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December 28 2012 6 28 /12 /December /2012 08:36

Do you fond of listening to audiobook? As the year 2012 coming to the end, iTunes Store listed their top 10 audiobooks. And here are some charming audiobooks that were made into movies.

 

The Hobbit: The Prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The HobbitAudiobook: Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quite evening in his smug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard's band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all – a reassure-troving dragon named Snaug.

Movie: It is a trilogy, but now only one of them released, it's the hot "An Unexpected Journey". The "Desolation of Smaug" and "There and Back Again" will be released in the coming next two years.

 

Lord of RingThe Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in the Lord of the Ring Trilogy

Audiobook: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plugin the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

Movie: The movie has won 4 Oscars, another 79 wins and 89 nominations, and it is the 13th of IMDB's Top 250. And the great movie is available on iTunes.

 

The Great Gatsby

Audiobook: Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealthy, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway (our narrator), to reach her.

The Great GatsbyDaisy's wealthy but boring husband is cheating on her. When his mistress is killed in an accident caused by Daisy, Gatsby covers for her and takes the blame. The result is a murder and an ending, which reveals the failure of money to buy love or happiness.

Movie: Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. This observed movie is stared with Leonardo Dicaprio. And it will be released in U.S. on 10th, May 2013.

 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock HolmesAudiobook: The fantastic London based "consulting detective", famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to take almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. This nine-hour audiobook contains twelve of his most exciting adventures!

Movie: Stories about Sherlock Holmes has been made into different movies and series. And that is the beauty of great stories. People seldom get bored about the story and the drama. The latest series about the story is "Sherlock", and the movie is "A Game of Shadows", which are all available on iTunes.

 

Tip for People who Like Audiobook:

Audiobooks on iTunes and Audible.com are protected with DRM .AA, namely, readers are only allowed to play them on Apple iPod, iPhone or other specific devices. What if you want to play the protected .AA audiobooks on PSP, PS3, Android, Windows Phones or other MP3 players?

Users could use Audiobook DRM removal -- Tune4mac iTunes Audio Converter to convert any protected iTunes AA, M4B audiobook files to MP3, AAC, WAV. And those audio formats are mostly compatible with mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players.

The Interface of AudioBook Converter


1. Import audiobooks to iTunes library.

2. Launch the program Tune4mac iTunes Audio Converter.

3. Click Tune4mac iTunes Audio Converter -> Preferences, to set the output format as MP3.

4. Click "Add" to add audio books from iTunes to Tune4mac.

5. Click "Convert" to start converting AA audiobook to MP3.

 

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It's no doubt that The Beatles is the first British invasion band, and they've knocked down the door to the market of US for other British bands. Since then, the music of The Beatles swept the entire world, changed the pop landscape and continues to amaze and enthrall.

Even though, the music of The Beatles could be divided into 4 periods.

 

one  Naïve Period

  The so-called "naive", is only to the standards of our current appreciation, in face, at the time of that era, the music is very avant-garde.


Please Please Me

Please Please MeIt is their first official album, and the masterpiece of this period. This album has produced many sung songs, like "I Saw Her Standing There", "Please Please Me", "Love Me Do" and "Do You Want to Know a Secret". This album is not purely original, 6 has been covered, the famous one should be "Twist and Shout".

To be honest, the album's music is very good, but now really is a little too sweet and the lyrics have nothing depth, all about you love me or I love you, but cannot deny that the recording's importance and enormous influence. From this album, the rock turned to a new page; a new "golden generation" boarded on the big stage of history.


With The Beatles

With the BeatlesIt is a complete work to meet the market, the music is very casual, unlike the "Please Please Me" as rigorous, and does not have a song like "I Saw Her Standing There" could be sung so far. Two of the album covers that people are familiar with, a fifties rock band Extreme hits "Roll over Beethoven", and a masterpiece of the early Motown "Money (That's What I Want)". In addition, "Don't Bother Me" is the work of George Harrison's first Beatles recording. Moreover, there is another song should be mentioned, "I Wanna Be Your Man", because the song caused the other great band to success -- The Rolling Stones.

 

rhe second period  Growing Period

  Maybe influenced by Bob Dylan, The Beatles added folk elements into their music, this small change while filling their music is big difference in the lyrics, has made substantial progress, love is no longer the only theme, contents about humanity began to appear.


A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's NightIt is the band's movie's soundtrack, but the music is not to be overlooked. In all the Beatles' early recordings, this is my favorite, because this album is chicer and tougher than their previous music. The album produced three classic songs, "A Hard Day's Night", "And I Love Her", "Can not Buy Me Love". The other feature of the album is that, all the songs in the album are original from Beatles.


Beatles for Sale

Beatles for SaleNo matter the title, cover, even the lyrics of this album are all very different from the cheerful and positive style of the previous albums. Due to the tight production schedule, the tour and album recording of the same time, result in the band members are very tired, even high-yield and energetic John and Paul. The high-quality original level of the previous "A Hard Day's Night" is not continued, almost half of songs are covered, although the quality are impeccable.

The year 1964 is the time of The Beatles peak, this year they successfully landed and swept the music charts in the United States, and caused an unprecedented sensation in the major U.S. radio show live and television ratings. After the Beatles, a large number of British bands like the Rolling Stone, Pink Floyd, U2, etc. had been hit the U.S. pop charts. The accepted characteristics of youthful vigor and desire opened up a new world for rock flourish.

