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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Expand Your Apple TV's Output Potential

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 03:00 AM

"AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring add a lot of value to the second and third generation Apple TVs. Paired with a recent iPad or the iPhone 4S, an Apple TV can instantly become a gaming solution and a theater for home movies - and will be amazing when combined with Mountain Lion when it ships this summer."

The limit is the HDMI port for output, but with this handy adapter from Kanex called the ATV Pro Adapter, that limit is now gone. The port is standard VGA port along with the 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack so now you can connect your Apple TV to a number of different older displays.

Monday, March 12, 2012

What's New With the Apple TV? A Few Important Things...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"Apple released the expected software update for the second-generation Apple TV on Thursday. The update brings the second-gen Apple TV UI in line with the third-generation version introduced on March 7, bringing some fundamental changes to its interface and opening up Apple's options for adding more apps and content."

This is a great hands-on review by Ars Technica, of the updated Apple TV software released last Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

iPad 3, or is it iPad HD? What Else Will Happen Tomorrow?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:11 AM

"As I've argued before, there's a good chance the third-gen iPad will be called the "iPad HD." The rumored tablet is expected to feature a pixel-packed Retina display as its flagship feature, and the "HD" suffix could help differentiate it as a newer, higher-quality device."

This does make sense, since something similar happened with the iPhone 4, but the only sure thing is that there is a lot of conjecture about what exactly will happen tomorrow. Apple TV refresh? Also makes sense due to the supply shortages of this wonderful little device. How about an iPad mini? Not so sure about that one, at least for this event. And a new one for today is the interesting hint from Verizon about "Something Big" coming. LTE perhaps? The one rumor that I really hope comes true is a redesigned cover for the latest iPad. I never really liked the smart cover due to the lack of back coverage, but the supposed new cover provides the protection. Whatever is announced, I'm just hoping I'm able to get an upgrade for my iPad original, since polls are showing 74% of current iPad 2 owners are planning on upgrading. What are your thoughts on what will be announced tomorrow?

Monday, February 13, 2012

What is Going on With the Apple TV?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 01:00 AM

"With Apple expected to announce the iPad 3 during the first week of March, rumors regarding the upcoming tablet have reached a fever pitch. Little attention has been given to the Apple TV, besides the occasional ‘iTV' rumor and pundit speculation."

As with all rumors, they are rampant about iPad 3 coming the first week of March. What is a new twist is the fact that the Apple TV stock is running low and isn't being refreshed. So it's anyone's guess but it appears this, coupled with the news about 1080P being pushed by Apple devices and you have the recipe for a bit of rumor stew. Although on this one, it sounds pretty plausible as well as tasty doesn't it?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Apple TV Gets Genius Recommendations

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"A silent update to the backend has introduced Genius recommendations for movies and TV shows to the Apple TV."

You don't have to do much, as Apple updated their own servers to provide this to you. Sometimes its nice to get suggestions when you don't know what to watch isn't it?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jokester in the Apple Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:30 AM

"Henry D. is an awesome boy hacker out of the UK, and this video of him "pwning" a local Apple Store is just too cute and funny for words."

I certainly appreciate a good practical joke, and this fits the bill.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Apple TV Also Gets an Update to 4.4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"Along with the barrage of updates and novelties unleashed today from Cupertino, Apple has pushed out the Apple TV 4.4 software update, which features some new ways to stream content to your TV."

I'm always glad to see updates done to the Apple TV, and for you hockey fans you will like this one. NHL is on the list now so you can subscribe for live streaming games. You can also watch Wall Street Journal content with this update as well as utilize the photo streaming capabilities now offered via iCloud.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Apple TV Coming to More Countries Next Tuesday

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 03:42 PM

"Apple's little black set-top box is due to arrive in seven more countries next week, according to a release from Apple sent to MacRumors. Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland are all on the list of those receiving the device for sale, so if you're in one of those places and need more content on your TV, there you go."

Welcome to the wonderful world of Apple TV! With a premium though, as the conversion translates to just about $160.00 USD, just a bit over the $99.00 USD that we pay here in the US. Now we just need that iOS app...

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Little Help With the Apple TV Features in 4.3

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 11:30 PM

"Today Apple quietly released an update for the second-generation Apple TV, adding support for browsing videos stored on the Vimeo service, as well as purchasing and streaming TV shows via iTunes in the Cloud."

Released yesterday so I don't have mine updated yet, but you can be sure I will after reading this primer on all the new features.

Apple TV updated to iOS 4.3

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:43 PM

"Apple has today released an update to its Apple TV 2G that brings with it the ability to stream all TV content already purchased through iTunes from iCloud, as well as support for the popular video sharing site Vimeo. The update brings the software version of the Apple TV 2G to iOS 4.3."

Being able to stream TV that you purchased via iTunes wasn't happening until this update, so now not only can you do it for those episodes you rent, but the ones you decide to purchase. And you can make purchases via the Apple TV. And now Vimeo support is there for steaming. I just wish Hulu would get added.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Case For Your Apple TV? WaterField Designs Says Yes!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 06:00 PM

"Just in time for summer road trip season, WaterField Designs has released the stylish Apple TV Case so you can bring your set-top box along with you. Remember last year when the whole family had to crowd around your iPad? Now you can stream your media to Grandma's 100-inch plasma HDTV using an Apple TV and AirPlay."

If you need a case for your Apple TV and all it's accessories, this certainly would be a great one to have. $45.00 USD is the price, but you get a lot of quality for it, as is usually the case with WaterField Designs. And the best part is the colors they use, always a bit off beat but very stylish. You can find out more about this and other cases at WaterField Designs.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Airplay and Apple TV

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"Since the second-generation Apple TV was released back in September of last year, people have wondered if and when apps would arrive on the device. After all, it runs on iOS software, so the underpinnings of app support are already present. But Apple hasn't opened up the Apple TV to third-party developers; or at least it hadn't before it unveiled iOS 5 on Monday."

