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Xfinity Go App Updated to Include Live Video

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 5:05 PM on November 5, 2013

Xfinity Go PlayerXfinity formerly Comcast has updated their Xfinity TV Player app which is now known as Xfinity Go on both iOs and Android. The big thing that has been added to the updated app is the ability to play live videos. The number of channels that are available live is limited. All the cable news channels are available including: Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, and BBC News. The various ESPN channels are available along with Fox Sports 1, NBC Sports, and the Golf Channel. If you have kids then you’ll be interested to know that Disney Junior, the Disney Channel and Disney XD are also available. Other channels that are available include, FX,  FXX, the National Geographic Channel and finally Nat Geo Wild. It did take some time for the stream to come but once it did it ran fairly well. It did pause once and then restart almost immediately. I’m trying this in the early afternoon and it will be interesting to see how well it works at night-time when everybody’s home and using the cable bandwidth.

Most of the channels that are available have their own individual apps however the advantage that this app has is that you can get everything under one app instead of having to go to each individual app. Until more channels available though it will have limited usage when it comes to live videos. Still it is a nice addition to the all ready existing on-demand catalog. If you are a Comcast subscriber I do recommend downloading it and trying it out. It is free and available through both iTunes and the Google Play store.

Windows 8.1 Ready for Windows 8 Upgrade

Posted by J Powers at 1:41 PM on October 18, 2013
Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

With the biggest enticement of upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 being the return of the ill-fated start button, Microsoft has released the upgrade version of software. Navigating to the Windows page will get you to the download link. The only way you will get the download link (at this time) is if you are on a machine with Windows 8 installed. Otherwise it will direct you to a page to upgrade.

Upgrades for Windows 8 are free. If you have Windows 7 or earlier you will have to pay $119.99 for the update. If you want to switch from Home editions to Professional ediction, that will cost $199.99

Of course, 8.1 will also have ability to connect with XBox 360 (and XBox One when released), Skype, file access from anywhere and many more features.

Windows 8.1 also drops us deeper in the rabbit’s hole to a unified OS and forcing us to use the Metro screen more. My biggest gripe on this is programs like Skype, which lost a lot of functionality when the Metro screen upgrade came out.

Windows also took out media center. While I was promised a free upgrade back in Windows 8 (and never got it), the service is now separate from Microsoft and will cost you $99.99 to get it.

Sad.

 

Apple TV Updated with More Content Including HBO Go and Watch ESPN

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 12:13 PM on June 19, 2013

Apple TV Today Apple updated the Apple TV and added several new channels to the line up including HBO Go, Crunchyroll, Qello, Watch ESPN and Sky News . With both HBO Go and Watch ESPN you must have an account with an authorized cable or satellite provider. Plus you also have to have a subscription to HBO for HBO Go to work. Also when you set up the services, some ask for your id and password and others like Watch ESPN and HBO Go have you input a code into a web site. It would be nice if you could do everything on the Apple TV.

Clearly this is not for the cord cutters, however hopefully it is a step down that road. I do see this as the next step in the development of the Apple TV. People talk constantly about Apple producing a TV I always thought this was bunk, it made no sense to me. The problem has never been the physical TV, the problem has been the content and how it is presented. Unfortunately, neither Apple or any other tech company has control of the content. Those who do the control the content, like cable and satellite providers along with the content creators and the traditional TV corporations all have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Hopefully overtime Apple and other companies like Roku, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix and Google will be able to break through this stranglehold and we will be able to easily get the content how, where and when we want it. The current Apple TV or an updated version of it would be a good platform to handle this without Apple getting into the actual business of building TVs

Facebook Revamps its News Feed

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 3:32 PM on March 7, 2013

Newsfeed Facebook introduced an update to News Feeds today. The idea behind News Feeds is to have a personal newspaper with all the content you are interested in one place. When it was first introduced according to Facebook, the News Feed was mostly text, with some images. Now News Feeds are primarily visual with images and videos becoming increasingly important. Facebook is trying to redesign News Feeds to meet what people are looking for today.

The first thing they announced was that images are now going to be front and center and more vibrant. This also means that ads will be more prominent, which is something businesses have been looking for. When a video shows up on your timeline, it will show who of your friends have shared the video. Facebook will also allow you to have choices of news feeds, so now you can just see all the music your friends are sharing and also the post from artist that you are interested in one news feed and another feed for all the public pages you are following. The sidebar will have a list of your feeds, the feeds will be listed by how you use them, with the most used at the top. Facebook News Feeds will also be consistent on how it looks and works over various devices. It will also be more responsive to the size of the device.

