Wishing you could use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a universal remote control in the living room? On Tuesday Logitech announced the Harmony Link, a $100 device that sits next to your TV, communicates with your iOS device via Wi-Fi, and can control up to eight pieces of hardware -- TVs, DVRs, Blu-ray players, AV receivers, media streamers, and so on -- using a custom app.
We recently took a look at several new LED-backlit LCD HDTVs, ranging in size from 42 inches to 55 inches.
On Monday, Apple released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, a tool that lets you create a Lion Recovery partition on an external hard drive.
On Monday Apple released minor updates for its Logic Express and Logic Pro audio recording and editing software.
Apple TV users welcome every update that brings new features to the company's tiny set-top box, but there are still more changes Apple could make. Here are some of the items on Jonathan Seff's Apple TV wish list.
Owners of the second-generation Apple TV can now stream previously purchased TV shows directly from the iTunes Store, as well as watch videos from the popular video-hosting site Vimeo, thanks to a software update released on Monday.
On Friday, Apple announced that it would replace some Seagate 1TB hard drives included in recent iMacs that could "fail under certain conditions."
iCal, Apple’s built-in calendar application, sees some big changes in Lion. Many of the visual tweaks are borrowed from the Calendar iOS app on the iPad, with a focus on giving you making appointments easier to view, and in some cases giving you more room in which to view them. As a whole, iCal 5 is a worthy evolutionary step.
In Lion, OS X's built-in contacts manager gets a makeover both in looks and some added functionality. Jonathan Seff checks it out.
There are many applications out there that can convert various types of video into formats that are friendly to iTunes and the iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Apple TV. Of those, there's an interesting subset--including Chris Marrin's Video Monkey 0.10--that can not only encode files, but also tag them with TV show or movie metadata at the same time. Or, they can simply fill in or update tag information without additional encoding.
The iPad is a game-changer for the magazine business. Publishers are trying out all sorts of business and editorial models. Jonathan Seff looks at what you can read (and what you'll pay).
Macgo's Mac Blu-ray Player bring Blu-ray playback to the Mac. When it works. Which doesn't appear to be very often.
In January 2009, Apple announced that all songs on the iTunes Store would soon be sold without the DRM restrictions that had been part of the company's music downloads since the store's inception in 2003. So Jonathan Seff was somewhat surprised to find two DRM-clad iTunes tracks on Spin's free "20 Years of Lollapalooza" compilation.
If you're in a crowded or noisy environment and need to hear what's coming out of your Mac, Boom might be quite helpful. Boom is a software utility that boosts the audio volume from your Mac.
Video conversion can be tricky for those who don't know (or care) about bit rates, frame sizes, and so on. Reggie Ashworth's VidConvert 1.0.4 makes the process easy with some simple settings, but also offers fine-tuned control for those who want to tweak to their hearts' content.