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 [...]

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

XBMC Eden Beta Reveals Myriad Improvements, More Control Over Them

XBMC EdenJust in time for the New Year, the XBMC team have released the first beta version of XBMC 11, codenamed Eden. Eden follows on from XBMC 10 Dharma, which itself entered beta 16 months ago and was released this time last year. The developers have not been idle in that time, as you can see [...]

Apple’s Smart TV Project – What we Understand up to Now

Apple TV Set Controlled by SiriIt is widely recognized within the technology market that Apple is focusing on a smart internet-connected TV gadget. What do we actually understand about the 'iTV' up to now? [caption id="attachment_22485" align="alignright" width="480" caption="Image: New York Times"][/caption] There has been lots of speculation traveling about regarding an Apple TV set for many years, and it has often [...]

Media Streamers Now Have ‘Green’ Cred

Apple TV 2nd Generation In-handYou may have read the news that your TV set-top box might cost you more on your energy bills than your refrigerator, but did you know that the latest crop of media streamers are some of the most energy efficient gadgets in your home? It's true. In fact, GigaOm tested 5 of the top selling [...]

Apple TV Gets Cloud-based Streaming of Purchased TV Shows from iTunes

Apple TV 2nd Generation In-handWe got wind of something like this coming down the pike last year around this time. Now, we have a firmware update to Apple TV that brings purchased TV shows (not just rentals) — possibly movies and music later — from iTunes / Apple's servers directly to your device for instant streaming. I like it! According to [...]

Nielsen Survey Reveals How People Prefer to Use Hulu vs. Netflix

Nielsen 2011 Hulu Netflix SurveyKudos to Nielsen. The company has conducted a survey which reveals how people actually use Hulu and Netflix. Not surprisingly, people like watching TV shows on Hulu (73%) and movies primarily via Netflix (53%), which makes sense since Hulu is made up of TV network content (well, at least a majority of it is) and Netflix [...]

What Would You Do with a Bluetooth Enabled Apple TV?

Apple TV 2nd Generation In-handRumor has it that iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will allow it to pair with an Apple TV using Bluetooth — a feature currently disabled, but present. Perhaps even other peripherals could communicate with Apple TV at some point as well. So it begs the questions: Why? Apple seems to have a [...]