Get an Amazon Echo Dot for 99p

A few weeks back we covered how you could get a free google home mini through Spotify, shortly after this was published the story was picked up on several major sits and stock quickly ran out. Now Amazon is running a similar deal where if you sign up to it’s music streaming service you can get an echo dot for just 99p.

The terms state you must sign up to its family plan which costs £14.99 a month and you will then be given a code to get the echo dot at the reduced price. The offer won’t last long and if you don’t fancy paying £14.99 for music check out our deals for 4 months free Apple Music, 3 month Spotify for 99p or 3 month free Google Play Music.

If you want to take advantage of the Amazon offer simply click here.

Using Overcast on my Apple Watch in a smart home is my new method of enjoying Podcasts

Anyone who has followed us for some time will probably know that I love smart speakers, over the past few years I’ve owned Amazon Alexa speakers, Google Home’s and HomePod’s. Currently I use my HomePod for most of my music needs and home automation but I also have multiple Google Home mini’s for communicating around the house, some smart home automation and for playing my local radio station around the house.

One thing I love to do is listen to podcasts, I tend to run them via overcast on my Apple Watch and AirPods. I love Overcast and think it is one of the best podcast apps put there, however, I recently tried connecting my Apple Watch to my Google Home Mini and I was impressed enough to now ditch the need to wear my AirPods around the house. Now I must state that the bluetooth range isn’t amazing from the speaker to the watch if I go from one end of the house to the other, however, for my needs of listening to the podcast in the room that i’m in is perfect for my needs.

Personally I use Overcast syncing to the Apple Watch so I can enjoy podcasts without my iPhone nearby so I can in effect leave my iPhone on it’s wireless charger in another room and just enjoy podcasts with just my watch and my google mini. For anyone interested in trying this out simply say to your Google Home device “hey google enter pairing mode” then on the Apple Watch open settings -> Bluetooth and under devices you will see the name of your bluetooth speaker now tap and wait for it to connect.

Amazon & Google Smart Speaker Wars

Since Amazon first launched their smart speaker Alexa, Google has been hot in their heels Both are fighting for market share around the globe whilst Apple lags behind with their aim at the premium smart speaker price range

Every Black Friday and Christmas we often see both Amazon and Google discounting their speakers Amazon has just launched its Spring Sale, with several discounts, on its own devices. Their latest version of the Amazon Echo Dot just £29.99. Google isn’t far behind to match it with a great Google Home Mini deal at just £17.99 Spotify are still currently running their free Google mini when you sign up for family sharing.

Apple Music expands to the Amazon Fire TV


Apple Music is steadily expanding its territory on third party devices, Apple introduced Amazon Echo support in the USA back in December and is now rolling it out to the Fire TV as well.

Apple says support will be coming to the U.K. in the coming weeks. To start using Apple Music on Fire TV, enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app, you can then ask Alexa to play your favourite song, artist etc. ensuring you say Apple Music in the phrase for Alexa to understand. If you already activated Apple Music for Amazon Echo, it should be available on Amazon Fire TV automatically.

Original source 9to5mac


Box Skin for Kodi 18 Review

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Kodi 18 Box Skin

The Box Skin for Kodi 18, aka Leia, is the next review in our series from Tasso’s Tips©®. Developed by DJCISCO and inspired from Lightbox and nbox, it is the ultimate in simplicity and basic skin design. Because it uses the same layout to display your media in different ways, it will always look the same. But in different ways !

Installing the Box Skin for Kodi 18

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The above photo was taken while using the Rapier Skin. However, if you’re using a clean version of Kodi 18 :

  • Select the Cog Icon found in the top left corner.
  • Then select Interface.
  • Highlight Skin and click.
  • Click on get more and then select Box.

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Once the Skin Add-on has been installed, you will prompted to accept the changes made, select YES to continue.

