Totally Googled | TeknoCratik Episode 014

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Tim and I are back after a short hiatus with some new tech!

We review the HTC M8 Android phone, more Chromebook updates and where we are in our Linux adventure.

Other topics:
YouTube to acquire Twitch.TV?
Ubuntu 14,04 LTS
Microsoft – what’s the strategy? Surface 3 and Kinetic being quietly sidelined?
Apple WWDC announcements
Witcher 2 – the embarrassing Linux “release”.
GOG.com to launcher a Steam “competitior”?

 

Uncut Video version here on YouTube:

 

 

Play the edited audio version here below:

Netflix: How to watch content from ANY Netflix region easily

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Netflix is one of the best value for money streaming content services we have. There is no disputing this fact but many people are unaware that subscribers can increase the value of the service tremendously without incurring much (if any) extra cost.

 

Netflix in different countries and licensing issues

 

For a while now Netflix has been an international service providing content to subscribers in multiple countries. As with mainstream television, Netflix is bound by many existing licensing deals in these various countries. This means that content that is available in one country may not be (and often isn’t) available in another. Despite this, Netflix allows subscribers who may be “travelling” to sign into the service in any country that has it and have access to the content available in that country. This is a fantastic bonus feature to paying subscribers in itself which they didn’t have to provide.

 

“Spoofing” your location to access another Netflix region

 

The fact that the service is available internationally to subscribers from any participating nation means that it isn’t too difficult to fool it into thinking you are in another country and therefore take advantage of having access to content not normally available to you. I want to stress that this is not illegal, as the way I will describe the process you are using totally legitimate services. It may possibly be against the “spirit” of Netflix’s terms of service but as far as I can tell they make no attempt to prevent it.

There are various ways to “spoof’ your location online to take advantage of geographically “locked” services. Different methods have different success rates and different costs ranging from free to expensive. The general rule is ‘you get what you pay for’, at least in my experience. The method we are looking at is one of the simplest and can be done for free, although I personally use a paid service which has certain extra benefits which I will explain.

 

 

Unblock-US.com

 

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Unblock-US is the service I use and for full disclosure I have included an affiliate link in the article if anybody wishes to sign up. I have tried other services (paid and free) and each has various features. The way these services work is by altering the DNS (Domain Name Server) that your computer or device uses to translate domain names you are trying to access (such as google.com) into IP addresses the system understands. Without DNS you could only access sites via the direct IP addresses. Certain sites will use these DNS servers to figure out where in the world the requests are coming from so if you are using a DNS that doesn’t originate in your home country you may be identified on certain sites as being in the country that your DNS service originates from. Netflix is one of those sites that use DNS to identify where there subscribers are, which is why this service works.

As I have indicated there are many services that can do this, including free services, and a quick google search will provide you with alternate methods. Most of these other services provide a “fixed” access to United States DNS servers which is ideal if that is the only thing you need access to. The same was true with Unblock-US (as the name suggests) but they have evolved into providing access to multiple countries via DNS, countries where Netflix provide a service. The service isn’t free but costs only $4.99 a month which I think is great value because it is so easy to use.

 

Changing your “location” with Unblock-US

 

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Once you sign up to the service and register your email address, your home IP address is connected to your account. You then need to make a small change to your network configuration on the device or computer you wish to use with the service. Many different devices are compatible, from routers, smart phones, PCs to media boxes and Blu-Ray players.

 

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The site has full instructions on what you need to do, which if done manually only involves changing two lines in your network configuration. Windows users can download an app that automates the process making it even easier. Once you are set up it is just a matter of choosing your preferred region whilst logged in to the Unblock-US website:

 

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Finding something to watch: Moreflicks.com

 

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So, you’re all set up and now are ready to watch something on Netflix. How do you find content? You could pick a region and explore the content directly on Netflix but it would work a lot better if you had something in mind and just needed to find out where you could watch it. This is where Moreflicks.com comes in. There are other similar sites and even apps but this is the one I use. I have no affiliation with them but I think they have a fantastic looking and easy to navigate layout. What this site does is list streaming services that carry a particular movie or TV show that you are looking for. You simply search for the content you want and if it is available it will indicate to you where to watch it, including for such services as Netflix, which country has the content. The following services are supported but for the purposes of this article we are only discussing Netflix:

 

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So, for example, I want to watch the Disney movie The Princess And The Frog. Just perform a search on Moreflicks.com and you get:

 

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USA Netflix subscribers miss out on a lot of Disney content but you don’t have if you use these recommended services. Just by changing you region to UK on the Unblock-US website you would be watching this great movie in seconds!

