The SlingPlayer MX App is now in the Store

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You asked for it, now it is here. The SlingPlayer App is now in the Windows Store! And one by one all the big names are now represented in the Store. Hopefully Microsoft detractors and “No App” singers are taking notice. Continue reading

FilmOn LiveTV Updates in the Store

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The FilmOn Live TV App has just updated in the Store with extra features and fixes as you can see below. Digital Video Recording (TiVo function) has now been activated in the App, there are a few tweaks of the UI. Search and Navigation improvement is said to said to have taken place, but we can’t see these changes at McAkins Online to be honest. Some of these changes are possibly too subtle and at mid-ware level. We can well inform you that the app has been made available to more regions, so for those of you who have been missing the possibility to install this in your region, you can give it now a try. A feature that we are happy to notice is the introduction of PlayTo feature in this App. You can now play your favorite shows to the your Xbox or any other streamer that accepts DLNA stream.

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If you’re on Windows 8.1 RTM, you’ll probably have received this update automatically, but if you’re still on Window 8.0, you can force-load this update or wait till the update propagates to your device.

App Highlight: Live TV App from FilmON TV Inc in the Store

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Sometimes you come across apps in the Store that promise heaven and earth, you’re skeptical, you download the app and give it a spin. Mostly your suspicion was true, it was just a piece of junk. That is not the case with this Live TV app from FilmON TV Inc.

Foreigner have been bitten by the modern internet curse, that if you live in a foreign country, you’re on your own when you want to watch a program from another country. The dream of Tim Berners-Lee was not realized to make the Internet a region free zone for humanity. Service providers take one look at your IP address and they lock you out of paradise. Even if you’re native of a country, and you reside in another country, forget it, you can’t get the services of your native born country. You have to resort to tools like VPN services which is a joke on the internet founders.

So, then comes this app that promise to make all these foreign TV stations available to you. Most of these channels free of charge. Believe me there are Channels in this app that you can’t get normally online. Don’t ask me how they do it, but we are glad they did. You can get major broadcasters from almost very country on the planet. Of course there are some premium contents that you have to subscribe if you want to access them. But from what I have seen from the freely available channels there are some good quality stations in there. Of course there is a lot of fluff too. Just take your pick.

Here is how FilmON Inc. described the app from the store:

Description:

Television on FilmOn enables you to watch live TV for free in Standard Definition on your computer or mobile device. If you wish to watch in HD and record your favorite shows or series, you can do so for a small fee. You can watch your local channels or select from our huge line-up of channels from the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Watch live Sports, News, Lifestyle, Movies, Shopping, Kids and more.

Specifics:

  • Rating: 3.6/5
  • #Ratings: 1,028
  • Size: 6.29mb
  • Link: Live TV

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Source: Windows Store

Xbox One Reveal Highlights

Watch the Xbox One reveal highlights here! The Xbox One is an all-in-one entertainment system in that you don’t need to switch inputs to access different content on your TV. Of course, that’s what Microsoft is saying. I am very sure that to play PS4 games, you will definitely need to switch inputs. In all seriousness, the Xbox One plays video games, plays movies, plays Blue-Ray, and can connect to your cable box for watching live TV. Here’s the Xbox One announcement highlights for you to enjoy.

Official Tweakers.net App is now in the Store for the Dutch

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The Dutch geek Network, Tweakers.net is now also represented in the Windows Store with their official App “Tweakers.net”. The site is visited by more than 3.5 million unique visitors each month, they are the commanding force with it comes to Technology in The Netherlands. The app itself was developed by Robert de Veen for Tweakers.net, and I can tell you for fact that the app is quality with attention to details. The app doesn’t just bring you RSS feeds, but also detailed information on the Story etc. For those of you that read Dutch, please find the description as follows:

Description:
Tweakers is met meer dan 3,5 miljoen unieke bezoekers en 90 miljoen pageviews per maand de grootste elektronica- en technologiewebsite van Nederland en België. Deze applicatie laat de laatste nieuwsberichten van de website Tweakers.net zien.
Deze applicatie is niet officieel door Tweakers gemaakt maar door een fanatieke Tweaker. Tweakers levert daarom geen support op deze applicatie.
Helaas is (nog) niet alles mogelijk met deze applicatie wat op de website wel mogelijk is. Heb je goede ideeën laat het dan weten in een review bericht.

