For those of you who like to get their fill of BBC dramas and documentaries from the international version of the iPlayer, you may soon be out of luck. BBC has just announced that it will be shutting down its international version which was available in 16 countries, including Canada. According to the Engadget story, auto renewing series subscriptions will end between May 26th and June 26th. British subjects need not worry as this closure only applies to the Global iPlayer and not the version available in the UK.
As expected the price of apps in the Canadian Apple App Store have increased. Previous apps for 99 cents now cost $1.19 and apps that were $1.99 now cost $2.29.
According to reports on CBC and iPhone in Canada websites, Apple is set to increase prices of its Apps in Canada within the next day. According to Boy Genius Report this price increase will involve the Mac App Store as well. The increase is a result of the recent changes in the Canadian-American exchange rate. Changes are also expected in all EU countries as well as Russia. So get those 99 cent Apps while you can.
If just can’t get enough Christmas music, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your needs in the digital era.
From your computer, the easiest way to access your holiday favourites would be to find an online radio station. If you have a favourite terrestrial radio station, you should be able to find an online version that lets you listen live. Other stations that are dedicated to playing seasonal music can be found by searching for “Christmas music online”, you will find hundreds of streaming stations. Most of the stations are free of charge, although some may require registration. There are all sorts of genres to meet your needs, most play music continuously with only minimal interruptions for advertising. A music service that I find particularly well done is that on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) website (music.cbc.ca). On any computer you can access over 50 streaming stations, including two limited play Christmas channels, Seasonal Favourites and Classical Holiday.
You can access most of these same online stations described above using your smart phone or tablet through the browser although the user interface is much better if you are able to find an App for it. For example, the CBC Music application for iOS makes all of their Radio 1 and Radio 2 stations from across Canada available along with all of their streaming stations. Another application that I find quite good is “TuneIn Radio” which lets you listen to more than 100,000 stations from around the world. You can find dedicated Christmas stations, one of my favourites is Radio Santa Claus from Finland.
Seasonal music is also available through your television if you have a Smart TV or a set top box such as Roku or Apple TV connected to it. Most of these devices have a channel or application that allows access to online radio stations. For example, the Apple TV has a Radio application that provides access to hundreds of streaming stations under a number of genres. You can find Christmas music stations under the Religious category. If you don’t have a connected television and get your service through cable or by satellite, most providers have dedicated music channels. I am not talking about Much Music or MTV, but instead channels that play only music with no video, these are usually located in the higher numbers. For example Rogers Cable has approximately 20 music channels provided by Stingray Music, including Holiday Favourites, located on channel 222 and 710 in Ontario, Canada.
So if you’re like me and can’t get enough Christmas music there are many ways to satisfy your obsession.
Do you have any other suggestions? What are some of your favourite radio stations? Send a comment in below and share your experiences?
Just a couple of short weeks after it’s emergency patch of the “Goto fail” bug Apples today released iOS 7.1. It is available for all iPhones including the iPhone 4 and newer as well as the iPad 2 and newer.
As reported earlier Apple has had to deal with a pretty serious security flaw on its mobile operating system. It has now addressed the same issue on it operating system running on Macs with the latest update, 10.9.2. If you were not aware both versions of the operating systems had a SSL vulnerability that could allow third parties access to your device. So if you have not gotten the update yet you should visit the Mac App Store and download it now. Although it is now only available for Mavericks it will soon be available for other versions of OS X.
Don’t forget to update your Apple TV which is also running iOS.
Apple just released iOS 7.0.6 to deal with SSL connection verification issues. Conspiracy theorists believe this will fix a back door that the NSA was exploiting but most people think that it is just a plain old security vulnerability. Whatever the reason you should download the over the air update as soon as you can.
Source: iPhone in Canada
Did you ever see a bright object moving in the sky and wander what it is. If it looks higher and seems to be moving faster than your average airplane then chances are it is the International Space Station (ISS). When the ISS can be seen, it is the third brightest object in the sky as it moves in a low earth orbit (approximately 419 km) at an average speed of 27,600 km/h. NASA has made it easy for you to spot the station by automatically notifying you when it is going overhead in your area. You can sign up for text or email alerts at Spot the Station. Remember that if you are outside of the US then your carrier may apply fees for SMS text messages so it may be best to provide an email address. The NASA database determines sighting opportunities for 4,600 locations so if you city or town is not listed pick one that is the closest to you. Happy viewing.