App development – best apps for channel surfing

App development – best apps for channel surfing.

The remote control is no longer the only handheld device to help you discover and tune into quality TV shows. Beyond facebook, and twitter, Smartphone and tablet applications now exist that will identify and provide background information for the shows you are watching, let you share your viewing experiences with friends and help you locate quality video clips from YouTube and elsewhere.  Check this article

App Development Best AppsHere are five “must-download” TV apps:

IntoNow from Yahoo! (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free)

While there are plenty of applications that allow you “check in” to your favorite shows and see which programs your friends are watching, IntoNow is far and away the best of the bunch. Using technology similar to what is found in music discovery apps like Shazam and SoundHound, IntoNow recognizes what you are watching and then provides details about that specific episode. The app, which was acquired by Yahoo! shortly after its debut, works not only for live TV but also for recorded and archived content. In addition to detailing shows stored on your DVR, IntoNow works for Netflix, Hulu Plus and episodes rented from Apple or Amazon Instant Video. IntoNow identifies songs within shows you are watching (with links to download them). You can also grab screenshots from episodes, add captions to them and share with members of your social networks.

TV Guide Mobile (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free)

The pioneer in television listings is finding new life in mobile applications. A brand new update to TV Guide’s iOS applications (the Android refresh presumably coming soon) provides for a great “second screen” experience. Once you login to the app, it will ask for your location and then help you identify your local cable or satellite provider. With that information, you are presented with not only a program guide, but also preview clips, curated content and links to rent and download classic programs. Similar to IntoNow, you can also check in to shows on TV Guide Mobile, and share what you are watching with friends across the leading social networks.

Showyou (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free)

The broadcast and cable networks are no longer the exclusive providers of video entertainment of course. Every minute, more than 72 hours of video content gets uploaded to YouTube. The challenge is to identify programs and video clips that are most relevant to you. Showyou is the leading video discovery application around, and it beautifully showcases clips shared by those you follow on Facebook and Twitter. The app also has dozens of curated categories ranging from “Everything Animated,” to “Funny or Die,” to NASA TV. Showyou is a great way to find high quality programs amidst the ever-expanding ocean of digital content.

PBS Kids Video (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free)

While most toddlers don’t understand how to work remote controls, finding episodes of “Curious George,” “The Cat in the Hat” and other classic kids’ shows is a snap with the PBS Kids Video app. In all, there are more than 1,000 family-friendly videos to enjoy, and the app lets kids and their parents bookmark their favorites.

SnagFilms (iPad, Android Free)

If you prefer true stories to scripted entertainment, than SnagFilms is the app for you. More than 3,000 documentaries are contained within SnagFilms, which also exists online. You can spend hours, if not days and weeks, watching award-winning documentaries on culture, politics, history and the arts. The biography library here is a nice antidote to the watered-down fare now found on A&E and other mainstream sources. SnagFilms is also a boon to individual filmmakers who have trouble finding distribution through traditional outlets.



We do app development for iphone, ipad, android and are in Florida between Sarasota and Venice about an hour and half from Tampa.


Facebook apps, Apple TV,

Facebook apps are a holy grail for software developers for iphone, ipad and android devices.  And now there are apps for the TV.    Roberto Baldwin has this to say:

The next apps to appear on the Apple TV could determine its future. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired

A little less than a month ago, Apple extended its Apple TV offerings yet again when it added the Hulu Plus app. Today, Apple pushed its own iTunes Festival app to the Apple TV, further expanding that lineup. Meanwhile, persistent rumors hint that the Apple TV is about to get an interface overhaul, giving it the ability to rearrange apps on screen, just as with iOS.

Software Developers have their hands full. Look at all these appsIt’s clear that Apple is devoting more and more resources to the Apple TV. Despite that, the current app offerings aren’t quite compelling enough to convince the average person to cut the cable cord. If Apple plans to transform the Apple TV from a hobby into a serious business capable of dominating the living room, here are the apps it needs to add.


It’s on the iPad, Kindle Fire and Xbox 360, and it’s time to bring it to the Apple TV. HBO is notoriously protective of its original programming. You won’t find a season of Game of Thrones or The Newsroom in the iTunes store until after the Blu-rays are on sale.

But, to appease HBO’s customers, the premium channel released the HBOGO app with same-day streaming of original programming to various devices. Of course, to use the app, you still need to subscribe to the premium channel and your cable/satellite provider has to agree to allow the service to work for their customers. But, when the stars do align, it’s a great app and streaming service that the Apple TV needs.

Plus, with only a little over 200 days until the premiere of season three of Game of Thrones, it’s high time we got our Apple TVs and iPads ready for the HBOGO app’s amazing interactive map feature for the show. For Winterfell!

Amazon Instant Video

Netflix streaming is a good deal at $8 a month. But Amazon Instant Video for Amazon Prime members is an even better score. In addition to the free shipping on select merchandise for $80 a year from the online retailer, Amazon Prime members get free access to a huge library of videos that rivals — and in some instances, like the availability of Joe Versus the Volcano and The West Wing, surpasses — the Netflix library. And yes, you can rent videos from Amazon too.

