App gets iOS 7 makeover, in-app 'Pro' upgrade, more
Video software maker FireCore has debuted a major upgrade to its Infuse multi-format video player for iOS, now at version 2.0. The update introduces an iOS 7-compliant UI redesign, network streaming from almost any drive or device without syncing, additional supported media formats, integrated Dolby Digital Plus mobile surround sound, and better 1080p and AirPlay support. The app is free but many of the new features are only available with a new "Pro" upgrade that costs $5.
For the second time this month, Tapbots has released an update to its full-featured Twitter client for iOS, Tweetbot 3. Entirely redesigned in October for iOS 7, Tweetbot 3 offers users native push notifications, customizable navigation, and a synced timeline position.
Device grows on Contour design lineage, adds Lightning and Airplay
Audio hardware vendor Pure has unveiled the Contour i1 Air, a music system featuring Apple's wireless streaming technology AirPlay. The device offers wireless audio streaming from iOS devices or iTunes on Macs and PCs. Additionally, the device has a revolving dock with clip-in adapter that accommodates iPod, iPhone, and iPad models with either a 30-pin or Lightning connector.
Blockbuster On Demand comes to Slingbox 500
Sling Media has introduced several new features for its mobile apps and set-top boxes. A firmware update for the Slingbox 500 brings support for Blockbuster On Demand content, including trailers and movie rentals. Users can also access their photos and videos stored on an attached USB drive.
Set-top gets Chromecast-like content streaming
Apple has released an anticipated firmware update for the Apple TV, v6.0. The main addition is support for iTunes Radio, Apple's new streaming music service, also available on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices. Some other changes include podcast sync, access to shared Photo Streams, and the ability to listen to music purchased from the iTunes Store directly. Version numbers for Apple TV are typically behind that of the iOS release they are drawn from.
Wi-Fi streaming works with Android or iOS
DTS has announced that its Play-Fi wireless streaming system is now supported by iOS devices. Users can now stream audio from iPhones and iPads, along with Android devices and Windows PCs, to audio equipment located throughout a home via an existing Wi-Fi network.
Service said to mimic Chromecast
Apple maintained a tight focus on new iPhones and iOS 7 during its Cupertino media event yesterday, however the company is said to be ready to update its Apple TV software. Unnamed sources have told All Things D the overhaul will bring expanded AirPlay features, enabling users to stream their cloud-stored iTunes content to Apple TV boxes owned by other users.
MiTV with AirPlay announced
Xiaomi earlier today showed off a new Smart TV that claims to feature built-in AirPlay support. The MiTV, like other Xiaomi products, is powered by Android and runs the MIUI Android interface for TV screens. It is unclear if the Apple has official licensed AirPlay for the TV, or if it is merely some sort of hack. Fitted with a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, the MiTV has not yet received a launch date, but will carry a $490 price tag.
AirPlay connectivity added to iPlayer
The BBC's iPlayer (UK only) received an update on Tuesday, reaching Version 2.2. The app offers users the opportunity to download and stream BBC programming, and now provides the ability to watch downloaded programming on one's TV using AirPlay (on iOS 5 or later). Version 2.2 also includes an improved search function, providing one-tap access to previous searches, results grouped by series, and a dedicated search section on iPad with image-led results. Accessibility features have been improved as well, with better VoiceOver support added prior to and after favorites have been added to the Favorites screen. BBC iPlayer is available for download from iTunes, free of charge.
Update for XBMC on Android adds AirPlay capability, improved CD ripping
XBMC on Android has been updated to include support for Zeroconf, effectively allowing it to be used for AirPlay. The update to the media player software also includes the ability to rip CD audio directly to the music library, ripping support for WMA and AAC encoding, the option to lock settings on a profile, and new descriptions for the settings menus.
