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Coming Soon to Chromecast: A Lot More Apps

With the launch of a public developer software kit, more apps will be able to add support for Google's Chromecast.
With the launch of a public developer software kit, more apps will be able to add support for Google's Chromecast. Jared Newman for TIME

With the launch of a public software development kit, any developer can add Chromecast support in apps for Android, iOS and the web.

Chromecast is about to get much more interesting now that Google has opened the door to more apps.

With the launch of a public software development kit, any developer can add Chromecast support in apps for Android, iOS and the web. This doesn’t just include video and music apps; it also allows for wilder ideas such as using your phone to control a Game Boy emulator on the television.

The idea with Chromecast — a $35 dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI slot — is that you use your phone, tablet or laptop in place of a remote control for streaming media. Apps that support Chromecast display a small “Cast” icon on the screen, and pressing it sends instructions to the television to start streaming that content. With certain TVs, Chromecast will also turn the television on and switch to the correct input when you begin casting.

Until now, Google has tightly controlled which apps could work with Chromecast. Netflix, YouTube and Google Play were available at launch, and a handful of other apps including Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora and Songza came later. But a lot of other developers have added Chromecast support, and have simply been waiting for Google to let them in. The public SDK should usher in support from many more apps, though it’s not clear when we’ll start seeing the new additions.

I already use Chromecast regularly for most of the apps listed above, but ideally I wouldn’t even have to think about app support. Although Chromecast has improved over the last six months, it won’t hit its full potential until the Cast button is ubiquitous in smartphone and tablet apps.

For now, here’s a list of noteworthy apps that have pledged support for Chromecast, but have not yet added the capability (mostly via Wikipedia):

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No, You Don’t Have to Play Flappy Bird

Flying-bird game, Flappy Bird, was developed was developed in 2013 and is currently topping the App Store's freebie's list.
Flying-bird game, Flappy Bird, was developed was developed in 2013 and is currently topping the App Store's freebie's list. .GEARS Studios

It's bad and popular -- imagine that.

The first time I played Flappy Bird I died a dozen times trying to propel myself between a single pair of Super Mario Bros.-pilfered pipes. I’m no gaming wallflower, so when I say this is an onerously difficult game from the get-go, I mean it makes other onerously difficult games you’ve maybe heard about — say Demon’s Souls — seem breezy. It’s as if the developer, doubtless as startled as I was to see Flappy Bird topping the App Store’s freebie list, decided the game needed no learning curve, sort of like putting the vanishing platforms, black holes, UFOs and monster cannons in Doodle Jump first.

Generally speaking, unless you’re trying to be cute, that’s a game design no-no. I’ll assume irony isn’t the intention here and take Flappy Bird seriously. So…why aren’t those initial pipes a smidgen further apart, you know, to help lubricate the inanity?

That’s it, really, because that’s all there is to it: Clear successive gaps at varying heights by fighting a punitive control scheme whereby you propel a leaden bird a few millimeters upward per tap. Let up and the bird nosedives like a cartoon bomb. Hit a pipe and it’s game over. There’s no input leeway, no secondary control scheme (say a way to briefly glide) and, like an endless runner shorn of any frills whatsoever, nothing more to see unless putting pastoral Super Mario Bros.-ish backgrounds on a running loop floats your boat. Each pipe-space cleared conjures a Mario-coin-snagging pling, incrementing your score by one, and you can win a few medals for scoring so many points, or do the Game Center “how many did I clear versus my friends” thing, but that’s it: sort of like Cow Clicker without the satire valve.

By the dozenth try, I’d made it through two sets of pipes, my heart jackhammering from adrenaline hits generated by the game’s fail state sound effect: a sharp slapping sound like a grindhouse movie karate chop. You know how some people say “wa-peesh” while smacking the air? Think the FX sound library thing that inspired that. You hear it whenever you fly into a pipe, which ends the game and drops you back at the starting line. (Hey, someone, somewhere, thought it was funny.)

In the meantime, my high score is now six. Six! And at six I’m beating most of my friends, who, miraculously, seem to have bothered to download and play Flappy Bird at all. But what’s really impressive: all those players, of over 18 million total listed, with game maximum leaderboard scores of 9,999. Mind you, that’s 10,000 taps out of your life — 83 minutes of consecutive tapping if we assume two taps per second maybe doing something like this — that you can never, ever have back.

