Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Top 5 Super Bowl Apps for iPhone & iPad

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Super Bowl XLVII
Who would be the winner of Super Bowl XLVII and NFL champion for the seasonBaltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers? No matter which team do you support, or you're a neutral fan, this game is not far from now: only 4 days and 15 hours left before starts. With some useful Super Bowl apps installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can enjoy watching the game more conveniently at home or at Superdome in New Orleans.

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No.1 SB XLVII Guide
Price: Free
Rated: 4+
Suitable for: Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: Presented by Verizon, this app is an official guide to Super Bowl XLVII from the NFL with full of interesting content and neat features. Whether you'll be in New Orleans or not, this app is your must-have companion to Super Bowl Week.
Key features:
  • A guide to official Super Bowl events, local restaurants, nightlife, and points of interest.
  • Follow all of the buzz with push notifications sent directly to the device.
  • Set calendar alerts and bookmarks for anything on the map.
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No.2 ESPN Radio
Price: Free
Rated: 4+
Suitable for: Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: You don’t have to be a football fan to love the ESPN Radio app. It provides dozens of live ESPN radio stations and show podcasts. Shows like Football Tonight and SportsCenter will help you keep up with the NFL as the season progresses.
Key features:
  • Podcasts: Including The BS Report with Bill Simmons, Pardon The Interruption, Around The Horn and Fantasy Focus and more.
  • SportsCenter: updates every 20 minutes.
  • Offline Listening: able to download on-demand audio content to listen offline.
  • Custom Station or Playlist: search tens of thousands of audio clips by a
  • specific topic and create a station or playlist of your favorite shows, teams, players and sports.
  • Listen live: to over 35 ESPN Radio stations from around the country and
  • play-by-play from some of your favorite college and professional sports
  • teams.
  • myESPN Personalization: Customize audio automatically pulled into the app
  • based on your favorites.
  • Top Searches: Popular searches and trends for easy one-click access to top
  • audio.
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No.3 Super Bowl XLVII Official NFL Game Program
Price: $9.99
Rated: 4+
Suitable for: iPad.
Introduction: This app is an official Super Bowl XLVII Game Program for your iPad. 
Key features: With additional interactive content, the app chronicles the Ravens’ and 49ers’ road to the championship, captures memories of past Super Bowls and recaps key moments from the season.
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No.4 Professional Sports History
Price: $1.99
Rated: 4+
Suitable for: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: The first app to provide Pro sports fans with one stop access to sports championship history in all major professional sports as well as stadium information and stadium tracking for all sports.
Key features:
  • NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA. Every championship team is listed along with the team played, key stats, fun facts, scores and game results.
  • Historical data from all NFL Championships, Super Bowls, World Series, NHL Finals and NBA Finals.
  • Most Valuable Player "MVP" data for each Pro league is listed by year.
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No.5 Air Horn LOUD Free
Price: Free
Rated: 4+
Suitable for: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Introduction: This app includes 3 different realistic Air Horn sounds with HD Graphics. Great for sporting events, graduations, or waking up your sleepy friend.
Key features:
  • Tap on the horn you want and shake to make it loud. Shake harder to make it louder.
  • 3 different sounds available: One sounds similar to the vuvuzela, another sounds like a fog horn, and yet another sounds like a trucker horn.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Google's 2nd Gen Nexus 7 to be Announced in May, Partners with Asus

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When will Google announce the successor of Nexus 7?
Nexus 7, an Android tablet designed by Google and made by Asus, has been sold more than 6 million units by the end of January 2013. Equipped with a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display and powered by a quad-core processor, this device is priced at very reasonable prices: $199 for a 8 GB model and $249 for a 16 GB model. Currently we got the rumored from DiGiTimes, said Google is planning to introduce a successor of Nexus 7 (Nexus 7.7?), probably on their I/O event in May.

It's said the second generation of Nexus 7 will have a Full HD display in 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The machine will be slimmer in thickness with smaller bezel as well. As to price issue, the new Nexus tablet may maintain the same price strategy as its predecessor (between $199-249). As a member of Nexus devices, this device may run upgraded Android Jelly Bean OS (Why not Key Lime Pie?).

The combined shipments of Google's first and second generation Nexus 7s are expected to reach 10 million units in 2013, according to sources from the supply chain.

