Admittedly, Airplay is probably the most useful and important feature on the Apple TV. And yet, it's also the feature that consistently disappoints me. Being able to mirror your iPad or Macbook screen on your TV is wonderful, but the only time I ever use it is to show short video clips and photo streams to a room full of people.
Any pictures I have posted thus far on this blog I'm pretty sure all of them are my own - I take them myself (I'm quite efficient like that) and then use certain apps to mess with the lighting/effects/writing - fancy fonts/weird shapes etc! Whether you are a newbie or an oldbee the few apps that I have found extremely helpful in my journey have been very kind to me.
Square's point-of-sale technology and iPad-powered register, Square Register is getting a big update today targeted at better serving restaurants. New features in the release include custom order modifiers and customizable kitchen tickets that allow restaurants to make taking orders and serving food more efficient.
Square Register is a point-of-sale system based on the iPad and not only allows merchants to accept payments, but includes the ability to customize permissions for employees on the register, access to sales reports, and the ability to wirelessly print receipts or open a cash drawer to make change.
There's a reason why mobile carriers are scared of third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp, and here it is: people are now sending more messages over these services than they are text messages.
We now know this for a fact, courtesy of analysts at Informa. As Europe's digital chief, Neelie Kroes, greeted the news on Monday morning:
Informa says 2012 saw nearly 19 billion messages sent over these apps each day around the world, versus 17.6 billion SMS messages.
Smartphones have long been an important distribution platform for music streaming service Spotify, and today it is taking that to the next level of mobility: today it is announcing a deal with Ford to provide in-car streaming music services, via Ford's new SYNC AppLink service in Europe and North America. The deal will initially cover one car model, the EcoSport.
Russia's Yandex has finally rolled out the alternative Android store that it was talking about last year, adding a major piece to its Google-rivaling suite of services for Android-based phones. The company now offers users search, maps, mail and apps, all without a Google(s goog) logo in sight.
"We are joining the game to contribute to competition that ensures freedom of choice for the end user and other members of the market," Alexander Zverev, head of the Yandex.Store project, said in a statement.
Remember "mobile TV", whatever that was? No we don't either, but that's not about to deter new startup Vinson which is launching their their new mobile OTT (Over The Top) TV app on iOS for broadcasters, content aggregators and content distributors at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Essentially this is watching live TV on a tablet, with the full TV guide, plus PVR/time-shifting, plus "social" features for shared watching experiences.
Snapchat has been on a roll lately, scooping up a $13.5 million funding round from Benchmark last week, toying around with monetization features, and becoming the world's favorite misunderstood mobile app.
But today the train keeps on chugging, as Snapchat has released a beta build of its Android app that includes the ability to send self-destructing video messages along with the usual picture messages.