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Lenovo Yoga 11e: Chromebooks Inch Closer to Tablet Territory

Lenovo's Thinkpad Yoga 11e Chromebook screen folds all the way around into tablet mode.
Lenovo's Thinkpad Yoga 11e Chromebook screen folds all the way around into tablet mode. Lenovo

Much like Lenovo's Windows-based Yoga laptops, the Chromebook version has a screen that folds all the way around into tablet mode.

Chromebooks haven’t gone full touchscreen just yet, but they’re getting closer with Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga 11e.

Much like Lenovo’s Windows-based Yoga laptops, the Chromebook version has a screen that folds all the way around into tablet mode. While we’ve seen a couple touchscreen Chromebook laptops before–including Acer’s C720P and the high-end Chromebook Pixel–the Yoga is more tablet-like, because you can fold the keyboard out of the way.

The idea of tablets running Chrome OS has been a long time coming. Even before the first Chromebook laptops launched in 2011, Google had started working on touch optimizations, including a virtual keyboard and larger buttons. That development work has continued over the last two years, with GigaOM recently noting some major improvements to the virtual keyboard.

Overall, Chrome OS is still best used with a trackpad and keyboard, while Google has a better touchscreen operating system in Android. Still, it could be useful to have a Chromebook that could slip into tablet mode on occasion. I’m guessing the Yoga 11e won’t be the last Chromebook we’ll see with this capability.

Lenovo is targeting the education market with the Yoga 11e, but it’s possible that the general public will be able to purchase the device as well. Pricing will start at $349 when the Yoga 11e goes on sale this spring.

TIME Big Picture

The PC Has Been Decentralized — Mobile Is the New Center

In the multi-screen era we're shifting to, mobile has taken over the PC.
In the multi-screen era we're shifting to, mobile has taken over the PC. Getty Images

But will something come along to decentralize mobile?

I’ve been trying to figure out a better way to articulate what’s been happening in the multi-screen era we have shifted to.

I say “shifting” because there are many markets where one screen still dominates most consumers’ connected experiences. What is fascinating about those markets is that it’s a mobile device that’s the primary computing device for these consumers — not a PC with a mouse and keyboard designed to be used in a stationary setting.

I’ve never liked the term “post-PC,” primarily because in many western markets, the mouse-and-keyboard PC is still being used in conjunction with other connected devices. The term “post-PC” carries with it a tone that de-emphasizes the role of the PC more than it should. The other term we have used, which I no longer like, is the “PC plus” era. This term emphasized that the mouse-and-keyboard PC was still relevant, but it puts too much emphasis on the mouse-and-keyboard PC for my liking.

The best way to understand the computing shift that’s happening is to view the PC as having been decentralized. Prior to our smartphones and tablets, the PC was the center of our computing universe. I vividly remember Macworld in 2001 where Steve Jobs eloquently positioned the Mac as the center of consumers’ digital lives. For nearly a decade, this was true for many computer users. Everything revolved around the PC and was an accessory to the PC.

This is no longer the case. Think about the last time you physically – with a wire – connected your smartphone or tablet to your PC? I honestly think it’s been at least a year since I plugged my iPhone, iPad, or even my DSLR camera into my physical PC using a wire.

The decentralization of the PC has become even more evident to me in the past few years. Being that I’m the most technical person in my immediate and extended family, I’m generally the person who fixes PCs for family members. For the better part of the past decade, I can’t remember a family gathering around the holidays at someone else’s house where I wasn’t asked to take a look at what was wrong with someone’s Windows PC. Yet over the past few years, I’ve noticed those requests have shifted from fixing Windows notebooks or desktops to explaining how to do things with their iOS or Android devices.

What’s key about this shift is that it’s being led by mobility. We have noticed this shift with every advance in computing: Notebooks overtook desktops as the dominant computing form factor, and now smartphones and tablets are overtaking notebooks as the primary computing devices (in terms of a percentage of computing time for many — especially if we take a worldwide view of the market).

The center is now mobile. The mobile market is bigger than the PC market. The mobile Internet is bigger than the desktop Internet. The mobile Internet is the first-class citizen and the desktop Internet is secondary to it. The world is already mobile.

