Happy Friday the 13th! Or, maybe not, depending on what kind of luck you’ve been having so far today. We’ve got quite a mixed bag of tech news to sort through today, so take a break from watching those Jason Voorhees movies (what -- you don’t do that on Friday the 13th?) and step right up as we present the latest and greatest for this Friday, April 13, 2012.
Until Apple releases its secret-but-we-all-know-it's-coming, Siri-powered, high-definition television set that will change the face of the industry forever (okay, so we're hoping this is what's coming), we'll have to settle for Cupertino's "hobby" if we want to stream our movies and photos to a screen larger than 27-inches. But while Apple TV has made great strides since it launched alongside the iPhone, it still has a long way to go if it wants to become a major player in the booming set-top box market.
It's not often that Apple can learn from its competitors, but sometimes it seems that Apple is purposefully holding back Apple TV features for something bigger and better. If you're not totally tied down to the iTunes ecosystem, there are worthy third-party alternatives. Here's a few that we've reviewed that are highly worth it in our book.
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?
There are plenty of ways to watch digital content on your television. Solutions run the gamut from a set of cables outputting your Mac’s A/V signals to your TV, to dedicated set-top boxes like the Apple TV, Boxee Box, or even Google’s new Google TV platform, which is currently runs on a handful of devices from Sony and Logitech. But there’s one problem: while all of these solutions are great at some things, none of them are great at everything. Frankly, I’d even settle for “good” rather than “great,” if it meant I could get all my digital content when and how I want it, without having to juggle between multiple devices, interfaces, and remote controls.
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.
In the wake of all this news surrounding online movie and television subscription services like Hulu Plus and Netflix, Boxee has announced that the final version of the Boxee Box will be available this fall to all you media addicts. Check out the video below of Chief Product Office Zach Klein shows off what it's all about.