Netflix Recommend with Facebook-enabled private video sharing now available

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Netflix for the iPhone and iPad now allows you to privately recommend movies and television shows to a cherry-picked selection of Facebook friends who have connected their Facebook account with Netflix, but fortunately without spamming their News Feed, wrote the firm Tuesday in a post over at the official blog.

The social recommendation feature is available to Netflix users in the United States and Canada starting today.

Dubbed Netflix Recommend, it’s “another great way to discover your next favorite show,” as the popular on-demand streaming service put it. Read More

 

iTunes Festival and Showtime Anytime channels launch on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

Two nice updates for Apple TV owners today. First, Apple has re-launched the iTunes Festival channel on the $99 media-streming box in time for the 2014 iTunes Festival, which kicks off on September 1 in London.

And second, the firm has also added the Showtime Anytime channel to the device.

Showtime is a premium cable network offering some free content to all users, in addition to live and on-demand shows and events to those who’ve subscribed to the network through a participating cable provider.

Additional content sources have been added to the Apple TV in select markets, as outlined after the jump. Read More

 

How to delete videos from your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2014

Keeping all your photos on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is one way of filling up your devices and Sebastien has already explained how you can remove unwanted photos in order to conserve storage.

If you’re anything like me, perhaps you keep a few movies stored on your iPhone.

I personally prefer having some entertainment handy in order to make long flights more bearable, or simply to catch up on the latest episode of my favorite television show while commuting, waiting in the bank to have a simple question answered and so forth.

The problem is, nothing eats up on-device storage more quickly than high-resolution movies and it’s all too easy to forget deleting videos right after you’ve watched them. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to free up significant amounts of storage by removing heavy video files from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

I know, many of you already know how to do this. Nevertheless, I’d encourage you to take a peek at this how-to because you might learn a few new tricks… Read More

 

Beats Music posts video celebrating Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ film

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2014

Apple’s recently acquired Beats Music has posted a new video on its YouTube channel this evening. The 22-minute-long clip is called ‘Do The Right Thing 25 Year Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience,’ and it’s a documentary that revisits the cast and location of Spike Lee’s popular film.

As the name suggests, the video celebrates the 25th anniversary of ‘Do The Right Thing,’ a 1989 film about the consequences of hate and bigotry in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. The movie was controversial, but received critical acclaim and a number of major awards… Read More

 

Apple.com pays tribute to Robin Williams

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2014

Following the tragic death of Robin Williams, Apple has paid tribute to the actor and comedian with a new ‘Remembering Robin Williams’ webpage on Apple.com, in addition to a similar section on iTunes published earlier today.

Moreover, Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday published a tweet expressing grief and sorrow caused by Robin’s passing.

“Heartbroken by the news of Robin Williams’ passing,” Tim’s tweet reads. “He was an incomparable talent and a great human being. Rest in peace.” The company is also honoring the Oscar-winning actor with a special iTunes Store section featuring more than forty movies and stand up comedy routines.

Williams died yesterday at the age of 63. The actor was found unresponsive at his residence in Marin County, California, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement that Williams died of asphyxiation caused by hanging himself… Read More

 

Apple honors Robin Williams with dedicated iTunes Store section

By Cody Lee on Aug 12, 2014

Apple has created a dedicated section in its iTunes Store entitled ‘Remembering Robin Williams.’ The addition follows yesterday’s tragic news of the actor’s passing, and it features links to his popular movies, TV series and stand-up comedy routines.

In addition to the media, the section also includes a photo of Mr. Williams and a brief paragraph on his career and philanthropical achievements, calling him “one of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business.” Read More

 

iTunes offering big discounts on TMNT, Stanley Kubrick movie bundles

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2014

If you’ve ever listened to one of our weekly podcasts, Let’s Talk iOS or Let’s Talk Jailbreak, you know that I love a good deal, and this morning I’ve got a few of them to share with you involving iTunes movie bundles. For a limited time, you can pick up 3 TMNT movies and 7 Stanley Kubrick films at a deep discount.

The first bundle includes all 3 original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies—the live action ones from the early 90′s—in HD for just $14.99. The second offers up 7 classic films from Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time, in HD for just $39.99. That’s less than $6 per movie… Read More

 

Movie-inspired Run Forrest Run hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2014

Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies of all time, not just due to Tom Hanks’ career-defining performance as one of the most likable film characters — I particularly fell in love with the epic romantic storyline involving an athletically prodigious native of Alabama.

Those who’ve watched the movie (and if you haven’t, you’re missing out — big time) surely haven’t forgotten the scene of Gump running across the country.

