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7 Must Have Kodi Add-ons to Make Your Life Easier

7 Must Have Kodi Add-ons to Make Your Life EasierLivestreaming on Kodi has always been an exellent experience for a large number of people. That’s why Kodi is their go-to device when it comes to video and music streaming. After all, it is by far the best open source media device that they use to quench their thirst with regards to entertainment.

And Kodi doesn’t disappoint its lovers. It offers an extensive collection of repositories and add-ons for people of all tastes. Be it movie geeks, TV show enthusiasts, sports lovers, music listeners, etc. Kodi has got all of them covered with add-ons for each of the flavors.

Do note that all the Kodi addons mentioned in this blog post are meant to help you stream legitimate web content. Also remember to set up a VPN in order to enjoy flawless streaming of your favorite programs.

Without further delay, let’s check out the list of Kodi addons which users can use easily to watch their desired programs.

iPlayerWWW

If you want to watch British programs and movies on your Kodi device, then iPlayerWWW is the best Kodi addon available to you. With elegant and user-friendly interface, this addon provides you easy search options. You can watch all your programs with just a single click.

To get full advantage of iPlayerWWW addon for Kodi, you must have a UK TV lisence. If you live outside the UK but still want to stream BBC programs, then you must use a VPN. With a VPN, you can easily change your location to UK and watch your favorite BBC programs on Kodi device. You can download it for free.

YouTube

Popular video steaming and sharing website, YouTube is also available for Kodi users. For entertainment geeks, YouTube is the ultimate blessing. The YouTube Kodi add-on is available in ‘Video Add-ons’ section. You can watch any video on YouTube, be it an educational video, movie, a drama, a sports event, or a song video. Kodi users can install the YouTube addon and unleash the boundless world of online entertainment with just a click of the mouse.

Twitch

Twitch is another YouTube-like video streaming service, popular amongst online gamers. Kodi users can install Twitch addon for Kodi in just a few clicks. You can find Twitch in ‘Add-ons’ section under ‘VIDEOS’ tab on the Kodi home screen. Twitch provides smooth navigation experience.

One of the best advantages of Twitch addon for Kodi is that you can keep track of your followers, browse games, watch videos, and even enjoy chatting with your friends. To make most of Twitch, you must sign up for a Twitch account.

Ivacy VPN

If you are using Kodi device without a VPN, you are at risk. There are some add-ons that won’t work without a VPN. Therefore, it’s better to opt for a VPN that helps you get unrestricted access to your favorite content on your Kodi device.

Ivacy VPN offers you a user-friendly Kodi add-on so as to enable you to get the best streaming experience while resting in your home. You can easily setup Kodi add-on for OpenELEC device. With a Kodi VPN in place, you can have unrestricted access to any streaming content that you want to watch on Kodi device.

SoundCloud

Music lovers have a reason to be happy with their Kodi device. Kodi offers them SoundCloud addon to live stream music videos, listen to their favorite songs with just a click of a mouse button. If anyone wants to listen to podcasts, SoundCloud Kodi addon offers that as well.

The SoundCloud addon for Kodi has a comprehensive collection of works of musicians from around the world. You won’t get bored with this addon. If you want to livestream music videos without any advertisements on SoundCloud addon, you have to pay $9.99 per month. That’s fairly a reasonable price.

Plex

For HTPC users, Plex is not a new name. Both Plex and Kodi are known to be competitors. The times have changed now. Plex has introduced its addon for Kodi device that comes with slick UI and some user-friendly features.

With Plex Kodi addon, you get the ultimate luxury to stream your favorite programs, movies and other entertainment and sports videos right on your home theater. You don’t have to go anywhere, as all the entertainment is in your room.

One of the best things about Plex is that it compiles your files into an easy-to-use livestreaming service. User-friendliness combined with flexibility makes it a must-have addon for Kodi users.

