Apple TV just keeps getting better, and it's not all because of the work that Apple's been putting into it with new services and upcoming features. In this case, the upgrade comes from popular video streaming service Netflix, which will start allowing multiple users in a household who share a single account to customize their preferences.
Google's media event on Wednesday did indeed unveil an update to the Nexus 7 tablet as expected, but the bigger news had more to do with a $35 dongle that appears to be the company's answer to Apple TV.
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The news about Apple's TV services just keeps getting better and better. This morning Gigaom announced the findings of a report by Frost & Sullivan that demonstrated that Apple TV accounted for a whopping 56 percent of all video streaming devices sold last year, with Apple handily beating Roku's second place figure of 21.5 percent.
Considering the strides Apple has made with its long-neglected Apple TV service over the last couple of weeks, it's a little surprising that we didn't hear more about it during this year's WWDC keynote. At this rate, we can probably expect that it and related services will make up a big chunk of next year's event. And now there's yet more evidence that it's getting better. Just this morning, the Wall Street Journal announced that Apple is in talks with media chiefs to offer a premium version of a planned Apple set-top cable service that will allow users to bypass ads entirely.
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.