In "Beatles For Sale", the first three "No reply", "I'm a Loser" and "Baby's in Black" are John's tragic trilogy, plus "I Do not Want to Spoil the Party" presents alienation and painful topic, John manifested the complete decadent repressed side, which lead to the main theme as dark.


Help

HelpIt is also a soundtrack album. This is a very important album for The Beatles, it represents the band from sentimental gradually become mature, and it is the first real time of entering the field of folk rock. Although album is still very popular, their music has become calm and considered. "Help" and "Ticket to Ride" are memorable classics, "You've Got to Hide Your Love away" is the folk rock song of serious theme. And the "Yesterday", it is called as the most being covered song, hundreds of different versions, from some other aspect, the song is much more famous than the album.

 

The Third Period  Peak Period

  From this period, The Beatles by an excellent band gradually become great artist; in the meantime, their achievements are beyond grasp.


Rubber Soul

Rubber SoulRubber Soul and the later Revolver are two classic masterpieces of folk rock. The opening song "Drive my car" is very different with previous woks. They completely stripped their relic of old-fashioned swing music, and reduce the syrupy pop feel; the music seems simple and intense. And in "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", George Harrison used this ancient Indian musical instruments -- Sitar, this is the first time even in the all rock bands. Then lots of rock bands imitated, the added fresh blood – Sitar – India elements into their rock music. From this aspect, the song may or may not inadvertently foreshadow the coming storm of psychedelic rock. There are other famous songs in the album, such as "In My Life", explore love from another perspective "I'm Looking through You", and George Harrison's first widely sung "If I Needed Someone ".


Revolver

RevolverRevolver is a link between the past works; it is not only a classic of The Beatles, but also an accurate footnote of that age, namely, the focus of music has transferred from folk rock to psychedelic rock.

"Taxman" and "Love You to" are wonderful works from George Harrison. "Here, There and Everywhere" is an outstanding pop rock song affected by "God Only Knows" (Beach Boys classic songs). While the most famous one "Yellow Submarine", sung by Ringo Starr, the bass of his magnetic interpretation for this song brings out a unique feel of novelty. Inspired by this song, later The Beatles produced an animated film "yellow Submarine".


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe greatest albums in the history, the first conceptual work, psychedelic rock masterpiece, all those pious phrase are used to describe the album, the of course and only one album, the pinnacle of Beatle in 1967, the absolute psychedelic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

This is a kaleidoscopic album, Beatles for their own virtual new role in a psychedelic world, they brazenly experiment with your own voice, showing audience new music like from the fairy-tale world, and the surrealistic lyrics make the album even more filled and accurate. The song "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is very popular, it highlights the instruments playing, especially the prelude part, which is very different from the past playing style of George Harrison. "With a Little Help From My Friends" sung by Ringo, with its beautiful melody, this song was also covered many times. "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" has the characteristics of typical British psychedelic music, that is that, added fairy-tale colors on the basis of U.S psychedelic music. It is also the best song of the album, painted a beautiful picture for us, however, some people found subtext in the song title, if the "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" become shorthand, then it is LSD (the prevalent hallucinogen of 60s, can be regarded as drug), from this is not difficult to see the band's amazing wisdom and imagination. "When I'm Sixty- Four "is the light popular comedy. "A Day in the Life" is the pioneer one created by Lennon, lyrics depict a desperate suicide story of the people in the car, its tragedy chimed in with the beautiful paradise of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", forming a sharp contrast, especially joined the pure noise in the song, increased shocking; And the only work of George Harrison from the album "Within You Without You", personally, this is an album finishing touch with India color, you can feel to people sitting in a smoke-filled room, casually playing their own music. The style of this song is far different with others, but the kind of contrast makes the album more appealing.


Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery TourThis one-hour long album launched in 1967, the Boxing Day (British holiday, the day after Christmas), its "self-indulgent" apparently did not praise by the general public. Cannot imagine those busy grandmothers who hung on the Christmas tree balls the first time hear the "I Am The Walrus". This is one of the most incredible albums of The Beatles; while "All You Need Is Love", "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" is obviously for Americans. This is crazy, but their path.

From the last album, Beatles started doing conceptual music, that is, the contents of the entire album around one theme to start, and form an organism. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the case, this is also true for the Magical Mystery Tour, and that is the later art rock's prototype. The whole ideas of the two albums are done by Paul, which fully reflects the Planning ability and creative talent. He not only served as the director's role, even more than half of the outstanding songs in the album was from his hand. Obviously this is Paul's creative peak period, at the same time this is the heyday of The Beatles. But behind in all of this, a person's feelings are neglected - John Lennon's. John's rock soul doomed he is the kind of people who pursuit extreme real, he works for Paul led the musical even dismissive. Behind all the bustling the cracks are quietly generated.

Must admit that no matter how John disgusted and reluctant, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magic Mystery Tour are hundred year unparalleled masterpieces. Influenced generation after generation.

In the finished recording Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Paul did not pause to begin a new planning, he proposed bus trip the Beatles of four sitting scenario made into a short film and song through which its named Magical Mystery Tour. Imagine when John heard it and his expression. But in any case, the recording work began on April 25, 1966. Just four days ago, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band recording just ended, when this album started recording Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band even not yet on sale. The Beatles inspired the exuberant evident.

