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Onkyo Unveils New Android Remote Streaming App

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2011

Those of you with an Onkyo music system will like this news. Onkyo has announced the launch of their new Android remote control streaming application. The new Android Onkyo application connects to your music system using your Wi-Fi network and allows you to stream music from your Android devices to an Onkyo network audio system.

The new App also allows you to browse your networked music collection without viewing on-screen menus on a connected display, instead using the touch-screen GUI on your Android device. Pretty sweet. Onkyo will sell more units now that they have a fancy new remote.

R/C cars steered by Android smartphones

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

R/C cars are fun. Almost every kid has played with one at some point. Now the BlueDrone project wants to use your Android smartphone as a controller and get rid of those clunky remotes. The concept pairs the car with the Bluetooth-enabled handset and allows you to maneuver it with your phone using the onscreen controls.

It delivers a drive time of 3 hours with a range of about 30 feet. The custom app will let the driver use the accelerometer to steer as an alternative to the onscreen wheel as well. They just need $200,000 to commercialize the project. We hope they get it.

Google Launches Google+ iPhone App

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

Google’s new social network, Google+ is already off to a good start with more than 10 million users announced as of last week. That number is only going to grow. There’s a Google+ Android app of course and now Google has released an iPhone app.

The Google+ iPhone app will play nice with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4, and it works in a similar way to the Android version. The Google+ iPhone app is available as a free download right now from the iOS App store.

Ovation app lets you rate a show in real time

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

A new app called Ovation aims to help productions both live and online figure out what their audience thinks. It requires no downloads, and no sign-ups on the user’s part and it’s totally free right now. The app is pretty simple is straight forward.

You just create a URL for your event. Then give your audience that URL, which they load on their smartphone. Audience members then use the on-screen slider to provide feedback. Either slide the bar up or down, because either it is good or bad. It works across a bunch of smartphones and mobile devices. So go ahead and tell these people what you think about their show.

Star Trek official PADD app for iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

It’s a good day for Star Trek fans. CBS has released an official PADD app for the iPad for $5 in the App Store. The app recreates the LCARS interface from TNG-era Trek and is a database for the Trek universe with characters, ships, species, and TV episodes.

It even has sound effects and diagnostic demos from the NCC1701-D Enterprise. In time they should release more content for it.

Starbucks mobile payment app for Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2011

Since they already have their own iOS app, Starbucks is now bringing mobile payments to Android users, as well. The Starbucks for Android app is free. Just add credit to your mobile Starbucks Card and scan the app’s barcode at the cash register.

It’s available on devices running Android 2.1 or later and the service will also locate all Starbucks shops in your area and offer even more incentives via Starbucks’ rewards program. Right now, there are about 6,800 stores that support mobile payments and the company is planning to add an additional 1,000 locations in July.

Samsung Launches ‘Smart View’ App

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 8th, 2011

Samsung has just released the Smart View app for the Samsung Galaxy S II which allows users to stream images and videos from their TVs onto their phone. So now you can watch what you want anywhere. In bed, outside even in the bathroom if you so desire.

It works with the Samsung Smart TV transmitting the data over WiFi, while the phone uses the app to receive the video. You can also make use of any Smart TV apps that have been installed on the TV for added functionality on your Galaxy S II phone. The Samsung Smart View is available on the Android Market for the Samsung Smart TV D7000, D8000, and D9500 series. Right now the Samsung Galaxy S II is the only phone that supports it, but Samsung is planning to release it for the Galaxy player (YP-GB70) in July, the original Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab later this year.

Android finally gets Netflix app, for five devices

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2011

Netflix finally has an Android app that is publicly available. The app is pretty identical to the one released for the iPhone and it lets users manage their instant queue and watch videos. Of course to use it you need a subscription starting from $8.

Thing is, only a handful of phones can use the Netflix app, all of which are using Snapdragon processors. These first five include the Samsung Nexus S and four HTC phones, including the Evo 4G, the original Incredible, the Nexus One, and the T-Mobile G2. The Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt, weren’t mentioned, though they have also have Snapdragon.