OneDrive

If you are into cloud storage, then Microsoft OneDrive addon for Kodi is the go-to option for you. With this addon you can store and easily access your favorite photos, videos and music files from your account. You must first integrate these files into your accounts. You can also manage multiple accounts with OneDrive addon for Kodi device.

This brings us to the end of this blog. I have only included some of the Kodi addons that users can use absolutely free of cost. Kodi offers other add-ons for free. Now, its your turn to contribute to this blog with your ideas and suggestions in the comments section. Your contribution will be highly appreciated.

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Finding the ideal ‘pick-up-and-play’ gaming experience on a smartphone

Finding the right smartphone these days can be a tough ask. First of all, you’ve got the likes of Samsung and Apple to choose from, fighting your way through all the claims and all the ads to find out the actual facts about the models on offer, but then you’ve got a broad range of operating systems to untangle as well, like iOS and Android. 

Picking the right smartphone for you is a subjective business, especially if you have various priorities in mind like taking photos, sending work emails, and keeping in touch with friends on social apps like Facebook and Twitter. If one of your main priorities during the purchase process is to find a model that will make playing games on the move a seamless experience though, what sort of smartphone should you opt for, and what sort of games work best with the smartphones on the market today? 

It’s worth saying first of all that there are brands that try to make this challenge an easier one to navigate for gamers. 32red.com‘s mobile casino app works across the three main operating systems: Android, Apple iOS, and Windows. However, is this democratic approach to mobile gaming the exception or the rule? 

Board games, card games, table games: which can smartphones best handle?

To answer our question, it makes sense to focus on the different types of game a typical gamer might choose to play. 

Mobile board games can fight an uphill battle since they are so vividly and readily compared in our minds to the original version of the respective game. There are some mobile gaming apps like Catan (which can be downloaded on iPhone or Android devices) that stay true to the physical incarnation of the game that many of us remember from our childhoods, but other games can leave players scratching their heads wondering how the shiny mobile features relate to the original version we used to play on a Sunday afternoon! 

In contrast, table games, and particularly card games tend to work very well on smartphones and are perfect for that ‘pick-up and play’ experience. Games like Pokemon TCG Online tend to run smoothly, and can be faster to get to grips with in comparison to mobile board games. Take traditional card games like blackjack as an example. Gamers, both amateur and experienced, tend to be familiar with the basic rules, and these rules are unlikely to differ significantly between physical and mobile versions of the game. 

Blackjack and roulette: different demands from different games

Nostalgia and accessibility aside, what else can make the gaming experience changeable across different smartphones?

Well, a lot of the time it comes down to the quality of the images and the ease of touch screen control.

Some apps offer HD gameplay. For instance, 32Red will enhance the quality of gameplay across a range of smartphones on its mobile casino, so that its top-rated games like Game Of Thrones, Mega Moolah, and Classic Blackjack really stand out. So again, some brands do make it easier to navigate the smartphone market.


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In general, though, while Android is excellent for using multiple applications simultaniosly, the Apple iOS software is significantly easier to use in terms of its touchscreen technology and general user interface.

If you’re playing a card game like blackjack, this sort of thing may not be uppermost in your mind, but switch to a game like roulette and you’ll be changing your mind, choosing different options, zooming in and out all over the place, and very much wanting a smoother and less jumpy in-game play experience from your smartphone. In this instance, perhaps Apple is the way to go. 

Age isn’t just a number: does smartphone age affect your ‘pick-up and play’ experience?

Board games, card games, table games: the number of them on the mobile app market is sizable. One tip when looking at phones is to pick your favourites, check whether there is uniformity in terms of your play experience on different smartphone operating systems, and go from there.

Remember also that age is a big factor when it comes to quick and responsive play. It may be fine to use mobile casinos from operators like Pocketwin, who offer a relatively small, carefully picked selection of games but have the trade-off that the app shouldn’t leave any older operating system you have crashing all the time. More sophisticated apps will, however, work better on newer smartphones. 

