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In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

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Last week I said that the Apple TV isn’t just for entertainment, thanks to its AirPlay-powered presentation capabilities, so it’s a bit ironic for this week’s pre-release chapter of Josh Centers’s “Take Control of Apple TV” to be about games that are designed specifically for the Apple TV. No, there aren’t games you can install on the Apple TV itself, but thanks to AirPlay, you can play iOS games on the big screen via an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. With many games, that might not be a win, if you have to be looking at the device to know where to put your fingers, but a handful of games have been designed to be played on the Apple TV, with proper attention to using the full size of the screen and controls appropriate to the situation.

In Chapter 10, “Play Games on Apple TV” Josh offers capsule reviews of those games that are designed explicitly to be played on a large screen TV via AirPlay to the Apple TV. Since the fast response time required by games sometimes runs afoul of network or processing delays, Josh also provides a number of tips aimed at reducing latency so you’ll enjoy the best possible gaming experience.

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:

We hope our TidBITS members have been enjoying this early look at “Take Control of Apple TV,” and if you haven’t yet joined the TidBITS membership program, this early access is only one of a number of perks we provide to thank you for your support. We don’t have the deep pockets of a corporate media behemoth, so support from our readers provides the majority of our funding and makes it possible for us to keep bringing you TidBITS each week. To get a sense what the TidBITS membership program means to us, see “Support TidBITS in 2014 via the TidBITS Membership Program” (9 December 2013).

 

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