Thursday, January 14, 2010

Turner Classic Movies On the Go

Turner Classic Movies announced today that their website content is now being offered as an "app" for mobile devices including the iPhone and iTouch.

Details are in a TCM press release which can be read by clicking the title of this post.

I received an iTouch for Christmas and have been looking for interesting applications, especially as I have an iTunes gift card I can use. (I love the free IMDb website for the iTouch! It's so much easier to use than trying to look at the site on my Palm Centro.) I'll be loading in the TCM site later today.

(Hat tip: Raquelle.)

If anyone knows of other worthwhile apps regarding classic movies, please let me know.

Speaking of mobile devices, I read a good article yesterday by a fellow homeschooler, Melissa Wiley, on apps for Catholics. I'm not Roman Catholic, but the article gave me some interesting insights into the kinds of things which are available for the iTouch...and thanks to her, I located the iTouch alarm setting and the nifty Bell Tower chime. I've still got a great deal to learn about my iTouch!

Wiley is also a kidlit author who maintains a very enjoyable blog, Here in the Bonny Glen. She will be writing the forward for the reissue of Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy book CARNEY'S HOUSE PARTY, due out from Harper in October.


Blogger Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

You have received the Kreativ Blogger Award. Details here.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Raquel Stecher said...

I immediately purchased the app once I saw the news on Twitter. TCM's PR department has a Twitter account and I got the information from there. How did you hear it from me? Was it on my blog from the Twitter widget?

I'm looking forward to hear what you think of it when you get it for your iTouch. It's got schedules, videos, photos and updates from the official TCM blog. Pretty good! I hope maybe they'll add more features (games?!). Right now you can save or forward the pictures or videos to anyone. :-(

Other than the IMDB app, I recommend getting the Tumblr app. There are a lot of great folks sharing wonderful pictures, videos and audio clips on classic film actors, actresses, movies, old music, etc. It's quite nice. A lot of bloggers are on there, including myself.

There is also BlogPressLite which allows for a text-only update to Blogger.

I just got the Epicurious free app yesterday for recipes and am trying it out.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you so much, Ivan! I'm honored. :) What a nice way to start Friday.

Best wishes,

8:38 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Raquelle!

Yes, although I'm not on Twitter myself, I regularly look at your Twitter page via your blog and picked up the good news there. That Twitter widget is a nice feature!

Sounds like I should bookmark TCM's Twitter page!

I downloaded the TCM app last night and was quite impressed with its design. It will be handy for quickly looking up schedules, etc., when I'm not near the computer.

I've heard of Tumblr (I think on your blog, in fact) but not seen it. I appreciate the recommendation! BlogPressLite also sounds like something I should check out soon. And Epicurious! Thanks for the great ideas, I'll look at them all over the weekend.

Incidentally, being crazy for books, reading books electronically hasn't held much interest for me, but when I saw that Kindle was free to install on iTouch, I did that yesterday too, just to see what it looked like...and then discovered I could install books like Jane Austen's for free as well. I now have EMMA, which I've been meaning to reread for a long time now, installed in my iTouch so I'll always have an emergency book with me for long lines and waiting rooms. :) It's pretty amazing to be able to store so much in one little gadget.

Thanks again for posting the TCM info and for the additional recommendations!

Best wishes,

8:45 AM  
Blogger Raquel Stecher said...

There are lots of great book apps. I'm still waiting for a proper one for GoodReads, the networking site.

Here are the official TCM twitter accounts if you are interested:

They are all really interested to read!

If you find any apps that are interesting let me know and I'll make sure I will do the same.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you so much, Raquelle! Had no idea there were so many TCM accounts. I'll bookmark them.

Thanks for letting me know if you find interesting apps in the future, and I'll be sure to do the same.

Best wishes,

11:23 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

P.S. I just installed the Epicurious app thanks to you, Raquelle. Looks very nice!

Best wishes,

11:33 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

I use Kindle simply to download free samples and decide if I want to further pursue a book...either to buy or get at the library. I don't read a whole lot on my iPod Touch, but when I do I prefer the free app Stanza.

Stanza is older and better developed than Kindle. It's easier to download books...especially free books...and has more controls for text and background colors, margins, alignment, etc. I have about 20 free books on my iPod, including several Austen novels (clearly a requirement ;-) and several children and adult classics. I'm currently reading the sequel to The 39 Steps and read Agatha Christie's first novel on my iPod Touch. You can also purchase books, but there are so many free ones, I'm sticking with them for now.

Sadly has purchased Stanza, but so far has kept it a separate program. They probably saw it as their biggest competitor on Apple's app store.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, thanks for that great info, Missy! Hadn't heard of Stanza. Free books is a concept I like. :) I'll check it out!

Best wishes,

9:44 PM  

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