A&E was one the first television networks to add on-demand programming to its iOS apps, and now the company has added live television streaming. Both the A&E and History mobile apps have been updated with a new "LIVE TV" option for cable subscribers.
The A&E app for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad offers access to full episodes, exclusive clips and deleted scenes from popular shows such as Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars. The History app from A&E features full episodes and clips from shows like Vikings, Pawn Stars and so on. Each app also allows users to create a customized "Watchlist," and access never before seen footage from their favorite shows.
Comedy Central fans can now access episodes of all their favorite CC shows in one place. The Comedy Central app for iOS devices gives users access to over 10 programs plus original digital shorts. The best part about the app is that users can watch full episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park and @midnight without having to sign-in through a TV provider. However, other shows such as Tosh.0 and Workaholics do require a cable television subscription.
The app offers full episodes of the CC's top television shows the day after they air, and it includes stand-up specials plus archives of older programs like Chappelle's Show and Futurama. It also better than watching clips of Colbert on Flipboard, and users can continue watching right where they left off if they pause or stop an episode.
Stryke is a new app which allows you to turn videos into .gifs and share them via iMessage or on social networking sites such as Facebook. The official App Store description claims Stryke is "an app to troll your friends," but I'm not exactly sure what that means. However, it does seem like a fun app for fans of Vine and Snapchat who are looking for something new to play with.
Stryke works by allowing you to create animated images from videos on your Photo app. You can use already existing videos on your camera roll or create new ones using the app's Vine-like video tool. The app also allows you to add "witty" captions and music to your creations before you share them.
Here's a quick look at some of the 2014 Winter Olympic apps available for iOS devices. You can also find a list of Apple recommended apps and music in the new Sochi 2014 section of the App Store.
2014 Team USA Road to Sochi: Free (Requires iOS 4.3 or later)
The official Team USA companion app features daily updates, and a special “cheer” button to send personal messages to athletes via Facebook and Twitter. You can also access the Team USA shop to buy officially licensed gear.
Apple has named Spark Camera its Free App of the Week. The iPhone photography app will be free to download from the App Store until next Thursday when a new app will take its place. Last week's free app, for example, was Pac-Man.
Spark Camera allows you to create short HD videos by filming short clips or "Sparks" and editing them together. You can then add existing video, photos and music from your library to spruce up your Spark creations. The app also features several filters and the ability to share your videos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, or email.
Fitbit announced today at CES that its MobileTrack feature is now available for iPhone 5s owners. The new addition to the free Fitbit iOS app allows iPhone 5s users to their track basic health and fitness activity.
MobileTrack taps into the M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5s and helps owners keep track of their steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, plus more. The app also allows users to take advantage of Fitbit's in-app social and motivational features by allowing them to see their personal achievements with easy to use graphs and charts.
“We know there are many ways consumers like to track their fitness and want to enable as many people as possible to get the benefits of Fitbit activity tracking – and now anyone with an iPhone 5s can also download and use the Fitbit app,” said James Park, CEO and Co-Founder of Fitbit.
Fox Sports has announced that it will be live-streaming Super Bowl XLVIII and all of the NFC playoff games online, though according to Variety, only the Super Bowl will be available for free. iOS users will be able to stream the game with the FOX Sports GO app.
Coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII, which is being played at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, will begin at 6:30 PM EST on Sunday February 2nd. The broadcast will include the half time show featuring Bruno Mars, and will be freely available at
Yahoo Sports version 5.0 now features a GIF creation tool for sports fans. Users can create their own animated GIFs or "Yahoo Loops" by adding their own captions, effects and comments to memorable sports moments. The Loops can then be shared with family, friends or other sports fans via Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, text and email.
Yahoo Sports version 5.0 also brings a new "clean" iOS 7 redesign, new team / player pages, a new football scores, plus more. Yahoo Sports is free to download for all iOS devices running iOS 7 or later, but the new Loop feature is only available on the iPhone.
If you're always forgetting important events like birthdays and holidays CleverCards is the app for you. The free app easily syncs to your Facebook friends list so you'll never miss another birthday notification. It is also the perfect tool for lazy or busy people who don't want to go through the trouble of buying a card or using a third-party website to create an eCard. All you have to do is sync your friends list, then add those few annoying people like Grandma who don't have a Facebook account, and you're ready to go.
Once set up, the app will send your push notifications for every birthday listed on Facebook or that you manually added. You can then use the service to send a traditional printed card via snail mail for around $3, or send an eCard through Facebook, email or SMS for free.
Creating a card is easy and it doesn't take much time to complete and send. The best feature of the app is that it helps you avoid trips to the post office if you want to send a physical card. You can also pull images from your loved one's Facebook page, use pictures from your Photo app or take a new photo using your device's built-in camera to customize your gift.
Apple is continuing the holiday spirit by kicking off its 12 Days of Gifts event in the U.S. for the first time. The 12 Days app is available for free to iOS 7 users in the App Store. The app allows users to download one free gift a day, beginning December 26 to January 6.
Apple kicked off Day 1 by offering a free download of Justin Timberlake's iTunes Festival EP. The EP includes live recordings of "SexyBack” and "Take Back the Night,” and two live videos, “True Blood” and “TKO.” The free download will only last 24 hours before it will be replaced by another gift.