Tuesday, September 11, 2012

YouTube Releases Official iPhone App Just In Time

If you have not heard Apple is removing the original YouTube app that has been on iOS for many years. The app has pretty much been unchanged since release and in Apple's effort to remove Google Apps from the iOS ecosystem Google has responded with its own updated version of the app. It is great that this app was released the day before the iPhone 5 announcement as well as a possible release of iOS 6. Once you install iOS the stock YouTube app will be removed as well as Google Maps and it will replaced by Apple's new Maps application.

The app now takes on a much newer look and feel that was also recently introduced in the Android app. You can easily open of the left sidebar to view your playlists or view videos for specific channels you are subscribed to. For many users it is going to be hard for them to see the introduction of ads into the app but it is vital for YouTube to add this to give support to people such as me to continue to making great content.

You can find that app here and make sure you install it now before the old version disappears in a few weeks. The iPad version is currently in development and will be released in the coming weeks.

Let me know what you think of the new app.

Source: iTunes, YouTube Blog

Monday, August 27, 2012

Deal: iPad Bluetooth Keyboard $15

Typing out a novel or even a quick email is not always the easiest on the on screen iPad keyboard. Even if it seems quick sometimes there are always a few mistakes that you have to drag your finger around to get to the right spot to edit it. This always end up taking much more time than you think it will.

If you are looking for an affordable bluetooth keyboard for your iPad or tablet check out this deal on Amazon. The keyboard has buttons specifically for the iPad but will work great on most smartphones tablets. You can get this SANOXY"bluethooth" keyboard for only $15.

Source: Amazon

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Google Music Update Adds Expandable Jelly Bean Notifications

Google Music has been updated that ads a few new features to many users. This update includes:

* Bug fixes and support for Google TV devices.* Expandable notifications in Jellybean.

For those who have forgotten about expandable notifications here is a reminder. When an app supports expandable notifications and you see the notification in menu you place two fingers on it and pull down to see more options. 

As you see to the left it gives you a bigger thumbnail and an option to go to the previous song. While it doesn't add a ton of new options, it does give you a nice notification widget to look at. This is the first Jelly Bean notification I have actually used and it really ads a nice touch to the OS.

For many of you this feature is not available since Jelly Bean is no where on the rader to be available for your device. 

Play Store: Google Music

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

App How To: Pinterest for Android

In this video I take a quick look at the newly released Pinterest App for Android. The app is fully funcional and is very easy to use. Once you have logged in or created your Pinterest account it will take you to the main page that shows the pins of all the people that you are following.

At the top of the page you can create a pin by selecting the button and then taking a picture of choosing a photo from you gallery.

You can scroll through all the pins on the main page and repin, like, or comment on a pin just by tapping on the picture. When you have selected a pin you can also click the menu button and you can download the picture to your device or you can share it with other social networks.

Back on the homescreen you can also swipe left to browse through the many different categories or you can swipe right to view your profile as well as news and see your followers and those you follow.

RePinning something from the web is where Android really has the advantage over other mobile operating systems. When you are using the web browser and you find something ou would like to Pin, all you need to do is press Menu, and then Share. You will then see the option to choose Pinterest as shown at the left.

Once you select Pinterest it will then pull up all of the images from the page for you to select. You can then choose one and name the pin as well as choose what board you would like it on.

For an initial release of this app Pinterest has done an excellent job. I found the app to run very smooth and load images quickly. I would suggest being on Wi-Fi or LTE if you are going to do some heaving browsing and pinning. 

App Link: Google Play

App How To: Pinterest for the iPad

In this video I take a quick look at all the features that have been released in the new iPad Pinterest app. The app allows you almost all the same functionality that the web offers minus rearranging your boards.

Once you load up the app you are first asked to login to your Pinterest account via Facebook, Twitter, or Email. If you don't have an account yet you can create one at first login. If you have not linked Twitter to your iPad it will make you do this first if that is your preferred way to sign in.

Once you are logged in you will then see everybody's pins that you follow. You can easily scroll down the page to see all of the pins. To repin, like, or comment all you need to do is click on a picture and you are given those options. If a picture is too large you may need to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the comment menu.

In the top left of the app there is a menu icon. You can open the menu by clicking on the icon or by swiping your finger on the screen to the right. In the menu you can browse different categories as well as open up a built in web browser or view your profile and settings.

When you go to the built in web browser you can then search for anything on the web and then Pin It right from the app. This is works really well and it is easy to use.

When you click on the settings in the menu you can easily change your Facebook sharing settings and other options just like you would on the web.

Once you are done browsing a certain category or the web there is a X box on the current tab in the upper right corner that you can click to take you back to the main page.

The app runs very well and is performs that main features of Pinterest well. If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer you.