The PC will still live on and sell hundreds of millions of units annually, while mobile devices will grow and sell billions of devices annually. Each plays a role as part of a computing solution. The cloud will keep all our devices in sync, allowing us to choose any number of screen size and form factor combinations as a part of our individual computing solution.

Mobile computing devices will become more powerful and more capable. This reality will continually challenge legacy devices that require a consumer be stationary to get the full value of the product. The share of compute time is already shifting from fixed to mobile devices. This reality is upon us. The PC has been decentralized and mobile is the new center.

What’s interesting to ponder is if there’s another shift coming that can decentralize the smartphone.

Bajarin is a principal at Creative Strategies Inc., a technology industry analysis and market intelligence firm in Silicon Valley. He contributes to the Big Picture opinion column that appears here every week on TIME Tech.

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Apple 1.24.14 Video Shot Across 5 Continents in 1 Day Using Only iPhones

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mac, Apple spent January 24 shooting a short (really short – a minute and a half) film simply called "1.24.14."

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To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mac, Apple spent January 24 shooting a short (really short – a minute and a half) film simply called “1.24.14.” You may recall January 24, 1984 as the day that Steve Jobs and friends first unveiled the Mac at an investor meeting.

The film was shot using only iPhone 5s phones, with crews working in 15 locations spread around five continents. The piece was remotely directed by Ridley Scott’s son, Jake Scott, from Los Angeles, where footage was beamed in from all the other locations. (Ridley Scott directed the infamous 1984 Mac commercial.)

When the dust had settled, the team had 70 hours of footage to comb through that had been shot on 100 iPhones. The piece was edited by a team of 21 editors led by Angus Wall. And believe it or believe it, Apple gear – laptops, desktops and tablets – was used to cut the film together.

You can check out the backstory on Apple’s site.

Thirty Years of Mac – “1.24.14” Film [Apple.com]

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Affordable Smart Tech for Your Home

We're surrounded by smart technology that's designed to make our lives easier. So why shouldn't our homes get in on the game?

We’re surrounded by smart technology that’s designed to make our lives easier. So why shouldn’t our homes get in on the game? It’s easier than ever to bring smart, connected technology into your home with the help of something you already own — your smartphone.

If you’re looking to get a start building your own smart home, here are five pieces of smart tech that will help monitor and manage your home with the aid of phone apps for easy control.

Cool or heat your home

Honeywell

The Honeywell Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

A smart thermostat lets you control the temperature of your home from afar using your smartphone and could even help save you money by cutting energy costs.

The Honeywell Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is a basic programmable thermostat that features a large touchscreen display instead of the standard buttons or dials. The Honeywell also has voice controls, so you can tell it “make it warmer” — even from across the room — and it will adjust the temperature accordingly.

And, of course, it’s connected to your home network over Wi-Fi, so you can control it using your computer or smartphone.

Price: $299 at Amazon

The Nest Thermostat

Nest

Not what you’re looking for? Then check out the Nest Learning Thermostat, a smart thermostat without voice controls that focuses instead on helping you save energy.

The Nest can tell when you’re not home, so it turns the cooling or heat down to save you some cash.

The Nest also aims to keep your home just the right temperature for you, so it remembers your temperature adjustments and tweaks its temperature program accordingly.

Price: $249 at Amazon

Stay safe from fire and other hazards

The Nest Protect Smoke and CO Detector

Nest

You probably already have smoke detectors in your home, but newer detectors do the job more intelligently. For example, who enjoys dealing with a smoke detector’s false alarm after burning something in the kitchen? With the Nest Protect Smoke and CO detector, all you have to do to turn the alarm off is wave a hand under it.

And the Protect has even more smarts: Instead of simply blaring an alarm, it speaks in a human voice to tell you where and what the problem is so you can address it. It can also communicate with other Nest Protects and your Nest Thermostat, which will shut off a gas furnace if the Protect senses a carbon monoxide leak.

Price: $129 at Amazon

KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm

KidSmart

If you have children (especially young children), you may be interested in the KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm. It’s not as smart as the Nest, but it aims to address a major problem with smoke detectors and children, who often aren’t immediately roused by a loud alarm.

KidSmart says two out of three children will sleep through a traditional smoke detector’s alarm, while a child will wake to the sound of a parent’s voice 96% of the time. So the KidSmart lets you record a message to wake your child and tell them what to do in case of a fire — a simple but effective step toward better fire safety.

