Nothing relaxes us like coming home and kicking off our shoes, but few things can disturb us more than having our private space violated while we were away. Protecting your place with a lot of gear can get expensive, but with the following apps, your iOS device can provide peace of mind without breaking the bank.
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.
Mac Pro owners have always been able to connect two displays, and if you have an iMac or Mac laptop, you can use its built-in display and connect a second one, for mirrored or extended display options. But if two displays are good, wouldn’t three be, oh, at least 50 percent better?
If you’ve got a Mac with a Mini DisplayPort, you could connect it to Apple’s gorgeous but super-pricey 24-inch LED Cinema Display ($899, apple.com). Or you could pick up an adapter and connect that puppy to the flat-screen TV or third-party monitor you already own.
While Apple works to get a few glitches ironed out in the graphical
displays of some of their 27" iMacs, a judge in California cuts the
company a break with an even earlier class action based complaint
regarding their monitors.