Your computer is a powerful piece of technology, and it usually has a lot of storage space on it, enough to store band discographies that you’ve never even listened to one track off of. Your phone and tablet are great mobile devices, but they’re also great for listening to music and watching videos while at home. So, you’re sitting on your couch or laying in bed, and want to listen to that one album from that band that you’ve never really listened to all the way through. However, you’re too lazy to get up to your computer to actually put it on there. Or maybe you downloaded season 5 of Breaking Bad but your storage space is best measured in kilobyes, not gigabytes. If only there was a way to stream the media from iTunes to your iOS device!
Well, there is, and it’s called iTunes Home Streaming. This streams media from an iTunes library over a local wi-fi network to any iOS device.
Set it up on iTunes first. Log in with the Apple ID of your choosing – it’s best if this is the same Apple ID that was initially set up on the device, and is logged in to iCloud, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be. To manage the Apple ID that is logged in to Home Sharing, go to Settings -> Music or Video and tap Apple ID.
To access music from a local iTunes library, go to the Music app. Tap More, Shared, the name of your iTunes library (configurable from iTunes’s preferences), and then the standard music listings will instead show what is available from the remote library, which can then stream the music to your iOS device.
Now here’s the kicker: it also works for video. As long as the video in the iTunes library is compatible with iOS, then it will play. DRM-protected content purchased from iTunes plays back via Home Sharing too. These videos can also be streamed from AirPlay to an Apple TV. It’s the ultimate in high technology being used for new levels of laziness.
Now, the only real downside to Home Sharing is that it only works over local wi-fi. There are plenty of ways to stream music and video over the internet, but that would fill up a completely different article. Until then, enjoy using thousands of dollars of technology to stream video to TV without getting up to your computer.
Posted by Jeff Scott on October 12th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Xfinity / Comcast has released a new TV Viewer app that does parts of what you would want it to do. That goes along with the other Xfinity TV app that also does parts of what you would want it to do. Sigh. Pardon me for the following only slightly applicable rant.
Comcast is in the middle of an identity crisis right now and we are forced to go along for the ride. They seem to do everything in twos now. Comcast and Xfinity cable services. Xfinity TV and Xfinity TV Player apps to watch different parts of the same catalog of streaming TV. Two different streaming services – On Demand and Streampix. And why do they own NBC?
My head is spinning. Which app do I use to watch which show? Of course then there’s Hulu, and Netflix, and….
Did I perhaps, maybe mention how awesome Sling box is?
Players will be able to manage their airline from the comfort of their Mac, and pickup right where they left off on their iOS device when they’re on the go! The Mac version also introduces an exclusive plane model, the “X10 Mapple Pro” obtainable only on the Mac version.
In celebration of Pocket Planes coming to the Mac, as well as its recent arrival on Android, we’ve released the first in a series of “Pocket Planes Shorts.” A collaboration with LoadingReadyRun, “Pocket Planes Shorts” as well as upcoming “Tiny Tower Shorts” will showcase the lighter side of living in the bitizen universe!
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on September 26th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The pygmies are back, and they’re sicker than ever–literally.
Please keep in mind that this daunting affliction is not limited to just Pygmies; all forms of life on every island, including gigantic apes, poo-slinging monkeys, hungry T-Rexes, and sharks with laser beams, run the risk of contracting this perilous malady. Even non-organic, inanimate objects can be contaminated, so exercise caution when using an outhouse, borrowing fishing poles, playing the bongos, and more.
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on August 17th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Newly universal, Vodio may be just what you’re looking for when looking to discover new video from the web.
Vodio is like Flipboard for videos. It originally launched on iPad, but just came out on iPhone this week. It brought a new feature with it: Highlights. Based on videos you liked on your social networking profiles like Twitter and Facebook, as well as what you’ve previously watched, it’ll try and compile the best videos that it think you will like, and update them regularly. (It of course, asks for permission to look at your Twitter and Facebook profiles.)
Amazon Instant Video is now available on iPad, expanding out the Amazon’s vast library of video offerings to iOS users. This offers streaming of purchased movies and TV shows from Amazon, with the ability to sync up watch lists between devices. It also includes titles available from Amazon Prime, similar to Netflix, a service offering over 120,000 streaming movies and TV shows. It is only available as a yearly subscription from Amazon as part of the Prime service that also includes free 2-day shipping on Amazon items.
