Tagged With media centres

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If you're new to the world of compact media centres such as the Raspberry Pi, it's easy to get caught up in all the bits and bobs you need to get it set up. Of course, having the required cables — power, HDMI, USB, etc — is mandatory, but before you splurge on a custom remote and infrared receiver, make sure your TV doesn't provide this functionality already.

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Dear LH, I recently made the decision to integrate my gaming PC into my living room. Basically, all gaming gets done on the sofa, but I have never been able to nail down the best way to ensure comfort for long PC gaming sessions that isn't bad for my posture while using a mouse. I was wondering if there is any sort of solutions for a sofa gamer aspiring to the ultimate "DIY gaming throne", both in terms of peripherals and general setup?

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Chorus is an add-on for XBMC that lets you remotely manage, build playlists, queue up videos, organise your library and do just about anything you want with your media centre. And you can do it all from the comfort of a browser window on another device.

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Hey Lifehacker, I'm considering using a iPad mini as a dedicated media 'hub', using Airplay to send Plex, YouTube and other content to a gen 3 Apple TV. Currently I'm using an Airport Extreme for Wi-Fi, along with a separate NetComm modem for internet connectivity. Is there any advantage to creating a second dedicated Wi-Fi network just for my media needs, or can I stay with the one network?

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Chances are your home theatre system is a mess, with multiple devices hooked into it your TV (Blu-Ray player, laptop, digital tuner and the rest). Here's how I rolled all those devices into one awesome media centre that costs less than $600 to build.

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OK, keeping yourself entertained doesn't make you productive in itself — but organising that process does leave you more time to relax. These are our picks for five key areas where the right technology makes digital entertainment much more enjoyable.