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Plex 2.3.1

Access the content stored on your Plex media server direct from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

by Nick Peers

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License: No Trial Available. Purchase Only
Operating Systems: Android, iPad, iPhone
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Android 1.6 or later; iOS 3.1 or later; Plex Media Server running and configured

Languages: English
Software Cost: $4.99 (Android) $4.99 (iPhone) $4.99 (iPad)
Date Updated: 08 May 2012
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Developer: Plex
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Plex on Android
Once connected, your entire home media collection is accessible from your portable device.

You’ve got all that media – photos, videos, recorded TV, music and more – scattered across your network, and now there’s a load of online media to tap into as well. If you’ve got a network of Macs to serve, one of the best ways of sharing all that content is by installing the Plex Media Server.

Once the server is installed and set up, you’ll want access to all that glorious material. Mac and Windows users should simply install the Plex Media Center client, which is free.

iPhone and Android users will, obviously, need to download this dedicated app to gain access to their media library. This costs $4.99, but once paid for and installed, is quite easy to set up. We’d recommend making your initial connection while connected to the same wi-fi network as your server – it’s easy to spot, and you’ll immediately be able to browse and access your media collection.

Should you wish to use the app away from home, things are a little more complicated. With the release of 0.9.5 of Plex Media Server, however, things have potentially got a lot easier - if your router supports uPnP or NAT-PMP, all you need to do is set up a myPlex account and access the myPlex tab under your Media Server's Preferences to connect the two together. If your router doesn't support either protocol, you'll need to manually forward the required port to make it work - click here for some useful guidance. 

Once set up, however, you have access to your home and online media direct from your portable device without having to use up any of your precious storage space. And the beauty is, it just works, beautifully.

Important note: when streaming to your portable device over a 3G network, remember that you’ll be eating into whatever bandwidth your account gives you, and rapidly too. Thankfully, the app also works over a wi-fi network, which (unless you’re on a capped broadband connection) shouldn’t cost you anything to use.

Verdict:

A brilliant means of accessing your media collection while away from your computer.

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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