Archive for December, 2013


Tis the Season to Be Streaming

 

Loren W
18 December 2013
Melbourne Australia

 

For those of you that know all of this call it a refresher. I get asked this all the time and surprised how many are not aware of the simplicity here. I spoke to Apple yesterday on point 3. Instructions even if you can find them are often random, inconsistent and even Wrong. In my case Apple support was nice enough to pass to a specialist to confirm my suspicions.

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1) Air Video – Use the Air Video app to stream formats of movies, tv shows other video that are not normally necessarily natively Apple compatible. You need a client app (free) for PC or Mac here and an iOS app as well.

2) Typing – Using AppleTV (ATV) can be a pain to type on, sometimes better with an Apple BT (Bluetooth) Keyboard (or many other brands work as well).

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3) What happens in the cloud can be downloaded from the cloud – If using a BT keyboard is too big a pain as they are sometimes finding the ATV and if buying an iTunes video (movie or tv show), you can buy it via any device PC, MAC, iOS device (iPhone, iPad etc.), then download it directly to your ATV (or download it to your iOS device then stream it via Airplay to your AppleTV, but there is no need to download if all you want to do is watch it on your ATV. Note: This works great but you CANNOT rent on one device and watch on an ATV, or vice versa. Purchases yes, rentals no.

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4) Android– Streaming via Android to ATV is now possible via many (but not enough ) apps including airstream available here

clip_image0085) Control Panel – you can simply navigate on your iOS device and then stream your device to your ATV, many are not aware of this

6) 3D Streaming – Most new 3d TV’s allow you to convert 2D (normal) TV to 3D on the fly. The same hold true for your 2D iTunes or 3rd Party Air Video content from your Mac, iOS Device, PC, or Android

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Note: There are other streaming ways not addressed here like DLNA, but there are some new tools coming out in a few weeks so will talk more about it then.

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I love reviewing surprises in good technology

Loren W
11 December 2013
Melbourne, Australia

clip_image001The last time I tested a Bluetooth keyboard it was for a 10” Windows 8 tablet, and it REALLY needed a keyboard to make full use of the Windows environment. I eagerly returned both, and there was no sleek alternative that made either one very useful. I tried many since and for Tablets, nothing seem to work very well.

clip_image003Skip forward to the Nexus 7 2013, a great inexpensive smaller form factor Tablet now running Android 4.4 KitKat Operating System

If you were to ask what 5 features you would want in a keyboard for the Nexus 7 they would likely be.

· Light

· Long Batter Life

· Bluetooth

· Good Quality Keys

· Affordable

You get all of these features, and more with this keyboard, plus it acts as a lightweight case as well. The special keys mean you have an easy use of scrolling and the home button, and more that we all use so much. With a 60 day standby time, 4-5 hour charging and actual use time of

clip_image00455 hours, you will forget to charge it. The LED indicators are equally useful. Finally, some Bluetooth devices can be a real pain to sync or do not remember you did any syncing to begin with. As a result, you have to re-sync the device every time. Not the case here either (no pun intended). The simplicity of the design is one of its best features, and a welcome idea, it efficiently fits and then acts as a protective case as well. Unlike some flip type cases, where the case itself can get in the way, here is either used or out of the way.

I highly recommend this keyboard, it is useful as well as it is functional, and with the great specs it is a no-brainer for anyone using a Nexus 7 2013 tablet, if they are ever in need of a keyboard.

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