Price: $42 at Amazon

Keep your home secure with smart tech

A standard home security system usually includes a complicated installation process and monthly monitoring fees to boot. But modern smart systems are all about easy installation and self-monitoring, alerting your smartphone if the system detects a problem.

The iSmartAlarm System

iSmartAlarm

The iSmartAlarm system is modular, letting you buy the pieces you need in order to put together the perfect system for your home. You’ll need a CubeOne, which is the brain of the system, and then you can add sensors for doors and windows, cameras, motion detectors and remote control keyfobs.

If any alarms come up, you’ll get an alert on your phone, and you can see what’s happening through the app in order to respond appropriately. You can also use iSmartAlarm to see if your family is home — even when you’re working late — and check that all of the doors and windows are closed and locked before heading to bed.

Price: Starting at $199 at iSmartAlarm

Piper

Piper

If the multi-part iSmartAlarm system seems like too much, Piper is a single piece of equipment that you set up in your home to keep an eye on things. It warns you if there’s motion or a loud noise and lets you see photos or video of what’s happening at home when you’re away.

Additionally, Piper works with Z-Wave-enabled electronics like this power outlet and door sensor, which it can monitor and control for additional security and automation options.

If you want a simple system, pick up Piper by itself, but if you want something more robust, look for the right Z-wave accessories to customize your perfect automation system.

Price: Starting at $239 at Piper

Lock (or unlock) the doors

Kevo

Kevo

If you want control of your door beyond notifications of when it opens or closes, Kevo is the answer. With Kevo, you just need your smartphone or an included keyfob to open your door. Simply walk up to the door with your smartphone or keyfob in your pocket or purse and touch the lock. It’s a little bit like magic, but it’s really Bluetooth technology.

Kevo is as easy to install as a standard door lock and once it’s set up, you can grant access to any number of smartphones, even remotely allowing access to friends or family via email. And with the Kevo app (iPhone only right now) and web portal, you can track who has access and see who’s come and gone. Monitoring your home was never so easy.

Price: $219 at Amazon

Control your lights and appliances

Belkin WeMo Outlet and Light Switch

Belkin

Smart tech can also control a variety of home appliances. With the Belkin WeMo Outlet and Light Switch, you can control what’s on and off at any time. Using the WeMo app, you can turn lights or appliances on and off as well as schedule them to turn on or off at specific times. You can even configure lights — for example, the porch light — to turn on at sunset and off again at sunrise.

The end result? A home that’s always lit up and powered on when you pull into the driveway.

Price: Outlet, $49.99 at Amazon; light switch, $48.99 at Amazon

Connected by TCP

TCP

If you only want to control your lighting, then Connected by TCP may be the answer. The starter pack comes with three bulbs, a remote and a gateway that controls your lighting. Once it’s set up, you can program lights to turn on, turn off, dim or brighten with your smartphone or tablet.

If you need more than three bulbs, you can buy additional LED bulbs — make sure they’re Connected by TCP to work with your system — for just $17. The starter pack is pricey at $110, but bear in mind that these LED bulbs have a lifespan of 22 years, so you’re not going to have to worry about replacing them for a while.

Price: Kit, $109.99 at Amazon; LED bulbs, $16.97 at Amazon

Considering how simple these smart systems are to set up and install, you’ve got no excuses not to include smart technology in your home. Get smart and save money all at the same time.

This article was written by Elizabeth Harper and originally appeared on Techlicious.
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RadioShack’s Super Bowl Ad Revels in an Uncomfortable Truth: It’s a 1980s Throwback

A 93-year-old electronics retailer admits that it's been out of touch with the times.

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I don’t like football and am usually immune to the charms of Super Bowl commercials. So I caught up with RadioShack’s spot — which you can watch in the player above — only after the game was over, online.

It’s a funny, self-effacing ad, which confronts the electronics retailer’s reputation for being somewhat less than cutting-edge by depicting Kid and Play, John Ratzenberger as Cheers‘ Cliff Clavin, 1984 Olympics darling Mary Lou Retton, Child’s Play‘s Chuckie, Hulk Hogan, ALF, Erik Estrada as Ponch from CHiPs, the California Raisins, Q*Bert and other icons of the 1980s ransacking a dowdy RadioShack of its VCRs, fax machines and boom boxes.

