If you’re looking for new and better ways to be entertained, without completely overhauling your entire entertainment system, there are a host of upgrades available in 2021 to make life simpler, faster and more fun! From awesome tech gadgets to sleek devices, we’ve rounded up the must-have products to fire up during your free time.
And the fun doesn’t have to stop here… Replay Capture Suite has a brand new upgrade too – with everything you need to capture quality recordings. If you haven’t done so already, update to the newest, shiniest version and get even more from its wide range of features. Download now or read on to discover the coolest upgrades money can buy this month.
Long gone are the days when students have to sit through a lecture in a classroom and furiously scribble down notes on paper. Now they can watch video presentations in their own time and at their own pace, helping to make the learning process a whole lot easier. Whether you host a virtual conference or record lessons on your computer, this guide shows you how to take your skills and knowledge to the next level when creating your very own e-learning video.
Since the pandemic first shook the world, it has impacted our lives dramatically but one of the biggest changes we’ve seen is in the workplace with millions of people retreating from the office to work from home. While it doesn’t seem like we’ll be returning to the office any time soon, the good news is that as fast as our lives have changed, so has the technology to accommodate us.
From fully-immersive video conferencing platforms to AI software allowing you to interact with your team and leverage the most capable applications out there for your business, technology has provided us with new solutions. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites.
Whether you’re relaxing at home or trying to kill time on that long commute into work, listening to an audiobook is the perfect distraction to keep you entertained and your mind engaged. The best thing about an audiobook? You can enjoy your favorite novel, autobiography or informative non-fiction book while doing something else; cooking up a meal for family or friends, out on a run, driving to work or even just gazing out the window… An audiobook really is the perfect companion.
With thousands of bestselling works being made available as audiobooks every year, there’s endless audio content out there for you to enjoy. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, here are just some of our favorite audiobooks to while away the hours.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Winner of the Best Audiobook (Fiction) at the New York Festival Radio Awards 2020, this outstanding reading of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, is sure to send shivers down your spine. Narrated by Elisabeth Moss, the star of the Hulu television adaptation, The Handsmaid’s Tale tells the story of Offred, a woman subjugated by the patriarchal, totalitarian state of Gilead. The novel jumps between the past and present to recount the tales of Offred and her fellow Handmaids’ attempts to resist the regime, in a thought-provoking commentary on women’s rights, racism, religion, and how quickly and terrifyingly democracy can slip from our fingers. It might not be an easy listen, but it’s worth every moment.
Malcolm Gladwell – Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know
Some books come alive in audiobook format, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers is certainly one of them. In this captivating examination of human behavior and interaction, Gladwell talks to the many people whose knowledge and observations make up the body of this book: scientists, criminologists, psychologists and more, and includes their voices as he asks them probing questions about the world around us and key events in modern history. With a similar feel to a podcast, this is a listening experience that will leave you re-examining how you think about the people around us, and thinking twice about how you interact with the world.
John Carreyrou – Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
It’s something that’s crossed all our minds: What really goes on behind closed doors in Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing and most controversial startups? This New York Times bestseller gives us the inside scoop on the spectacular rise and fall of Theranos, the now infamous startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes, by the journalist who exposed the lies behind the multi-million dollar funded company. This is a gripping listen that exposes the ambition of entrepreneurs, the smoke and mirrors that guild their promises, and the astronomical consequences when the startups fail to deliver the dream. This award-winning exposé will have you gripped.
Known for exploring the furthest corners of the world for his travel writings, this time Bill Bryson stays a little bit closer to home, literally. Ever wondered why our homes are the way they are, why we sleep the hours that we do, how salt became a kitchen staple? In At Home, Bill Bryson takes a tour through the makings of the modern home and pauses on the intriguing idiosyncrasies he finds along the way. This is a calming and fascinating listen that will make you think a little bit more deeply about the place you call home.
Lori Gottlieb – Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
What happens when a therapist needs to see a therapist? To find out, get listening to this page-turning memoir turned audiobook by psychologist Lori Gottlieb. Answering many of the questions we’ve always wanted to ask the people who are normally asking us the questions… Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a compelling insight into the world of psychotherapy and the people who hold all our secrets. There’s never been a better way to find out what’s going on on the other side of the couch.
In Becoming, the former First Lady Michelle Obama takes us through her childhood, her marriage, her life in the White House and her experiences as a mother. Read by the woman herself, this is a poignant and insightful listen that doesn’t hold back: she shares uplifting wisdom alongside candid comments on the darker side of the American dream and US political life. This is also the perfect accompaniment for those who have loved the new Netflix series, also titled Becoming, and who just can’t get enough of this impressive and inspirational figure.
