31 May 2012

People often have a fascination with watching bad movies.  Now you can do so on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch for free with a new app called Popcornflix

The app lets you search by actor's name, provided you know the actors name that you probably never heard of, or by title or genre.

The downside to free you ask?  Well besides being bad movies you also get some ads to go with it.  There is no AirPlay support either.

But either way, if you have time to kill this app is the answer.

Popcornflix can stream movies over WiFi or 3G, but if you use 3G and your on an unlimited plan, particularly from AT&T, be prepared to be throttled if you exceed a certain amount of data, as we have talked about in the past on our podcasts.  The Popcornflix app requires iOS 5.0 or later as well.


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25 May 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E16: Whoa Not So Fast was recorded on Friday May 25th, 2012.

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Facebook launches a camera app, Windows 8 booting too fast, Leap Motion control system, Verizon kills grandfathered unlimited plans, SpaceX docks with iss and more.

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25 May 2012

Thursday Facebook launched a photo-sharing app called Facebook Camera, that looks to make it simpler for user's of the social network to upload and browse photos on smartphones.

This news comes weeks after Facebook spent $1 billion on the purchase of a similar app called Instagram.  It has also only been days since the company has gone public and received a mediocre response on Wall Street.

24 May 2012

The Microsoft team has been busy talking about Windows 8 boot times.  And the most recent discussion surrounds the fact that the system can boot too quickly at times.  How is this a bad thing you ask?  Read on to find out.

23 May 2012

The outcry of people complaining about the Microsoft decision to keep Flash out of the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 in favor of HTML5 has produced a result.  There are leaks of the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview (Release Candidate) showing Flash running on IE10 in the Metro interface but only on certain popular sites such as Disney.  Those sites seem to be ones that can be trusted with Flash and don't have an HTML5 alternative.

16 May 2012

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Facebook messages now feature the ability to determine if the message you sent a friend has been read.

Every message you send now has this turned on by default.  The message gets marked as "seen" if the person is actively chatting or checking their messages.  No matter where you send the message from, whether your phone or the web it is enabled.

08 May 2012

Issue:

You create a project or have one that was created.  Its SharePoint site is working fine.

You open TFS Admin Tool and connect to the project only to get this error, "The Team Project you are trying to connect to have no SharePoint associated with it":

05 May 2012

As we had recently found out, much to the dismay of us Home Theater PC (HTPC) users, Media Center is not included by default in the new Windows 8 product SKUs.  Instead it would be available only if you purchase Windows 8 Pro and an add-on.  What could be driving Microsoft's reasoning behind not including it out of the box.  The numbers do the talking.  Meanwhile DVD playback is completely gone from Windows Media Player.

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