV as a connected TV – a TV screen that is consistently connected to the internet. They run a heavier OS than standard HD TVs and are capable of streaming video, music and other stuff from other services; they include a web browser and also sometimes the ability to install apps. Some more expensive TVs may offer you a camera for video chat. A smart TV may use Wired or Wi-Fi based technology to connect to internet. Though as the features sound exciting the prize is not so. A Smart TV is much more heavier on Pocket then a normal HDTV.
The Bad side…
Makers such as LG, Sony and Samsung make these TVs – Who care more about hardware and are not so good about software, and there is one more thing to care about – when we buy TV we think of keeping it for 4-5 years but you will want to buy a new smart TV in just 2-3 years the reason: makers don’t provide updates regularly OOUCH…
A smart TV tries to do too much but is not successful in anything. A computer connected to internet can stream technically anything from any service while in smart TV the streaming relies on the manufacturer’s mood – you can’t use Netflix unless there is an app available for the TV. And believe us there is not every streaming service app available for Smart TVs. Also using web browser by a remote is really uncool.
Buy / don’t buy?
Smart TV sounds like a cool idea, a connected media rich experience – But it comes at a prize. The price is sometimes too much for any user. You can easily buy a normal LCD TV and add a PC or any other device to stream stuff from the internet.
You can buy a smart TV if you do not care too much about money and you are not willing to set up other products with your TV. If you want to save bucks there are some other options to think of.
Media Streaming Sticks : These are the cheapest alternatives and they are the smallest too. Google Chromecast is a perfect example, it is only $35 and can stream media from your smartphone, tablet and even chrome browser. Amazon fire Stick and Roku are also quite good options to choose from. They don’t come with remote control – you can control them using your phones.
Separate Media Players : there are many media players available on the market and they have much better functionality too. The Apple made iTV and Google Nexus Media Player are just to name few. You can use them to stream content from your home network and even NAS. Media Players are not so large and work perfectly as media steamers – heck! you can even play games on some of them.
Gaming Consoles : An Xbox or PS4 is always a better option then buying a so-called Smart TV. You can stream media and even browser the web -plus play games on them too. They also have built in Optical drives, You can use them to watch Blu-Ray Disks.
Add a PC : Adding a full PC is always an good option to think of – you can set up DVR and stream anything form web – HTPCs are more expensive but they have much more value then a Smart TV.
What were your experiences with a Smart TV? fire us your views in comments.
Apart from being a blogger or an online publisher people have been using other ways to earn money online. YouTube offers monetization by giving content publishers (video publishers) an option to show advertising on the beginning of their videos. Folks at WhoIsHostingThis did some research to find out who are the biggest players at YouTube monetization and came up with an infographic.
To help you in playing DVDs and Watching TV in your HTPC we have found some Windows Media Center alternatives that you can use in your PC
Microsoft has confirmed that just like it did with Windows 8, Windows Media Center will not be shipping with any version of its latest operating system. However it is not too new as Windows Media Center already stopped to be shipped as standard Windows Program in Last version of Windows i.e. Windows 8.
However with Windows 8, users had the option to download Windows Media Center for free for a few days from Microsoft and later it could be purchased from Microsoft by paying almost $10. Microsoft has cleared that Windows 10 won’t be shipping with Windows Media Center and also it will not be available to download.
Although this is disappointing for some users, still it makes sense for Microsoft. Microsoft’s Windows Media Center is used most for playing DVDs and Blu-Ray Disks and Microsoft had to pay some licensing fee to play these media disks. Now lots of desktops and laptops are shipping with No DVD Drive and thus it was a waste of money for Microsoft. If you haven’t used Windows Media Center in years, this will have no effect for you. But if you have been using Windows Media Center for your HTPC, be ready to start using some alternatives and even other OS for your Home Theater PC.
To help you in playing DVDs and Watching TV in your HTPC we have found some Windows Media Center alternatives that you can use in your PC, all the programs we are listing here are free to use and some require access to internet to work.
Windows Media Center Alternatives
Formally known as XBMC, Kodi is a perfect Windows Media Center alternative. It is open source, we have already discussed about Kodi in our Pick of Must have Free software list. The UI is slick, easy to use and you can customize almost every aspect of it. Kodi is capable of playing almost all popular media formats.
Media Portal is also a good alternative for Windows Media Center, it requires .NET framework 4.5 so folks using Windows 7 may have to download an additional update if they haven’t installed Service Pack 1 yet. After installing it you will found that UI is really simple to use and is no brainer. I still found it to be too much simple and it looks a bit old, still if you don’t like Kodi, you can give it a try. Download MediaPortal 2
VLC Media Player
Okay, it is a bit of cheating, VLC is not exactly a Windows Media Center like program, it is a simple media player, however if you are looking just for an app that can play DVDs VLC can work for you. Plus it has good skinning support and an active user community. Download VLC
New CyberLink PowerDVD is an excellent Windows Media Center alternative if you are ready to pay for it. PowerDVD is, as the name says excellent for Playing Media Disks and other media files saved on local or network storage. PowerDVD supports a 10 foot UI that will work well if you are looking for something to install on your HTPC.