After weeks of anticipation stoked by rumors, image leaks, and new boxes from competitors Apple and Amazon, Roku has finally unveiled the Roku 4. The new box brings 4K Ultra HD, convenient new features like a remote-finder button, and a robust new operating system and mobile app that look — and work — better than ever.Behold the box of the futureThe Roku 4 looks less like a hockey puck than in years past, following the thinner, broader profile adopted by the Amazon Fire TV, but with the rounded corners and otherwise bubbly personality Roku has become known for. On the back, an HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI output supports 4K Ultra HD resolution at up to 60 frames per second. Just below that is a MicroSD card slot for expanded storage. Roku also added an optical digital audio output — an interesting move since Amazon just dropped this feature. An Ethernet port provides a hard-wire alternative to the unit’s built-in 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi … [Read more...] about Roku 4 brings 4K streaming, remote finder, Universal Voice Search, and more
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Just as Microsoft became entrenched with Windows XP, so toodid Apple's popular Mac OS X version 10.4 develop a shelf life. Released inApril 2005, Mac OS X version 10.4 (known as Tiger) introduced the Spotlightintegrated desktop search feature, a new Dashboard that popularized widget use,an updated Safari Web browser, and more. However, Mac OS X version 10.5experienced delays in its announced release.Featuring more than 300 updates and improvements, the new "Leopard"release packs several significant enhancements. In addition to including a newTime Machine automated backup utility, the updated operating system boastsSpotlight search capability across multiple systems, the Front Row and PhotoBooth applications introduced with Tiger on Intel-powered systems, virtualdesktop "Spaces" that enable users to maintain multiple desktop withspecific applications running simultaneously, the addition of RSS, stationeryand other new features to Mail, and much more. Here's a deeper look at some ofthe … [Read more...] about SolutionBase: What’s coming in Mac OS X Leopard
Linux network. With the help of Samba this is not only possible, it's easy to configure and establish. Let's take a look at how an OS X computer connects to a Samba share.Before we get started I wanted to make note that this is not an in-depth article on setting up Samba. We will touch base on getting Samba up and running so the Mac OS X machine can connect to it, but primarily this is about OS X's ability to connect. This blog post is also available in PDF form as a TechRepublic download.The first thing you need to do is set up the Samba Security mode. This is located (in Fedora-based Linux distributions) in /etc/samba and the file is called smb.conf. You will have to have root access in order to make these modifications. So open up a console window, su to root, and open up the smb.conf file in your favorite editor.The first option you are going to change is the workgroup option. Change this to match the workgroup you use on your network. The next option you need to do is change the … [Read more...] about How do I… Connect a Mac OS X machine to a Samba share?
Microsoft Windows-based machines, to have access to specific directories on that Linux box. How do you do it?Believe it or not — it's very simple, and you won't have to edit a single line of a Samba configuration file in order to get it working. This simplified process may come as a surprise to anyone who has tried to share a Linux directory on a Windows network in the past. Instead of having to weed through the smb.conf file as before, everything is done from within the GUI.In this How do I tutorial, I walk you through the process of setting up a shared directory on your Linux desktop so that all the machines on your network can access it. This blog post is also available in PDF format in a TechRepublic download.You might be surprised to find out that once you have the desktop operating system installed, you have everything you need to begin this process. During the process, there may be (depending on your current installation) a dependency to be installed, but this … [Read more...] about How do I quickly share Linux directories with a Windows network?