At the end, there’s a glimpse of a surprisingly spacious, modern RadioShack tastefully displaying sexy products from Samsung and Beats. Which seems to be more of a promise of good things to come than a claim that your nearby RadioShack is fully a creature of the 21st century. My local one looks more like the store looted by Cliff and Mary Lou than the dream store at the end of the commercial; it’s claustrophobic and a bit messy, qualities which most of the RadioShacks I’ve ever visited have shared. It also devotes a fair amount of its precious floor space to stuff like capacitors, which I have a hard time believing is a rational business decision in 2014.

Rummaging around in the investor section of RadioShack.com, I learned that the company is losing money and is hopeful that new concept stores — presumably similar to the sleek one in the Super Bowl ad — will come to the rescue. That’s pretty much the latest chapter in a long-running saga. Back in 1992, for instance, the New York Times compared the chain to Sears Roebuck — which, then as now, is never a compliment. Then, in 1993, it reported that the company was looking for a new ad agency to help change consumers’ perceptions of its stores.

In other words, even when the 1980s were a recent memory, Radio Shack was already struggling with image problems. If they’ve festered for decades — and they have — it’s unlikely that a clever TV commercial and store remodelings will turn things around in a jiffy.

Still, this new campaign avoids the lameness of the company’s attempt, in 2009, to get us to call it “The Shack.” (A similar lack of comfort with its own moniker led it to compress “Radio Shack” into one word in 1995.) And I’d love to see this venerable institution thrive. The computer that introduced me to computers, back in 1978, was its TRS-80. I used to actively look forward to the publication of the annual Radio Shack catalog. Like many Americans of a certain age, I’m also a former card-carrying member of the Radio Shack Battery Club.

That’s the firm’s dilemma in a nutshell: The fact that you evoke warm, nostalgic feelings is not a plus when you’re trying to sell the latest in consumer electronics. The Super Bowl commercial is a logical attempt to confront this uncomfortable truth head-on — but we’ll know that RadioShack has entered a new era when stepping into a typical store no longer feels like entering a Wayback Machine.

For no particular reason other than that they’re loads of fun, let’s end this with some vintage Radio Shack commercials. Here’s Peter Nero on behalf of portable tape recorders:

Half-price 8-track tape players:

The not-that-well-remembered Color Computer 2:

$2495 cell phones in 1987, when that was apparently a bargain:

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Apple Has a Secret Weapon to Continue Growing

The Apple logo is pictured at the company's flagship retail store in San Francisco.
The Apple logo is pictured at the company's flagship retail store in San Francisco. Robert Galbraith—Reuters

Tim Cook sounded confident as he tried to reassure disappointed investors on an earnings call earlier this week. But analysts managed to put the revered Apple CEO on the defensive.

“2013 came around, we’ve got some new products, obviously, but nothing really from our new product category,” Brian Marshall, an analyst at ISI Group, said to Cook on the call. “Do you care to comment on the innovation cycle of the company and the cadence there?”

“Are you still a growth company?” challenged Ben Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays.

Cook and Apple’s management team have one thing to be very confident of, even as investors and analysts become more comfortable putting difficult questions to them. And that one thing is: China.

China’s technology market is booming, and the country is making up an increasingly large slice of Apple’s revenue. Emerging markets now look like they’ll be the biggest new source of revenue for Apple. Sales in the Americas last quarter actually declined by 1% compared with the year-ago period. But the company’s sales in China increased by a full 29%. And with Apple’s sales in China hitting $8.8 billion last quarter, that part of the company’s sales are almost half its $20.1 billion Americas revenues.

“China is an incredibly important market to Apple,” Cook told analysts and investors on the call. “I think you can’t be in the business that we’re in and not have a reasonable China business.”

Last month Apple cut a crucial deal with a massive Chinese wireless carrier, China Mobile, which opens up a huge market for the company’s iPhone. China Mobile has 760 million subscribers — more than double the population of the U.S. and more than triple the number of U.S. users who subscribe to AT&T and Verizon Wireless combined.

While the iPhone had already been available on smaller Chinese carriers, analysts expect the deal to bring in 20 million to 30 million new iPhone users on China Mobile’s network this year. Sales through China Mobile began earlier this month and the iPhone is already experiencing a jump in sales. “We’ve been selling with China Mobile now for about a week, and last week was the best week for activations we’ve ever had in China,” said Cook.

