If you can remember the days of camping out all night in front of the box office for tickets to your favorite band, you also know that those days are long gone. Buying tickets online has taken over for camping out and while you could sit patiently at your computer waiting for the very second tickets go on sale, you’ll likely be disappointed by the experience. If you’re lucky and if the tickets aren’t in too big of a demand you’ll get tickets and maybe even good seats. However, what I have found is that more often than not the “big guys” buy up all the good seats and then resell them at a premium price. It’s just the way it is and although it should be illegal, it seems to be a practice that not many care about. So you can either fight for the few tickets that are left at the regular prices or you can go with the way it’s done and pay more for really really really good seats. I’m too old to sit in the nose bleed section. I’d rather not go to a concert if I can’t be front and center and only a few rows back. That’s where an app like SeatGeek comes in. This App finds the available tickets (concerts, sports, comedy and Broadway shows) from the various vendors and lets you buy them on the spot. The tickets are either delivered to you electronically or via a courier like FedEx. Now keep in mind that not all tickets are over priced. If the event isn’t wildly popular and doesn’t sell out on day one, then you can still get some good pricing and seat selection via this app. I like it because it shows me all the available seats and which vendor is selling them. I can choose by price or seating section since the app has built-in seating charts. You can create an account in the app and have it track your favorite band/team and alert you as to when they are going to perform in your area. This latest version is now a universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. They even have photo views from your seat.
While I don’t like paying more than the ticket price sometimes, I do like being able to get the seats I want even up to the last minute. I also like that you can find bargains and comparison shop right in the same App. If you like live events then you need to check out SeatGeek
I’ll be the first to say that I don’t really follow or care about my favorite celebrity’s private lives. Sure it’s nice to see candid photos on Instagram, but as far as their relationships, children, family drama goes, I’ve just never really cared that much. However, I know that many of you including some of my friends love to follow your favorite stars. The good folks over Digitales have come out with a new App called “Starcount”. The concept is simple. Just download and install the app. Next you would do a search for each of the stars/celebrities you want to follow. You add them to your “Social Playlist” and now you have a stream of all their tweets, Facebook posts, G+ posts, YouTube and Instagram posts all in one spot. Now you can check one app to keep tabs on your favorite stars and what they’re doing on social media or stories that have been done about them. The next time there is some Beyoncé drama unfolding you won’t have look beyond Starcount to see what’s going on.
P.S. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself “Terry White” in the app.
You can get Starcount here: .
It’s not secret that there is a fascination with all things zombies. The Walking Dead is back for another season on AMC and they have updated their Dead Yourself App so that you can turn yourself into a “walker”. The App allows you to take a photo or use an existing photo. From there you can change your eyes, mouth and add other gory items to complete your zombie look. I’m a fan of Walking Dead and this app has been awesome to turn my closest friends into walkers. You can chose between the New Season 4 looks or the Classic Season 3 looks. Once you have your new look complete, you can then share it via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Email and SMS. You can also save it to the Camera Roll. While the App is Free, it will put a Walking Dead watermark on the bottom of the photo. There’s enough of a variety of eyes, mouths, and other accents to make your look really custom.
You can get the Dead Yourself App here from the
Now that Breaking Bad has ended I was looking for other shows to fill the void. A couple of friends of mine suggested Dexter on Showtime. Just like with Breaking Bad, I haven’t seen any of the previous seasons. However, with Breaking Bad I was able to catch up to the current season with Netflix. Unfortunately Dexter isn’t on Netflix. I subscribed to Showtime via my Comcast Cable provider at home and then started watching season one of Dexter via the Showtime Anytime App. While the App worked as advertised, It doesn’t allow for AirPlay to play the shows on Apple TV. A friend suggested that I try the XFINITY TV Player App and unfortunately it has the same AirPlay restriction with Showtime content. I really wish the studios would get over their paranoia and allow this since I am paying for subscription to watch it anyway. Why not allow me to watch it on the device that I want to (an HDTV!). While the XFINITY TV Player app was no better in this regard, I never went back to the Showtime Anytime App. I liked the XFINITY App better. One of the major advantages it has is the ability to either stream the content OR download it to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch so that you can watch offline! This is huge since I travel a lot. I downloaded a few episodes of Dexter to watch on the plane it and it worked great! Also the XFINITY TV Player App isn’t just limited to Showtime content. There are tons of shows/series and movies to watch.
There are limits. While I could stream or download episodes of Dexter, I can only stream movies and other shows. It appears that the ability to download is on a show by show basis and likely controlled by the Networks that own the show. Some of the more recent shows will also have ads that play at the beginning. However, even with these restrictions the XFINITY TV Player App provides a ton of “on demand” content to watch when you’re on the go.
If you are a Comcast XFINITY subscriber then you’ll definitely want to download this FREE Universal App.