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View Silver Screen Media on Your Apple TV from another Disk

Want to watch movies via Silver Screen that aren't in your Movies folder? Just create an alias in your Movies directory and select that as your Media Directory in Silver Screen's preferences. It will even be automatically mounted if needed when the folder is browsed in Silver Screen. To make the alias, mount the server or other disk in the Finder, locate the folder containing the movies and Command-Option-drag the folder's icon into your Movies directory.

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“Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite” Says It All

With months still remaining before the final release of OS X Yosemite, members of the public can now install a beta version. Joe Kissell explains why this is cool and why he wrote an unusually priced book about it!Show full article

Apple Q3 2014 Results Show Highest EPS in Seven Quarters

Boosted by strong sales of iPhones, Macs, and apps, Apple has posted record financial results for the company’s third fiscal quarter, with $37.4 billion in revenue and net profits of $7.7 billion.Show full article

Chapter 8 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

If you want to run your own mail server using OS X Server, Charles Edge explains… why you really don’t want to do that. But if you insist, this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server” provides the necessary background and instructions.Show full article

Potato Salad Goes Viral on Kickstarter

A crowdfunding campaign for potato salad takes the cake. But will anyone be able to reproduce the recipe?Show full article

ITbits: Putting IBM MobileFirst in (Apple’s Enterprise) Context

Much has been made of the announcement that Apple and IBM will work together to bring iOS devices and applications into the enterprise via IBM’s MobileFirst program. Systems administrator Andrew Laurence examines Apple’s enterprise history and strategy, and explains how the deal with IBM fits in.Show full article

Amazon Fire Phone Too Limited and Gimmicky

The Fire Phone smartphone is Amazon’s latest foray into consumer hardware, after its Kindle Fire tablets and Fire TV streaming video box. Phone buyers seeking maximum device versatility and flexibility should just get an iPhone or Android handset, though, because the Fire has too many limitations and pointless razzle-dazzle.Show full article

FunBITS: Strava Makes Exercise Social and Virtually Competitive

For many of us, getting outside to run or bike is the highlight of our days. But if you can’t always run or ride with friends, the Strava social exercise site puts you in touch with friends near and far, while simultaneously providing motivational tools to help you improve your fitness at any level.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 July 2014

Notable software releases this week include TinkerTool 5.3, Default Folder X 4.6.8, Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.0, Nicecast 1.11.0, Airfoil 4.8.7, Piezo 1.2.5, and Marked 2.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 28 July 2014

Apple has acquired the BookLamp book recommendation service, Adam Engst appeared on The Tech Night Owl to talk about Apple’s Q3 financial results and the IBM deal, LiveCode is seeking funding to enable the cross-platform development environment to create HTML5 Web apps, and the Marvel Unlimited comic subscription service has been discounted to 99 cents through 29 July 2014.Show full article

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