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Web browsing and Last.fm coming to new Apple TV via hack

Posted in Apple TV by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

The new Apple TV is pretty disappointing since it is so limited. It sits collecting dust like many Wiis do. So if Apple doesn’t decide to release Apps for it in the near future, jailbreakers certainly will. In fact, some hackers have managed to get a web browser running on the new Apple TV and also added Last.fm integration.

The latest apps were created by the folks over at Firecore, and they will be releasing a package for Apple TV called aTV Flash. A beta of the package should be released within the next couple of weeks.

New Apple TV gets torn apart

Posted in Apple TV by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2010

The newly shipping Apple TV has just undergone it’s first autopsy from iFixit, revealing the device’s hidden specs and innards. It looks like the inside of Apple TV has a lot in common with other iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad.

There’s 8 GB of NAND flash memory on board, 256 MB of RAM (the same as iPad), the same Apple A4 processor as the iPad and iPhone, and the same Broadcom chip for Bluetooth, FM, and WiFi b/g/n capabilities. And some solder pads near the side of the logic board look like a perfect fit for an Apple dock connector.

New Apple TV is $99

Posted in Apple TV by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2010

The new Apple TV is now a streaming-focused device in a small matte black enclosure. The device has HDMI, Ethernet, optical audio, and USB plugs in back, along with 802.11n. There’s no local storage. The new streaming HD TV rentals from ABC and Fox will be just 99 cents, while first run HD movies will be $4.99.

Other services include Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, and Mobile Me, as well as Rotten Tomatoes integration in the movie catalog. You can stream from your computer and iOS 4.2′s AirPlay enables streaming from an iPad straight to an Apple TV.

iPhone 3.0 Remote App Supports Apple TV

Posted in Apple TV by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Remote App Supports Apple TVGreat news for Apple TV users. The iPhone 3.0 version of the Remote app now supports Apple TV controls with gesturing, which will give you a lot more flexibility than the standard little Apple Remote you already have.

According to Techcrunch, the entire experience is dramatically improved, allowing you to slide around on the phone to move the screen, while the keyboard makes it handy to type searches in quickly.

Apple HDTV with built-in Apple TV?

Posted in Apple TV by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2008

Apple HDTV with built-in Apple TV?Many fanboys and girls are waiting for Apple’s next Macbook coming Tuesday. But check this out. In an interview with CNET UK, Jason Calacanis claims to have sources that say that Apple is working on a networked LCD HDTV with built-in Apple TV. So why jump into the HDTV market? I have no idea, but the promise of an HDTV capable of streaming music and videos from your network is interesting. The idea is that they’ll function like a standard TV with an Apple TV box, just without the box.

Vudu drops price to keep up with Apple

Posted in Apple TV,Digital Video,Services,VUDU by Darrin Olson on January 24th, 2008

Vudu on demand video box drops price to keep up with rival Apple TVIt just keeps getting better for consumers looking for on-demand set top boxes. In response to the new firmware upgrade and price drop announced by Jobs for the Apple TV, Vudu has given its own demand box a 25 percent discount. This brings the price of the Vudu system down to $295 from $399.

Apple recently discounted the Apple TV with prices as low as $229 for the 40GB model and they’ve also are scheduled to move into a space where Vudu had an upper hand – movie downloads without a PC. Apple TV not only is going to match that point of service but can also bring in YouTube videos AND content from your computer into your living room, which Vudu cannot.

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iTunes Movie Rentals bring films direct to your bigscreen

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,Digital Video,iTunes,MacWorld 2008 by Darrin Olson on January 15th, 2008

Apple iTunes Movie Rental service brings movies to rent to your computer or TVApple announced the immediate launch of iTunes Movie Rentals today during the MacWorld 2008 keynote speech, allowing iTunes users to get limited-time download of movies from any of the major studios for as little as $2.99. The new service is part of iTunes version 7.6 which is available now and gives a rental download of movies for 30 days, but once you begin watching the movie the rental will run out in 24 hours. It can be watched as many times as you would like within that time. You can even start watching on your computer and then transfer the video to your iPod and finish watching the movie on the go.

Apple appears to have picked up all the major studios with this offer with the list of participants including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Lionsgate and New Line Cinema. iTunes plans to have over 1,000 titles available by the end of February with rates of $2.99 for regular titles and $3.99 for new releases. For another dollar iTunes will deliver titles in high-def with Dolby 5.1 surround.

Apple Announces YouTube on the iPhone

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,iPhone,News,YouTube by Chris Weber on June 20th, 2007

Apple announced the availability of YouTube on iPhoneDoing a great job keeping up their momentum, Apple today announced that YouTube videos will be available on the iPhone when it launches June 29th. A new application for the mobile device will allow users to eventually watch the full lineup of YouTube videos in the H.264 (not Flash) format and access them through Wi-Fi or EDGE.

Of course all the videos on YouTube were not originally coded in the H.264 format so not all will be available right away but YouTube is promising that 10,000 of them will be ready for the launch on the 29th. YouTube will continue to encode the clips until all of them are available in the new format this fall.