Bestselling author Joseph Finder is renowned for his ability to tell tales of intrigue that are so factually accurate they could be real. Finder didn't start out as a writer — his original career choice was in international Intelligence. His deep understanding of corporate espionage fuels his ability to offer the reader a look behind the glitz and glamour of corporate money and power into the seedy depths of domineering determination.Many TechRepublic readers will identify with Adam Cassidy, the hero in one of Finder's most popular books, Paranoia. Cassidy works at a tech firm, and unwittingly gets caught up in the higher echelon's power games. After Paranoia, Finder created Nick Heller, who first appeared in Vanished. Heller is a not-so-tough guy with a somewhat interesting past; he's a hero with whom the reader can identify and also long to be. Heller reappears in Finder's latest novel, Buried Secrets, which is available in book and e-reader form on June 21, 2011.We were … [Read more...] about Why novelist Joseph Finder spent time in a coffin
Many of the apps on your Mac have a toolbar; that’s the gray section at the top of the window that contains a number of buttons and, perhaps, a search field. You see this in Safari, Mail, the iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), and even in the Finder. The buttons available in these toolbars let you quickly access some of the most common functions of their apps.Tweaking the Finder toolbar can help you become more productive. You can add buttons for functions you use often, ones that might be harder to access via menus. You can add a specific button that offers most of the same menu items as the Finder’s contextual menu; this is great if you’d rather click a button than right-click or Control-click. And you can use the back and forward buttons to move through windows or tabs you’ve viewed, and use the Finder view buttons to change Finder views.To start with, you should check out which buttons are available in the Finder toolbar. By default, you see the Back and … [Read more...] about How to use the Finder window toolbar to save time
It’s a tedious task to take your old photos in an album or box and convert them to a digital format by using a scanner. In recent years, mobile apps like Unfade, Photomyne, and Pic Scanner have taken some of the friction out of this process by automatically cropping, enhancing, and organizing prints. But those apps share a singular limitation: No matter how good the smartphone camera, it can’t compete with a decent hardware scanner.Epson’s new FastFoto FF-640 ($650; available on Amazon) offers a higher quality approach, combining sheet-fed duplex color scanner hardware capable of 600 dpi optical resolution with Mac and PC software for organizing and enhancing photos in a single step, optionally restoring faded colors, removing red eye, or adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation.The scanner loads up to 30 prints at a time, churning through them in as little as one second each at the default 300 dpi setting. Preferring higher quality for digital posterity, I … [Read more...] about Epson FastFoto FF-640 review: Quick, convenient photo scans don’t come cheap
Level: Switcher / Basic to intermediateThis series of posts aims to quickly get new Mac OS X users up to speed with the various straightforward methods of sharing files, resources, and screens over a simple network with other Macs and Windows PCs.For very temporary, quick file-sharing, a USB flash / thumb, external hard drive or SSD is ideal. This guide picks up at the point where a portable drive is not practical due to non-availability, size limitations, or where common local access or very frequent usage is required.We will focus on the types of networks we are most likely to encounter: local wired Ethernet and wireless Wi-Fi networks in homes or small-businesses; and existing enterprise networks.Outside of a typical home or small business, networking very quickly becomes highly convoluted and specific. Google is your friend, and some excellent guides exist such as CNET's very comprehensive Networking Explained, Wikipedia, Apple's Networking, and Use Ethernet to connect to a network … [Read more...] about Mac sharing Part 1: How to get connected
Wearing a bright red hat embroidered with "Make Software Great Again," Box CEO Aaron Levie took the stage at the BoxWorks customer conference on Wednesday to serve as emcee for the unveiling of massive redesigns and upgrades to the company's cloud storage and content services products. Box's web interface is getting a complete redesign, with new organization, search and preview capabilities. The company is launching a new desktop app to help Windows and Mac users access their files. It's also coming out with a desktop app for users of its Box Notes collaborative document editing service. It's all part of what Levie called the "all new Box," aimed at modernizing the company's services to meet the needs of customers.Box's web interface is getting an overhaul designed to load pages up to 30 percent faster and let users upload files up to five times faster. The redesigned interface also includes a new search feature that lets users select a few parameters that describe what … [Read more...] about Here’s how Box has redesigned its entire offering
We often take close look at designs and typefaces to detect a font that looks great. Even many of us take photos of an inspired design with a beautiful typeface. But taking a photo of something is a lot different than incorporating the typeface in your own design. Well, we always had difficulties in detecting the typeface we need. Finally, the solution to this problem has arrived thanks to a prolific invention by a college student in London. Fiona O'Leary, the mastermind behind the new font finder device is a student at the Royal College of Art. He developed a prototype referred as Spector which is capable to capture any typeface and color shade in the simplest manner possible.For instance, if you like a font used in a subway map or in a commercial advertisement or find an interesting color shade, this device can quickly take note of it and help you to detect them from the reference resources or just copy them. By using this device you can capture that font and then … [Read more...] about Spector – Ultimate Font Finder Gadget To Detect Typeface