So is it right time to purchase a Nexus 7 now? That's really hard to say. Despite its reasonable price, tablet is still not a must-have for many people. Let alone a newer and better Nexus tablet may probably come 2 quarters later. Potential consumers can even see something next month at MWC 2013 and maybe find a suitable tablet instead.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Waterproof & Dustproof Performance, Enjoy Playing Flash on Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
A new tablet named Xperia Tablet Z was announced in Japan by Sony last week. As what people expect, this device has the same design as Sony's upcoming Android flagship -- Xperia Z smartphone.

For specs, this tablet has a 1.5 GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of ROM, a microSD card slot and a 6,000 mAh battery. It also comes with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and a 8.1 MP Exmor R camera. Moreover, this device supports NFC and Sony's unique S-Force front surround 3D technology.

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is incredibly 6.9 mm in thickness and 495 g in weight. It's a great progress after the "retirement" of Xperia Tablet S. Just like Xperia Z smartphone, this tablet is waterproof and dustproof as well.

Currently we have no information about its price strategy. We don't know whether or when will Sony put this tablet into USA market neither. Since this tablet has a high configuration as well as excellent waterproof / dustproof performance, it could be a promising gadget in tablet market. People can watch HD movies, view Office files on the Xperia Tablet Z. But how about playing flash on it? As we know Android platform is no longer Adobe Flash supported, in order to view flash on Xperia Tablet Z, here we have 2 solutions: Install 3rd party flash players or convert flash to videos. For the previous method, please feel free to read this article.

Now we'll talk about the issue of "playing SWF files on Xperia Tablet Z". With the help of a professional program, the Flash to Video Converter, it could be very easy to do the format conversion. Here's the detailed process.

Step 1 Download, install and launch Moyea SWF to Video Converter, a free download program for converting flash file to a Xperia Tablet Z suitable video.

Step 2 Input flash file. Click "Browse..." button and choose "From Folder" option to import SWF file from computer folder. If the file is online, just choose "From Url" option.
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Step 3 Output video format settings. Click "Export" tab and check "Video" box. Set the output file as MP4 video for Xperia Tablet Z in the drop-down menu of "Style".
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Step 4 To ensure the converted video can be played on the tablet perfectly, we need to set the parameters of the output video. Click the "Settings" button, a "Profile" window pops up. Here we set the video size as "1920 x 1200", audio codec as "AAC" and video codec as "H.264". Click "OK" button to confirm and quit the window.
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Step 5 If everything is OK, click the "Convert" tab to start conversion. User can click "Play and Capture" and "Finish" buttons to start the process. When the conversion is finished, it's simply to transfer the video file to the tablet. Enjoy playing flash on Sony Xperia Tablet Z!
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

How Can I Share My iPad Music with My Friend's iPod?

It seems apple's iOS devices are almost must-have for Americans, many people enjoy listening to music with their iDevices anytime and anywhere. People usually purchased music on iTunes store, play them on mobile devices or iTunes.

Here comes a question: If I purchases a song and love it very much, how can I share the music from iPad with my friend's iPod without letting him purchase it again? Somebody may ask: "Can't you just transfer the music from your iPad to your friend's iPod?"

As apple's strict copyright protection policy, it's legally not allowed to do the trick. But technically, we do have some tools to deal with this problem. For instance, to transfer files between 2 iPods, we can use SharePod. As to the iPad to iPod music transference issue, here's also a solution: iPad Music Transfer. With the help of this tool, it's easy to back the iPad music up and transfer it to friend's iPod, no matter if the music is purchased or not.

Step 1 Connect my iPad to computer
Download and install iPad Music Transfer. When the iPad is connected to computer, launch the program.
Connect iPad to computer, launch iPad Music Transfer
Step 2 Select iPad music
Click the device name on the left, choose Music option from the Library drop-down menu. Songs that stored on iPad can be shown on the right list.
Choose music files from iPad's Music library
Step 3 Backup iPad music
Right-click on a song that I want to share and then choose My Computer or iTunes from the Transfer to menu. As a matter of fact, I can backup purchased music simply by clicking "Transfer purchases" on iTunes. If the music is non-purchased, I have to use this 3rd party iPad Music Transfer tool. Here I choose to backup music to the iTunes library.
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Music file transferred to iTunes library
Step 4 Connect my friend's iPod to computer
Disconnect the iPad from computer. Hook up my friend's iPod instead.
Connect iPod to computer, launch iPad Music Transfer
Step 5 Transfer music to my friend's iPod
Select Music option from the iTunes library. Right-click on the music file and choose Transfer to device name. The song can be easily transferred to my friend's iPod in a second.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rumor: New Pic of Samsung Galaxy S4 Leaks, Probably Announced in April?

