Incoming! Apple releases beta 4 of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2, and iOS 9.3

Incoming! Apple releases beta 4 of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2, and iOS 9.3

Like clockwork, Apple has been releasing developer betas of OS X El Capitan, watchOS, tvOS, and iOS on Mondays about two weeks apart and then following up two days later with public betas. Today brought beta 4 of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2, and iOS 9.3 to registered developers, and we can expect the public beta versions to drop on Wednesday. 

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Apple publishes list of Apple TV content providers and support links

Apple publishes list of Apple TV content providers and support links

Dave Mark over at Loop Insight pointed out that Apple has published a list of content providers for the Apple TV. At this time, he counts 85 providers. Sure, that's not as many as my cable company can provide, and not all of the content is available here in the United States, but it's not too bad...

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Buggy 4th-generation Apple TVs waking up, annoying users

Buggy 4th-generation Apple TVs waking up, annoying users

Some owners of the new fourth-generation Apple TV are reporting that the devices are waking up at random times, resulting in the devices also (in some cases) turning on the HDTVs they're connected to. AppleInsider reported this morning that the issue has become the subject of a number of threads on Apple's support forums.

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Notable apps and app updates for January 14, 2016

Notable apps and app updates for January 14, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

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VLC now available for 4th-generation AppleTV, adds new iOS and watchOS 2 features

VLC now available for 4th-generation AppleTV, adds new iOS and watchOS 2 features

VLC is a popular cross-platform media player that can play just about any video or audio file format on your iOS device. Now the folks at the non-profit VideoLAN have added an all-new version for the 4th-generation Apple TV, rewritten their watchOS 2 extension app from the ground up, and added new features to the iOS app. 

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The BBC launches Apple TV iPlayer app in the UK

The BBC launches Apple TV iPlayer app in the UK

BBC fans in the UK can now watch BBC programming any time they wish with the new iPlayer app for Apple TV

The app is the portal to a vast library of on-demand programming, featuring shows like The Graham Norton Show, Sherlock, and Doctor Who. The app will also let users watch BBC channels live, and it's possible to check out different popular shows, show categories, and highlights with iPlayer.

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Apple TV App Store showing remarkable and steady growth

Apple TV App Store showing remarkable and steady growth

Yesterday's AWT News Update mentioned that Apple's content chief, Eddy Cue, had stated that there were "over 2,000" apps in the Apple TV App Store. The AppFigures blog tends to follow things a bit more closely than Mr. Cue, and they came out with some detailed stats on how the newest App Store is faring one month into its lifetime.

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Musings on a Comcast set-top box, Apple's streaming service, and acquiring a content provider

Musings on a Comcast set-top box, Apple's streaming service, and acquiring a content provider

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I installed a new X1 set-top box from Comcast, mainly because the big cable company kept bugging me to do so and it didn't cost me a penny. I was able to replace my old cable box and a second piece of equipment with the X1, and it gives me a voice-controlled remote that isn't as handy as the Siri Remote of the Apple TV -- but close -- and improves on the discovery of channels, movies and shows out of the thousands available on Comcast. It's also a cloud-based DVR that does away with the limited capacity of the hard drive-based boxes of the past. Setup was incredibly simple; the only thing I needed to enter was an all-numeric account number that was entered in seconds, and everything was up and running perfectly in less that five minutes. 

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Amazon Instant Video app may be coming to tvOS soon

Amazon Instant Video app may be coming to tvOS soon

Now here's a reason for me to consider a new fourth-generation Apple TV. Amazon Instant Video is coming to tvOS in a few weeks, according to engineer Dan Bostonweeks, who tweeted yesterday about sending feedback to Amazon via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app and getting a response about Apple TV support:

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CBS All Access to host new Star Trek series in 2017

CBS All Access to host new Star Trek series in 2017

One of the subscription channels you can purchase on just about any Apple TV -- not just the new one -- is CBS All Access. It's a $5.99 subscription streaming service that shows most new CBS TV shows on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as 7,500 older episodes on demand. Well, hold onto your Captain's Chair, because it's just been announced that a new Star Trek series will premiere in January of 2017 exclusively on CBS All Access.

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