May 10, 2012

Vic Mahfood


Developer Quote: "Frequency is your personal video service. It puts the entire world of web video at your fingertips."

- COST: Free     - APP STORE STARS: 4
- Categories: Entertainment, iPad, Lifestyle, Movies, Native, News, Social Networking, Videos

Many of us are visual people. We understand information more readily from watching and hearing in vivid color and sound, rather than reading in black and white. News can be compacted into a short video thus giving you the gist of a story quickly and clearly without eye strain or boredom. Realizing the many benefits of up-to-the minute, attactive videos, Frequency has created an iPad app delivering a plethora of video news mirroring its web site at

Quite simply, Frequency is a video service which you customize completely to suit your tastes with interesting clips in all areas of life such as entertainment, news, sports, technology and loads more. Additionally, these videos are dished out to you in real time portraying current news. You can even see just how fresh is your news source as the time of delivery is noted on each video thumbnail. After you have enjoyed your sharp and smoothly played video, you may share it with family and friends via Facebook or Twitter, or even mail the link itself. Tap the heart if you loved the clip, or tap the folder if you'd prefer to take a more in-depth look at it later.

Below is a snapshot of the many features of this engrossing video aggregator of news and entertainment iPad app:

• Watch 1,000 channels of online video, or follow your favorite blog as its own video stream
• Stay up to the minute on topics that are trending right now
• Get every video your friends post on Facebook and Twitter
• Quickly access anything you are following in your personalized Tuner
• View a stream of video from all your channels in Your Highlights
• Go full screen or use AirPlay to watch on your TV

Launch Frequency to find a large list of Channels, headed by Frequency Top 25 stories on the left. Swipe down through the channels to find the sources you love and choose to Follow (tap to add to preferred viewing list) on your personalized Tuner on the top of the screen. Alternately, to remove a channel from your Follow list, tap the Unfollow button next to that channel's icon. But, hold on here, these are not the only news channels!

You will see an arrow next to Channels which when tapped will provide you with a Categories list to further help you find exactly the news you seek. In addition to this long list which includes animation, automotive, business, comedy, cyber culture, movies, travel, etc, you will see Featured, Trending and Social videos. The Categories and Channels offerings are quite generous and you are probably going to find there is far more content here than you have time to watch! At any time, you may change your view mode to list or grid. Each video will have a short description underneath reflecting its content.

The Settings icon will allow you to connect with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, in addition to signing in to your account if you already have one. You do not need to open an account in order to begin enjoying this app. However, if you also watch Frequency videos on your computer, then you will notice that this app syncs perfectly with the content there. In Settings, you may also set your Video Quality to either Auto, Low or High.

Some of the outstanding features that have me happily sold on Frequency as my video news collector of choice are: (1) all videos shared by my friends on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube are able to be seen here, (2) re-aligning channels in my customized Tuner is easy by dragging an icon to a new position, (3) using the Smart Channel feature (a collection of my favorite sources) is a cool time saver, (4) adding RSS feeds or video from any website is a super personal touch, and (5) excellent video playback is pure pleasure. As soon as I wrap up this post, I will resume watching the humorous video in top screenshot from "The Onion", one of my favorite channels. Enough said!
COOL CONCLUSION: An enormous collection of captivating, newsworthy and current videos along with a great deal of customization make Frequency the ideal video aggregator for your favorite news sources.
--Date/Version: Updated 4/25/12 - Version 1.2.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.3 or later. Rated 12+.
--Device: iPad
--Developer: Frequency Networks
--Facebook: Frequency
--Twitter: @OnFrequency

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