Apple's existing Remote app is a pretty minimalist way for controlling iTunes or an Apple TV, but a new patent filed by the iPhone maker this week shows Cupertino may have far more ambitious plans yet to come.
Once upon a time, way back in the '80s, a lot of us enjoyed MTV because it delivered nonstop videos to our television screens. Vevo, a music video website, wants to bring some of that magic back, and on Apple TV to boot. As reported by AdAge (via MacRumors), the proposed music app would stream music videos 24/7, interrupted only by ads that are specifically made for TV rather than the Internet.
Kids love iPads, and those whose parents have Netflix subscriptions probably love that company's "Just for Kids" section as well. Now, those two great tastes are coming together for a "special kid-friendly Netflix experience."
It was the usual pre-holiday weekend hustle & bustle at the App Store, of course, while the rest of the news was a little calmer. We saw some beloved apps get updates and we learned a thing or two about how to mess up people's faces, but in a good way. It was the week that was -- steady on.
Just because your music and videos are on your Mac or iOS device doesn’t mean it has to be stuck there. Thanks to AirPlay, a feature built into iTunes on the Mac and in many iOS apps, you can use your Apple TV ($99, apple.com) to stream media straight to your TV. The Apple TV connects to your TV with an HDMI cable, and you can optionally connect it to a stereo with an optical audio cable. Or you can use an AirPort Express ($99), which has a 3.5mm audio output, to stream music from your Mac or iOS device to a stereo or powered speakers.
We love us some Plex here at MacLife.com, where we’ve converted an aging Mac mini into a fine home theatre server with a minimum of effort. Now that recent versions of the Plex application have separated the server software from the client software, all sorts of goodies have been coming -- such as DLNA streaming support with a new server update this week.
Fed up with Netflix? Frustrated by Hulu Plus? There may be another option available to you by the time Santa Claus comes down the chimney this year if Apple has anything to say about it -- assuming they can get content providers on board.
When Apple announced the video-out feature for the iPhone, we rejoiced. Finally, we could watch YouTube cat videos on the big screen from our iPhones -- albeit with the addition of an expensive cable. Okay, so maybe we didn’t rejoice that much. Cables are a pain. Grabbing one so you can watch something on the TV…and then only being able to stand a few feet away from said TV is pretty much a bummer all around.
The busy bees at Boxee have unleashed a whole swarm of goodies today: their first iPad app, a firmware update for its set-top box, and new Boxee Media Manager software.
The Boxee goal is a scenario that allows users to bookmark some video content on a computer away from home, begin watching it on the train home using an iPad 3G, and then finishing it up on the couch via the Boxee box.