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In a rather remarkable sign of the times, the embrace of modern technology sometimes appears in places you might not always expect. After the cut, check out a video of The Pope launching the official Vatican news website with his iPad.
High definition video is one of the biggest reasons to own an Apple TV. But, if your internet connection doesn’t support the bandwidth needs of HD video rentals, you’re pretty much out of luck. Fortunately, you can still rent videos in standard definition quality from Apple (and at a cheaper price, too!) on your Apple TV.
Live streams, made popular by sites like Justin.tv, have become ubiquitous in the post Web 2.0, socially-connected world. Now, Ustream hopes to change the way people interact with live streams by allowing you to place a live stream on, where else, your Facebook page. If you're itching to share your "All Bacon, All the Time" cooking show with your Facebook friends, we're here to help you.
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.
While we've been busy cranking out Wi-Fi hotspots, sending music and video to our Apple TVs and generally living it up wirelessly with our iOS devices, developers have been busy coding their fingers down to the bone to bring AirPlay compatibility to their applications. What's that you say? You've been too busy to check in with the iTunes App Store lately? Don't worry: Like always, Mac|Life has your back.
To make sure that AirPlay becomes a part of your glorious Mac lifestyle, we've put together a selection of seven of our favorite AirPlay compatible applications for you to use, peruse and enjoy.
Individuals who are hearing impaired rely on captions in order to understand what is being said in a video. And while YouTube has come a long way with automatic captioning in videos uploaded to their site, it is not perfect, and can often lead to more confusion when watching the videos.
Enter UniversalSubtitles.org. This project, funded by Mozilla Drumbeat, allows anyone to caption a YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.tv, HTLM5 or H.264 video. All you need is a little time and some typing skills, and all of your videos on YouTube can be nicely subtitled. In this how-to, we'll show you how to easily subtitle your videos with UniversalSubtitles.org.
Flash content is slowly being driven away by advancements in HTML 5 and CSS 3 (insert "Hallelujah" fanfare here). Unfortunately, Flash is still a neccessity to use certain websites. YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo are all offenders, and until the aformentioned new methods of web design are fully implemented, we'll have to accept Flash is still here to stay.
But there's a safe workaround that can keep Flash from overtaking your computer's memory and crashing during every instance. We'll show you how to avoid some of these crashes by disabling Flash in the Safari browser.
AirPlay is one of the sweetest updates ever to grace iOS. Simple and elegant, AirPlay makes it a one-tap snap to share and stream video, audio, or photo content residing on your iOS device, Apple TV, or third-party AirPlay compatible device.
As great as AirPlay is, you can make it even better by tweaking it to suit your individual needs. To make sure that you're getting the maximum amount of awesome out of AirPlay possible, we've put together this quick list of tips on how to tweak your hardware and AirPlay-compatible content to make your AirPlay experience just that much better.