Harking back to time of GCSE science, I tend to think of the term ‘application’ generally meaning ‘practical usage’ as a exceptionally irritating section of these seemingly endless worksheets we had to fill out, now so we could set ablaze to something. The ‘application’ part was the spot where you had to say what (if any) world, practical value your experiments had, which, because it turns out, wasn’t usually a great deal in my case. I remember a classmate rather cruelly drenched a spider in hydrochloric acid once, but I doubted, even at age 15 and three quarters, that it would turn into a popular type of pest control.
As Led Zeppelin have been telling us since the 1970’s, you realize sometimes words have double meanings. In the case of software design and programming, additionally, there are a lot of words that have been co-opted in order to denote something, usually only partially alike, to what the word in fact means. So, applications, or ‘apps’ as we hip, swinging cats refer to them, have nothing at all to accomplish with GCSE science and all to do with innovative consumer technology.
An app is essentially a computer program designed to aid the parent device perform a unique purpose. Apps are like little programs that were initially planned for portable devices like iPods, Smartphones and Tablet PCs. Apps range from the sublime, (such as the app which can track traveling whales in real time or the one that shows you the exact position of all the stars and wonderful bodies from anywhere in the world) to the completely stupid, but amusing anyways (the app where it is possible to punch a cartoon cat in the face, Angry Birds). Apple customers alone have access to over 60,000 downloadable apps, most of them are totally free to use.
Smart TV, naturally, has its individual set of downloadable applications. I should point out now that these are not as esoteric as the wide-ranging applications accessible for the phone or Tablet, yet. Thus far Smart TV’s list of apps is a typically practical one. Here is a look at some of these apps you will be capable of acquire for your Smart TV (NOTE: Different applications are certified to different companies – so if you’re specifically after a TV for its apps, it pays to do your homework, that is, in its own way, somewhat like GCSE science).
Netflix – The extension of a on line film rental business (and proud sponsor of our iFanboy comic book conversation show, I hasten to add) can be an app which gives you the choice to stream ‘rented’ movies over the Internet for a little cover charge.
Amazon – From Amazon, you are able to download content. So when you’d prefer to purchase a film or TV show, you can simply click on the link and it will be sent straight to the hard drive. It’s less expensive than purchasing discs and far easier to store.
BBC iPlayer – This is a small version of the iPlayer site; there’s also a BBC News and sports application.
Youtube – You’ll also discover other video sites available as apps. Dailymotion and Vimeo have become properly accessible from the TV.
Along with these apps, you will find Sports apps which will video every game and applications for particular channels, making them available as individual networks versus a part of a cable/satellite package.
Whichever apps you need, make sure they do what you think that they do and that they are available for that TV you choose, before you purchase. That way you can avoid disappointment.