Trevor Noah, the much-loved host of The Daily Show,takes us back to his childhood in South Africa in a sometimes comical, sometimes horrifying account of life during the country’s transition from apartheid. Read by Noah himself, this is a coming-of-age story told with incredible honesty, with the sights and sounds of racially-torn South Africa portrayed vividly and compassionately in a demonstration of Noah’s skilful storytelling. You’ll be uplifted, and quite possibly brought to tears. This one is not to be missed.
James Joyce – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
If you’re looking for a classic, look no further than Colin Farrell’s reading of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Dublin native Colin Farrell brings a warmth and authenticity to this literary favorite that tells the story of Stephen Dedalus as he tries to find his place in an era defined by burgeoning Irish nationalism and the restrictions of conservative Catholicism. A semi-autobiographical story about the conflicts of hedonism, family, religion and nationalism, this audiobook will be sure to capture the imagination and take you back to another place and time.
With so many incredible audiobooks out there to choose from, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on the very best content. Thankfully, with Replay Music you can record and save all your favorite audiobooks and streaming audio, so that you’re free to enjoy it in your own time, at your own pace! Plus with Replay Music, all your audiobooks will be magically tagged and saved, keeping your content library organized and ready to go.
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These days, it seems like everyone is using a VPN. And while there are numerous useful things that a VPN can do, it’s a tool many people, including those who could really benefit from using one, assume has a steep learning curve and thus, requires significant effort to learn how to use. In reality, using a VPN is fairly straightforward and potential users have no reason to be intimidated by getting started with one.
With that said, what does a VPN do? And what makes it useful overall?
A VPN, for the uninitiated, is a Virtual Private Network, which acts as an added layer of security for anything you are trying to search or send online. Essentially, a VPN allows you to create a secure connection online, and routes your device’s internet connection through the VPN’s private server as opposed to your internet service provider (ISP). This way, when your data is transmitted to the internet, it comes from the VPN rather than your computer.
Nowadays, reasons to use a VPN are multiplying faster than ever, and regular VPN use has become commonplace. They are a useful tool for businesses, as well as for general users, especially because most computer operating systems are now fully able to support their use.
Also, VPNs can be used by just about anyone. So if you haven’t gotten one, take a look at some of our top reasons to get your hands on one!
A VPN can:
Seriously Speed Up Slow Internet
Is your internet speed lagging? If so, there’s a good chance that you’re maxing out your ISP-provided bandwidth. This can create major slowdowns when trying to download files or incomplete downloads. Using a VPN addresses high bandwidth usage by relying on your VPN’s server rather than that of your ISP.
Keep Data Secure While Connecting on Public WiFi
With more users than ever opting to work remotely when and where possible, it is far more common to take work offsite or work from a mobile office. This is an attractive option for people seeking flexibility in their work environment and schedule. And while this is a great opportunity for mobile workers, it’s important to stay mindful that if you are not up to date on the latest security updates, you are much more vulnerable to data leaks and cyber attacks. With a VPN, your shared data is automatically more secure, especially when connecting over public networks.
Get Around Geo Blocking
Since we are on the subject of mobile internet use, if you ever find yourself traveling worldwide, VPNs are ideal for accessing content basically anywhere else in the world. It’s a great way to unlock the capabilities of watching your favorite streams that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access due to geographical restrictions, and even lets you discover new ones while on the go.
Protect Sensitive Online Transactions
With more and more banking options moving to online platforms, it’s more crucial now than ever to create opportunities to secure your money, no matter the currency.
Finally, one of our biggest reasons to use a VPN is that there really isn’t any other option out there when wanting to ensure your utmost privacy online. Using a VPN can take internet security a step beyond simply browsing in “Incognito” mode. Making sure that you have a VPN in place encrypts your web crawling data so that your location, IP address and even more sensitive personal information is safe from leaks, hackers, and data-mining entities.
Using a VPN helps keep your personal information safe and your data secure, no matter what your needs are, or where you are in the world. Moreover, it massively expands your search range so that you aren’t limited by your location alone. With a VPN you are able to finally have internet freedom again, whether you want to watch and record your favorite streams online, complete a transaction, or so much more.
If you haven’t gotten one yet, what are you waiting for?
We are deep into the spin of the new year, and while everyone is making their resolutions, we thought we’d team up with our friends at Easy Duplicate Finder to put together a little list to help you get into the groove of the new year, and make sure that 2020 is your most productive year yet!
Ready to start fresh?
