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Fans of NASA will now be able to follow the activities of the space agency via the Apple TV, after it released an app for the set-top box. Made for the fourth-generation Apple TV, the app follows after similar releases for iOS, Android, and Fire OS, and provides users with the ability to watch not only streaming video from NASA TV, but also access to a plethora of other content useful for those interested in astronomy and space flight.
Today from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Sling TV announced the debut of its live and on-demand Internet TV service on Apple TV. The over-the-top provider's suite of services, including its single-stream, beta multi-stream, plus Sling Latino and Sling International offerings, are available to Sling TV customers once the app is downloaded from the App Store on a fourth-generation Apple TV.
Taking to the stage, Eddy Cue presented upcoming changes to the Apple TV and the tvOS operating system, coming to consumers this fall. Multiple smaller updates are arriving in the update, with the fourth-generation set-top box now having over 6,000 native apps in total available to download after just seven months, and over 1,300 video channels available for users to view through the device.
Apple on Friday updated its Worldwide Developer Conference app with a new version for the fourth-generation Apple TV that offers a new darker theme and live streaming on tvOS, while adding multitasking support for iPads on the iOS update. The app, intended for registered developer accounts, gives those who will be unable to attend the live event in San Francisco starting in 10 days time the ability to virtually attend sessions and events. The app also provides a schedule of events with "gag" names on some that include features, software, or hardware that is yet to be revealed.
Amazon is continuing to avoid putting the Apple TV on sale through its online store until Apple can provide "acceptable business terms," retailer CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed. Speaking at the Code Conference yesterday, Bezos declined to answer why the Apple TV hasn't reappeared in the store since October last year, along with the Google Chromecast, but his response seems to suggest it has more to do with revenue generated by the app than increasing sales of its own streaming devices.
The Apple TV's increase in sales is not limited to the United States, according to the findings of analysts at IHS, with the Apple-produced set-top box also gaining popularity in other markets. According to findings in its latest report for set-top boxes, the firm claims the Apple TV's sales boost has helped push the device to third place in global set-top box revenue for 2015, up from ninth place in the previous year.
We're another week along with the latest twist and turns of the rumor mill, but we seem to have come full circle this time: "new" and "leaked" schematics for the "iPhone 7" and the "7 Plus" larger model are back to the original ideas: that apart from the camera and slightly-rearranged antenna bands, the next iPhones will look almost exactly like the ones they replaced. Worse, we're now hearing reports that the alleged home Siri device will actually be ... another new Apple TV model, just as Apple said it would be a year ago.
The updated fourth-generation Apple TV appears to have given the streaming box a big boost in sales, but this wasn't enough to move it up the streaming device sales rankings, according to new data from Parks Associates. Still leading the market is Roku, with its streaming sticks and boxes claiming a 30 percent share of the US market. Amazon's Fire TV and Google's Chromecast hold a 22 percent share each, while the Apple TV retained its fourth-place ranking overall -- even though sales were up 50 percent year-over-year, thanks to the launch of the upgraded model in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The fourth-generation Apple TV has gained a new "splash screen" that greets viewers on power-up, showing off "What's New" with the device, including the promotion of a feature called "Live Tune-In," where user can simply say "Watch CBS" to be immediately taken to the CBS app to join the program in progress. Channels mentioned as being able to be watched live include CBS, Disney XD, and ESPN Live, while other channels that offer live content are not mentioned, but may be available depending on whether the user is subscribed to a cable service that supports the channel apps.
Many of those reading this first sentence may be thinking to themselves that they already know how to do this, since they've already done it. That would be both true and false at the same time. You may have a working setup for your needs, but in most cases either you took the easy-but-pricey route (an Apple TV and a few wires) or the poor man's option (a direct wired connection that some cat or child or drunken relation is going to send crashing to the floor by tripping over it someday). Today, let's look at some other alternatives and options that might prompt you to upgrade that imminent tripping hazard.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE