Netflix (free) For many avid watchers of television and movies, Netflix is a godsend. To start, it's got a smooth set of controls, reliable performance, and a clear picture with no blips, glitches, or freezes to speak of (in our tests, anyway). But most importantly, the Netflix app lets you access the service's full catalog of streaming content, which is chock-full of videos ranging from classic TV shows to documentary films to recent popcorn flicks. While the app doesn't let you manage your DVD queue, its high-quality streaming should be more than enough reason to download it.… Read more
Great Scott! The Lego "Back to the Future" time machine officially goes on sale on August 1.
The 401-piece set, which goes for for $34.99, includes a brick version of the highly modified Delorean seen zipping around in the movie trilogy, and it's full of little details that will surely satisfy Lego enthusiasts.
Aside from the inclusion of fantastic minifigure versions of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown (complete with two expressions), the Delorean package features a Flux Capacitor, Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor, and a time display tile so you know what century your imagination is visiting.… Read more
To get started, you'll need to be a subscriber or you'll need to create an account with Redbox using your credit card for access (just like Netflix); the good news is you get a one-month free trial to see if you want to stay on board.
Once you're set up, the home screen for the Redbox Instant app is laid out a lot like Netflix'… Read more
Harrison Ford is a man whose self-expression can often be self-contained.
Sometimes, it seems as if his inner anger courses beneath his skin like a pinball waiting for an opening.
Yet he must have been bracing himself Thursday for an inevitable rise in his blood pressure and concomitant fall in his hope for humanity.
IMDb's app has been updated to allow movie fans to purchase movie tickets from their mobile devices.
The update, which was issued Monday for the Internet Movie Database's iOS and Android apps, lets users find movies at local theaters and purchase tickets. While the new app will compete with Fandango's app, it will also piggyback on the popular movie ticket buying app to handle the transaction in much the same way Apple's iOS 6.1 does.
IMDb's ticket purchase option is available only in the U.S.
The app also allows the purchase of movies … Read more
Apple iTunes for Mac continues doing its thing, managing and playing your media, constructing playlists, selling music, and renting movies; but the interface is always evolving.
We updated Apple iTunes for Mac via Apple's Software Update, upgrading 10.7 to 11.0.4 without any issues. A dramatically redesigned interface was apparent right off the bat. The sidebar was gone--it can be restored--and all our albums were displayed in a grid of album covers. We scrolled through our 2,231 albums, smoothly and precisely, but iTunes 10 could not handle a library of this size very well, making browsing … Read more
The lovely thing about Google is its certainty.
At least, I think I'm sure about that.
Google's algorithms exist to take the weight from our minds and direct us to where we should be going and what we should be doing. It's a wonderful relief.
Recently, Google declared it could out-Kreskin the critics and the Hollywood marketing men, by predicting, with 94 percent accuracy, which movies would succeed.
It was easy, Google huffed haughtily. All it had to do was look at search patterns.
Conan O'Brien and his team are a touch skeptical of this claim. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Help Kickstart a documentary on the cultural impact of "Back to the Future."
- How movie theaters keep cool through summer's scorching months.
- A Web site that exposes Instagram frauds that use #nofilter.
- Kanye, the new Steve Jobs, gets Jobs-signed Apple mouse.
- How Xbox fans in Japan earned the nickname "Gropers."
Flipping images is almost as easy as flipping burgers, but DVDVideoSoft's Free Video Flip and Rotate tackles a harder job, flipping and rotating videos in every axis: left, right, vertical, horizontal, 180, counterclockwise, and so on. It can change the orientation of video clips or restore the correct orientation of videos that have been altered. Of course it's free, or it probably would be named something else besides Free Video Flip and Rotate! It's ready for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.
Free Video Flip and Rotate is totally easy to use. The user interface looks like … Read more
If you've never seen sweaty, headband-wearing dwarves dance to cheesy music, then you should check out the latest "The Hobbit" video diary from Director Peter Jackson.
Though primary shooting for the next two movies wrapped in 2012, Jackson, the actors, and the crew returned to New Zealand in May to kick off a 10-week pick-up shooting schedule.
After many months of inactivity, it takes a lot of work to get a billion dollar movie franchise rolling again -- especially in a remote locale like New Zealand. To ensure Jackson gets those perfect shots needed to complete "The Desolation of Smaug" and "There and Back Again," crews must reopen and modify existing sets and actors must revisit familiar scenes.… Read more