The Home Sharing feature in iTunes 9 lets you share music between
computers right within iTunes, but it has a bunch of limitations. Both
machines need to be on one network, and the only automatic transfers
are new iTunes Store purchases--regular old CD rips and non-iTunes
downloads can be dragged manually from one computer to another.
iTunes 9 also added the Automatically Add To iTunes folder to your
iTunes Media folder. Any iTunes-compatible file dropped in here is,
like the sign says, automatically added to your iTunes library. Just
drop it in there and poof, it’s gone. But check in iTunes. It’s there.
Not content with bringing multiple operating systems to the desktop, VMware is now hard at work on bringing its technology to smartphones, allowing the devices to run two different operating systems at once. Could your iPhone someday soon also run Android?
After months of unconfirmed rumors about its maybe, possibly imminent
arrival, Western Digital finally released its next-generation WD TV media player--just
mere days after we finished our Dec/09 issue, in which we named the
previous-gen model as one of our “2009 Gear of the Year” favorites. We
had a few niggling criticisms of that earlier version, but in the
latest model, Western Digital has made some excellent improvements to
what became our favorite set-top box for media playback.
We’re sure many Mac users have seen the Utilities folder inside of the
Applications folder and wondered what the applications contained inside
do. Maybe they control the weather or give you super powers. The
reality is bit less exciting, but still incredibly useful to even the
newest Mac user.
Contradicting reports in recent weeks that Apple’s next refresh of the Mac mini, MacBook and MacBook Pro lines will feature Intel’s latest Arrandale integrated graphics chipset are new rumors that Cupertino has instead passed on the chip altogether.
Apple may have to fend off a number of competitors for the iPhone’s crown of smartphone dominance, but one area where there seems to be comparatively little competition is the roost ruled by the iPod touch.
Good Technology has released their Good for Enterprise app which is now available from the App Store. The app provides enterprise-quality email and access to behind-the-firewall applications and data for the iPhone.
It’s pretty much a given that Apple executives are using their own products, including the iPhone. If you’ve ever wondered what apps they might have installed, you can wonder no more — at least in Phil Schiller’s case.