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Showyou + Apple TV Just Got Better

The new version of Showyou released today (v. 3.4 to be precise) includes a bunch of wonderful treats for those of you using Showyou on the iPad, including retina-display support (w00t!) and the inclusion of “Send to Friend” and “Thanks” (new social features we added to the iPhone and iPod Touch version of Showyou last month that we’ve now added to the iPad).

But the thing we’re probably most excited about is a subtle, and simple, change we’ve made — enabling you to multi-task when you beam a video to your Apple TV via Airplay with Showyou. What’s that mean? That you can Tweet and Instagram and check your email while you play a video from Showyou on your TV.

Now, before go getting all troll-y on us, we appreciate that Apple has supported multi-tasking with Airplay since iOS5 was introduced late last year. And of course Showyou was designed right from the start to take advantage of Airplay and has supported Airplay broadly, albeit without multi-tasking, since we launched our app in April 2011. Which might lead you to ask, “So why should I care that you’re launching this multi-tasking-thingy-on-Airplay now?”

Well, because these little touches combined with the bigger things add up to something special. Showyou on the iPad has always worked well with the Apple TV and Airplay (indeed, Showyou has been included in many best Airplay apps lists like this one). And the newest version of Showyou on the iPhone and iPod Touch makes it a great Airplay client, too.

With Showyou on your iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch), tens of millions of great, hand-picked videos are a tap or two away, ready to be beamed to your TV. A video shared by a friend on Facebook, or someone you follow on Showyou. Or a video from a channel like The Daily Show or Funny or Die or The Verge or TED. Or one of the 60+ million videos in our search index.

The simple addition of multi-tasking makes using Showyou with your Apple TV a pure delight. Just tap a video to play it, beam it to your TV with another tap, and multi-task the night away. Check your email, check the weather, or play Fruit Ninja while you watch.

It might just be the best remote control you ever had.

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Follow the Mars Curiosity Landing on Showyou

This Sunday night, the Mars Rover named “Curiosity” will land on Mars around 10:31 PDT. This is going to be an epic event, more important and arguably more interesting than the Olympics:

Next week … a nuclear-powered, MINI-Cooper-sized super rover will land on Mars. We accurately guided this monster from 200 million miles away (that’s 7.6 million marathons). It requires better accuracy than an Olympic golfer teeing off in London and hitting a hole-in-one in Auckland, New Zealand. It will use a laser to blast rocks, a chemical nose to sniff out the potential for life, and hundreds of other feats of near-magic. Will these discoveries lead us down a path to confirming life on other planets?

You can keep track of all the coverage on Showyou with the Mars Curiosity grid on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or on the web.

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