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YouTube Default Web Player Is Now HTML5

1/29/2015 02:09:00 PM - 0 comments

We have waited a long time for this and we can finally report that YouTube has officially dropped Flash support in favor of HTML5 for its Web Player. Yes you read that correctly, HTML5 is now the default for the YouTube Web Player. We have all the information you need coming up in this post.

Adobe's Flash platform has been losing its appeal in the mobile and desktop arena for quite some time now. It was nearly three years ago when we saw Android pull the plug on Flash when Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released. Apple, more specifically Steve Jobs, had always been pretty vocal about the shortcomings surrounding Adobe Flash. He often mentioned the problems with performance.

In recent years we have seen the emergence of HTML5 with many software developers, particularly in the gaming industry, opting to use this platform instead of Flash. It was the Flash based Web Player for YouTube that allowed it to skyrocket to become the top streaming company in the world today. HTML5 has been touted as a far superior technology that removes all issues that developers seem to have with Adobe Flash.

We know that YouTube has been experimenting with HTML5 for a number of years now, with the streaming giant offering playback on a number of platforms, including iOS that doesn't support Flash. However, with HTML5 not meeting the website's requirements at the time, the changeover didn't happen. Almost five years later, advancement has led to HTML5 being incorporated as the default player in most modern browsers and we are more than happy to see YouTube making their changeover official.

HTML5 is superior to Flash and if you are wondering why it has become the leading technology behind the player on YouTube, we can tell you that it offers higher video quality at a reduced bandwidth by as much as 35 percent. Also the adaptive Bitrate for streaming has reduced buffering by more than 50 percent globally and as much as 80 percent on heavily congested networks. That is quite a significant difference wouldn't you say.

YouTube will now be using HTML5 as the default player in Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and the beta releases of Mozilla's Firefox browser. HTML5 is now being used in smart Tvs and other streaming devices as well and in order to reap the benefits that extend beyond modern desktops, YouTube realized that Flash has to go. What do you think of this move? Are you happy to see HTML5 replacing Flash? Let us know in the comment below.


Free On iTunes Section Now Available Feature Free TV Shows and Music

1/27/2015 04:20:00 PM - 0 comments

Everyone loves free stuff and if you weren't aware, Apple got rid of the “iTunes Single of the Week” freebie a while back but they seem to have made up for this. It seems that Apple has just launched a brand new section on the iTunes store especially for those seeking fresh content without having to pay for it. This new section is called “Free on iTunes” and it includes songs from recording artists as well as TV shows from some really great networks. Right now though, this new section seems to be reserved for consumers in the United States.

This brand new section is only for the US at the moment but we do expect that it will roll out to other nations and regions in the near future. If you do however have a US iTunes account, then you can dive straight in and see exactly what is on offer. There is new music and TV shows for you to enjoy free of charge and all you have to do is visit the Free on iTunes section to see what you can find.

Unfortunately right now you won't find any movies or music videos but this section is still very new so you never know what the future will bring. Everything in this section is free and there is quite a large selection of content too. You can find artists ranging from Purity Ring to Guster and TV shows that have been provided by the likes of FOX, MTV and Animal Planet. With that said, you are sure to find something to suit your personal tastes.

This new section should get people back looking on the iTunes store as it has struggled in recent times when compared with modern streamers such as Pandora and Spotify. Apple as you may recall purchased Beats Electronics last year and this also saw them acquiring Beats Music which is a streaming service like Spotify and Pandora which we are sure Apple is working on behind the scenes.

So to sum up, if you are looking for some free stuff and you have a US iTunes account, then why not head over and check out the new free section. Be sure to come back and tell us what you thought of the experience and whether you found anything good in the comments below.


Apple Watch To Include Games and NimbleBit is Developing One

1/22/2015 02:40:00 PM - 0 comments

The Apple Watch is set to launch later this year and developers have had access to the WatchKit API since the launch of iOS 8.2 back in November. To date we have heard very little about the apps that will be available and what they can do. We know that common Apple apps like Messages and Mail will be available on the Apple Watch and this is because it was said at the keynote and because of the dedicated Apple Watch website. Third party developers haven't however given away much information on what they plan to create for this device.

