Netflix adds video previews to TV interface

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Scrolling through Netflix selections and reading the descriptions can sometimes be extremely time-consuming and often not very helpful, so Netflix has decided to enhance the user’s search experience. Today, they announced a new TV interface, which adds video previews alongside the title’s description.

Not a Teaser or Trailer

The video previews included in the new interface will however, not exactly be a teaser or the traditional trailers we’ve become so accustomed to. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Renamed Apple Music Festival returns this month

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As they’ve done for the past eight years, Apple will once again bring us a live September music festival from London’s famous Roundhouse. But for those of you who have faithfully tuned in to the festival over the years you’’ll notice it’s been blessed with a new name, will start later in the month and runs for 10 days – a much shorter time period than before. Regardless, it will still feature a world-class headliners like Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, Disclosure and more.

The former the iTunes Music Festival has been rebranded and now called Apple Music Festival to commemorate the recent launch of Apple Music. It will still be broadcast around the world for free or people can watch it live and on-demand via Apple Music. The beauty of it being provided through the new service, according to Apple is that music fans can get closer to their favorite performers as they are covered on Beats 1 giving them backstage news and footage straight from the artists the Apple Music Connect.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers

BeatsPillXLIf you own Beats Pill XL headphones, it may be possible the battery might overheat and catch on fire. To that end, Apple announced today that they are voluntary recalling these speakers and will issue a full refund for customers.

While Apple says the occurrence is rare, they may still pose a fire risk. So not to take any chances Apple has requested that anyone who is currently using these speakers to stop using them immediately.

Apple says the Beats Pill XL can be identified by the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle and could come in any of the five colours: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white.  Get full story at: Canoe Tech Blog.

Tips before installing iOS 8 Update

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The rush to get the latest iOS 8 is in full swing.  But before you hit the “Install Now” button and do the upgrade there’s a little homework to do and few things you should know.

First, whenever you are doing any major update of any kind, stuff can and often will happen – so it’s probably a good idea, no, it’s a great idea to do a full backup of your device. You can either backup through iCloud or even better, hook your computer up to your Mac or PC and do a full backup through iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version of that app installed. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

Smashing line-up for September iTunes Festival 2014

iTunes Festival 2014 signFor many, September means back-to-school, but for others, it’s iTunes Festival time and it’s back again for an 8th year, with 30 incredible nights of live performances from London’s historic Roundup stage. If you can’t be there, you can still experience the event by streaming it over iTunes or Apple TV. And best of all, it’s still free.

Apple announced today some of the biggest artists that will be headlining this year, including; Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde & many others.

“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free.”

Read more… At CANOE TECH BLOG

Macphun offers Creative Kit Plus plus free future app

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Macphun is known for their powerful, creative and easy to use photography software.

They’ve decided, for a limited time to bundle 3 of their most powerful and popular apps for Mac OS X: Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Focus 2 Pro along with ViewBug, the world’s biggest photo contest community with daily prizes and unlimited opportunities to enhance your photography skills into one bundle, aptly named Creative Kit Plus. [Read more…]

Greg’s first Google Hangout as guest on Dotto Tech

Had a great opportunity to be a guest on Steve Dotto’s recently introduced Hangouts. What’s also cool i that this was actually the first Google Hangout I’ve participated in.  I guess resistance was futile. Seriously, this was simply just the first time.

Also joining the Hangout are Bosco Anthony, Gillian Shaw and Fraser Morrison.

We’re talking about Facebook being sued and Apple WWDC 14 amongst other things. Watch and and enjoy.

If you prefer or if you’re on the road, then you can listen to the podcast:

Tetris Turns 30

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1984 is best known for the name of George Orwell’s 1948 book that paints a bleak look at the future and the year that saw the release of the original Macintosh, where we saw “why 1984 won’t be like 1984“. But it was also on this day exactly 30 years ago today that Tetris was unveiled to the world.

Tetris is a highly addictive game, where “falling” shaped pieces or “Tetriminos” as they are called have to be arranged into rectangular shapes to create, in real time, a line, as they float down the screen.

Read full story, see video and poll at Canoe Tech Blog

IK Multimedia AmpliTube goes Orange

AmpliTube Orange for iPadGuitar and bass players can now rock with the unmistakable tone of Orange everywhere they go!

 

 

If you are an Orange amplifier fan, IK Multimedia, has announce AmpliTube Orange a new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app, officially licensed and developed in close partnership with Orange Amps.

According to IK Multimedia, AmpliTube Orange is a real time mobile Orange Amplifier and effects studio featuring digital models of 5 classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers and one Orange bass amplifier. Each amp and cab model has been meticulously recreated in both looks and sound to deliver spot-on Orange tone any time, everywhere.
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iPad 4 given a new lease on life

Greg-Gazin-Senior-EditorEDMONTON, AB, Mar 18, 2014/ Troy Media/ – When Apple introduced the iPad Air in November 2013 it discontinued the fourth generation iPad but retained the iPad 2 which was originally introduced three years earlier as their entry level full sized tablet. Well it seems that the iPad 4 or appropriately called iPad with Retina display has been given a new lease on life as the iPad 2 is put out to pasture.

While not as sleek, light and powerful as the new iPad Air, the iPad with Retina display is still a decent and reasonably current product, especially now that it is priced the same as the affordable iPad 2 it replaces.  READ FULL STORY at TROY MEDIA