The iPhone on China Mobile’s platform supports the carrier’s 4G network — the latest generation of high-speed mobile broadband access — which is currently available in only 16 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. But China Mobile plans to expand the network to a total of 340 cities by the end of the year, giving impetus to Chinese consumers to buy iPhone wireless service through Apple’s China Mobile deal.

China has a robust iOS and Mac developer community, and Cook said that developers in China have created over 130,000 apps on the App Store so far. Having active developers engaged with Apple’s products is likely to help create a committed consumer base.

Some analysts have roasted Cook for lack of innovation at Apple. Cook’s focus on China may be the best way to get his feet out of the fire. The country’s population of 1.3 billion and its economy’s 7% growth rate make it one of the most attractive markets for any company. Its growing middle class has shown a voracious appetite for electronic and consumer products from global companies.

Cook has been peppered with questions about Apple’s slow growth in the U.S. market, where iPhone sales have started to slow. “I think it’s great to have an aspiration to make the best products, but I think that’s in the spirit of ultimately growing at least in line with or faster than the market. And that doesn’t appear to be happening,” Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein, said on the call.

It is happening in China, was Cook’s tart answer. “One of the most important things for us in the iPhone business was to do really well in emerging markets, and we had the best quarter ever from that respect,” said Cook. “As you know, we just added China Mobile, the largest carrier there … and so I feel great about that.”

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Saving the Unseen 1984 Steve Jobs Mac Demo: Behind the Scenes

Video setup
Glenn Koenig

To preserve a U-matic tape about a 1984 Mac, you need a U-matic VCR and some 21st-century Macs.

Last weekend, when I shared the unseen January 1984 Boston Computer Society meeting at which Steve Jobs and team demonstrated the Mac, I mentioned that Glenn Koenig, the BCS’s videographer, had saved it for all these years in a now-obsolete tape format: U-matic. Glenn shared a few fun photos of the setup he used in his video studio to get the meeting off that fragile tape and into a format everybody can enjoy.

Here’s a selfie Glenn took of himself with the precious original tape. As you can see, U-matic, which Sony began developing in the late 1960s — originally for consumers, though it turned out it was most popular for corporate and education use — involves a cartridge that’s a lot bigger than a VHS or Betamax.

Glenn Koenig

This is the industrial-strength U-matic VCR which Glenn used for the transfer. It’s been a long time since Sony made new ones; this is a second-hand BVU-950, dating from the late 1980s, which Glenn bought for $249 on eBay. He spent another $180 to get it serviced — and yes, there are still places you can go to get a U-matic deck fixed.

Sony BVU-950 VCR
Glenn Koenig

You may have noticed a Mac Pro peeking up from the bottom of the last photo above. Glenn used it to digitize the video coming off the U-matic tape. Once the video was digital, he used the iMac in the photo below to edit it.

iMac
Glenn Koenig

Even though there’s nothing the least bit surprising about someone using Macs to digitize and edit video, isn’t it still awfully cool that Glenn did the job with the 21st-century descendents of the Mac which he shot Steve Jobs showing to the Boston Computer Society in 1984?

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How to Watch the Super Bowl Live Online

No TV? No problem. Well, hopefully no problem. It's complicated. Here are a couple sources you can use to watch the big game online.

No TV? No problem. Well, hopefully no problem. It’s complicated. Here are a couple sources you can use to watch the big game online.

On Your Computer

This is probably the easiest way to watch the game online, as CBS is the network that’s broadcasting the game on TV.

Go here: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/superbowl/live/online

The major caveat: “CBSSports.com’s live streaming of the Super Bowl is available in the United States, its territories, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda,” says CBS. If you’re not in one of those areas, you’ll have to explore – ahem – other options.

On Your Smartphone or Tablet

If you’d like to watch the game on your smartphone, you’ll need to a) be a Verizon customer and b) use Verizon’s NFL Mobile app:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobitv.client.nfl2010

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nfl-mobile/id432015643?mt=8

If you don’t have a compatible Verizon phone, CBS’s video streams are currently working on iPad and iPhone (I tested them and found them to be working as of 10am Friday) directly through the web browser.

Same link as above: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/superbowl/live/online

CBS’s live streaming coverage of the game begins at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, February 3rd. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30.

Here’s some other Super Bowl-related content while you wait:

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