Features
Tweakers Nieuws

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While we are talking about the developer Robert de Veen, there is another App from him in the Store that I think is worthy of mention here. The Developer just brought us a Remote Control app for all Philips TVs brought to market this past two years by Philips. The App “PHILIPS REMOTE CONTROL” is able to connect to your TV and allows you to perform standard remote control activities on the TV like changing Channels, Volume control etc. Here is his description from the Store:

Description
Control your PHILIPS TV with your Windows 8.
A PHILIPS TV 2011 or 2012 models (xxPFL5xx6 to xxPFL9xx6) is needed to use this application.
The application will automatic find your TV. PHILIPS TV should be added to your Devices in PC Settings.

Features
Control your PHILIPS TV

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We are glad to see quality apps appearing for other regions of the world. Unfortunately for some of you these apps will not be available to you, but for the Dutch this is surely a boon. Download these apps now in the Store via the following links:

Tweakers.net

PHILIPS Remote Control

Source: Windows Store

Fox News App is now in the Store

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This morning I blogged the Fox Business News App, now the general Fox News Apps just dropped. Of course Fox News itself need no introduction, and this app neither. This is just the app that exposes Fox New universe, bringing you up-to-date information about happenings around the world in general, and US in particular. There is not much description from Fox News Network to go with in the Store, but here are a few with screenshots:

Description
The Most Powerful Name in News™… now on Windows 8
With the Fox News app for Windows 8 – read the hottest stories of the day and watch the latest video clips from Fox News Channel!
We Report. You Decide®… On-The-Go!

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If you are Fox user, then this is the app for you. Please download via Source.

Source: Windows Store

ABC Player App is now in the Store

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Description
Your Favorite ABC Shows – now available on Windows 8!
Download the ABC Player app to watch your favorite ABC shows for free on Windows 8 wherever and whenever you want to watch. View full-length episodes of Nashville, Last Resort, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Happy Endings and more.
EPISODES
It’s easy to find the episodes you’re seeking. You can find videos several ways including by Most Popular, Most Recent, and Evening vs. Daytime.
SCHEDULE
When is your favorite show on? Now you know!
CLOSED CAPTIONING
Closed captioning is available on all shows/episodes. You’ll see a “CC” icon in the player controls to turn it on/off.
ABC full episodes are brought to you by ABC.com and provided for free, courtesy of our sponsors.
U.S. based Internet connection required. Show and episode availability subject to change. TV show ratings vary by episode within the application. For definitions of each TV episode rating go to www.tvguidelines.org.

Features
Watch your favorite ABC shows
Find when your favorite show is on

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Source: Windows Store

SyFy Channel brings the best to Windows 8 Store

Most of us need no introduction to the SyFy Channel, our favourite channel for everything SciFi! Now they are bringing their best to Windows 8 with their new app simply named SyFy. This small app is available for both Intel and ARM platforms. It brings Show notes and reviews/previews. All the info that you expect for you favourite programs. Following is the description of the App from the Store:

Syfy brings you the best of the best in this exclusive app for Windows 8. Watch exciting new videos, view photos and check out episode guides to catch up on the action!

They also packed Game Trailers and Videos with the App. Question is whether this is available to users outside of the US. You can try it and see if it works for you. Hopefully this is just the beginning. Say SyFy, why not go the whole step streaming the shows via the internet to subscribers? Just saying ;-)

Download the app via the following link, or directly from the Entertainment section of the store: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/a9148578-250b-478d-946d-ae7ede347a91

The iPad to Hit Shelves this Friday and Apple’s Announcement Has a Surprise Other than the iPad “3”?

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According to Leo Laporte, on This Week in Tech (TWiT), the iPad is hitting the shelves this Friday, the 9th. This means that on Friday, we will be able to get our hands on the next generation iPad, and possibly buy one. According to TWiT, the pricing of the iPad 3 will be the same as the current price for the iPad 2 today. It is also expected that Apple will still offer the iPad 2 for sale at a reduced cost. So, if you plan to buy an iPad 2, WAIT A FEW DAYS! You can potentially save a lot of money when the iPad 3 comes out.

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Tech Predictions for 2012

We are at another new year. 2012 is here and we are all still alive! To celebrate the new year, we are going to have a little fun here. Some of the authors at Techtronica have come up with some of their predictions of what will happen by the end of the year (other than the end of the world). The predictions range from Apple’s iPad, to Google+, to Windows 8 to 3DTVs. We have listed the names of the authors followed by their predictions. If you have your own predictions, agree or disagree with the authors, or have any other comments or questions, we look forward to hearing from you. Leave a comment bellow or message us via twitter, facebook, or Google+

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

Windows Store ScreenshotThe tablet market will explode with mindshare and products

With the iPad and the Kindle Fire’s notable success, there is no doubt that many other manufacturers will join the race for similar success. Yes, android tablets have been around 2011, but it is not until the Kindle Fire that android tablets have seen its true potentials. I would expect more customized and branded android tablets this year.