The Beatles total recorded six songs, in the United Kingdom, the six songs are included in two EP for sale, while in United States, the record company form EP of these six songs plus the same period launched five singles into one album. And it is the one we now see the Magical Mystery Tour. The issued British EP are in a relatively small number, so there is collectible value, worth doubled in recent years, and even have fans to travel long distances to go to Britain to find it.


The Beatles [White Album]

The Beatles [White Album]It can be seen as transitional works by psychedelic rock to late to return to the original, one pair of CD (LP) record. A total of 30 songs, this album is a total length of 93 minutes and 43 seconds. The white album, not any song is superfluous, not any minute is boring, not any musical detail is wrong.

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" one of two works of George Harrison in the album, the classic guitar songs, Eric Clapton helped, song was said inspired by the two words "gently weeps" from some Chinese ideological writing.

"Happiness Is A Warm Gun", it is a warm but full of anger song, the famous independent band Breeders cover this song in their debut album "Pod".

"Blackbird" is a relaxing ballad. Crosby Stills and Nash covered this piece on the epoch-making 1969 Woodstock Festival.

"Why Don't We Do It in the Road?", this is a state of chaos after a similar hippies drugs raving.

"Helter Skelter", maybe the hardest, most confusing, and most crazy work of Beatles, and was inspired by Paul's jealousy, disdain and determination. And this song is also the most controversial works of The Beatles, because it was presented by mass murderer Charles Manson to the court as the reason for his murder.

"R evo luti on 1", Lennon wrote it to represent his resentment attitude for political and anti-government. Aside political significance aside, this is a very good song, showing Lennon deep grounding in music, as if inadvertently humming the songs, but any details are impeccable.

"Revo luti on 9", in terms of music, it is more revolutionary than "Re voluti on 1", songs are collaged by some strange sound, a man constantly talking about the "number 9". Critics have debated, some people think this is the best one of pioneering work, some people think he is just a dispensable, meaningless random works.

 

The fouth period  Mature Period

   After the hustle and bustle, all was quiet, but the myth is not over yet.


Abbey Road

Abbey RoadIt is no doubt a classic, it can be said to be one of the Beatles' best work. No more heterogeneous decadent in the record, but more traditional music elements, like the British folk songs, blues, soul music, etc. "Oh! Darling" is a song with elements of blues soul music; the heartbreaking singing makes it even better. "Come Together" is said to be the campaign song written especially for a governor, but the election does not use it and was elected to the album. It is a very important song for Lennon, the unique song structure not only attracted fans, also attracted a lot of singers like Tina Turna covering the song; particular attention to two pieces by George Harrison, "Here Comes the Sun" is a grand atmosphere, very impressive; while "Something" is George Harrison's and even Beatles' classic music, full of sentimental pop song in a ballad feelings, countless cover, Rolling Stone magazine evaluated: after the launch of this song, soon to become a standard. And it is worth mentioning that the album first appeared in the works of a Ringo Starr.


Let It Be

Let It BeIn fact, "Let It Be" can be said that as the most underrated album of The Beatles. It has also been high evaluated, but the evaluation is not enough compared to the great music. "Let It Be" is produced before "Abbey Road", but at that time the relationship between the band members have broken down completely, the release of the album temporarily stranded.

Speaking of the album need to talk about his producer - the great Phil Spector. Lennon secretly handed over the tape to Phil Spector, and Phil did not know Paul McCartney's original intention, and put on layers of gorgeous jacket, this is quite different with Paul's back to nature philosophy. Aside the rivalry during producing aside, the album is actually quite wonderful, "Let It Be" tells the world, as long as The Beatles did not dissolve, then they are unassailable. The songs are handy; they are not doing music but playing music. Shuffled around Phil gorgeous production, these songs are basically simple rock (included some traditional English folk song), all artificial elements are wiped out. Paul's first works are outstanding, "Let it be" natural Needless to say, "A Long and Winding Road" is a slightly sad song with piano accompaniment, this is Paul's finest creations, but also the band's last champion single. "Get Back" is unpretentious, showed the spirit of the whole record, that is "return", not only return to the simple and pure rock music, but also the relationship between the band members to crash and burn, but all of this has been impossible. With the release of the album, the band has also ended their 10-year glory.

In about 2003, after 33 years, The Beatles gave us returning surprise, a brand new "Let It Be", with a new name "Let It Be ... Naked". Like the name, the covers for music makeup had been removed, returned to the essence of the songs. The new version changed the order of the songs, "Get Back" on the top, and the end become the pregnant with meaning "Let It Be", this small change made us feel the most real experience of the sadness and helpless. A "Let It Be", the eternal classic Beatles never can gather together, as Lennon's death, people know, the world will never have The Beatles.


When you ready to praise the Beatles, you will feel those kind words are never enough, so I do not fee this fresh, I am only responsible to say, if there is no Beatles there would not have rock and roll as long as 50 years glory.

 

For The Beatles and music fans: Now all of the band's classic studio albums and collections are on sale from $9.99 for a limited time. And to get iTunes music protection off, play The Beatles or other music on your MP3 player, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, etc. you can try the iTunes Music M4P Converter. Here is a tutorial of how to.