'Eyes-free' Siri plus set of iOS services coming early next year
Apple's 2014 initiative known as "iOS in the Car," a method of connecting iOS devices so that they "take over" built-in navigation and information screens in vehicles to allow drivers to take and make phone calls, use Maps, work with Messages on their center console screen (or "Eyes Free" with some services employing Siri) has been discovered to gain AirPlay support in the betas of iOS 7. The discovery by hacker Hamza Sood means that some vehicles will be able to connect to devices wirelessly using Wi-Fi or possibly Bluetooth.
Both receivers upscale to 4k, provide multi-zone audio
Pioneer Electronics today introduced the Elite SC-71 and SC-72 home theater AV receivers, offering enhanced audio performance utilizing the power of Class D3 amplification. The 7.2-channel receivers are designed to deliver high quality audio and video output along with multi-zone and multi-source capability, 4K Ultra HD upscaling, high-resolution audio playback and wireless control via Pioneer’s proprietary iControlAV2013 App.
Denon INCOMMAND AV receivers support 4K, AirPlay
Denon has revealed the latest additions to its networked AV receiver lineup, designed to suit users with a range of budgets. The new INCOMMAND models also all support Apple’s lossless AirPlay wireless standard, which adds streaming support for the full range of Apple iOS devices and Macs. Three of the four new models also offer support for the new 4K Ultra HD standard.
VSX-70 ready for 4k, both receivers boast multiple HDMI outputs
Pioneer Electronics today introduced two new Elite home theater AV receivers, the Elite VSX-43 7.1-channel receiver and VSX-70 7.2-channel receiver, designed for expanded entertainment options controllable throughout the home. The new receivers incorporate high-resolution file format playback, expanded multi-zone and multi-source management and functionality, custom installation features, AirPlay and 4K Ultra HD compatibility. Both receivers are controllable by way of Pioneer’s smartphone apps for iOS and Android.
Includes new interactive features for 'Game of Thrones'
Home Box Office has updated its HBO Go app to version 2.1, adding background AirPlay streaming that lets users pass video onto TVs and other devices using AirPlay while making the mobile device free to run other applications. The update adds general performance enhancements as well as some additional interactivity for Game of Thrones watchers: while the episode is streaming to another device, users can see additional content (mostly text- and photo-based) on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Supports wide range of AV receivers, third-party controllers
Whole-house audio systems maker CasaTunes has announced a line of multi-room music servers that offer built-in compatibility with multi-zone AV receivers from a variety of major-brand manufacturers such as Denon, Harmon Kardon, Yamaha, Sony, Pioneer, Marantz and Integra/Onkyo. The servers are configured using apps available for iOS and Android, and extend the capabilities of third-party controllers by adding AirPlay wireless speaker and multi-zone AV receiver support to these systems.
Bluetooth keyboard support, iCloud music streaming among upgrades
Today's Apple TV 5.2 update, released alongside iOS 6.1, adds a few new features. The most important may be the ability to stream music via iTunes in the Cloud, cutting out the need to stream from a connected computer or iOS device. Accordingly Apple has also incorporated Up Next, the feature first seen in iTunes 11 that shows what music is coming up and allows for quick editing of the playlist.
New product line integrates new technology with vintage gear
Behringer is demonstrating the first-ever AirPlay system that allows users to combine new and legacy components into one IP-based wireless central command at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Omni System features the Omni Amp receiver amplifier, Omni Link adapter, subwoofer, wireless speakers and AirPlay technology that enables consumers to bridge the gap between new and legacy electronic components from multiple manufacturers.
Mobile connectivity main focus of LG AV systems
LG has announced a number of AV systems the company will be demonstrating at CES, alongside the recently-revealed Hecto Laser TV Projector. Of the five audio products that will be shown, two will use Near Field Communication (NFC) to connect to mobile devices, while Bluetooth connectivity is also prevalent among the remainder.
Optimized for iPad, iPhone 5, VoiceOver
Following a nearly three-month gap with no official app for Apple's latest iOS devices, Google has released a version of its iPhone YouTube app optimized for the iPad and iPhone 5. The new universal version also adds video streaming with AirPlay, a feature missing from the original iOS 6 version of the app, which worked only with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Google originally released a version just before the launch of iOS 6, which brought some new features (and also ads for the first time), but left out iPad compatibility.
