Apple Watch APP Roundup
It’s Apple Watch day. And whether you received one already, or are stuck waiting a few weeks for it, you’ll want apps to make the most out of your new wearable when the time comes. Thankfully, we here at Engadget are always thinking about you, the reader, so we’ve put together a list of third-party apps that stand out from the 3,000-plus expected to be available at launch. But first, let’s talk about some essentials. The Twitter and Instagram Apple Watch apps, for starters, will let you check out tweets and view photos right on your wrist, among other things. Sports fans, meanwhile, have access to apps like ESPN, MLB At Bat, NBA Game Time, which makes it easy to keep up with scores without having to pull out your iPhone.
Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal is dead
Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s decision to end Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is in the best interests of consumers. The proposed transaction would have created a company with the most broadband and the video subscribers in the nation alongside the ownership of significant programming interests.
All About Emoji
Forget typing emoticons on your smartphone, they’re so 2013. Emojis are where it’s at these days and the vast array available — from simple smileys to smiling poo — means that there’s an emoji for everyone. Here’s how to find the most obvious and the most obscure.
As an owner of a Moto 360 its great to see it still have a life and continues to get better. I am the kind of person that keeps his phone on silent so getting these little alerts helps me to respond in a timely manner when a message is received.
I am not going to lie. I am new to MAC and new to OS X. As I continue to learn the system I found I was stuck with video file formats. I found this info online and wanted to share…
Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) files are a common format for compressed video clips. If you are a Windows user and video downloader you are familiar with AVI. There are several ways to view them in Mac OS X.
Note: AVI files are often containers, and can contain audio/video compressed using varying different codecs (this is similar to an .mp4 file either using MPEG4 compression or H264 compression). Most AVI files use DivX, Xvid or 3ivX compression codecs.
Third Party Applications
There are 2 programs at present that can open .avi files and both are open source and free to download. Many users prefer to keep both installed to provide compatibility with as many file formats as possible.
- VLC Player is a cross platform application with a mac version available for download from the VLC website.
- Windows Media Player 9 is an application developed by Microsoft for Mac OS X.
- Elmedia Player is an application developed by Eltima Software for Mac OS X.
Note: Microsoft has stopped the software’s development for Mac OS X and instead promotes another third party plugin for QuickTime called Flip4Mac (See below).
There are several third party plug-ins available to allow users to watch .avi files using Apple’s native multimedia media program. These are installed into the QuickTime plug-ins folder and usually require little or no setting up.
- Perian. Currently the best and most all-encompassing Quicktime plugin that will guarentee to play almost any codec within an AVI file.Includes support for MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio, AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3, (i.e loads of Codecs), to play windows media (.wma,.wmv) files you will also need Flip4Mac (See below).
- 3ivX codec. A free version of this MPEG4 codec is available for Mac users on their download page.
- DivX for Mac codec. A free version is available for watching DivX movies, a commercial solution for encoding movies is available as a free 15 day demo. Free beta versions (including DivX 6 for Intel based macs) are also available from labs.divx.com
- Flip4Mac. A free solution, offering playback of AVI, ASF, ASX and non-DRM protected WMA and WMV files. Microsoft site
As many of you, I too am just hearing the news. Actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at age 83. It’s never easy to see one of your childhood heroes pass on. As you know Mr. Nimoy was best known on Star Trek as Spock. While other will write about the actor and the show he was best known for I would like to remember what he gave us. A character of logic and Science that offered balance to the otherwise hot head Captain Kirk. They taught us that being different was OK and working together we accomplish anything. It’s not just the character, it’s the memories we grew up with. Both what the show offered as well as the time spent with family. As I child I spent many weekends on the couch with my father watching the original series. No different than playing catch these are the bonds we take with us.
On to your next adventure sir! Stop and say HI to my father along the way. Rest in peace.
If you are like me and are checking out the world of Android Wear you might want to take a look at some of these apps.