If you believe the rumor mill, Apple executives will address developers on Monday morning and update almost their entire product line in the space of less than two hours. To avoid disappointment, just keep repeating: “It’s only a keynote… it’s only a keynote… it’s only a keynote…”
It's never been easier to stay in touch with coworkers (and everyone else), and it doesn't have to cost a small fortune either. There are a myriad of apps available that can help you stay connected, focused, and productive on your iOS device while you're out of the office or working from home. Here's a long listing of apps for your iPhone and iPad that are essential for working outside of the office.
While most Americans consider Memorial Day the start of summer, in reality we have a few more weeks to go before June 20 -- the official first day of summer -- arrives. If you haven’t done your spring cleaning yet, now is a great time to do so, and we’ll give you some tips on using your Mac or iOS device to cut down on that workload.
That’s plenty of bang for the buck, but exactly how much depends on how heavily you’re invested in Apple’s ecosystem. Except for Amazon Instant, many top Roku channels are available as iOS apps, and with an iOS device and Apple TV, you can play games that are just a little cooler than Video Poker (sorry, Video Poker developers) on your TV. But if you have an older television without an HDMI port, or if you’re allergic to the iTunes Store, Roku is worth a look.
These days there’s no reason to confine your TV fix to the living room--or even to a TV. With your Mac you can catch full episodes of shows from broadcast and basic cable networks, usually a day after the original air date. Better yet, plenty of sites offer weird, wild, web-only material, with no restrictions except the boundaries of good taste--if that! Here are some of our favorite places to catch some online TV time.
Streaming entertainment is more convenient than juggling Blu-ray and DVD discs, but it demands a fast pipe to your internet service provider, or ISP. For instance, Netflix recommends download speeds of at least 3Mbps for the best video quality, while Apple suggests 8Mbps for streaming 1080p content from iTunes. In most of the country, getting these broadband speeds means signing up for one of two kinds of internet connection: DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) or cable.
Long referred to as a hobby during Apple keynotes, Apple TV has evolved into one of the star peripherals of the iOS ecosystem. And no wonder--this slim 4-inch box turns your humble HDTV into a networked entertainment powerhouse. Apple TV’s HDMI and optical audio ports connect to your home theater, and it connects to your network via 802.11n Wi-Fi or 100Base-T Ethernet. Once you’re plugged in, you can buy or rent movies at up to 1080p, or buy TV shows at the same resolution, from iTunes.
With so many entertainment options available, do we still really “need” cable TV? It’s convenient and all, but no one likes paying for the dozens--or even hundreds--of channels they never watch just to get a handful of favorite shows. Most of those favorites can be found elsewhere on a more à la carte basis, but where--and for how much? While we keep wishing for an easy-to-use website (or Apple’s much-anticipated “iTV” television set) to do this legwork for us, for now we’ve got to do it ourselves. Here’s how.
Apple issued a third preview of OS X Mountain Lion this week, bringing the operating system formerly known as Mac OS X 10.8 another step closer to landing on our own systems. Eager to install it as soon as it’s released? Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for the next big cat to come down off the mountain later this summer.
Now that Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developer Conference has been announced and the tickets have sold out, it’s time to kick back and prognosticate on what the company will be presenting to developers -- specifically, the next version of iOS.