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    Apple just outdid itself by improving iOS in not one, not two or three or more departments, but ten to go nicely with the new platform’s name. Of course, at first glance, News and HomeKit upgrades are nowhere near as eye-catching as Siri’s reworked “intelligence”, but if you look deeper, you’ll actually find the latter a pretty big deal. A standalone new Home app now sits on your iOS home screen by default, working on iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch to help you easily control all your HomeKit devices. You can turn your smart lights on and off, change the temperature and make ...

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    Just like your Apple Watch, the Apple TV streamer is getting a big update after WWDC, with Siri not only capable of searching through 650K movies and TV shows across various streaming services, but YouTube clips as well. Live Tune-In is another “great new feature” introduced by Eddy Cue on the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium stage, opening ESPN2 simply if you say the name. This is even available for the iPad, including on a developer preview ready to be downloaded starting today. Yet the future of TV in general and, of course, tvOS in particular lies in apps, with 6,000 native titles at ...

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    Over the years, reports of Apple's home entertainment ambitions have ebbed and flowed. The Apple-branded television that once sounded like such a sure thing ended up being the stuff of vaporware, but at least we still had the Apple TV set-top box. That hardware's still been the subject of no shortage of rumors, especially concerning Apple's interest in producing its own video content, or selling access to major channels just like a cable company might. As Apple continues to work out just what it would like its role in app this to be, it's been giving Apple TV more and more features, ...

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    A hilarious iPhone 6s commercial starring the adorkable Cookie Monster might feel like a very tough act to follow for Apple’s marketing department, but Cupertino sure knows how to pander to cinema, TV and sports-loving audiences. The tech giant’s latest publicity stunt celebrates one of the greatest basketball players of all time, now just one NBA game away from retirement after winning five championships and four All-Star Game MVP titles. Ever wondered who could play Kobe Bryant in a Hollywood biopic? This new Apple TV ad has the answer, and it’s perfect for so many reasons. Only ...

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    Who could ever resist real-life Danish heartthrob Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or his on-screen Westerosi heartthrob persona Jaime Lannister from HBO’s hit TV show “Game of Thrones”? Apparently, a very charming young lady by the name of Alison Brie. Best known for her starring role on NBC and later Yahoo sitcom “Community”, as well as a recurring part in AMC period drama series “Mad Men”, she’s never sold on the passion and chemistry shared with his typically irresistible co-star. The poor Kingslayer, here in possession of a full set of limbs, tries everything he can think of, ...

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    Apple builds hardware that brings entertainment to our televisions, as well as sells content that we can consume on such devices, but so far there's been one big missing piece of this chain: Apple doesn't actually make any of that programming itself. For a company that's had so much success doing things in-house, that eels like a bit of an oversight, and it's long been rumored that Apple could be looking to get into the content-creation business for itself, whether through producing its own programming, or acquiring a company that already does just that. Now we're getting our first glimpse ...

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    It's 5,000 apps strong and counting. With a whole ton of Apple content (including the exclusive NCAA March Madness games). Of course, we're also talking games and other apps, but it's all powered by Siri on tvOS. She's getting some more commands and powers with an update. Folders come into play, like on iOS, so that you can better organize your apps. Dictation comes onto the scene so you can say what you want to search for and even yell out your username and passwords. Also, Siri can now help you search the App Store. Finally, CEO Tim Cook announced dozens more content partners like PBS ...

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    Hundreds of millions of us get our media fix with the help of Apple devices, whether on the go with iPhones or iPads, or at home with Apple TV. So it's only understandable that Apple would love little more than to further cash in on that content market, and instead of letting users access media produced by third parties, be the one generating all that stuff we want to consume. And while Apple's already got deals with plenty of these firms to sell their content through the likes of iTunes, its negotiations haven't been smooth across the board, like with the troubles we heard the company ...