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Quote from iTunes StoreAn actor became a major star, while a director proved he's one of the best auteurs of our time. We were captivated by a touching discovery and blown away by a worldwide phenomenon.Quote from iTunes Store

Before the Doomsday, iTunes has published their "Best of 2012" series. Here is an article about the movie part of the list. If when the time came, and the world did not end, will you choose one of them to celebrate?

 

Best Blockbuster: The Avengers


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Plot: Marvel presents Marvel's The Avengers, the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime. Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America assemble for the first time ever in the new action-packed Marvel saga.

Review: Writer/director Joss Whedon takes the superhero genre to new heights with witty, multi-dimensional characters. The wild ride was a worldwide smash earning more than $1 billion.

 

Best Director: Wes Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom


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Plot: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wildness.

Review: Wes Anderson who is a two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, frames each scene like a picture-perfect postcard – even matching costumes to backgrounds settings – crafting a star-studded story of misfit love.

 

Best Discovery: Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Plot: A six-year-old girl Hushpuppy and her father live in an isolated bayou community. When her tough but loving father Wink succumbs to a mysterious malady, the fierce and determined girl bravely sets out on a journey to save him.

Review: Our hearts and imaginations were captured by this fantastical, gritty tale of a fearless six-year-old, who's strapped with an ailing father and endangered southern bayou community.

 

Best Star-Making Performance: Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games


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Plot: Every year the capitol of the bastion of Panem forces each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she's pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives.

Review: Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) puts an unforgettable spin on the beloved book character Katniss. Her gutsy portrayal proves that she's ready to be a major headliner.

 

The movies upon all could be rented and purchased in iTunes for watching.


For people who want to watch iTunes best movies on their Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, tablets, convert DRM M4V to other formats for further using, you can use the iTunes Movie Converter to get things down in four steps:

interface-of-tune4mac

1. Click here to download and install the program;

2. Click "Add" to import iTunes movies from library to the program;

3. Click "Profile" to choose the predefined setting for your specification;

4. Click "Convert" to remove DRM and encode iTunes movies.

 

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10 Best Movies We Missed This Year

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The "TIME" magazine recently has given out a list of "10 Best Movies We Missed This Year". They are 10 compelling films, features and documentaries that we missed when they opened—from the tale of a backpacking couple derailed by a single misstep to the true story of a coalition that declared war on AIDS in the 1980s. Consider this a cheat sheet for the video store or your Netflix and iTunes queues.

And at the bottom of the article, provided ways to get iTunes purchased and rented movies and free trailers.


Movie: Keep the Light On1. Keep the Lights On 

In 2010, literary agent Bill Clegg published Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, a memoir of his drug addiction and the abuse he heaped on his long-suffering lover, a filmmaker. Now that filmmaker, Ira Sachs, tells his version of that relationship, veiled in fiction—barely. Erik (Thure Lindhardt) first encounters Paul (Zachary Booth) on a phone sex line. They soon begin a passionate but conflicted relationship; Paul, an attorney who works in publishing, is both cloeted and already fond of his crack pipe.


Movie: Take This Waltz2. Take This Waltz 

We wouldn't blame anyone who got only 20 minutes into Take This Waltz and quit. Writer/director Sarah Polley's movie starts slow and even a little annoyingly. But trust us; there is a big payoff. A married woman, Margot (Michelle Williams) tries to choose between her loyal but boring husband Lou (Seth Rogen) and Daniel (Luke Kirby), the free spirit she meets on a plane who just happens to live across the street.



The Loneliest Planet3. The Loneliest Planet

An engaged couple goes on a long trek, backpacking together through the Caucasus Mountains with only a guide for company. Very little happens except that we get to see how comfortable and happy they are together. Then suddenly there's an encounter with strangers during which their strengths and weaknesses are exposed. The movie is a feature-length reading of a short story, but its slimness is deceptive; Raymond Carver would have loved it.



4. Marina Abramovic: The Artist is PresentMovie: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre's documentary functions as a glowing retrospective of the Serbian-born performance artist's career dating back to the 1970s, much of which has involved nudity and physical pain. The question—is this art?—is raised but there's no question as to what the filmmakers believe; there is more adoration here than critical thinking.


Movie: Monsieur Lazhar5. Monsieur Lazhar

An Algerian immigrant named Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) volunteers himself as a replacement, appearing almost as if by magic. There's something of Mary Poppins in the secretive Bachir; he's fair but stern and a little stiff (he makes the mistake of boring them with Balzac) and because of his own dark past, turns out to be just the right teacher for these kids at this time. The mystery of why the beloved teacher killed herself seems to propel the narrative—was it the fault of the troublemaker who, coincidentally (or not) found her?


Movie: The Flat6. The Flat

After Arnon Goldfinger's German-born grandmother died, he helped clean out the Tel Aviv flat where she'd lived for decades. Among the dozens of pairs of gloves and ratty fur stoles he found something unexpected: papers and photographs detailing the time his Zionist grandparents toured Palestine in the 1930s in the company of a Nazi and his wife. And not just any Nazi, but a dear friend of theirs, who happened to share Goldfinger's grandfather's gung-ho approach to establishing a Jewish settlement in Palestine...


