Xfinity TV Player App Lets You Download Media Content on your Mobile

December 14, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment, X

Comcast’s Xfinity TV remote app truly served its purpose of “controlling entertainment from our palm”. The app installed mobile devices turned out to be better replacements to the Xfinity TV remote. But other than the extensive remote functions, the app doesn’t provide for any entertainment content on your compatible tablets and smartphones.

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Realizing that demand, Comcast has announced the Xfinity TV Player App that will give you the key to stream and download entertainment content from the network to your mobile devices.

Enabling the app on your Android or iOS mobile devices will allow you enjoy tons of content from premium TVs and movies and that include shows from premium subscription channels like Showtime, Starz, Encore and Movieplex.

If you have subscribed to any of the channels, you can grab it on to your device so that you can watch them whenever you want. So, that means even if there is no connectivity you can have your juice offline from your download library.

Charlie Herrin, Senior Vice President of Product Design and Development at Comcast Cable says that there are millions of smartphone and tablet users in the United States. Keeping that in mind, Comcast has always been bringing in latest innovations to the TV sphere to make customers the supreme controllers of entertainment options.

With Xfinity TV Player addition, it will bring in more flexibility to entertainment even if you don’t have internet connectivity, he added.

So people, whatever the show is, Showtime’s Homeland and Dexter or Starz’s Magic City and Spartacus, you can choose now.

Above all these, Comcast is planning to expand their content lore with more programming partners in the near future.

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Square Enix Releases Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for iOS

December 14, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment

What Square Enix did to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy franchise was to release a music game called Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, literally the first of the kind in the series, to the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. On hearing this, a lot of reviewers raised their eye brows to find a rhythm based game on the RPG majored franchise. But when it came out, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy threw off the iffy impression and become an adorable one with decent scores in various game review sites.

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Enriching the presence, Square Enix has now brought the game to iOS platform and you know what it looks fine and plays fine. This game is absolutely for the Final Fantasy fans, as the franchise is well known for its soundtracks.

Theatrhythm is like a souvenir linking some memorable music and Final Fantasy moments in the touchscreen based gameplay.

Like similar music-based games, this one too needs us to tap or drag or hold on highlighted spots for the progression. You will find that the manner in which the patterns appear is knitted with the soundtracks in the game.

Basically there are three stages you need to cover on every level – field, battle and event. Field music will put you in a side scrolling game where you need to do the touchscreen timed controls to reach the character to the end of the stage.

Battle music is just like the turn based battle mode featured in the series. But instead of pushing attack moves all you need to do is to make the tapping of notes in the right time. Meanwhile, Event music plays scenes featuring from various Final Fantasy games in the background while you tap the patterns.

The iOS version of the game can be downloaded for free from the App Store. But the free version only has two soundtracks. So if you need additional sound tracks, you can buy the song pack (four songs) for $2.99. If you are looking for a single song you can have it for $0.99.

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YouView App Offers Remote Recording on iPhone, iPad and iPod

December 13, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment

The Apple line up has made another contribution for its users by introducing their all new-app ‘You View’ that lets them record YouTube videos.  That’s right guys, Apple has done it again as the ‘YouView Remote Record’ app has now launched for iPhone, iPod and iPad and this subscription-free service lets you record all your favorite videos. Thanks to this app, Apple users can set recordings on their box at home while doing other stuff on their smartphone.

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You can easily browse through the videos using the EPG in the box and the Electronic Programme Guide lets you scroll through the schedule but recordings can only be set to start in the future.

Once you have tapped the program you are interested, the app makes sure that the recording has been sent to the box and the app takes care of the rest.

This app is so simple to operate and it has much to offer you can easily head in to the settings menu for the YouView set-top box and you can access the option that lets you connect devices.

Connecting up to five devices is possible and that makes sure you can set recordings no matter wherever you are.

If you are thinking whether that’s all the app has to offer, in the future it would also offer even more value to consumers as they are planning to extend the functionality of this app as part of the on-going development of the YouView proposition.

You can download this app from iTunes and the word is that the YouView has confirmed that an Android app will be also following in the year 2013.

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Sony-HP Snapfish Tie Up makes Online Photo Printing Easier

December 13, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment, X

It is now easy for Sony users to go about online photo printing, with the company teaming  up with HP to bring Snapfish, the online photo printing service into PlayMemories. The latest version of PlayMemories Home software from Sony lets its users to order print from Snapfish.

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Snapfish has a wide range of personalized photo products that range from individual prints to photo books to posters, mugs and greeting cards.