Box Skin Interface Settings and Home Page

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Photo A is a clear view of the Interface page seen once you accept the changes. This can be accessed easily as you’ll see further on in this review.

Photo B: Shows the main home page that will appear after selecting the Blue Back Arrow found in the top left corner as shown in photo A

Weather and Programs

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  • As a result of configuring Weather found in Services, you will see basically the same as here in Photo C.
  • Photo D: Any Program add-ons you have installed can be found here.

Add-on Browser and Settings

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  • Consequently, when selecting Add-ons, the Add-on Browser page (Photo E) will appear. As a result, you will be able to access any Add-ons you have installed as well as any Repos or install something from a Zip File.
  • Photo F is the Settings page. Everything is self explanatory but we will discuss File Manager later on.

Pictures and Favorites

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Many of you, including myself, like to upload some personal Pictures (Photo G) or save some Favorites (Photo H) found in Kodi. These may be accessed by simply selecting the corresponding Icon.

Customize and Power

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If you like to personalize your version of Kodi, select Customize. There are 3 settings, Home– Photo I, General– Photo J.

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and Add-ons– Photo K. Power as seen in Photo L provides you with a number of options. The device you’re using will dictate what icons will appear. I’m using a PC w/Windows in order to create these screenshots. Yours may differ from these. One of the new features found in Kodi 18 is Games. If you’re into this option, please use this link for more information.

Movies, TV Shows and Music

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A rather unusual place to store these icons, but the Box Skin is designed to be rather simplistic and basic. Movies – Photo M, TV Shows – Photo O, Music – Photo P can all be accessed by simply selecting on the corresponding Icon found in the upper left corner as shown.

File Manager

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To open the File Manager select Settings, then click on File Manager. (see photo F above)

  • Click on Add Source, Photo P.
  • Then select None as seen in Photo Q.

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  • You will then be prompted to enter the url address as seen in Photo R. First of all, I have to remind you to enter the url address exactly as you have found it. A very common mistake is misspelling the name or adding/excluding a letter or punctuation mark. This will always cause the a fail. Please go back and ensure there are no mistakes and correct as needed. Click DONE when ready to continue.
  • Enter the Name of the url address given, or make up your own if it’s easier to remember. Select OK when completed.
  • To install what you have entered, go to Settings, Add-ons (Photo F) then click on Install from Zip File (Photo E). Go to where you have saved the file and click to install.

In Conclusion

Finally, as with the other reviews we have done for Kryton or Leia, they are created for you the user to get the opportunity to see what the Skin has once installed. Other reviews simply provide a photo or two of the supplied screenshot. While helpful, they don’t provide any direction of where to find Add-on browser or File Manager just to mention a few.

After seeing these reviews, you may decide that Skin may not be what you wanted. Saving you the trouble of finding, installing and mucking about trying to maneuver around the skin. Please visit GeeksCorner for many other helpful topics we have to offer. Thank you for taking the time to read this review.


Kodi 18 Rapier Skin Review

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Kodi 18 Rapier Skin Review

The Rapier Skin will be the first in our series of Compatible Skins for Kodi 18. Also know as Leia, it is currently (at time of publishing) at version RC 5.2 but is about to be released as a final candidate.

First of all, before I proceed, I need to thank everyone who sent well wishes to myself and my Family after our devastating loss of our eldest son. Your kind words were greatly appreciated and helped us get thru this nightmare. Hence my absence, but time does heal and getting back to “work” here does help. Thank You All.

Because many devs are in the process of converting their Add-ons to be compatible with Leia, there is a limited number of add-ons working. However this list growing everyday. The same can be said for Skins as well.

What I have found is the list of “Builders” who create their own build have also designed one that works with Kodi 18. Therefore, you may see a Build reviewed here as well.

Installing Rapier Skin for Kodi 18

For the ease of creating the screenshots for this review, I have Kodi 18 RC 5.2 installed on my PC.

Developed by Scarfa and Gade, the current version 11.2.29.

