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Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

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It’s easy to write off the Apple TV as being just for entertainment — whether watching movies from Netflix, playing music from iTunes Radio, or showing off your vacation photos from Flickr. But step back for a moment and consider the fact that the Apple TV can act as an AirPlay conduit that enables you to display an iPad or iPhone screen on a large-screen TV, projector, or classroom SMART Board. If you travel frequently to give presentations, tossing a tiny Apple TV in your bag might mean the difference between being able to connect to a random projector and forcing everyone to crowd around your iPad.

In Chapter 9, “Present with Apple TV,” of “Take Control of Apple TV,” Josh Centers explains what adapters and cables you’ll need to ensure that you can connect an Apple TV to whatever display you run across. He then provides tips on how to get Keynote presentations to your iOS device, how to show paper or physical objects on the big screen via the iOS device’s camera (there’s an app for that), and how to loop in a remote presenter. Josh also explains how the Apple TV’s Conference Room Display mode works — it’s designed to help random people figure out how to connect to an Apple TV located in a shared conference room.

As always, Chapter 1, “Introducing Apple TV,” is available for everyone to read, to see what “Take Control of Apple TV” is slated to cover. In a few more weeks, it will be available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, and TidBITS members can save 30 percent on this and all other Take Control titles. In the meantime, TidBITS members can read and comment on the following chapters:

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