It is thought that hundreds of innovative apps are experiences are being worked on by app developers and today we are able to share that game developer NimbleBit is working on a new game that will be playable on the Apple Watch. This game is called Letterpad and it is a simple word game that will be available on both iOS and the Apple Watch. The object of the game is to make words related to a specified topic from a grid of nine letters as you can see from the image included at the top of this post.

Now we know that most people won't think of games are being part of the Apple Watch experience and it is thought that the limited battery life will mean that you will have to charge it on a daily basis, but simple games like Letterpad will translate well on this device even with its small screen. This really is just a first glimpse of one simple game and we expect that developers will have a range of unique game experiences in mind.

We already know that the first apps coming out for the Apple Watch will be entirely reliant on the iPhone, powered by the phone and projected to the Apple Watch to conserve battery. The Apple Watch's Taptic Engine and Force Touch capabilities may enable all new types of games and apps that we haven't even thought of yet. Over the next couple of months we are sure to see more information surfacing on what developers are planning to create for this device.

The most recent rumors have suggested that the Apple Watch will be released in March but the price of the device is still unknown. We do know that the entry level Apple Watch will be priced at $349 but that is it. What do you think, will you be getting and Apple Watch and will you want to play games on it? Let us know in the comments below.


PlayBox Now Available for iOS and No Jailbreak is Required

1/20/2015 01:54:00 PM - 0 comments

If you like to watch movies and tv shows on your mobile device or tablet, we have some great news for you today. Android users have Showbox but this isn't available to iOS users. Popcorn Time has been very popular for quite some time and if you enjoy this service you will be happy to hear that PlayBox is now available for iOS and Android and you don't need a jailbroken device to install it either. You can install this on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and watch all the latest movies and TV shows for free.

While Netflix is popular and offers access to unlimited content for a monthly fee, there are limitations. The problem with Netflix and other similar sites is that they don't have the very latest movies or TV shows and most of these are leaked online long before they are made available via paid services. This is where the likes of Popcorn Time and MovieBox have become very popular and the new PlayBox app is just the same. It delivers these movies to your device and there are some great features too. All the latest releases are there as well as your favorite TV shows so you can watch the latest series in on go.

There is subtitle support and the app is also multi-lingual. With any video-related app for iOS or Android, Apple TV and Chromecast support is seen as essential and PlayBox doesn't disappoint here. The app also supports downloading of the movies or TV shows onto your device so you can view them later. Most apps like this require you to have a jailbroken device but not PlayBox which is why we are so excited. In order to get this app on your iOS device, you need to visit playboxhd.com where you can do a direct download to your device. The app has a very user friendly interface and if you have used the likes of ShowBox before you will know exactly what to do. You can view movies or TV shows in new or popular, you can also view by genre or do a search for your favorites. All in all, this is a very useful app for those of you who like to watch the latest movies without having to pay for them.

If you do download PlayBox, please be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments below this post.


Google Translate For iOS Translates Words in Real-Time

1/15/2015 12:22:00 PM - 0 comments

Google has been having a very busy month so far with some great updates being rolled out. Today we want to tell you about a major update to the Google Translate app. There is a fantastic new feature that has been added to this app that can automatically translate words as they are detected using your mobile's camera. While this is not a new concept, and have been around for quite some time in the form of Word Lens app for iOS. Google acquired Word Lens and has now added this technology to the Translate app.

This addition is great and the feature works without an internet connection which is even better. There are however one or two limitations. As you'd expect, the Word Lens feature only caters to a handful of languages at the moment. It supports the translation of English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Google is working on adding more languages in the near future.

There is another great feature that can be found in the latest version of Translate too and this is one that Google hopes will help with the flow of inter-lingual communication. Within the app, you can simply select your designated language, tap on the mic button and start speaking. Hit the mic button again and the app will quickly detect which language is being spoken and for the remainder of the conversation you won't need to partake in any further tapping or configuration. You can see this in action in the video from Google below.

Translate has always been a great free tool for those looking to communicate and comprehend different languages and these new features have made it more powerful than ever. Have a look at the video below, test out the app for yourself and then be sure to come back and tell us what you think in the comments below.


