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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WWDC Videos for Developers Now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

"Session videos from Apple's 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference made it to the company's website on Wednesday, giving attendees for last week's event a chance to re-watch the sessions they attended, and giving developers that couldn't attend the opportunity to learn more about coding for the Mac, iPhone and iPad."

You can get the videos direct from Apple here, or download from iTunes U here.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Video Yourself With Swivl

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"Since I only have two arms, capturing myself on video with an iPhone is basically a non-event."

Interesting device, and it allows you to film yourself, as well as track yourself as you do what you do. So if you like to pace back and forth while giving your lecture or review, the device will follow along. for the $139.00 USD price, you get a stand and base as well as a small clip on accessory that assists in keeping track of where you are. It supports the iPhone 4/4S as well as the iPod Touch. You can find out more at Swivl.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Streaming Prime Instant Video to Xbox 360

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 01:49 PM

"You can already stream Prime Instant Videos on your Kindle Fire, your PlayStation 3, your Roku, and hundreds of other TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes. Today, we're excited to announce that the Xbox 360 joins the fold."

About time! And you can also set up a "wait list" much like the que you set up in Netflix. Too bad they don't have it set up for iPad or for Apple TV but at least you can watch it on your Mac. Personally, the more they add to Xbox 360 the happier I get since it means I'm that much closer to getting rid of Dish Network. I'm almost there actually, between this and Hulu + and Apple TV, along with the iPad apps I use I pretty much can get all I want except for sports. And for that I can always go to a bar or a friends house, sports are more fun to watch in groups anyway right?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stream Video and Save Space

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

"While newer iOS devices come in sizes up to 64 Gb, it takes up a lot of space to store a ton of videos there."

Streaming video is one way to avoid storing all those videos on your portable device. Using Air Video is one way to stream to your iOS device, and it doesn't have to be in the correct format since this nifty program converts files on the fly so you can watch it on your portable device. It's not free but the $2.99 won't break the bank.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Foxconn on ABC

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

Here is the video clip from the recent ABC show on Foxconn and the working conditions.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jobs Tribute Video from Apple Campus Now Available for Viewing

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 AM

"Apple's company-focused memorial event for Steve Jobs is now available as a video for the public as of Sunday night. The event was hosted at the company's Cupertino campus last Wednesday, and many of Apple's own retail stores closed so employees could watch the event remotely."

You can watch the video at Apple. Nice tribute.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Final Cut Pro Controversy

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"It's only been on the Mac App Store for a few days, but Final Cut Pro X has already stirred up a whole messy pot of controversy."

Those words opening the (in my opinion a must read if you are interested in Final Cut Pro X) Macworld article "How Apple re-cut Final Cut Pro for the better" couldn't be more appropriate since, as of late, users are rebelling against this latest version called Final Cut Pro X. In fact, there is even an online petition to show just how upset people are that Apple has revamped Final Cut Pro into the X version. Making demands via online petition such as this seem like a waste of time to me (especially when I see words used such as devastate... come on really?), although it might make those that subscribe to it feel better. I think if you are not happy with it, don't use it. Either continue to use your version of Final Cut Pro until Apple adds the features you want to this software or you can always switch to another software. Apple is going to do what Apple has always done, namely whatever they want. And like any other business they will reap the benefits, or the lack thereof, by their actions when the marketplace reacts. So with all the hoopla over this new version what has happened? Apple is offering those that aren't happy with the latest version a full refund, taking the stance of "we know you aren't happy so you can have your money back, but we aren't changing anything." Time will tell if this is the right move, but I think it is. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Video Run Through of iOS 5

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:35 PM

"There's about a billion new things happening in iOS 5 (or 200, by Apple's count). That's a lot! So here's a video guide to all of our favorite new features."

Pretty good run through of several of the features of iOS 5 and how they will look on the iPhone 4 (or perhaps the iPhone 5 when the new iOS comes out?) Personally, I love the lock screen notifications and how they are displayed, what is your favorite feature of iOS 5?

Tags: software, video, , ios 5

Monday, May 16, 2011

iMovie and Importing Video Files: Someone Explain This to Me

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 08:30 AM

Hi there! Jason Dunn, OS X n00b, here again scratching my head about why I'm having such a hard time doing something that should be pretty simple. I'm hoping there's an iMovie '11 expert reading this site that can give me some insight, because I'm at the end of my wits with this particular program.

Here's the deal: I have a massive 48 GB AVI file that I digitized several years back; it's about five hours of footage captured from a VHS tape. Yes, in hindsight I probably should have captured it in smaller pieces, but when you're talking about real-time capture from a physical medium, it's easiest to just press record and walk away. I'm finally getting around to chopping the file up into a series of smaller clips, and I wanted to use iMovie '11 to do it.

I've grown fairly comfortable using iMovie '11 for editing videos and while it's slower than hell at the video encode (export) step - lacking GPU encode acceleration and only having a meagre 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo - the quality of the output is excellent and I find the application stable and fast...though it did crash on me last week (take that fanboys!). The problem I'm having, however, is getting this video file imported into the program. Read more...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Should the Unemployed Buy New Macs to Find Jobs? The Onion Panel Weighs In

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 07:00 AM,20083/

No matter where you fall on the Apple/Windows side of the fence, you have to admit this is utterly hilarious - I love the way it plays to the fanboy stereotypes. ;-)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vimeo Releases iPhone App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:30 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"Vimeo has released an iPhone app that allows you upload, edit, manage and watch your videos right from your iPhone."

