WWDC 2018: tvOS 12 adds Dolby Atmos sound, Zero Sign On, new Aerial screensavers

WWDC 2018: tvOS 12 adds Dolby Atmos sound, Zero Sign On, new Aerial screensavers

tvOS always seems to be the "poor cousin" at the WWDC events, but this year the operating system had its share of fascinating announcements. Sales of the tiny set-top box grew 50 percent year-over-year, primarily on the capabilities of the Apple TV 4K. 

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Alto's Odyssey arrives on February 22nd for iOS, tvOS. Watch the trailer today!

Alto's Odyssey arrives on February 22nd for iOS, tvOS. Watch the trailer today!

One of the best games to come out over the past few years was Alto's Adventure, a beautiful and ethereal side-scroller in which you guide Alto -- a young snowboarder -- through an increasingly difficult set of jumps over obstacles, catching llamas along the way... It sounds odd, but it is honestly one of the most playable games I've ever downloaded. Developer Ryan Cash let us know today that the long-awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure -- Alto's Odyssey -- will be available on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018. 

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AWT TV Episode 27: November 7, 2017

AWT TV Episode 27: November 7, 2017

What a great week! Last Friday marked the official debut of the iPhone X, and it's a game-changer. Marty talked about how he decided to go back to the Apple TV 4K after having returned his first one. The issue that caused him to make that decision earlier was that the device upscaled everything to 4K, which didn't look all that good for some shows. Apple has announced that an update will soon fix the problem so that movies and shows will appear in their native resolution.

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Ten new US regional TV providers added to single sign-on

Ten new US regional TV providers added to single sign-on

Single sign-on can be a time-saver for those who own more than one Apple device that can display video apps, such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. By signing in to a cable or satellite-TV provider once on an iOS device or Apple TV, users then gain instant access to video apps provided with a pay TV subscription. Today Apple added ten more single sign-on providers:

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AWT News Update: May 24, 2017

AWT News Update: May 24, 2017

AirPods, Twitter, and Thunderbolt are all in the news today. Listen to the Apple World Today News Update podcast and hear all about them:

  • Apple's AirPods received a firmware update today, although it may not be apparent that it's actually been installed
  • Twitter's Apple TV app got an update with support for live 360 video and a new Periscope Global Map
  • Intel plans to push the Thunderbolt protocol by making the specification available to manufacturers nonexclusive and royalty-free
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AWT News Update: April 24, 2017

AWT News Update: April 24, 2017

We have a variety of Apple and industry related news for you today on the AWT News Update:

  • Sling TV announces Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV
  • Happy birthday, Apple Watch! It's the second birthday of the beloved timepiece, and we'll be discussing it tonight (6:30 PM PDT/9:30 PM EDT) on AWT TV.
  • Some of Apple's self-driving car software testers are rocket scientists...really!
  • A problem with the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ has some users seeing red, and they probably won't be happy with the "fix"
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Fifth-generation Apple TV may have been spotted by developers

Fifth-generation Apple TV may have been spotted by developers

The current 4th-generation Apple TV lacks one feature that could make it a "must buy" for a lot of Apple fans -- 4K video. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing a new Apple TV codenamed J105 that would support 4K video and could launch later this year. Now MacRumors has heard from developers who think they've spotted the new device in log files

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NASA App comes to the 4th-Generation Apple TV

NASA App comes to the 4th-Generation Apple TV

Space: The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the 4th-generation Apple TV, its mission of unknown length, to explore strange new channels, to seek out new shows and new movies; to boldly go where no set-top box has gone before...

OK, so that was a little over the top, even for this blog. But I was pretty excited about the news that a NASA app has come to the latest Apple TV - so much so that I'm probably going to finally pull the plug on my "old" device and get the new box. 

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Siri learns a new trick on 4th-gen Apple TV: Live Tune-In

Siri learns a new trick on 4th-gen Apple TV: Live Tune-In

Siri's universal search on the 4th-generation Apple TV gained power earlier this week with the addition of the Starz app and CBS to the list of channels. MacRumors today highlighted a new feature of Siri -- Live Tune-In, which allows viewers to pop right into live programming with a single command to Siri Remote.

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HTC 10: An Android phone with native support for Apple's AirPlay

HTC 10: An Android phone with native support for Apple's AirPlay

There are a ton of AirPlay compatible devices installed around the world, from speakers to Apple TVs, and for the best possible experience it's recommended that you beam music or video to them from Apple devices. Well, for the first time, a smartphone manufacturer other than Apple -- HTC -- has announced a product that supports AirPlay. The HTC 10 will have native support for AirPlay, meaning that it will work without the need for the third-party workarounds that are required for other Android devices.

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New Apple TV ad features Kobe Bryant, actor Michael B. Jordan

New Apple TV ad features Kobe Bryant, actor Michael B. Jordan

Recent Apple ads have started to feature celebrities using the company's products, usually in some humorous way. The latest -- which was aired for the first time yesterday -- features Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan (Creed) discussing a fictional biopic about the basketball legend, using the Siri remote to pull up the NBA app and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" while discussing the part Jordan will play.

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AirParrot Remote: Turn your Mac into a media server you control from your iOS devices

AirParrot Remote: Turn your Mac into a media server you control from your iOS devices

Have a lot of movie DVDs that you ripped using Handbrake or something similar? Maybe you have created your own family home videos over the years and have them all stored on your Mac? Squirrels today released AirParrot Remote ($6.99), a new member of the popular AirParrot family that works with AirParrot 2 for OS X  ($14.99) on your Mac to let you use your desktop or laptop as a media server that you can control from your iPhone or iMac

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