The app does not support AirPlay, so those looking to use it on their TV will have to find an alternate device to stream through, like a game console. It should be noted that Netflix doesn’t support AirPlay, either, but it’s available on the Apple TV directly. And? On pretty much every other device that can connect to the internet. Seriously, I have 10 devices that could watch Netflix, not counting computers.
iPhone and iPod touch users are currently shut out of using Amazon’s service entirely. Similar to the Kindle app, buying and discovering new videos to watch is not included, as it must all be done through the browser in order to comply with Apple policies.
Ever see cameraphone footage of a concert on YouTube and think, “if only there was some way to stitch all this footage together into a smartly-edited cohesive whole?” Vyclone says, “I have a way to do that thing you just said!”
Vyclone is designed to serve as a way to combine multiple videos of an event shot at the same location. When people at the same location shoot a 60 second video at or around the same time using Vyclone, and then upload it, the service combines them into one video. The app tries to intelligently switch between different videos in order to create a quality final product, switching angles at just the right time, and deciding on the best audio track to use for the video. Videos can be shared with just the members of one’s own Vyclone crew, the nearby crowd, or with everyone, with the latter two options making it possible for anyone’s Vyclone footage to be part of a video.
Think that Vyclone is a terrible hack of a director? Then use the Remix option to combine the footage in a customized way, and show Vyclone how it’s really done. Vyclone has just launched and is free to download.
The Expendables 2 is coming out in August, featuring more action movie stars from the last four decades than one could shake a stick at – a stick that would then explode violently. To help promote the movie, Lions Gate has released an Infinite Trailer app. What this lets users do is to record a 5-second video clip that then adds a special effect, like a grenade explosion or an airstrike coming in. Then, once the video is processed, it can be added to a trailer for the movie with other users and the actual stars of the movie, with the user’s inputted last name showed before their 5-second footage of awesomeness. Or, whatever random inanity they decided to put in. Thus, it creates an “infinite trailer” that could go on as long as there’s new footage to stitch in! For Comic-Con goers, there’s even an “exclusive” long range RPG strike effect, which I presume actually has to be recorded at Comic-Con because the app crashed whenever I tried to apply it. Crafty developers!
Recently, almost every iOS user has become an amateur photographer or videographer. Instagram is probably to blame for the rise in interest in amateur photos and videos. New apps to manipulate photos and video are popping up on a daily basis. PyroPainter is a photo and video app that allows users to add special effects to their pictures and videos.
Users can quickly put together clips with effects such as shooting fireballs, huge explosions, or shark attacks. The app comes with 40 effects for free with an additional 40 spread across two in-app purchases. Animated elements (like butterflies or sea-life), markers (like arrows and circles), and weather elements (like rain or fog) come with the app for free. WIth additional purchases, users can unlock magic (fireballs and more) and action (explosions and weapons) elements. Each in-app purchase pack is $0.99.
The developer also seems interested in user feedback for updates; an in-app feedback system is included in the app where users can vote for new features. The app is free and made for the iPhone.
With all of the exciting things one can do and watch on an iOS device, who wouldn’t want to record it sometimes? Now users can do just that with the new, aptly named Display Recorder app from Bugun Software. Those interested should check it out soon though because it may not be around for much longer.
Display Recorder sees and hears everything happening onscreen and makes a H.264 mp4 file out of it. Orientation, video, and audio quality can be adjusted and the finished products are exported to Photo Library. Users can even upload their recordings directly to YouTube through the app. Best of all, there is no length limit.
Similar apps have been available on jailbroken iOS devices for a while now but Display Recorder requires no such hacking. However, because of the nature of its service, many believe that it may soon be pulled from the App Store. For now though, it is available for $1.99.
Pulse, the news aggregation app based in San Francisco (natch) is getting into video. In a post on their tumblr blog yesterday, they announced over 30 new channels with video, including video sites like CollegeHumor, Meet the Press, The Verge, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Fox Sports, Allrecipes, IGN, Newsy, The White House, FORA.tv and more.
Pulse plans on bringing video content from a wide variety of types of media as well, from television shows like Meet the Press, The Rachel Maddow Show, Nightly News, The TODAY Show to sports from ESPN and Fox Sports.
Pulse competes with apps like Flipboard, Zite, Editions by AOL, and Google Currents, so the addition to video to its already successful news aggregation system will be a test of how much users want video as well as RSS feeds from their favorite websites.
