Boxee, a start-up company that develops media center software for multiple platforms, released its iPad app earlier this week. Boxee for iPad lets users watch videos and available on the internet and watch content streamed from a computer over Wi-Fi. Boxee first previewed Boxee for iPad at CES earlier this year and the app joins the company’s Boxee Remote utility for the iPhone in the App Store.
Boxee is a free service so there’s no monetary risk in trying out the iPad app if you don’t already have a Boxee account. The app isn’t really about discovering new videos as it is about watching videos shared by your friends on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr or videos that you’ve marked to watch later. The latter is the most useful feature of Boxee for iPad for me – you can easily install a Boxee “Watch Later” bookmarklet in the browser on your computer, iPad, or iPhone, which you can use to add videos to your Watch Later queue. It’s essentially like Instapaper but for videos. You can find instructions on how to set up this bookmarklet here.
Facebook also put out a new app earlier this week, releasing Facebook Messenger in the App Store. Facebook Messenger lets you send and receive text and picture messages to and from your Facebook friends, essentially offering more distilled functionality of the Chat tab in the original Facebook app.
If you use Facebook a lot to get in touch with your friends, Facebook Messenger could be a valuable communication tool since it’s free to use (aside from any data charges you may incur if you go over your monthly allotment from your carrier) and doesn’t use any of your text messages either.