By Cody Lee on Dec 10, 2013
Good news Family Guy fans. The San Francisco-based game studio TinyCo has just announced that it has teamed up with Fox Digital Entertainment to build an official mobile game for the popular TV show, which first debuted back in 1999.
Headed to Android and iOS in 2014, the title is said to feature an original story based on the show’s 212 episodes. Fox says that in the game, players will adventure throughout the city of Quahog, recruiting and confronting popular characters… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2013
Following the publishing of its first print ads for the iPhone 5S last week, Apple has begun running its first TV spot for the handset. The commercial popped up just a few moments ago during a football broadcast on FOX.
The advert is reminiscent of Apple’s recent ‘Plastic Perfected’ iPhone 5c ad, in that it shows liquid coming together to form the flagship smartphone while the track ”Ooh La La” by Goldfrapp plays in the background…
By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2013
AT&T U-verse subscribers will be happy to hear that you can now watch live TV right on your iPhone (and iPad). The TV, phone and Internet provider updated its iOS client this weekend with this and several other new features.
Today’s 3.0.1 update also adds a slew of improvements to the app’s visual interface, with new fonts, colors and Retina graphics. And the remote control screens have been revamped with sound settings for enhanced usability… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 4, 2013
Amazon is readying an Apple TV competitor, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The set-top box will offer access to the company’s Instant Video and other streaming services.
Reportedly codenamed “Cinnamon,” the device is said to be very similar in design and functionality to a Roku box. And Amazon is believed to be looking to launch it sometime before the holidays… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 26, 2013
It’s incredible how different the Apple TV’s main menu looks compared to a year ago. There’s so many more channels. Just in the last 6 months Apple has added a ton of content including WatchESPN, SkyNews, and more.
And it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Earlier this morning the Cupertino company added two new content channels to the popular set-top box in an over-the-air update: Major League Soccer and Disney Junior… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 24, 2013
Apple began sending out emails yesterday to folks who purchased the final season of “Breaking Bad” on iTunes, informing them that they’d be receiving a credit for the series’ final eight episodes due to all of the confusion.
In August, fans of AMC’s hit drama were outraged when they discovered that the ‘Season Pass’ they purchased for the show’s final season was only good for the first eight episodes, and they’d have to pay again for the final 8… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2013
Apple posted a new commercial to its YouTube channel earlier this evening. It’s called ‘Greetings,’ and it depicts a number of people from various walks of life using the just-released iPhone 5c.
The ad is a major departure from Apple’s marketing strategy in its first two 5c spots, which featured no dialogue, catchy music, and a focus on the plastic handset. This one is all about the users… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2013
Last month, Apple upset tens of thousands of Breaking Bad fans when it posted on iTunes that those who had already purchased what they thought to be the entire final season of the popular series would have to pay again for the final 8 episodes.
It was the TV network’s fault— it was AMC’s decision to split the fifth (final) season into two parts. But iTunes user Noam Lazebnik, of Ohio, feels that Apple deserves some of the blame too, and he’s filed a class-action lawsuit against the company… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2013
The New York Times in May said Apple’s favorite contract manufacturer Foxconn was looking beyond the iPhone due to slowing sales of the Apple smartphone caused by the broader tech biz slump. As you know, Foxconn also builds consumer electronics for Sony, Amazon, Dell and many other Western brands.
Conventional wisdom says the manufacturer’s been growing concerned about its reliance on Apple orders accounting for well over half of its total revenues. Today, The Wall Street Journal is out with a report saying Foxconn has teamed up with the convenience store chain 7-Eleven to push its own television sets in Taiwan.
Interestingly enough, it was reported last year that Apple had been working with Asian suppliers on several designs for its rumored TV sets that Foxconn was supposed to build… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2013
Apple is in the early stages of building its long-rumored television set, working with glassmaker Corning, Foxconn, G-Tech Optoelectronics, Foxconn, and Innolux, according to a new report out of Taiwan this morning.
Citing supply chain sources, the outlet says that the companies all met two weeks ago in the US to discuss the production of Apple’s so-called iTV. The set will come in 55″ and 60″ models, and be available early next year… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2013
Television channel Syfy announced today that it is relaunching its Syfy for iPhone app as ‘Syfy Now’ and its iPad app as ‘Syfy Sync,’ in an effort to compartmentalize their respective features. Sync, for example, will now be a dedicated second-screen title.
