Rumors have been circulating for some time that we'll see an update to the Apple TV, but today marks the first appearance of what looks like proof that a hardware refresh is on the way. As 9to5Mac notes, it's a simple thing, really--an inconspicuous mention of "AppleTV 4,1" found buried in the framework for the existing Apple TV's AirPlay connection features. That designation corresponds to no existing models, which means in all likelihood it refers to a new device entirety.
Looks like the days of Apple calling Apple TV a "hobby" project are officially over. Last night's update to the Apple Online Store for Valentine's Day brought more than offers to celebrate the lovers' holiday; as of today, Apple TV commands its own spot in the marketplace alongside iPhones, iPads, Macs, and iPods.
So today Apple welcomed its newest channel to its growing library for Apple TV. Is it a native Amazon Instant Video channel? Is it The Blaze? No, as Variety reports, it's the Red Bull TV channel, which features both live and recorded footage of the many sports events the energy drink company sponsors and hosts.
With a bit of flair, Yahoo News Digest dials down its mountain of news coverage to find the top articles and deliver them to your iPhone as rich, twice-daily bulletins. Much like its weather app, Yahoo! has crafted a delightfully simple interface that lets you read and navigate articles with ease. Each digest (delivered at 8am and 6pm ET) presents around 10 stories from a variety of subjects.
Siri has improved considerably since her (or his) first appearance back in 2011, but what happens when she improves to the point of self-awareness? As Cult of Mac reports, that's the joke behind the latest short released by the Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse chain of indie theaters, which is directed at rude moviegoers thinking about sending texts while attending screenings of Spike Jonze’s film Her.
One upon a time, just a few weeks ago to be precise, your only options for a quality, Made-for-iPhone gaming controller were the peripherals from Logitech and MOGA that clamped onto your device. But if you're used to gaming with a slightly more compact experience, today SteelSeries announced its Stratus controller for iOS 7, a wireless dual-stick controller that resembles the beloved gamepad for the Xbox.
If gaming's your thing, you'll be pleased to know that today marks the start of Steam's annual holiday sale, and there's a hefty crop of Mac games waiting to be purchased for discounts as deep as 75 percent. In some cases, that means a couple of bucks; in others, it means you'll end up saving dozens of dollars.
Google Chrome is one of the world's most popular browsers, and one of its perks is the ability to use apps designed for the browser through the interface at any time. In September, however, Google rolled out Chrome Apps, which perform not like browser apps, but like native apps for whatever device you happen to be using. Up until now, only users of Windows computers and Chromebooks have had access to the feature, but TechCrunch reports that Google is finally bringing Chrome Apps to the Mac.
2013's been a big year for Apple TV, and the surprises still aren't over (at least for American users). As MacRumors reports, Apple's diminutive entertainment device now features a channel for PBS, as well as the new Yahoo Screen, which lets users watch videos from programs such as Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Looks like all those exciting rumors about a new Apple TV appearing after tomorrow's event might be a dud, after all. That doesn't mean that an update isn't on the way, but in the words of former TechCrunch writer M.G. Siegler, we might have to wait a while for a signficant upgrade.