For the longest time, one of the most frustrating issues with the iPhone was its inability to play anything other than pre-converted MP4 video. Of course, this has changed with the introduction of the iPhone 4 and a number of apps by 3rd party developers have arrived on the platform ever since. That said though, a glaring issue still has been streaming support. I have reviewed AirPlayer (TMA Review) – the only contender I could find some months ago and was appalled by it’s horrible performance, both connected to the TV and not. Then, I came across GoodPlayer – Movie Player & Downloader & Streaming Media Player…
Anyone who’s ever searched a movie online will undoubtedly have stumbled upon IMDb, the world’s largest movie database. Their IMDb Movies & TV app is consistently among the most downloaded in the entertainment genre and now, IMDb Trivia has just been released on the App Store. Featuring several hundred questions in the Hollywood Hits, Family Movies, TV Favorites and Blockbuster Films categories, the app provides multiple game modes, including Movie Order, Celebrity Match and Movie Poster Match. Additional game packs are also available as IAPs for $0.99 should you wish to unlock even more trivia questions. Best of all, its free to download, so you can all compete with your friends via Game Center without spending a dime.
Playfield Apps, IMDb Trivia, – Free
Boxee for the iPad is now available for public consumption.
Video from you and your friends – all in one place that goes anywhere.
Boxee for iPad brings videos from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and your computer all onto your ipad so you can find and watch new videos or favorites on the train, in bed, on the couch, on the john, during boring conversation, on the patio, from the roof deck, in an abandoned bunker, on the side of a mountain….
Aside from the fact that Boxee is free to download, you’ll also able to stream movies, tv shows and other video files you have on your computer right onto the iPad (much like Air Video (TMA Review)). You’ll need to sign up for a Boxee account and download the accompanying Boxee Media Manager app for either Windows or Mac for this to work. Once BMM is running on your computer (you’ll have to choose the location you wish to share your media) and the app opened on your iPad, tapping on the “My Media” tab will display your video files to stream. If you’re new to the whole Boxee thing, check out their website and see for yourself what this open source media center platform is all about.
BOXEE, INC., Boxee for iPad, 1.8 MB – Free
Devoid of decent multimedia players for the longest time, the iOS saw a tidal wave of such apps hit the App Store with the release of the iPad and iPhone 4. With the hardware finally up to the task of managing the real-time decoding of the wide array of video formats available today, we’ve seen everything from UPnP streaming AirPlayer to the short-lived incarnation of the crossplatform legend VLC, to the jailbreak-only XBMC. But one thing still out of reach has been smooth HD playback, especially for MKV encoded video. Until GPlayer hit the scene that is.
How do most people start their day at the office? With a morning dose of coffee and check-up of their favourite news feeds, right? I don’t know about you but among mine is a daily dose of Dilbert. The mishaps of his office life that often dangerously remind me of my own experiences certainly give me a boost of optimism about the future. And this daily check-up has just got much easier with Soya Comics ~ Social RSS feed reader for all your favorite web comics.
I know many of you were left with a VLC shaped hole in your iOS souls when the original developers of the open source media player filed a complaint to Apple and had it removed. And all that for a technical inconsistency with the GPL license! Still, life moves on and other developers have moved in to grab at the now empty spot. Some time ago I reviewed AVPlayer (TMA Review) – quite a strong contender for the crown of universal multimedia players on the iPhone. Most recently I had the opportunity to take a nab at DOTORI PLAYER, a similar all-in-one media player app from a Korean developer.
Fresh off Apple’s announcement of in-app subscriptions yesterday, Warner Bros. has introduced an entirely new way for iDevice users to purchase movies on their iDevices. With the release of “App Editions” for the feature films The Dark Knight and Inception, users can now download or stream these flicks (via an IAP) from within the free universal apps.
App Editions provide a fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content that can include games, trivia, soundtracks and soundboards. The entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, which enables downloading and unlimited streaming, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the App.
The cost of the movies are the same as on iTunes ($9.99 for Dark Knight and $11.99 for Inception), but you do get the added bonus of the extra content and 3G streaming. And aside from customised menus in 16 languages, the movies will be accompanied by subtitles in 34 different languages. Warner is planning on releasing an entire line up of App Editions in 2011, including new releases and catalog films. More info and demo video can be found below.
For those with nagging girlfriends and high maintenance wives, Valentines Day and its spendy accouterments: flowers, chocolate, cards, pricey dinners, and lingerie (hey, it ain’t all bad), can tear a man apart. If the cold February chill doesn’t kill you, your bruding-er half will. Recently, my church, The Globe’s English Evangelical Papal Ministry Synagogue, has been handing out iPod touches loaded with My Virtual Girlfriend to stem the tide of February divorces, and good thing, too: every man here has at least two girlfriends AND a wife. It can get messy.
About half a year ago you might’ve seen my incoherent but rapturous blabbering about Air Video, the app I’ve been relying on for watching movies and TV shows both on my iDevice and my TV via Apple’s AV Component Cable. Life has moved on since then and on one fateful birthday eve (quite recently in fact) I was gifted with a full-blown NAS (ReadyNAS Duo) – a Network Attached Storage device for the uninitiated. Seeing as it fully supported DLNA network playback I immediately went shopping for an app to do away with the PC middle-device altogether between me and my lovely shows. And after some digging I rested my inquiring mind on AirPlayer, which looked like the perfect answer to my needs.
Kids’ art is cute, but sometimes you just might get a bit tired of picking up uncapped pentel pens and stumbling on stubbed out crayons. Take your kids to the next level of fun with Griffin’s Crayola ColorStudio HD app, an interactive ‘coloring book’ on the iPad which you can take with you anywhere you go – and a lot less messy, too.
Together with the interactive and animated coloring book sounds is a custom-built digital stylus, aptly named iMarker. By animated, kids will enjoy a moving, musical lively coloring book where images come to life at the swipe of a stylus. Of course, the element of touch input is still there, and the app can distinguish between the iMarker and a child’s finger, letting him or her freely play and explore with drawing, shading and free play.