Google Chrome Remote Desktop For iOS Released

1/13/2015 02:10:00 PM - 0 comments

Remote desktop apps are a great idea and today we want to let you know that the Google Chrome remote desktop app has been released for iOS and this will now let you control your PC or Mac from your iPad or iPhone. Google first introduced the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android and it has been a huge success. As you can probably guess, it allows users to connect their PC or Mac remotely. If you fancy getting your hands on this new iOS app, keep reading and we will provide you with all the details.

Now even thought this app caters for both Windows and OS X, it does require you to use the Chrome Remote Desktop app that is available at the Chrome Web Store. Once you've installed it you will be met with an access code that you will then need to enter into your iOS device. Once both the device and computer have been formally introduced, your remove desktop experience will begin.

Having already tested the Android edition of this app, it is safe to say that the iOS version is just as impressive. It is very rare that an app for both platforms functions so flawlessly, but Google has gone to a lot of trouble in the development of the Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and we hope that everyone who uses it finds it as valuable and useful as we have. We have played around with it and it really is great.

If you like the idea of connecting to your main PC or Mac from your iPhone or iPad, then be sure to give this app a try. It's simple and easy to use and like any remote desktop experience, Chrome Remote Desktop is a great deal more fluid and functional on a tablet. The better display offered by a tablet delivers a true desktop experience both in size and aspect ratio, so while you can use this app on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you will find it a lot more productive on your iPad.

Give it a try and be sure to come back and let us know how you found it in the comments section below.


8 Great Paid iPhone And iPad Apps Gone Free Today

1/08/2015 12:44:00 PM - 0 comments

It's still only the beginning of January and already we have some amazing freebies coming on stream. Today we have 8 great paid iPhone and iPad apps that are available for free. Remember if any of these apps appeal to you, that you should download them straight away as these usually only stay free for about 24 hours before going back to their original cost. We don't want you to miss out on any of the amazing bargains that crop up and with these free apps today you could save yourself a total of $27.

Next – Numbers ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

This app is actually a lovely little brain game that we have come across. What you have to to is is pick sequential numbers out of a random collection. It sounds simple but it is a rather addictive game that will have you spending a lot of time and of course boosting your brain power at the same time. Grab it for free now while you can.

Line Runner 2 ($1.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

Line Runner was a classic. Line Runner 2 is just as good, and it’s free. Fans of the runner genre really should have this in their arsenal if they don’t already. Remember it's only going to be free for a short time so if you are a fan of this type of game, then get your hands on it now.

Doodle: easy scheduling ($2.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

The Doodle app is perfect when you want to keep track of your schedule and you can save $3 today if you download it. It is great for tracking meetings and making sure you don't forget any important events.

PDF Max S for Dropbox ($4.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

Apps that tie into Dropbox are so important and this little gem makes it possible for you to read PDFs. It is also packed full of some amazing features too and we highly recommend you add this to your arsenal today.

Form Expert ($3.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad

Need to fill in PDF forms on your iPad or iPhone? Form Expert is for you, especially now that it’s free.

Slated ($4.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

This is a fantastic third-party keyboard that can translate text into different languages as you type it. If you like the sound of this grab it now today while it's free.

MiniatureCam – TiltShift Generator HD ($2.99 – FREE / iPad)

Make gorgeous tilt-shift videos and photos for free. It’s iPad-only, but that bigger screen suits the job perfectly.

Makanim – Multi-Touch Generative Art ($2.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

Create stunning animations just by using multi-touch. This is perfect for all those creative people out there and what's more, it's free today so grab it while you can.


Apple Watch To Hit Shops In March 2015

1/07/2015 04:49:00 PM - 0 comments

It's the start of 2015 and already we have some Apple news to share. It looks like there will be an early 2015 release date for the much anticipated Apple Watch. As yet there isn't an official date but we are really excited about Apple's first wearable product becoming a reality very soon. Apple recently gave some of their international customers a belated Christmas gift by adding some European countries to the list that will receive the Apple Watch early in the year.

Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac, who is usually very accurate with his information and who seems to get the inside scoop, has claimed that the Apple watch is going to go on sale in March. He also stated that retail staff are going to be getting training on the new product during the month of February, which let's face it, is just around the corner and a matter of weeks away.