Facebook is letting a few people see the new News Feed first and then as is usual for them they will slowly release over time to the public. You can request to get in early by signing up on the wait list, however I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting to get in. I have to admit I looking forward to the ability to choose various feeds based on what I want to see at that time. I do wonder how they are going to integrate interest list into the new news feeds, they might have said but I missed it. I do know one thing that once it is released to the public there will be people complaining about the changes and those who will complain because it hasn’t changed enough.

XBox adds Voice, Gestures with TV Update

Posted by J Powers at 9:28 AM on December 5, 2011
Xbox 360

Xbox 360

A new interface for XBox 360 game console users allows you to use your voice to navigate through the games, TV shows, movies and music.

Steve Ballmer showed off this technology back in September, but starting this Tuesday, this becomes reality. It adds not only remote gesture control, but also remote voice commands. Therefore, if you don’t have a Kinect motion controller, you still can control without a remote.

The Associated Press got a special demonstration of the new features. When the Microsoft employee said “XBox Bing ‘Iron Man’,” a search for Iron Man came up. When the employee said “XBox, show movies,” a list of movies from various sources appeared.

With over 57 million XBox units sold, Microsoft is expecting to make a real impact in the cord cutters market. Adding pay channel partners like Verizon FIOS means that XBox will get into the Over the top TV market with a vengeance. You will have to use over-the-air or alternate cable methods to get network TV like NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox.

The real question is how this will affect your household. Will you cut your cord over this update? Will you start to use the XBox as more than a gaming system?

iOS 5.0.1 Update Available

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 1:40 PM on November 10, 2011

iOS 5.0.1 is now available for download.  You can do this directly from your iPhone or iPad. Go to General and then Software Update and click on download and install.  Once it downloads the installation process will start.  This update is supposed to fix the battery issue that is effecting some iPhone users.  It will add multitasking gesture to the original iPad.  I had this capability before the iOS 5 update and hadn’t realized how much I used it until it was gone.   Once you have the update installed you have to enable Multitasking Gestures under the General tab in Settings. If you have a jail broken iPhone or iPad do not attempt an over the air update, it will not work.  You will get an error message and the download will not finish.  There does appear to be a tethered version of RedsnOw available for iOS 5.0.1 beta, but one has been released for the final release.      I recommend waiting for at least a week before updating if you have a jail broken iPhone or iPad.  The two reason you may need to update is if you are having battery problems and it does fix the Smart Cover security issue on the iPad 2   It is going to be interesting to see if this update fixes the battery issues.  If you have had this problem, I would love to know if the update fixed the problem, left it the same or made it worse.  If you have a jail broken iPhone or iPad, when do you expect to do an update and who do you use?

Verizon Releases Update For Motorola Droid X

Posted by Alan at 1:29 PM on December 7, 2010

Verizon has released an update for the Motorola Droid X phone that adds some great new functionality.  The update is, confusingly enough, called 2.3.340.  But, despite the name, it’s not Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was also in the news today.  This is strictly a Verizon update – or so far as I can see.  You can find it and download and installation instructions on Verizon’s Droid X update page.

Just a quick word of warning for those who don’t have a PDF reader installed – despite Verizon’s endorsement of Adobe Reader in that screenshot, I recommend using Foxit reader which is MUCH more secure and also free.

The new features and updates include:

The download and installation is pretty painless as long as you follow the instructions.  You should be back up and running in under an hour and probably well under that.

A Fun Day of Updating the iPhone

Posted by J Powers at 1:37 AM on August 5, 2009

I never expected it to go all day….

It started off by connecting the phone to my laptop. During the sync, it asked if I wanted to update to 3.0.1. I said yes – And the fun began.

The 300 Meg download was  quick and it loaded into the iPhone without issue. The phone rebooted and it said “Verifying Download”. The phone showed a USB cable and the icon for iTunes. That is where it sat for over an hour.

After 30 minutes, I started to get concerned. I read situations where people would update and it would brick the phone, something I didn’t want to deal with. Nonetheless, it was stuck.

I did the one thing that is not suggested – I killed iTunes and disconnected cable. Even after reboot of the phone, it still showed the USB cable. I hoped all it needed was to do this again.

