There has been a lot of talk in the papers recently about free streaming devices such as the android TV box which has caused a lot of controversy about the legality of using such devices to stream live channels, movies and TV shows. One thing that is not made clear in these articles however is that it is in no way illegal to have an android TV box. Just like a laptop can be used for illegal activities and it does not make the laptop illegal it is the same with the android TV box.
However some people are still a little bit wary of these issues so we thought we would write about a good totally legal alternative. This is the freesat box known as the Zgemma H2S which allows you to get over 200 free to air channels via your satellite dish. It gets channels such as BBC and More4 and many others and can display these channels in HD where the channels themselves are HD. The reason we picked the Zgemma H2S box is because it by far has the best interface compared with other freesat boxes.
In fact it is just like a Sky box and you can even get a Sky looking skin on the interface. Again this is all above board and these channels are free to air channels so everything is fine. Some of these boxes are being sold with illegal viewing cards that pick up premium channels. This is 100% illegal and we do not advise doing this. We recommend using a well known supplier that knows and abides the laws in this area. We had a quick look online for the Zgemma H2S and found a good link here: https://www.dreambox.ie/zgemma-hs2-box-ireland-upgraded-star-s2/. These guys do the Zgemma H2S and a 320GB hard drive for recording for €199.00 with next day delivery which is a pretty good deal.
So this is a great alternative to the android box if you have a satellite dish and want to cut your costly bills.
Although we have done an article some time ago about the android box they have gotten very popular in the last 12 months. So why are they so popular and what exactly can they do?
With the coming of the android TV box the monopolistic nature of cable operators has come to an end.
You no longer need pay lots of cash to your operator for giving a minimal service and be over-
Charged in what is to be termed as tyranny of monopolists. The most recent form of Android TV has reached a point where they can deliver technology promised and expected and purchaser versus administrator gadgets, Big 4 stages, and TV-as-an-application.
There is still far to go before this all meets up, and communicating and developing this technology will probably not take decades anymore and can reach its expected stage very soon.
The Android TV box and other ‘Huge 4’ TV-as-an-application stages don’t abhor pay-TV. They overlook it by and large. Although the companies control most TV sectors for pay-TV or some other video benefit, there is no program manage; there are no straight channels; there is no DVR; there is no administrator VOD – that is, unless the administrator gives an application and contends with the various VOD administrations.
From one perspective, Android TV represents no risk at all to pay-TV and can play pleasantly with the current ‘television everywhere’ biological system. Then again, the android TV will soon leave the cable operators useless. The extreme effect of this will be on the sellers of pay-TV elements.
Also for Irish and UK expats who live abroad this is the perfect device to keep up with channels from the homeland. Recently an Irish expat setup a business selling thee boxes in Australia and has become quite successful. His site is http://www.androidtvaustralia.com.
Monopolist administrators of mobile phones at a time had control over almost all the customers, yet rapidly lost impact to Apple and Google because they could not deliver what the consumers really wanted with the change in time. A similar thing is probably going to happen to the administrator controlled set-up box. It is well known that the dusk of Cable operators has come with the advent of Android TV and they are never going to see the dawn any day.
Do you happen to live in a crime-ridden neighborhood? Although this will ultimately increase your risks and the chance that you’ll become the victim of a crime, you don’t have to take it laying down. Instead, you should get up and do something about it. One way to try and prevent a break-in is by installing CCTV cameras around your home. Even dummy cameras can be effective for this purpose. Below, you’ll find tips for enhancing the effectiveness of your cameras.
Out Of Reach
First and foremost, you need to remember that criminals will be aware of cameras. They’ll do their best to render the cameras ineffective, before breaking the law. If the camera is low to the ground, the thief will simply destroy it, before breaking into your home. Keep the camera off of the ground, so this cannot happen.
Use Dummy Cameras Too
As mentioned above, dummy cameras can be surprisingly effective as well. By utilizing a combination of dummy cameras and fully functional cameras, you’ll be able to increase the security of your home substantially. Place the dummy cameras out in the open, while positioning the functional cameras where they’ll be able to record the action. This will first attempt to scare the thief away. If the dummy cameras don’t work, the functional cameras will record their behavior anyway.
