It's still several months until the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but you can get your midichlorians flowing right now thanks to the official Star Wars app released last week by Disney and Lucasfilm. This week's New App Recap also checks in on the cord-cutting Showtime app, updates to Linky and Xbox Music, a Google calculator for crunching big numbers, an app for viewing files stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, a virtual time machine for movie and TV show locations, and a new way to bring together your favorite social networks and cloud services to make slideshows from all those photos you've been taking. Take a load off and dig into the latest new and updated apps!
Beamer is a utility that aims to make sharing video from your Mac to an Apple TV easy. Of course, screen sharing from a Mac to an Apple TV is already an option in Mac OS X, but Beamer makes it easier and enables full HD quality, with support for 5.1 surround sound.
RealPlayer Cloud allows iOS users to upload videos and watch or share them from anywhere. The universal app is free with 2GB of available storage, with up to 1.5GB of bonus space available in 250MB increments after the first upload, share, or each device installation (up to four). Featuring a clean, easy to navigate UI perfectly matched with iOS 7, tabs sort content by Recent, My Videos, Collections, Sharing, and Web Videos, where Real’s Daily Top 5 and videos from Facebook friends appear.
Staying fully connected these days often involves managing multiple social networking accounts, which means posting updates across multiple accounts – a potentially daunting chore on Mac or PC, and downright tedious from the iPhone. Socializer promises to make short work of this task, despite a look and feel firmly stuck in the past. The app makes it dead simple to cross-post messages – with or without attachments – to Twitter, Facebook, and App.net, all at the same time.
There's something about music that brings us together. From drum circles to the original Napster, our favorite songs somehow sound better when we share them with other people. Even when we're rocking out to our iPods, we want our friends to know what we're listening to, endlessly tweeting and posting updates to our Twitter followers and Facebook friends. Nwplyng looks to clean up our social feeds with a whole new way to share. Despite its name (Now Playing minus the vowels), it isn't another digital jukebox. Instead, Nwplyng wants to be your favorite app for sharing and discovering new songs by turning the process into something of a competition.
From the very first version, Instagram became a fixture on our home screen and throughout our days, and in the nearly three years since, we've used it constantly to share a small window into our daily lives – and peer into those of our pals, as well. Vine essentially used the Instagram template to deliver a similar social sharing experience with video earlier this year, but with the new 4.0 release, Instagram one-ups its biggest competitor by adding its own video-sharing ability, with many additional features giving it a notable advantage.
The rumors of its appearance have been circulating for a while, but today bite-sized video content finally made its way to Facebook's Instagram. Much like Twitter's rival Vine, it thrives on short videos that you can share among your friends, but it differs significantly in design and presentation. This morning, we had a chance to try out Facebook's take on the concept and to test out the differences.
Something tells us that Apple is headed for another boffo year in 2013, but first they have to endure the fickle nature of stockholders who lose confidence in the company with each new rumor of delays or any sign of trouble in Cupertino. Wednesday was a perfect example, with Apple's stock price dipping below $400 for the first time in nearly two and a half years. Is it a sign of the company "Applepocalypse," pre-quarterly earnings jitters or just business as usual? Only time will tell...
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Files can often be spoofed on shady download sites, but there’s a simple way to verify not only the integrity of the file, but also that it hasn’t been tampered with during transit over the Internet. MD5, or Message Digest version 5, gives you a condensed version of the file (or a “digest”) that can be compared at point A and B to ensure the file is exactly the same. Continue reading, and we’ll show you how to verify your files using its digital file fingerprint.