Ever since Apple revolutionized digital music with the iPod, we've been looking for faster ways to navigate our ever-expanding music libraries. Even with its iOS 7 overhaul, Apple's Music app still offers fairly basic controls, forcing us to focus on the screen and tap tiny buttons when we're on the road or out for a run. The aptly named Listen thinks it has tapped into a better method. With a buttonless interface that eschews digital controls in favor of simple gestures, the music player looks to change the way we listen to music on our iPhones by relying less on our eyes.
It seems the new MacBook Air just can't get a break. Less than a month after reports surfaced that users were having trouble connecting to the system's Wi-Fi (after which Apple quickly released a patch), we now hear via 9to5Mac that several MacBook Air owners are experiencing issues with video playback on the lightweight notebook.
Cupertino may frown on formats like AVI and MKV, but that hasn’t stopped developers from creating apps to support playing such videos via iOS. The problem is, most of them are downright ugly. Luckily, that isn’t a problem for Infuse, a universal video player from the folks behind aTV Flash. However, while Infuse may boast refined visual flair, this slick player lacks expected features, like organizational tools and video output support.
There's no shortage of iPhone and iPod touch music players in the App Store. They all basically do the same thing, but each one presents your tunes in a unique way, using clever interfaces and bold fonts to make your music look as good as it sounds. Many of them subscribe to Dieter Rams' principles of good design, but as far as we can tell, only one pays direct homage to his timeless vision. To say T3 Player is inspired by Rams' Braun radio is like saying the iPhone 4S is inspired by the iPhone 4.
With all of the recent chatter about new MacBook Pro models sans optical disc drive, it’s not hard to imagine that a discless future lies ahead. Apparently, Microsoft agrees, as they’ve let slip that Windows 8 will not only ship without Media Center but also without DVD player software as well.
Tired of the tedious conversion process it takes to get your iOS device to play back videos? Want to watch your videos in more than just the handfull of proprietary file formats? Fortunately, there’s an app for that. You can play almost any video format under the sun on your iPad with the PlayerXtreme app. Read on to learn how.