MyMovies for iPhone released

Posted in Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the March 21st, 2010

Here’s a piece of news I was waiting for…

My Movies for iPhone Light is now available in the iPhone App Store, and to support it, My Movies Collection Management and My Movies for Windows Home Server 3.13 have been released in final versions.

30 iPhone Apps for your Home Theater

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the March 11th, 2010

Mike Flacy of Audio|Video Revolution came up with a list of 30 “must have” iPhone applications for Home Theater buffs.

The categories of apps reviewed range from Movie Management to Universal remotes, to TV Guides and from Audio/Video Calibration helpers to Reference materials. Most apps are available from the AppStore for free, but then there are those that could cost you as much as $150 (Ouch!).

Some of the apps were new to me, while others I use on a daily basis. In any case the article is definitely worth checking out. So head on to Audio|Video Revolution website for details.

Here’s the complete list of apps mentioned in the review:

  1. Pocketflicks
  2. Now Playing
  3. RunPee
  4. IMDB
  5. Redbox
  6. HippoRemote Pro
  7. Flpr
  8. iMastercontrol Pro
  9. Remote (Apple)
  10. BoxeeRemote (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

How to use iPhone to control HTPC

Posted in Hardware,M@H,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the July 1st, 2009

Most of Windows Media Center features are easily accessible with IR or RF remote controls and unless you need to type something remote is the only control device you’ll need to enjoy your media.

But typing on the remote control resembles chatting on a cell phone without a dedicated keyboard. It requires multiple key presses to enter almost every character. And if you need to enter non-latin characters it becomes even more dubious.

When it comes to typing, you are better off with a wireless keyboard such as Logitech’s diNovo (Edge or Mini) or Microsoft’s Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000. Those are great keyboards, and they include some kind of a pointing device (such as trackpad or navigation pad) along with media controls (play/pause/fwd/rew/stop).

Though there are a number of points that you should consider before investing in specialized media keyboards:

  • they will run you $100+ in most cases;
  • they are not compact (maybe with exception of diNovo Mini) and you cannot operate them with one hand like a remote control;
  • you’ll have to always have them by your side and that’s not very convenient considering  their size especially if you are not sitting in front of the desk;
  • having to switch from remote control to keyboard and back will not improve your experience;
  • you are bound to only one (or in best case – two) language layout(s) on the keys;

So what are our options? 

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The Ultimate List of Home Automation Software for iPhone

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the November 17th, 2008

The Home Automation DIY blog has posted The Ultimate List of Home Automation Software for iPhone. There’s lots of links to applications for managing your media collections (MP3 music, videos, etc.). Go check it out.

Turn your iPhone into a Sonos controller

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 28th, 2008

Yes, that’s correct, now you can save yourself $399.00 by turning your iPhone (or iPod® touch) into a full-fledged Sonos Controller. All you would need is a free iPhone application.

“It uses the familiar touch-screen interface and fits in your pocket so you can carry it with you all over the house.”  It lets you control what music is playing in every room in your house (provided you have ZonePlayers installed in all those rooms). The interface looks great and the volume controls allow you to set different volume levels in different rooms.

It also offers support for the most popular music services such as Best Buy™ Digital Music Store, Last.fm, Napster®, Pandora®, Rhapsody® 3.0+, SIRIUS® Internet Radio, and downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks.

The application is getting rave reviews, so if you own a Sonos system, go update your Sonos System Software to version 2.7, and then download the free Sonos Controller for iPhone application from the Apple’s App Store.

Screen shots after the break… (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Media Center Gadgets for SideShow Released

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 23rd, 2008

green buttonThe Windows SideShow Team has announced that the final version of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow is now available for download on Windows Live Gallery!

Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow includes four gadgets—TV, Music, Pictures and Video, and Now Playing—that you can use to control most Media Center functions from a SideShow-compatible device.

I wrote about these cool gadgets a while back. And now you can get the official release. Yeay! If you are a lucky owner of SideShow-ready device and you have Media Center, it’s a must have download. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

i.TV hits App Store

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 11th, 2008

Just 3 days after its release the i.TV becomes #1 in the App Store! And rightfully so — i.TV is one of the most beautiful, well thought through and feature rich applications I’ve seen in the App Store. And on top of it — it’s free, yes, FREE!

So, what is i.TV? (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)