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When will it come?
What would be the most expected smartphone for customers in 2013? iPhone 5S? Probably yes. Well, another handset should be the long-rumored Galaxy S4 from Samsung mobile. According to engadget's report, Samsung has sold more than 30 millions units of Galaxy S3 during last year. Thanks to the great succeed of Galaxy series, Samsung is currently the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

OK, let's get to the point. Thought the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 hadn't been announced at CES 2013, the first photo of handset was leaked in early January. However, the lack of Samsung's signature physical button makes people doubt its authenticity.
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Rumored Samsung Galaxy S4, pic leaked in early January
It's said the second pic of rumored Galaxy S4 has been hidden on Picasa for more than a month. The guy who uploaded the pic claimed that it's a S4. From the picture below, we can see this new device has different design from S3 with a larger screen and thinner bezel.
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Rumored Galaxy S4 (left), pic found on Picasa
Rumored specs of the Samsung Galaxy S4:
  • 4.99-inch 1080p full HD display
  • Octal core 1.8 GHz Exynes 5 processor
  • Runs newest Android
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE
  • Wireless charging
What make the pic interesting is the date on the phone: April 22. Since Samsung usually puts release date on its upcoming products, could it be possible for the company to announce Galaxy S4 on that day?

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to Play SWF on Samsung Ativ Odyssey?

Samsung ATIV Odyssey
Samsung Ativ Odyssey
As a late bird and a competitor of apple / Android, it seems the Windows Phone 8 series are less popular in the market. Currently there are three manufacturers who produce WP8: Nokia, htc and Huawei. Now another company, Samsung, will also join the group.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey, the very first Windows Phone 8 manufactured by Samsung, is reported to launch in the US via Verizon on January 24. The news was leaked by insider evleaks on his twitter.
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Shipping date leaked by evleaks
For specs, this budget smartphone comes with a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display in 800 x 480 pixels resolution. Powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, this handset has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM (supports microSD card extension up to 64 GB). Its 5.0 MP rear camera is able to shoot 1080p video while the 1.2 MP front facing one supports 720p video shooting. The phone also has a 2,100 mAh battery. The following pic shows detailed specification of the Samsung Ativ Odyssey.
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Specs of Samsung Ativ Odyssey

"How can I play Flash on Ativ Odyssey?" As an entry-level smartphone, the Ativ Odyssey can still provides video entertainment to users. However, the phone is unable to get access to flash movies in some occasions. Since Windows Phone 8 OS is designed by Microsoft with partial support to Adobe Flash Player, users are unable to play flash files on websites which are untrusted by Microsoft. Moreover, there are actually no Adobe Flash Player alternatives for users to play SWF on the Ativ Odyssey. Therefore, users have no idea how to play flash files on the phone unless there's a method or tool.

To solve the above problem, we got a method like this: Since the Ativ Odyssey can't play flash but can play videos, why not convert flash to suitable video format and then play it on the phone? To achieve this goal,we need a professional program, the Moyea SWF to Video Converter. Here's also a SWF Converter Mac for Mac users. Now let's have a look at the process.

Step 1 Download, install and launch Moyea SWF to MP4 Converter, a powerful tool that convert SWF file to Samsung Ativ Odyssey video.

Step 2 Input flash file. Click the "Browse..." button and choose flash file. If the file is stored in your computer folder, just choose "From Folder" option from the drop-down menu. If the flash file is an online one, choose "From Url" option to import online video.
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Step 3 Output video format settings. Click the "Export" tab and check "Video" box. Then set the output file as MP4 video for Ativ Odyssey in the drop-down menu of "Style".
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Step 4 To make sure the converted video can play on the phone perfectly, we need to set the parameters of the output video. Click the "Settings" button, we can see a "Profile" window. Here we set the video size as "800 x 480", audio codec as "AAC" and video codec as "H.264". Click "OK" button to confirm and quit window.
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Step 5 Click the "Convert" tab to start conversion. Users can start the process by clicking "Play and Capture" and "Finish" buttons. When the conversion is finished, users can simply transfer the video file to the phone and enjoy playing SWF on Samsung Ativ Odyssey easily.
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