Overshadowed by the iPhone portion of the press release, Apple also announced that YouTube videos are now available through Apple TV. Apple TV owners can …

YouTube on Apple TV

Posted in Apple TV,News,YouTube by Chetz on June 1st, 2007

YouTube videos showing on Apple TVThe immense popularity of YouTube and the rapidly eroding audience of network television could only mean that one day someone out there would think of bringing it into our homes and not through our computers. I am of course referring to Apple’s announcement to bring YouTube direct through its Apple TV streaming service, the next greatest thing from the mind of Steve Jobs (barring the release of the iPhone of course.)

Ironically enough Apple will debut the YouTube service in mid-June, right about when the iPhone hits the masses. Apple will be launching with “thousands” of YouTube’s videos and adding thousands more each week, promising that the entirety of the Tube’s content will be available for Apple TV customers sometime this fall. How often Apple would update its YouTube content after that wasn’t mentioned but if you really need that …

Apple TV Now Out

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,News by Chetz on March 23rd, 2007

Apple TV shipping nowSteve Jobs’ latest effort to synergize entertainment with computers is now ready to come into your home theater room. Apple TV, the company’s newest piece of hardware, is now shipping to customers.

Say you want to download the latest episode of “Battlestar Galactica” or “Lost” to your iPod but this time there’s a bunch of you that want to watch it. Instead of crowding around the pod screen, when you hook up Apple TV to your computer (whether it’s a Mac or PC), you can now stream the broadcast straight to your television. You can also do the same for any other trailers, podcasts, photos or movies.

When you add new content to your iPod the Apple TV box changes its menu to accommodate the new material via the 802.11 wireless built-in to it. Connection to your TV is done through an HDMI or …

Apple TV Release Delayed

Posted in Apple TV,News by Darrin Olson on February 26th, 2007

Apple TV launch delayed until mid MarchAccording to an article from Reuters, today Apple reported that it’s going to delay the long awaited Apple TV (formerly known as iTV) launch until mid-March.

The Apple TV is a device that will connect directly to a television and allow the viewing of iTunes content streamed from a PC or Mac, such as movies, photos, TV shows, and music. The Apple TV will allow connections to up to 5 different computers at a time and can synchronize the media data to ease the process of transferring media.

“Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected, and we now expect to begin shipments mid-March,” Lynn Fox, spokeswoman for Apple said by e-mail. Apple originally predicted a release date in the first quarter of this year, and then at unveiling at MacWorld in January Jobs stated the …

Specs on the Apple TV

Posted in Apple,Apple TV by Darrin Olson on January 16th, 2007

Apple TV SpecificationsIt appears that Apple is now taking orders for their new Apple TV for $299 with free shipping, although the device will not ship until February. If you plan on ordering one, here is a quick rundown of what you’ll get for your $300.

The actual Apple TV is pretty small, measuring a mere 7.7 inch square and being just over 1 inch tall, weighing in at 2.4 pounds. True to rumors before the Apple TV launch, it does contain a 40GB hard drive, and it runs on an Intel Processor.

The device is compatible to stream video content wirelessly across any 802.11g/n network, but of course they recommend the Airport Extreme. iTunes 7 is also a requirement to get your media for the Apple TV, of course.

The small device has a number of interfaces including IR for the included remote control and of …

Apple Stock Up After Announcement of iPhone and Apple TV

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,iPhone,Mobile Phones,News by Chris Weber on January 9th, 2007

apple-computer-logo-stock-up.jpgThe announcement of the iPhone and the Apple TV drove Apple’s share price up over $7 today to close at $92.57. This price was close to a 50 week high for the computer maker turned consumer electronics juggernaut.

That transformation has some investors wondering if the traditional computer manufacturer can handle the transformation of its business model from selling computer hardware and software to selling ultra trendy and ultra popular consumer electronics.

Palm, Research In Motion Ltd. (Blackberry maker) and Motorola shares were all down on the news of Apples entrance into the somewhat crowded market. Apple dominates that mobile audio player category and may try to do the same in the mobile phone arena.

Cingular, an AT&T company, is the exclusive wireless provider for the iPhone. Whether this limited availability will hurt the adoption of the iPhone remains to be seen. Also, …

Jobs Unveils Long Awaited Apple TV at MacWorld

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,Digital Video,News,Television by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2007

Jobs Unveils Apple TV Today at MacWorld in San FranciscoToday at MacWorld in San Francisco Steve Jobs unveiled the highly anticipated Apple TV, dubbing it the iTV multiple times during his keynote speech. The Apple TV was overshadowed and did not come with as many surprises as the Apple iPhone, but nonetheless has many impressive features.

The Apple TV connects directly to a television to allow viewing streamed iTunes content such as movies, photos, TV shows, and music directly on the TV, from up to 5 different PC or Mac computers at a time. There is also a feature to auto-sync the content of the hard drive to one computer which would allow your content to be easily updated.

Apple TV contains a 40GB hard drive to store movies and other media content as rumored, and plays the video at 720p high-definition. The box is of …