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Could We All Own Apple Television Sets Soon? Steve Jobs Planned On It

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 22nd 2011 2:50PM
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, dead at age 56Not surprisingly, it looks like Steve Jobs' death was not the end of his innovations.

According to a report in the Washington Post -- who reviewed the Apple co-founder's new biography, penned by Walter Isaacson -- Jobs wanted to take Apple TV to the next level, actually creating fully integrated Apple TV sets with "the simplest user interface you can imagine."

Jobs, who passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 56, apparently saw the company's existing Apple TV system as the first step to breaking into the home theater market.

There has been speculation about Apple's plans to launch a line of TVs for years -- it seems like a natural progression for the company, after all -- and now, with the popularity, ease and innovative technology of their latest products like the iPad, the new iPhone and Apple TV, the idea of an Apple-branded TV set is more exciting than ever.

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Apple Co-Founder and Former CEO Steve Jobs Has Died at Age 56

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 5th 2011 8:15PM
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, dead at age 56There's no doubt about it: Apple is a company that has changed our lives, the way we communicate and how we interface with technology forever. Steve Jobs, the co-founder and longtime CEO, is largely to thank for that.

Just over one month after he resigned from his high-profile role as Apple's CEO back on August 24, saying he could "no longer meet duties and expectations" of the job, Jobs succumbed to his long battle with cancer today, leaving people saddened, most of them reading the news on their Mac computers or iPhones.

With iPods, iPads and iPhones as common as television sets now, Jobs' advances in technology at Apple have greatly influenced the way people watch TV, among other things, with iTunes and Apple TV continuing to grow as a source for legally downloading and watching your favorite programs, wherever you are.

In 2010, Forbes estimated Jobs' net wealth at $8.3 billion, making him the 42nd wealthiest American. Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, and four children.

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Steve Jobs Announces Cheaper Apple TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2010 4:00PM
Steve JobsHold onto your earbuds, Steve Jobs has done it again! The Apple co-founder announced changes to the technology giant's popular gadgets, including Apple TV.

Starting in four weeks, Apple TV will be $99, $200 cheaper than its predecessor. Apple TV, of course, is a handy device you hook up to your television to wirelessly stream movies, TV, music and more.

In addition to a cheaper and smaller unit, TV show rentals will be 99 cents. Right now only Fox and ABC are participating, according to the New York Times, but Jobs said, "We think the rest of the studios will see the light and get on board with us."

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Hollywood Reporter says Apple can't kill cable

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 26th 2009 10:04AM
The world might be all moonbeams and rainbows about the prospects of a TV-less show world thanks to Apple's possible deal with Disney and CBS, but The Hollywood Reporter has swooped in to crush everyone's dreams.

A commentary from THR's Andrew Wallenstein states rather bluntly in the headline that "Apple can't kill cable."

His argument is varied and well-thought-out in several areas, from a lack of adequate company backing to fill Apple's show roster to basic economic principals that I could have understood if my college economics professor didn't make brains bleed with the power of his voice.

Then again, never-say-never. For instance, a certain entertainment newspaper once said in 1955 that rock 'n roll music would be "gone by June." Do you know which newspaper that was? Well, it was ... um, Variety, but that's beside the point.

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Apple talking to CBS, Disney for its TV project

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 23rd 2009 9:30PM
Any attempt to break new barriers in television accessibility is nothing without content and Apple's latest attempt to corner TV has two big names in its front pocket.

CBS and Disney are in talks with Apple to join their latest iTunes TV project, a monthly subscription that would give viewers access to a whole range of TV shows.

Of course, none of these deals are set in stone and everything can fall apart at a moment's notice, but imagine the effects this project would have on television. Are you excited about it or does it scare you down to the very core of your being?

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Is Apple looking to take a bite out of TV next?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 25th 2009 2:33PM
Apple logoApple has left some fairly noticeable heel marks on the free throw lines of the computer, digital music and the cell phone industry.

So what technology business does Steve Jobs have next on his "To Dominate" list? Why TV, of course. What did you think I was going to say? Toasters? Did you not read the name of this blog?

