In case you ever wanted to know how well the Apple iTunes streaming scales, here is your answer…
So, we went to the best deals site out there, Dealnews, and we’ve pulled only their Apple related merchandise into our blog posts. From time to time we’ll put a post onto our frontpage content (if it is that insane) but it will constantly be updated (about 20-30 posts/day) on our new Toys site:
You’ll be able to comment on the products just like any other blog post and give your fellow 9to5mac readers some direction with their purchasing. Perhaps you know of better deals out there or you have some positive or negative opinions about the products being offered? Let everyone know.
We’ll feature the top 5 deals in a block on the right side of the page and also have a link to 9to5mac.com/toys at the top nav bar. If you are a feed type of person, grab the feed here. Other than that, get shopping!
Just a little ‘for instance’: $120 for a 1.5TB hard drive with free shipping
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Plex.app hits .71 release this week and continues its ascent to the top of the Apple media center world. Sure, Frontrow is blessed by Apple. Boxee has lifted the same XBMC code and gone a different direction. But, as far as fully funtioning Media Centers go, Plex.app is easily the best, and getting better fast.
This latest update adds support for Aperture library browsing (iPhoto and iTunes has been supported for months). Not just your Aperture either…but any Aperture out there on the Internet so long as everyone is using Plex. Support for Adobe’s Lightroom is also on the way.
Recent features include the ability to open any application from Plex’s interface (including FrontRow), iTunes visualizers and playback of DRM tracks from the iTunes store and Sparkle software updates.
Plex Media server, another recent update, is a standalone program that runs alongside Plex (or alone on any machine, it’s a Universal Binary). It serves up media from your iLife applications and Aperature/Lightroom. Plex communicates with the Plex Media Server on the local machine, on your local network, or even across the world over the Internet. This means that you can play your friends’ iTunes playlists or browse their podcasts or photo albums.
The list really goes on and on. Plex is everything you’d want in a media center including the ability to browse folders on any system and play just about any type of audio or video file. Plex isn’t bound by any of the studio deals or format wars Apple software is limited to.
Apple tonight posted the version 2.3 ?TV software update. While the updates (below) are somewhat substantial, the million dollar question is: did it kill Boxee? (Answer Yes it did!) Don’t upgrade if you want to keep your Boxee!
In addition we are hearing reports that:
- ?TV v2.3 fixes soft subtitles display. It no longer cuts them off and properly displays multiple lines.
- It has newly added rentals and newly added purchases under movies. As well as Recently Played, Highest Rated, and video playlists.
- added proper hd logos to user encoded movies as well
- Volume works with music videos, not just audio files.
With volume control, and improved streaming artwork with the last Remote App update, I will use Apple TV as my server, and not my iMac in my office. Now, when I have parties, I can use my iPhone and friends can use the little white remote. There won’t be any confusion/mess. And it can play in my bedroom with Airpot Express and my bookshelf speakers.
I’ve lost a "zone", since my iMac can’t act as a client to Apple TV. Not a big deal, but I hope they add this in an iTunes update
Google’s Grand Central has had a somewhat slow start, especially on the Mac platform. Today, however, Google’s Mac Labs have unveiled Vocito…
Vocito is a desktop UI for GrandCentral for the Mac. It allows you to easily dial anybody from your desktop. Using GrandCentral it will dial the remote phone and your local phone simultaneously, and connect you together.
All this integration makes it easy to have Vocito automatically dial your phone from just about any application that supports scripting, html, or Automator actions. For example, you can easily set up your iCal meeting appointment to automatically dial the conference call for you at the correct time.
Vocito also allows you to save little applets that will automatically dial the phone for you with a simple double click.
Since GrandCentral is currently in a limited beta, we don’t have any more invites to hand out right now. So those of you without a GrandCentral number don’t get to play just yet, but please reserve your number now to get in on the action as soon as more invites become available.
Vocito is available here for download. It works on Tiger and Leopard, is both PowerPC and Intel native, and is fully open sourced. There is a discussion group at vocito-discuss on Google Groups, and an FAQ. If you need help using Vocito, check out our ever growing documentation page at VocitoHelp. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please post to vocito-discuss and we’ll get back to you ASAP.