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Sony set to launch Google TV in May

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Sony is planning to introduce its new TVs, which are powered by Intel chips and Google software next month. Sony and Google will be talking about the new products at a conference in San Francisco on May 19th and 20th.

Logitech has even been given the assignment of designing the remote control for the new set-top box, which will include a keyboard for navigation. The set-top-box will be powered by the Android operating system, and of course require an Internet connection. In this market, Google will be competing with the likes of looks likes of Cisco, Motorola, Microsoft, Apple, and TiVo.

Quirky Cloak Apple iPad case

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2010

As the Apple iPad launch date gets closer, more accessories are becoming available. Mostly frames with kickstands. This latest accessory is the oddly named Quirky Cloak. It’s designed to look sleek and protect your iPad at the same time. It’s made from non-slip rubber and has a durable plastic hinge on the edges.

The iPad loads into the top of the case and once inside is held firmly in place by a friction grip. The Quirky Cloak is designed so that the iPad can sit on a surface in landscape mode, or stand up with a kick stand in portrait mode.

Google to compete with iTunes, offer pay TV on YouTube?

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2009

Get ready for 1080p video on YouTubeWord is that Google is looking to get into the pay-per-episode TV business with YouTube and offer streaming content for purchase using a service that would compete with iTunes downloads. According to Peter Kafka of MediaMemo, several sources have indicated that YouTube wants to offer streaming TV episodes for a fee.

It would be similar to what Apple already offers: a $1.99 cost per episode. Apparently both sides are in early negotiations and they are “optimistic” that a deal can be reached.

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Elonex intros motion-sensing TV Games Dock for the iPod

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2009

Elonex intros motion-sensing TV Games Dock for the iPodThere are more iPod docks on the market than you can shake a stick at. Not sure why you would do such a thing, but it’s true. But Elonex has something new in iPod docks. Something actually innovative. The iGAME dock may not be sexy, but it can handle music, videos, podcasts and video podcasts in the usual way. But what sets it apart is that it’s primarily a game console, designed to use Apple’s newest players. And yes, it owes much to the Wii.

The price is only £79 and games are priced at only a few pounds. They are aiming to have iGAME FAMILY being popular for Christmas of 2009.

Apple adds HD video purchases to iTunes store

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

Apple adds HD video purchases to iTunes storeApple’s latest announcement gets high-def movie purchases to the iTunes Store. HD TV shows were already available to buy, but HD movies were rental-only. Until now anyway. HD movies will cost you $19.99, and though it isn’t known for sure yet, they’re likely the same H.264 compressed 720p quality.

Purchases will come with both an HD file and an iPod/iPhone-ready SD file and Apple says that HD rentals will now be on the store within 30 days of retail release.

Apple Magic Wand controller patent

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2009

Apple Magic Wand controller patentApple may be looking into a wireless remote wand to power the next generation of Apple TV media systems, offering the cursor on the Apple TV display the kind of accuracy a mouse gives the cursor on a PC. Just like millions of Nintendo Wii owners around the world.

Unlike the current 5-button remote for the current version of Apple TV, the wand would be capable of controlling a bunch of new operations and applications that may be available from the media system, including zoom operations, a keyboard application, an image application, an illustration application, and a media application.

Microsoft “I’m a PC” booth outside Apple store

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2008

Microsoft “I’m a PC” booth outside Apple storeI had thought, or hoped that the whole Apple/Microsoft war was deflating. Sadly it looks like Microsoft just fired the next salvo at Apple. It’s parking “I’m a PC” recording booths outside of Apple stores. The one pictured is in Birmingham, England. The booth is staffed with three Microsoft peeps who will no doubt preach at you about the awesomeness of all things Vista.

The whole deal has to be like wandering into a Jehovah’s Witness den. You know you should run, but you’re too stunned at the fact that you ran into THEM for once, instead of them coming to your house. (Or appearing on your TV) They’re swell guys and gals. They’ll preach the word and even invite you to make a short video explaining why you are a PC. The bottom line here is that we can now look forward to more ultra creepy videos of mankind proclaiming that they are PC’s, when really they’re just people we need to have a restraining order on.