So there you have it, hopefully we’ve made the minefield of smartphones slightly easier to navigate if gaming is near the top of your priority list. Whichever brand and whichever model you choose, have some gaming fun this Christmas on the go! 

This Article is written by Dan Vicars

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Password Managers and the Ever-Decreasing Need to Memorize Everything

password-manager-windows-topComputer security began even before the construction of the first modern computer system. Passwords and access codes have been used by militaries and governments all over the world for controlling who can get into what, where, and in some instance, even when. Time-lock safes existed before the ENIAC, and remote access passwords existed before the internet. However, never in history has one person been expected to remember as many passwords to so many different locations as people are today. It’s a burden we all have to bear. Or do we?

In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, telephone numbers where the largest list of information any individual was expected to remember. They were the passwords to contacting your friends, family and businesses. Back then, we had to bear the burden of memorizing all those phone numbers. In the 2000s, something better came along. Contact lists and smartphones eliminated the need to memorize phone numbers and began remembering who your contacts were for you.

Password managers now perform the same function that contact lists perform for phone numbers. You no longer have to remember long strings of miscellaneous numbers, letter, characters and symbols. You can establish them once and let your password manager store and retrieve them as you access the site to which they belong.

Just like your contact list, your password manager is stored on a device that you have control over, be it your home computer, work computer, cell phone or a specialized access card: the hardware is under your control. Your hardware can even share information between multiple password managers. Need to access your personal e-mail at work? No problem. Just transfer that information from your home password manager to your work password manager and navigate to your personal e-mail account.

Security managers will tell you never to use the same password for more than one site, and with a password manager, you can finally heed that advice without having to carry a notebook full of passwords, much like the way you used to keep a rolodex on your desk. Choose one master password for your password manager and unique passwords for all the sites you visit. Your master password secures the password manager, and the password manager stores the passwords for each of the sites that you need to use.

With password managers available today, you can let go of the fear of forgetting the passwords to the hundreds of sites we all visit. These services provide an unprecedented level of security to the codes of value to you.

If you’re considering a password manager, check out http://www.reviews.com/password-manager/. They look at 94 different password-saving apps, comparing them and making recommendations for the best password manager for you.

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Review of the Internet’s Top Privacy Apps

Review of the Nets Top Privacy Apps

Securing your privacy online can be a daunting task. There are just so many gaps in security that need to be filled in. To help out, we’ve come up with a short three-item list that works as a sort of privacy starter kit. These are the absolute must-have privacy tools to get started:

ExpressVPN

VPNs allow you to skirt censorship, surveillance, hackers, and ISP activity logging. ExpressVPN is among the fastest and most-trusted VPN services on the market, and it’s also one of the easiest to use. All your internet traffic is encrypted with military-grade SSL encryption. Furthermore, ExpressVPN is completely logless. That means it doesn’t track your session activity or keep logs of your internet traffic. The company is registered in the British Virgin Islands, beyond the jurisdiction of snooping authorities from the US, UK, and the rest of Europe.

To get started using ExpressVPN, just sign up, download, install, input an authentication key, and hit the big green button to connect. You can choose from hundreds of servers across 78 countries to route your traffic through. On top of the privacy perks, you can also use VPNs to access content that’s blocked due to firewalls or geographic restrictions.

ExpressVPN is available on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.

 

Mailvelope

Mailvelope is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that encrypts your email and only lets the intended recipient decrypt it. Email lacks a built-in encryption standard, making it vulnerable to hackers and snoops. Mailvelope uses PGP, or “pretty good privacy”, to encrypt emails. Whenever you compose an email, a button will appear in the composer that will open an external text editor. Type whatever information you want encrypted here, encrypt it, and transfer the encrypted text into the original email.

To take advantage of PGP, you’ll need to generate a key pair and upload it to a keyserver. A key pair is a combination of a public and private key, sort of like passwords, that ensures only the person you send an email to can decrypt it. A keyserver is a place where people can find your public key to send you encrypted email. Conversely, you can find other people’s public keys to send them encrypted email using Mailvelope. Mailvelope comes with a built in key generator and key ring to store previously used public keys.

