Harking back to the time of GCSE science, I usually consider 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 might set ablaze 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 turns out, wasn’t usually a lot in my case. I recall a classmate rather maliciously drenched a spider in hydrochloric acid once, but I doubted, even at age fifteen and three quarters, that it would turn into a well-liked form of pest control.
As Led Zeppelin have now been telling us since the 1970’s, you know at times words have two meanings. In the case of software design and programming, there are also quite a lot of words that have now been co-opted in order to denote something, typically only somewhat alike, to what the word in fact means. So, applications, or ‘apps’ as we hip, swinging cats refer to them, don’t have anything whatsoever to do with GCSE science and everything to do with leading edge consumer technology.
An app is largely a computer program built to help the parent device perform a unique purpose. Apps are like little programs that were initially designed for portable devices like iPods, Smartphones and Tablet PCs. Apps range from the sublime, (such as the app that can track traveling whales in real time or the one which shows you the precise place of all the stars and wonderful bodies from any place on the earth) to the totally stupid, but amusing anyways (the app where you can punch a cartoon cat in the face, Angry Birds). Apple customers alone have access to over 60,000 downloadable applications, the majority of which are totally free to use.
Smart TV, of course, has its individual set of downloadable apps. I should point out now that these aren’t as esoteric as the wide-ranging applications available for your phone or Tablet PC, yet. So far Smart TV’s list of apps is a typically practical one. Here’s a look at some of these apps you will manage to acquire for your Smart TV (NOTE: Different applications are certified to different companies – so when you’re distinctively after a TV for its applications, it pays to try and do your homework, which is, in its own way, somewhat like GCSE science).
Netflix – The extension of a online movie rental business (and proud sponsor of the iFanboy comic book discussion show, I hasten to include) is an app which supplies you the choice to stream ‘rented’ films over the Internet for a little cover charge.
Amazon – From Amazon, you can download content. So when you’d prefer to buy a film or TV show, you can simply click on the link and it’ll be sent directly to the hard drive. It is cheaper than purchasing discs and much simpler to store.
BBC iPlayer – It is a small version of the iPlayer site; there is also a BBC News and sports app.
Youtube – You will also find other video sites available as apps. Dailymotion and Vimeo are now properly accessible from your television.
Along with these apps, you will find Sports apps that’ll video every game and apps for specific channels, making them accessible as individual networks as opposed to part of a cable/satellite package.
Whichever applications you need, ensure they are doing what you think they do and these are available for the Smart tv you choose, before you buy. That way you can avoid disappointment.