  • Selecting the Cog Icon found on the main home page-Photo A
  • Then selecting Interface icon – Photo B.

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  • As a result, click on Get More as shown in Photo A above.
  • Scroll down Rapier and select, as shown in Photo B.

Confirming Rapier Skin Install

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Once the installation is complete, you will be prompted to accept the change. Click on Yes to continue. The screen you will now see is the new Interface Screen in Settings. To exit, if using a PC with a mouse- Right click the mouse or use the ESC key on the keyboard. If using an Android Box with a remote, use the Back key to exit to the main Home Screen.

Movies and TV Show Icons

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The following photos are an example of what to expect once the Rapier Skin is installed. Therefore, these photos are done in order as they appear moving from left to right. Once you have configured in Skin Settings what Movies or TV Shows will be seen, they will appear here. For more information on how to complete this, please click here.

Add-ons and Games

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As shown in Photo C, there is a group of Sub-Icons located under Add-ons for easy access.

  1. Shortcut to Video Add-ons.
  2. Music Add-ons.
  3. Picture Add-ons.
  4. Program Add-ons.
  5. Add-on Browser (more info below).
  6. Search Add-ons. Self explanatory.

Games, as shown in Photo D, is the new feature found in Kodi 19/Leia. Any games you may have installed may be accessed here.

Pictures and General Icons

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Same as Movies and TV Shows, Pictures (Photo E) will appear here once you have configured your Skin. See link provided earlier for more information.

In Photo F, General has some important access icons that will come in handy.

  1. Favorites, instead of scrolling down to Favorites from the menu found on Krypton it’s located here. Keep in mind that other skins will have many of these icon shortcuts located elsewhere.
  2. File Manager, I will show more info and detail a bit further on in this article.
  3. Search, allows you to easily search anything installed in Kodi 18.
  4. Weather, when selected and if you have the weather feature enabled will give you access to change the settings. As you can clearly see, once enabled it will appear as shown above.

System and Power Icons

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Photo G, System: Shortcuts to the following.

  1. Settings, a shortcut to the Interface page.
  2. Skin Settings, where you are able to configure alter or change the skin settings.
  3. Add-ons, one of many ways to access the Add-on Browser.
  4. Profiles, want to add a new profile without installing another version of Kodi ? That can be done here. Tho created for Krypton, the method is still done the same. Please use this link for more info.
  5. Events, gives you access to what you have done, installed, deleted since starting Kodi for that session.
  6. System Info, shows you the info about the device/system that kodi is installed on. As you can see in the Photo above, some of the basic info about the PC is visible. More detailed info will be shown once this icon is selected.

Power as indicated in Photo H, will be based on what device you happen to be using. Numbers 1. EXIT KODI & 2. RESTART KODI are self explanatory. Numbers 3 thru 7 depending on what device you’re using may or may not be seen or needed.

Music and Videos

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Any Music Files or Video Files you may have downloaded via a Hard drive or USB Flash Drive will be found here.

File Manager in Rapier Skin

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To access File Manager, go to General Icon then select File Manager in the sub-menu.

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Consequently, you will now see where you can enter a new source. As seen in Photo A, select Add Source to continue.

In Photo B, click on None to add your source.

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In the space provided as seen in Photo A, enter the url using the provided keyboard or use yours if using a PC, Laptop. Please make sure the URL is entered exactly as provided. Missing a letter or adding a space will void that source link. Select Done when completed.

In Photo B, enter a name that you will be able to recognize later on. Click on OK to continue.

Add-on Browser

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Finally, to access the Add-on Browser, go to Add-ons as shown in Photo A above, and select Add-on Browser.

