Apple Would Like Universal Remote

apple_universal_remote_blueprintAn intriguing and innovative patent application, which was registered by Apple in September 2011, has appeared.  The patent app explains a new universal remote control program that appears to be unique to Apple. Named Apparatus and Method to Facilitate Universal Remote Control, the application proceeds to describe a universal remote control that has a user-friendly UI [...]

Google Wi-Fi Database Opt-Out is a Cop Out

google_maps_with_streetviewThe days of cable connectivity are coming to an end, but with technological advances security should still be at the forefront of our minds. How important is your privacy to you? If you're on Twitter or Facebook, you'll probably be used to adjusting your privacy settings when required. You might not be that bothered anyway, [...]

Miso Social TV + DIRECTV = Awesome

Miso DIRECTV IntegrationLooks like Miso gained some integration love from DIRECTV for their social TV app. According to Miso, their iPhone app is now able to synchronize with TV content shown through a DIRECTV box, thus enabling "real-time social features that change based on what you’re watching." It's kind of like IntoNow, but with tighter integration with [...]

Apple May Have Blown It When It Decided to Discontinue TV Show Rentals via iTunes

Apple iTunes - The Simpsons Rent / Buy ScreenshotAfter reading the news that Apple decided to "pull the plug" on TV show rentals in iTunes, it left me wondering if this was a brilliant or dumb move on Apple's part. You can say that Apple made a smart move financially by dropping the low margin 99¢ TV show rental offerings that, apparently, people [...]

Does the TV Industry Really Hate Google TV?

Google TV Presentation - Credit: magerleagues on FlickrOver the weekend, during Eric Schmidt's Q&A at MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival on the 27th, new details came out  -- beyond Google TV entering the European market in early 2012 -- that Google TV will be announcing a few new hardware partners alongside Sony and Logitech. "Wait shortly for an announcement," said Schmidt. Interestingly, the outlet [...]

Google’s Eric Schmidt Tells the British Television Establishment: It’s Time to ‘Think Beyond the TV Box’

Eric Schmidt Speaking at 2011 MGEITFEarlier today, Google's former CEO, Eric Schmidt addressed the crowd at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival as the keynote speaker. We all knew he was going to bring up Google TV at some point, but the MacTaggart Lecture hit on many of the opportunities — he felt — the UK television industry and regulators [...]

Netflix May Introduce a Family Plan and VOD Rentals

Netflix Disc-free on Nintendo WiiCurrently, subscribing to Netflix with one account has worked well for individuals, couples, and small families in a household. However, Netflix has, for a while now, been considering offering subscribers a Family Plan to expand their current capabilities. The advantage with this setup is that users will have their own individual accounts that Netflix can [...]

Google Finally Lets Loose Its Google TV Add-on for Android App Development

Google TV Honeycomb Beta Preview Android MarketColor me surprised. We knew Google had design guidelines for HTML5-based apps optimized for Google TV. And the company talked a good game at Google I/O this past May about how future Android apps will recognize and reformat themselves on the fly for large TV displays. Well, today we're learning that Google has finally given [...]