How To Stream Media | PC to HDTV over WiFi

I found this article via PCWORLD on how to stream from PC to HDTV. Having Chromecast is pretty awesome, but has it’s limitations. With the free Android app BubbleUPnP, you can turn Chromecast into a DLNA renderer.

(DLNA uses Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for media management, discovery and control. UPnP defines the type of device that DLNA supports (“server”, “renderer”, “controller”) and the mechanisms for accessing media over a network)

I installed BubbleUPnP on my Nexus and then selected Chrome Cloud as the renderer.

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Then you just set up Windows Media Player to stream your stuff. Simply open WMP, select Stream > Turn on media streaming. Once it is turned on, click OK.

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Use the BubbleUPnP app to locate your photos, music, videos and play on! (You may need to select Chromecast via your TV input options before using)

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Time to Buy My New Phone | HTC DNA or Samsung Galaxy S3?

Went out yesterday to touch and feel the phones available from Verizon.

Bauer mentioned the Samsung Galaxy S3 as a look-see, and I wanted to check out the HTC DNA.

Here’s a comprehensive video that Phone Reviews put together:

Note** the HTC DNA is HUMONGOUS people! Put two of them together and some wheels on it and you got a skateboard! Sure it has impressive hardware, but you’d need a separate messenger bag to drag it around. It’s redonkulis and sadly, and with some hesitation, I can’t use it.

The Samsung Galaxy S3, on the other hand, albeit it pretty slick, it’s got an outdated operating system, dual core processor and frankly, I don’t do Samsung.

Since an iPhone isn’t an option and the Windows Phone lacks (apps, period) and some critical apps that I need and use, we’ll just have to wait and see what next year brings. I’ve done this drill before…

OneNote Connection Error on Android

Had an issue with OneNote on my Droid yesterday. OneNote wouldn’t sync and after the usual tech tricks we do, because that’s what we do, I sent an email at 8:16 PM, to: aOneBug at Microsoft dot com.

Unable to access OneNote via Android due to connection error this evening.
Has worked in the past for account:
REDACTED EMAIL ADDRESS

Can login to Skydrive. Issue appears to be with Onenote server via Android.

To my surprise, I received a response from the OneNote for Android team at 12:27 AM.

Thank you for your interest in Microsoft OneNote for Android. We are aware of a connection problem from OneNote to the notebook in SkyDrive currently. We have just applied a fix that we believe you can now sign in again. Please let us know if it still doesn’t work.
Your valuable feedback did help us to understand the problem. We appreciate that a lot. Thank you.

Kind Regards,
Flora Li

Thanks Microsoft! Problem resolved and you actually took care of it swiftly and effectively.

Create Outlook Items in OneNote

My favorite app of the year, (so far) is OneNote for Android. Yes, it is available for the iPhone too. (User reviews are average, 3.5, but it really is much better than other note taking apps)

Setting up OneNote 2010 on your PC is straightforward and just requires a few quick steps. Be sure you sign up for a Windows Live ID first if you don’t have one. After you install the app, you are required to log in to your Windows Live account. Sign in with your Windows Live ID  to access the “cloud” based OneNote via your Droid or iPhone.

And there you go and there you have it! Access to notes on the web, on your phone and on your PC.

Yes, I know I make it sound really simple, but it is. Here are some helpful links:

I wanted to set an alarm on my notes to remind me of important things, like when to shop or when to golf. On your PC, highlight any notes, links, pictures, etc that you have taken in OneNote. Then, Right Click on the notes, picture, etc. Scroll down to Outlook Tasks and set a flag. Right Click on the flag again and you can set the task options. Nice!

 

via Microsoft Office

Android Apps of 2011

I have an Android phone and loaded it full of app goodness. Only paid $1.99 for SkyDroid, a fantastic Golf GPS app that I use all the time. Makes for better golf. I digress..

Besides that and Evernote, Google Maps, Search and Voice, the other apps are just there if I need them.

Course, I am rather indifferent when it comes to word games, new social networks or streaming services. (although I did stop and pause to look at the GoLauncher EX and I’m Getting Arrested apps)

However, you might want to beef up your Android device with some freebies. Because you know how we like FREE!

Here are some recommendations: via Best Free Android Apps of 2011 | PCWorld.