OneCue adds motion gestures to your Apple TV and lets you control other smart home devices

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

EyeSight Technologies, a startup which specializes in machine vision, user awareness and gesture based interfaces, launched a very interesting home accessory yesterday, one that highlights a world of possibilities for a next-generation Apple TV.

They’re calling it the OneCue and it aims to connect and control your Apple TV, or other media streamers and smart home devices for that matter, using hand gestures akin to Microsoft’s Kinect with the Xbox One.

Supporting a plethora of TV sets, cable and satellite boxes, media streamers and AV receiver, the OneCue can turn on multiple smart home devices (i.e. TV, cable box and stere receiver) at the same time with the swipe of a hand or point of a finger. Read More

 

Apple offering free Product (RED) gift cards with select purchases on Black Friday

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2014

Apple today announced its plans for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when all retailers will be hosting flash sales on many of their products. As usual, the deals aren’t as good as other major stores are offering, but they are worth mentioning.

As part of its RED campaign for World AIDS Day, Apple will be giving away free gift cards with the purchase of select products on Friday. The cards can be used on apps, books and other iTunes content, and their values will depend on what you buy. Read More

 

Staples discounting iPads, Apple TV and Beats headphones in Black Friday sale

By Cody Lee on Nov 14, 2014

Staples’ Black Friday circular has been released, showing what deals it will be offering during the infamous holiday shopping weekend at the end of the month. Like other retailers, it plans to discount a number of Apple and Beats products in hopes to reel in customers.

Among the promotions is a 16GB Wi-Fi original iPad Air for $319, which is a savings of $40 from where it’s currently priced. There will also be a $239 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini 2, which is $30 cheaper than its current sale price. We’ve listed all of the Apple-related deals below. Read More

 

Apple TV updated with new CBS News channel

By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2014

Apple today added the CBS News channel to the ever-expanding library of content on its Apple TV. The app was pushed OTA and automatically, so users in areas where the channel is available should notice the addition without having to update their software.

The move coincides with the launch of CBS’ new CBSN streaming news network, which is being billed as the “first live anchored news network across all leading digital platforms.” Strangely enough, CBS doesn’t mention the Apple TV in the official press release. Read More

 

Apple TV picks up Hallmark Card’s Feeln and A&E’s FYI channels

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Apple is continuing to relentlessly add new content sources to the already crowded Apple TV Home screen with Tuesday’s addition of Hallmark Card’s Feeln and A&E’s FYI network channels, as first reported by MacRumors editor Eric Slivka.

The $99 media-streaming device now includes on-demand shows and features on “contemporary lifestyle” topics from the FYI network as well as those by the streaming family movie channel Feeln, which has a nice selection of “family friendly movies, documentaries and short films”. Read More

 

‘Apple Events’ channel now available on Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

Apple TV owners will notice that the ‘Apple Events’ channel has returned to their main menu this morning with an invitation-matching icon. As with previous events, this channel will allow you to watch a live stream of today’s iPad keynote (here’s hoping it goes better than last time).

Apple will also be streaming the event to its website, where users running Safari on OS X or iOS will be able to tune in. For those that are unable to watch live, Apple typically uploads a video of its event to its YouTube channel within 24 hours or so, or you can just follow along with us. Read More

 

Latest iOS 8 beta enables HomeKit on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2014

The latest Apple TV Software Beta 2 which was seeded to developers yesterday alongside new iOS 8.1, Xcode and Yosemite betas enables support for HomeKit on the $99 media-streaming box, as first reported by AppleInsider.

In addition to HomeKit, the software includes support for Family Sharing and contains functions allowing developers to test AirPlay functionality with their iOS apps. Although HomeKit functionality was spotted in earlier Apple TV betas, Apple has removed the feature last month without an explanation. Read More

 

Apple seeds new iOS 8.1, Apple TV and Xcode betas to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2014

Merely a week following the first beta of what would become the major iOS 8.1 bug-fix update, the iPhone maker on Tuesday seeded iOS 8.1 Beta 2 to its registered iOS developers, in addition to new Apple TV and Xcode software betas.

According to the Cupertino firm, iOS 8.1 Beta 2 with build number 12B407 (up from the previous iOS 8.1 Beta 1 with build number 12B401) contains bug fixes and stability improvements throughout the system.

It’s available as an over-the-air update if you have the first beta installed or standalone through Apple’s Dev Center portal for developers. Read More

 

Entertainment and Sky Movies monthly passes now available to Apple TV users in UK

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2014

Owners of the Apple TV media-streaming box in the United Kingdom can now take advantage of both Entertainment Month Pass and Sky Movies Month Pass via an expanded NOW TV channel by UK home entertainment and communications provider Sky, technology website Engadget reported and Sky confirmed Wednesday.

These two new options are in addition to the existing £9.99 (US$16.5) Sky Sports day pass which launched on NOW TV in December 2013. Read More

 

FXNOW channel added to Apple TV, sans The Simpsons archive

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

Announced back in July, FX’s on-demand service dubbed FXNOW is now officially available as a brand new channel to owners of Apple’s $99 Apple TV media-streaming box in the United States, Juli Clover of MacRumors first reported Tuesday.