Movie: A Simple Life7. A Simple Life

This story of her maid and his master might be described as Hong Kong's more upbeat version of Amour. Ah Tao (Deanie Ip) has worked for the Leung family for 60 years. Now only Roger (Infernal Affairs star Andy Lau), a film director in his late 40s, still lives in Hong Kong. He hardly seems to notice how Ah Tao lavishes him with attention, until she has a stroke. Then their roles reverse. At her request, he moves her into a nursing home, where he visits her so regularly everyone assumes he is her godson.


Movie: How to Survive a Plague8. How to Survive a Plague

The inspiring story of ACT UP, the coalition that declared war on AIDS in the 1980s, from its origins and leaders to its motivations and methods. Even if you lived through this era, went to protests, wept over the AIDS quilt and believed yourself aware, director David France's assured, seamless directorial debut, rich with archival footage, will teach you something about courage, dedication and the power of well-directed anger.



Movie: Starlet9. Starlet

This atmospheric indie opens with a mystery: who is the pleasant Jane (Dree Hemingway) and why is this leggy beauty renting a room in the San Fernando Valley from a fractious, idiotic couple who spend their days getting high and playing videogames? A perfectly pitched and deeply touching story of an odd and unexpected kinship, the dreamy Starlet finally cured me of the psychic wounds left by Star 80, Bob Fosse's 1983 film starring Dree Hemingway's mother, Mariel.


Movie: Oslo, August 3110. Oslo, August 31

Anders is a drug addict, about to be sprung from rehab after a lengthy stay, and his doctors are preparing him for a new life. They send him to Oslo to interview for an entry-level job at a magazine and Anders spends the day in the city, stopping to visit his best friend, his family home and he hopes, his sister. Wherever he goes he's greeted with either cautious optimism or doubt. Without passing judgment, Oslo enables us to understand the decision Anders faces: to get on with life, or with death. Suspenseful and powerfully illuminating, director Joachim Trier's film is a quiet marvel.

Source from: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/12/14/10-best-movies-we-missed-this-year/?iid=ent-article-recirc

 

Tips for Movies and Videos:

• To get DRM protection off from iTunes purchased and rented videos, you can look at the Tune4mac iTunes Video Converter, and here is the tutorial of how to[More]

• To get the iTunes Trailers, with Firefox Browser, download the add-on DownloadHelper, when the video starts to play, it will spin and which means the video is available for downloading. [More]

• To get the iTunes Trailers and Netflix movies and videos, Tune4mac Video Converter could record video with audio, and users could detect screen area manually.

 

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The Most Important Phones Of 2012

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gossip-girl 

In 2012, we bid farewell to a lot of dramas, “Gossip Girl” is one of them. 6 years, 121 episodes, even on the CW television network's history, it's a decent record. “Gossip Girl” has broken many shackles of youth episodes. Social network has became the most important part of its story line, the main actors are getting popular, fashion circles also being affected. “Gossip Girl” story is getting nonsense, while it also completed much impossibility, and have given us six years' pleasure. When it comes to an end, we might miss the complex relationships in it.

As the TV series ends, the rank in iTunes has risen up. Then how to get “Gossip Girl” off from iTunes and play on whatever devices that you want?

 

Things We'll Need:

 

After we rent or purchased “Gossip Girl” from iTunes, we need the Tune4mac iTunes TV Series Converter, which is a professional Mac M4V video converter tool, could easily remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V purchases and rentals, and convert TV series into MOV, MP4, AVI, FLV, MPEG formats, PSP, AndroidBlackberry, and Windows Phonedevices.

 

Tips for Installation:


For Mac Mountain Lion users, you may get the aforementioned error dialog. To install the application on Mac OS 10.8, first go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy, click the lock icon in the lower-left corner and enter your administration name and password. Under “Allow applications downloaded from”, select “Anywhere”, like the screenshot show below. Then launch and run Tune4mac again.

image of how to install iTunes TV Series on Mac Mountain Lion

 

Step-by-Step Tutorial:


Add iTunes TV Series to Tune4mac
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Add Gossip Girl to Tune4mac

After the program being launched, iTunes will be opened too. Then click the “Add” button to manage to import TV series from iTunes library.

Choose a Format for “Gossip Girl”
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Choose a Format for your TV Series

The program will generally convert videos to .mp4 format. But users could choose your specification to convert to. Click “Profile” to get the drop-down list of predefined settings.

Choose a Format for “Gossip Girl”
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Edit Video Parameters

Even we have chosen the format for our devices, we always want better video image. To achieve that, we can set Video Codec, Video Bitrate from the right side “Profile Setting”.

What if we just want specific scene of the episode, such as scene with Blair and Chuck in it, we could also trim the video. Changing the "Start" and "End" time above Profile Setting to have videos being clipped.

Start Conversion
4

Remove DRM and convert to Devices

This process could be finished in one simple click. Go the upper part of the program, click “Convert” button, after conversion being completely finished, the DRM should be removed and videos be converted.

Then you can sync videos to devices freely.

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December 18 2012 3 18 /12 /December /2012 10:40


watch iTunes movies on tv

You may meet or have met this problem:

Purchased or rented a movie from iTunes store but found it's not good enough to watch it on your Mac, because of the small screen. For better video watching experience, you just want to watch that iTunes movie on your home TV with families and friends.

