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Serious question: Do Apple TV owners really want to watch cable television shows on their little black boxes? Sure, it might be convenient to log into HBO Go and catch up on an episode you missed, but it's just as easy to set the DVR to record the darned thing in the first place. There's a lot of hoopla about this -- including our first item in today's recap -- but we confess, we don't get it. Let's see some more streaming services like Amazon Instant Video or VUDU before more TV apps, Apple!
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Apple and Time Warner Cable appear to be close to inking a deal which would give the latter's cable subscribers access to television channels on Apple TV. According to sources close to the negotiations, an announcement could come "within a few months." To help ramp up its TV-content ambitions, Apple has also reportedly hired former Hulu marketing and distribution executive Pete Distad to "help Apple executives in negotiations with media and cable companies."
Sure, it's been awhile since we've had to change passwords, but that free ride ended on Tuesday with a security update from game publisher Ubisoft. "We recently discovered that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain unauthorized access to some of our online systems," the blog post begins, adding that "data had been illegally accessed from our account database, including user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords." Thankfully the breach didn't include credit card information, but everyone with an Ubisoft account is encouraged to change their password… like, right now.
Apple updated the Events page of its website this week with the typically scant details on its quarterly financial results, which will go down on Tuesday, July 23rd at 2pm PST (5pm EST). As usual, the first Q3 2013 conference call will be streamed live via QuickTime to iOS devices as well as Mac or PC computers, simply by heading to the above link at the noted time and day.
FireCore LLC announced Tuesday that its aTV Flash (black) software for the Apple TV has been updated to version 2.3. While the update adds compatibility with the latest Apple TV 5.3 software, there's still no untethered jailbreak available for that release, so it's not quite a total victory lap just yet. On the plus side, the update changes the Media Player app to "Infuse for Apple TV" in keeping with the developer's recent move to the iOS platform, and improves Dolby AC3 audio, metadata fetching, detection of subtitle encoding and the reliability of settings backups as well as a few new language localizations and bug fixes.
MacRumors reported Tuesday that Apple has pushed out Security Update 2013-003, which covers Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6, OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion. As usual, the update is "recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X," although in typical Apple fashion, the release notes are ever-so brief and lacking in further details. The update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or by grabbing the desired installer from the links above.
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