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iPad & iOS devices: You can buy Beatles extras but not play them

In the past, Apple touted its iTunes LP format for a richer experience than plain audio, similar in concept to the extras found on DVD movies. The release of the Beatles oeuvre on Tuesday was another chance to highlight the format. However, some customers discovered that while they can purchase the content on an iOS devices such as an iPad or iPhone, these mobile players don't yet support the playing of iTunes LP content.

November 16, 2010

Blockbuster to bring movies to Motorola phones in the future

As a daily train commuter and a person who travels on airplanes about once a month I do enjoy occasionally watching movies on my mobile phones. The iPhone is great for iTunes rental or purchases, while the Nokia N97 and Nokia 5800 are excellent Amazon Video On Demand devices. According to the Chicago Tribune Blockbuster made a deal with Motorola to bring an OnDemand movie application and service to future Motorola handsets. There are no details yet on when the service will launch or on what phones, but we do know that Motorola plans to release Google Android devices later this year or in early 2010 so the service may launch at that time.

August 18, 2009 by

Palm, not Apple, deserves black eye for iTunes sync confusion

Maybe it's me, but I don't get why everyone seems to be bent out of shape over Apple's decision to block the Palm Pre from synchronizing with iTunes.Here's what's important to remember: iTunes is free software provided by Apple to manage the music - as well as movies, TV shows, apps and so on - that plays on an iPod and iPhone.

June 17, 2009 by

Apple tablet: too little, too late?

The blogosphere is abuzz about about the prospect of an Apple tablet coming in 2010. According to a note written by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster (via Silicon Alley Insider) Apple is developing a tablet-based computer that will be positioned between the iPhone/iPod touch and its MacBook lineup of notebooks:The idea is that it'd be better for surfing the Web, watching movies, and reading books than the iPod or iPhone, but not powerful enough that it would crush notebook sales.

May 21, 2009 by

Will we ever see a Sony PSP 2?

One area of mobile gear that I was asked to include here on the Mobile Gadgeteer blog was portable gaming and I have to admit I haven't written much about this area in the past. I personally own and enjoy playing games on my original Sony PSP. We also have several Nintendo portable gaming devices in my house, including my original Gameboy, Nintendo DS, and DS Lite models. My daughters use the Nintendo DS models quite a bit and enjoy gaming and chatting with each other. I prefer to play games on my PSP and charge it up for gaming and movies when I travel. I just read over on IGN that the PSP 2 may be coming this year.Do you enjoy gaming on the go? If so, do you use your iPhone, PSP, Nintendo DS, or other mobile device?

January 27, 2009 by

Compare prices with the iPhone

Here's a cool iPhone trick:Download the free Snappr application for the iPhone and iPod touch (iTunes).Scan the 2D Codes and (the first of it's kind) 1D Barcodes found on books and movies and stuff and get all kinds of price and shopping information.

December 1, 2008 by

Joost streaming video application appears for the iPhone

The TechCrunch post on Joost for the iPhone came across my Twitter feed so I quickly launched iTunes and found the free Joost application. The application started up and looked promising on my WiFi connection, but I found the same issues that TechCrunch did with the application unable to play movies.

November 28, 2008 by

Will the sun power your future iPhone?

With the upcoming iPhone 2.0 release, I will be free from a USB cable to sync my PIM data by using the Exchange ActiveSync utility. However, there are still a couple of reasons cables will be needed and that is for getting movies and podcasts onto my iPhone and to charge my iPhone. Apple can fairly easily solve the media content issue by providing content downloads and transfers over WiFi. The New York Times reports that Apple has filed some new patents that may bring solar charging capability to Apple devices in the future.

May 28, 2008 by

Zune desktop 2.5 released with TV shows and social improvements

My last post on the Microsoft Zune was made back in October of 2007 when the new Zune models were announced. I actually picked up a Zune 30GB classic at Woot for less than US$100, but have to admit after getting my iPhone it has seen very little use. I actually think the Zune has better quality sound output, but it has been so easy to get podcasts, movies, and TV shows onto my iPhone when I travel I haven't given the Zune much of a chance. Today, Microsoft updated the Zune desktop software to version 2.5 that includes gapless playback, smart playlists, new sorting options, multiple-device syncing, advanced song info editing (including the asked for drag-and-drop), and TV show downloads.

May 6, 2008 by

In faux iPhone ad, David Lynch drops the f-bomb on mobile movie viewing

Famed movie director David Lynch may be a fan of technology for making movies, but he is SO a non-fan of watching some of those same movies on iPhone and other phones as well.Here, on the clip I've freeze framed, screencapped and linked to now, David says:"It's such a sadness, that you think you've seen a film on your (bleeping-but I froze the clip just as his lips were forming the f-bomb)) telephone.

January 5, 2008 by

Easily add custom ringtones to your iPhone for US$9.95

While the ringtones on the iPhone for the most part are pretty decent, I prefer to use theme songs from my youth or favorite movies on my devices so I was disappointed that custom ringtone support was not available. Ryan posted the news on Mobility Beat that an inexpensive application is now available that allows you to create custom ringtones. I immediately went over to the Efiko Software site to find out more about iPhoneRingToneMaker and went ahead and purchased it for US$9.95 (50% introductory special). I was a bit skeptical since it seemed just too easy to create a ringtone, but as you can see in the YouTube video below that I shot of the process it really is quite simple.

July 25, 2007 by

How to get video onto your iPhone (and iPod)

One thing that I've been remiss at using on iPhone is video. With the exception of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (which I purchased for "reaserch" when the iTunes Store began selling movies) and an episode each of 30 Rock and The Dave Chappelle Show my iPods and now my iPhone have pretty much remained devoid of video content.

July 13, 2007 by

iTunes fertile new ground: PDFcasting

iTunes is the master of its domain when it comes to digital music distribution and Apple is even breaking into online iPhone book? of podcasts, music videos, TV show and movies. But there's a virtually untapped new market on the horizon for Apple's venerable music distribution platform: magazines and books.

January 25, 2007 by

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