The Home Sharing feature in iTunes makes it possible to stream an iTunes library directly from a computer to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. As long as the iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer, large iTunes collections can be accessed directly from iOS, without syncing or taking up storage space. It only takes a few steps to set up Home Sharing and start streaming music and video.
First, open iTunes on the computer and navigate to File -> Home Sharing -> Turn on Home Sharing. Older versions of iTunes (10.2 to 10.7) have the Turn on Home Sharing option under the Advanced menu. Enter your Apple ID and password to start sharing the iTunes library. iTunes media on multiple computers can be shared over the same Wi-Fi network.
More iPhone deals are happening this Black Friday weekend at T-Mobile. Both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c can be had for zero money down through Sunday, December 1st. This means Apple fans can save $149 up front on the iPhone 5s and $49 on the 5c.
Monthly installments for the 16GB iPhone 5s come to $27, with the 16GB iPhone 5c costing $22.71 per month. Over 24 months, this brings the total cost of the iPhone 5s to $648 and the 5c to $549.84. Customers missing the $0 down offer can still save on Cyber Monday, when prices revert to $50 down for the iPhone 5s and $10 for the 5c.
Black Friday deals are here. Apple is offering free gift cards with the purchase of hardware and accessories from retail locations and the Apple Store online. Several iPad models are included in the deals, as well as iMacs, MacBooks and iPods. Unlike previous Black Fridays, Apple has not discounted prices.
Instead, gift cards range from $150 to $25 depending on the item, and can be redeemed at the Apple Store or online. This ongoing Black Friday special is available at North American retail locations until midnight. Other discounts on Apple products can be found at third-party retailers, such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
Remember CJ and the Grove Street Families? Rockstar games has announced the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS devices next month. First released in 2004, the game defined GTA back in the days of PlayStation 2. The mobile version will feature remastered graphics and other enhancements.
iOS gamers can expect full iOS 7 external controller support, in addition to brand new touch controls and contextual control options. San Andreas has been upgraded by Rockstar with dynamic shadows, an enriched color palette, and greater draw distance. Even characters and car models have been improved and enhanced beyond the original game.
With Black Friday shopping right around the corner, Target has released a new version of their app optimized for iOS 7. The free Target app now features a clean new interface, including the iOS 7 swipe to go back gesture. While the shopping companion requires iOS 7 or later, the app can be installed on compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch units.
Build shopping lists, check for sales, and swipe to check off items once purchased. Opening the app in a Target store makes it possible to see current deals and trending products at that location. Cartwheel discounts can also be viewed, for those participating in the Target loyalty program. Target for iOS 7 will even add offers to your Cartwheel app.
Apple continues to improve the iOS App Store to help users discover new apps and find what they want. With so many options available, searching on the App Store can be difficult business. In the past, one typo or misspelling and the wrong results or none at all would be returned.
Now thanks to algorithm improvements, a misplaced letter or incorrectly placed space doesn't mean the end of a useful search. The App Store now recognizes common typos and misspelled words, compensating for mistakes and returning improved results. According to TechCrunch the changes went into effect a few weeks ago, checking spelling automatically.
iOS users with Siri-enabled devices can now access LyricFind's database of over 2,000 music publishers. Siri learned its new trick after Wolfram|Alpha teamed up LyricFind to add a new lyric query option to its search engine. The new service also allows Wolfram|Alpha users to create word clouds of popular terms used in a certain song. However, this feature does not seem to work on Siri at the moment.
iOS users can get the lyrics to almost any popular song by opening Siri and asking “What are the lyrics to (song title)". For some reason completing this task seems to take Siri longer than usual, and it will also refer you back to the web if it can't locate a title in LyricFind's library.
The original Infinity Blade title is now free thanks to a Black Friday sale from Chair Entertainment. iOS gamers can download the award-winning game that started it all from the App Store and save $5.99, for a limited time. For comparison, sequels Infinity Blade II and Infinity Blade III are selling for $6.99 each.
Chair made waves with the first in the series when the game was showcased by Apple during a keynote presentation. The original Infinity Blade uses the Epic Unreal Engine to create high resolution, realistic landscapes and creatures on iOS devices. The game has won over 20 Game of the Year and Top App awards, including the 2011 Apple Design Award.
As expected, Apple will offer discounts on many of its most popular products on this Black Friday, November 29. The company has already posted a landing page for this year's sale on its Australian website. Deals can be had in Apple retail stores, online, and using the Apple Store iOS app.
Sale prices will take effect starting after midnight on Friday morning and ending at 11:59 PM. Look for promotional pages to pop up soon in other countries, including the US. The standard disclaimers apply, such as the fact that promotional pricing cannot be combined with other offers. If you're shopping in retail stores, the sale prices are only good while the items are in stock.
Yelp users have already become accustomed to making reservations through OpenTable right on their iOS devices. The latest update expands this ability by adding SeatMe to the mix. Now restaurants, bars and lounges using this service are reservable directly from the Yelp application.
Version 7.3.1 of the Yelp app is free on iTunes and provides instant access to reviews and information about local businesses in your vicinity. Yelp acquired OpenTable competitor SeatMe in July, which is billed as a low-cost option targeted at establishments that still use paper reservation books. The addition of SeatMe will make Yelp even more convenient for those looking to grab a table in the app.