Now here comes the problem: How to do this? How to watch iTunes movies on TV? Yes, this article will introduce you three simple ways to view iTunes movies on your television.

Solution 1. Burn iTunes movies to DVD for watching iTunes movies on TV.

burn itunes movies to dvd

The most poplar way to watch movies on TV is burning the movies to DVD. So it is for iTunes movies. But the most important thing you will notice is that iTunes movies are usually in protected M4V format. That's to say, DRM protected M4V movies cannot be directly burned to DVD without removing the DRM protection. Which means, you need to remove the DRM from iTunes movies first and then burn the DRM-free movies to DVD.

In this way, you can use a professional DRM removal tool to help you remove the DRM from iTunes movies in order to burn them to DVD. The one will recommended to you is called Tune4mac iTunes Movies to TV Converter.

For the tutorial of removing DRM from iTunes movies, you can visit: How to Burn iTunes Movies to DVD on Mac

After the conversion, you can use your own DVD burner to directly burn the converted movies to DVD disc so as to watch the iTunes movies on TV. Or you can use Any Video Converter Ultimate's DVD Creator to burn the movies to DVD for watching it on TV.

Solution 2. Sync iTunes to Apple TV for watching iTunes movies on TV.

sync itunes movies to TV with Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV, things will be easier. You can use Apple TV to connect your iTunes library to your television. That is to say, you just need to sync the movie files from your iTunes library to Apple TV box and you can view the iTunes movies on your TV. But if you don't have Apple TV yet, you can turn to the other two ways in order to watch iTunes movies on TV.

Solution 3. Connect your computer and TV for watching iTunes movies on TV.

connect itunes to TV with HDMI

Another way to watch iTunes movies on TV is to connect your computer with television. You can connect your computer and TV so that when you play iTunes movies on your computer with iTunes, the pictures will display on the TV screen. You can connect your computer and TV with a VGA cable, an HDMI cable or a proper cable adapter (If possible, the latter two are recommended).

Conclusion

Solution 3 is the most direct way to watch iTunes movies on TV. But solution 1 is the most popular way. And yes, solution 2 will be the best if you already have an Apple TV.

By choosing the second way, it means you should open iTunes and connect your computer to your TV every time you want to watch iTunes movies on TV. So if you don't have an Apple TV and want to make things easy, you are recommend to choose the first way. Because the only thing you need to do is to open your DVD player once you want to watch iTunes movies on TV. What's more, if the movies are rented from iTunes, you can simply keep it to your DVD disc in case it will expire.

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December 14 2012 6 14 /12 /December /2012 11:04

Samsung Galaxy Note II is like the strenched version of Galaxy S3, they have same narror border, rounded corner, and the angle of the fillet. Compare with the previous Note, it has made big improvements, especially its S Pen. And Note II has a bigger and luxury 5.5-inch screen, with amazing 1280 x 720 resolution, which is so suitable for watching videos on a phone.

Users always getting confused about watching iTunes videos onto their devices, since iTunes movies are always DRM protected. Here is an article of how to convert iTunes DRM prorected Videos to the new phone Galaxy Note II for playback.

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Tutorial of Converting iTunes DRM M4V Movies to Galaxy Note II

 

Step 1: Make sure you have a DRM converter 

Download and install Tune4mac iTunes Video Converter Platinum, it is a professional DRM removal and video converter.

 

Step 2: Add videos to the program

Launch the program with your iTunes closed, if the iTunes is opened, then it will prompt to relaunch iTunes. Then Click "Add" button to add DRM-laden rented or purchased iTunes videos, the program will detect automatically.

Add videos from iTunes Library to the Program for conversion

 

Step 3: Choose a format for Galaxy Note II, as we see:

 Galaxy Note II supports videos:

  • Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8

  • Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM

 Galaxy Note II Supports Audio:

  • Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac


Tip #1: Generally, the best default setting for your movie is "Same as Source". As Galaxy Note II supports .mp4 format, incompatible with .mov format, then we could click Profile -> same as source -> Same as source for mp4

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Tip #2: Other video formats such as AVI, FLV, MKV, can be chose. To get better picture, we can set Video Size, Video Bitrate. Generally, the higher the video size, the better the video image, and more details would be contained; the higher the video bitrate, the more clear the video image.


Tip #3: Settings from Tip #2 can be saved. To save settings, click the "Add" button besides "Profile", it will popup a dialog, users could set Title and Description for your settings. It will in the folder of: Profile -> User Custom

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Tip #4: Videos can also be clipped. To clip videos, under Profile Setting, there is a Start and End time, change Start time and End time to trim videos.

 

Step 4: Start Conversion

Click "Convert" button to start conversion. During the conversion you will not be able to use iTunes, but the process won' t last long.


After conversion, you can enjoy your iTunes videos in Galaxy Note II freely!

 

Related Reading:

How to Convert iTunes Videos to Lumia 920 for Playback

Windows Phone 8: Review & How to Convert iTunes Videos to Windows Phone 8?

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M4V format is a video format developed by Apple, and is widely used in iTunes videos, movies, and shows. M4V format is actually very close to the MP4 format.

