As rumors swirl that Netflix is planning to go beyond North America, Hulu beats them to the punch by launching in Japan, although the service is following the Netflix playbook on at least one front, with higher prices. Meanwhile, a new update to the existing iOS app allows HDMI output on the iPad 2 -- as long as you’re down with standard definition, that is.
Recent Macs such as the MacBook Pro have no problem adding a second monitor (or even a third with the Thunderbolt iMacs), but what about an HDTV for video playback at up to 1080p? As it turns out, for only $99 you will soon be able to do it from a mild-mannered USB port.
Video technology has evolved quickly over the last ten years and, to keep pace, Apple has had to change out the video ports on Macs with roughly the same frequency that Lady Gaga changes outfits. The general state of things currently is that older standards like VGA and DVI (and their variants) are being phased out and replaced by HDMI and DisplayPort (including its variants, Mini-DisplayPort and Thunderbolt). There are still plenty of peripherals with the older ports, however, and finding the correct adapter to suit your needs can be tricky.
If you’ve already installed Tuesday’s Aperture 3.1.2 update and happen to own an Apple TV, your work today isn’t quite finished -- Apple has pushed out a 4.2.1 update for its second-generation media box to address an issue with screen flickering on older televisions and more.
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.
Christmas means plenty of new toys, as well as the need for cords and wires to power that sweet new home entertainment system. However, most HDTVs and and other newfangled gadgets don't arrive equipped with the appropriate cables right out of the box, causing stress to those eager beavers anxious to plug in their new television and watch a flick. But no matter: there is such thing as a "the best" HDMI cable, and we've broken down some of the best options available to you, including those for your iOS devices and other essentials.
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.