Setting up a Smart Home for the rest of us: Part 2 – Lights

In my first part of my setting up a smart home articles I looked at why I chose Amazon Alexa as the main way of controlling my smart home. In this post I will look at howI have setup my lighting to work Alexa using Philips Hue and my existing…

How to control your Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot from Windows 10

[Updated with video guide] I am starting to love my Amazon Dot, I am using it to control my lights and smart plugs, read out the news and play music. When it comes to controlling your Echo or Dot there is an iOS app and there is an app for Android…

How to fix a Windows 10 app that crashes on launch

An issue I have seen quite a few times with Windows 10 is apps crashing on launch, so you click on app like Twitter or Facebook and it starts to load up and then immediately closes. I have seen this happen with a range of apps including Netflix, Twitter and…

How to fix Windows Store app install error 0x80073CF0 in Windows 10

As much as I love Windows 10 and its Windows Store over the past year or so I have found the Store can suffer the odd technical issue. Once issue I have come across that can be a real pain is when an app update fails, often with the cryptic…

Video: How to play network content to Windows 10 the Movies & TV app

Windows 10 comes with a great video play called Movies & TV (or Film & TV depending on your region) and as well as playing content from Microsoft’s video store it plays content on the Windows 10 PC. It can also play content stored on other Windows PCs or NAS…

Video: How to share content between Windows 10 devices using Homegroup

When you have multiple Windows devices on your home network Windows has a really easy way of enabling sharing content between them called Homegroup. Homegroup bypasses the need to specially share folders and set special permissions so that music, pictures, videos and documents can be shared between Windows 7, Windows…

Video guide: How to use Windows 10 to access your iTunes, Google Play and Groove Music from any device

One of the unsung features of Windows 10 is the ability to store your personal music collection in the cloud and then access it from the web, Android, iPhone, Sonos, Xbox and Windows. You can set up OneDrive to sync music whether you use iTunes, Groove, Windows Media Player or…

How to stream to DLNA Players from Microsoft Edge browser with Windows 10 (with video walkthrough)

One of the new features introduced in the November Update of Windows 10 is DLNA/UPnP streaming from Microsoft Edge web browser. This features enables you to stream music, podcasts, pictures and videos from the browser to a Miracast, DLNA or UPnP enabled device. That means devices like smart TVs, Xbox…

How to quickly turn Windows 10 into a DLNA media server and media player

Did you know that if you have your music, pictures and video collections stored on a Windows 10 PC you can access the content from other Windows devices on your network? Did you know you can also access them from an Xbox One, Android phone or smart TV? Well you…

How to play videos stored on a shared network folder with Windows 10 Movies & TV app

With Windows 10 Microsoft introduced new entertainment apps in the form of Groove and Movies & TV. Groove is a replacement for Xbox Music and Movie & TV is a replacement for Xbox Video. Both the apps have a lot of functionality but not much in the way of network…

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