Let’s not forget Windows 8. Microsoft is in full throttle to push its next Windows OS into tablets. Windows 8 features a touch-first user experience, with fluid animations and response. With the new Windows 8 App Store and revolutionary Windows Applications, Windows 8 tablets will be a huge influence in this market.

By the end of 2011, consumers are now fully aware of and interested in this new way of computing, and, thus, it is only expected that in the year 2012 will see a boom in tablet purchases.

Windows 8 will be a huge hit and a great threat to the iPad

I know this is a bold statement, but bear with me. I am confident that Windows 8 will be a very successful both in the desktop and the tablet market.

The success of Windows 8 revolves around that Windows 8’s excellent ability to be backward compatible the ability to outperform Windows 7 even in the basic level. The desktop mode in Windows 8 allows almost full compatibility with Windows 7 programs and usability. With the addition of new desktop features, like a built in Anti-Virus, Window color that change to suit the wallpaper, ribbon in explorer, built in Virtual Machine, and a bunch of other stuff allows one to look at Windows 8 desktop as Windows 7 Plus! It is essentially Windows 7 with a bunch of new features. Let us not forget that Windows 8 also uses less ram to run and yields a better performance.

In the tablet market, Windows 8 will offer something Android fails to do. Like the iPad, Windows 8 will offer a unified experience that lacks the fragmentation of Android, UI overlays, and update hassle. But unlike the iPad, Windows 8 will also offer a choice of hardware and the ability to go deep in customization.

This will be the year of streaming

I am predicting that streaming will take a big step towards the war against cable television. I expect to see other direct competitors to Netflix. Not only that, I am also expecting companies to continue innovating. Like Google did with Google Music in 2011, I am betting that companies like Google will present more video and streaming related services. YouTube is a great candidate for playing a big role here.

Apple TV rumors have been stronger than ever in the year 2011. Apple is expected to do something revolutionary with TV, and I hope, perhaps, Apple can advance streaming while putting a huge blow towards the cable companies.

Joe Landor

Photo of the iPadThe Introduction of the iPhone 5 and a some form of a new iPad

The rumor mills have been grinding, as you all already know. Timing next year will be just about right for an iPad release (can’t say it’ll be called the iPad 3.) the timing would also be right for the iPhone 5, as Apple did the same thing with the 3GS and the 4. So Apple is following a pattern they always do. Look for a mid to late summer release for the iPhone 5 and a Q1 release for the iPad.

Google+

I predict that Google will hit 400-500 million users before 2012 ends.

 

Brett Young

Web Browsing

I predict that Web Browsing will go to another level. Bigger and Better with the ability to automatically convert different code language to like HTML 5.

Google Products

I predict that Google will change to another design including all of its products and that Google AdSense will be allowed to be registered with Regular Google Accounts

Apple

iPredict that Apple will come out with a fully designed internet TV for use in homes. iAlso Predict that Apple will vanish the Mac Pro and Make a better model then it is now..

Austin Allen

The year of 2011 has come and gone, and now we are looking forward to 2012. With a new year come advances, especially in technology. This upcoming year has many tech savvy individuals gritting their teeth to get their hands on the latest technology. This year is expected to contain the release of a new iPad, iPhone, improvements in 3D television, and many more gadgets.

Game Consoles

In 2012, I expect an announcement of a new Xbox, or PlayStation. This is likely to be just an announcement. The actual gaming system will probably not come out until 2014. The reason for this is because Microsoft is still trying to get the most out of the Xbox 360, and the Xbox 360 has finally gotten into its prime.

Apple iPad and iPhone

I also expect a new iPad in early 2012, assumedly being called the iPad 3. This iPad is expected to have a retina display screen, and 2 dual core processors with an A5 chip. I also expect a new iPhone. I believe this iPhone should be called the iPhone 5. There are no speculations on what software the new iPhone will have, but what is expected is a change in hardware. Many Apple lovers were disappointed with no change in the hardware for the iPhone 4s, but Apple will make up for this with the iPhone 5.

