How to keep listening when Pandora leaves Australia on 31 July 2017

Sadly, Pandora streaming radio is leaving Australian and New Zealand. However, Aussies and Kiwis can keep listening to Pandora beyond this date with these simple tricks.

Sadly, Pandora streaming radio is leaving Australia and New Zealand. However, Aussies and Kiwis can keep listening to Pandora beyond this date with these simple tricks.

 Smart DNS

The simplest and best trick to use to keep listening to Pandora in Australia is to use a smart DNS.  These services trick Pandora’s servers into thinking you are located in the United States.  More great news is that smart DNS will also unblock hundreds of other streaming services around the globe including BBC iPlayer, HBO Now and Netflix’s superior US movie library.

I recommend you consider two services, Unlocator and Getflix.  The advantage of Unlocator is that is has a free trial so you can try it out first risk free (followed by a paid subscription services) while Getflix offers a one-payment lifetime subscription.

If you intend to use Pandora from a Windows PC or Mac then a smart DNS is the way to go to keep listening to Pandora after it leaves Australia.

Virtual Private Networks

Virtual Private Networks or VPNs tunnel your internet traffic through encrypted overseas servers that trick Pandora that your device is located in the United States so you can keep listening to Pandora.

VPNs are best if you want to keep streaming Pandora on the go using your smartphone (note Getflix above also includes a smart VPN service).

There are plenty of VPN deals available however apopular VPN deal that include smart phone apps (you’ll need apps to keep this easy) is VPN Unlimited.

So, if anyone asks you for alternatives to Pandora now that it is shutting down in Australia you can proudly show them how easy it is to keep on listening to Pandora anywhere in the world.

Turn your ordinary TV into a Smart TV and unblock Netflix

No problem! As long as your TV has HDMI then you can turn your TV into a Smart TV. This page is a step-by-step guide to buying the right technology, unblocking the apps for Netflix, Hulu, BCC iPlayer and more so you can install apps and start streaming video to your older TV. You must also have Wi-Fi enabled internet at home.

Do you want to watch Netflix (U.S. and other overseas versions), Hulu (U.S.) and BBC iPlayer (U.K.) on your TV but don’t have a Smart TV?  No worries, just follow this step-by-step guide and you will can get all of these on your ‘dumb’ TV and also ungeoblock all of the above plus many more overseas streaming channels.  

This trick is worthwhile, no matter which country you are in, to unblock over 200 streaming video and music channels from around the globe . 

As long as  your TV has HDMI then you can turn your TV into a Smart TV.  This page is a step-by-step guide to buying the right technology, unblocking the apps for Netflix, Hulu, BCC iPlayer and more so you can install apps and start streaming  video to your older TV. You must also have Wi-Fi enabled internet at home.

Step 1 – make sure you have HDMI input on your TV

First, make sure your television has a HDMI video input (if you don’t have this, this guide can’t help you, but you might want to search this site for a step by step guide to unblock your iPhone, iPad or Android device instead).

A HDMI input looks like this:

HDMI female socket input
HDMI female socket input (above)
HDMI male cable plug
HDMI male cable plug

It’s will be handy for a later step if you also have a USB plug in your TV but this is not essential.

Step 2 – buy a cheap Android streaming stick or Windows stick

Yes you will have to buy some stuff. Don’t worry, it’s not very expensive and trust me, I’ve got a Smart TV and an Android streaming stick and the streaming stick is much better than the so-called “smart” software in a Smart TV.  Alternatively, you can buy an Intel Compute Stick and get a tiny fully functioning Windows computer on a stick.

The best Android streaming sticks for unlocking Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and more (remember, that is the end goal of this guide) are the Rikomagic series.  Start with the Rikomagic 802IV which runs Android (to install Netflix apps etc), has a quad core processor, built-in Wi-Fi, bluetooth and usually comes bundled with USB cable, short HDMI cable and power adapter and is suitable for streaming high definition video.

If you want to spend a a little bit more and stick with the familiar Windows interface, buy an Intel Compute Stick which is a tiny fully functioning Windows PC made by Intel.  The Compute Stick currently comes with Windows 8.1 but you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Do not buy a Google Chromecast stick instead as it will not work for Netflix outside of the USA and you can’t fix it.

Streaming stick work by plugging directly into your television’s HDMI port and these mini computers are powered by USB (either a USB port on your TV or through the supplied USB power pack). You control the streaming stick on your television screen using a mini-wireless keyboard (and/or your Android phone.

I bought both an Android and Intel mini PC on eBay.  While you are there, you may wish to buy a mini wireless keyboard and SD card for extra storage.

