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PBS to Air No-Holds Barred Steve Jobs Documentary: 'One Last Thing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 27th 2011 6:15AM
PBS has announced that it will air a new, "unflinching" documentary about the late Appple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died three weeks ago. 'Steve Jobs -- One Last Thing' will air Wednesday, Nov. 2 as part of a night devoted to science and technology exploration.

In what's sure to stoke controversy in some quarters, PBS says 'One Last Thing' takes "an unflinching look at Jobs's difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick. While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, ONE LAST THING looks into why he was so great. What were the influences that shaped his character? What drove him from such humble beginnings to the heights of success?"

The documentary features interviews with Apple insiders Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne and Dean Hovey, as well as Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father's garage and tinkered with electronics.

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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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'MythBusters' to Host Steve Jobs Documentary

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2011 10:35AM
Mythbusters iGeniusDiscovery is turning its attention to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his legacy in a new documentary, 'iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World.'

'MythBusters'
hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will host the one-hour documentary that will feature interviews with noted tech, media and entertainment figures.

"Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men," Savage said. "Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn't simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives."

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TV Stars Pay Tribute to Steve Jobs

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2011 6:15AM
Steve JobsThe news that Steve Jobs had lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer has saddened people around the world.

Overnight many TV stars were among the vast numbers of people who took to Twitter to pay tribute to the one-of-a-kind visionary, and to send their condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.

After the jump, read what some of your favorite stars have to say about the one-of-a-kind visionary, Steve Jobs.

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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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Dana Carvey 'Schwings' Back to 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 4th 2011 3:30PM
Andy Samberg, Dana CarveyWhat can we expect from Dana Carvey's return to 'Saturday Night Live' on Feb. 5? Well, if this video is any indication, lots of classic characters!

Carvey, known for characters such as the Church Lady and Garth, is hosting the show for a fourth time. In the promo below, Carvey is teamed with current SNL It Boy Andy Samberg, and the two go to town with "schwing!"

Our fingers are crossed for surprise cameos and old school SNL fun.

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TV 101: An Open Letter To Apple, Google and Roku (From the Future!)

by Jay Black, posted Oct 20th 2010 2:00PM
This is a terminator. It's also probably what the future will look like if what I'm hearing on Glenn Beck every night is true.Dear Apple, Roku, Google, Sony and all the other companies who are gearing up to connect our TVs to the internet:

Greetings from the future! As you will one-day know, ever since a well-meaning historian tried to warn Archduke Ferdinand of his (SPOILER ALERT!) 1914 assassination and accidentally caused 'Two and a Half Men' to happen, time-traveling has been illegal here in the future. Luckily for you, the guard at the time machine is addicted to future-booze (a lot like your own booze, except a million times more powerful) and fell asleep, allowing me to send this letter back in time.

And it's an important letter. See, 2010 was the year that you all decided people wanted streaming media from the internet on their TVs, but none of you actually did it right. It took decades for it to be sorted out!

So I'm writing this letter to speed things up a bit. There are three major things you're doing wrong and I have the solutions ...

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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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Apple Plans to Rent TV Shows for 99 Cents

by Chris Jordan, posted Aug 25th 2010 3:30PM
iPadIf Apple has its way, consumers will be able to rent TV shows instead of buying them on digital delivery services.

The company is in advanced negotiations with News Corporation, parent of the Fox network, and the Walt Disney Company, parent of ABC, to make the networks' shows available to rent for 99 cents each via iTunes, according to Bloomberg News. CBS, NBC Universal, parent of the NBC network, and Time Warner, parent of the TNT and TBS cable channels, were lukewarm about the the idea but had not ruled out participating in the plan.

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'House' Now Has an iPhone App, Complete With "Appisodes"

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 12th 2010 7:02PM
HouseGood news for all you 'House' fans out there. If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can download at no extra charge a special app called 'InHouse' which gives you inside information on the show as well as special "Appisodes" only available on the program. It can be downloaded from the App Store in iTunes.

The "Appisodes" are of a character named Nurse Jeffrey (any relation to 'Nurse Jackie?') and are written by members of the 'House' writing staff. Do I smell a possible spin-off?