Wireless rechargeable speakers work with AirPlay
iHome, maker of a range of audio accessories for Macs, iDevices, and other gadgets, announced the shipment of the newest addition to its line of AirPlay compatible wireless speakers. The iW3 can stream wireless music from iTunes on a PC or Mac, from an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod touch. The unit is certified for 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and features a modest size, making it easily placeable in any number of rooms.
Small speaker controlled by app provides 20 watts of power
JBL has unveiled the newest in its line of audio streaming devices. The JBL SoundFly Air plug-in speaker is an Apple AirPlay enabled audio speaker. The unit's companion application adds music browsing, cover art, provides volume and tone adjustment, and allows for full customization of the digital signal processing to tailor the sound to the space.
Audio output now supports AirPlay-ready speakers
(Updated with details of the security measures included with the firmware) Apple has released a major firmware update for second- and third-generation Apple TVs. The v5.1 upgrade implements several new features, most notably the ability to save several iTunes accounts on the same unit and switch between them. App icons can now be reordered by holding down the select button, and new advanced network options can be set via configuration profiles. People with AirPlay-compatible speakers, AirPort Express routers, and/or other Apple TVs can use AirPlay to stream audio to them.
Dock allows for automatic wake of receiver by iPhone
Onkyo is soon to release an iOS docking station with wireless capability for its receivers. As well as having a 30-pin connector which also charges an iPad, iPod, or iPhone, the DS-A5 will also allow receivers from other manufacturers to take advantage of the AirPlay wireless streaming, and the streaming of audio files from computers with iTunes installed.
Could be announced at September 12th event
Apple is preparing to announce a version of AirPlay that doesn't require people to connect to a Wi-Fi network first, says the Telegraph. The technology is said to be tentatively named "AirPlay Direct," and on track to debut at a widely-anticipated press event on September 12th. To stream audio under the new platform, people would just need Apple hardware and a compatible stereo or speaker system. Wi-Fi would still be involved, but without an intervening router.
Leverages underused existing technology
Cloud content provider Brightcove has launched a new open-source SDK and platform to help make "dual-screen" apps that can leverage Apple's AirPlay technology to offer games, video and other sorts of applications which offer content on both the iPad's own screen as well as a network-connected HDTV. Though the technology isn't new, the company's App Cloud platform aims to streamline TV-oriented app creation.
BeoPlay V1 has self-contained speakers and can hold Apple TV
Bang and Olufsen has unveiled the BeoPlay V1, the first television from the high-end audio manufacturer's brand B&O Play. The television uses self-contained speakers set in a Scandinavian-industrial style powder-coated steel cabinet, contrasting with the previous TV releases. The manufacturer also noted an iOS docking station, called the BeoPlay A8, which adds Apple AirPlay support as an update to the original BeoSound 8.
iPads get native interface
Rogue Amoeba has released a new version of Airfoil Speakers Touch, its iOS audio app. The software normally serves as a companion to Airfoil, a desktop client for Mac and Windows PCs that streams audio to iOS devices via AirPlay. The v3.0 update enables iOS-to-iOS streaming, potentially eliminating the need for Airfoil, though the option can only be turned on through a $3 in-app purchase.
Logitech dips into AirPlay audio
If maybe a little more slowly than Apple would like, AirPlay is becoming a staple of the wireless speaker market for iOS devices. The technology has a few advantages: Wi-Fi streaming allows for higher-quality audio than Bluetooth, in theory, and its integration into iOS and iTunes guarantees widespread support of options like broadcasting to multiple audio outputs in different rooms. Logitech's first entry into the AirPlay market comes courtesy of its Ultimate Ears brand, something previously limited to headphones. The UE Air Speaker rides on two promises: first, an easy setup process, and second, high-fidelity sound. At $400, can it deliver on expectations? We review it here.