Rikomagic MK802IV
Rikomagic MK802IV with HDMI plug
Rikomagic MK802 screenshot
Screenshot of Rikomagic MK802 on television screen with Netflix

 

Step 3 – sign up for an unblocking service to bypass and circumvent geoblocks 

(You’re going to have to wait until your streaming stick arrives in the post so bookmark this page and come back once you have installed your stick and connected it to your Wi-Fi).

This is an essential step if you live outside the USA (or outside the UK for BBC iPlayer).  Not only will this unblocking service get access to Netflix (subscription), Hulu and BBC iPlayer, it will unblock access to over 175 other streaming video and music services around the globe.

Don’t worry, you can try a seven day free trial (without credit card) to check first that it works for you.  This service tricks the streaming siteslike Netflix that you are located in the correct country and bypass the geoblocks.

Get started on the free seven day Unlocator trial by clicking here.

Step 4 – install Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer on your Android streaming stick 

The Unlocator site has step-by-step instructions to unblock your Android device to access overseas streaming services. You should first follow the specific Android instructions by clicking here but I also strongly recommend you also follow the instructions for your internet router (the router is the device that connects your house to the internet).

If you chose the Windows stick, follow the Windows instructions or, better yet, follow the instructions for your internet router.  Once set up, simply browse to the Netflix site on your Windows stick and start watching the better U.S. library

Enjoy your streaming movies, television and music! 

Now your have access to thousands of streaming movies and televisions shows, I strongly suggest you get yourself an internet service plan that has unlimited data.  If you are in Australia, check out this iPrimus unlimited plan with $100 cash back.

 

How to unblock and watch the latest Doctor Who season for free

Step by step guide to unblocking and watching season 10 of Doctor Who for free. Ungeoblock and watch the BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world.

Season 10 of Doctor Who is out now and it is easy to watch it online for free.

If you live outside the United Kingdom you can still watch it on the BBC iPlayer.  All you need to do is use this simple trick to bypass the BBC’s geoblocks to get access from anywhere in the world.

Step 1

The first step is to sign-up to a free trial with a service that offers a smart DNS to trick the BBC that you are located in the U.K.

A DNS server is like an internet address system that gets you to the websites you want.  Using a smart DNS instead of the default one provided by your Internet Service Provider can unblock the BBC iPlayer and hundreds of other geoblocked streaming services around the world. Check out this list of free streaming services you will be able to access.

I use the Unlocator service as it has been trouble free for me.

Step 2

Follow the steps online at at Unlocator to start using the smart DNS service. I recommend the option of unblocking your internet router as the easiest way to get it working.

Step 3

Go to the BBC iPlayer and starting watching the latest season of Doctor Who for free! Plus there are heaps of other great televisions shows, movies and documentaries available for free using the BBC iPlayer. Enjoy!

How to watch Plant Earth II for free – Sir David Attenborough

The BBC’s epic series, Planet Earth, is now in its second series.  You can download and watch David Attenborough’s Planet Earth 2 (2016) for free using these simple steps.

Simply go to our home page and follow the steps to unblock Netflix and other streaming sites and you will also unblock and get overseas access to the BBC iPlayer where you can watch Planet Earth II for free.

Check out these awesome clips from Planet Earth II.

So don’t delay! Simply go here to unblock BBC iPlayer and start watching Planet Earth II for free now!

The Secret Beach ruled by Kangaroos

Cape Hillsborough in Queensland, Australia has a beautiful white sandy beach that has mobs of friendly kangaroos and wallabies as its residents .

Queensland is known as Australia’s “sunshine state” and, in addition to its most popular beaches, has almost endless pristine white sandy beaches.

The pristine beach at Cape HIllsborough near Mackay is unique as it is inhabited by inquisitive kangaroos and wallabies that like to visit each sunrise to soak up the morning rays.

Check out these Instagram shots of the somewhat famous local residents.

Another frame from Cape Hillsborough were Kangaroos and Wallabies come down to the beach at sunrise each day

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A still from an amazing video at Cape Hillsborough Nature Reserve of the Roo's on the beach by @austinlelder #DiscoverQueensland

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How to get and install Pokémon GO anywhere in the world (Android) – step by step guide

Pokémon GO is taking the US, Germany, Australia and New Zealand by storm.  Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!

Get Pokemon GO free here

However, if you are outside the United States, Germany, Australia or New Zealand you won’t find the incredibly popular Pokémon GO app in the Android Play Store.  This step-by-step guide will show you how to install Pokémon GO on your Android device no matter where you live.  It’s safer than downloading the APK (app file) from a random site (which could be infected) but it is a little bit complicated.

Step 1: Get a VPN to hide your location on the internet

First, you are going to need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to trick your device that you are located in the United States when you are really in another country. VPNs securely tunnel your internet through computer servers located overseas (in this case the United States) which is how the trick works.

