I'm working on an article for the magazine about streaming video and am surveying apps that stream movies and TV. Let me know your favorites. We've covered Netflix in our blog, the movies app that seems to be the most popular. And it's likely the most cost-effective, with unlimited streaming for $9 per month. Another contender with quite good quality is mSpot Movies. The app is free, and rentals are typically $3 or $4. Many of the movies have free trailers available.
Adam Dachis at Lifehacker has put together a list of the best productivity apps. He covers list apps, task managers, note apps, the amazing (and free) Dragon Dictation (shown at right), Dropbox (for syncing files), and more. Some of these are must-have apps.
One of the really fun things about these gadgets is using them as portable movie players. You have many options for doing that, such as renting in iTunes, using the Netflix app, and more. And if you already have a collection of DVDs, one option you have is to convert them for viewing on your iPad. SimpleMobile Review has a great step-by-step guide, complete with screen shots, that walks you through the steps of converting your DVDs.
As you likely know, the biggest change in iTunes with the release of version 10 was Ping, which integrates social media into your iTunes experience so that you can see what music your friends are listening to, etc. Now Apple has released an update to iTunes 10 that adds a Ping sidebar. Read all about it on Macworld.
CNET has an interesting report on studies from this past week that show Apple ranks number 1 in customer satisfaction. A six-month study of smartphone users found that iPhone users were the most satisfied. A separate study also found that, for the seventh straight year, overall Apple scored the highest in customer satisfaction among all companies in the PC industry.
If you have an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1, you'll want to use the HDR feature for taking the best quality photos. As I explained in an earlier post, when you take a photo using this feature, it actually takes three different shots in three different exposures, and then combines them in order give the best quality and detail. A very helpful article on the Macworld website explains more about this feature, when to use it, and when not to use it.
Finally — a screen protector for the iPad that reduces glare. They claim that with the ScreenGuardz HD Anti-Glare screen protector you'll have no problem seeing the screen even in direct sunlight. And an added advantage for me is not constantly seeing my own reflection on the screen. The cost is $20.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab on Thursday, and it is one impressive device.
I can't wait until iOS 4.2 comes out in November. This review on Gizmodo makes it sound like it'll be a real upgrade for my iPad. The review covers features such as multitasking, folders, wireless printing, and Game Center. The biggest surprise of the review is that the orientation lock button will be onscreen and the current physical button will be a mute button, as on the iPhone. And you'll be able to control brightness from the taskbar.
TidBITs has a useful post on the iOS 4.1 update. The article lists the changes available only to iPhone 4 users, such as the ability to upload HD videos via WiFi to YouTube and MobileMe, and the new support for HDR photos. It also goes over the changes that are available on all devices that run the new software, such as the ability to rent TV shows from within the iTunes app.