Like many families, our Apple TV is connected to our family room television, accessible to my wife and our daugther. It makes it easy to watch all sorts of free programming (with subscription) including HBO GO, Netflix, assorted Disney channels. If you own an Apple TV, then you know it's also connected to the iTunes Store, making it easy to purchase or rent movies or TV shows. In some cases, it's too easy. Easy for kids who might know how to search, find and buy a program. From personal experience, it's also easy for a toddler to grab the remote and within a few button presses, order a movie rental. As my 24-hour windows to watch a movie that I have no interest in watching concludes, I thought it might be a good idea to setup parental … [Read more...]
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The crowded field of media streamers got even more crowded with the addition of the Amazon Fire TV. While there are a number of good options for streaming media, the Apple TV remains the one that works incredibly well within the Apple ecosystem. One of the many cool things you can do is to mirror the the display on your Mac to Apple TV, letting you wirelessly connect and use your HDTV as a display. While it's not practical for everyday use, there are certainly instances where this can be a useful feature. The Apple TV can serve as full-proof accessory when you need to make a big presentation. And when I say big, I mean 60-inch HDTV big. Here's how to mirror your Mac to Apple TV using AirPlay. … [Read more...]
One of the apps which saw major UI changes with iOS 7 was the Reminders app, an incredibly useful app for making to-do lists and reminders of things you need to get done. Thanks to the magic of iCloud, the Reminders app syncs across all of your iOS devices, so your lists are always up to date. We'll help you get started with creating reminders, how to schedule items and more. … [Read more...]
For the most part, Apple's iOS 7.1 is a welcome software update, bringing with it increased stability and relief from random crashes that plagued earlier versions. What is seemingly a yearly occurrence with either major or point releases, the trade-off appears to come in reduced battery life. Apple's support forums are filled with folks suffering reduced battery life. These typically get resolved with successive releases, but that doesn't help those who recently upgraded. If you're suffering iOS 7.1 battery drain, here a few tips on how to fix it or at a minimum, optimize your current battery life. … [Read more...]
One of the smaller features in iOS 7.1 is the ability to manually control when Siri listens. In previous versions of iOS, you would press and hold the home button to summon Siri. Once you hear the familiar chime, you'd let go of the home button and speak your request. What followed was either a quick recognition that you were finished with your request or a slight delay, which could result in extraneous sounds muddling your question. Sure you can edit your Siri questions, but in many ways, that defeats the purpose of a voice activated assistant. So in iOS 7.1, Apple has introduced manual control, which should help make for faster and more accurate voice recognition, improving your chances of getting an accurate answer from Siri. … [Read more...]
A new features in iOS 7.1 allows you to modify the user interface of your entire phone, bringing back iOS 6-like buttons in Apple's new operating system. When Apple released iOS 7, there were mixed responses to the new clean and positively stark interface. The abundance of white space coupled with a new text-based UI made it difficult to distinguish between navigation elements and on-screen content. With the release of iOS 7.1, Apple now offers an option to set a background to the text elements, which creates buttons in most of your apps, including third party applications. Apple has once again relied on the 'Accessibility' settings to provide users with a way to customize the UI of iOS 7. You'll want to navigate to Settings > General > … [Read more...]
One of the features left out of iOS 7 was the event list view in the Calendar app. This provided for an easy way to see upcoming events on your iPhone, while looking at your monthly calendar. It had many looking for alternative Calendar apps, which for many, might still be a good idea given the vast feature set found in those apps. If you labored through the various iOS 7 updates in hopes that Apple will have heard your pleas for list view, good news awaits with the release of iOS 7.1. Yes, it is now possible to view events in month view and it works just like iOS 6. We're moving forward, even if it means moving back. … [Read more...]
While there have been a steady stream of new channels available on the Apple TV and new content promised with the 4th generation coming later this year, we've yet to see an Amazon Instant channel. Apple offers TV and movie rentals and purchases through the iTunes Store, so they might not be in any rush to offer a channel that offers competitive products. It looks less likely with news that Amazon is preparing their own set-top box. For those who have an Amazon Prime membership, you can stream thousands of movies and TV shows. Great if you have a ROKU, but what about the Apple TV? Here's how to watch Amazon Instant and Prime videos on Apple TV. In order to play videos from Amazon Instant on your Apple TV, you'll first need to download … [Read more...]
Subscriptions can be a great thing, provided you continue to read either a Newsstand publication or app like the NY Post that delivers you a steady stream of content for a monthly fee. The trouble with any subscription is when it goes unread, leaving you with nothing but a monthly bill. They make it easy to subscribe, but how do you cancel a recurring subscriptions on the iPhone or iPad? … [Read more...]