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VLC Media Player update is packed with useful new features

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VLC Media Player update is packed with useful new features
VLC Media Player 3.3 has a re-written video playback interface. There are many other new features, too.
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A new version of VLC Media Player for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV includes some much-requested features, including support for accessing files from connected drives as well as spatial audio with AirPods Pro and Max

This is a popular — and free — choice for playing video and audio, and updates are fairly rare. That said, VLC Media Player 3.3 appears to be worth the wait.

Carrot Weather, Fantasian and more pick up 2021 App Store Awards

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2021 App Store Awards
This year's Trend of the Year is "Connection."
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Carrot Weather, LumaFusion, and Apple Arcade hit Fantasian are some of the titles recognized in the 2021 App Store Awards, announced on Thursday.

Apple also identified “Connection” as the Trend of the Year, thanks to games like Among Us! and apps like Bumble, which “brought people together in meaningful ways — while meeting social, personal, and professional needs.”

Peloton’s new Apple TV app brings workouts to your big screen

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A Peloton Apple TV app debuted Tuesday
The Peloton Apple TV app offers a range of exercise classes without leaving your home.
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Peloton on Tuesday released a version of its exercise app for Apple TV. With a subscription, users of this app can tune in to classes on stretching, cycling, yoga and more.

All of this is available from home. That’s surely a boon for those unwilling to go to a gym.

Stay in shape while you’re stuck indoors with Apple TV fitness apps

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Can't get to the gym? Let your Apple TV bring the gym to you.
Can't get to the gym? Let your Apple TV bring the gym to you.
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You don’t need to go to the gym for a great workout. If you’re stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak, you can still work on your summer beach bod. If you’re itching to exercise indoors, you can get started — and maximize your gains — using Apple TV fitness apps.

Ever since Jane Fonda pulled on a leotard and leg warmers in the 1980s, people have been getting sweaty in front of their televisions. Now, Apple TV fitness apps bring home workouts bang up-to-date, with interactive programs tailored to users’ individual abilities and goals.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s make like Jane and feel the burn.

Calm your pooch when you’re away with made-for-dogs music and videos [Deals]

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With RelaxMyDog, you get unlimited access to music and videos designed to help dogs overcome anxiety, loneliness, stress, boredom and hyperactivity.
Get unlimited access to music and videos designed to help dogs overcome anxiety, loneliness, stress, boredom and hyperactivity.
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Dogs offer us companionship, fun and emotional support. So it’s only right that we do everything we can to support their emotional health. When their human is away, when loud noises happen outside, when they’re bored or just generally nervous, there are steps we can take to keep our dogs calm.

Best Apple TV apps for streaming soccer

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Best Apple TV apps for streaming soccer
Best Apple TV apps for streaming soccer.
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By Chris Brantner

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world — there are soccer fans everywhere. With all of this popularity comes a ton of potential leagues and tournaments to watch. If you’re a big fan, you’ll be glad to know there are some great ways to watch streaming soccer on Apple TV.

StubHub’s Apple TV app brings ticket search to your couch

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Stub Hub is now on Apple TV.
Stub Hub is now on Apple TV.
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Finding tickets to the next concert, sporting event or comedy show you want to go to is now as easy as watching TV, thanks to the new StubHub app for Apple TV.

StubHub’s new offering is the first-ever ticketing app for the Apple TV, only instead of just making their popular mobile app TV-sized, the company focused the experience on browsing upcoming events in your area.

Adobe Lightroom comes to Apple TV

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Review edits with friends and clients and zoom in on the detail with Adobe Lightroom for Apple TV.
Review edits with friends and clients and zoom in on the detail with Adobe Lightroom for Apple TV.
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We’re doing everything on our smallest screen, even photography. But Adobe knows that bigger may still be better when it comes to reviewing, sharing and enjoying those pictures.

Adobe, renowned for its imaging and multimedia software, announced Tuesday it is bringing Lightroom to Apple TV. It is now available in the App Store for a free download, but it will require a fourth generation Apple TV and a Creative Cloud subscription login.

Apple TV news app keeps you plugged in from the couch

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Get all your news, sans cable package, right on your Apple TV.
Get all your news, sans cable package, right on your Apple TV.
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Watchup wants to replace standard TV news with a personalized multi-channel news aggregator that runs right on your Apple TV.

The developer promises that you’ll get a customized, on-demand news app right on your big TV, letting you lean back and learn what’s happening in the world.

All that without a cable subscription; sounds pretty great to me.