This is a cute variation of the popular 'webisode' concept that has been around for many series such as 'Chuck' and 'Smallville.' You'd think a show with science fiction overtones like the aforementioned would be the first to try this concept, but 'House' has origins in Sherlock Holmes so there's enough of a geek factor there for this app to do well.

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CBS Joins iPad Parade With Content and Player

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 3rd 2010 2:01PM
CBSThe iPad was officially released today and joining in on what will undoubtedly be a parade of network releases, CBS issued a press release yesterday announcing the launch of their very own iPad app. From it, users will be able to watch video and audio content from CBS television and radio. This follows in the steps of ABC releasing their own iPad app.

Of course, CBS is mostly offering clips from their shows. Having full episodes available would diminish potential profit from iTunes downloads. Additional CBS-related iBooks and apps will also be available in iTunes.

If I had my druthers, all these network apps would offer live, streaming content on the iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch). After all, with a high-def antenna they're available for free anyway unlike cable networks like Comedy Central or SyFy. To avoid clogging the networks of AT&T, the apps could be made to stream on WiFi only.

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ABC Releases Player for iPad

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 2nd 2010 10:28AM
iPadDisney, along with many other companies, are betting on the success of Apple's iPad which is being released tomorrow. The ABC network is releasing an app that will extend the network's video player to the device.

Given that we had the half-hour-long iPad commercial on 'Modern Family' recently (an ABC program), it seems that the network has gotten behind the new gadget. However, it's not just ABC. Marvel Comics, also a Disney-owned property, have announced an app for the iPad. In all likelihood, there will be a plethora of Disney apps for the iPad before too long. And soon after, other networks and companies will jump on the bandwagon if they haven't already.

Will the iPad signal the end of television as we know it? Probably not. The screen is too small for that and there is a comfort from watching a big screen television in one's own home. However, it will make watching shows on the go easier (provided a data or WiFi connection is available).

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David Letterman Struggles With, Then Licks iPad (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 2nd 2010 10:25AM
David LettermanIt seems that technology isn't David Letterman's forte. Last night on 'Late Show with David Letterman' (weeknights, 11:35PM on CBS), the funnyman had some technical difficulties with Apple's newest sensation, the iPad.

Letterman struggled with getting his notes and pictures to display, fumbling quite a bit. His solution? Bang, hit and lick the iPad. Bragging about his new gadget, Letterman said, "even little Jimmy Fallon doesn't have one." But, something tells us that Jimmy Fallon would probably know how to use the device better.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Hot Topics Make Good Comedy ... even the iPad on 'Modern Family'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2010 10:35PM
phil_ipad_modern_family_abcWhile watching the two family sitcoms on ABC last night, 'The Middle' and 'Modern Family,' it seemed to me that they were funnier than usual because the writers took the effort to incorporate topical, timely elements into the scripts. On 'The Middle,' it was all about basketball and the NCAA Final Four. On 'Modern Family,' it was the highly anticipated release of the Apple iPad.

Now, while Joel thought the latter was an overdone commercial that may have been penned by Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself, my reaction was completely the opposite. And some critics agreed with me, too.

The idea that Phil would be obsessing about the latest technology was in keeping with the character. Phil's been established as a techie guy, a geekster of the first order. Why wouldn't he be an early adopter of the iPad considering that it is being touted as the next big thing?

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'Modern Family' Was One Long iPad Commercial Last Night

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 1st 2010 7:08PM
Julie Bowen holds a friggin' iPad on 'Modern Family'We live in a TiVo world, and its impact has been spilling out all over our favorite shows in the form of product placement. The judges on 'American Idol' drink out of huge Coke or Vitamin Water cups. The chefs on 'Top Chef' use Calphalon equipment, as all the logo close-ups tell us. The folks at the Buy More on 'Chuck' really love their Subway sandwiches.

We get it. It's the way of the TV world these days, as someone's got to the pay the freight in a world where you can zap a commercial by pushing a button.

But, when entire stories on shows play out like an ad for a product, then things have gone too far. Unfortunately, my favorite new show, 'Modern Family,' took things that step too far last night with their iPad-themed plot. It felt like one long Apple commercial. Never mind that the episode aired just in time for the device's release on Saturday; the iPad drove the plot rather than the plot necessitating the use of an iPad. And that's where the producers crossed the line.

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