It's hard to keep up with all of the great television shows on the air these days. There's must-see programming airing almost every night of the week, and all those great shows are spread across so many channels that the old dial controls would never even get to them. Missing an episode means covering your ears—and avoiding Twitter, Tumblr, podcasts, or anything else remotely social—the next day to make sure you don't hear any spoilers. Luckily, these eight TV companion apps not only make it easier to stay caught up on your favorite programs, but also enhance your time in front of the tube—so you’re even more invested in the hopefully-great content you watch.
If broadcasters need to find a reason for services like Aereo to exist, this one's as good as any: The latest update to ABC's streaming app will live stream the Academy Awards on Sunday, but only for a select group of cable subscribers.
If you were a fan of the iOS app Matcha.tv, which quietly shut down in May, take heart: It appears the second-screen service has been absorbed by Apple, presumably as part of Cupertino's bigger television ambitions.
Although the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is my main computer, it spends most days tethered to a Thunderbolt Display. Mini Display promises the luxury of dual displays from anywhere, as it's a universal app that extends a Mac desktop onto an iOS device on the same local Wi-Fi network, but it’s not yet ready to replace the real thing. Avatron’s Air Display, which has been around for quite some time, actually does the same for a few dollars less, and works with both Mac and Windows.
It looks like AT&T and Nokia are going to be BFFs again, following the carrier's U.S. exclusive on the Lumia 900 earlier this year with a pair of lustworthy new Windows Phone 8 handsets in November. We gotta say, it's getting frustrating that these companies have yet to pinned down any dates or pricing for the Lumia 920 or 820, but with Windows Phone 8 officially roaring out of the gate on October 29, it shouldn't be much longer now.
The mammoth San Diego Comic-Con kicks off this Thursday, and Marvel Entertainment is working to keep fans excited about the September 25 arrival of its blockbuster The Avengers on home video with a new second screen app.