By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2014
You’re probably aware by now that Apple today released iOS 7.1 with CarPlay support and improvements to Siri, Touch ID and more (jailbreakers should stay away from this update, for now).
Additionally, the firm’s unleashed a companion Apple TV 6.1 software update with a new way to hide Home screen icons and seeded Xcode 5.1 and iAd Producer 4.1.2 (both with iOS 7.1 compatibility) to its registered iOS devs.
And now, the iPhone maker’s free Remote app for the iPhone and iPad has received an update with support for accessing your past TV show and movie purchases and more. Remote 4.2 is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch free in the App Store… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 3, 2014
X-Men fans will be happy to hear that Marvel has announced that a mobile tie-in game for its upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film is in the works. The publisher announced today that it has teamed up with studio Glitchsoft to create ‘Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past.’
In a blog post this afternoon, Glitchsoft wrote that the game will give X-Men enthusiasts the chance to engage Marvel’s 1981 landmark Days of Future Past comic book story arc in an immersive and story-driven game ‘unlike anything available on mobile.’ Read on for more details… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2014
If you fancy yourself any kind of Apple fan, or movie fan, you have to be excited about Sony’s upcoming biopic of Steve Jobs. Not only is it being written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, but it’s now being rumored that David Fincher has signed on to direct the film.
Fincher directed the hit Facebook flick ‘The Social Network,’ which Sorkin also wrote, and also directs and produces Netflix’s critically-acclaimed drama House of Cards. So needless to say, adding him to the production team of the Jobs biopic would be a major move for Sony… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2014
IMDb (abbreviated from Internet Movie Database) is my go-to source for information related to films, television programs and video games. The service is reliable and accurate so I can safely rely on their data.
The Amazon-owned company (they bought IMDb outright in 1998 and attached it to Amazon.com as a subsidiary, private company) has a pretty nice iPhone and iPad application, available free in the App Store.
We haven’t seen a major update since last December’s refresh brought out iOS 7-friendly look, plus a brand new Road to the Oscars section, among other features. Today, IMDb got bumped to version 4.1. This new edition of the software sports a few cosmetic changes, but that’s not what captured my imagination.
My interest was piqued by a cool design choice which makes it possible to use both left and right swiping to navigate through the app. Can we have this in all iOS 7 apps, please? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2014
Disney has launched an interesting new iOS app, Movies Anywhere, which offers access to a library of hundreds of movies and exclusive content from the studio, including original programming and never-before-seen videos. It’s especially interesting that the iPhone and iPad app, available free in the App Store, allows users to connect their iTunes account to instantly access all their Disney content purchased from the iTunes Store within the app, without the need to go through Apple’s stock iOS Videos app or visit the iTunes Store… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2014
Documentarian and movie director Kenneth Lauren “Ken” Burns is well-known for his style of using archival footage and photographs and giving them life by slowly zooming in on subjects of interest and panning from one subject to another.
This technique became known as ‘The Ken Burns effect’ and you’ll find it in Apple’s iPhoto, iMovie and Final Cut Pro X apps and many other software applications.
Today, Ken’s out with a new namesake iPad app, now available free in the App Store, which gives you access to streaming videos containing extras, behind-the-scenes and other footage from all 25 of his films, such as The Civil War, Baseball and Prohibition… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2014
Gameloft and Marvel announced the official tie-in game for the upcoming Captain America sequel this morning. It’s called ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and it will be arriving on iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms this spring.
We don’t know much about the game, outside of its title. But judging by this trailer Gameloft posted this afternoon, it’s not going to be your typical hack-and-slash marketing vehicle, as it features Borderlands-style graphics and unique gameplay… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2014
60Hz is one of those apps that make it easy and fun to keep track of your favorite TV shows and movies. There’s certainly no shortage of such software on the App Store as, for example, we previously told you about iTV Show 3, TeeVee 2, Done Not Done, ToDoMovies and a few others.
Like other apps, 60Hz notifies you when your favourite shows are playing and makes it easy to browse TV schedule, find out what others are saying about shows, episodes and movies and lots more.
Suneth and Dineth Mendis of M2D2Apps asked me to take a look at the latest 3.0 update for the iPhone and iPad and I was pleased with the overall changes and enhancements, despite minor UI inconsistencies and one nagging omission. Read on for the full breakdown… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2014
After Google Play Books and Google Play Music, the Internet giant Google on Wednesday has finally released the official Google Play Movies and TV application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.
A free download from the App Store, the software allows you to access those purchased or rented movies and television shows you bought in Google’s Play Store.
With this move, Google has completed a trio of software offerings that make it easier for people on the Apple platform to enjoy media bought from Google’s content store. Die-hard Apple fans may not care much, but those who happen to use both iOS and Android will appreciate that Google is catering to Apple users with these apps… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2014
Aaron Sorkin has reportedly completed his screenplay for the highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic and submitted it to Sony. It was first announced that Sorkin would be working on the project back in the spring of 2012, but we’ve heard little of his progress since then.