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    There's a lot to hate about the way cable TV works right now, from how you're still stuck watching commercials on channels you pay for (isn't the point of paid services so you can avoid ads?) to a seeming inability to subscribe to channels à la carte; good luck getting any major cable service without ESPN, which contributes $6 to your monthly bill whether you watch it or not. For viewers hoping for something better, IP-based streaming services sounded like they might just have what it takes to turn the existing cable TV model on its head, but so far it's been difficult for these players ...

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    The new Apple TV was a long time coming, but this past September, Apple finally stepped up and gave users the fourth-generation model they'd been waiting for. With Siri support, a new touchpad remote, and the long overdue arrival of an app store, the new Apple TV represented a big step forward for Apple's entertainment efforts. Considering how long it took to get this model, it would have seemed reasonable to think that we're looking forward to a wait of another year – if not more – before Apple's ready to follow that up with a still further advanced Apple TV. However, a new rumor ...

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    Today of all days, if you're hearing about Amazon, you'd expect it to have to do with one of the company's hot deals. And while there are certainly some fantastic offers to be found (and taken advantage of), we've also got one development to cover that's not at all about saving a few bucks on a popular new gadget, as we get an important update on Amazon Video and its spread to competitors' media players. You may recall that last month we heard about Amazon butting heads with Apple and Google over its own streaming video service, shutting down sales of both Apple TV and the Chromecast due ...

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    Apple's been keeping up a furious pace with its recent development efforts, and over the last few weeks we've seen beta after beta land for iOS 9.2. Now the company's got its latest in-development releases ready to go, as it begins distribution not just for iOS 9.2 beta 4, but also tvOS 9.1 beta 3. As is too often the case when these new betas land, we're largely in the dark when it comes to changes. Usually that's due to many of the changes being of the not-immediately-visible bugfix variety, and that sounds like that's indeed the case this time, around too; Apple mentions dictionary, ...

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    As if the Mac App Store certificate issue wasn't enough for Apple this week, it seems that a service outage has taken down several of Apple's online services this evening. Those officially include the App Store, Apple TV, the iBooks Store, iTunes Match, the iTunes Store, the Mac App Store and Radio. There were also unlisted issues going on with Apple's Online Store as Down Detector has registered a spike in problem reports for the latter.   Reports on social media are also appearing about iMessage and FaceTime. The outage began at around 10:35pm ET and lasted for about an hour. Every ...

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    Apple considers that the future of TV is apps, and to push this forward the company has launched the new Apple TV, and along with it tvOS. Obviously the next step is for people to adopt it like crazy in order to gain developer interest, but the fact that certain mobile apps can easily be ported to tvOS actually creates an interesting opportunity to developers. It seams that Apple hasn't seen an adoption that's that quick though, so today it launched a new strategy. Apple has just launched a new "Tech Talks" tour, which plans to help developers create apps and games for the company's new ...

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    Apple's launch of the new Apple TV has proven to be a major change in what Apple once considered a hobby. Cupertino's new bet for its TV platform is based on apps, something which it didn't invent, but could do a better job at pushing than competing platforms given its current iOS ecosystem. Apple hasn't really made much noise about progress so far, but today we get some preliminary charts on what's hot for the new Apple TV. SlideToPlay's Jeff Scott noticed that Apple silently published a top list of Apps for the Apple TV. So far the most important part of these news is that the list is ...

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    Amazon is famous for being just as good about competing with others with its products, as it is about allowing others to compete with the company by selling their products on its online store. For years you've been able to acquire Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV, just as well as you could by the company's Fire TV offerings. Sadly it seems that Amazon is not too happy with how competing products are biting into its business, and it just did something about it. If you remember, Amazon alerted both Apple and Google a few days ago that it would be yanking the Google Chromecast and the ...

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    Cupertino's new Apple TV has so far gained some mixed reactions from the media. While it is cool to have an expensive set-top box that can play games and that listens to your voice, so far it hasn't proven to be much different to anything else out there, at various price tags. One major caveat with the service is that even though Siri is being sold as its primary asset, it can't really do much right now, and Apple plans to address that. So far the new Apple TV can help you find the content that you want through Siri. You can simply ask for something to watch and Siri will suggest, but the ...

