News integrators like Flipboard are great if you are looking to stay in touch with latest happenings from around the world without having to spend a lot of time. However, these apps can not serve as true replacements for official clients of popular news agencies and TV channels. Dedicated apps offer access to exclusive content, news stories that are hot off the presses and other interesting material. So, it is certainly good to see official clients of famous news services coming to Windows Phone. The BBC
apps have been around in the WP Store for quite a while now, but it has taken Al Jazeera
more than two years to come to Windows Phone after Android
. Better late than never, and the app turns out to be pretty decent as well, bringing live streaming, picture galleries and the ability to preload articles for offline viewing.
Most people use YouTube for watching videos which have been uploaded by other people for a variety of purposes, but there is more to YouTube than that. There are a lot of channels (mostly related to news) on the famous video hosting service, which broadcast live streams, and you can watch them just like TV. However, it’s a whole different issue trying to track down all such channels, and to know when exactly will your required stream go live. That’s what Youtube Live
is for. This newly released Windows Phone 7 app integrates all live streams on offer at YouTube, and you can browse through them at your leisure. The app truly turns your Windows Phone device into a television of sorts.
is an interactive online radio broadcasting service with a touch of social networking. The web service lets you record, personalize and air your audio recordings, and share them on your favorite social media. You can also listen to podcasts by other users, and start following your favorite ones. To let you broadcast on the go, Spereaker released a smartphone client for iOS by the name of Spreaker Radio
about a month ago. The client is now also available on the Android Market. Using the mobile client, you can start broadcast or listen to live/recorded podcasts right from your mobile device. The app lets you save recordings as individual episodes that can be broadcast later.
VtweetIT by MAARS is a brand new video streaming app for Android that lets you instantly capture and broadcast live videos from your device over the internet on its very own website. Apart from viewing your own video streams/uploads, the VtweetIT website
allows you to check out some of the most popular videos shared by other app users. In addition, you can also view on a map, the location from where each video has been shared. Sporting a simplistic UI and fast, high quality streaming, VtweetIT can prove to be handy if you’re looking to share live video streams of a memorable event with the world.
Don’t you just hate it when you can’t watch a video or live stream on your iPhone or iPad because iOS does not support flash? It is always a nice addition to the App Store when a new app is released which lets you watch live TV on your iPad. But there’s something even better in the App Store now: getting to watch the broadcast for free
! If you like to keep up to date with the business world, aren't much of a reader and would prefer not to disturb your wallet, then Bloomberg TV+
is just the app you need on your iPad. The app is a complete alternative to the Bloomberg TV channel, and is even better than it in some areas. Not only will you be able to watch the channel's popular shows thanks to this iPad app, it is also good enough to give a lot of newsreader apps a run for their money.
How would you react if provided a chance to stream your video recordings on the internet LIVE? Yes, here is an Android app called Live Reporter
for fanatic video-makers that can record, publish and save live videos made from your device, thereby allowing you to share the most memorable events with your friends, live. The app is affiliated with LivingScoop
website where all your recordings are published and stored. To stream and save videos, you must be logged in with a LivingScoop account. Signing up on LivingScoop is free and does not take more than 5 minutes. However, your audience does not need to be registered with said service to watch your videos.
Staying on top of the leading stories of the world, in general, and your surroundings and areas of interest, in particular is, something that most of us care about a lot, and there is no better way to achieve said purpose than by resorting to a quality news app offered by a reliable news provider. Its been roughly two months since Al Jazeera released Al Jazeera LIVE for all major mobile platforms. The live streaming app, as it seems, was a mere prequel to the freshly released Al Jazeera English
– a complete news application that, in addition to the network’s live broadcast, provides access to News
, Features, Blogs, Programmes
clips from the network’s website and allows users to submit their own stories via Email.
As of this writing, the app is available for the Android and BlackBerry platforms only.
is a free add-on for both Internet Explorer/Firefox browsers and Outlook Express/2003/2007 desktop clients. It solves a very unique problem. Suppose you get an email from PayPal asking for some information, how would you know if it is legit?
Once Iconix is installed, it will scan all your emails when you visit your account and add Truemark icons before the sender’s name that it finds to be legit. It scans by sending some details of every email to the Iconix server and then determines whether the email is original or fake. It scans all emails in real-time and the process is relatively fast. The scanning takes place in the background and does not disturb your activity.
Services like UStream and JustinTv are a good platforms to broadcast live videos, but what if you want to convert your computer into a video streaming server? BroadCam is a free tool for Windows that let’s you stream live videos over both local network and internet. Apart from basic live streaming, you can also stream pre-recorded videos instantly. The pre-recorded videos can be either in Divx(AVI format), Windows ASF AND WMV files, or DV videos files. Read More
Have you ever forgotten to attach a file while sending an important email? It happens sometimes when a person is in hurry. Sending an email but forgetting to attach a file can be pretty embarrassing sometimes, particularly when it is send to some important person.
Missing Attachment Powertoy(Download directly from here) is a free plug-in for Microsoft Outlook 2007 that reminds you to attach a file before an email is send. It scans for all words and phrases in your email that would indicate an attachment, if it detects any such word or phrase and does not find any attachment, it will bring up a dialog box for confirmation and also give you an option to revise the message before sending it forward. Read More
The first screenshot of Kumo’s homepage was accidentally leaked on Twitter, our friends at LiveSide got hold of it. For those who don’t know what Kumo is, it is a complete rebranding of Microsoft Live Search. Kumo is being internally tested by Microsoft employees before launching it to the public and according to some tweets it accidentally went live last night.
Update: According to some webmasters, they received 1-2 visits from Kumo. Perhaps it could be a bot.
Giving a demo of a software/service or giving a presentation is very common these days, but to understand them properly is not easy. ZoomIt is a free tool that lets you zoom and draw while giving presentation or a demo, in other words it enlightens your presentation so that it can be easily understandable.
It sits on the system tray and can be activated by using custom hotkeys. Press Ctrl+1 to activate zoom and start zooming in/out using the arrows keys or mouse wheel, to finish zoom mode press Esc. Read More
Sadly, till today I haven’t found a single Windows app that makes uploading pictures to Facebook any easier. I am not saying that there are no such tools, all I am saying is that I am not satisfied with the tools available. But if you have Windows Live Gallery, there is a nifty little opensource plugin for it called LiveUpload to Facebook
that will make uploading pictures to Facebook a piece of cake.
I recently came across a useful little app that lets you save your IM chat history online. IM-History is a free tool that resides on the system traybar and uploads all IM chat history to one secure website, which can be later accessed from anywhere in the world. It is a small yet powerful tool, that takes very less system resources while running seamlessly in the background. Read More
Windows Live Writer (WLW) is a visual blog editor for Windows. It integrates with most blogging platforms (WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, and others), allowing you to see how your posts will appear in your blog's theme, even when you're offline. It isn't just another text editor. As a former Notepad coder, I was drawn to WLW as I began to use more photos and embedded content in my WordPress blog. In this post you will get a glimpse of some new basic features and ‘tips and tweaks’ to make a better Windows Live Writer experience.