Pioneer adds two Elite AV receivers, AirPlay/DLNA
Pioneer has taken the covers off to new additions to its Elite range of AV receivers. Both the Elite VSX-42 and the Elite VSX-60 sport AirPlay support for lossless iTunes and iOS streaming, as well as support for DLNA (1.5) and Bluetooth audio streaming with an optional Bluetooth adapter. They also come with vTuner Internet radio, which is extended in the VSX-60 to include support for Pandora and Sirius XM.
Logitech UE Air Speaker streams uncompressed music
Following an inadvertent pre-listing on Amazon UK’s website as far back as October, Logitech has formally unveiled its new UE Air Speaker with AirPlay streaming support. The device supports uncompressed streaming from iTunes, as well as iOS devices connected to home networks. The shelf speaker system creates a large soundstage by employing dual tweeters and woofers.
Native app brings HD audio to the PC desktop
Mog has posted a new app for Windows desktop owners. With it, subscribers can listen to music from the music service's catalog of over 14 million songs on their windows PC as well as their mobile device or Mac. The app features a native audio decoder for improved audio playback quality.
Pioneer VSX-x22 series receivers arrive
A late-week release saw Pioneer introduce four new mainstream AV receivers that mostly bring Internet awareness to the core of its lineup. The top three, the VSX-822, VSX-1022, and VSX-1022, all have support for AirPlay, DLNA, and vTuner Internet radio to grab media from iOS devices, iTunes, and some other hardware on the same local network. Ethernet is common across all of them, although the 1122 has the choice of a Wi-Fi adapter to reduce clutter.
OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 arrives
Apple finished the week with a post to its developer page for Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2. Build 12A154Q is primarily meant to address earlier flaws and doesn't specifically outline what's new or fixed. The build is clearly unfinished, however, and is currently missing 32-bit kernel extension support, a large number of Game Center features, limited Notes support, and issues with NVIDIA graphics drivers, DVD Player, and limited Recovery Partition features.
iHome iW2 has AirPlay, charges iOS devices
iHome has unveiled its second AirPlay-capable speaker, the iW2. The minimalist speaker is focused on playback and will take audio over Wi-Fi from iTunes and any AirPlay-capable iOS device. If they're needed for extended periods, they can be charged directly from the iW2's USB port.
Apple TV update clue comes through retail pickup
Searches and rumors Friday gave further credence to beliefs that a new Apple TV was due side-by-side with a new iPad. Checks by The Verge noted that some Apple stores now listed online availability with an unusually specific March 7 date. Some listed it as in stock, while others had a "check availability" that made the next round of supply unclear.
Ideal for teachers, presenters, developers
A new application for Macs leverages the AirPlay technology found in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 to mirror the screens of those devices onto a Mac running Snow Leopard or higher. Called Reflection, the app can simply show the screen or put a "device shell" around the screen to simulate the look of an iOS device and its contents. The program utilizes the AirPlay abilities to wirelessly stream visual and audio information from the device to the Mac.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion adds iMessage, Reminders
In a surprise step, Apple on Thursday gave developers a preview version of OS X Mountain Lion, the next significant update to the core OS. The new version is directly influenced by iOS 5 and includes Notification Center, Reminders, Notes, Game Center, and Twitter integration, with iCloud syncing where it's relevant. AirPlay Mirroring is also new to the Mac and shares exactly what's on screen through an Apple TV.
Aereo mobile TV kicks off at event
IAC has hoped to reinvigorate the idea of live TV on modern devices by starting up Aereo at a special event on Tuesday. The platform streams over the Internet but is getting mover 20 channels of true broadcast HDTV through huge grids of fingertip-sized tuners at Aereo's end. A cloud-based DVR with 40 hours of space lets viewers save favorite shows to watch later.
AirPlay, Bluetooth optons
Two different tech gear companies have announced two new products for music lovers who want small speakers. Gear4 out of El Segundo are launching the AirZone Series 1 home speaker and iPhone/iPod dock that incorporates AirPlay compatibility for remote sounds and control, while iPod accessory maker iHome is offering two different mini-speakers that stream music and more via Bluetooth connections, one including a mic for speakerphone use.