Photo B indicates what is available. From here you may open

  • My Add-ons, where you will have access to All Add-ons installed in Kodi 18.
  • Install from Repository, open any repo you have installed. From there you are able to install any Programs- Video Add-ons- Look and Feel etc.
  • Install from Zip File, select this for any file sources you may have downloaded via File Manager or from a HD or Flash Drive.
  • Not shown but will appear here if there are any Add-ons that have an Update available. This will only occur if you have disabled auto update. This is found in SystemSystem, Add-ons found in left side menu then Updates.

In Conclusion

I hope you have found this article helpful and informative. As with the other and future reviews, the intent was to give the user an opportunity to see what the Rapier Skin looks and feels like. You may have considered to try a new skin, but may be reluctant to try it

These reviews hopefully will help you understand what the to expect of the Skin if installed. For more great articles on a wide variety of topics, please stop by GeeksCorner and give us a look.

If for some reason you can not locate the Rapier Skin in Interface, you can get the zip file from here.


Amazon error gives a user access to 1,700 voice recording from a stranger


an Alexa in Germany attempted to access his own voice history as per GDPR rules, however, he suddenly found he was able to listen to around 1,700 voice recording from a stranger after an Amazon employee sent the wrong files via a link. The company is obviously wants to avoid these types of incidents but puts this down to human error.

In a statement provided to TechCrunch who originally reported on the incident an Amazon spokesperson said “This was an unfortunate case of human error and an isolated incident,” “We have resolved the issue with the two customers involved and have taken steps to further improve our processes. We were also in touch on a precautionary basis with the relevant regulatory authorities.”

After the user who was mistakenly given access reported the error to Amazon, but didn’t hear back initially, however, Amazon deleted the files from the link. Unfortunately the action was too late as the user had already downloaded them to his computer. A man and woman can be heard speaking in the recordings, according to the report. A local publication who was given access to the files was able to determine the identity of the user based on details from the recordings.


Apple Music is coming to the echo


Apple Music users will soon be able to enjoy their music collection on amazon echos, in a statement released by Amazon the ability is being added as an Alexa skill.

Once it’s available, you’ll simply add the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app and then link your Apple Music account. After that, you’ll be able to use a command along the lines of ‘Alexa, ask Apple Music to play …’

Music has always been one of Alexa’s most popular features and today we’re excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17.

Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert-made radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, like K-Pop. Just ask Alexa to play Beats 1 to hear Apple Music’s global livestream including in-depth artist interviews— all completely ad-free.

This will be a welcome addition as currently the only way to listen is via a HomePod or Sonos speaker, Amazon offers a variety of cheaper echo devices.


Player Icon Settings, Part Two.

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Player Settings Controls and Icons

Player Icon Settings can vary from one skin to another. In a perfect world these would all be the same. Sometimes the changes can appear to be drastic and complicated. Due to the design the developer of the Skin, these settings can be either very complex, or very simple.

In Part Two of our series of Tasso’s Tips©®, our focus will be showing you the reader, where each Skin’s Player settings are. Most of all, showing you how to access some underused player controls. For more info on Kodi player settings, see this link. Part One of this series can be found here.

In part two of Player Settings, we will look at Black Glass Nova Skin, Metropolis Skin, SiO2 Skin and Rapier Skin.

Black Glass Nova Player Settings

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The player settings found in Black Glass Nova skin look rather extensive and confusing for the first time user. But once you get thru what each Icon does you will discover that 50% are really not needed. Because we all know what the Pause, Play, Fast Forward, etc. stand for I’ll only show what the others are. Starting with Section A in the photo:

  1. Back.
  2. Home.
  3. Mute.
  4. Volume Down.
  5. Volume Up.
  6. Menu.
  7. Settings.
  8. Quit.

Section B, moving left to right: Subtitles, Video, Audio and Subtitle, Bookmarks, Playlist and Media Info Settings.

Subtitle Settings

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First of all I must say that there are far too many settings that really aren’t needed in this skin. And subtitles is prime example. It’s a shame because I really like this skin and the only downside at least for me is the overkill of player icons. But this is why we do these reviews to show you what to expect and decide for yourself if it’s best suited for you.

