SAN JOSE-Apple announced tvOS updates on the WWDC stage, though the company didn't confirm whether these features amount to a whole new version number. Tim Cook mentioned that there are 50 percent more users now than there were previous year, and no doubt they'll be happy with the addition of Dolby Atmos audio and some nice sign-on streamlining. Now if you hate the Apple TV Siri remote, you will be able to pick from select 3 party remotes that will natively work with your Apple TV.Apple did announce that the Apple TV app now has more than 100 video channels.The tvOS 12 update will also bring what Apple is calling "zero sign-on", which, more or less delivering what it says on the tin, means users won't have to type in their passwords. The company also allows Apple TV users the ability to convert previously purchased TV shows and movies to 4K as a free upgrade. Some apps like this still require at least one cable box on your home network.Apple TV introduced its 4K model a year ago, and … [Read more...] about TvOS 12 Brings Dolby Atmos Cinematic Audio to Apple TV 4K
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SEATTLE - While often positioned as rivals, Best Buy and Amazon have teamed up together to design and sell new smart TVs embedded with Amazon's Fire TV and integrated with the voice assistant Alexa.Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer selling the TVs as part of a multiyear agreement that deepens the relationship between the two companies.The Richfield, Minn.-based retailer will roll out nearly a dozen 4K and HD Fire TV Edition models from Toshiba and Insignia, the latter of which is one of Best Buy's private-label brands, starting this summer.Best Buy will sell them in its stores and online in the U.S., and later from Canada. It also will become a third-party seller on Amazon.com as part of the deal.While Best Buy and Amazon announced the deal Wednesday, the companies' CEOs, Hubert Joly and Jeff Bezos, sat side by side talking about deal with a handful of reporters on Tuesday.Bezos said they have been working closely together to make a "killer product."While Amazon and Best Buy both … [Read more...] about Best Buy and Amazon partner up in exclusive deal to sell new TVs
Last Updated Oct 1, 2010 6:08 PM EDT The Web is abuzz with the news that the new Apple (AAPL) TV is actually an iOS device that could run apps just like the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. But that doesn't mean it will run apps -- the math just doesn't add up. According to tear-downs, the Apple TV only has an 8GB solid-state drive to store media. That's not very big at all. Now, reserve about 3GB on the device free for downloads, assuming the device should keep enough space free for one full movie. Then reserve another 0.5GB for system files (that's what my iPad shows). That leaves only 4.5GB for video content. That's only 2 movies and 7 shows -- not much at all. But I guess that's acceptable, since the Apple TV is pulling most of its content from your home computer or iPhone via AirPlay, the new software that lets your phones and computers share content with the Apple TV on the big screen. Looking at my iPad, I see a total of about 1.5GB of apps -- and I have exactly zero games. If … [Read more...] about Apple TV Can’t Possibly Run Apps, No Matter What Wired Says
This story was written by CNET's Josh LowensohnAt Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference on Monday, the company announced refreshes to its flagship hardware and software. Included was a new version of the iPhone called the iPhone 3G S, which will be in stores later this month. This version sports a faster processor, longer battery life, video recording, and a digital compass. It also comes with higher memory capacity than previous models.In addition, Apple unveiled refreshed versions of its notebooks, which are headed to store shelves starting today. Along with the usual speed increases, the newer 13-inch and 15-inch models cost less and include SD card slots. The entire line is also using the same non-removable battery technology found in the MacBook AIR and the 17-inch model of the MacBook Pro. Along with the new hardware, the company demoed features from the next version of Mac OS X, code-named "Snow Leopard." It will available later this year as a $29 upgrade to current … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple Updates iPhone, Notebook Lineup
Last Updated Apr 2, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Amazon is jumping into an already crowded market with a new video-streaming device. The retail giant announced Amazon Fire TV on Wednesday at a press event in New York City. Peter Larsen, vice president of Amazon's Kindle division, kicked off the event saying that Amazon's digital video customers have grown by 350 percent since 2011. Fire TV is about the size of Apple TV and comes with a remote control, which has a microphone for voice search. Fire TV users can search for videos or games at any time while using the device. The streaming device has a quad core processor, dedicated graphics-processing unit (GPU) and 2 gigabytes of RAM. Larsen says that Fire TV has three times the performance of Apple TV, Roku 3 and Chromecast. "This is not a closed ecosystem," Larsen said. Fire TV offers content from Amazon Prime, as well as Netflix, Hulu, ESPN and Showtime. The company said it was working to offer content from HBO Go but it wasn't available for … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Amazon unveils video-streaming device Fire TV