App Link: iTunes

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Website Lets You Create Music Playlists With YouTube

For years YouTube has been a wonderful source to find new music to listen to that you don't have to pay for. Sometimes I felt like there could be a better way to listen to the music than through the standard YouTube player. Reddit user jimikain has created an application that allows you to create playlists on YouTube in a easy to using interface called deskamp.

When you first go to the site you search for a song you want to here and add it to your playlist. You can then search for others songs you like or browse through suggested music or turn on Radio Mode that will randomly play suggested songs.

One feature that I really liked was that you can select the music icon to find a different quality of the current song you are listening. If you strictly want to only hear the music and not see the video there is an option to hide that as well.

Currently it is not working on the iPad or other mobile devices.

Application URL: www.deskamp.com

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

GTasks: To Do List | Task List Update Now Supports Android Tablets

For users of Google Tasks there has never been an official Android app. If you browse the Play Store you will find many apps that will allow you to sync your information with Google Tasks servers.

One of my favorite applications is Gtasks. It is a beautiful user interface that lets you easily add tasks, notes, and even due dates. This wonderful app has now been updated to support Android tablets. This will hopefully help Google Tasks users complete their tasks easier on the big screen.

Source: Play Store

Is The Verge's Galaxy Note 10.1 Unit Broken?

Today Samsung announced its next member of the Galaxy Note Family. The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a Wacom-powered S Pen that allows for touch sensitive stylus tablet experience. The tablet has a 1.4Ghz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. It will be available tomorrow with the 16GB costing $499 and the 32GB model at $549.

The Verge reviewed the new device and while it is highly specked it received very low scores. In the video review it shows that tablet has a bit of lag just scrolling through home screens but the problem is very evident when opening up multiscreen apps. This allows you to use two specific Samsung apps in split screen mode. When switching from one app to the other there is almost a 2 second delay before the app begins to respond. 

In a 3rd generation iPad world is sad to see so many devices struggle to match its quality. The Galaxy Note's screen is nowhere near the Retina Display of the iPad and it is still struggling to keep its performance up. While many have suggested it is simply a bad review unit it really is making Samsung look bad.

Is the interface and multiscreen ability enough for you to see pass the lag and purchase the tablet?

Pinterest introduces app for Android, iPad and iPhone

After a very long wait Pinterest has finally released a Android app and a iPad app. The Android app will work on  phones and tablets alike. They have also updated the iPhone that allows you to see more pins at once. Being able to Like, Comment, and Repin is a breeze in the new speedy app. You can easily login with your email address, Facebook, or Twitter account. If you own a Kindle Fire the app will now available in the Amazon App Store.

Check out Pinterest's App page to download the app now!

Source: Pinterest

Friday, August 3, 2012

Woot Deal: Sony 32GB 9.4" Tablet for $259

Everyone should wants to own a tablet these days right? Why not purchase one that can control your Sony TV? That is of course if you own a Sony TV. This $259 tablet will not disappoint if you are looking for a simple Android tablet that will get the job done with speed.

The built-in IR Blaster is a nice extra feature to have so you can quickly control your TV from an app without having to pick up your remote.

This also comes with a cradle that will allow you to dock your device and keep it charged up for when you need it. If you are interested in the full spec sheet see below.

  • Operating System: Android Honeycomb (upgradeable to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Memory: 1GB (installed)
  • Processor: 1GHz nVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Storage: Flash 32GB
  • Size: TFT Color LCD
  • Resolution:  1280 x 800 
  • Ports: microUSB
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
  • Cameras: Front: 0.3 MP, Back: 5.0 MP
  • Battery:  Built-in Lithium-Ion (5000mAh) 
  • Dimensions:  9.53"(W) x 6.81"(H) x 0.35"(D) 
  • Weight:  1.33 lbs 

Check out Woot.com for more photos and to purchase. This deals ends August 3rd so make sure you pick yours up before they are sold out. Make sure you check out Sony's website to see reviews and compare prices!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What is your favorite feature on the new iPad?

The new iPad has now been out almost a week now and you have been able to spend some quality time with it. Now that all the hype is over, what is your favorite new feature?

  • Retina Display
  • iSight Camera
  • 1080p Video
  • LTE
  • A5X Processor
  • Voice Dictation
  • iPhoto
  • Update iMovie or Garageband
And for you iPad 2 owner's, have any of these reasons been enough for you to upgrade or do you see no need?

Image Source: Apple

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mint Updates App For Native Android Tablet Support

A few months after releasing the official iPad app, Mint has now released support for 9" and 10" Android tablets. Go get the app here. If you are not a Mint user it is a financial budgeting tool that will compile all the transactions from your different bank accounts. Then you can plan a budget and as you purchase items for each budget you can track your progress over the month. I highly recommend it! Set up your account with Mint.com today to help keep your financial resolutions for this year.