As a result of clicking on Subtitles, a new list of Icons will appear below:

  • Enable Subtitles– Because Subtitles Enabled is the default setting, you must select this to disable. However, once disabled, you will be left with Download Subtitles and Audio Language. Another example of overkill in my opinion.
  • Download SubtitlesPhoto B is the screenshot of what you will see after selecting this icon.
  • Offset Subtitles– Use this option to adjust the speed of the text as it appears.
  • Subtitle Language– Just a reminder of the language set for subtitles.
  • Audio Language– Same as the above, but once again a feature that came done in Kodi settings. Go to SystemPlayer SettingsLanguage– and make the adjustments there.

Video and Audio Player Settings

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Photos C and D are examples of the Video Settings and the Audio and Subtitle Settings.

Bookmarks and Playlists

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Photo E gives a wide selection of where to Bookmark this media file if you need to save it for viewing at a later time. Photo F, Playlists, baffles me to be honest. I really do not see a need for this option at all. To exit any of the these settings, use the back button on the remote, right click if using a mouse or hit the ESC key on the keyboard.

Media Info

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Finally, the Media Info icon. This provides a brief description of the Move file as well as Resolution, Video ratio, Audio for example. Once you get used to settings icons, you’ll find it’s a decent player to use.

 

Metropolis Player Settings

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The Metropolis Skin is one of my top 5 Skins to use, for many reasons. But the player settings icons are probably the main reason. very easy to use, understandable, and only the ones (in my opinion) that we all use the most are available.

Maybe it’s the layout and presentation you see once a movie file starts, just like the example shown above. As we’ve mentioned in previous skin player reviews, we’ll pass on the description of the usual most common settings:

  1. Playlist. This icon is disabled and really isn’t needed so you can skip past that one.
  2. Bookmarks.
  3. Subtitles.
  4. Random. This icon is primarily used when playing Audio files, unlike Playlist, this is enabled and can also be set for Repeat as well. Using this setting for a movie file is a personal choice.
  5. Video Settings.
  6. Audio Settings.

Bookmarks and Subtitles

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Another reason I enjoy this skin is how transparent the settings are when selected. I guess it’s more of a personal choice here, but I find it easy on the eyes. Photo A is an example of Bookmarks. Photo B is Subtitles, if you do not have a service for subtitles enabled, follow this link to find out how. This must be enabled in kodi prior to searching for any subtitle.

Video and Audio/Subtitle Player Settings

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Photo A- Video Settings allows you to alter anything that will affect how you view a media file. Brightness, Contrast, etc.

Photo B- You can adjust the Volume as well as enable/disable Subtitles as well as correct the offset or sync the text if needed.

Media Info

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Media Info or in this case Debug is a favorite of mine. This is an underused or misunderstood setting that many overlook. I use it to confirm what the description of this file is when it comes to the resolution. For example, you may think you’re streaming a 1080p file when in fact it may only be 720 or it may read as  5-1 Audio. In this example it is 5-1 as well as showing me that it is using the H.264 Codec. To initiate this option, hit the Up button on the remote or if using a keyboard, use the Up Directional Arrow. Another way to get the same info is to hit the letter O on the keyboard. Most noteworthy is this can only be done if you are using a keyboard connected to your device (Android Box, Tablet, Laptop or PC) either wired or wireless.

 

Rapier Player Settings

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The Player Icon Settings in the Rapier Skin is somewhat similar to Metropolis with the exception of where some of the “Specialty Icon settings” are located. I love this setup to be honest. First of all, you have the icons you would be using more often in a central location, easy to find and use. The rest are off to the side, where they should be :

  1. Exit. I fail to see why this option is even offered when the same affect is achieved by selecting Stop.
  2. Info. Your one stop icon for all the info available for a stream. More about this shortly.
  3. Bookmarks.
  4. Subtitles.
  5. Audio and Subtitle Settings.
  6. Video Settings.