The latest version of PlayMemories Home PC software (version 2) with Snapfish integration will be available for free download for customers of Sony’s new cameras like Cyber-shot, A-mount and E-mount digital cameras and Handycam camcorders.

This software will allow the users to upload images directly to Snapfish. Once you registered the free Snapfish account it is easy to upload selected images from PlayMemories Home for online printing and delivery to your home.

Sony is also offering a 50% discount on the first photo book for the newly registered Snapfish account. The existing PlayMemories Home users are permitted to update to the latest version.

This new integration with Snapfish makes photo sharing easy and enjoyable. This service is available in United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and Ireland.

Google Maps App now available for download on iOS with Turn by Turn Navigation and Street View

December 13, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Productivity

We were only talking recently about how Google Maps App for iPhone and iPad users was in the works and while we were not given any particular date of release, the growing amount of criticism that Apple’s own version of maps was getting surely led us to believe that a release could be expected sooner than later. Well, the wait is now over for all those using Apple devices as Google has indeed come out with the standalone come out with a feature packed Google Maps app for all Apple devices running on iOS5.1 and later.

Google Maps available on iOS6 Google Maps App now available for download on iOS with Turn by Turn Navigation and Street View

Google did supply the map function for Apple until the advent of iOS6, where both the parties apparently parted ways as Google reportedly refused to offer the turn by turn navigation feature for its maps on iOS. While this prompted Apple to launch their own version of the maps that has been nothing short of a disaster as it was filled with errors that led to great embarrassment for the company. The following events saw the reported firing of iOS software chief Scott Forstall and Richard Williamson and also a public apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

But the real solace for iPhone and iPad users across the globe comes now as the new Google Maps App comes to the iTunes Store with a plethora of features that include turn-by-turn driving directions, 360-degree street view and live traffic updates. It seems like every time Apple try to get rid of Google from their iPhone and iPad screens, Google comes back with chart topping apps that offer a multitude of amazing new features for consumers.

It started with the release of the Gmail App, continued with the YouTube App and seems to have come full circle with the Google Maps App. While the delay was a bit inconvenient, none of the Apple users seem to be complaining about the new dynamic that is ultimately benefiting them!

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Google Maps App for iOS6 apparently in works even as Apple struggles with its own maps

December 12, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Productivity

There is definitely now love lost between Google and Apple at the moment and while one can only imagine how the war might continue if Steve Jobs was still around, it seems neither side is willing to give an inch at the moment. Apple have done all they can to try and wipe out Google off of the home screens of both their tablets and their smartphones. The latest version of both iPhone and the iPad and an update to the latest iOS has seen the disappearance of both YouTube and Google Maps.

Google Maps App on iOS 6 Google Maps App for iOS6 apparently in works even as Apple struggles with its own maps

Apple launched their very own version of maps for the iPhone 5 and iOS6 users and so far, it has been more of a miss than hit. The problem with something like ‘maps’ going wrong is that it is not just another email or video streaming app that people can simply ignore and move on in search of other alternatives. Many drivers do rely on their smartphones and the directions that the maps offer and when this goes wrong, you not only have fuming consumers who are lost in middle of now here, but potentially dangerous on-road situations.

The news coming in from Google headquarters is that they are already working full throttle on a Google Maps app for iOS6 users and while it will still need approval to make it to the iTunes Store, at this point Apple will do well to let it slide into its App Store. Google have already said that they would like their maps to be available for “all users across every platform and device”; the current stalemate is no endearing Apple to potential consumers.

With YouTube and Gmail apps now out, it might be well a matter of time before Google Maps tops the iTunes App Store as well!

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Barnes & Noble launches Nook App in UK for both iOS and Android users

December 12, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Education

Following the launch of Nook HD and Nook HD+ in the UK, it seems Barnes & Noble is ready to step it up with the launch of the Nook App for users in UK. The company has launched its free eBook reader app that will give those in the UK an access to download digital version of books, magazines and newspapers directly from the Nook store from now on. The best part of the move is that the new app is available both on iOS and on Android platforms and that allows plenty of eager consumers to now explore the vast digital book collection that is available through this medium.

Nook App Barnes & Noble launches Nook App in UK for both iOS and Android users

Apart from the 2.5 million titles that one can explore through, there is also a free 14-dar trail to its Newsstand, that will enable those interested to flip through the latest magazines and newspapers while on the go. The move does mean that unlike before, those on iPhone and Android devices will also be now able to access the Nook Library and not just the ones using the latest Nook products like the Nook HD and HD+.