Amazon Instant Video recently hit on the iPad and there’s no reason for it not to appear on the Apple TV.

Showtime Anytime

Like HBOGO, but for Showtime, the Showtime Anytime app brings the premium channel’s original content to the iPhone and iPad. Use it to keep up with the murderous antics of Dexter and wonder just how far Marine Nicholas Brody will go in Homeland.

But just as with HBOGO, access to the app is dependent on your cable or satellite provider. Licensing issues aside, if Showtime Anytime arrived on the Apple TV, it would be the first set-top box to offer the service.

Rdio, Mog, Spotify, Rhapsody and Pandora

The Apple TV has a streaming radio app built in and supports Apple’s streaming iTunes library service, iTunes Match. But with more and more music lovers subscribing to streaming music services from companies like Rdio and Spotify, it’s about time those services appeared on the Apple TV.

Many moons ago, before HDTVs and home theatres, the best speakers in the house were connected to the home stereo. Now those high-end speakers are attached to the TV and its peripherals. Why not put those speakers to good use with music playing on the Apple TV being controlled by an iPad or iPhone?

The Big Four

ABC, CBS and NBC all have iPad apps. There’s a Fox app as well, but we’re pretty sure it’s not official. And while Hulu delivers much of the content found on these apps, the networks have gotten savvy enough to branch out on their own.

Placing those apps in the Apple TV helps the networks’ brand identity in the app world instead of being bundled with Hulu, and gives the Apple TV owners access to broadcast TV without subscribing to cable or busting out the bunny ears for over-the-air broadcasts.

iTunes U

Knowledge is power. The largely overlooked iTunes U is a wealth of knowledge. Educational videos and classes from universities like Harvard, Stanford and Caltech are all at your fingertips on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Why not push that knowledge to the living room so the entire family can fill their brains with fancy book learning?

Apple already has access to the content, why not put a dedicated app on the Apple TV? It’s not as sexy as HBOGO, but if you want to learn about the science of bicycles, there’s no better place to look.

Game Center

Game Center hasn’t exactly taken off since Apple brought it into OS X. With only 18 games in the Mac App Store’s Game Center area, it’s not exactly one of Apple’s success stories. But, if those games were brought to the Apple TV, that could spur the gaming network’s adoption.

The Apple TV can’t compete with the pure processing power of the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, but it can be used to leverage the games already available on iOS. Turn-based and racing games would benefit greatly from integration with the Apple TV. The playing field or track would be displayed on an HDTV while the controls would reside on an iPhone or iPad.


For those with spotty over-the-air reception, cable subscriptions are often the best option to watch programming from the major networks. That is until Aereo arrived on the scene. The subscription service is cheaper than a cable/satellite subscription and offers streaming access to live TV. The service even features DVR capabilities.

This on the Apple TV would be a game changer. Apple would circumvent the cable providers and content creators by accessing freely available, over-the-air broadcasts and streaming them to the Apple TV. DVR capabilities would appease the video-on-demand crowd. And coupled with other apps and services, the Apple TV could end up being the centerpiece of a cord-cutter’s dream setup.

The only problem, Aereo is currently a web client, not an app. Of course, that could change with a little financial incentive from a certain deep-pocketed company in Cupertino.


Get an idea, find a great software developer for iphone, ipad and android and get your own app made for TV or facebook or ?

Mobile Apps for Facebook

Mobile Apps for Facebook:

Where do you even start?  There are apps for just about anything.  Just today, I saw a magazine Horse and Rider ( listing 27 hot apps for the equine enthusiast.  Software developers all over are creating apps.  When it comes to facebook apps, click on home an don the left select the app center (you must be logged in your facebook account) to see these mobile apps).

Facebook screen shot of mobile apps



Also see this great article by Eric Griffith on


20 Best Facebook Apps

Aren’t sure what you should do on the social network after you update your status? Here are 20 of the coolest apps to keep you busy.

By Eric Griffith

Apps are everywhere: on your phone, on your tablet, and, of course, on your computer. So, it’s no surprise there are also hundreds of them available to users of the most popular social network around, Facebook.

They come in many flavors, from useful utilities to fun timewasters, like games. You see them pop up in your feed all the time when Mobile Apps for Facebookpeople have apps automatically post updates, be they horoscopes or requests for crops. When Facebook was in the early stages, it seemed impossible to avoid being asked to be part of a mafia war. Those dark days are behind us, and Facebook is now home to a slew of fantastic apps.

However, Facebook, in its infinite wisdom, recently decided to phase out its online app directory, opting to let users search for the apps they want to run. Considering that only about 0.5 percent of Facebook users ever used the directory, you probably aren’t missing much. But just in case you don’t know exactly what apps to search for, here’s our collection of what we consider the 20 coolest apps available on the service.

Note that a lot of these apps won’t run if you’ve enabled secure browsing with Facebook (so the URL starts with https://). You’ll need to turn off that security feature if you want to have some Facebook fun.


Mobile Apps for Facebook – what some one needs to develop now is a great app just to rate other apps.  No – that already exists!

