Apple's fight to bring on-demand cable programming to Apple TV via Time Warner might have fallen apart in the wake of the media giant's upcoming merger with Comcast, but now the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's in similar talks with Comcast itself. Much as with the previous plan, the new deal would see the Cupertino company working hand-in-hand with Comcast to stream a wide variety of the service's channels for a monthly subscription.
Why would you need an extra Thunderbolt cable? Lots of reasons. For example, did you know you can connect a Thunderbolt MacBook Air to an iMac with Thunderbolt, and press Command-F2 on the iMac’s keyboard, and you’re instantly using its display as an external monitor for the Air? And as more and more Thunderbolt hard drives and RAIDs hit the market, they don’t always come with a cable. StarTech offers quality cables at 0.5 meters, 1m, 2m (all $48.99), and 3m ($89.99), while Apple’s own Thunderbolt cable only comes in 0.5m ($29, www.apple.com) and 2m ($39).
In the midst of all this Mountain Lion madness, we thought it'd be cool if we indulged our materialistic tendencies and showed off some gadgets we've set our sights on lately. Some of the items listed have already been reviewed and some are slated for the future, but for now just consider it eye candy! And hey, you can chime in with your own in the comments!
Just like your Memorial Day picnic, today's Hottest News is a little of this and a little of that. So get yourself a big plate of mashed jailbreak potatoes, a side dish of free apps, and a bowl of iPhone 5 rumors. Then settle back to watch the cats play with iOS devices and enjoy.
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.
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.
One of the biggest downsides to owning a lot of electronic devices are the cables. Cables can be a pain to manage and keep tangle-free. In this how-to (gallery edition!), we'll show you some easy ways to tie up your USB cables, MagSafe power bricks, and also the ever elusive earbuds. So, if you don't want to end up like that one episode of The Three Stooges, then click through and find out how to de-clutter your cables.