I recently bought my son the Audio + Video version of They Might Be Giants “Here Comes Science” on iTunes. It includes a video for each song, about 40 minutes in total. When played from iTunes it’s a continuous stream; as one clip finishes the next starts automatically. I was hoping it would work the same way on the iPad, but unfortunately it doesn’t. There it stops after each clip and returns you to the main screen where you have to manually start the next. Not great for a 1 year old.
I found this blog post, which suggests that you workaround this by converting the videos into episodes of a TV season. That seems like it would work, but it’s kind of a pain since it requires you to make the change in iTunes on a computer, then sync the videos back to the iPad.
After a little more searching, I found an iPad app called Video Playlist. It’s not ideal since you have to play the videos from within it rather than the built in Videos app, but it does work. Hopefully Apple will provide native support for this at some point, but in the mean time Video Playlist does the trick.
I bought an Xbox 360 for Christmas, and while setting it up I was kind of disappointed to find that my only display option was 480p. As it turns out, you can switch to HD mode, but it requires that you replace the included Composite cable with a Component or HDMI cable.
Microsoft offers a Component cable, which has an Xbox 360 AV connector on one end, and Component (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Red, White) connectors for audio and video on the other end. Newer Xbox 360 models also include an HDMI port, and you can connect them directly to your TV with a standard HDMI cable. The HDMI cable will send both video and audio to your TV, but you can also send audio through to your stereo or home theatre with a separate AV audio cable.
Once you have your cable connected, go to Settings > System > Console Settings > Display > HDTV Settings from the home screen. You should now see options for 720p, 1080i and 1080p (some may be disabled depending on your TV capabilities). If you went with the Component option, and you still don’t see anything but 480p, make sure that the TV / HDTV switch on the cable is set to HDTV.
I’ve decided to leave my laptop at home for an upcoming trip to Europe, so I’ll be using my iPhone for Internet acesss. I looked at AT&T’s international data plans, but none of them look apealling, so I’ll be sticking with WiFi.
To make sure I’m not charged roaming fees I’m going to keep my phone in airplane mode, but the problem is that automatically disables WiFi.
Well, as it turns out, the workaround is painfully simple… just turn it back on (duh). The WiFi slider automatically toggles to off when you enable airplane mode, but you can turn it back on without disabling it.
On a side note, I wrote this entire post on the subway using WordPress for iPhone in offline mode. Pretty cool, huh?