Macadamia Apps has just released StillShot, a photo app that takes specific frames from videos.
Like the video trailer describes, we’ve all had those moments where we go to take a picture with our iOS device’s camera and ended up accidently taking a video instead. That moment might escape us forever and we’re stuck with a video instead of a picture. StillShot allows users to go back into that video and flip through the frames until the perfect picture within the video is found.
Obviously, this app could be used on purpose instead of remedying that accidental video over photo situation. I’m especially exited to try this app out with sports photography. Since the players are moving so fast, it’s often tough to get a great picture with the iPhone camera because of the limited shutter speed. StillShot should provide some great options for those action shots.
Macadamia Apps are also the creators of GroupShot, a photoediting app for group pictures, which received a 4.5/5 stars here at 148Apps from writer Michael Halloran. Michael described GroupShot as “smart and intuitive” and, overall, was “impressed” with the app. We’re expecting no less from StillShot.
Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Vimeo announced the launch of a brand new edition of their iOS app. Among the upgrades is full support for the iPad.
“We’ve seen mobile traffic triple since we launched our original iPhone app in early 2011,” Joseph Schmitt, lead mobile developer at Vimeo told VentureBeat. “Now, we’ve taken what we learned while creating our previous apps and applied it to the updated iOS to improve overall design and usability. We’re especially pleased with the awesome iPad user interface, which the Vimeo community has eagerly awaited.”
In addition to iPad support, the app will allow users to browse other videos while watching, as well as including a video editor and the ability to incorporate licensed music from the Vimeo Music Store into your videos right on your iOS device. The app is free and the new update is available right now. Enjoy!
Social media power users will be pleased to hear that the official Google+ iOS app has been updated to allow photos and videos to be instantly uploaded onto the service. Now, instead of manually going through the entire Camera Roll, picking out the images you want uploaded and waiting for them to appear, users can instead opt to have everything instantly uploaded and shared with their circles. Furthermore, the update also adds the What’s Hot stream, so this latest update puts the iOS app on equal footing with the Android version of Google+
One thing to keep in mind before you switch on Instant Upload, remember that any photo or video you take will be immediately added to your profile, so you might want to exercise caution. Now that Valentine’s Day is over we expect there will be fewer inappropriate pics taken with phones, but do remember to either exercise restraint or, at the very least, turn off Instant Upload before you do anything that may cause embarrassment later.
Now that the NBA season is in full swing, the NBA has released NBA Game Time 2011-2012, an app that gives users access to tons of NBA features anytime and anywhere an internet connection is available. Many of the basic features are free, like game alerts from your favorite teams, stats, scores, play by play reports, news, and video highlights. There are also two subscription level available for users who want to access more of the app’s premium content. The NBA Game Time Plus subscription give users access to video highlights from in-progress games, full game video recaps, an advertisement free experience, and live radio feeds (both home and away broadcasts) of games. An NBA Game Time Plus subscription costs $7.99.
For $39.99, users can subscribe to the NBA League Pass which includes all of the features above as well as live streaming of all NBA regular season games, a full archive of all the season’s games, and live in-game stat overlays. Some users may already have an NBA League Pass subscription through their cable or satellite provider and are able to use their account information to log in via the app and gain access to all League Pass content.
Currently, NBA Game Time 2011-2012 is compatible with all iOS devices running version 4.0 or higher, but it isn’t optimized for the iPad.
SugarSync has been allowing users to sync all sorts of media across computers and mobile devices for over a year now. With so many people getting their first taste of cloud computing and storage thanks to this past year’s holiday gifts, SugarSync has decided to give them proper welcome. A new update has hit the service adding a host of new features.
Together, these new features streamline and speed up the media management process. Users can now upload multiple files at once instead of one at a time. Files will also now sync in the background allowing users to enjoy their devices while they update.
When syncing photos, users can choose to load low quality versions at a faster rate, higher quality versions at a slower rate or a compromise between the two. The photo tab has also been redesigned making it much easier and quicker to view and share albums.
SugarSync is available for free on pretty much any Mac, PC and mobile device out there.
I am eager to let readers know about Oceanhouse Media’s annual app sale in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday from Wednesday, February 25 through Monday, March 9. During this time, five of their best-selling Seuss stories will be on sale for $0.99 each, and there will be discounts for other classic Dr. Seuss titles as […]