I plugged the phone back in and iTunes said something to the effect the phone needed to be restored. Great – I don’t want to loose data on the phone, but I had no choice but to accept and let it fix the problem. Only thing is – it got to the exact same point and stayed there for another 30 minutes.

At this point I was Twittering everyone and scouring the internet trying to find an answer. After 3 tries, I realized the problem. When I set up my iPhone, I did that on my desktop. I learned of a trick to make the notebook and the desktop sync without removing any data. You basically make iTunes think it’s on the other machine by matching the unique ID.

Apparently when I updated the phone on the notebook, it hung on the iTunes because of confusion. When I switched it over to the desktop, the restore happened and the phone properly updated. I ended up loosing data from the last few days, but that was acceptable because it remembered all my settings.

I am glad I learned about this limitation now. 3.0.1 was a small update that I believe didn’t mess with the kernal. If this had been a major OS update, I might have locked the phone up to the point of no return.

From now on, I update on the desktop and leave the notebook to sync the music (because if I go back and forth, the iPhone will replace all songs with whats on the desktop, and vise-versa). Lesson learned.

Iphone 3.0

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 8:54 AM on June 18, 2009

First a little background to the story.  I have a first generation 4G Iphone, which I love.  It is also the only phone for our house, since we have no land line so it is important that it is in working order.  Therefore when ever there is an update, I always cross my fingers and hope it works.  However this time around it was a little different, I have been having problems with my phone lately so I was actually looking forward to the update.   June 17th was the day of the big 3.0 update.  I kept watching Twitter and Friendfeed, for the announcement that the update was available.  I finally saw a couple of tweets from people who said the update was available and that it went fine for them.  So I decided to risk it.  

The update itself went smoothly for me.  It did take some time, but it always does.   I do know that some people were on their tenth try  without any success.  Most of the time they were running into server busy type error.   Which is not surprising considering how many people were probably trying to update at the same time.  I understand that the people who ran into the most problems were people who had jailbroken their phones.  After I  disconnected the iphone, I did get  an error on Itunes saying it couldn’t connect to the iphone  error  xxx. However once I quit Itunes and started it again the error message stopped. 

The first thing I noticed when I looked at the IPhone after the update is the voice memo icon.  The  recording works well, especially with headphones.  It is a very simple interface, there are two buttons one to record and the other takes you to the page where your recordings are.  There is a list of labels you can put on your recordings including Podcast, Memo, Interview and you can do a custom label.    There is also the ability to  trim the recording right on the Iphone.   I can see this being used for quick interviews or podcast, although you would need an external mic.  Finally, there is the ability to share your voice memo by email. 

The second addition is the ability to copy and paste.  It works really well and is very intuitive.  If you want to copy some thing you simply tap on it and a black line appears.  Above it you have a choice of copy selection or copy all.  You can control your selection by moving the dots backward or forward along the selection.  Then simply copy and paste on any app you want to.   I copied from  Memo Pad to Tweetie and it worked fine.  

The landscape view works fine, I just wish it was available across all applications and not just, mail, Memo and SMS.   The search is very good.  It appear to search notepad, email,  for applications and Itunes.  It does not search within an application, for example the I have Evernote, those notes are not searchable directly through the Iphone interface.  The other thing I noticed right away is the search it does is very through.  If you for example put in the first two letters La, it not only finds everything that starts la, but anything with La in it.  I was searching for my name, so I had put in La and my name came up but so did Macbreak Weekly.  At first I was confused, but then I realized it was picking up Leo Laporte, who was listed as one of the artist.  Clearly the more information you give it the more presise it will be.  I do know there were some enhancement to how the Iphone works with Microsoft exchange and sms but since I don’t use Microsoft exchange at all and sms rarely so I really can’t comment on either of those two.  

The one thing that I did notice after I did the download is that on the second screen there was only one icon.  This made me think the rest of my icons were missing, although they did appear in search.  It wasn’t until later  that  I flip to the next screen and realized that there was third and fourth screens with all my icons.   The other glitch I ran into was when I attempted to purchase a music video directly from the iphone and it did not go through.   Thankfully it also didn’t charge me.    I tried again this morning and it worked fine   I  am still playing around with it, so I may run into more problems or some easter eggs I am not aware of.   I recommend if you have an Iphone no matter what generation, that you do the update it is well worth it.   I did preorder the news version of the Iphone and I will review it , once I get it.