Recently, we’ve had an influx of great content appearing on the Telstar Media website. Every week you can look forward to seeing regular reviews, features, editorials, podcasts, TV write-ups and videos, but accessing the website directly isn’t always the most convenient way of perusing our output. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, or Kindle this guide will hopefully make navigating our content easier and more accessible than ever before with the help of some handy tips, tricks and free applications.
iOS Tips — iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Add to Home Screen — While iOS may be home to an excess of 750,000 applications, this neat little trick can let you add your favourite website(s) to your home screen, allowing quick access with a single tap. Simply open a webpage in Safari (http://telstar.me/), tap the Share icon and choose “Add to Home Screen”. If the webpage is formatted correctly, this process should also generate an app-like icon for the shortcut or alternatively, a small thumbnail screenshot.
Add to Reading List — Like the look of an article but want to save it for later? No problem. With the webpage open in Safari, tap the Share icon and choose ‘Add to Reading List’. This allows you to build up a list of articles to come back to later in the day, making the commute home that little bit more bearable.
Apps for iOS and Android
RSS Readers — Telstar Media has full RSS (Rich Site Summary) support which allows third party applications to access the site’s content. Well-designed, free applications such as Flipboard (iTunes, Google Play) and Pulse (iTunes, Google Play) allow users to import feeds from various websites and blogs into one unified interface, making the application their go-to place for relevant news. To add Telstar Media to any of these applications, try searching for our RSS feed URL at http://telstar.me/feed/ and tap to add.
Podcast Apps — Every week Martin and I sit down and wax not-so-lyrical about the week’s Film and TV news. Occasionally there are tangents, dubstep, callbacks and elevator music peppered throughout. Occasionally. You can have your weekly dose of the Telstar Podcast downloaded straight onto your smartphone/tablet with little to no effort thanks to some great Podcast apps. Notable free
highlights include Apple’s Podcasts app and Podkicker for Android. I’m a big fan of Instacast and DoggCatcher on iOS and Android respectively — while they come at a premium, their polish and interface make them absolutely worth supporting if you listen to a decent number of shows. You can also subscribe to the Telstar Podcast on iTunes, or add our podcast-specific RSS feed to your player of choice: http://telstarmedia.libsyn.com/rss.
Klip.me — Klip.me is a free service which builds a magazine for you and sends it straight to your Kindle either daily, or periodically. It operates using Google Reader — Google’s own RSS aggregator — and so requires a Google account. If you’re an Android phone owner or Gmail user you’ll find you already have one, but anyone outside of Google’s ecosystem will have to sign up there before using Klip.me. Once you have your Google Account, import RSS feeds from your favourite websites (ie, http://telstar.me/feed/) into Google Reader and build a collection that you are happy with. Once finished, head on over to http://klip.me/ and sign in with your Google credentials. From there Klip.me will walk you through the process of authenticating their secure delivery to your Kindle, as well as allow you to schedule your magazine to be delivered at a time that suits you. It’s a delightfully simple idea, and gives you something to look forward to every week.
YouTube — While we tend to foreground our active blog content on the site right now, there is a production team within Telstar working hard to create video content. We often collaborate with performing artists, startups and charities around Scotland and will soon be looking to expand our output to have more frequent filmed content on the website, including a short horror film next week (stay tuned!). To keep up-to-date with our latest productions, subscribe to our YouTube channel over at youtube.com/telstarme.