Skifta is a free and easy way to stream media to either your Xbox One or PS4 console.
One of the best things about both next generation consoles is the range of apps they come with. These apps cover a wide range of functions and best of all, they’re completely free to download and install. What is lacking, however, is a free streaming app for your media, but by using your Android device, you can soon add this functionality to your next generation console. The Skifta app is available for free from the Google Play store and is compatible with most Android phones and tablets. Through the app users can pick and choose media files stored on their device and of any file format and choose to transmit across via DLNA to their console where they can watch it without the need to install any third party app on their console. It’s quick, easy to use and by following the steps below, you’ll be streaming from your phone in no time and with minimal fuss.Choose a source
WAfter installing the app on your device, make sure you follow the set-up instructions to correctly configure the app. Navigate back to the main menu and select the Choose a media source option from the top of the list to get started with the streaming process. Phone or tablet?
You should now see a couple of sources listed. If you want to stream media that’s stored on your device, make sure to select it from the list. There’s also the option to stream media via a media server on your device. The example here shows the Plex server. Select streaming location
The next step is to choose where you want to stream your media to. Don’t panic if your console isn’t listed, as for the most part the new consoles will be listed as Unlisted Players. If you don’t see your console listed, simply select the Unlisted Players option instead. Unlisted players
If you chose the Unlisted Players option, make sure you carefully read the instructions provided. These will outline how to make sure you get the best streaming experience possible on your console and also help eradicate any errors you may come across. Select media files
The final step is to select the media you want to stream across. You can use Skifta to transmit videos, music and photos across. You’ll find that the size of the file, and the strength of your Wi-Fi connection, will determine how long the file takes to transfer.
Use the Silent Hours app to mute your phone’s audio at specified times.
Whether you’re in a meeting, at work or just plain busy, having your phone unexpectedly go off notifying you of a message or call can be annoying. Although you can simply use the volume rocker to control the audio on your device, for those who want more control over their sound will want to check out the ingenious Silent Hours app. This app lets you set up schedules within which the sound on your phone is muted at specified times. To take it a step further, each schedule you set up can be altered so that only certain areas of your phone are muted on specific days. Not only does Silent Hours help give the user more power over their phone’s sound output, it’ll also make sure you aren’t awoken by a pesky message at the early hours of the morning!Set a Quick Mute
When you first open the Silent Hours app, you’ll be taken to the Quick Mute page. Here you can mute all the sounds from your phone for a set period time. Simply use the slider bar to select your time and then press the Mute button located at the bottom of the screen. Schedule your mute
Scroll right within the app to enter the Schedule screen. This is where you can create schedules of when and on which areas of your phone all sound will be muted. To start the process of creating a new schedule press on the + symbol at the top of the menu. Select timings
The first thing you’ll want to while creating a new schedule is to set the appropriate time. Select the numbers from the top of the menu and use the dial that appears to select the time. Make sure to select a time on which you want your phone to be unmuted. Days and actions
Underneath the time selector you’ll find the actions tab that requires you to select which areas of your phone you want to mute. Tick all the boxes that you want muted. Make sure to select the days which you want your mute to work at the bottom of the menu. Manage schedules
After finalising your schedule it’ll appear as an appointment in the Schedules menu. Every subsequent entry you make will also appear here. You can edit each entry at any point by simply pressing on them, but make sure to save any changes you make. Delete a schedule
To delete a schedule simply long press on the schedule in question and confirm you want to delete the item from your list. You can also disable the Service Running box at the bottom of the screen to stop all your schedules from working.
If you’ve got a Galaxy S4, HTC One, Xperia Z1 or any other flagship Android device then you’ve also got a very capable camera. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to take better photos with your Android camera phone
Phones aren’t just for making calls and sending texts anymore, they also serve as a handy compact camera for taking photos. As you always have your phone to hand, you never have to miss a photo opportunity, which is part of the reason why cameraphone photography has become so popular.
The improved quality of smartphone images has also helped, with many new phone featuring bigger and better image sensors than ever before. Being able to edit and share your shots straight away using the thousands of apps available also opens up even more opportunities for getting the most out of your shots. There are a few easy tricks that you can use to take perfect photos with your phone, so follow our simple step-by-step guide and get snapping.
Don’t be stuck, scratching your head and wondering what a word means. Google Goggles on an Android phone can translate for you, as this tutorial explains…
Google Goggles is one of the most ingenious Android apps. Among its many features is the ability to translate printed text, such as from a restaurant menu or road sign, making this app the perfect travel companion.
Keep your photo’s privacy intact by adding a password to them.
We’re big fans of the pattern lock feature on Android, but taking it one step further is the picture password option in the new Windows 8. Like the pattern lock you have to touch specific points on the screen in order to unlock the device, but here the points are on a picture of your choosing rather than a uniform grid. The developer TwinBlade has now brought the idea over to Android. It uses an image from your gallery, and you can create your lock combination using points, lines and circles. The trick is to position these near or around objects within the image so they are memorable. Picture Password Lockscreen is available in the Play Store.
The S Health app is one of the new apps included in the Galaxy S4 suite. Here’s how to get started with it.
One of the biggest additions to the S4 suite of apps is S Health. As its name suggests, S Health is a handy tool that looks to provide you with various information and tracking software to help track your weight and exercise levels. The app outlines what your daily targets for weight loss should be and stores all the necessary data for later referencing. For those who are really serious about monitoring their weight, S Health also includes a range of charts, graphs and interactive data to help provide you with one of the most comprehensive health apps available to users.Input your information
When you first open up the S Health app you’ll be required to input some basic details regarding your weight, height and exercise levels. This gives the app a starting point from which it can monitor your progress. Press Start once you’ve entered everything. Choose your path
The side menu that now appears offers quick shortcuts to the various sections of the app. Depending on the type of exercise you want to take part in, select the Walking Mate or Exercise Mate option from the list provided. Monitor exercise levels
Both the Waking Mate and Exercise Mate sections act as trackers on which you can see how long you’ve been exercising for and the amount of calories you’ve currently burned. Press the symbol on the bottom right of the screen to see a chart of your progress. Find your comfort levels
Go back to the side menu and select the Comfort Level tab. This clever feature tracks temperature, humidity and the chance of rain to let you know the most suitable time for exercise. You can share this information via the icon at the top of the screen.