Get more from this free media player with these four top tips for using Kodi1. Install add-ons
You can add content channels to Kodi by installing add-ons. These are separate apps that search specific locations for films and TV shows. There are also add-ons for photo and music services, such as internet radio.2. Stream in full HD
Kodi is able to stream in full 1080p HD so long as your internet connection is fast enough. We’d recommend a broadband speed of at least 5Mbps to stream in the highest quality.3. Chromecast or Kodicast
Unfortunately, there’s no built-in support for streaming to a Chromecast. Although it is technically possible with an app called Kodicast, it is complicated and far from user-friendly to configure. Kodi works best with a dedicated device attached to your TV.
Out and about and need Wi-Fi access? These are the best places to get free internet
A recent survey by Wi-Fi provider Devicescape revealed the best sources of available Wi-Fi on the UK high street. Greggs and Marks and Spencer topped the chart for the best quality free Wi-Fi. When ease of use was taken into account too, Boots and Asda took the crown, whereas the best high-street bank Wi-Fi came courtesy of NatWest. Surprisingly, shops and food-on-the-go retailers, like Greggs, provided a better offering than many of the coffee shops that we traditionally think of as the home of free Wi-Fi. It’s worth noting that the report found out of the 40 brands tested, all provided a good standard of free wireless connectivity. “The real takeaway here is not that Greggs has better Wi-Fi than the next brand, but that the quality of high street Wi-Fi in the UK is really very good across the board,” said Mike Hibberd, director of marketing at Devicescape. “At the very least the connectivity offered by the brands we’ve listed, and many more we have not, is good enough to stream video to a smartphone.”
You can now get Samsung’s popular fitness tracking app on any Android phone running KitKat and above
Confused by the fitness app explosion? Wishing the Google Fit app was more comprehensive? What you need is the Samsung S Health app that is now available for non-Samsung devices.
As long as you’re running Android 4.4 KitKat or above, your phone should be compatible with this app. This means that you can use its great features as a control centre for logging and monitoring your fitness, diet and overall health.
The OnePlus X isn’t being touted as a flagship killer, but it does have killer looks…
The OnePlus X arrives without the usual rhetoric from the fast-growing Chinese manufacturer. Its purpose in life is not to depose devices that are at the very top end of the market and it’s not backed by a ludicrous social media campaign. This time round it seems as though, while the infamous invite system is again being used, there is enough stock to actually give you a decent chance of owning the device. So what is the X and why is it here?
The X sticks to the classic OnePlus formula of offering better specs than you’d expect given the price, but this time the target is more mid-range. It’s not a one-trick pony though, even more so than the price and the specifications, the X is all about design. Craftsmanship. Even, dare we say it, beauty.
Find the exact colour of any pixel with this handy app
Once you give it access to capture everything on the screen, Pixolor displays a floating circle that shows colour information – RGB code and nearest Material Design shade. So by dragging it around and pinching the screen to zoom, you can discover the precise colour of anything. It also shows the distance moved and lets you measure areas. Tapping a colour code copies it to the clipboard or alternatively, use Pixolor’s notification in order to share it or possibly open the app for a colour wheel and palette.
Still waiting for the official rollout of Marshmallow on your Nexus device? Jump the queue by installing manually
Marshmallow’s rollout is so far typically slow, but Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9 and Player owners can upgrade manually. Before you get started, make sure that you’ve backed up your device and that you’ve got all of the necessary kit and software tools. You’ll find the tools you need and instructions on how to use them in the links below. Follow the instructions carefully!
Begin by searching XDA-Developers.com for Minimal ADB and Fastboot, then download and install on your PC.