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Amazon is bringing Instant Video app to Apple TV

Amazon’s Instant Video service has one of the best libraries in the world, but if you’re an Apple user, it has a crucial weakness: the only way to get it on Apple TV is to AirPlay it from an iOS or OS X device.<p>AirPlaying can be unreliable at times and you can’t use certain apps without cutting off …

Smart TV

Apple updates App Store search algorithms to display more relevant & intelligent results

Apple, after unveiling a new Shopping category last week, appears to have now made more enhancements to the App Store. According to a report out of TechCrunch, Apple has improved its search algorithms to return more relevant and intelligent results when a keyword search is performed.<p>The change in …

Apps

The first tvOS 9.1 beta for Apple TV is now available

Apple has released its first beta for tvOS 9.1 to developers this morning, marking the first big software update in the pipeline for the fourth generation Apple TV that launched last Friday.<p>It’s not clear from the tvOS 9.1 beta 1 release notes if the software update contains any major new features …

Smart TV

5 great accessories you need for the new Apple TV

The revamped fourth-generation Apple TV is almost here. After being put on sale earlier in the week, the first shipments should start arriving to …

First Apple TV apps and games unveiled as developers prepare for tvOS App Store launch

The Apple TV is now available to buy but customers won’t be receiving their new hardware until Friday at the earliest, according to Apple shipping estimates. Although the dev kits currently lack an App Store to download software, plenty of developers are announcing their titles for the new Apple …

Smart TV

How is Apple Doing? Three Things To Watch For As The Company Checks In

Analysts expect another bonkers quarter for the iPhone. But will Tim Cook finally tell us how the Apple Watch is doing in the new report?<p>It’s that time of the quarter again: The world’s most profitable technology company is about to tell investors and journalists just how much money it raked in …

Get the beautiful new Apple TV screensavers on your Mac right now

I’ll be honest, one of the few reasons I was interested in the new Apple TV was those beautiful, hypnotic timelapse screensavers of landmarks around the world.<p>Well, now you can get them on your Mac’s screensaver instead, with a new downloadable from developer John Coates who extracted them and …

Smart TV

Opinion: Apple’s fourth-gen Apple TV will be worth the $149 gamble

Compared with the runaway successes of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, the <b>Apple TV</b> living room media player hasn’t had a stellar track record. Despite considerable hype leading up to its early 2007 release, Apple declared the first Apple TV “a hobby” shortly after it hit stores, then began a seemingly …

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Apple’s iPhone 6 Has Finally Convinced Me To Ditch My Compact Camera

It was bound to happen sooner or later: A smartphone would convince me that I no longer needed to carry around a powerful compact camera, despite a general interest in taking photos that straddles both my professional and personal lives. The iPhone 6 and the even more photo-friendly iPhone 6 Plus …

Apple for the first time used its own CDN to deliver iOS 8 upgrade

Research firm Deepfield reports that Apple has for the first time relied on its own content delivery network for the distribution of iOS 8 to users (via WSJ):<p><i>“Until today, Apple used Akamai and other CDNs to deliver a large portion of their network traffic to consumers. Akamai is a content delivery</i> …

Peek inside the iPhone 6 with these thorough teardowns

iPhone 6 units are flying of shelves in Australia and Asia and the first teardowns are not far behind them.<p>The Apple repair geniuses at iFixit have already started their flawless teardown of the iPhone 6 Plus and they’re live-blogging all the action with gorgeous close-ups of the bigger than big …

iOS 8 Has Widgets! Here's How to Use Them

Yesterday, Apple finally pushed out iOS 8. Unlike last year's refresh, iOS 8 is more about functional tweaks and additions than it is about looks. …

Apple just rolled out a great new way to buy iOS apps

During this year’s WWDC, Apple made several announcements related to iOS, OS X and the App Store that targeted both regular device users and app …

Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

The Department of Transportation is angling for regulatory control over navigational apps as a part of the Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill, which is expected to pass later this year.<p>This particular part of the bill would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

Oyster Brings Its Netflix For Books To Android

New York-based startup Oyster just released its reading app for Android devices — the app works on both phones and tablets, such as the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire.<p>As a reminder, Oyster is an unlimited subscription service for ebooks. For $9.95 a month, you get access to more than 500,000 books on your …