 

Faces For Radio | TeknoCratik Episode 013

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We have taken the podcast to video!

As well as the usual audio show we will now be making available our (usually) uncut Google Hangout as a video podcast on the TeknoCratik Youtube Channel. We decided to do this so that we would be able to review apps and hardware visually on the show and add extra value to the content.

Please bare with us as we are pretty new to video podcasts (although Tim has had a lot of experience in uploading video to Youtube) and we are still figuring out a few things.

 

This time around we discuss:

Dan’s catastrophic New Year USB Armageddon!

Tim reviews his new Acer C720 Chromebook and his Chromecast.

Steam Streaming Beta: revolutionary or overated?

Tim’s continuing Linux adventure.

Screen casting apps such as VokoScreen and Simple Screen Recorder.

And much more!

 

Video version:

Chromebooks and Penguins | TeknoCratik Episode 012

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We are back with another jam packed episode!

 

Dan learns The Gimp for some projects he is doing.

Tim moves house and works on his tech support business.

 

We talk about our thoughts on:

The Humble Store

Linux Mint 16 release

Canonical / Asus Partnership in the US

New Chromebooks

Tim reccomends: F-Droid

Dan reccomends: SuperTuxKart

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

The Linux Challenge | TeknoCratik Episode 011

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A Linux filled episode! Can anybody use it?

Tim starts a tech support business and Dan does it for free. We share some stories.

Tim tries a couple of Linux distributions on his spare hardware and talks about his experiences.

We discuss privacy concerns about the direction that Canonical is taking the Ubuntu desktop.

We now have Amazon Affiliate Chrome and Firefox extensions!

 

Enjoy!

 

TeknoCratik Episode 10 – What next for mobile?

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In this episode we take a look at mobile. We discuss what we would like to see and what may be coming to rock the industry in the future. As well as reviewing what direction we think the big players will take we also take a look at:

 

The Ubuntu Phone Project

Firefox OS

The Tizen project and Samsung

Phone Bloks

 

Enjoy!

 

 

TeknoCratik Episode 08 – Making Music With Rick Moyer

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Tim and I are joined once again by good friend, musician, voice over artist, photographer, all round talented guy and fellow podcaster Rick Moyer. Rick tells us how he is getting on with his new Apple Mac studio equipment for his content creation business and even writes a song live on the show!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

TeknoCratik Episode 07 – Unclear Windows

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Tim and I are joined by our friend Gareth Edwards who discusses his recent purchase of a PC preloaded with Windows 8. How does he find the experience? Listen to find out.

Tim and Gareth also talk about their gaming experiences including the “Let’s Play” YouTube videos they produce of their gameplay.

Gareth’s links:

http://gareth316.com/

youtube.com/ukgareth316

twitter.com/gareth316

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

TeknoCratik Episode 05 – What the Facebook?!

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Welcome back to TeknoCratik! Lots to talk about after an extended break from recording including:

 Dan swaps his iPad 2 for a Nexus 7 becoming “Apple free”.

Tim tries Linux on his spare PC, Dan goes back to Ubuntu on his production machine.

We talk about phone upgrades. Tim considering moving to Android.

 Google banning ad block apps from the Play store.

Apple ban sweatshop game from app store.

App stores restrictions, the difference between Apple and Google.

Tim moves his music library from iTunes to Google Play Music and talks about the experience and functionality.

 The Samsung Galaxy S4 – first impressions. Are Samsung trying to be the next Apple?

 CyanogenMod custom ROM versus manufacturers versions of Android

 When advertising goes too far, Facebook and frowned upon practises.

 Google announces it is discontinuing Google Reader.

App picks

 Plume Twitter client for Android, great for Facebook too. Flipboard gets a great update on iOS.

The GIMP (cross platform)

AirDroid for Android

MightyText for Android

gMusic for iOS

Week Calendar HD for iOS

Enjoy!

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