Once again, with the technology so obvious that developers are already creating such solutions, there is a future for the Apple TV, as a low cost console for the television that aggregates all your iTunes media, offers internet access and surfing, a full selection of HD or upscaled iPhone apps and higher capacity.
Oh, and the new Apple TV system is controlled by your iPod touch, iPhone, or future low-cost touch sensitive remote control that will ship in the box with the new product… Continue reading →
We’ve talked before about Apple’s hobby product, the Apple TV. Tim Cook even characterised the product as that once again during a recent analysts call – but we suspect Cupertino’s being cunning once again, and one day the Apple TV will morph into something completely different – a games console.
At least one games industry analyst agrees (video below) and it really isn’t a massive stretch right now to imagine how such a step could take place:
First, use an iPad or iPhone or iPod touch as the game controller(s);
“Last week, shortly after Avner’s post on the updated Beta version and the unfortunate lack of AppleTV support (unless you have your SSH teeth fully grown in), the powers that be resurrected the atvusb-creator for Mac.
“Yep. You can now, once more, pwn your AppleTV following these super simple instructions, and get the Boxee Beta on that shiny Apple box. In fact, if you already have Boxee Alpha installed, you should be able to just update Launcher and then update Boxee to achieve the same result
The Beta is available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu (including 64bit). The version is still not available for Apple TV, yet, but Boxee is working with the atv-creator community, and “look forward to having news on this front”.
The Beta has already been tested by tens of thousands of early access users on all different platforms. Hundreds of bugs have been addressed or noted and the developers are working to resolve these.
“We feel the version deserves the upgrade from Alpha grade to Beta grade, and we’re going to spend the next year improving it, so we can release 1.0 at CES next year,” they said.
Sometimes you got to sweat as an Apple journalist – watch Macworld’s Dan Moran pretty much tell Fox he doesn’t really know what Apple is planning with iTunes, beyond the rumours he’s read on 9 to 5 Mac.
So this is a video showing an all new iPhone app from premium music and media home digital equipment maker, Kaleidescape. It’s cool – lets you navigate all sorts of things, lets you control and scroll through the screen you see on the system’s control interface, all sorts of things – it’s exactly what an Apple TV controller on an iPhone should be like. Continue reading →
Media fans be aware: the hard-working Boxee team have issued a fresh statement on their dealings with Hulu (which led to removal of support for the video service from Boxee), and also shipped an al-new alpha version of the software, equipped with an auto-update feature and “App Box” (Boxee’s version of the App Store), AND an RSS reader optimized for video feeds (including Hulu, Google Video, YouTube, and many others).