TaskRabbit is blowing up its business model and becoming the Uber for everything

Since it opened up five years ago, TaskRabbit has often been a godsend to people with more money than time. The company stocks its auction house of personal assistants with people ready to deliver cupcakes to your office, or assemble your Ikea furniture, or clean your home. But last summer, …

Garmin Debuts Low-Cost Navigation App to Compete With Google Maps

Before everyone had Google Maps in their pocket, Garmin was one of the leaders in GPS devices.<p>Now the company is trying to get back in the game with …

How to install Yosemite right now without ruining your Mac

OS X 10.10 Yosemite is gorgeous. It’s the biggest visual overhaul to come to OS X since Aqua, which has caused a rush of Apple fanboys – including our own Leander Kahney – to jump the gun and install the buttery smooth interface on every Mac in sight.<p>Playing around with Apple’s newest software is a …

Operating Systems

The Most Important New Features Coming To Your iPhone That Apple Didn't Tell You About Yet

The next version of Apple's mobile operating system isn't an aesthetic overhaul like iOS 7, but there are a lot of tweaks, updates, and new features that add more functionality to your iPhone.<p>There are so many, in fact, that Apple didn't have time to detail each and every one on stage during …

Meet the new Apple

While I watched Apple's WWDC 2014 opening keynote on Monday morning, I couldn't stop thinking about the infectious mixture of fun and confidence everyone onstage seemed to be exuding. It was something new for this era of Apple, and it felt like a mirror image of the announcements being made. The …

'Halt and Catch Fire' dives into '80s tech war with AMC flair

The adventures of three visionaries at a mid-level Texas computer company as they attempt to get a piece of the personal computer action during the 1980s does not sound like the stuff of great television.<p>But then neither did the story of a Madison Avenue ad man making his name shilling for Big …

TV

NBC's Crossbones: Arrr Ye Hooked?

More than a mere pirate drama, NBC’s <i>Crossbones</i> — which premiered Friday — takes us inside the minds of history’s most devious swashbuckler and the …

What’s New In Television On Netflix This Week

If you’ve already watched the Best 25 Best Shows on Netflix, powered through the <i>Next</i> 25 Best TV Shows on Netflix, and got caught up on this week’s best new movies on Netflix, we now have even more Netflix options for you. Here’s all the recently released seasons of television on Netflix, plus …

Notifyr Lets You Receive iOS Notifications on Your Mac – MacStories

Developed by Joost van Dijk, Notifyr is a handy utility that lets you receive iOS notifications on your Mac using Bluetooth Low Energy. I've been trying the app with my iPhone 5s and mid-2011 MacBook Air since yesterday, and it does indeed work as advertised, mirroring notification banners from any …

Apps

iOS 8 Likely to Bring Split-Screen Multitasking to the iPad

Apple may advance the functionality of the iPad by adding a new split-screen multitasking feature to the tablet in iOS 8, reports <i>9to5Mac</i>. The option would allow iPad owners to use two apps simultaneously on a single screen in landscape mode, a function frequently touted by Microsoft as an advantage …

This Useful Mac App Can Bring iCloud Tabs To The OS X Menu Bar

If you've been searching for a more convenient means of accessing iCloud Tabs from your Mac, take a look at CloudyTabs. It's a new Mac app that can …

Flipboard Acquires Personalized Magazine Zite – MacStories

Zite, the personalized magazine that categorizes news based on popularity and reader interest, has been acquired by Flipboard, the social magazine that defined the genre back in 2010. According to TechCrunch, Flipboard acquired the company from CNN (which bought Zite in 2011 for $20 million) for a …

What to Watch this Weekend on Netflix, Hulu Plus and iTunes with Your Apple TV (Jan. 3 – 5)

Happy New Year Movie Fans! Yes, it’s time to start fresh and take off fast so here’s this week’s <i>Pix Picks</i> with a soft spotlight on some of the more …

What to Watch this Weekend on Netflix, Hulu Plus and iTunes with Your Apple TV (Dec. 13 – 15)

Our yuletide alert tells us that <i>the Festival of Lights</i> is already in progress and, upon review, it looks like just two short weeks to go until Santy …