Virtual Reality head to head

When it comes to virtual reality there are many headset at different price ranges available.

In the last couple of weeks on The Digital Lifestyle we have looked at headsets from Oculus, Acer and Lenovo.

Richard compared the Oculus Rift with the Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset while I put the Lenovo and Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets head to head



Smart Christmas lights: Using Alexa and IFTTT to control your Christmas lights


Over on I have two new articles on how to use control your Holiday / Christmas lights this festive season.

I have posted how to control your Christmas lights using Amazon Alexa which makes it really easy to ask your favourite virtual assistant to turn on your Christmas lights. I also show you how you can have one simple command to turn out on your device.

Video: How to control your Christmas lights with Amazon Alexa

What if you don’t want to have to ask to turn your lights on and you actually want them to come on themselves exactly at the time it goes dark? With smart plugs you can, in my guide I show you how you can have your lights come on as it goes dark outside without using light sensors. The guide uses IFTTT and a D-Link smart plug, checkout my guide on How to set your Christmas lights to come on automatically at sunset each day IFTTT

Each post has a video walkthrough.

So no excuse, never manually switch on your lights again.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review

Over on The Digital I have posted my review with the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset. This is Acer’s take on Windows Mixed Reality.

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Microsoft introduced support for Windows Mixed Reality, which is Microsoft’s system of Virtual Reality and immersive experiences. Microsoft aren’t making their own mixed reality headsets (other than the enterprise/developer focused Hololens) and have left it to their OEM partners to bring out Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

In this review I am going to focus on the Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset and I will only briefly talk about Windows 10 Mixed Reality environment and apps. If you want to know more about Windows Mixed Reality and see it in action have a look at my review of the Lenovo Windows Mixed Reality headset where I spent some time looking at the OS and apps.

Continue reading over on The Digital


What’s on TDL this week?

What is happening over at this week?

We are our new forums, please take a look including our new Windows Mixed Reality forum

Other posts this week:

TDL Headlines 11/08/2017

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

The Digital Lifestyle Show #613 – Smart Cat flap

Video: Hands on with Window 10 Mobile Build 15240

Microsoft release Windows 10 Mobile build 15240

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build 16251 now available as an ISO

Microsoft release Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16257

Windows 10 UWP VLC app Updated

Microsoft release Windows Hello fix for the Surface Pro 4

Lots more on The Digital

Top Stories The Digital 04/08/2017

Here are the top stories from The Digital for August 4th 2017.

This week’s podcast:

The Digital Lifestyle Show #612 – Skip Ahead to the Future

More at The Digital Lifestyle

The Digital Lifestyle Show #305


Great show for you this week, Jason Fitzpatrick from The Centre For Computing History joins Garry, Andrew and I to talk about their fantastic collection historic computers and the great job they are doing preserving out computer heritage (including my person favorite the ZX Spectrum)

We also chat about the weeks news including Airplay in Windows Media Center, My Movies, Windows Home Server, Windows Phone DVBLink apps, IPTV in Media Center and Freeview HD Tuners.

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Thanks to DVBLogic for supporting the podcast

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ZX Spectrum on show at the Gadget Show Live

The Digital Lifestyle Show No 300–Prizes and Ed Bott

NewImageWelcome to the 300th edition of the show that started out in 2005 as The Media Center Show, it been great being part of the community and I love doing the show. So to celebrate we have Ed Bott returning to the show, Ed was last on show 250 last year and we take a look at how Microsoft have performed over the last year and where Ed sees Microsoft going in the future, we talk Windows 7, Windows Live, Windows Phone 7, IE9 and Windows 8 We have ton of prizes to giveaway so Garry and Andrew have come up with some tricky questions to go with the prizes plus we have emails about  show 300, using Technet subscriptions and Windows Home Server. I also want to thanks Chris Lux for a great messages about show 300 and you can hear his message in the show. So its a bumper two hour show for you this week complete with new theme music recorded using Garage Band on the iPad You can also notice TDL has had a makeover and a complete new look and feel Listen Here (download mp3)Subscribe via iTunesSubscribe via RSSSubscribe with Zune Links for this weeks show:

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