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    The new iPhones may have already landed, but we're still waiting on some of the other fresh Apple hardware to debut at the company's September launch event. That wait shouldn't be too much longer, though, as we look forward to the iPad Pro and the revamped Apple TV hitting customer hands in the very near future. It remains to be seen if those late-October iPad Pro pre-order rumors will come to fruition (and if not, we'll just get it in November as planned), but Apple's very much making good about promises we heard last week about the new Apple TV, as orders open today. The base model ...

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook has a reputation for keeping things as vague as possible in his non-keynote public appearances, very rarely revealing concrete information on unreleased products, and almost never tackling sales numbers of existing devices. Staying true to his principles, the Cupertino head honcho once again refused to disclose the box-office results of the Apple Watch thus far at the recent Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference, insisting that would “help the competition”, as it is “competitive information.” What he did say was that his company “shipped a lot the first ...

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    On its own the new Apple TV is a substantial improvement to its predecessor. The product that was once a hobby for Cupertino has now grown up to have its own operating system, and ecosystem as well. We all know that all the pieces of this puzzle aren't finished though as Apple's rumored streaming service was not announced on the company's last event, and today we learn why. CBS CEO Les Moonves was in a recent interview with Bloomberg and one of his claims had to do with Apple's future streaming service. According to Moonves, Apple is having conversations with everyone about the streaming ...

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    Companies are not in the business of losing money to those who steal their product ideas. But the path to patent protection in the process of profit gets dirty. Microsoft and Google have agreed to stop the mudslinging in some major disputes while Samsung and Apple might soon have to send lawyers up to Washington, D.C. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a bone to pick with Cupertino and a court is now in the process of determining how big that bone will be. Specifically, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which licenses innovations made on behalf of the university, ...

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    It's been just about one month now since Apple's big launch event, bringing us not just the new iPhones, but also a new Apple TV, iPad mini, and the jumbo-sized iPad Pro. Apple told us at the time to expect the latter to go up for sale sometime this November, and earlier this week we checked in with a report that attempted to narrow down that release window even further, pointing to early-month availability. Now we've got one more source weighing in on things, claiming that while the tablet may not hit stores until November, online sales could get started a little early. Reportedly, Apple ...

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    Apple has spent the last few years making the Apple TV a hobby that took for ever to grow up. In the past it was an expensive box that was expensive and rather clunky in its user interface. Apple tried to fix that with the intermediate and affordable Apple TV options we've seen over the last few years. Today Apple has set out to try to change that again as it announces its new Apple TV. Tim Cook took the stage to announce the new Apple TV, and he also mentioned that Apple’s vision is that the future for television is apps. For this it requires powerful hardware, Modern OS, New UI, ...

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    Soon Apple's September event will be upon us; you may even be reading this as things start getting underway. We've already heard a ton about what we can hope to expect from the company's announcements, and last-minute rumors only seem to drive home the point that we should generally be expecting more, not less, from Apple. As we watch these last few hours tick away on the clock before the festivities begin, we're checking in with a new batch of rumors, discussing iPad Pro options, the evolution of Siri, and more. Right now, Siri supports an always-listening hands-free mode – but only ...

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    People tend to forget Apple’s glamorous September 9 press event isn’t expected to be all about new iPhones, with a long overdue set-top box upgrade and likely a jumbo-sized iPad Pro also imminent. Meanwhile, the iPad Air 3 may sit on the sidelines until next year or get canceled altogether, but let’s focus on the fourth-generation Apple TV for a minute or two. Last revised in January 2013 and truly improved a year earlier, the digital media player has never been met with the enthusiasm of iPhones, iPad or Macs. That’s mostly because Apple continues to explore different ways of ...

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