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How to Play Movies by Rigging Up a Wireless Smart TV

How to Play Movies by Rigging Up a Wireless Smart TV

Have you ever wanted to stream all the movies you have on your PC through to your TV wirelessly? Or to connect your iPhone to your HDTV?  I have a lot of media on my computer, but the screen is not ideal for the whole family to watch. If you’re using a laptop, it’s not feasible to have a bunch of people sitting around watching either, but if you have a regular TV, there is an easy way to stream the videos you have from your computer to your TV.

What you need is a DLNA.

What is DLNA?

DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance, which is basically a standardized way for digital devices to send music, videos and photos between one another. It doesn’t matter where your media is stored—if you have a device that supports DLNA, it should be able to send your media between devices.

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Which devices support DLNA?

PCs and most smartphones support it: if it’s not there by default you can install it. For example, on iPhone you can install Smartstor Fusion or Media:Connect amongst others, and many Android devices support DLNA. Some Nokia Phones do too.

How to Connect Your TV

You’re going to need a wireless home network; if you don’t have a wifi network in your home, it’s not going to work. If your TV isn’t wireless, you’re going to need something to connect to it as well, such as a Blu-Ray Player, XBox, or Playstation 3. To stream your media, you should install Serviio onto your Computer (Windows, Mac and Linux all supported)—don’t worry, Serviio is free.

After that’s done, start up Serviio and select the videos, photos, or music files you want to share. Your XBox or Playstation 3 should be able to detect your Serviio service and you can then start streaming to your TV.

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If your TV is wireless, or already a Smart TV, you don’t need anything else—simply start up your TV and search for your Serviio Service.

I don’t have a console

An alternative hack, that only works if you or a friend has a HTC Android device, is to buy the HTC Media Link HD . Connect that to your TV’s HDMI port, and use the HTC device to setup the Media Link. Once that’s done, you can connect to it using Serviio or another DLNA media server. The main problem with this hack is that the HTC Media Link needs to be configured by a HTC Android device before you can connect anything to it.

Step-by-step instructions

1. Make sure you have a home wifi network set up.

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2. If your TV is not wireless, connect an XBox, Playstation 3, or Blu-Ray Player or other device that supports wifi.

3. Install Serviio onto your computer, or install a DLNA server onto your phone (if you wish to stream movies, images & video from your phone) and set up which files/folders you want your TV to access.

4. Detect and connect your DLNA server on your Xbox, PS3 or other device that is connected to your TV.

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5. Watch your videos in comfort as they stream into your TV.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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