Kodi 18 Rapier Skin Review

Rapier Skin

Rapier Skin

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.

Rapier Skin

  • 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

Rapier Skin

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

Rapier Skin

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

Rapier Skin

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

Rapier Skin

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

Rapier Skin

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

Rapier Skin

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

Rapier Skin

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

Rapier Skin

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.

Rapier Skin

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

Rapier Skin

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.

Remote App Basics for Fire TV

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Remote App for Fire TV

Remote App Basics for Fire TV , first published in Tasso’s Tips©® on 12/16/2016, has had a few updates. Where can I use the remote app ?:

The Fire TV Remote App is available on:

  • All 4th Generation and later Fire tablets
  • Android devices (running Android OS 4.0.3 or higher)
  • iOS devices (running iOS 7.0 or higher)

Before you can use the Fire TV Remote App, you first need to connect the device you used to download the app to the same Wi-Fi network as your Amazon Fire TV device.
You can then pair the app with your Amazon Fire TV device.

Pairing the Remote App

  1. Connect your mobile device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Amazon Fire TV device.
  2. Launch the app and select the Amazon Fire TV device you want to pair with.
    Note: If you can’t find your device, you may see a prompt to Sign in to your Amazon account.
  3. Tap the Sign In option and enter your Amazon account information to help the
    Fire TV Remote App discover devices registered to your account.
  4. In the app, enter the code displayed on your TV screen.
  5. In addition, once you pair the Fire TV Remote App, you cannot unpair it. However, if you factory reset your Fire TV device, all paired remotes and controllers are removed.

Most noteworthy, if you are having trouble pairing the devices, see this help source.

 

Where to Download?

To download the Fire TV Remote App, go to your preferred appstore from any compatible device and search for “Amazon Fire TV Remote App.” Follow the onscreen instructions to complete installation. The Fire TV Remote App is available for download from:

 

The Basics

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Voice Search:

  • Press and hold the Voice Voice Button icon  Voice Button   at the top of the screen, then drag down. Don’t release the icon until you’re done speaking.
  • Say keywords related to the content items you want to search such as the title or genre for example. For more information concerning Voice, use this link. ( *see note below)

Navigation:

  • Select an item, tap the touch pad.
  • To move your selection, swipe from the middle of the touch pad in the direction you want to move.
  • To scroll, swipe and hold.

 Menu – Open more options, based on the content or screen currently selected.

 Back – Return to the previous screen or action.

 Play/pause – Start or stop playback.

 Rewind – Press once to skip 10 seconds backward. Press and hold to continue navigating backward in the video. Additional presses allow you to cycle through available speed options.

 Fast Forward – Press once to skip 10 seconds forward. Press and hold to continue navigating forward in the video. Additional presses allow you to cycle through available speed options.

Keyboard and Gaming

Enter text with a keyboard, this may not be available within third-party apps.

  1. Select the keyboard icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Enter text.
  3. Tap Done to close the keyboard.

Due to the Fire TV Remote App not being designed to play games, some games might work, but performance will vary.

*Note

The Alexa voice 2nd generation is included with:

  • Amazon Fire TV (3rd Generation)
  • Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation)
  • Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice
  • Fire TV Stick with Voice 

For more information on a wide assortment of other topics, please use this link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Chromecast with Your Android Phone

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 Chromecast via Android Phone

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Chromecast via Android Phone is a Tasso’sTips ©® original, but has since been improved with special thanks from Eilish Braniff. As more people are using their Android Phones for different uses in their lives, here’s a unique feature for those that have a Chromecast sitting around the house and have no idea what to do with it. Just a bit of information for those who may not know what it is.

What is Chromecast

Chromecast is a device made by Google that functions as an audio and video player that connects to an HDMI port on your TV.  The appeal of the Chromecast over similar devices like Apple TV or Roku is the low $35 (* note) price point and ease of use.  Unlike other similar devices, it does not have a UI that allows the selection of content.

  • * note- as of Nov. 6/16 it was increased to $69, prices may have since increased. (source)

Instead, content is found in one of the supported applications and “casted” to the device.  For many configurations, the Chromecast automatically turns on the TV and selects the correct input for the device, making the entire process straightforward. (source)

How Do I Update ?

Start by leaving the first-gen Chromecast plugged into a power source and connected to Wi-Fi for at least an hour. From there, reboot the dongle using a mobile device or computer. For mobile, launch the app and then select its device card. From there, tap the Menu button and then tap “Reboot Chromecast.”

The Setup

Let’s move on to the Setup;

  1. Plug your Chromecast to a USB port in your TV. If there isn’t a free USB port on your TV (or if it’s being used), go ahead and use the included power adapter to connect the device to an outlet.
  2. Change your TV’s input channel to the same one your Chromecast is connected to.
  3. Download the Google Cast Android app from the Google Play Store.
  4. Open the app, accept the terms, sign into your Google account and follow instructions.
  5. The main page should show up after the initial setup is complete.
  6. Tap “Devices” and hit “Set Up” once you see it appear.
  7. Select “Set Up” once again.
  8. A code should appear on both your TV and smartphone screens. Make sure it’s the same one on both devices.
  9. You will be asked if you want to change your Chromecast’s name to something unique. You can do so, or you can leave the default one on.
  10. When done, select “Set Name”.

Connecting to WiFi Network

  • Next, you will be asked to choose a WiFi network. Go through the necessary steps and then select “Set Network”.
  • Your might get some updates. Just wait until they are done.
  • The device should launch and is now ready to use.

Finally, once all is set up, compatible applications on your devices should show a Cast icon (when connected to the same WiFi network). For example, when watching a YouTube video, simply hit the Cast icon and select your specific device. The content will show up on your large screen TV and you can easily control it with your smartphone. Please select this link for more helpful articles of interest.

To download , click Here (for Android or Apple Phone or Tablet)

Google Wallet and Android Pay Merge

Google has today announced that Google Wallet and Android Pay have merged to make a more simplification of its mobile payments offerings which will make it easier for customers to pay for stuff by looking for the “Google Pay” logo at checkout in Google apps, online and in stores.

Taking advantage of the payment information already saved to your Google Account, Google Pay makes it easy to speed through the checkout process with peace of mind (it’s already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart and other select apps and websites).

“Over the coming weeks, you’ll see Google Pay online, in store and across Google products, as well as when you’re paying friends,” said the company. Over the coming weeks you will see Google Pay logos instead of Android Pay logos.

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