Adobe releases viewing-only Lightroom app for Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2016

Tuesday, Photoshop maker Adobe announced it’s releasing Lightroom for Apple TV. A viewing-only app, Lightroom for Apple TV lets you instantly appreciate on your big screen TV any photos that are synchronized with Lightroom for mobile or uploaded via Lightroom CC on the desktop, mobile or web.

Your photos can be presented one by one or in a slideshow and you can zoom in on details using the Siri Remote. Separately, Adobe also released Lightroom CC 2015.6.1, which you can learn more about here. Read More

 

tvOS 10 Preview: Dark Mode comes to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2016

On tvOS 10, you can switch between Dark and Light appearance. Dark Mode, one of the new features of tvOS 10, adjusts the look of your Home screen and backgrounds so that posters and icons are easier to read at night. As such, it makes watching TV at home feel more like going to the movies.

Conversely, selecting Light background makes posters and icons pop. Our video guy Andrew O’Hara has tested Dark Mode on tvOS 10, here’s his quick hands-on video. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: Siri + Music changes & other fixes in tvOS 10 beta 3

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Earlier this week, Apple seeded a third beta of iOS 10 (build number “14T5296d”) to its developers who are registered with the Apple Developer Program.

Although the software is light on new outward-facing user features, it still contains some noteworthy fixes along with improvements for Siri, ‘Made for iOS’ game controllers, the Music app and other aspects of the operating system.

We went ahead and asked our video editor Andrew O’Hara to spend some hands-on time with tvOS 10 beta 3 and capture his impressions on video.

Here’s what Andrew had to say about beta 3. Read More

 

Periscope introduces Replay Highlights, Live Autoplay and Tweet Embeds

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Periscope, Twitter’s live-broadcasting app, was updated in the App Store with a few new features, among them Replay Highlights, Live Autoplay and Tweet Embeds. Highlights automatically generates a short trailer for every Periscope broadcast of your home feed, making it easier to catch up on broadcasts you missed from the last day.

Periscope is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

tvOS 9.2.2 now available for fourth-generation Apple TV with bug fixes and speedier performance

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

In addition to releasing OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3 and watchOS 2.2.2 software updates, Apple this morning also posted a bug-fix tvOS release for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Available via the Software Update mechanisms in Settings → System → Software Update, the tvOS 9.2.2 software update packs in performance improvements, bug fixes and security enhancements found since the release of tvOS 9.2.1 two months ago. Read More

 

Apple releases tvOS 10 beta 3 for developer testing

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

In addition to releasing a third beta of iOS 10 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to members of the Apple Developer Program, Apple on Monday morning also released a third beta of tvOS 10 for developer testing. tvOS 10 beta 3 (build “14T5296d”) can be deployed on fourth-generation Apple TVs that have an appropriate configuration profile installed and are running a prior beta of tvOS 10. Read More

 

Facebook SDK for Swift beta now available to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

This past weekend, the social networking giant Facebook announced that a beta version of its brand new software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s Swift programming language is available for download. The new SDK integrates Facebook buttons into iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS apps written in Swift, and integrates such features like Facebook Login, Analytics for Apps, Graph API and Share to Facebook sheets. The Facebook SDK source code is available via GitHub on an open-source basis. Read More

 

tvOS’s Universal Search feature gains support for Comedy Central, MTV and VH1

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Universal Search feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV has been refreshed yesterday with expanded support for searching content provided by tvOS video apps from Viacom-owned Comedy Central and music networks MTV and VH1. Provided these apps are installed on your set-top box, you can either use the Search app on the device or press the Siri button on the remote and use your voice to find shows like South Park and others. Read More

 

ABC revamps its iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps, adds throwback shows

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC), a broadcast television network owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group, announced today that its Watch ABC app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV shall be known going forward as just ABC. In addition to rebranding, the new ABC app now packs in an overhauled user interface and more content, including exclusive digital series for users who download the app as well as 38 full seasons of “throwback” TV shows. Read More

 

tvOS 10 preview: 4 new Siri features on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Aside from Single Sign-On for pay-TV apps and other new features and enhancements, tvOS 10 brings expanded Siri capabilities to the fourth-generation Apple TV, including searching across even more apps, YouTube search, topic search and tuning right into live channels.