The differences between the two formats, are the optional Apple's DRM copy protection, and the treatment of AC3 (Dolby Digital) audio, which are not standardized for the MP4 container. To play a protected M4V file, the computer needs to be authorized (using iTunes) with the account that was used to purchase or rent the video.

For unprotected M4V videos, we can simply change the extension from ".m4v" to ".mp4". Then how about the DRM protected M4V iTunes videos?

 

How to Convert DRM M4V Movie to MP4 Format

Convert DRM M4V iTunes videos to MP4 format

First of all, we need some DRM converter to help remove the protection. Tune4mac iTunes Video Converter Platinum for Mac is a professional M4V video converter tool, which is designed to convert DRM protected iTunes M4V movie purchases and rentals to MOV, MP4, AVI, FLV, MPEG formats in high speed and excellent quality.

Tip: Now is the best time to buy the program, because during this year's Christmas, the price is20% off!

Download Mac iTunes M4V videos Converter     Purchase iTune Video Converter Platinum

 

Step-by-Step Tutorial of Converting DRM M4V Movies to MP4 Format

 

1. Add DRM M4V Videos. 

Launch Tune4mac iTunes Video Converter Platinum, click "Add" button to detect your videos. Your purchased or rented videos will automatically be listed in the popup dialog. Choose the video you want to convert, the video will processed to the program.

Add videos from iTunes Library to the Program for conversion

 

 

2. Click "Profile" to choose .mp4 format.

The program simply creates an MP4, but:

a. It's capable of conforming videos to new specifications so you can play it back on a non-Apple device, such as a Blackberry, PSP, etc. So, after clicking "Profile", choose the device you have, and select the equivalent MP4 format.

MP4 Profile for MP4


b. Or, you can convert to the same as source setting but mp4 format. Click Profile -> Same as source -> Same as source for MP4

Same source for MP4


c. Or, you can convert to the customized MP4 format, and then set your own parameters. Click Profile -> Common Used Video Formats -> Customized MP4

Customize your own MP4 format

As the name of the predefined profile indicated, we can customize its settings. Click the right side "Profile Setting". Video Size, Aspect Ratio, Video Codec, Video Bitrate, etc. can be changed and saved. To save your own setting, click the "Add" button aside Profile, it will popup a dialog for name and description.

 

 

3. Start Conversion

We now could click the "Convert" button to start remove DRM and convert M4V videos to MP4 format.

start conversion

 

 

Related Reading: 

How to Convert iTunes Videos to Lumia 920 for Playback

Can I Keep iTunes Rental Movies Forever?

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The smartphone market of 2012 has seen some heated competition. The usual contenders all released solid hardware. But the dynamic between them changed, too—Windows Phone arrived as a serious third OS option, and 2012 ended with exciting new models of iPhone and Android devices. Here's a look at the best new products people put in their pockets this year.

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9. LG Optimus G

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Say this for the Optimus G: it doesn't skimp. LG went for broke to shake off its mid-range reputation, cramming its latest flagship Android phone full of goodies. It was a significant product for LG, but strong specs didn't always equal great performance—even on a phone this fast.[More]

 

8. HTC One X Plus

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The HTC One X has already been one of the best Android Phones you can buy. The One X + upped its predecessor's already impressive specs with a 1.7 Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor. And its 2,100 mAh battery took care of most stamina complaints. Sure, the One X Plus was just a spec bump, but it was a spec bump that yielded one of the best phones of the year. [More]

 

7. HTC Droid DNA

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The Droid DNA proved once and for all that big ol' Android phones could be great for folks with normal-sized hands. It's not the best at any one thing , but it was a godsend for Verizon customers who'd been left without a true flagship HTC Android device. [More]

 

6. Motorola Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD

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The Razr brand's legacy is long and (mostly) proud, and this matching set of Moto smartphones lived up to their name. The top-line feature is the only one that really matters here: It's possible to put a gigantic, two-day battery into a phone and still have it be nice and thin. That could be—and should be—the rule. So far Razr's the only phone following it. [More]

 

5. Galaxy Note II

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The original Galaxy Note was popular but deeply, severely flawed. Its follow-up, though, managed to be a solid device. The Galaxy Note II offered a lot of screen for reading or gaming, and elevated phablets (ugh) past pure freakshow. Just don't blame us for your palm-cramps. [More]

 

4. Google Nexus 4

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Take everything that was good about the LG Optimus G, make it better, and fix all the flaws. That's Google's Nexus 4, a fast, smooth, pure Android experience cemented Google's ability to choose rock-solid hardware partners for its flagship devices. The one knock? No LTE, but the HSPA+ network it runs on has surprising zip. [More]

 

3. iPhone 5

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The iPhone is a mature brand, and historically already arguably the best phone you can buy. So while it's easy to take for granted the myriad ways Apple was able to improve an already spectacular phone, you shouldn't. It won't dazzle you with a breathtaking new design. Even if it isn't the harbinger of a tech revolution, the iPhone 5 was one of the very best gadgets of the year. [More]

 

2. Nokia Lumia 920

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The Lumia 920 arrived with a much-hyped PureView camera and a big, luxurious screen. It runs incredible software—Windows Phone 8, the best version of a graceful, beautiful, and outright daring phone OS. It's also, incidentally, Nokia's best possible Windows Phone. While it had its issues—heft, chief among them—it proved that Nokia and Microsoft were ready to keep up with—and in some ways surpass—the big game they're hunting. [More]