Gurman has stated that March is the current release plan and that this could slip back. We suppose this is just his way of making sure he doesn't receive any backlash if he gets the date wrong. It really is very close to the release date and with logistics, training and marketing all needed to be set up for a product launch such as this, we really hope that Apple can pull if off. Of course, as we already know, if Apple says they will launch the Apple Watch in March then they will do just that.

The first quarter of 2015 was said to have been the expected launch timescale for the Apple Watch, and March fits in well with this. Whether all markets will receive the watch at the same time remains to be seen. We also don't know if all the models will launch at the same time either. We should have a better idea of all the details as the weeks pass by and more and more information is released but until then, we can all start to get very exciting about having the new smartwatch designed by Apple. Will you be buying one? What are you most looking forward to? Do let us know in the comments below.


What To Expect From Apple in 2015

1/01/2015 09:00:00 AM - 0 comments

Happy New Year everyone. 2015 is officially here and we are so excited to get started on another year of the best blog posts ever. In this post we want to talk a little about what we can expect from Apple this year and what we plan on bringing you to keep this blog the top source of Apple product information.

First off, you can expect to find a lot of post about firmware upgrades, jailbreaking and of course the best apps for every iOS user. We will bring you detailed information about any new developments, software leaks, hardware leaks, new iPhone concepts and so much more. Any information we receive will be passed on to you. We will also keep everyone updated on jailbreaking and what is happening in the jailbreak community. This includes new tweaks and apps that are being made available through Cydia and all associated repositories.

On top of that, which is a lot in itself, we will also be bringing you posts on paid apps that go free for a limited period. These posts always prove to be extremely popular with you guys so you can expect to see a lot more of these. We also plan on bringing you even more tutorials, tips and advice on how to get the most out of your iDevice, so whether you have an iPhone, iPad or an iPod Touch, you will find all the information you need on our blog to ensure that you get the most out of the amazing features these devices have.

In 2015 we expect to get another new iPhone, a new firmware that will be iOS 9, the iWatch, new iPads, new OSX software and an update to the Apple TV. All of these will be covered extensively on our blog so be sure to subscribe to our updates so you don't miss out. It is already shaping up to be a very exciting year with so much to expect from our favorite company so in the spirit of all things new, we wish you and yours the very best for 2015 and we can't wait to share it with you.


Best iOS Apps of 2014

12/30/2014 11:57:00 AM - 0 comments

The end of 2014 is almost upon us and to finish off the year we want to bring you some of the best iOS Apps of 2014. One of the best parts about getting a new iPhone or iPad is downloading new apps. The only problem is finding the best ones and so to help you out, we have a list of the best of the year below.

Apple's digital store iTunes released its biggest selling apps of 2014. Three categories have been considered which include the 10 top grossing apps, the 10 top paid apps, and the 10 top free apps. Each category has an iPhone and an iPad version and you can view all the details in the App itself.

Minecraft - Pocket Edition was the number one paid app for both the iPhone and the iPad. Facebook is the number one free app for the iPhone while Skype is the number one free app for the iPad. Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans were the top two apps for both the iPhone and the iPad. Candy Crush Saga is the top grossing app for the iPhone and is followed by Clash of Clans. When it comes to the iPad, it is the Clash of Clans which made it to the top spot followed by Candy Crush Saga. Messaging Apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat were also in the top three spots for the end of year rankings. Other apps that made it into the list of the top free iPhone apps include Facebook (at number 4), YouTube (at number 5), Instagram (at number 6), Spotify Music (at number 7, Skype for iPhone (number 8), Google Maps (number 9), and Tinder (at number 10).

For the iPad, the list for the top free apps is a little more varied and only includes two messaging apps which are Skype for iPad and Facebook Messenger. Other chart toppers for the iPad include Netflix (number 3), YouTube (number 4), Microsoft Word (number 5), BBC iPlayer (number 6), ITV player (number 7), Ebay for iPad (number 8), Google Maps (number 9) and Calculator for iPad free (number 10).

You can find the complete list in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad or through iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

From all of us here, we would like to wish you all a very happy New Year and we can't wait to bring you the best of everything Apple in 2015.