Barnes & Noble representatives claim that their digital content library contains twice the amount of content on offer at Amazon’s Kindle Store and this would be play an instrumental role in bringing more users on to its platform. With multi-platform synchronization and a multitude of features, it is an app that is definitely worth trying out!

 

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Google delivers with latest YouTube App maximized for iPad and iPhone 5 users

December 12, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Entertainment

Updating your iPhone or your iPad to the latest iOS can be a bit of an ordeal at times and if you are new to the platform then you will realize that it is not always pretty smooth sailing. That has absolutely nothing to do with the operating system of course, as Apple delivers pretty well each time. The problem is largely with apps and in the recent past, that has been mostly centered around the ones dished out by Google.

YouTube App from Google for iOS 6 Google delivers with latest YouTube App maximized for iPad and iPhone 5 users

There was a time when both Google and Apple got along absolutely fine, but those were the days before the advent of Android platform. Since then, from Google Maps to YouTube, the apps that we took for granted on the iPhone and the iPad slowly started disappearing. And with each iOS update, the one only saw things become a bit more difficult for those who used these apps extensively on Apple gadgets. While the latest upgrade to iOS 6 saw the disappearance of the YouTube app on both the iPhone and the iPad, Google launched a free YouTube app for iPhone and iPod Touch users very soon.

It has been a couple of months now and just ahead of the holiday season Google has unveiled the YouTube app that has been maximized for iPad and iPhone 5. The news is particularly sweet for the new iPad users as they saw the disappearance of YouTube from their tab after the latest OS upgrade. The new app is sure to top the charts once again in the App Store and with more than 25 percent of YouTube users watching videos ‘on the go’, the launch of the app sure makes plenty of sense.

With features like enhanced AirPlay support, videos that start faster and play more smoothly, and improved accessibility, it is just in time for some festive fun as you plan your trip around the Christmas and New Year time.

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Addappt for iPhones will Automatically Update All Information

December 12, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Apps, X

Simply checking your address book on your smartphone and computer makes you realize that they hold too much of outdated information. Your friends and colleagues change their jobs, phone numbers, email address and residence frequently and it is almost impossible to tackle this problem.

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But now, Addappt a new app launched for iPhone, can resolve this problem by manually updating the countless contacts when changes occur.

It works in a very simple way –  when you add someone’s email address into your phone they will receive an invitation to send their contact information. If the receiver doesn’t have the app they will get a notification to download the app.

If someone has an update regarding like their phone number, address, etc. they can make the change in the app and it will update the information for other Addappt users in the list.

Though it is a promising app but it has some limitations and flaws such as only iPhone users can benefit from this app. Another problem is that in order to use this app you need to convince your friends to download and use Addappt.

The app supports many features including a list of connected users, and your entire address book and also has a timezone feature that will show you the location of your contact.

Well, it is an excellent app and we wish if it could run on all platforms. What do you think?

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Animationist App Helps You to be a Professional

December 12, 2012 by sanjo | No Comments | Filed in Entertainment

Synium Software has released a simple but powerful app called Animationist 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app lets you create title art animations, logos and images for your YouTube videos, iMovie, Final Cut projects and even TV broadcasts.

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The app offers a variety of presets, samples and tutorials and these are animated using keyframes. You can even animate light sources and font kerning and can assign inner and outer shadow, blur, color control and reflectivity.

The software also permits you to combine effects with shaders and compress your movie to save space and deliver it without degrading the quality.

Every edit is displayed in real time and exported as a movie file, a PDF, an image file and or as a layered Photoshop file.

Animationist comes in with an easy to use, yet flexible user interface.  Therefore with this app, you will be able to create your own designs like a professional.

The Animationist requires OS X 10.6 or higher, and is currently available in English and German languages.

It is a 76 MB download app and available at the Mac App Store at a special introductory price of US$24.99.

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Google launches all new iOS App for Gmail to the delight of iPhone and iPad users worldwide

December 10, 2012 by sameer | No Comments | Filed in Apps, Productivity

Google has finally delivered when it comes to offering Apple users with a Gmail app that matches the sleekness of the iOS platform, but also brings in all the amazing features that users of Gmail expect and often, take for granted. The latest iOS app for Gmail unveiled by Google has already received some rave reviews and if you have not already stumbled upon it in the App Store, then you definitely should give it a try right away.

Gmail 2.0 App for iOS Google launches all new iOS App for Gmail to the delight of iPhone and iPad users worldwide

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