 

1. Samsung Galaxy S III

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The Galaxy S III was the most anticipated spec-beast of the year. And it certainly delivered. It improved on last year's Galaxy S II in every way, with a new processor, a whopping 2GB of RAM, an HD screen, LTE, NFC, and more software bells and whistles than you could ever possibly use. Samsung slapped a lot of tricks and tweaks on top of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), and the resulting phone felt a bit overwhelming. But despite that, this was Android's first "it" phone—and at the end of 2012, it remains a worthy rival to the popularity of the iPhone. [More]

 

Source from: http://gizmodo.com/5967250/the-most-important-phones-of-2012/

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Apps-Android-Shopping-IntroWith Thanksgiving passing into memory, we now have to prepare for one of the most joyous and festive holidays of the year: Christmas! And, for better or worse, Christmas is the season where we need to shop, shop, shop for gifts. Unfortunately, for those who don’t have the time or energy, shopping can be a big pain in the neck.

On the other hand, with the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, you could make the entire shopping experience much less stressful by utilizing a few key Android apps. Instead of wandering around a mall for hours on end, now you can shop at your own leisure right from your couch, your bed, or wherever else.

Looking for catalogs? Not sure what to buy? Seeking out a few deals and coupons? Want to compare prices to find the best value? I’ve got a little bit of each in the form of 8 free shopping apps for Android, so keep reading!


Amazon / eBay

free shopping apps for android

At this point, I would say that it’s beyond arguable that Amazon and eBay are the two largest online shopping sites in the world. Amazon covers departments from Household Goods to Electronics to Office Supplies – it has everything and if you need something, there’s a 99% chance that Amazon has it. As for eBay, there’s just so much activity with over 100 million members.

The Amazon app offers a simple and clean interface for you to search and browse items, read reviews, compare prices, share items with friends, and make purchases. Over the years, Amazon has made their website into an online shopping haven, and their app is quickly reaching that same status.

If you intend to shop on eBay, the eBay app is nearly an essential. It makes it easy to search and browse the listings. If you need to check on past orders or manage your eBay activity, you can do that, too. And for those of you who aren’t just buying, you can also sell items with ease in the app.

 

Craigslist

shopping apps for android

Like eBay, Craigslist is all about user-to-user buying and selling. Though the listings on Craigslist aren’t as search-friendly as eBay might be, there are still a lot of great items to find and purchase. As long as you don’t need to buy a specific item brand new, you can browse Craigslist for the chance of coming across a fantastic item at an affordable price.

The great thing about Craigslist is that you aren’t limited to browsing. Using this app, you can put up your own personal ad telling others that you’re seeking to buy a particular item. In the US alone, Craigslist has over 60 million active members per month.

 

Groupon / LivingSocial

shopping apps for android

If you’re looking for deals that will absolutely blow your mind, you’ll love the Groupon and LivingSocial apps. For those of you who don’t know, Groupon and LivingSocial are services where retailers can offer up items for massive, limited-time-only discounts.

The Groupon app is a great way to receive daily updates on the latest deals. Restaurant discounts, salon and spa packages, membership coupons, clothing sales, vacation deals – you name it, you’ll find it. With this app, not only can you buy and redeem discount deals, but the app will track your deals and notify you when they’re due for expiration.

LivingSocial is like Groupon but with a greater focus on locality. It’ll help you find the best deals and discounts in your area. Clothing deals, restaurant promotions, activities and events–all of them are hand-picked by LivingSocial and delivered straight to you. Great for the solo thrifter and for families looking for excitement.

 

The Coupons App

 

 

For even more coupon love, you can check out the The Coupons App. With it, you’ll always have the latest coupons and deals right at your fingertips–whether it’s for retail stores, restaurants, gas stations, and more. In particular, The Coupons App can give you heads-up notice of big sales, even before they go live.

The app lets you search and save coupons as well as letting you scan barcodes for price comparisons. It also comes equipped with a home screen widget that lets you browse through real-time coupons and daily deals. It can even keep you up to date on the cheapest gas stations around you.

 

ShopSavvy / RedLaser

free shopping apps for android

Speaking of barcode and QR code scanners, here are two of the best on Android: ShopSavvy and RedLaser. Scanners like these allow you to gain instant access to information about the item you’re scanning. This information can be used to check online stocking options, price comparisons, sales, and more.

ShopSavvy claims to be the original barcode scanner for Android. With it, you just scan an object and you’ll find the best prices for that item, both online and locally. In their latest update, you can store your credit card information and use a one-swipe-purchase to instantly buy items from top retailers like Walmart, Target, and Buy.com.

RedLaser may not be the original, but it’s the best. Acting as both a barcode and QR code scanner, it can take a scanned item and search through thousands of online and local retailers to find the best prices for you. In addition to price charts, you’ll get product descriptions, reviews, ratings and more. Even buy things through the app if you’d like!

 

Conclusion

 I hope that the holiday shopping season won’t be too hectic for you, but with these free shopping apps for Android, that hope can turn into a guarantee. Now you don’t have to worry too much about rushing to the store, fighting through big crowds and long lines, only to discover that certain items are all out of stock.

Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-free-shopping-apps-for-android/

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