It appears iCloud is starting to happen. iOS 4.3.3 firmware update for Apple TV went live a few minutes ago, and it quietly delivers some very cool features. The update adds support for the video hosting service Vimeo, which is cool, but here is the big wow: you can now buy TV shows through Apple TV, instead of just renting them.
Since the Apple TV has negligible built-in storage, when you purchase a TV show through the set-top box, it is presumably streaming to you from a cloud-based storage locker. Which is full of awesome.
Although it may appear that Adobe is stubbornly holding firm to its commitment to its Flash technology, in reality the company has been quietly slipping HTML5 features into its Creative Suite products -- and now they’ve introduced a public preview for a tool dedicated to creating HTML5 for web designers.
Lion continues to dominate the news, like the king of the jungle that it is, and we continue to rock out hard with stories featuring this good beast. But that wasn't all, by far, that happened this week, because there were some hardware refreshes, some how-tos that came out as a result of the new OS, and more, tons more, in case you missed it.
The new Mac mini is certainly a gorgeous portable powerhouse, giving users the chance to have the capabilities of a Mac desktop all at a pretty affordable price. With that though, to get it to be a full fledged Mac, you need to outfit it with some new gear, be it a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or perhaps some sweet new speakers. Check out some of the offerings to get you started, and perhaps help you decide further if the latest Mac mini is right for you and your budget.
This week, we've got three apps that help you get those goals completed, pay those bills, remember to feed your dependents (plants count, too), and even get inspired with more ideas! But remember: you don't have to start being productive today of all days. It's Friday, after all! It can wait until Monday. Anything can wait until Monday.
An "unproven source" delivered a tip that Apple is considering buying Barnes & Noble for approximately $1.5 billion. Interesting idea, as Apple could absorb B&N's vast ebook library into iBooks, and possibly convert several of the retail stores into new Apple stores.
Apple certainly has the money, could this be one of the "strategic opportunities" Steve Jobs was alluding to?
We finally got ahold of the brand spankin' new Mac mini and MacBook Air. While the specifications were already very impressive -- a bump in performance with its updated processors and the inclusion of the new Thunderbolt i/O port -- the deal is absolutely sealed when you get ahold of one of these beautiful babies. The MacBook Air is light and easy to weild, and while the Mac mini is a little heavy out of the box, its sleek, brushed metallic chassis had us instantly infatuated, and we couldn't wait to pair it with the new Thunderbolt Display. Click through for your own 360-degree view of both the MacBook Air and Mac mini.
Oh, and can you tell what they both have in common? Okay, we'll tell you: neither have an optical drive!
Apple's offered the gift of Lion Server to anyone who's willing to drop an extra $50. Previously, you could only get OS X Server bundled on your Mac mini Server or Mac Pro, or pay $499 for the Snow Leopard Server install discs. By lowering the price, more end users can afford Apple’s server offering. In this article, we’ll show you how to download and set up Lion server on your Mac.
Now that eighty percent of Apple’s five Mac product lines have been souped up with Intel Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports, desk-bound consumers may find themselves in a bit of a quandary as to which one to buy. Does it still make sense to buy an iMac with such a fully featured Mac mini now available? Read on to find out.