, the app that alerts viewers in real time when their TV program comes back from commercials, today announces a public beta starting in New York City. The app, which uses Digital Signal Processing
to automatically distinguish between TV advertisements and programs, is now available on 10 channels accessible to New York City residents: ABC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, NBC, TNT, TBS, USA.
(Note: While all 10 channels are available for use in NYC, national cable channels such as CNN, ESPN and ESPN2 are also accessible nationwide, and TNT, TBS and USA are accessible throughout the East Coast.)
Commercial Break is available on Apple’s App Store free of charge during its public beta.
“The average American sees more than ten hours of commercials every week. Commercial Break is two Israelis’ attempt to help them take back that time,” said Commercial Break co-founder and CEO Haim Kairy. “The idea came to me after channel-surfing one day: I realized that my co-founder, Eli Ben David, and I could apply our backgrounds in engineering and sound production to automate the tedious channel-flipping that we all do while waiting for our program to come back from commercials.”
Commercial Break’s unique algorithms identify the end of commercial breaks by analyzing dozens of cues from audio and video signals, 40 times per second. To use the app, viewers simply select the channel they’re watching to start getting instant alerts when commercials end.
After its public beta, the company plans to expand to additional US cities and make the app available for Android.
There’s “American Idol” for singers, there’s “So You Think You Can Dance” for Dancers, and now, there’s a new iPhone and iPAD app for Artists
called “America’s Top Artist
This is the first Art competition to hit the iPhone and iPad scene, and the founding company Draw Art LLC has just formally announced the $10,000 prize that will go to the winner.
The app allows artists from all over the country to upload their art into the “America’s Top Artist” competition. Once approved, the art appears in the “Main Gallery” where all users and art lovers can rate each piece from 1 to 5 stars. The highest rated pieces then get moved to the “Top Rated” section via an algorithm that updates the app every hour.
Co-founder and artist, Nicholai Khan, says “We created this app because we know how many unknown but highly talented artists are out there. Now all these artists can upload their art, and even if they don’t win the $10,000 prize, they can gain massive exposure by having thousands of art lovers view their art in the app."
With their name above their piece of art, and with the sharing functions we’ve included for each piece to potentially go viral, unknown artists now have the opportunity to become overnight superstars.”
The “America’s Top Artist” iPhone and iPAD app is free to download, and users can rate and vote for their favorite pieces of art. Artists pay just $0.99 for each piece of art that they submit into the competition (to win $10,000).
Also scheduled to be released in the next 90 days are the iPhone and iPAD apps “America’s Top Young Artist” and “Europe’s Top Artist”.
“We believe that the greatest new talent is found via competitions that showcase up and coming stars, and give them a platform to showcase their greatness. This has been consistently proven with hit TV shows like “American Idol”, “America’s Got Talent”, “America’s Best Dance Crew”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”.
"We are now bringing that same level of greatness and exposure to the art community.” Says co-founder Talor Zamir.
You can download the “America’s Top Artist
” mobile app for free in the iTunes app store here: http://bit.ly/T8UlDu
Biocom Technologies, a leader in innovative consumer biomedical products, has announced the release of FitPal. The new iPhone application helps users get their functional capacity and personalized recommendations on optimal and safe exercise intensity for each workout.
FitPal uses iPhone built-in camera with flashlight to monitor user pulse and calculate user’s functional capacity and optimal level of exercise intensity for today’s workout. This helps to ensure the greatest possible health benefits while significantly lowering and controlling risks of overtraining. At any time users can instantly check their pulse with FitPal to make sure they are staying within the recommended heart rate zone. More information and demo video is available on http://www.fitpal.com
If you want to get some insights into how it works, FitPal measures the user’s pulse while establishing a benchmark as the cardiovascular system is challenged by moving from a sitting to standing position. Professional trainers and nurses refer to this action as a “stand-up,” and rely on the stand-up pulse rate to determine how well a person’s cardiovascular system is able to tolerate physical exercise. FitPal incorporates a special mathematical formula to evaluate the level of functional capacity. Then it chooses an adequate level of exercise intensity, in accordance with the guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine.
“FitPal can be used before and during exercising,” explains Alexander Bandarchuk, VP of Engineering for Biocom Technologies. “It utilizes technologies that have been proven over time and validated through research conducted on thousands of subjects, including top athletes. With FitPal users can take a full control of their workouts, contributing to exercise quality and, more importantly, to a sustained health and fitness.”
Since its inception in 2009, bloggers all over the world have been increasing their monthly revenue with VideofyMe
, an online blogging tool for uploading and sharing video. Today, the team behind VideofyMe announces the release of a newly updated mobile version for the iPhone
, featuring social video editing that allows users to shoot video directly on their phone, add custom color filters, share it, and earn money for the content that they share.
Initially developed with video bloggers in mind, the new version of VideofyMe is a simple way for anyone to earn money for their video content. VideofyMe works directly with leading brands and advertisers to automatically encode every uploaded video with ads. Direct in-app integration across top blogging platforms and social networking sites like WordPress, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Blogger, Facebook
make for easy sharing, and once the video has been shared its creator earns money for every view.
“VideofyMe is all about empowering social media talents with the tools they need to create and publish videos,” says co-founder Oskar Glauser. “We’ve developed an easy to use social video service, but unlike Social Cam or Viddy, VideofyMe is the only tool that gives publishers, no matter their size, the ability to earn money for the content they are making.”
With over 250,000+ users all over the world, ranging from top fashion bloggers and mobile enthusiasts to college students documenting a trip abroad, VideofyMe is quickly gaining ground as a must have tool for anyone looking to grow their online presence and add cash to their wallet at the same time.
VideofyMe is a free app which can be found in the Social Networking section of iTunes® and Media & Video section of Google Play®.
iPhone users are used to checking into places, TV shows, books and movies with applications like Foursquare, Facebook and GetGlue with the chance to earn stickers, badges or becoming a mayor – but none let users duel to the death to become King like social gaming iPhone app City King
City King transforms your local hot spots into battlegrounds by creating a game map based on your actual geographic location. Players check in to nearby locations using their iPhone’s location-based services to do battle with in-game monsters and compete against other local players for the highest score to earn the title of King. Users can also enlist the help of their friends by adding up to two friends as Sidekicks in a multi-player mode in battle using Facebook Connect. They can also purchase virtual goods to equip their avatar with weapons, potions and tools to aid their quest in ruling their land.
Los Angeles based mobile app creator, Funton Games, developed this game as part of their mission to transform everyday real life into a digital playground that can connect people around the globe through play.
“We wanted to create a game that would use the players actual surroundings to create an engaging fantasy world where they could compete with friends, neighbors and locals in an engaging and fun format and so City King was born”, says Stella Ju, VP of Marketing for Funton Games.
Funton enlisted the help of an award winning designer from Italy to create the fun and colorful world of City King including the major manga inspired characters Blade Master and Demon Huntress. In addition, they worked with Gravity Music, best known for their work with top mobile games Battle Heart and OMG! Pirates, on the games soundtrack.
To celebrate their recent launch, Funton Games is offering City King for free for a limited time only. The app can be downloaded from the App Store
. For more information, please visit http://www.funtongames.com
or follow them on Twitter @FuntonGames