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 countless worksheets we had to pack out, now so we could set fire to a bit. The ‘application’ part was the spot where you needed to say what (if any) world, useful value your experiments had, which, as it seems, wasn’t usually a great deal in my case. I recall a classmate pretty maliciously soaking a spider in hydrochloric acid once, but I doubted, even at age fifteen and 3 quarters, that it would become a well-liked form of pest control.
As Led Zeppelin have been telling us since the 70’s, you know sometimes words have two meanings. In the case of software design and programming, additionally, there are a lot of words that have been co-opted to be able to denote something, typically only somewhat alike, to what the word actually means. So, applications, or ‘apps’ as we hip, swinging cats refer to them, have nothing whatsoever to do with GCSE science and everything to do with innovative consumer technology.
An app is essentially a computer program designed to help the parent device carry out a specific function. Applications are like mini programs that were initially designed for portable devices like iPods, Smartphones and Pc tablets. Apps range from the sublime, (such like the app that can track migratory whales in real time or the one that shows you the exact place of all the stars and wonderful bodies from anywhere on the earth) to the totally stupid, but fun anyways (the app where it is possible to punch a cartoon cat in the face, Angry Birds). Apple customers alone have access to on 60,000 downloadable apps, the majority of which are completely free to use.
Smart TV, obviously, has its individual set of downloadable applications. I should point out now that these are not as esoteric as a wide-ranging apps available for your phone or Tablet, yet. So far Smart TV’s list of apps can be a mostly practical one. Here’s a look at some of these apps you will manage to acquire for the Smart TV (NOTE: Different apps are accredited to various companies – so if you’re specifically after a TV because of its apps, it pays to do your homework, that is, in its own way, a bit like GCSE science).
Netflix – The extension of the on line film rental company (and proud sponsor of our iFanboy comic book conversation show, I hasten to include) can be an app which gives you the choice to stream ‘rented’ movies over the Internet for a little cover charge.
Amazon – From Amazon, it is possible to download content. So when you’d prefer to purchase a movie or Television show, you are able to simply click the link and it will be sent directly to your hard drive. It’s less expensive than purchasing discs and far simpler to store.
BBC iPlayer – This is a little version of the iPlayer site; there is also a BBC News and sports app.
Youtube – You’ll also find other video sites accessible as apps. Dailymotion and Vimeo are now properly accessible from your TV.
In addition to these apps, you’ll find Sports applications that will video every game and applications for particular channels, making them available as individual networks versus a part of a cable/satellite package.
Whichever applications you need, be sure they are doing what you think that they do and these are available for the TV you choose, before you purchase. That way you may avoid disappointment.