1. Update Your Contact Lists!
We all want to be better friends and colleagues in the year ahead, and that’s nearly impossible if we aren’t getting in contact with anyone. It might be that you are relying on old emails to remain in touch with people, but those are getting bounced right back to you on first send because their contact information is outdated. Make sure to get accurate, updated contacts, and then get rid of old or duplicate emails, phone numbers, and contact details that you have been using, and get ready to finally get in touch.
2. Set Your ‘Get Pumped’ Playlists…
Nothing gets you more motivated and productive than having some great tunes playing while you work, or workout! Slim down your music files, then add the latest tunes for getting your head back in the game, and your body in top form. Need some suggestions? We’ve got you covered…
3. Put A Fresh Face Forward…
You didn’t hear it from us, but… social media matters. Whether you are hoping to put up the best, most stylish shots for your personal brand, or just want to project yourself at your most professional (drinks down, please…), the new year is a fantastic time to update your social media profiles to reflect your biggest goals in the year ahead. Make sure your duplicate photos are not bloating your computer, and who knows, maybe amongst all of the multiple shots you’ve collected over the years, you’ll stumble upon a hidden gem.
4. Build in Some Time for Self-Care
It’s great being active and productive, but there are times when you really need to slow down and relax. Our tip? Fix some delicious healthy food (or order in), and curl up with a playlist of your favorite movies. There’s really nothing like a great movie to keep you comforted on days when you need it most. Just don’t kill the vibe by having a slow-running computer that’s weighed down by multiple copies of the same movie. Quality “Me Time” means high-quality copies of all your favorites. Let the self-care begin!
5. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Organized!
Set aside some time, create a system (we like alphabetical), and get your Google Drive or Dropbox files organized, so that everything you need is easy to find and use. The biggest obstacle for most people is usually combing through all of the files they never even realized were duplicates. With even a little bit of time and the right tools, you can set yourself up for success in basically no time. You’ll be glad you did (you don’t have to thank us!).
Setting goals and getting into the groove of a new year doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The biggest obstacle for many of us is not knowing where to begin. But take it from us, getting clear and uncluttered is the first step into moving forward with your plan of attack, no matter what your goals are.
With Easy Duplicate Finder, you’ve got all of your resources in one place to get your duplicate files cleared, your devices working smoothly, and giving you the opportunity to streamline your life, to make sure that the next year is your best year yet.
Oh wait, you haven’t heard? It is the season of new streaming releases, and we are here for it.
First, we’ve got the hotly anticipated Disney+ that is now streaming all your favorites and newly released, never before seen originals that are making waves with all your friends and family. Now, we’ve got Apple TV’s new streaming service: Apple TV+.
Okay, maybe Apple’s newest streaming service isn’t entirely brand new this week, but it is definitely here, having debuted officially earlier this month, and we need to talk about it.
It’s positioning itself as a competitor to Netflix, getting ready to stream your favorite shows and movies, as well as creating its own original content and poising itself as a fixture in your living room.
If you already own an Apple TV device, then the crossover is easy, and it’s simple to subscribe to the brand new service, and get streaming. Ringing in at about $5 a month, it’s a pretty affordable contender to replace or accompany all your classic streaming favorites.
The streaming service offers a free trial period of 7 days, as well as a free music streaming program for students. It’s a pretty great incentive to sign up, even if just to add to your growing army of streaming options. In our opinion, you can never have too many options to watch and capture the best shows streaming online.
An added bonus of Apple TV+? Shows and movies are available to watch online and offline, from any Apple device.
Luckily, Replay Video Capture is here to make sure that no matter where you are watching, you can capture your favorite movies and shows (and even a few new ones!)…
We’ve got great news for Disney fans, or just for all the movie-lovers out there…
All your favorite Disney movies can now be found in a brand new home, Disney+ (pronounced “Disney Plus”). It’s time to say a brief “goodbye” to old classics like “The Lion King”, and new crowd pleasers like “Coco”, who’ll be leaving the other popular streaming sites to live in one handy place… Disney+. Now you can enjoy a full roster of all your favorite high-quality family favorites from the convenience of one central location.
This brand-spanking-new streaming service has just debuted this week, launching officially in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on November 12th. (If you are in Australia or New Zealand, stay tuned for November 19th, as it’s set to release there on that date…)
And while this highly anticipated streaming service has been long-awaited, it definitely holds its fair share of mystery. Luckily, we are here to help you get the latest on your favorite family-friendly movies and shows, so you can browse and capture till your heart’s content.
Disney+ is a subscription streaming service, so it’s a paid service, but at $6.99 a month (or $69.99 per year) it’s priced competitively with the services you are already subscribing to. The caveat is that it is primed to be the exclusive source to find all of the titles that are proprietary, so you won’t be able to get them on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video anymore. To see them, you’ll need to get a subscription to Disney+.