I recommend buying a lifetime subscription to a VPN so you don’t have to pay ongoing monthly fees.

The cheapest VPN that I recommend is AnonVPN.io which is super cheap and has a very simple and easy to use Windows desktop app.  If you have a Mac, try VPN Unlimited which also has an app for Mac OS X.

Step 2: Install and start your VPN

Follow the VPN instructions to install on your Windows PC or Mac.  Start the VPN and choose a server in the United States.

Once you have your VPN service, you may try to skip to step 9.  If that doesn’t work, come back to step 3.  

Step 3: Download and install an Android emulator on your Windows PC or Mac

You can install an Android emulator on your Windows PC or Mac.  The emulator lets your computer pretend it’s an Android phone or tablet so you can download the Pokémon GO app from the Google Play Store and join Pokémon GO.

For Windows PCs, download and install the Droid4X emulatorat www.droid4x.com. Remember you should still have your VPN running through a server in the United States.

For Mac OS X (and Windows PCs) you can try the Andy Android emulator at www.andyroid.net.

Step 4: Run the Android emulator on your computer

Remember, make sure you have your VPN already running through a server and the United States.

Start your Android emulator.  Droid4X has an option in the bottom of the screen to relocate your GPS location using a map.  Pick somewhere in the United States.  Close Droid4X and restart it.  The Android emulator now thinks you are in the United States (you need both the VPN and GPS simulator pointing to the United States for this to work).

Step 5: Open the Google Play store in your Android emulator

The US version of the Google Play store should open.

Step 6: Search for and install the Pokémon GO Android app

If you can’t find it then the non-US version of the Google Play store is open.  Follow step 4 againclosely.

Step 7: Open the Pokémon GO app and sign-up

Follow the steps to sign-up for Pokémon GO.  Don’t start playing now. Using GPS spoofing in Pokémon GO gameplay may get you banned for life! You have been warned.

Step 8: Go to the Google Play Store and install on your devices

Go to the Pokémon GO app page at the Google Play Store, make sure you are signed in to your Google Play Store account, and choose which devices you want to install the Pokémon GO app. Hopefull your Android Phone will show up.  If it does, happy playing.

If the Pokémon GO app doesn’t show up for your Android Phone then uh oh.  But all is not lost, keep going through the next steps.

Step 9: get the VPN running on your Android Phone

If you signed up for AnonVPN.io, the instructions for running the VPN are at:

https://www.anonvpn.io/android.php

If you chose another VPN, find the Android instructions on their website (or they may have an Android VPN app).

Make sure you select a server in the United States.

Step 10: Reboot your Android Phone and start the VPN server in the US

You need to reboot your phone, don’t skip this step. Once the phone has rebooted, immediately start the United States VPN server before doing anything else.

Step 11: Open Google Play store

Once you have rebooted the phone and started the United States VPN server, open the Google Play Store and it should be the US version of the app store.  Find the Pokémon GO store and install it.  Sign in and then reboot your phone.

Step 12: Enjoy Pokémon GO!!!

Get the new Pokemon GO App for iPhone now!

Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!

Join the Pokemon GO craze now. Meet new people, make friends, have fun, get out and about all while playing a great augmented reality game: Pokemon GO.  Get it from the Apple App Store now.

Get Pokemon GO free here
Get Pokemon GO free here

Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.

Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!

Search far and wide for Pokémon and items

Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.

Catching, hatching, evolving, and more

As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind.

Take on Gym battles and defend your Gym

As your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokémon to defend it against all comers.

It’s time to get moving—your real-life adventures await!

Get Pokemon GO from the Apple App Store.

Note: This app is free-to-play and is optimized for smartphones, not tablets.

Check out game tips and tricks at PokemonGO.one.

Unboxing the new ASUS RT-AC5300 wireless router

ASUS has released a new super-fast tri-band AC router, named the Asus RT-AC5300.

A great feature of this router is that it uses the Asus WRT firmware that has lots of great features.  The three best feature for me are:
  1. automatic QoS (quality of service) which allows you to choose whether the router priorities video streaming traffic, gaming traffic or web browsing
  2. automatic band and channel selection will put each of you devices onto the best of three bands (2.4 GHz or one of two 5 GHz) and best channel so each device performs at its best
  3. VPN client so you can choose to route all of your internet traffic through your third party VPN provider (such as Private Internet Access).

Check out the unboxing of the new Asus RT-AC5300 below:

Buy it at Amazon here: http://amzn.to/1VEToFm

How to unblock and watch HBO Now and Game Of Thrones in Australia

This is a step by step guide to watching HBO Now in Australia (for Windows, Mac OS X and Android).

