The new SlingPlayer 3.0 apps for Android and iOS, available today, offer an overhauled user interface with a variety of improvements on both platforms. Among the upgrades delivered are improved guide data for better program discoverability and filtering; accompanying statistical data during live sporting events; and in-app Twitter and Facebook integration. (See the video embedded below for a sneak peek of the new app in action.) … Read more
European air travelers may soon be able to use their mobile gadgets during a whole flight.
On Wednesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said it will publish guidance this month that will allow the use of smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and MP3 players from takeoff to landing as long as they're in flight mode or airplane mode. Current EASA guidelines prohibit the use of such devices during taxiing, takeoff, and landing.
The new recommendations will apply to planes operated by European airlines. As a next step, EASA is investigating ways to allow mobile phone users to make phone calls … Read more
Joe VLC Player is a feature-packed video player that can handle just about any video format you throw at it. It takes the VLC player you've grown accustomed to and ports it to smartphones and tablets. If you love this popular open-source media player and want the same experience on your smartphone or tablet, this is probably the closest you will get.
Though Joe VLC Player gives you the same format support as the original, it offers a bit more mobile style. For starters, the app lists all of the videos on your gadget, complete with thumbnail previews, in … Read more
While not the last disc format that will ever be made -- 4K Blu-ray is almost here -- the humble 1080p Blu-ray is probably the last you'll actually need. Now is a good time to buy a player if you don't already have one: the hardware is cheap and retailers practically give away movies older than six months. A good Blu-ray player costs only a little more than an Apple TV these days and being able to play discs is a definite plus if you still have a large media collection.
Sony's BDP-S5100 offers high-quality disc playback … Read more
Now that your computer is your primary music source, it's time to do something about your audio toolkit. EArt Audio Editor can help you with that. It's an all-in-one audio solution: recorder, editor, converter, splitter, joiner, and player. It not only edits and converts files but also applies effects, filters, noise reduction, and other processing. Audio Editor runs in lots of Windows installations, too -- from NT and 98 to 8. You don't need a fancy sound card or other equipment to use this capable tool, unless you plan to record audio from an external source such … Read more
Five months after releasing its Cloud Player app for PCs, Amazon has gotten around to releasing a Cloud Player app for Macs. You can use it instead of bloated iTunes to play files stored locally on your Mac, and the app lets you stream music from the cloud and purchase music from Amazon.
After downloading and installing the app and logging into your account, you'll be greeted by the Cloud music view of the app, as opposed to the Computer view. You can toggle between the two views using the buttons in the upper-left corner. In the upper-right corner … Read more
Free MP4 Player is a fine video player, but it could do without all of the programs that come attached to the install. It doesn't make up for them with nifty features, either. However, if you just need a player that plays MP4 files (and no others), it will get the job done.
During the installation, this program tries to install four different add-on programs. If you don't decline them, they can take over your browser, home page, and many more parts of your computer. The program, itself, sports a nice all-black layout that barely includes any buttons … Read more
Nokia has apparently set its sights on the iPod Shuffle, but when this alternative might hit store shelves is unknown.
EvLeaks, a Twitter account that has leaked Nokia devices images and details in the past with a high rate of accuracy, published a picture of what it claims is the upcoming Nokia Guru. The alleged device, which has been compared in previous rumors to the iPod Shuffle, comes without a display and appears to have a belt clip, similar to Apple's device. Its blue color in the image suggests Nokia will announce color options.
The product, model No. GX-SM530CF, includes more than 100 smart TV apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. It also allows viewers to access live cable content without having to pay the expensive monthly rental fees associated with a cable box.
The media player will retail for $149.99 and will be available October 23.
Free Mac Blu-ray Player for Mac makes it easy for you to play Blu-ray discs and other popular video files. The playback is smooth and free from audio and visual disturbances, making this app a great choice for video enthusiasts. The interface and features aren't bad, either, and the number of audio and video preferences available will delight film buffs.
Free Mac Blu-ray Player supports a plethora of video file formats, including MKV, AVI, MTS, and MP4, making it a more versatile player than its name suggests. After opening a Blu-ray disc or other video file source, the video … Read more