 

Cloudfogger

Now your internet connection and email are private, but what about your files? Many of us utilize cloud storage and backup to store files online, but they often sit on unencrypted servers. Even if those servers are encrypted, there’s a good chance you don’t hold the key to decrypt your own files, which means the company itself and government authorities can still gain access. To encrypt files before they’re ever uploaded to the cloud, there’s Cloudfogger.

Cloudfogger is superior to competing products in that others require you to move files into a specified folder to encrypt them. Cloudfogger lets you select existing folders on your local hard drive that you want to encrypt before uploading them to the cloud, so you don’t have to completely reorganize your files and folders. You can still access your files on your local drive just as you always have without manually decrypting. This works great with any cloud storage or backup service, including Google Drive and Dropbox.

Cloudfogger is available for free on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

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5 Scary Technological Advances

5 Scary Technological Advances – Modern Technological Advances which could be threatening if used in the wrong way

Technology is awesome. It can let people from across the world talk to each other. It can help assist in life-saving surgeries. It can help safely defuse bombs. However, technology isn’t always so friendly. In fact, it can be downright scary at times. Here are five technological advances that are definitely scary:

 

Electronic SurveillanceElectronic Surveillance

With the advent of drones, tracking chips in cars, and the rise in electronic payments, privacy is ever-shrinking. Now governments, businesses, and individuals can tell where someone is/has gone, what someone has bought, and even what is said in a “private” conversation. While counter-surveillance measures are always working to thwart these technologies, the threat of a world without privacy looms large.

 

Genetic Engineered VirusGenetically Engineered Viruses

While these lab-created variations on natural viruses have the potential to aid in fighting/curing diseases, there is a downside. The inherent instability involved in the testing and production of these microbes may do more harm than good. While fictional cases are the fodder for such stories as The Stand or The Masque of the Red Death, the potential for the creation of an accidental modern plague is frighteningly real.

 

cloud1The Cloud

Touted as virtually unlimited storage for data, clouds take potentially sensitive information and put it in the hands of others. While cloud storage companies claim to have top-notch security protocols in place, hackers always love a challenge. Companies like Google and Microsoft have incurred cloud breaches, but the worst is yet to come. Medium-sized businesses with in house storage are popular targets now, as they tend not to have the security measures of a cloud. As more businesses get hit, more will turn to the cloud and their perceived safety. Hackers will undoubtedly follow suit.

 

Laser Gun M6 SpartanLaser Weapons

Once strictly the stuff of Buck Rogers and Battlestar Galactica, laser weapons are a reality. Tests have shown them blowing up pickup truck engines and blasting drones. Laser-equipped fighter jets are projected to arrive in 2020. As with almost all technology, the size shrinks. Imagine a handgun that does not need reloading and never leaves behind a tell tale shell. The range of lasers is also worrisome. Even simple, non-lethal lasers can be seen for miles. With idiots taking these to sporting events to shine them in player’s eyes and others shining them in the eyes of airline pilots, it would be devastating if these lasers could kill.

 

Artificial Intelligence AIArtificial Intelligence

Scientists have been warning that artificial intelligence may not be the boon that proponents claim. With computers passing the “Turing Test”, a benchmark to decide whether a technology represents an intelligence indistinguishable from a human, the age of artificial intelligence has begun. Yes, many movies like The Terminator and The Matrix portray artificial intelligence as inherently evil, but it is simply too new to determine what it would mean for the world. Will it try to solve international disputes, or would it attempt to seize control of the global banking system? It is the danger of inventing something simply because it can be done without considering the consequences that makes scientists and non-scientists worried about AI.

 

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes about technology and other gadgets and gizmos aplenty. She currently writes for Total Voice Tech, her go to for all professional Dragon products.