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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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French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l