Home Inspection Software Developers in Other Industries

Home inspection Software in other industries.  We think of a mobile app being used for home inspections. Nursing Homes are another application. Instead of inspecting for structural defects, an ipad, can be used to check for compliance with regulations.

A search in facebook will show that there are many concerns about patients not being cared for properly. Software by a competent Software Developer in Nursing Industriesdeveloper can produce mobile software that helps identify and report this information back to the main office.

This article is an example of how technology was used to solve a problem in the nursing home industry.

Mobile Inspection Software for Home Inspections is developed by Gold Class Apps in Sarasota – Venice, Florida.


Check List of features in a Mobile App for Home Inspections

•Commercial property inspection
•Rental property and apartment building move-in, move-out checklists
•Residential property surveys and inspection reports
•Building code, site survey, safety, compliance, regulatory audit applications
•Apps for property management, home inspection and commercial building surveys
•Field Reports – Sign and send PDF inspection reports onsite, directly from iPhone, iPad or Android
•Database – Property inspection software, send inspection forms and photos to an SQL database for server side reporting
•Used by city building inspectors, contractors, commercial property/home inspectors and property managers
•Insurance assessments, appraisals and cost estimates
•Construction site inspection
•Checklists – Pass/fail, Radio button, fill-in-the-blank
•Forms/Reports – Storage and wireless delivery of file to server
•Legal – Stylus signature and initialization, markup on-screen
•Photographs – Digital image capture to worksheet/report

Using a Mobile Device with Inspection Software

Inspection software and personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) has been combined to form a powerful partnership when it comes to field force automation. There are a number of unique benefits attached to using a PDA with inspection software when compared to other mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. While PDAs can be costly, the benefits associated with their use may make their use worthwhile.

The first strength of PDAs over other mobile devices is that PDAs are a lot more rugged. They can endure the wear and tear of inspection processes that conducted in the field. PDAs have been designed to withstand being dropped from height or banged about.

The second benefit of a PDA is that inspection software can be installed onto the PDAs operating system. Unlike other devices which require the use of a web portal and constant internet access, a field inspector can conduct connections without the need for a connection.

Some inspection software suites have been designed primarily for the PDA and as a result allows for a number of great features. PDAs have in-built cameras which means inspectors can take photos and then annotate the photos in the inspection software interface. The devices also have GPS technology which allows for tracking of field inspector movements as well as quick location of items due for inspection. The GPS system integrates with the inspection software to capture a lot of useful location data. Some PDAs also have a barcode scanner. If you plan on tracking assets using barcodes or RFID tags, the scanner can be used in conjunction with the inspection software to retrieve an asset’s history. Audio recorded notes can also be added to inspection information.

PDAs have almost all the capability of laptop as it runs its own operating system. Inspectors can browse the internet and make use of other applications such as word processors and spreadsheets which would not be possible on a smartphone or tablet.

Businesses must decide whether the benefits from using a PDA with their inspection software justifies the high cost of purchasing such devices. This will come down to how complex your inspections are and whether you need your mobile devices to withstand the wear and tear of use in the field.


RFID and Mobile Apps for Home Inspection

RFID chips represent a whole new dimension to home inspection mobile apps developed for ipad, iphone and android tablets.  For repeat inspections, an RFID chip can be placed on the object of the inspection, or the address of the inspection.  The user can scan the RFID device and authenticate that the inspection happened, as well as the date, time and location of the inspection.  Standard data entry can be automatically inserted into the app forms using the same method using standard development methods for iphone, ipad and android tablets.

RFID Chip that can be used in a Mobile Home Inspection App

Mobile App Development of a home inspection app

Ipads seem the logical choice to automate inspections. The larger screen and longer battery life and not to mention their faster speeds are obvious advantages. However their screens are not made for viewing in bright sunlight and that might present a problem when doing an inspection outdoors.

This can be overcome by a software development design that uses higher contrast screen to maximize visibility in your iPad, iPhone or Android even when conditions for the home inspection are not ideal.  Another consideration when doing home inspections in-doors: the lighting conditions may not be ideal. Care must be taken when using either an iphone or an ipad or an android to take pictures indoors, as these devices do not have the best flash. This can be compensated for by taking close up pictures of the home inspection areas where the ipad or iphone or android flash will provide adequate  lighting to take a good picture.

At the end of the day, using  mobile devices in home inspections have so many more advantages over digital cameras which require a manual download of the pictures and then an upload into your inspection software.

It’s all about how the mobile application software is developed for your iphone, ipad or android device

Mobile App for Home Inspections with Dynamic Questions Check List

The ideal mobile app for home inspections should have a way to change the forms, complete the inspection, add pictures and send that information back to the office.

This illustrates a great way to send pictures with the mobile app home inspection: 


It works with Android, iPhone and iPad devices and tablet.  They do custom app development. It has a sort of check list that can be changed from time to time for violation inspections.  This serves Property Management Companies in their violation / deed restriction / covenant enforcement.  Works on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Mobile App for Inspections

Home Inspection – 50,000 bees

A remarkable story of 50,000 bees inside a home drywall.   Read about it and watch the You Tube Video about home inspection adventures.

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