Apple’s Remote app updated to 2.0

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Remote on iPad (it's iTunes!)

Apple has just updated their massively popular Remote app to version 2.0. Among the changes, the app now supports the Retina display of the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4, as well as the larger screen of the iPad. Shared libraries on iTunes and support for the new Apple TV is also part of the update. For those not familiar with Remote, the app basically allows you to control iTunes and Apple TV from anywhere in your home via Wifi. Here are some of its features:

  • Pause, rewind, fast forward, shuffle, and adjust the volume from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  • View album, movie, and TV show artwork
  • Create and update Genius playlists
  • Create and edit playlists in iTunes
  • Search your entire iTunes library
  • Control iTunes to send music to AirPlay speakers
  • Control the volume on each speaker independently
  • Control Apple TV with simple finger gestures

I’ve installed the update on my iPad and it looks fab; the interface has a very iTunes feel to it and all the essential controls are at your fingertips. Listening to music in my living room with the iPad in hand has just become that much more fun. If you rely on Remote for your music/videos, be sure to grab the update now.

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’69 GTO/iDevice remote control combo stymies the ‘Spirit of Berlin’

As technology progresses, so too does the badass stuff you can do with it. Back in October, the ‘Spirit of Berlin’, an iDevice-controlled minivan stole the imaginations of stale/iDevice car-lovers everywhere. But, a 1969 GTO is ever so much cooler, and in some ways, so too is Dave Phipps, the chap who re-wired his 400$ hotrod. The GTO project uses tech called RedEye from ThinkFlood to control the car’s ignition, radio, doors, and more: a perfect melding of classic and new age tech.

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Remote in Review – A Perfect Extension to iTunes/ Apple TV

remote1Initially when Apple came out with its first iPhone/ iPod Touch app on the App Store, the Remote app, I just wasn’t interested in installing it, even though it was free. This was because whenever I was listening to music, I would be within reach of my computer, and therefore really don’t need the redundant control on my iPhone. However, when I recently bought an Apple TV to put next to my TV, I decided to give the application a go.

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