Forgot about the rumors and speculation: Tuesday, Oct. 22 has arrived, and we'll all soon know what Apple has in store for us with a fall media event in San Francisco that will unveil what the company has to offer through the end of the year and into early 2014. Since the website will be dominated by Apple-related stories today, our overnight recap is mostly a little break from all that noise, so dive in and enjoy!
Like many eager iPhone 5s buyers, the device we ordered at 12:01 AM PST last Friday showed up Wednesday, and it took the better part of the day to restore a huge collection of apps from iCloud -- not to mention re-enter all of our passwords. Pro tip for readers: Restoring from an iTunes backup is the better choice! If you choose to encrypt such backups, passwords will be automagically restored at the same time. And with that, on with today's recap!
Apple's tiny black media streamer is woefully underpowered when it comes to third-party content providers compared to the likes of Roku, but a new report claims at least one cable heavyweight may be coming to the Apple TV this year.
Apple beefed up its international audience for iTunes in the Cloud this week, adding 37 more countries capable of downloading their movie purchases again. But Cupertino didn't stop there, quietly pulling the trigger on the same feature for 20th Century Fox titles as well.
Enjoying all that free content on Hulu.com? Quite happy to watch network TV shows the day after they air on your HDTV via Hulu Plus? Well, enjoy it while it lasts, because the content providers appear hellbent on ruining a good thing.
iTunes in the Cloud got way cooler with the launch of the new iPad last month, when Apple announced that movies could now be re-downloaded from any device using your iCloud account. Unfortunately, HBO restrictions held Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox back from joining the party -- but progress is finally being made.
It’s been a rough and tumble last few months for Netflix, but the company finally has some good news to share with the world thanks to a new agreement with DreamWorks -- even though little will change in the near term, with new movies being added to the streaming service only in 2013.
Well, Netflix has been in the news a lot lately, and it hasn't all be pleasant for the one-time darling of Wall Street. In July, Netflix announced they would be splitting up their DVD and streaming into two separate products, which effectively raised prices around 60 percent. Many customers were angry, and yesterday CEO Reed Hastings said, "I messed up."
But the apology also included some more disruptive news, that Netflix would be spinning off the DVD business altogether into a separate company called Qwikster. Not sure if this is a good or a bad thing yet, and confused why Netflix choose the name of a Twitter account belonging to a weed-smoking Elmo for their new venture, many customers are giving up on CEO Hastings and Netflix and looking for new ways to get their movie fix.
It seems like for every new Apple rumor, there has to be an equalizing force in the universe that comes along to smack it down. Such is the case with last week’s “iTunes Replay” speculation claiming that Apple was about to introduce its own cloud-based competitor to Netflix.
Let's face it, whenever you buy a gadget like the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you envision one or two Really Cool Things you'll happily do with it. Otherwise why buy the gadget in the first place?
The HBO Go app for Apple's iOS-based devices is definitely a Really Cool Thing, streaming in a selection of HBO's movie catalog as well as a wide range of past and current programming (The Sopranos, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Six Feet Under, etc.) over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.