Microsoft releases Bing iPad App

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2011

Microsoft has released a new version of their Bing app. This time it’s for their rival’s device, the Apple iPad. It comes with many cool new features that will allow you to view news articles, search for photos, check out movie listings and everything else.

Some of the new features you can expect in the Bing for iPad app include weather, stock quotes, Bing Maps, and voice search, and you can also view websites that you are searching for inside the Bing app. Sounds like some good improvements.

iPhone app lets you take photos of cars and check on prices

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2011

How many times have you been out and about and said to yourself, I really wish I knew how much that model of car is going for? If this happens to you often, then check this out. If you’re living in Sweden, price comparison site Bilpriser.se has just rolled out a new iPhone app that lets you shoot a photo of a car’s license plate and retrieve it’s specs and compare prices for that vehicle.

Apparently it just checks out the government registration database to locate the car’s make and model, then checks the information against their own database so that the right information will be sent to the right users. There are over 9,000 models and 80,000 different versions so you should get the right information most of the time.

Stereolizer turns your iPad into a Stereo

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

Here is a great way to turn your iPad into a retro music player. Stereolizer is a new iPad app that allows you to give your iPad some 1980′s style and it provides some handy features too. The Stereolizer iPad app includes access to more than 10,000 streaming web radio stations and lets you arrange your favorite stations into 3 presets of 10 radios each.

While listening to the radio, you can record audio to virtual tapes direct from the radio or audio messages via the built in mic. Just like a retro stereo. After you’ve recorded a collection you can then eject the virtual tape to view and classify, remove or rename them using the iPad keyboard. Pretty cool.

Time Warner Cable TV app now available on the iPad

Posted in iPad by Reuben Drake on March 15th, 2011

iPad users that subscribe to Time Warner’s cable TV service have some good news today. Time Warner cable has just released the Time Warner Cable TV app for the iPad. That means that iPad users can now watch programs and movies from the cable service anywhere in their home as long as they have a WiFi connection.

Shows will be broadcast in HD, so you can enjoy Discovery, MSNBC, SyFy and other content in great quality even though you aren’t watching on the big screen. Right now, the app only works over WiFi and only 30 channels are available for live streaming, but that’s not a bad start. You must be Time Warner Cable subscriber with an iPad tablet running iOS 4.2 and higher. Future versions of the app might even include streaming without using WiFi, and the ability to set up a DVR to record shows.

Hulu Android app coming soon, but only for some devices

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2011

Hulu’s Hulu Plus plans for Android are getting closer with a new teaser in its device list. The teaser shows the Plus service “coming soon,” but not for all devices. Only certain ones. Use of the TV streaming will require “select Android OS 2.2 phones,” according to the company.

Pretty odd since the photo shows the Nexus S, which runs Android 2.3, but maybe they are preparing to change the image. As for why the access is limited, it is likely due to Android fragmentation. Netflix knows first hand that the platform has wildly varying DRM support in most versions and it would have to write too much code to support most or all Android devices. So support is coming, but there is a price. It will shut out a large portion of the Android community. Hulu, who is very keen to guard against stream ripping also faces this barrier. One day though, we hope to have Hulu Plus on all of our Android devices. The question is when?

BlackBerry PlayBook to launch with video conferencing app

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2011

Video calling is now a major trend in mobile devices and so the BlackBerry PlayBook wants it on board as well. It ships with both front and rear cameras, for just that reason. But it was assumed that the PlayBook would be using a third party app like Skype for video calling, but according to RIM, they will be releasing their own video conferencing app that will be launching with the tablet.

Aside from that, we don’t have any details on the app. We aren’t sure if it will be limited to BlackBerry PlayBook tablets or if it will show up on other phones and computers. The tablet will be arriving very soon, so we will learn more anytime now.

DirecTV intros iPad app

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

DirecTV has announced that they have plans to introduce an iPad app. The app would integrate the company’s wide range of satellite TV services. It will allow users to organize their favorite channels, browse sports games and view scores, tune into channels, or view other information like cast names and parental ratings.

Users can configure their home screen and customize the layout for their favorite channels, sports rosters, and modules for other content. It will work with any HD DVR connected to the home network, while the DVR functions can be controlled remotely. Sounds great for DirectTV users.