It appears you can do quite a bit with this app, such as edit your videos, save them to your iPhone or upload direct to Vimeo, watch and manage the videos in your account, share on several different social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, search Vimeo and much more. If you use Vimeo, it sounds like just the app for you.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Digital AV Adapter to Stream Content From Your iOS Device

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"Apple introduced the iPad 2 today and along with it rolled out a few new accessories to accompany its new tablet. One new cable to hit the retail shelves is the Digital AV adapter which can be used to pipe content from your iOS device to your TV."

This device can also be used with the iPhone 4, 4th generation iPod and the original iPad, although it will limit the output to 720p. If, however, you use it on the iPad 2, you will get 1080p streaming and also have the mirroring functionality. This handy adapter will be available on March 11th as well for around $40.00 USD. I'm thinking this is going to be one of those must buy items, especially if you want to make your iPad into a set top box for your TV.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MBA Video Problems Persist

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

"I've had my 13-inch MacBook Air since they were first released and although I encountered video problems initially after the plethora of updates that Apple has released the video problems haven't returned."

I've never used my MacBook Air in this manner, since my larger monitor bit the dust and I have yet to replace it. But I would use it and find it slightly annoying if all I got was something like the photo above. The discussion thread at Apple Support is fairly large at over ten pages now so it's not an isolated incident. Anyone out there experiencing this sort of problem with your MacBook Air?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Skype, Version 3.0, Provides Video Conferencing for iPod Touch and iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"Skype unleashed version 3.0 of the Skype App for iOS this evening. The new version brings the long awaited video conferencing for iPhone and iPod Touch."

Skype is free in iTunes [link] and now even better with the addition of Skype to Skype video calls via WiFi and 3G. Two way video supported on the iPhone 4, 3GS and even iPod Touch 4th generation so that is a bonus. You can even use the video feature between desktop machines. I don't use Skype, but it's slick that you can now do video calling with a 3GS.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Miss "Back to the Mac" in Real Time? Now You Can Stream and Download It

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 06:51 PM

"Today's ‘Back to the Mac' special event hosted by Apple in Cupertino is now available to stream and download."

To watch it head over to Apple and stream it here, or you can head on over to iTunes to download it, filed under the Apple Keynotes Podcast section.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Yahoo! Messenger Updated to Allow Video Calls, Among Other Things

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"Yahoo has updated its Messenger iPhone app to allow video calls from the iPhone to a computer, a feature that Apple has yet to release for its FaceTime standard."

So now you can use Yahoo! Messenger 2.0 [link] to call not only another iPhone 4, but your home computer, be it a Mac or a PC. And you don't have to be on Wi-Fi to use it, as Yahoo! has enabled it for 3G calling as well. Obviously they recommend you use it on Wi-Fi but in a pinch, fire it up on 3G. iChat, are you next?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

So How Do You Convert Video to Take Advantage of the iPhone 4?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"The iPhone 4 just begs for some good video content to be played on its high-resolution display-which, contrary to popular belief, isn't made of retinas. The easiest way to get video is through Apple's iTunes Store, but there are many reasons why you might want to watch videos that you already have lying around instead. If you're lucky, your video is already in a format that the iPhone supports. In that case, just add the file to iTunes and sync. But what if it's not in the right format?"

Ars has a good writeup on how to convert it to the right format, either using iTunes or my personal favorite Handbrake. The process is fairly easy, even for someone like me that doesn't do a lot of it. So if you are interested in converting some of those videos you have to make them iPhone 4 compatible, it's well worth the read.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Here is How iOS 4.2 Looks on an iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:25 PM

Some Video from App Advice of an iPad running iOS 4.2.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Amazon May Be Starting a Streaming Music Service

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "The Competition" @ 07:30 AM

"According to the Wall Street Journal, has been pitching media companies on a streaming video subscription service that would compete with Netflix. Amazon has talked to NBC, Time Warner and Viacom about a service that would work on the Web, on mobile devices, and on Xbox 360 consoles."

If this is true (and I think it probably is), then the digital distribution field is about to get a lot more interesting. I've been hoping for some competition for Netflix, which pretty much rules the roost when it comes to streaming video. I'm a firm believer that more competition is always good for the consumer. It's also possible we'll see a streaming video solution from Apple, maybe even at today's event. It looks to be an exciting few months for fans of streaming video. Anybody else excited about this possibility?

Tags: video, streaming

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Roku Drops Prices Ahead of Apple Event This Week

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 06:00 AM

"Looks like Roku's going aggressive on price with its lineup of streamers in response to Sony's new $130 Netbox streamer, the upcoming Google TV launch, and rumors that we'll see that rumored $99 iOS-based Apple TV arrive on Wednesday."

The standard def box went down to $59.00 USD, the regular HD is $69.00 USD and the HD-XR box is at $99.00 USD, all dropping in price from $20-$30.00 USD. This is getting to the point to have one just for the UFC they offer, but if they would throw in some NFL RedZone, I'd buy it in a heartbeat and lose Dish Network all together. But I think I will first wait to see what Apple has in store for us on Wednesday.

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