Well, the scene has been conveniently turned into an endless-runner game for the iPhone and iPad. A free-to-play download contains optional bonuses and power-ups in the form of In-App Purchases, but despite the dreaded APIs and nagging Facebook prompts, I’d highly recommended Run Forrest Run to those who can’t get enough of endless runners, as well as to anyone who enjoyed the 1994 Robert Zemeckis movie… Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 11.3, including all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies for Mac and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Apple has just released a brand new iTunes 11.3 update which enables iTunes Extras for HD movies on Mac computers. Moreover, iTunes 11.3 finally brings back iTunes Extras to the $99 Apple TV media-streaming box after Apple killed support for this useful content-enhancing feature back in 2010.

As if that wasn’t enough, the company confirmed that these interactive menus with featurettes, behind-the-scenes videos, director’s commentary and other interactive assets will be coming to iOS 8 in Fall… Read More

 

Disney iTunes sales briefly halted in Japan over licensing dispute

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2014

Folks in Japan may have noticed that newer Disney movies like Frozen and Thor: The Dark World have been unavailable for purchase in iTunes over the past few days. You could rent the titles, but the option to buy them had been removed.

Good news this morning though, as it looks like Disney has resumed iTunes sales in the country. Variety is reporting that the temporary halt was due to difficulties in negotiations over the renewal of the old contract between the two firmsRead More

 

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Jun 19, 2014

With the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction slated to hit theaters next week, Hasbro and developer partner DeNA have released their tie-in game of the same name. The title is now available in the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad.

The game, which falls into the ’3D combat runner’ genre, sees players thrown into a cinematic universe where they must recruit and customize a team to help them take down Decepticon enemies in a series of fast-paced missions. Autobots, roll out… Read More

 

Apple announces filmmaking and storytelling focused Summer 2014 Workshops for kids

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2014

Apple Retail is kicking off its annual free summer camps for kids eight to twelve years old. This time around, three-day workshops will center around filmmaking and interactive storytelling with apps like iMovie and iBooks Author on Macs and iPads.

Apple wants to educate youngsters on the basics of making movies and creating interactive books, complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Each workshop, according to the firm, ends with the Apple Camp Showcase “so campers can share their finished projects”Read More

 

$14.99 iTunes movie collections: The Dark Knight, LOTR, Matrix, Lethal Weapon and Ocean’s

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2014

I’m a big spender on digital warez sold on Apple’s content stores. Typically, I would pick up various digital books and iOS/Mac apps on a regular basis – music not so much, that’s what Spotify is for.

I’d also rent TV shows and buy movie downloads from time to time. You couldn’t go as far as to say that I’d buy anything because I’m very particular and as such purchase only items that have really piqued my curiosity. The problem is, my interests are very diverse and my wallet can only bear so much.

But if you’re a movie buff and don’t mind having your movies tied to Apple devices (hello, FairPlay DRM!), you must have spotted Apple’s movie bundles before, some of which are sold at a deep discount.

In this not-to-be-missed opportunity the California firm is currently offering several memorable movie trilogies in high-definition, including The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings and more, priced at $14.99 each… Read More

 

Apple’s design guru Jony Ive and U2′s Bono to talk (RED) charity partnership at Cannes Lions festival

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2014

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity said today that Jonathan Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design, will be in attendance of the Cannes Lions festival, due later this month in Cannes, France.

In addition, the rock band U2′s lead singer Bono will be honored with his first ever LionHeart Award. The two men are scheduled to sit down for an interesting 45-minute chat to talk working together on (RED) campaigns that raise funds to help fight AIDS.

Apple recently donated a cool $500,000 to a San Francisco anti-poverty charity. Besides, a charitable auction for a lunch with CEO Tim Cook has raised over $330,000… Read More

 

How to stream movies from your iTunes library on iPhone or iPad

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 1, 2014

I don’t know if this applies to everyone, but I rarely ever go right to sleep after crawling into bed. I usually spend a good few hours on my iPhone, until I literally cannot keep my eyes open any longer. In that time, I like to catch up on YouTube videos from users that I am subscribed to, or challenge myself to watch an entire movie without falling asleep. Netflix is a great option for streaming movies on an iPhone, but the selection is not the greatest in Canada and sometimes I have to seek alternative methods to catch up on the latest films. Enter iTunes.

iTunes has faced its fair share of criticism over the years for being rather cluttered and cumbersome, but the media player has a useful option called Home Sharing that our own Jeff Benjamin briefly covered in his ultimate iOS 7 music app guide. Home Sharing allows you to stream or transfer music, movies, TV shows, apps and more over Wi-Fi between up to five authorized devices in a household. If you like watching movies on your iPhone like me, it is a convenient feature. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to stream movies on iPhone from iTunes…  Read More

 
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