The fact that he’s finished the script is good news though, and should appease observers who have been looking forward to the flick. Needless to say, both Sony and movie-goers alike are hoping Sorkin can drum up the same kind of magic he did with The Social Network… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 30, 2013
We are now on day 5 of the big 12 Days of Gifts event, meaning Apple has removed the Toca House game and has posted a new free item for download. Today’s gift is the award-winning historical adventure drama Hugo.
Based on Brian Selznick’s novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret,’ and directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, Hugo tells the story of a 12-year-old boy living in the walls of the Paris Gare Montparnasse railway station… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2013
iMDB, the Internet’s vast database of information related to films, television programs and video games, has a nice free app for the iPhone and iPad which has been updated today with the iOS 7-friendly look, a new section providing the Oscars coverage, reworked navigation and homepages on the iPhone and iPod touch, the voting feature, the ability to name lists, new sorting and filtering options and more. Go past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2013
As it has done every December since 2009, Apple has published an iTunes page today highlighting the top performing downloads in its various digital storefronts. The page covers everything from apps to games, to books and movies.
Apple named Duolingo, a free app that teaches you how to speak in different languages, its iPhone App of the Year and the popular ‘Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption’ its iPhone Game of the Year. More top picks after the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2013
For those of you who were unable to see it in theaters, Ashton Kutcher’s much talked about ‘Jobs’ film is now available for purchase. You can either buy it or rent it in iTunes, and then of course it’s available in Blu-Ray and DVD as well.
After months of rumors and a lengthy delay, ‘Jobs’ opened to mixed reviews on August 16. It stayed in theaters for just 7 weeks, and only pulled $35 million worldwide. It was considered by many to be a flop, but now you can be the critic… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2013
Netflix caused quite a bit of commotion last night when it unveiled its all-new user interface that it’s been testing for the past several months. The new design facilitates easier content discovery and unifies the user experience across platforms.
The updated UI will begin rolling out to smart TVs, Roku boxes, PlayStation consoles and Blu-Ray players today. But there are some devices that won’t be getting the makeover, which Netflix executives are calling the service’s largest to date… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 29, 2013
Disney is after your kids’ tablets. The entertainment megalith will unveil a cartoon spaghetti western series on tablets before cable. ‘Sheriff Callie West,’ a female animated character (pictured top of post) the Mickey Mouse house hopes will become the next Hello Kitty merchandising bonanza, will be unveiled on the Watch Disney Junior app November 24.
The series will then appear later in 2014 on cable’s Disney Junior. The move is a recognition that children increasingly are turning to the iPad and other tablets for entertainment. Both Disney and Apple have deep ties. Not only is the entertainment giant’s CEO Bob Iger on Apple’s board of directors, but the Steve Jobs trust has a large stake in Disney… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013
Uh oh. Some users are noticing that Apple has pulled various Disney and Pixar titles from its iTunes Store and iTunes in the Cloud. While the missing movies were initially shrugged off as a glitch, it appears that the move is much more serious.
It looks like the problem has to do with a licensing agreement between Apple and Disney. And not only does it mean that users can’t buy or rent the titles, but folks who previously purchased them are no longer seeing them in their Purchased tab… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013
Attention moviegoers, Fandango has posted a significant update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 5.9. The new software has been redesigned for iOS 7, and includes several improvements.
Among them is the return of a popular feature called ‘Go Now,’ which allows you to quickly find a movie at your local theater and purchase tickets. And Spotlight and Search have both been given makeovers… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2013
Time to fight some larger-than-life robots! I’m not sure why exactly Real Steel hasn’t done so well at the box office, but I’ve had a great time watching the movie (twice) and thought Huge Jackman fit the role perfectly. If you haven’t seen it, Real Steel is based on the 1956 short story Steel by Richard Matheson and follows former boxed Charlie Kenton who owns the aging robot Ambush.
It’s year 2020 and human boxers have been replaced by robots so cash-strapped Kenton makes a living by sending Ambush to fight other robots in tournaments across the country. The animatronics, stunts, special effects and acting are all very smooth.
DreamWorks, whose movie-making arm released the movie, has released a new tie-in, Real Steel: World Robot Boxing, for the iPhone and iPad as a free to play download on worldwide App Stores (the game previously soft-launched on the New Zealand App Store only)… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2013
Ending weeks of speculation, Twitter today announced a new feature that has the potential to take social television to the next level.
Twitter users will soon start seeing a new See It button embedded in tweets that, when clicked, lets folks immediately tune into live programming through their set-top box or a mobile devices such as a smartphone or a tablet.
To replace your remote, Twitter partnered with cable provider Comcast and its fully-owned subsidiary NBCUniversal, giving Xfinity customers the ability to also schedule DVR recordings on-the-fly, directly from Twitter. The feature will debut with NBCUniversal offerings including The Voice and Sunday Night Football.
Go past the fold for the full reveal… Read More