Living Room perfection with NVIDIA SHIELD TV
October 30, 2017
For cord cutters like myself, TV entertainment has been dead for years. I bought a TV out of instinct; every living room I’ve seen has a couch and a TV. Netflix and YouTube lived on my lovely desktop monitors, which allowed for multitasking and not actually watching that video content. However, my living room life changed when I came across the Roku 3 box. This wonderful box allowed me to put the very same content up on the living room screen — but it was flawed. Clunky and a weak app ecosystem, it left me hungry for more. To satisfy the craving, I tried to eat an Apple. Their 4th generation Apple TV was almost perfect with their rich app ecosystem and slick interface. However, with 4K content finally available, I craved to eek out the best from my TV. I took a risk on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV — I was not disappointed.
Thoughts on use of the Apple TV (2015) in the Enterprise
November 9, 2015
Last week, as I was spending quality time with the 4th generation Apple TV, I was brainstorming about potential corporate uses for the unit. It might seem like a strange activity, but the Apple TV already has a number of non-media apps on the tvOS App store. An app like Zillow or Airbnb might be a little strange at first, but when you think about sharing your research with your family/SO, it makes a fairly nice display. On a similar vein to that, it’s very common to have TVs in conference rooms these days to hook up computers. Many businesses opt to use Apple TV’s and airplay for the hookup. However, what apps could be used?
A few days with the Apple TV (2015)
November 6, 2015
Last week saw the release of the 4th Generation Apple TV. Being the first Apple TV featuring the new tvOS, it was the first device in the model’s 8 year history to have user-installable apps. Just like on most modern platforms, having the ability to install your own applications is incredibly useful and powerful. There are some interesting applications which I think will show up down the line relating to business use, but we’ll talk about that later. For now, how does it work in real life? For real people? I’ve spent a few days of quality time testing out my Apple TV and I can safely say I need a new couch.
Microsoft showed off at an Apple event… oh and some new iDevices
September 9, 2015
On the right you’ll see a screenshot I captured from today’s Apple event. One half of that image is an Apple staff member talking about the latest and greatest iPad Pro. On the other half of the image you’ll see… a Microsoft logo. At an Apple event? These two used to be mortal enemies. Heck, just last week there was news of Microsoft running a joint project with VMWare. Those two haven’t gotten along since high school.