Line Of Sight
When attempting to find a good place to install your cameras, you’ll need to think like a criminal. Where will the thief enter your property? Which side of your home is less protected and less visible to the public? Find out and install extra cameras in this location.
When it comes down to it, security cameras can be incredibly effective, but placement is everything. Take your time and think like the thief. With a little bit of effort, you’ll be able to find the most effective location for your cameras and will be able to guarantee the criminal’s behavior is captured and the criminal is sent away for many years.
Over the last few years bluetooth speakers have become more popular than the traditional HI FI stereo and other forms of audio entertainment. So why have they become so popular in the last several years. Well the main and obvious point about bluetooth speakers is that they are portable unlike traditional stereo systems so you can take them with you to the park, beach, festival or basically where ever you feel the need to!
The battery life on Bluetooth speakers has improved drastically over the last few years and you can usually get a full charge out of the speaker within a few hours that should last you over 50 hours of playing time which is very impressive. Some models also come with the option for AA speakers so even if you don’t have enough charge it is a good back up to have.
There is also no installation needed for the speakers. You basically charge them and hook them up to your phone via Bluetooth and then you are ready to go. Most speakers now have a decent range of 6 meters or so but this is something manufacturers are trying to improve on each year. Bluetooth speakers have also become the norm in most cars as they allow you to wireless listen to your music as opposed to having cables running through your car which is never a pretty site. Most bluetooth speakers go for under €100 from bonuselectronics.ie so they are very affordable and although they may not pack the punch of a HI FI stereo they are definitely a good alternative and most offer a good bass sound.
In the future we imagine that everything will be bluetooth or at least wireless and we think that speakers are just the first step in a long line of products that will have this function.
With the brand new Samsung S7 Edge now on the market to compete with the iPhone 6S the Samsung Vs. Apple battle rages on. We have had time to play around with the new Samsung Galaxy model with it’s improved battery and great looking camera and it really puts it up to the Apple giants flagship model phone.
But it’s not as straight forward as it seems with Apples iPhone 6S being one of the most popular iPhone models to date. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is just over 150 grams with a strong metal frame and comes in a gold and black colour. It is aesthetically one of the nicest phones on the market and definitely samsungs best design to date. The samsung model also has a much better resolution screen as did the older models when compared with the iPhone models of the time including the iPhone 4 and 5.
The samsung comes with 4GB of RAM when compared with the iPhone 6 2GB of RAM. This means that the samsung model can offer better speed, particularly when playing games. The iPhone 6S more so matches the Samsung Galaxy S6 rather than the newer 7 version so there is a clear advantage there for the samsung phone.
Both phones have a 12 mega pixel camera so it is a tie on this front and of course the samsung beats the iphone with regards to storage as Apple continue to not include SD card slots on their phones for a reason I will never understand. Overall both are great phones so it comes down to price and personal preference and if we are being honest in a lot of cases it comes down to whichever software you are more used to. We recently moved to an iphone from android and it takes some getting used to! We also recommend trying refurbished iphones from www.refurbishediphones.ie as phones become more and more expensive.
Google is always looking to get into new markets and Android TV Boxes are no different. They have been wanting to counter Apple TV for quite a while and are ready to launch their own TV box soon but for the moment we have done a small bit of research on what you should look for in a android TV box.
Firstly how is an android TV box different to Apple TV? Well just as it sounds an Android TV Box runs just on a version of android that is designed to work with a remote control and your TV. You can read more about the generic Android TV boxes at androidtvboxes.ie
On the hardware front they look very similar to the Apple TV product which is basically just a black box with a HDMI input and a power input. Frustratingly you use the remote control as the keyword which can be a slow process. It can be quite tiresome searching using the remote and is the one thing I think needs looking at for the android TV box.
On the market at the moment there are several TV boxes to choose from including Zoomtak and MK each with their advantages and disadvantages. Obviously we expect Google’s new product to be quite superior to that of a generic Android TV box but for the moment these are the next best thing.