Home Sharing is finally on your iOS devices with the release of iOS 4.3. What's that mean? You can finally listen to all of the music and watch all the videos on all of your iOS devices and Macs. That means you too Apple TV with your photo sharing.
Before you get all giddy with streaming excitement, you're going to need to set all of this Home Sharing up. We've got you covered.
In less than a year’s time, Apple has gone from offering the quaint, albeit entirely impressive, first-generation tablet device that was the iPad, to the beast of a machine we now know as iPad 2. Thinner and lighter than its predecessor, iPad 2 boasts front and rear facing cameras and nine times more graphical chutzpah than the original table. With specs like this and a massive library of applications to back it up, there’s no denying that Cupertino’s new sexy will reign long into 2011 as the once and future King of the Tablets. It might also become the ruler of our living rooms as well.
Netflix posted their quarterly earnings on Wednesday, and two of Apple’s products figured heavily in the company’s streaming business -- with the second-generation Apple TV actually surpassing the iPad in terms of streaming content viewed.
One of the great things about Apple’s second-generation Apple TV is that the software running it is based on the same iOS used in the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad -- meaning that jailbreaking the box and installing cool stuff is only a few clicks away. If you think that requires a computer science degree, think again.
Apple’s second-generation Apple TV continues to expand its iOS-based horizons, thanks to enterprising developers who don’t have Cupertino addresses. The latest is XBMC, the open source media player’s first ARM-based release and a full port of the software.
First released as part of iOS 4.2 last November, Apple’s new AirPlay technology is potentially one of the most exciting aspects of owning an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad -- assuming you’re willing to wait just a bit while hardware manufacturers play catch up.
Among the few disappointments that iOS 4.2 brought with it, AirPlay has been one users have been the most vocal about. In addition to being limited on which apps allow video streaming, the original Apple TV was left out of the party -- until now.
Remember this time last year, when Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer stepped on stage at CES to show off HP’s Slate? That was supposed to be their answer to the as-yet unannounced iPad, but we all know how that went down. Now Microsoft is back at CES 2011, with both Apple TV and Google TV in their crosshairs.
Enterprising developer Erica Sadun of TUAW fame has been reverse engineering Apple’s Airplay technology lately, and now she’s following up her successful Airplayer software for the Mac with AirFlick, a simple piece of Mac OS X software that streams any video or audio file to your second-generation Apple TV -- no iTunes required.
Frustrated by slow movie rental downloads via iTunes or your Apple TV? As it turns out, it may not be your broadband connection at fault, but rather a free domain name service (DNS) such as Google DNS or OpenDNS.