If you're the sort who follows eSports, Blizzard Entertainment's got a nice surprise for you. Ahead of the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS), the Irvine, California company best known for its Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo franchises has released an iOS app that will stream both live and archived videos of matches throughout the weekend.
Apple's done a lot to make Apple TV better over the last couple of months--offering everything from new services like HBO Go and a new "Conference Room" mode for the upcoming iOS 7 release--and now it's making the diminutive device more palatable by slashing the price. Well, kind of. Effective immediately, as AppleInsider reports, you can acquire a refurbished unit of your own for only $75.
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.
There are many solutions for storing photos and videos in the cloud, and Stream Nation is the latest to offer a range of affordable options. Users are initially given 2GB of free storage for photos (JPEG, TIFF, RAW, and others) or videos (MOV, AVI, MPEG, or even MKV), which can be uploaded from Mac or Windows applications or via the free, universal iOS app. It's a slick and secure app overall, though we encountered a handful of drawbacks during use.
If you've ever been driving around town in a car with a broken radio, you already know how handy those iHeartRadio apps can be for tuning into your favorite radio stations. If you're also a fan of talk radio, the best just got even better.
Judging from the statistics released by Billboard and Nielsen this morning, we're definitely in the midst of another music revolution--much like the one that followed in the wake of the MP3's first appearance. Based on their findings, fewer people are actually buying music, but almost everyone is streaming it. In the first six months of 2013 alone, streaming soared by 24 percent to 51 billion streams.
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.
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.
Streaming services seem to be big news this week as everyone tries to figure out how to capitalize on that space and be your next big content provider. Amazon picks up Netflix's spurned shows, while Hulu's on the auction block and seriously, are they really going to call it iRadio? That and more streaming your way after the jump.