Though the channel does offer a variety of content from the FX, FXX and FXM networks, including episodes of The Strain and Sons of Anarchy, the rumored Simpsons archive is nowhere to be found in today’s release of the FXNOW Apple TV channel. Read More

 

Apple TV update brings refreshed design, new Beats Music channel and more

By Cody Lee on Sep 17, 2014

In addition to iOS 8, Apple has released a new version of its Apple TV software this morning. The update brings about a number of improvements, including a redesigned interface, a new Beats Music channel, and support for various new iOS 8 features.

Easily the most obvious change is the refreshed design, which now utilizes flatter images and thinner fonts. The makeover is long overdue, and it helps brings the design language of the Apple TV software more in line with the iOS and Mac platforms. Read More

 

Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs, Beats buyout and more in Charlie Rose interview

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook is making the media rounds this week, following his company’s big product unveiling event on Tuesday. He’s spoken with ABC, The Wall Street Journal and several other outlets, and today he has popped up in an interview on PBS’ The Charlie Rose Show.

It’s a two-part interview, with the first segment airing today, and PBS has just posted a handful of clips from the conversation to YouTube. In them, Cook talks to Charlie about a wide range of topics, including Steve Jobs, Apple’s Beats acquisition, and its future plans for TV. Read More

 

‘Apple Events’ channel now available on Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

Apple TV owners have probably noticed that the ‘Apple Events’ channel has returned to their main menu this morning. As with previous events, this channel will allow you to watch a live stream of today’s iPhone keynote—although clicking on it now just brings up a splash screen with the start time and other details.

Apple will also be streaming the event live to its website, where users running Safari on OS X and iOS will be able to tune in (sorry Windows users). For those that are unable to watch live, Apple typically uploads a video of its event to its YouTube channel within 24 hours or so, or you can simply follow along with us. Read More

 

Watch ABC app updated with AirPlay and Chromecast support

By Jake Smith on Aug 26, 2014

ABC released a big update to its Watch ABC app on Tuesday, adding AirPlay streaming to beam shows to the Apple TV and Casting Now for the Google Chromecast. Previously Watch ABC wanted to keep all of its video contained to just the iPhone and iPad screen, only sending audio. Thankfully it’s changed with the times. Read More

 

iTunes Festival and Showtime Anytime channels launch on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

Two nice updates for Apple TV owners today. First, Apple has re-launched the iTunes Festival channel on the $99 media-streming box in time for the 2014 iTunes Festival, which kicks off on September 1 in London.

And second, the firm has also added the Showtime Anytime channel to the device.

Showtime is a premium cable network offering some free content to all users, in addition to live and on-demand shows and events to those who’ve subscribed to the network through a participating cable provider.

Additional content sources have been added to the Apple TV in select markets, as outlined after the jump. Read More

 

WatchESPN Apple TV channel gains SEC and Longhorn Network programming

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

College football fans will be happy to hear that WatchESPN has expanded its NCAA coverage on Apple TV. The sports-focused streaming video channel now features programming from the SEC Network and The Longhorn Network.

The SEC Network is a joint venture between the Southeastern Conference and ESPN, and it will cover over 1000 live sporting events per year. And of course, The Longhorn Network is centered around the University of Texas athletics… Read More

 

‘NFL Now’ lands on Apple TV with news and highlights

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

As expected, the National Football League launched the Apple TV client for its new ‘NFL Now’ service this morning. The service went live earlier this month on mobile and various streaming devices, and today it comes to Apple’s set top box.

While the NFL Now channel won’t deliver streams of live games (see NFL Sunday Ticket for that), it will provide a plethora of content for football fans. That content includes classic and recent highlights, breaking news, press events and more… Read More

 

Google previews revamped YouTube for TV, coming soon to streaming boxes

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Google’s YouTube is putting finishing touches on an overhauled TV experience that will soon start rolling out to popular gaming consoles such as Microsoft’s Xbox One and media-streaming boxes like the Roku (and, presumably, to the Apple TV as well).

The redesigned YouTube app on TV makes it easier to find what you want through Guide, says Google, and it brings all the playlists, shelves and branding from channels.

Jump past the fold for pretty screenshots and full reveal… Read More

 

NFL Now hits iPhone, iPad and Apple TV with rich video library, personalized streams and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2014

As announced last week, The National Football League has launched its brand new NFL Now app. The software is available as a new channel on Apple’s $99 Apple TV media-streaming box and as a free download for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Arriving in time for the new season, NFL Now features a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches, delivers exclusive interviews and stories about the teams, breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to content in the NFL Films Archives.

The app learns from your behavior and analyzes what you like to deliver a personalized video feed of content tailored to your tastes… Read More

 

Also out: Apple TV Software Beta 4 (with new UI), Xcode 6 Beta 5 and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2014

As correctly estimated, Apple today unleashed new iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite betas to its registered iOS and Mac developers. While our team is combing through release notes and updating a running list of changes, please send us your very own submissions to tips@iDownloadBlog.com (do include screenshots as well).

In the meantime, additional updates have surfaced on Apple’s Dev Center, including matching new betas of the upcoming Apple TV software featuring a brand spanking new user interface, updated Xcode developer tools and more.

Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 
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