Gaming and television seem to be where the smart money hangs out these days, plus it just happens to be the focus of more than a couple of the hottest stories this week. As Apple TV owners, we just wish Cupertino could move a little faster on some much needed app integration. Meanwhile, what else is going on?
The Apple/Samsung rivalry has reached such a fever pitch that it's starting to take on comic proportions. Seemingly in response to the news that Apple TV's finally getting some love after years of playing sideshow to the Cupertino giant's other devices, Samsung today acquired Israeli streaming media startup Boxee, according to The Marker (via Apple Insider).
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!
Well, it's official. Now that we're in our post-WWDC phase let the rumor mill begin. Leaked iPhone 5S shots, new case specs, carrier updates, stock invoices showing new handsets coming in new configurations before getting pulled, the whole enchilada. Well, we've got some of that action for you, plus a round up of other hot little news tidbits, all in one tidy package just waiting for you. Roll film!
Apple TV just keeps getting better. On Monday we reported that iTunes Radio and a new "conference room" display had hit the beta for the little black box, but Apple today announced that the existing version now supports popular third party apps such as HBO GO, WatchESPN, along with a couple of other content generators.
Apple only mentioned Apple TV in passing during the WWDC keynote last week, but that doesn't mean it's neglecting the little black box. As of today, two new important features have made their way into the beta for the diminutive media device. For one, the iTunes Radio compatibility that was announced at WWDC is now available; for another, Apple added a new Conference Room mode.
Streaming services seem to be big news this week as everyone tries to figure out how to capitalize on that space and be your next big content provider. Amazon picks up Netflix's spurned shows, while Hulu's on the auction block and seriously, are they really going to call it iRadio? That and more streaming your way after the jump.
Great things come in small packages, so this week's refurbs are all about Apple's line of nearly hockey puck shaped objets d'art that not only look good, but pack a wallop to boot. The accessories have taken over! These deals are going like hotcakes which makes sense given their size and these price cuts.
If you love media streamer Plex like we do and own an Apple TV, you've no doubt been frustrated by the lack of progress on a jailbreak for the third-generation hardware. But thanks to PlexConnect, it may not matter much anymore.