Entertainment and distractions (continued)
Movies By Flixster
If you’re still brave enough to venture out to the cinema, rather than taking in movies via the magic of your smartphone or tablet, Movies by Flixster is a must-install. The app figures out where you’re located and then enables you to see what’s on at local cinemas; alternatively, you can select a film and get a list of where and when it’s playing nearby. Conceptually, it’s all very simple; technically, it’s mightily clever; and from an efficiency standpoint, it’s superb.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was one video format to rule them all, like MP3 is to music? Well, dream on... Until that day you’ll be thankful for VLC, which aims to play every video format you’ll ever encounter. If you like to source your movies from varied locations, you’ll find this one of the most useful apps on your phone or tablet. It’s ad-free and doesn’t try to harvest all your personal data either, which makes a nice change.
Take a break from the endless banality of UK radio and tune in to a different point of view or musical selection. So long as you have a half-decent data connection, this app will tickle your ears with audio streams from all over the world, browsable by location, genre or what’s trending. It also works as an on-demand podcast player. It’s brilliant for in-car entertainment, so long as you have a data contract that can take the strain.
This isn’t the best looking app in the world, but it’s full of geek-level info and media from the NASA archive, along with news and updates on what’s going on up there and back at base. Maybe one day they’ll get a slick front end for it all, but for now this raggle-taggle collection of links, pictures, videos and news feeds has plenty to keep space cadets informed and entertained.