Archive | January 20, 2011

Real Player for Android gets updated, works on Nook Color

While still in beta, RealPlayer from RealNetworks got an update version 0.0.0.30. The new version sports a much improved user interface, plays easily some video formats other applications don’t support and overall just a great way of enjoying your media on whatever Android device you have. Even better is the Nook Color support (you won’t find it on the Android market app so you’ll have to dig around and find an alternative mean of having it, then side-load it). Since the applications is actually free, there is no piracy involved.
The application will be a bit slow during its first launch until it scans all your directories and indexes your media files, after that it should be fairly fast.

One of the annoyances is that the folder playback only allows you to select in which folder the player should look for the media, it doesn’t actually allow you to browse for media at playback time. Also, if you need to scale the video to play in full screen, you’ll need access to the physical menu button at playback time. Softkeys will fix it though, and once you set a scaling mode will stick. Read More…

Shazam to launch Syfy TV Tagging

Following the previous announcement about partnering with Spotify to play the recognized songs automatically, Shazam launches yet another cool feature, this time in the sector of TV tagging. The first partner? My beloved Syfy.

The way it works is pretty much similar with song tagging. The shows currently available for tagging will have Shazam logo embedded and the only thing you’ll need to do is to “listen” with your smartphone to the show’s sound track. After the show is recognized you’ll have access to a plethora of informations including extras, upcoming episodes previews, exclusive video, downloads etc. Among the first shows to include TV tagging are Warehouse 13 and Eureka which I personally love.

The new technology will not be limited to SyFy, deals with HBO and other content providers are coming soon.