HBO is the premium cable television service in the United States, with popular shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood.

HBO is no longer just a cable service though having released its streaming service HBO Now to compete with Netflix.

HBO Now is supposed to be only available in the United States and uses geoblocks so Australian’s can’t watch it.  Don’t fear though, there is way to bypass these geoblocks so you can watch HBO Now and Game Of Thrones in Australia.  It is a bit tricky though so below is a step by step guide to watching HBO Now outside the United States.  Once you’ve set it up though it’s easy to watch HBO Now in Australia or anywhere else outside the United States.

Step 1: Get a VPN to hide your location

First, you are going to need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to trick your device that you are located in the United States when you are really in Australia (or anywhere else in the world). VPNs securely tunnel your internet through computer servers located overseas (in this case the United States) which is how the trick works.

I recommend buying a lifetime subscription to a VPN so you don’t have to pay ongoing monthly fees.

The cheapest VPN that I recommend is VPNunlimited which is super cheap and has a very simple and easy to use Windows desktop app.  If you have a Mac, try VPN Unlimited which also has an app for Mac OS X.

Step 2: Install and start your VPN

Follow the VPN instructions to install on your Windows PC or Mac.  Start the VPN and choose a server in the United States.

Step 3: Download and install an Android emulator on your Windows PC or Mac

HBO Now does not let you sign-up on its website and insists you sign-up using an app (Android or iOS) as mobile devices can more easily find your location (using GPS) and the app stores will not offer the HBO Now app to devices outside the United States.

Fortunately, you can install an Android emulator on your Windows PC or Mac.  The emulator lets your computer pretend it’s an Android phone or tablet so you can download the HBO Now app and sign-up to the HBO Now free 14 day trial.

For Windows PCs, download and install the Droid4X emulator at www.droid4x.com. Remember you should still have your VPN running through a server in the United States.

For Mac OS X (and Windows PCs) you can try the Andy Android emulator at www.andyroid.net.

Step 4: Run the Android emulator on your computer

Remember, make sure you have your VPN already running through a server and the United States.

Start your Android emulator.  Droid4X has an option in the bottom of the screen to relocate your GPS location using a map.  Pick somewhere in the United States.  Close Droid4X and restart it.  The Android emulator now thinks you are in the United States (you need both the VPN and GPS simulator pointing to the United States for this to work).

Step 5: Open the Google Play store in your Android emulator

The US version of the Google Play store should open.

Step 6: Search for and install the HBO Now Android app

If you can’t find it then the non-US version of the Google Play store is open.  Follow step 4 again closely.

Step 7: Open the HBO NOw app and sign-up

Follow the steps to sign-up for the HBO Now free trial.  USe Delaware ZIP code 19702 (to avoid sales tax). You will need to enter Google Play payment information to continue for when the trial period ends.  An Australian credit card will work.  An Australian PayPal account will not work.

Step 8: Start watching HBO Now on your Android emulator

or …

Step 9: Watch HBO Now on your computer

Go to https://www.hbonow.com, sign in to your new account and start watching!

Always ensure your VPN is running when trying to watch HBO Now or it won’t work.

Now you can watch Game Of Thrones and other HBO shows in Australia.  Great work!

And no, this is not illegal in Australia.  Just ask our Prime Minister who says it’s all okay.

 

 

Productivity Commission supports circumventing geoblocks

The Australian Productivity Commission comes out swinging to support the right of Australians to circumvent (or bypass) geoblocks to access restricted content.

In releasing a report that slams Australia’s copyright system, Commissioner Karen Chester says the “Government should also make clear that Australians should be able to circumvent geoblocking technology”.

Karen Chester, Productivity Commissioner
Karen Chester, Productivity Commissioner

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously stated Australia’s Copyright Act does not prohibit circumventing geoblocks but this relies on a legal interpretation of the laws that has not been tested in court.

The Productivity Commission as recommended new laws that expressly enshrine the right of Australians to circumvent geoblocks to access overseas content.

We look forward to Attorney-General George Brandis putting forward these amendments with the same enthusiasm he had for introducing draconian copyright enforcement laws.

Given the Commission’s finding that “Australia’s system has swung too far in favour of vocal rights holders and influential IP exporting nations” we won’t hold our breath.

Hey George, it’s time you looked out for Australian interests not special and foreign interests.

But there’s no need to wait for George to act, you can already rely on Malcolm’s blog which reassures you can lawfully circumvent geoblocks to access overseas versions of Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and more.  You can get this special lifetime subscription to Getflix (a smart DNS service that bypasses geoblocks):

https://stacksocial.com/sales/getflix-lifetime-subscription

or learn a bit more about unblocking on our home page.