Information Settings

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This feature is only found (so far from all skins that I’ve researched) in the Rapier Skin. To open this feature, click on the i , as shown in Photo A. Rather than showing you one option to view, it actually supplies Three (3) These are :

  • General Information. Photo B has the example of that, basic description of the movie file and the Resolution plus Audio etc. settings.
  • Technical Information. See below.
  • Debug Information. See below.

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  • Photo C – Technical or as I like to call it the Codec information. This provides more information about the actual stream itself. If you are using a keyboard, you can get the same info by hitting the Letter O.
  • Photo D – Debug, for those of you who are into the real technical aspects of streams then this is for you. Long story short, this info basically provides what is happening to your device and kodi, plus the “load” on the CPU.

Bookmarks and Subtitle Settings

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Photo EBookmarks, from here you may select where to restart the movie file if you have to stop for a period of time.

Photo F– If you have a Subtitle Service enabled in Kodi, this is what you will see.

Audio and Video Player Settings

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  • Photo H– Audio and Subtitle Settings.
  • Photo I– Video Settings.

An excellent Player to use, nothing fancy or complicated about it. All you need is right there in front of you, another favorite of mine. Give it try and see how you like it.

 

SiO2 Player Settings

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The SiO2 Player has a different way of accessing the settings. While most other players have the settings visible along the bottom of the screen, SiO2 as shown in Photo A, requires you to select an Arrow (#2) to open a pull down menu. Option #1 has the basic everyday icons we all know about. Photo B shows what settings are located within the pull down menu:

  1. Info– A very brief description of the movie file as you can see in Photo B.
  2. Audio & Subtitles.
  3. Video Settings.
  4. Bookmarks.
  5. Video Codec.

Audio and Subtitle Settings

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Photo CAudio and Subtitle settings also allows you to adjust the Audio offset as well as the Subtitle offset if either one is “out of sync”.

Photo DVideo Settings where you can change the brightness/contrast among other options.

Bookmarks

 

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Probably the easiest setting of all to use.

 

Video Codec Player Setting

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Finally, one of my favorite settings, as you can tell from my other articles. Once you get to know what each section stands for, I think you will agree. This will show you the exact Video Codec, Resolution, Number of Audio Channels and most importantly the CPU load on the device.

In Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed reading part two of Player Icon Settings as much as I have in creating this article. Part Three will be looking at Titan, Transparency, Unity and Aeon MQ7 Skins Player settings. Understanding how a Skins player settings work is just as important as the Skin itself. Probably the most used feature of any Skin. Not only do you use it for Movie Files, there are TV Shows and Audio Files being played as well. Especially relevant is Part One, if you have missed it, you can see it here.

 


Player Icon Settings, Part One.

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Player Settings Controls and Icons

Player Icon Settings can vary from one skin to another. In a perfect world these would all be the same. Sometimes the changes can appear to be drastic and complicated. Due to the design the developer of the Skin, these settings can be either very complex, or very simple.

In this next series of Tasso’s Tips©®, our focus will be showing you the reader, where each Skin’s Player settings are. Most of all, showing you how to access some underused player controls. For more info on Kodi player settings, see this link.

Amber Skin Player Icons

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Because each skin is not created equally, you will find some like the Amber Skin shown here have made it rather simple. Most skins stick to the basics : SubtitlesBookmarksAudio & SubtitleVideo Settings. These may not appear in the same order as shown above, but we’ll walk you thru each skin as we move along. One nice feature with the Amber Skin is the info shown concerning the Resolution, Audio, etc once the movie file is started.

Amber Player Subtitle

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As a result of selecting the first icon, you will notice it is the Subtitle section. You will be given the option of:

  • Downloading subtitles (this must be enabled and set up in kodi prior, See this Link on how to enable Subtitles.
  • Subtitle Offset, this will let you alter the speed of the text as it appears if not in sync.
  • Sort Descending allows you to organize how the downloaded Subtitles appear.
  • Enabled, Off or On. Your choice.

