iOS Apps on an Apple TV

A gentleman by the name of Troughton Smith has hacked his Apple TV to run fullscreen iPad apps - not streamed across AirPlay, but straight off the box. It may not be entirely practical, entirely pretty, or indeed released to the public, but it's an intriguing look at what's possible when you bend Apple's rules. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3A5vfML100] via Wired

Couch Commerce at Your Fingertips

ebay_ipad_appMoney talks and nowhere does it talk louder at the moment than eBay and PayPal, give or take the odd chat about the federal budget deficit. That's not putting off these two giants of the online marketplace and online payments, both of whom have leading roles too in mobile commerce and payments. The new trend, known [...]

Amazon and VUDU Go ‘Web App’ for the iPad and other Tablets

iPad Optimized Vudu ServiceThe reality is native apps are only better than cross-platform web apps in a small number of instances. Publishers are starting to realize that not only is it easier to build device "optimized" web apps for TV, tablet, mobile, etc., but that they can also help their bottom line by sidestepping a platform's in-app payment [...]

Orb Live for iPhone Released, Brings PlayOn Style Entertainment to Your Phone without Fees

Orb Live ScreenshotsIf you remember back in November 2010, the folks at Orb decided to get into the hardware biz and released Orb TV, a $99 TV adapter that streamed media from your home PC running the company's Orb Caster software. Well, now Orb is out with Orb Live [iTunes - different than the free version], an app for [...]

Demand for Tablets Not Quite As Strong As Recent Media Hype Suggests, Says IDC

Apple iPad 2 Black, White FaceTime GraphicNo, really?! According to IDC, media tablet shipments to sales channels fell by 28% in the first quarter of 2011. Total units shipped worldwide was estimated to be: 7.2 million. It's not a bad number, but IDC was surprised that "seasonal trends typically found in more mature consumer electronics and computing categories had a notable [...]

Amazon Cloud Drive Offering ‘Unlimited’ MP3 and AAC Music Storage for a Limited Time

Amazon Cloud Player for Web and AndroidAmazon has just beefed up their cloud offering and is enticing new users with a deal that's too good to pass up. For a limited time, Amazon Cloud Drive customers are able to take advantage of free, unlimited music storage with any plan currently available — like the entry level $20/yr for 20GB plan. In [...]

Dijit Wants to Be Your Smartphone’s Universal Remote App and More

Dijit with Griffin Beacon GraphicLast week I had the opportunity to visit Dijit's San Francisco headquarters. The small startup in a nutshell wants to turn your smartphone or tablet into a customizable universal remote. Sure, we've seen this kind of tech before, but Dijit has an interesting twist. The company has partnered with Griffin to sell a $79 Bluetooth IR [...]

Consumers Want iPads, Not Tablets?

Apple iPad 2 Black, White FaceTime Graphic"Wall Street’s premier sell-side research firm," Bernstein Research, has pretty much concluded that consumers want iPads from Apple, not tablets. Reason being, 50% of U.S. and U.K. respondents (sample size: 200) said their next tablet will be an Apple branded product. What's more, respondents polled said they also prefer iPad's 10-inch screen (actually 4:3 and [...]