A financial analyst with the Piper Jaffray investment banking firm speculated that the company is eying at taking a stab at TV technology by releasing its own high definition television by 2011.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 22nd 2007 8:36AM

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AppleTV hack enables external hard drives

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 28th 2007 2:30PM
AppleTVDigging the Apple TV, but not a fan of its anemic hard drive? Sure, Apple's released a 160GB version for $100 more than the 40GB AppleTV. But if you're a big movie/TV fan you might want to store more programming than you could fit on such a puny hard drive.

Lucky for you, the Apple TV hacking community has released tools for enabling external storage. In fact, the hack is more sophisticated than that. It enables the Apple TV to boot off its internal hard drive while using an external hard drive as its primary storage drive. In other words, plug in your 750GB drive to store all the movies you can handle.

Remember to backup your unit before attempting the patch. This is certainly warranty-voiding stuff. But if you've got an Apple TV, and an intel-based Mac or Linux/Unix machine lying around to execute the script, we don't see why you wouldn't want to at least look into applying this hack.

[via Gizmodo]

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Archos TV: everything you hoped the Apple TV would be

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 14th 2007 6:56PM
Archos TV Plus
Archos is branching out from its portable media player roots. While the company unveiled an update to its line of portable media player/recorders, the big news as far as we're concerned is that Archos is getting into the set top box game with the Archos TV Plus.

Here's what we know about the Archos TV Plus so far:
  • Includes hard drives ranging from 80Gb to 250GB
  • Includes UB 2.0, WiFi, and Ethernet connections
  • HDMI and RGB inputs and outputs
  • Functions as a standalone PVR
That's right, it's got a larger hard drive than an AppleTV, can record television shows, and has an electronic program guide. And it lets you stream video from your PC or the internet.

And of course, you can synchronize the Archos TV Plus with Archos portable media players. It looks like the Archos TV Plus will be available for €220 - €300, or $300 to $400 U.S.

[via Engadget]

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Apple TV to offer YouTube video

by Adam Finley, posted May 31st 2007 1:01PM

youtube appleUsually I don't mention technical stuff on this blog, mostly because such things cause my brain to freeze. Seriously, I can barely operate a manual can opener without crying.

Anyway, our pals over at the Unofficial Apple Weblog and Endgadget have been covering the All Things Digital conference, and one of their reports caught my eye: the new Apple TV will include an option to watch YouTube video right on your TV screen.

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i-mate X-Stream: good looking media hub with ridiculous name

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 19th 2007 9:11AM
i-mate X-StreamWhile most of the news out of last week's 3GSM conference was understandably mobile phone-related. But i-mate took the opportunity to show off their upcoming X-Stream Digital media Hub.

The unfortunately named X-Stream is basically an LCD TV sporting 720p and 1080i support with a built in Media Center PC running Windows Vista Ultimate. There's also a 500GB hard drive and a wireless router hiding in there. No word on pricing or availability yet.

i-mate also announced the X-Stream Dock, a small box running Windows CE that connects to your TV, allowing you to stream media from your PC to your TV set, and the Momento digital picture frame sporting 802.11b/g and supporting RSS feeds (think Flickr feeds).

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2007 3:45PM
  • Jennifer AnistonLee Goldberg has the list for TV shows and movies nominated for Edgar Awards (mystery awards).
  • Oscar is making a big marketing push to get you to watch the ABC telecast next month.
  • Adjab is doing a great wrapup of all the news concerning the Super Bowl commercials.
  • Jennifer Aniston has work done or her nose.
  • TUAW has a video demo of the new Apple TV.
  • A Top Chef contestant has just quit his job at a NYC restaurant. Does that mean...?
  • TVGasm has a full list of all of the premieres, specials, and finales for the rest of the winter (constantly updated).

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2007 2:01PM

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 12th 2007 8:39AM

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Apple introduces Apple TV

by Brett Love, posted Jan 9th 2007 4:24PM
Apple TVThat low rumbling whirrr you heard coming from the west as you sat down to your Fruity Pebbles this morning was the sound of the generators for the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field coming online. The master took the stage once again today to wow fans, put an end to some of the recent speculation and introduce some new products.

As far as MacWorld's go, this one was a little odd. Most of the keynote was devoted to the new iPhone, with no mention of iLife, iWork, Leopard or any of the computer hardware. You can get the complete rundown on the show, including all the info about the iPhone, from our pals over at TUAW. For our purposes here though, the big news is Apple TV.

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