Google is planning to launch -- or perhaps re-launch -- its ambitions to take over the living room with a new set-top box, according to reports. According to the The Verge, Google's new set top box, Android TV, is already in the works -- with major video app providers building the platform. According to the documents obtained by the news site, Google reportedly notes that Android TV will be "an entertainment interface, not a computing platform." Less than a week after Amazon revealed its Fire TV, the marketplace for streaming has gotten crowded -- with Apple TV, Roku and Google's own $35 Chromecast. The set top box will mark the third time the search engine company has tried to bring its own streaming device into the living room. Google TV, which was launched in October 2010, was a smart TV platform that integrated the Android operating system and the Google Chrome web browser -- overlayed on top of Internet-enabled televisions. Google TV was not widely adopted by consumers and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Report says an “Android TV” next plan for Google
Television 2015 Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image iStockphoto iStockphoto This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters. It is a secret only intermittently discussed that the anointed Golden Age Of Television is also very often The Golden Age Of Nobody Knowing What The Frosted Flakes Is Going On, and one of the reasons for that is that nobody even knows for sure what it means to watch television anymore. Let's take a quick romp through an existential crisis on which we touched previously: What even is television? (If you said "a vast wasteland," you may be watching the television of many years ago and I'd like to borrow your time … [Read more...] about Television 2015: With 25 Ways To Watch TV, Does The House Always Win?
Last Updated Sep 9, 2015 7:39 PM EDT In announcing a long-awaited upgrade to Apple TV, the company's CEO Tim Cook had a simple message for the industry: "We believe the future of television is apps."And with that, the company unveiled the latest update to a streaming media box that hooks up to your television so you can watch movies from the likes of Netflix and stream other digital media. The new Apple TV also connects to an App Store for access to games and other content, and comes with a reconfigured remote with a trackpad and voice command capabilities.All that won't come cheap. An Apple TV with 32 gigabytes of storage costs $149, and one with 64GB is $199. It will be available in October in the U.S., and will be sold in more than 180 countries by the end of the year, CNET reports.One of the more anticipated upgrades will be its new operating system, dubbed tvOS, that works more like the one on your smartphone. It will allow Apple TV to offer a much broader range of media, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple TV gets an upgrade and hefty price increase
If you're ready to cut the cord on cable -- or just want to add to your TV viewing options -- a whole range of plug-in and set-top video streaming devices are available to help out. How do they work, and which one has the best combination of features you want most? Here's a roundup of the top streaming devices on the market today and what they have to offer. Smart TVs The big-ticket option is to buy a new Internet-enabled "smart" TV. Depending on the brand, screen size, image resolution and other specs, these can be found for as little as about $150, with prices soaring to $2,000 or more for higher end, big-screen models. Smart TVs come ready to connect to your home Wi-Fi so you can start streaming video on apps like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video and binge to your heart's content. Some smart TVs offer more apps than others, so check the viewing options before you buy. Xbox & PlayStation In addition to playing games, Xbox and PlayStation consoles are also the most … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Which TV streaming device is best for you?
"Hey Siri: What's up with Apple?" Apple's annual weeklong Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off June 13 in San Francisco with the standard big press conference. But don't expect any new hardware: Apple already released a smaller iPhone and iPad Pro in March, and the new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch won't hit until September at the earliest -- possibly with new redesigned MacBook laptops in tow. Instead, WWDC is all about the software that powers those devices. New features coming to iOS, OS X for Macs, as well as the underlying operating systems for Apple Watch and Apple TV. And the one thing that will tie everything together: Siri. Siri If it feels like Apple needs to play catchup on artificial intelligence, that's because it does. This is the Year of Smart Voice-Activated Assistants, and Cupertino's rivals are going all-in: Google, Facebook and Microsoft focused squarely on bots and AI during their developers conferences earlier this year, even as Amazon's Echo is the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple WWDC 2016: What’s rumored, what we expect, what we’d like to see