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Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time is a free multiplatform application (Windows, Mac OS X and Android) that became very popular in the pirate world as it allows to watch video contents (movies, tv series, anime) in standard or high definition for free, it’s like an illegal version of Netflix, the famous paid streaming service.

Once installed the database of the program will show, there are many titles available, the quality is very high and the streaming is very fluid.
You just need to select a title (or search it), choose quality (eg. 720p, 1080p), if display subtitles (and eventually in which language) and then simply click Watch now (by default Popcorn Time use its internal player but you can choose also VLC or any DLNA connected compatible device).

Popcorn Time in few words is a database of video torrents, the sources are external.
One nice feature that maybe all don’t know is that the program allows to add any torrent file we want. You just need to have your .torrent file and drag in the Popcorn Time window, the file will be analyzed, loaded and then the stream will begin, very simple!
Alternatively you can copy the Magnet link and “paste” inside the program.
I had successfully done the test with the Windows latest version available.

A NAS (Network Attached Storage) is a mass storage device connected to a computer network and works as a file server.
The device can be composed by a series of hard disk drives and generally run Linux (Embedded) OS.

Main manufacturers are Synology, QNAP, Western Digital, Seagate.

The connection to the network is made with ethernet cable, but there are also models with WiFi.
In NAS we can find other connections available, USB (2.0/3.0) ports.

Let see the advantages to use a NAS in an home environment.

Centralized file storage

All files are available at any moment and from any device on multiple platforms. For example you can access files from a Windows PC, or Mac or Linux, perform data backup to the NAS.

Multimedia server

NAS can work as multimedia server for UPnP/DLNA enabled devices. Generally you can easily enable this feature from a control panel provided to the user.
Once enabled you can stream files (video, audio, photo playback) to compatible devices (eg. smart tv, consoles).
NAS can work as iTunes server, you just must enable this feature from the control panel.

Print server

NAS can assume the role of a print server and replace expensive network printers.

Sync with cloud services

NAS, within specific apps/services, can interface with various cloud services (eg. Google Drive, Dropbox) and sync files.

Download files

Various NAS provides apps/services that allows to download files using various protocols (eg. HTTP, FTP, Torrent, eMule) directly into device.

Most interesting free and opensource software of February:

mRemoteNG

mRemoteNG is an opensource Windows software that allows multiple remote connections managed in tabs, it supports the following protocols:

RDP (Remote Desktop/Terminal Server)
VNC (Virtual Network Computing)
ICA (Citrix Independent Computing Architecture)
SSH (Secure Shell)
Telnet (TELecommunication NETwork)
HTTP/HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
rlogin
Raw Socket Connections

Icecream Apps various interesting software for productivity:

PDF Converter (convert documents and images to PDF format)
Media Converter (convert audio and video files to various formats)
Ebook Reader (allows to read ebooks in epub, fb2, mobi format)
PDF Split&Merge (split and merge PDF documents)
Screen Recorder (capture screen or take screenshots – full screen or of selected area)
Image Resizer (resize multiple photos in different formats)
Slideshow Maker (create a good presentation or a nice slideshow)

Disk Drill free data recovery app, easy to use thanks to its intuitive interface.

Lazesoft Recovery Suite (Free Edition) can repair any boot and crash errors, recover files safely, make a disk image and clone, recover Windows password without the installation cd.

AllDup powerful utility to easily find (and delete) duplicate files.

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