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sPult: The simple TV remote

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2008

sPult: The simple TV remote
We probably all wish that remotes were simpler in design and function. The sPult will make your dreams come true. It was designed by Yurii Smitana Perfilov, and inspired by the iPod’s scroll wheel, which makes it a breeze to channel surf. Apple should have thought of it first.

Simple and elegant. It takes away all the complications and just gives you the bare essentials, which is all most of us need. It also has a favorites selector, volume up/down button, mute button and power button. That’s it. Nice.

Zune 2.5 software update with Zune Card and TV shows

Posted in Zune by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2008

Microsoft Zune 2.5 software update has TV downloads and Zune Card sharingFor those sticking it out with the device, Microsoft released a whole mess of new features today with the Zune version 2.5 software update. The new feature set is led by the Zune Card, TV downloads and a number of smaller, but highly requested items.

A subscription with the Zune Card allows you to pick up copies of favorite songs from your best buddies who also have a Zune. If you don’t subscribe you can still see others Zune Card information but you’ll have to pay to listen to their favorite tracks.

Blockbuster direct-to-TV streaming rumors

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on April 12th, 2008

Blockbuster rumored to have a streaming video solution in the worksBlockbuster has been rumored to have been secretly working on some new technology in the works that would allow streaming video content from an online rental service direct to consumers televisions, and could be available as soon as the next few weeks. No information has been given on the exact technology or price but the service could again bring the home video renting giant back up to par and possibly ahead in technology, compared to other rival video renting services from Netflix and Apple.

Netflix would be directly affected by this new service by Blockbuster and has recently upgraded their service to provide unlimited streaming to some subscribers, however it streams to their computer and not necessarily to the living room of most consumers. In order to work their way into more entertainment centers, Netflix is also looking into providing streaming video rentals through Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console.

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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Apple to offer Fox movies on iTunes

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,iTunes,News by Darrin Olson on December 27th, 2007

Apple planning to announce a deal to Fox to offer movie downloads on iTunesAccording to the Financial Times, Apple is finally getting ready to announce a deal with Twentieth Century Fox to offer Fox movies available for download through iTunes. The service would allow users to download Fox movies as a temporary digital “rental”. According to the source Fox is also working out a feature on their physical DVD movies that would let DVD owners temporarily transfer the movie content from the DVD to a digital player like an iPod or a computer using Apple’s DRM.

This is something that Apple has been trying to get going for a while but has met some resistance with most studios, likely for fear of losing sales due to a higher piracy rate of movies and lower costs of ownership. Another issue is the threat that this poses to video on demand services from places such as Comcast and DirectTV. Apple currently sells some movie titles on iTunes from Disney and Viacom but has not had as much luck getting the ball rolling with video as it has with online music purchases, which more that likely has led to a rental offering.

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 …

Apple to Launch Online Movie Rental Service

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2007

Apple is in talks with studios about launching an online movie rental serviceThe Financial Times has just reported that Apple has been in talks with major movie studios about launching an online movie rental service. Currently Apple allows users to download movies through iTunes to own, but only has agreements with Disney and Paramount as most studios have been reluctant due to the hit the service could have on regular DVD sales.

Studios may be less hesitant with an online download rental service since it’s less likely that it would affect the sale of DVDs. The rental term …

Apple Releases iTunes 7.1 and QuickTime Fixes

Posted in Apple,iTunes,News,Security,Services by Darrin Olson on March 6th, 2007

Apple releases QuickTime fixes and iTunes updateOn Monday Apple released both an updated version of its iTunes digital music software and updates to the QuickTime media player software to fix eight security flaws.

According to a security alert from Apple, the 7.1.5 version of QuickTime fixes security issues involving how the player handles certain types of “maliciously-crafted” files including QuickTime, MIDI, 3GP, PICT and QTIF. The update also adds some functionality updates with the new version which can be downloaded through the Software Update preferences or from the QuickTime download page.

iTunes 7.1 adds features for improved …



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