However, just like all of the streaming services you know and love, Disney+ will be available to watch online, on RokuTV or streaming devices, or AppleTV and more.
Disney+ will act and function a lot like your favorite streaming services, but it will exclusively feature content from Disney and its partners. Expect to see titles from:
Star Wars & Lucasfilm
Twentieth Century Fox
Maybe one of the coolest features is that besides getting your favorite family-friendly titles, Disney+ will also begin production on original movies and series. The latest offerings? A live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp” and a Star Wars live-action drama series: “The Mandalorian”. The two brand new features will headline the new Disney+ lineup.
It’s nice to think that we can find and discover new favorites to watch anytime we get online, and that the options are endless. With that in mind, it might be helpful to know that there is a new contender that’s making its way on the scene, and it is expanding those options even more. Enter: Roku.
What is Roku?
Roku is a set-top box streaming device that allows you to watch your favorite content online, whether it’s free (think YouTube), or from a paid subscription service like Hulu or Netflix or HBO. It plugs right into your TV, so if you have an HDMI input, you are ready to set up Roku and let it get to work for you.
Roku is also a really great option for people looking to cut ties with their cable company. It’s not a subscription service, but a device that ends up paying for itself as you watch more and more content online from your favorite services. It even has offerings that are free, in case you aren’t signed up for any subscriptions yet.
Do You Need Internet for Roku to Work?
Roku is a handy little device that allows you to access basically any movie or series that you can find worldwide, and even some of the more difficult to find channels. That being said though, you’ll need a Wifi connection or high-speed internet to get Roku to work for you.
A huge plus? It gives you the option to stream directly from your computer, phone or USB to watch your own saved content on your big screen. Through its proprietary channel “Plex”, Roku gives you the option to open and watch videos saved on your hard drive, which can ultimately save you the need to rely only on your old school media players or extra devices. It’s sort of an all-in-one package, and that makes it awesome. It offers a number of models, so you are sure to find one that fits your lifestyle best.
Is There Anything Roku Can’t Do?
It’s not foolproof. Even with the rise in Roku’s popularity in recent months, it still is working daily to improve its functionality to make itself an indispensable part of your cord cutting toolkit. While it offers a lot of benefits and options, there still remains the reality that it isn’t ready to do it all, yet.
Thankfully, it’s easy to take a great thing, and make it even better.
The Perfect Match-up
When you pair up Roku with Replay Media Catcher, you have a great option to watch and record virtually any content online; perfect if you are looking for a first step in freedom from your service provider. Roku gives you nearly endless options to find your favorites online, and Replay Media Catcher makes it possible to stream them and save them. Even if you are still happily connected with your cable company and just want more options, this power duo acts as the perfect team player to make your viewing options even greater.
From vines (may they rest in peace), to video compilations to supercuts, there are so many hilarious, incredible, and at times downright insane videos floating around online.
Some videos are so well-edited, that it’s sometimes possible to forget that great content creators can be just like anyone else, albeit with better equipment. The good news? You really don’t have to leave great video editing to influencers and pros. With the right tools, just about anyone can get set up to create great content — whether it’s meant to be shared online to go viral, or even if it’s just a personal piece that gets shared between friends.
With Replay Media Splitter, you’ve got the easiest tool at your fingertips for splitting and editing any media file you’ve got. And we really mean any media file. Replay Media Splitter effortlessly joins and splits any video or audio file, from the most popular formats available, so you can create your media and watch it on any supported player.
Maybe the coolest part is that the software allows you to be ultra-precise, so you can put your unique stamp on your content every single time.
A few easy tips to get you started?
1. Plan Your Content
Are you creating branded content? A gaming supercut? Maybe you want to send your friends a compilation of your favorite outtakes as an inside joke… Whatever it is, make sure you have a clear idea in mind so that you can tell a clean, concise story.
2. Capture Your Media
If it’s media that you need, there are so many ways to capture it. Find your favorite clips and save them, and then get ready to put them all together.
3. Put it Together
Timing is important here! Once you’ve loaded your clips into Replay Media Splitter, you can easily and precisely trim and edit how you’d like your clips to flow together. And trimming and matching audio? No sweat. Editing music and audio is so simple with Replay Media Splitter, you can match up audio with your video clips at just the right moment to create an awesome original video.
4. Upload & Share
Once you’ve got your media file prepared, it’s time to share — or keep for your very own! Your file should be ready to be played on any player, or shared to any platform… even to your own channel!
Check out our handy how-to video to get started…
Ready to go viral? Creating your own content really has never been easier. You come up with the content, and let Replay Media Splitter take care of the rest.