Google wireless audio may come through silence
Google's apparent decision to make its own wireless audio system appears to have come after stopping at least some activity with accessory makers, according to Electronista sources. Now said to have based its work on the Android@Home technology shown at Google I/O last year, the company had been talking to accessory makers building up to the May event but grew silent not long after. The silence might not necessarily have been ubiquitous, but it suggested that Google had taken the reins to make a product of its own.
Google may tap Android at Home for own speakers
Google may be making its own wireless audio system and dipping into its own hardware, an apaprent leak uncovered Thursday. The unnamed system, purported by the Wall Street Journal to have been in the works for years, would share at least music throughout the home. It would be sold directly under Google's brand, including the speakers, but could talk to other hardware and could use a phone or tablet for control.
Current discussion topics from the forums.
Today in the MacNN forums members continue to to discuss rumors that the iPad 3 will be delayed, click here to join in. One forum goer asks about AirPlay in the thread titled "AirPlay won't work on one Mac."
TV integrates 7.1 sound amplifier & center speaker
Bang & Olufsen (B&O) has used CES as a launchpad for several new products including a plasma TV, companion wall speakers, as well as B&O Play, a new line of portable audio. The BeoVision 12-65 is an ultra flat 3D 65-inch plasma TV with integrated center channel and 7.1 surround sound audio. The BeoLab 12 is a complementary speaker system.
Griffin Twenty amps, streams iOS audio
Among the companies announcing AirPlay-based electronics at CES are Griffin and Acoustic Research. Griffin's contribution is the Twenty, an amp that pairs with an AirPort Express to pump AirPlay audio into a nearby speaker. The amp supports 2.1 channels, producing up to 20W of output per channel. Users can also attach a powered subwoofer; automatic active crossover kicks in at 80Hz. A pricing and a launch date for the Twenty remain unannounced.
Samsung SwipeIt gives AirPlay to all Android
Samsung has been slowly building up the presence for its own competitor to AirPlay. New discoveries by Amit Kumar have shown that the ironically titled SwipeIt, a local mobile-to-TV sharing feature, quietly began reaching TVs at the start of the new year. A matching Android app (Android Market) has been built by Movi and went out on January 3, again without much notice, and doesn't require Samsung hardware to work.
Pioneer ships Elite N-30, N-50 network receivers
Pioneer has just released two Elite-branded and networked home theater receivers that both get AirPlay support and DLNA 1.5 compatibility. The N-30 and N-50 otherwise share a 2.5-inch color LCD display. Using AirPlay, users can stream music from their iTunes libraries and iOS devices wirelessly, as well as use Pandora web radio, iHeartRadio and other music services. DLNA 1.5 catches a large number of other devices that can stream audio or HD video.
Samsung vacuum tube, regular Audio Docks hit CES
Samsung preceded CES with a pair of audio docks aimed both at its Galaxy S smartphones and, ironically, iOS devices. The Audio Dock with Vacuum Tube Amplifier, or the DA-E750, mixes both a digital amp and a vacuum tube pre-amp for what it hopes is a mix of accurate sound with warm tones. Samsung is also promising full wireless support for its own Android devices as well as iOS, including Apple's AirPlay, Samsung's AllShare (DLNA), and Bluetooth.
XBMC 11.0 Eden Beta brings AirPlay support, more
XBMC recently rolled out a significant revision of its home theater software, 11.0 Eden Beta 1, for download. Its makers say there are too many improvements to list, but the main ones include speed boosts, add-on update rollbacks, and improvements to the Confluence default skin. iOS users also now get AirPlay support with stable in-sync performance.
Airtight app allows AirPlay feature on Google TV
App developer Airtight has just released an Android app ($0.99, Android Market) that lets Google TV hardware devices use AirPlay to stream movies and photos from iPhones, iPod touch, and iPad devices to their HDTVs. The currently beta-stage app lets a Logitech Revue or Sony device get some of the features that would normally need an Apple TV. Some features aren't yet supported, including AirPlay mirroring, music, and the streaming of copy-protected movies.