Apple MacBook

I expect a new MacBook Air in a few months. This MacBook air will have software improvements, and will also be even thinner than the previous model. Shortly after the release of the MacBook Air, I expect a newer MacBook Pro. This MacBook will contain a retina display.

3D TVs Will Finally Succeed

Last, but not least, will be 3D television. The release of the current 3D televisions was a major failure. This is because of the bulky, expensive glasses, and the hassle it takes to just watch your favorite shows. There also aren’t a lot of movies, or T.V. shows that are in 3D. Soon, more movies, shows, and video games will come out in 3D and will make 3D television a huge success.

More Gadgets: Fad or Revolution?

There will be many more gadgets, software updates, and even something that no one has heard of come out in 2012. Will these things be successful, or will they miserably fail? That is the question.

Conclusion

Well, this has been our predictions of what may happen in this amazing year. Stick with us during this year and we will continue to give you tech news and discussions. At the end of this year, we are going to revisit this article and see which of our predictions actually came true! We would love to here from you, so  Leave a comment bellow or message us via twitterfacebook, or Google+

The Top YouTube Videos of 2011!

2011 was a great year, but like all great things, it is coming to and end. YouTube compiled the best videos of 2011 and is showcasing it at YouTube.com/Rewind. It ranges from viral videos that became a tattoo of today’s pop-culture, to world events that moved many, to individual stories that shook the world. Let me highlight a few:

Viral Videos

The Nyan Cat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4&feature=player_embedded

Rebecca Black’s “Friday” (Most viewed video on YouTube!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0&feature=youtu.be

Ultimate Dog Tease

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw&feature=player_embedded

Adorably Cute Videos

Cat mom hugs baby kitten

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw4KVoEVcr0

Movement that Shook Got People Noticing

It Gets Better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IcVyvg2Qlo

World Events

Raw Video: Tsunami Slams Northeast Japan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4w27IczOTk&feature=player_embedded

Explore for Yourself!

You don’t need us to highlight all of the videos! YouTube has made a showroom out of all of the great videos of 2011, including the top 10! Check them out yourself at YouTube.com/Rewind!

More Apps Released for the XBox 360!

Major Nelson, in his blog, announced that more apps will be coming to the Xbox 360!. In his tweet, he also mentions that YouTube will be one such apps. Here’s the list of the apps that are coming:

  • blinkbox (UK): blinkbox gives access to a wide range of movies online. With more than 10,000 movies titles movie fans can watch their favorite films immediately with no additional subscription required.
  • iHeartRadio (U.S.): Listen to more than 800 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast radio stations from 150 U.S. cities with iHeartRadio.
  • MSN Video (Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico and UK): MSN brings you the latest breaking news, sports, celebrity gossip and more from around the globe.
  • MSNBC.com (U.S.): MSNBC.com bring you the best of NBC News, MSNBC, Fox Sports, Access Hollywood, original programming and more, on-demand and up-to-date 24/7/365.
  • MUZU.TV (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK): MUZU.TV the music video site, offers nearly 80,000 music videos at your command. Brand new releases from the world’s biggest artists, great music videos from every decade, up and coming bands and the latest music news and interviews.
  • Rogers On Demand (Canada): Rogers On Demand provides select TV shows and movies to everyone for FREE. Rogers customers can also catch up on their favorite premium programming anytime, from anywhere in Canada.
  • SBS ON DEMAND (Australia): SBS ON DEMAND is a catch up TV service that lets you watch full episodes, of your favorite SBS television programs.
  • TMZ (Canada, U.S.): Your all-access pass to the latest TMZ entertainment stories and breaking news videos everyone is talking about!
  • RTVE (Spain): Complete episodes from series, news programs, documentaries and the best Spanish audiovisual content from RTVE.
  • Verizon FiOS TV (U.S.): Get Verizon FiOS TV with 26 live channels like MTV, Spike, Food Network, Comedy Central, HBO, CNN and Nickelodeon – with more to come. Plus with Kinect, change channels with your voice.
  • YouTube (Available in 24 countries globally**): From your favorite web original video to gaming tips, a universe of compelling content is available through YouTube on Xbox LIVE.

I am especially excited about the YouTube app! I had been dying to see YouTube videos on my 360. I will give it a try once I get home tonight. It seems as though UK is also lucky, as they seem to be able to watch thousands of movies for no additional subscription costs! I am not a cable subscriber, but if you are a Verizon FiOS TV customer, you may also find these new apps compelling.