With the recent release of the new Apple TV capable of pushing 1080p content, Apple has upped the ante from 720p video content cap to full 1080p in most content that's available to download in HD on iTunes. 1080p content will be downloaded when available by default on both the iPad and the latest Apple TV. However, for reasons unknown, Apple has set iTunes to download HD content in 720p by default with iTunes on Macs and PCs even when 1080p is available for the same content. Whether its purchasing or renting a movie or a TV show, you can now opt to get higher quality 1080p format. But in order to do so, you need to enable the new feature in iTunes.
Here's how to make sure you'll be downloading 1080p HD content from iTunes:
Make sure you've updated to the latest version of iTunes (10.6). Go to your iTunes preferences, under the "Store" tab switch the default 720p and select 1080p as your prefered download format.
After you've enabled 1080p as your preferred download format for HD content, you'll notice that "Downloading 720p" has changed to "Downloading in 1080p" regardless of whether you're renting or purchasing under each movie or TV show that's available to download in full HD. That's just about it. Enjoy!
iFixit always prove to be very helpful when it comes to taking apart your electronic gadgets to fix them up or just for fun peeking around. This time iFixit posted up their teardown of the Apple Thunderbolt Display to reveal some very interesting guts you would never have thought to find in a display. Head over to the teardown page for the full procedure filled with useful information and detailed step-by-step teardown of Apple's 27" Thunderbolt Display.
Like many of you, I purchased OS X Lion to upgrade from Snow Leopard. What many didn't know after downloading their fresh copy of OS X Lion via the Mac App Store was that after you've finished installing OS X Lion, the installation file (.dmg) automatically deletes itself from your hard drive so you can no longer access it to quickly re-install and save it on an external storage like a DVD or even a USB flash drive for a clean install, or just for safe keeping. Apple is said to start offering a hard copy of OS X Lion on a USB flash drive for $69, but that's not what we're here for. If you want a hard copy of your $30 OS X Lion you just downloaded, here's a quick and easy way to re-download OS X Lion straight from the Mac App Store.
Follow these steps:
1. Open up the Mac App Store
2. Hold down the "option" key on your keyboard, while still holding, click your "Purchases" tab.
3. You should now be able to click "Install" next to OS X Lion.
You will be asked to type in your Apple ID account information, and the downloading will start. You will not be charged again since you already purchased OS X Lion. After OS X Lion has finished downloading, do not install it and exit the installation window. Now you'll be able to burn a copy of the Lion Installer which should now be located in your Applications folder.
To access the bootable file inside the Lion Installer you would need to right click it, and select "show package contents". Then, go to the "SharedSupport" folder and there you will have the final file that you would need to burn called "InstallESD.dmg" with Disk Utility. Hopefully this method will help you until Apple finds out about this backdoor.
Sony Ericsson has announced back in March that the Xperia X10 will finally see the light of day this summer with an Android 2.3 update. Well today, AT&T Xperia X10 owners will still be glad to know that they can now update their Android 1.6 software to Android 2.1 starting today. To learn how to update to Android 2.1, head on over to Sony Ericsson's update page. The bad news is that you can only updgrade using a PC at this time.
The makers of tough-only cases for gadgets have released the Defender Series case for the iPad 2. A part of the Otterbox most rugged line of cases. The multi-layer design incorporates a hard polycarbonate inner shell with foam interior surrounded by a shock absorbing silicone outer layer. The Otterbox Defender Series case for the iPad 2 also includes a clip-on front protection screen cover that also transforms into a typing and landscape stand. You can pick this up right now for $89.95 to protect your iPad 2 from just about anything and any environment except for water. If you just got yourself a Defender Series case and have no idea how to assemble the beast, check out the instructional video right after the break.
A MacRumors member decided Apple's color selection of the leather Smart Covers for the iPad 2 were not to his liking, so he decided to create his very own custom color. He used a tan leather Smart Cover and treated it with simple leather oil to darken the color and give it a more traditional brown leather look, just like in the Wild Wild West.