But as for Syfy Now, it’s been completely redesigned with more features like iCloud sync, iPad compatibility, and access to more content. Users can now watch full episodes of their favorite Syfy shows and can find new episodes in the app a day after they air… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2013
So who’s going to cut the cord? Like-minded individuals like yourself – the types who own a Roku, an Apple TV or a similar connected TV device – are twice as likely to ditch the cable compared to broadband users who don’t connect their TV to the Internet.
That’s the gist of a new research into the habits of owners of so-called connected boxes. In addition to set-top boxes, game consoles and Blu-ray players, the definition also includes folks who connect their laptop to a TV with a cable. Unfortunately, cutting the cord is easier said than done… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 12, 2013
AMC’s hit TV show Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston, returned last night for the highly anticipated second half of its final season (5). I wasn’t able to find specific numbers, but it’s believed that the premier could have broken several ratings records.
But while cable viewers turned out in droves, many iTunes users were met with disappointment when they logged in to view the episode. As it turns out, folks who purchased a Season Pass for the first half of the season don’t get access to the second half… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2013
Back in June, Comcast announced its new X2 set-top box—a DVR that uses cloud storage instead of a traditional hard drive. It isn’t expected to launch until later this year, but the cable provider has just been caught testing a new iOS application that allows subscribers to access their saved programming from the cloud-based recorder.
The folks over at FierceCable spotted the app in iTunes this morning. It’s called Comcast Labs DVR, and it’s published by Comcast Interactive Media. The software promises a revolutionary new DVR that streams live TV and shares your recordings to tablets, phones, and all of your television sets—as long as you’re behind a Comcast modem… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2013
Apple filed for an interesting new patent last week on methods for fusing glass pieces together to create various types of glass enclosures. The filing was published by the European Patent Office yesterday, which credits Jony Ive as one of its inventors.
More specifically, the patent application illustrates how the double-sided glass construction design of the iPhone 4/4S could be extended to the iPod, iPad, and various displays. Apple even points to a TV set being encased in glass using its fused process… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2013
Apple has posted a new TV spot to its YouTube channel and website tonight called ‘FaceTime Every Day.’ It’s the third in a series of advertisements, and like the others—Music Every Day and Photos Every Day—it focuses on a single feature.
More specifically, the ad focuses on Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature. And inline with the previous commercials in the series, it shows how a variety of different people from around the globe use the feature in their every day lives. Watch… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2013
If you watch cable on your iPhone and iPad, you’re probably aware of the Showtime Anytime iOS app which gives subscribers on-demand access to every single episode of a dozen exclusive Showtime TV shows, plus championship boxing and 60 Minute Sports.
But Showtime fans have long been yearning for the ability to watch live television programming on their iPhone, iPod and iPad devices and now their prayers have been heard… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2013
We’ve been hearing for months how Intel’s been hard at work developing its own Apple TV contender, which sources claim includes a television service of sorts. Conceivably frustrated enough with “everyone doing a half-assed Google TVs,” the world’s top chip maker reportedly set on to engineer a set-top box itself “and do it right.”
These rumors may soon prove true: according to a new report, Intel aims to turn the industry upside down by introducing supercharged DVR functionality said to tap a powerful server farm that records and stores every piece of programming for at least three days.
Now, TiVo devices have had a similar patented DVR feature called Trick Play for years. But Trick Play doesn’t hold a candle to Intel as it relies on local TiVo storage to record just up to half an hour tops of recently viewed television… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2013
On Wednesday this week, Google unveiled a handful of new products. There’s the second generation Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.3, and the Chromecast TV dongle. The latter has proved rather popular, selling out in most online stores within the first 72 hours.
The accessory is very similar to the Apple TV, or the Roku box, as it lets you stream Internet content to your television. That content varies, however, depending on which product you go with. So we thought this breakdown of their differences was worth a look… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2013
Alongside a new Nexus 7 tablet, and a new version of Android, Google launched a new TV accessory today called the Chromecast. Not to be confused with the short-lived Nexus Q, it’s a tiny HDMI dongle that offers wireless device-to-TV streaming for just $35.
The device uses Google Cast, which like Apple’s AirPlay feature, allows users to stream videos and other content from their smartphones and tablets to their television sets. Unlike Apple’s offering, though, Google is opening up its Cast tech to multiple platforms… Read More