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Aurora Blu-ray Media Player review

Aurora Blu-ray Media Player lets you play files from a disk or from your hard drive. Whether it's YouTube videos or the latest releases on Blu-ray you want to watch, you can enjoy it right from your computer with this convenient program.

Pros

Excellent interface: All controls for this app are clear and accessible, even to users who are not familiar with this type of program. You can open any video files and begin playback directly from the app's main interface without hassle, and enjoy a crisp, clear picture in no time. And if you'd like to … Read more

RealPlayer Cloud 2 review

RealPlayer Cloud 2 is a complete solution for all of your media playing needs, and the cloud integration means you can sync across devices, as well. That means is easier than ever to watch iPhone videos on your Windows machine, or add YouTube videos to your library, and watch them on your mobile device when you're offline.

Pros

Facebook integration: When you log in to RealPlayer with your Facebook account, you can quickly share your favorite videos with all of your friends. And working in reverse, you can also view videos others have shared to Facebook straight through your … Read more

VLC Media Player review

VLC Media Player is an open-source application that gives you the ability to play media from your computer or a disk, or to stream it from the Web. Have your favorite videos playing in a snap through this app's intuitive interface.

Pros

Wiki help: For just about any process you want to carry out with this software, you'll find a detailed Wiki with step-by-step instructions. All of these documents have been created and edited by other users, so they're surprisingly detailed and complete.

Intuitive controls: For all basic functions, this medial player is accessible to users of … Read more

MX Player review

With its support for most video formats and excellent performance, MX Player stands out as a high-quality app in a category saturated by unoptimized or ad-infested players. It plays almost everything and does it smoothly, saving you the trouble of having to mess with video converters.

Pros

Powerful: MX Player's hardware acceleration and multicore decoding really work on devices with strong CPUs and enough RAM, providing a graceful, flowing playback experience even for three-hour-long HD films.

Responsive hand gestures: The sensitive fast-forward, rewind, swiping, and pinching to zoom in and pan finger gestures make this player great for re-watching … Read more

CyberLink PowerDVD 14 Ultra review

CyberLink's PowerDVD 14 Ultra isn't cheap for a media player, but compared to the cost of standalone hardware for a home entertainment network, it could be quite a bargain. It's remote-compatible, plays Blu-ray, 3D, and HD video, integrates with your phone and other devices, and keeps you informed about the latest cinema and video releases.

Pros

Previews and short subjects: PowerDVD Ultra's splash screen offers quick links to video tutorials and your media library preferences. Adding media to its library is mostly automatic.

Silver lining: The 10GB of expandable cloud storage that comes free for a … Read more

VUDU Player review

VUDU Player gives you mobile access to your Vudu account, so you can watch movies on the go or download them to view later offline. If you don't have a Vudu account, you can open one for free to see if you want to use this convenient service.

Pros

Offline viewing: By downloading your movies and TV shows to your device, you gain the ability to watch them anytime, whether you're connected to the Internet or not. That's a real convenience, and this app makes it easy to manage which movies are downloaded to your device and … Read more

PlumPlayer review

PlumPlayer lets you make playlists with the music on your desktop, set playtimes for them, and create slideshows of your photos, as well. Whether you just want to have some musical accompaniment while you work, or you'd like to create a slideshow of your last trip and set it to music, this app gives you the tools you need.

PlumPlayer's intuitive interface makes creating your playlist a snap. If you'd like a little guidance, though, clicking the question mark icon in the lower right-hand corner of the window will cause tips to appear when you hover your … Read more

Power Tube Player review

Power Tube Player gives you extra controls when you're watching YouTube videos, so you can zoom in and out, adjust playback speed, and more. You can even play an entire video in reverse if you want with just the swipe of a finger, and you can take screenshots of your favorite images straight from the app.

Opening Power Tube Player brings up a search screen from which you can access any YouTube video. At the top of the screen, you'll also see icons for a menu and settings. The menu tab reveals options to view the most popular … Read more

Neil Young's PonoMusic hits $2M on Kickstarter in one day

Well, that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after legendary rocker Neil Young launched a Kickstarter page for his long-talked-about Pono music service, the campaign surpassed its goal of $800,000.

As of this writing, the PonoMusic Kickstarter campaign has more than $2 million in pledges from more than 6,200 backers.

One of the reasons this Kickstarter campaign blew through the roof is that music fans and sound aficionados are eagerly looking to get their hands on the Pono music player, or PonoPlayer. The player has been in development for years and will use the Free Lossless … Read more

The 404 1,443: Where we're taking the couch by storm (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Neil Young just destroyed his funding goals for a digital music player on Kickstarter.

- Meet the people making new games for Atari, Super NES, and Virtual Boy.

- Funny or Die was Healthcare.gov's No. 1 traffic referrer yesterday.

- Bill O'Reilly bites back at Obama's appearance on "Between Two Ferns."… Read more