Showtimes provides simple movie theater box-office information see what’s playing nearby. This free version of OneTap Movies lets you scroll through a list based on ticket sales, rating, recent additions, or you can browse local theaters. While the theater list included most of our local favorites—even small locations—this scaled-back software is missing features from free competitors.
Originally named BoxOffice, Now Playing navigates the web of movie listings from your iPhone. The app hits all of the critical basics, listing theatres in proximity to your location; and movies by release date, rating, or title. The clean interface includes links to trailers and reviews. Even small theatres typically include full showtimes.
OneTap Movies includes only the basics to find movie time listings; it shows recent movies, high-grossing movies, or theater schedules near your location. If that’s nearly all you need, the interface works well, displaying theaters with a disclosure triangle to reveal specific movies and movie times.
Movies aptly shows current and upcoming theatrical releases. It automatically reads you location—or manually entered ZIP code—to show relevant, local results. And items are salted with relevant details; most current releases include trailers, nearly every listing shows a poster, and Movies slurps in reviews, synopses, and more.
As the movie-based-on-the-book High Fidelity would tell you, there are rules to creating the perfect mix of music. The best bridge between jazz and country-western is Lyle Lovett. Johnny Cash goes surprisingly well with grunge. And you never, ever mix ABBA with the Sex Pistols.
You’ll soon hear if the newly available Genius music recommendation service makes or breaks these rules when you get your first earful after downloading iTunes 8. With a touch of a button on your iPod’s on-screen controls, Genius finds songs that “go great” with your choice of music, based on songs from your library.
Steve and Apple held their annual September iPod release party. Robbie and Susie discuss the new iPods, the new iTunes and how we each feel about Genius playlists.
A Feist clone is chosen for our weekly, "Keep or Delete." Each week we download and review the free iTunes song of the week and decide whether we're going to keep or delete the file. This week's artist:
Apple will release its 2.1 firmware for the iPhone Friday and iPod touch today. Steve Jobs touted the update today, saying it fixes many bugs, allows for faster backups, drops fewer calls, and more. For those of us with iPhone issues--we've had them all--he had us at "hello."
New iPods predictably shuffled into Apple's media event today, including an updated classic and touch, and new nano. All are shipping from Apple now and should reach stores in the next several days. The classic got a storage bump to 120GB for $249, while the touch and nano improvements were bigger.
Apple has released iTunes 8, adding new interface features and introducing HD TV show downloads. HD TV content includes shows from former--and now reunited--BFF, NBC in addition to other companies. The 720p content can now be played on a computer in addition to an AppleTV. NBC programs include "The Office," "Monk," Battlestar Galactica," and "30 Rock." HD shows cost $2.99, while standard-definition shows remain $1.99 each.
A protective, easy-access mode of transport for your SLR camera can be hard to come by if you’d like to carry it with a laptop and other common digital photo gear. As with traditional camera shoulder bags, a photography-specific messenger pack can be bulky and heavy enough that you end up with an aching back. Luckily, we found Lowepro’s new Fastpack series of camera bags, which combine the right amount of storage with an easy-to-carry design.