Well you can't exactly get support for apps to run natively on the Apple TV, but the author found with AirPlay Mirroring that it was almost as good. You could do this with the Digital AV Adapter with iPad original and 2nd version, but with the wireless option it makes it an even better option. All you have to do is select your Apple TV as your output source in the multitasking menu bar and it works as designed. Anything you do on your iPad 2 from this point on will be reflected on your display connected to the Apple TV. Pretty slick.

Monday, February 28, 2011

iTunes to Continue to Offer NBC (Comcast) Downloadable Content

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 07:00 PM

"Comcast agreed to continue licensing of NBC content to online video services like Apple's iTunes in order to receive government approval of its acquisition of broadcast network NBC."

Owning both the content and a primary delivery mechanism, Comcast has agreed to continue providing NBC programs to the iTunes Store. Obviously being scrutinized by the regulatory folks has had an impact, but, now a user can cancel their Comcast account, and still buy and watch NBC content via iTunes, and, pay Comcast indirectly. Seems like a win-win for Comcast, but, alas, they're still holding-out on providing streaming content for Apple TV 2. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Apple Confirms 1 Million Apple TV Units Sold

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:39 AM

"After taking the unprecedented step of forecasting it would sell at least 1 million Apple TV units last week, the Cupertino, Calif. company Monday confirmed it had met its goal. The milestone shatters Apple's previous high-water mark for the $99 device set it October: 250,000 units. At the time, CEO Steve Jobs remarked he was 'thrilled.'"

Bold prediction, yet success for Apple. Now if they would only expand the offerings as far as interfaces, such as adding Hulu to the mix, or perhaps some interfacing with some of the networks. Heck, throw in some of the professional sports leagues such as NFL Redzone and it would really be something! How about you? What are your thoughts on what you would like to see as far as interfaces, or do you prefer using Roku?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Apple TV is Roku's Best Friend

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

"When Apple launched their second-generation Apple TV back in September many thought it change the way we viewed our media. Apple's AirPlay feature where you can stream video from an iOS device or Mac to an Apple TV just adds to the argument."

That "halo effect" that is usually mentioned when talking about Apple products and how their products generate sales of other Apple products, apparently also works with competing products. The Roku CEO Anthony Wood stated that he feels Apple generated new sales for them since they brought attention to the category. Roku sales are about to surpass $50 million this year and CEO Wood thinks they will hit $100 million in 2011. You can read his interview with Business Insider here, but it is interesting he would give credit to Apple. Well, perhaps interesting isn't the word, surprising I suppose would be better. You usually don't hear kudos when it comes to Apple from their competitors. Credit deserved.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Apple TV On Pace to Sell 1 Million Units Per Quarter

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 03:00 AM

"Just a week after the new Apple TV went on sale, many of Apple's retail stores around the U.S. are sold out of the set top box, with one Wall Street analyst predicting the device is on pace to sell a million per quarter."

I guess time will tell if it is truly a success, but if it's on pace to sell a million units per quarter that is a pretty good start. Sustaining it will be the key, which might be difficult depending on how well the Google TV, the Boxee Box and other potential competitors do in the marketplace. I have a feeling though that Apple doesn't have too much to worry about with the price point they set.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Battle of the Remotes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 07:30 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"Sony's Google TV remote (left) as compared to Apple TV's remote (right) help make manifest just how different these products will be, and they're just two of the competitors poised to battle it out for next generation rights to your living room this holiday season."

I suppose it makes sense to have the Google TV remote have all those buttons since their UI is going to be search based, but wow, it is huge! I'm sure most will be using the remote app on their phone instead of this giant.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Google TV Site is Official Now

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:00 AM

"Google today launched its official site for the upcoming Google TV. The site details many of the new product's features, and I suspect it's designed to give at least some who were considering buying an Apple TV pause. Google won't be shipping any actual hardware running Google TV until later this fall, but even the mini-site itself is a good opening salvo against Cupertino."

I'm considering one of these, for the simple fact that it has so many more options than the Apple TV. The big question though, is cost. We still don't have a price on this thing, but I'm intrigued by the number of partners they have signed up including Netflix and HBO. I don't think I would go with the TV version as I'd prefer the box, but again, without a price it's kind of hard to make an informed decision. If you are curious, take the Google TV tour [link].

Monday, October 4, 2010

Check the Apple Store For Apple TV Availability, Among Other Apple Products

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 04:00 AM

"Apple has a little known "Reserve and Pick Up" website where you can check if a certain Apple product is in stock at a certain Apple Store. Apple has just added the Apple TV to this web portal and it's now the perfect way to check if your local store has any of them in stock."

I like this feature, so if you have been wondering if your local Apple Retail Store has that Apple TV in stock, now you can check online. But before I actually made the trip I would give them a call first, just in case. Here is the link if you are so inclined.

Friday, October 1, 2010

1080p on the New Apple TV

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 12:30 PM

"One rather mystifying omission from the new AppleTV's feature set is the fact that it does not seemingly have the ability to play 1080p video. That's a crock: hardwarewise, the new AppleTV is more than capable of 1080p, because the iPhone 3GS was capable of it, and it didn't even have an A4 CPU to draw upon. The second-gen ATV should be more than up for the task if that lesser platform could manage it."

And it apparently can play 1080p, but it downsamples the movie so the output is 720p. Any thoughts as to why they would do this?

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