From the early 1960s, mobile TV viewing was a dream, soon to be fuelled by the Space race, and by the early 1970s, investors such as Panasonic and Sinclair Research began to make it a reality. Fast forward to today and we have a myriad of channels and seemingly unlimited content.
One provider stands out over all the rest, especially in the UK — that of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Its content provision has consistently given us quality material, and expert presenting. What, then, of it’s flagship iPhone product (currently only available in the UK), BBC iPlayer? In an era where mobile video content is the norm and easily accessible, lets take a look to see how BBC iPlayer allows the wonderful transition from corner-of-the-room viewing to quality media content anywhere. (more…)
Have you ever found yourself between flights in a foreign city with several hours to explore but no idea what to do? It’s easy to be overwhelmed and end up wasting hours standing in line with thousands of other tourists. Avoid the lines and explore the city like a local using Travel Channel Layover Guide with Anthony Bourdain’s favorite places to eat, drink and stay. This engaging app is full of videos, photos, maps and contact information to inspire you and help you plan. Don’t just stand on the sidelines and watch – create your own layover itinerary by adding timelines, photos, notes and mapped locations.
Don’t waste precious time on the touristy destinations during your next layover. Read on to learn more about making every second in a foreign city count with Travel Channel Layover Guide. (more…)
If you ever find yourself trying to remember those precious one-liners that your children come out with, perhaps Posterity: The Family Quote Book is for you. It’s a simple application that does one thing, and does it well: capturing quotations, along with a photo and the date to help you remember where and when it all happened. It also makes searching for quotations a breeze. Didn’t someone once say that having a child is like getting a tattoo? Here’s to a few more indelible memories! (more…)
Electric City is the creation of Tom Hanks, one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed A-listers. His animated, dystopian future follows the survivors of cataclysmic events and how ⎯ three to four generations later ⎯ they’ve rebuilt their society.
Key to their survival is the production of electricity, as other forms of fuel have been depleted. Key to the plot are the conflicting motives of the many denizens of Electric City, some of whom are unhappy with the way things are run and others who will do anything possible to maintain the status quo.
Electric City is wired beyond streaming and/or downloading series webisodes. Its app is a lead-in to other complementary media and stories that flesh out Hanks’ vision. Will the series app lead to more accolades for the actor? Find out after the break. (more…)
Accidents happen, and when they do it’s always good to be prepared. But how does one prepare for a disaster? It’s always good to have medical supplies and nonperishable food handy, and a game plan for what actions you should take when a disaster strikes. The problem with disasters (other than the disaster itself) is dealing with the aftermath. If you have insurance on your house or apartment, you may think you’re squared away. Chances are, you’re not.
When you file a claim after a disaster, most insurance companies require a list of everything that was damaged (or stolen, in the case of a robbery). Unless you’re really on your game, you probably haven’t kept a running inventory of your stuff. Luckily, there’s an app for that, and its name is Belongings. Join me after the jump and I’ll show you how to use Belongings to create a virtual inventory of everything you own. (more…)
I’m someone who tries to be paperfree. I strive for the paperless office, I manage my finances online, and I always choose to receive my statements by email. But I always seem to end up surrounded by little slips of paper, especially receipts. There doesn’t seem to be a way to get around keeping receipts, especially if you think you may need to return a purchase, itemize deductions on your taxes at the end of the year, or keep track of your cash spent.
The folks over at OneReceipt stepped in to help us out with all that paper. OneReceipt aims to make it simple to document and track online and offline purchases and keep them close at hand. By allowing you to photograph your receipts and manage them right from your phone, this app is looking to replace your pocketful of paper. (more…)
There are a lot of daily deals subscription sites (more than I know I can manage), and keeping up with all of those coupons hitting your inbox can leave you feeling pressured to scoop up that bargain even if you’re not sure when, or really if, you’re going to use it. You probably know if you’re getting a haircut or going on vacation in a few weeks, so buying those sorts of deals in advance may seem like an easier commitment to make.
But what are you and your friends going to feel like eating after the movie on Friday and where are you going to want to have brunch on Sunday morning? You haven’t locked those choices in when you buy that Groupon on Monday; these are decisions you’re going to make on the fly, and BiteHunter is there to the rescue. You don’t know you’ll want gyros Saturday afternoon or even where to look for a deal at a Greek restaurant, but BiteHunter does and puts all that and pizza, sushi, and more on your phone. (more…)
Junk mail. For some of you, these two words may bring about a feeling of unease or outright aggression. In the digital age, spam email is simple enough to get rid of, but junk paper mail remains an elusive arch nemesis, continually plaguing your mailbox. It’s simple enough to throw away mail that you don’t need or want, but wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t receive that mail at all?
To rid yourself of such junk mail, you’d need to contact the supplier of said mail and request that they refrain for sending additional junk. That is until the release of PaperKarma, an extremely simple-to-use tool that does this dirty work for you. Find out how after the jump. (more…)
I am quite the fan of OmniFocus, the GTD app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac, because it’s helped me sort out all of the crazy things in my life. After all, I’m not just the editor of this very site, I’m also a writer for other places, a father and a husband, so there’s quite a bit of things that need doing throughout the day that if I don’t capture somehow, I’m just going to forget. It has absolutely changed my life for the better.
But when the iPhone 4S came out complete with its own Reminders app with Siri integration, I wondered if I was going to have to work that into my system, and how the heck that was going to happen. Turns out that I didn’t have to think about it for too long, because now OmniFocus and Siri can work together in harmony. I’ve been using the system for a month or so now, and I’ve got to say, it’s super sweet. Let me walk you through the process so you can get an idea of how it works.
When iOS5 was first announced at WWDC back in June, many iPhone enthusiasts began clamoring over new features like the revamped notification system, PC free functionality and iMessage. On the other hand, I was more excited about a small, but significant feature: the ability to set custom alert tones.
As a former Android owner, the ability to customize my phone down to every last detail was something I knew I would miss when making the switch back to the iPhone. The worst part though, was having to choose from a short and rather pathetic list of built-in custom tones; the end result being every iPhone owner using “Tri-Tone” for all their notifications.
Now that iOS5 has given iPhone users the ability to choose the manner is which they receive text, email and other notifications, the next challenge for said users is finding and installing their desired alert tones. Join us after the jump and we’ll show you how to do just that.