Bookmarks and Information

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  • Photo A – Is what you see after selecting the second icon, Bookmark. This skin gives you a list of the “chapter names” as opposed to the time like other skins do. Why should I bookmark a movie? Maybe you get interrupted for a reason and need to stop viewing for a period of time. This feature will allow you to return to exact place you left from.
  • Photo B – Once you have clicked the i Icon, it will give a brief description of the movies plot.

Audio & Video Settings

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Finally, after selecting the Cog Icon, you will have two choices. Audio & Subtitle Settings as shown in Photo C. And Video Settings shown in Photo D.

For more information about the Amber Skin, please click Here.

 

APP TV Player Icons

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In our next Skin, the APP TV Skin has a very simple set of player control icons. Since we all know what the basic icons do such as Pause, Stop, Play, etc. we’ll concentrate on the other options and their locations. First of all, in the top photo above, you are given the Information about the media stream. Resolution, Codec, Audio, etc. are shown to the right. To the left there are three icons,

  • CC is for Subtitles and is represented by the lower photo.
  • Speaker is for the Audio Settings.
  • Camera is for the Video Settings.

Audio and Video Settings

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As a result of selecting either A- Audio Settings Icon or B- Video Settings Icon, you now have access to adjust the individual settings as needed. Also, select Close to exit each of these screen options.

Bookmark and Volume Settings

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Another set of player settings can be found to the far right as shown in Photo A. Once you select the 3 dots, a new set of options will appear. These are:

  • Bookmark – the open book will give you access to the Bookmark Option as shown in Photo B.
  • 4 Horizontal Lines – Unfortunately, this feature is not enabled, so disregard.
  • Speaker + – Increases the Volume.
  • Speaker – – Decreases the Volume.

Player Codec Information

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Finally, as we review these player settings, occasionally a skin does not provide the Codec or the Stream information. A very easy way to find this is to select the O Key if using a wired/wireless keyboard on the device you’re using. Consequently, this feature is found on Kodi Krypton series and the new Leia (Kodi 18) only. Hit the O key again to remove.

 

Arctic Zephyr Player Icons

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The Player settings found in Arctic Zephyr are really easy to use and find. With the exception of 3D Mode not enabled, this can be setup in Kodi for those who are interested in 3D.

Audio & Video Settings

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I’ve combined both screenshots to save some space, but you will only see one or the other as individual pages. You will notice these same settings are found in all Skin player settings. Don’t forget to select Close to exit.

Subtitles

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The Subtitle Icon offers two options:

  • Download, which is what you see in the Photo.
  • Disabled. I happen to have Subtitles disabled in this skin, simply click again to change to Enabled.

Extra Info & Bookmarks

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First of all, lets deal with Extra Info. Most of the skins I have found with this option, at least for me can be a real PITA to return to the movie file. Maybe it’s me but I always seem to find myself looking at the download page after I click Play as shown in the top Photo. So I tend to not use this option.

Bookmarks, once again you’re given the option to pick a “chapter” to save a place if you have to shut down for any reason.

Player Codec Info

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Finally, as we review these player settings, occasionally a skin does not provide the Codec or the Stream information. A very easy way to find this is to select the O Key if using a wired/wireless keyboard on the device you’re using. Consequently, this feature is found on Kodi Krypton series and the new Leia (Kodi 18) only. Hit the O key again to remove.

 

In Conclusion

Stay tuned for more player icon settings coming soon. Because there are so many to review, we have divided this series into 3 parts. Aeon MQ7, Black Glass Nova, Metropolis, SiO2 and Unity skins are just a sample of what we will be showing. Thank you for taking the time to read this article. You can find more informative articles on a wide assortment of Apple/Android topics at Geeks Corner.

 


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