Does Apple TV support Chromecast? No - the Apple TV doesn't support Chromecast . There's an HDMI port on the back of your Apple TV and you could in principle plug your Chromecast dongle into that, but it wouldn't achieve anything. And you can't run or access Chromecast software on the fourth-gen Apple TV. In this article we explain why Apple TV doesn't support Chromecast (and why that doesn't matter), and discuss the chances of the two systems working together in the future. Read next: Apple TV vs Google Chromecast What are Apple TV and Chromecast? What are the differences between them? They are media streaming devices, primarily. Both devices plug into a TV, transforming it from a TV into a smart TV - they're designed to either stream TV, films and video directly to the TV from online, or to mirror whatever's on the screen of a linked device such as a tablet or phone. Apple TV and Chromecast share a number of similarities, then, and this is why the question of … [Read more...] about Does Apple TV support Chromecast?
It’s tax time in the USA, which means everyone is either going to be happy with a refund or sad when they owe. Many people use online tax filing software to make the job a bit easier since they can do it themselves from home. If you want to file your taxes online and you use Google Chrome, you might need to skip TurboTax though, which does not support older versions of the Chrome browser. Or, you might need to use a different Web Browser. Adding insult to injury is the supported browser list: TurboTax supports IE6 (Internet Explorer 6), but doesn’t support Chrome? That’s… curious. Now Admittedly, Google Chrome is in beta, but it is very popular. Personally Google Chrome is my favorite web browser by far, so I was pretty annoyed to find this out. I imagine this is just a simple user agent detection, since other WebKit browsers are supported (Safari), but this seems like a curious misstep by TurboTax. FYI: this effects all OS’s using the Chrome browser, and has … [Read more...] about TurboTax does not work with Google Chrome?
Does your Mac need more memory? How can you tell? Often when a Mac needs more RAM things will start slowing down and you’ll suffer a noticeable performance hit. This can impact everything from the speed of the computer, to how long it takes to launch apps, to sluggishness when interacting with apps, and more. If you experience any of those types of issues, it could be RAM constraints, but rather than guess, let’s actually learn how to check memory usage. Here’s a 3-step process of how I determine if a Mac user needs additional memory. Using this method you can determine if you need more memory for your Mac too, so let’s follow along. How to Tell If a Mac Needs More RAM What we’re going to do is use the Mac in question and then check on the active memory usage while it’s in use. This is a simple way to determine if a Mac would benefit from a RAM upgrade (most will!). Step 1) Use your Mac – Go about the activities you typically perform on your Mac. If you use your Mac … [Read more...] about Does your Mac Need More Memory? How to Know if you Need a RAM Upgrade
Apple seems to be pruning the word “Mac” from “Mac OS X” in favor of just “OS X” when it comes to Mac OS X Lion (or rather, OS X Lion). This was originally noticed at the WWDC 2011 keynote and all the subsequent Lion marketing materials on Apple’s OS X website and elsewhere, but we didn’t think much of it other than being a branding exercise for Apple. So why the post about this now? Well, there have been several conspiracy theories propping up in our comments and elsewhere on the web based on the slight name change. Conspiracy 1: “OS X” Sounds Kind of Like “iOS” Therefore it Must Mean “iOS X” Conspiracy 2: The Mac is Dead Reality: The Mac is Alive and Well, DaringFireball to the Rescue his thoughts on the matter , and it should dispel some of the paranoia. The most important message from Gruber: “I wouldn’t read too much into this.” Here’s his full response, in a post titled “Apple Dropping the ‘Mac’ From ‘Mac OS X’?”: It’s often been referred to … [Read more...] about “Mac” Dropped from “Mac OS X” – It’s Now Just Called OS X, Does That Matter?
I recently gave my iPad a pretty serious scratch doing something that I’ve done hundreds of times – sliding the device across a wooden coffee table. I’m not sure exactly what caused it, but the surface of the table probably had a tiny flick of sand or dirt on it, and the sliding motion allowed it to gouge a 3″ mar into the otherwise pristine iPad 3 rear shell. This got me thinking about scratch protection for iOS devices in general, and who needs protectors and who doesn’t. Who Needs Scratch Protection: You want to keep Apple hardware in pristine condition You intend to sell the iPad, iPhone, MacBook, within a year or two to stay on the latest and greatest upgrade cycle and want maximum resale value You want protection from wear and tear without a bulky case Who Doesn’t Need Scratch Protection: Scratches, scuffs, and wear & tear don’t bother you You have no interest in maintaining hardware in pristine condition You won’t sell the product and if you do you … [Read more...] about Does an iPad Need Scratch Protection?