Well, that was fast: Another Christmas weekend is over, the presents have all been unwrapped and retailers nationwide are bracing for a throng of returns to hit this week for all those unwanted misfit toys, gadgets, clothes and other items. Since the holiday fell on a Sunday this year, many of us have the day off to get out and spend any cash we received (or cash in on those gift cards) -- but when the spending is over, kick back and take a break by reading up on the day’s events for Monday, December 26, 2011.
As we edge closer to September, the August rumor cycle begins steaming up. Will September 7 prove the magic day? Will the iPhone 5 make its appearance? Will you be able to buy it that day? And what about this mysterious discount iPhone we keep hearing about? Prepaid? All in the cloud? What gives?
The busy bees at Boxee have unleashed a whole swarm of goodies today: their first iPad app, a firmware update for its set-top box, and new Boxee Media Manager software.
The Boxee goal is a scenario that allows users to bookmark some video content on a computer away from home, begin watching it on the train home using an iPad 3G, and then finishing it up on the couch via the Boxee box.
Boxee, the little media center that could, had a banner year in 2010, finally making the leap from software to hardware at long last. But that hasn’t stopped the company from continuing to branch out, and they’re eyeing the iPad as one of their next platforms.
Boxee continues to prove itself as a powerful, easy to use, and all-around great media consumption system. However, it’s useless if you can’t get media from your computer to your media center installation of Boxee. If you've got an old Mac lying around, why not breathe new life into it by turning it into a Boxee media server? This Mac can be used with any Boxee installation you may have -- whether you’re using one of those snazzy new Boxee Boxes or Boxee on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.
It's here--finally. The Boxee Box, manufactured by D-link, is on its way into your home (should you want to fork over the money for it). It's in the median price point between the Apple TV and Google TV, but it still brings your favorite television shows and movies from the internet or your hard drive onto your television, without the computer as a mediator.
Allegedly Steve Jobs was help up at an airport in Japan because he was trying to bring throwing stars with him back to America. While we were excited to have Steve pulling off some sweet ninja moves at the next Apple event, Apple released a statement calling the whole event, "pure fiction."
In non-ninja-related news, the Boxee Box is available for pre-order and debate it's merits against the Apple TV.
If you've taken the time to consider the new Apple TV and know in your heart of hearts that the diminutive black puck just isn't your cup of tea, you might be happy to hear that the Boxee Box is now available for pre-order. For those of our readers that have been around for a while now, you'll know that many of the Mac|Life staff have a whole lotta love for Boxee's do-everything media content software solution. With that in mind, we're also looking forward to seeing what the company can do on the hardware side of things.
We've got good news for all you Boxee users out there--according to GigaOm, Boxee Lead Apps Developer Rob Spectre says that Boxee's current integrated browser, which is based on Mozilla Gecko, is going to be replaced by WebKit. The new browser, which will be included in the next major Boxee update, is an attempt to fully utilize HTML5 and should allow users to access even more video content.