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AirParrot logo bigHalf a year ago I reported about performance problems of AirParrot 1.1.3 on Windows 8 while AirPlay mirroring the PC’s screen. And I’m not the only one who faces this annoying “features” of AirParrot on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Preview. Just have a look at the comments on the above mentioned post. However, two commentators of miApple.me, called ‘bickbadger’ and ‘Arde’, provided two separate fixes for that problems. I tested it with AirParrot 1.1.6, using a Acer Aspire 180T running on Windows 8.1 Preview with Windows Media Center installed and an Apple TV 3: And it works for me, if I combine this two fixes! 

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Google Voice LogoThe free Google Voice service lets you can send text messages and place calls to regular phone numbers from the computer or your mobile phone. In order to activate Google Voice to get your Google Voice number you need to be located in the United States (this means your computer must have a U.S. IP Address) and you must also have a local US phone number.

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Google Voice LogoIf you want to use Google Voice, especially outside US, you need to have a local US Phone number. This tutorial describes how to get your own charge-free US phone number from anywhere in the world without spending any money. Once you have an US local phone number, your friends and relatives in the US will be able to dial you from their landline or regular cell phones without paying international rates. The calls can be forwarded to your mobile phone, e.g. your iPhone via Google Voice App, or desktop based VoIP phones.

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Update: iTunes 11.2 Running On Windows 8.1 Update
Update: Fixing iTunes 11.1.4 Windows Installations: Apple Support Document released
Update: Fixing iTunes 11.1.4 Installation Crashes On Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8 And 8.1
Update: iTunes 11.1 And iTunes Radio Running On Windows 8 And Windows 8.1
Update: Fixing iTunes 11 Crashes On Windows 8 And Windows 8.1
Update: How To Install iTunes On Windows 8 And Windows 8.1

Source: microsoft.com

Source: microsoft.com

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Windows 8.1 LogoMy Acer Aspire 1810T was running on Windows 8 Pro with Windows Media Center installed. Today, I installed Windows 8.1 Preview on my Acer. I followed the instructions stated on the Windows Blog. First, you need to install a small update provided on the Preview page that enables Windows 8 to offer the Windows 8.1 Preview update through the Windows Store. After the update is installed, you will need to reboot your PC. When Windows 8.1 is released, this update to the Windows Store will be installed automatically by Windows Update. Beside installing Windows 8.1 Preview from the windows Store, you can download it as ISO files, too.

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Source: apple.com

Source: apple.com

Living outside the USA? And you need to download some apps, especially free ones, which are only available in the US App Store? No problem, just get your US iTunes / App Store account within some seconds! There is no need to have an US credit card! I created my alternate US iTunes / App Store account to get the free Google Voice App on my iPhone which is sole available in the US App store. For example, I am using Google Voice to forward voicemails and SMS messages to my COOKOO watch and wanted to get Google voicemails and SMS Messages on my iPhone or to make phone calls via Google Voice from my iPhone.

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Google Voice LogoGoogle Voice is able to forward voicemails and SMS messages. I’m using Google Voice for forwarding voicemails and SMS messages to my COOKOO watch. In the U.S. iTunes / App Store you can donwload and install the free Google Voice iOS app for iPhone, but you can’t download it, if you’ve got an iTunes account outside the USA.