Both existing and new Siri features will be available in four new new countries when tvOS 10 launches this fall. Here’s our detailed preview along with a video hands-on of the above Siri features coming  to your big screen via tvOS 10. Read More

 

Blind Apple engineer describes advancing Accessibility features for the blind

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Mashable yesterday ran an interesting profile on 22-year-old Jordyn Castor, an Apple engineer who works on the company’s Accessibility team. Aside from other tidbits, the story reveals that Apple employs Accessibility engineers who themselves are users of those features as Castor has been blind since birth. Read More

 

tvOS 10 beta 2 now available for developer testing

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

In addition to releasing a second beta of iOS 10 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple today issued a second beta of the tvOS 10 operating system powering the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10 beta 2 (build number “14T5284d”) is available on the fourth-generation Apple TVs that run a prior beta as an over-the-air download in Settings → System → Software Updates → Update Software. Read More

 

tvOS 10 preview: all-new Remote app with Siri voice control, tilt gaming & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2016

A software replacement for the physical remote that came in the box with your fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple’s entirely overhauled Remote application provides you with the full range of Siri Remote features complete with touch navigation, tilt-based control in games and voice input via Siri.

And in making tedious text entry on tvOS even easier than before, the new app lets you summon the keyboard right from the Lock screen of your iPhone by pressing a notification that automatically gets pushed every time you select a text field on the Apple TV. Read More

 

BitTorrent’s new media-streaming app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV is arriving soon

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

BitTorrent yesterday announced it’ll be releasing a brand new application in the near future. Called Now, the software will let users stream videos and music from independent artists and studios to their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. Read More

 

Deal: Alto’s Adventure goes 75 percent off in summer sale

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

There’s no need to despair in case you missed developer Snowman’s two-day sale on Alto’s Adventure last month, which discounted this award-winning endless snowboarding title by a cool 66 percent, because another Alto’s Adventure sale has just gone into effect. Read More

 

tvOS 10 tidbit: download prompt for companion apps for your Bluetooth accessories

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

In addition to helping you manage your HomeKit accessories remotely through the fourth-generation Apple TV, tvOS 10 beta also packs in expanded support for a wider variety of Bluetooth accessories. It’s interesting that after connecting an accessory to the Apple TV, tvOS 10 puts up a prompt offering a user to download a companion App Store app.

The same hardware accessories download prompt first appeared on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch following the iOS 3 software update back in September 2009, but this is the first time we’ve seen it implemented on tvOS. Read More

 

Apple TV’s universal search expands to nine new video channels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016

After adding support for video content from Bravo, E!, Syfy and USA channels ten days ago, tvOS’s universal search feature was refreshed earlier today with official support for nine additional channels. The full up-to-date list of universal search providers can be found in Apple’s support document. Read More

 

Apple TV games are no longer required to support Siri Remote

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 14, 2016

Apple has dropped the requirement for tvOS games to use the Siri Remote, according to a refreshed version of the official Game Controller Programming Guide. With this change in place, games for the fourth-generation Apple TV are now permitted to require a ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) controller without needing to also support the Siri Remote. Read More

 

tvOS 10 releasing this fall

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2016

Today is a big day for Apple fans from around the world as the Cupertino firm telegraphed some interesting changes coming to its software platforms, among them tvOS, the operating system that powers the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10 is available now as a developer-only preview and everyone else will be permitted to install it on their set-top box this coming fall, said Apple. Read More

 

tvOS 10 announced with dark mode, Single Sign-On, universal search improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2016

In addition to iOS 10 and watch OS 3, Apple also unveiled tvOS 10 with an all-new Remote app during the WWDC 2016 keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Here are some of the things you’re going to like in tvOS 10. Read More